Growing up in Dublin our family always had pets (dogs, rabbits, cats and even a duck). At one stage we had a dog, rabbit and duck at the same time, which kept life interesting!
My fondest memories are of walks with my best friend in Dublin and my cousins in Roscommon always accompanied by our dogs. Whilst we walked and talked for hours, our pets followed the trail, enjoying the adventure of the day, wherever it brought us.
I consider myself extremely lucky to have had a childhood surrounded by animals and would recommend it to any parent, as it is a fantastic grounding for any child.
Currently an 11-year-old Shetland Sheepdog runs the house, supported by two Cavalier / Jack Russell brothers. My nieces and nephews have such a special bond with them and love to visit and spend overnights with their furry friends.
Having spent a long career in the business world, I knew I needed to make a change and that change would simply have to involve animals. My pets have taught me so much over the years about life. Their fascination with everything around them and their capacity for love and fun and compassion is inspiring. Animals embrace life today and don’t worry about tomorrow and I wanted to try and give back to them, some of what they have given me.
I decided to change career and spent a year studying animal behaviour in an animal welfare charity and worked with dogs, cats, rabbits, hens, goats, horses, pigs, tortoise and snails.
I joined the Pet Sitters Ireland team shortly after qualifying and love this opportunity to care for pets and provide a happy and safe environment for them to enjoy, while their families are away from home.