Born in Germany and raised as an Army Brat, I have traveled all over the world and to most of the 50 United States. As a child I wanted to be a veterinarian and would bring home every manner of rescued stray animal. My family treated our dogs and cats as part of the family and they always traveled to our next destination with us. As I grew, I realized I couldn’t stand seeing an injured or suffering animal, so the idea of vet school diminished. After High School in Northern Japan, I vowed to live in a warm climate so I attended college in Arizona for my Bachelor’s degree then moved to Florida after graduation. I spent the next 15 years building a career in the real estate industry, advancing my education and continuing to travel for work.
I never lost my passion for animals, have always owned rescued cats and dogs and have always taken extra care in finding a special person or facility to care for them while I traveled. In 2001, I discovered doggie day care for my pooch Peanut and fell in love with the industry. After that, I had my goal. I saved my money and made a plan. In 2008, I married a wonderful man who supports and encourages my dreams and we moved to Texas to be close to family. I met Dr. Hodgson in 2009 while looking to either buy or start a pet boarding facility that would fulfill my dream of working with animals. We soon became fast friends and I purchased the boarding and pet transportation business from him. He had opened the boarding facility in 1980 and started shipping pets in 2003, so he became my mentor and taught me everything I needed to know about running a boarding facility and transporting pets. In 2011, we opened a new building together and today he runs a successful veterinary practice from one suite and together with my team, I manage a beautiful boarding and day care facility and the best pet transportation company around. Just goes to show with enough planning and persistence, dreams can come true.