Tina the Dog Walker
(and Pet Sitter, too!)
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About Tina the Dog Walker
What makes me the right person to spend time with your pet? I have over 22 years of professional experience working with dogs, cats, birds and fish, as a full-service dog groomer and animal caregiver. When I was a teenager, my parents bought a large boarding kennel/grooming shop/pet store in Sonoma County, California. We were very fortunate to have a Master Groomer working for us at the time, who was happy to train an eager student. I worked every weekend through school, and became a full-time groomer after graduation. While working at my parent’s business, I cared for thousands of dogs and cats of all ages, in good health and bad, as well as exotic birds, pocket pets and freshwater and saltwater fish. I helped deliver puppies naturally, and assisted in c-sections at the veterinary clinic next door. I was a surrogate mother for a baby raccoon for 2 weeks, and even cared for wild dogs from Africa. My parents sold the business to Canine Companions for Independence and I stayed on and worked for them for the following five years.
When CCI closed their public facility, I opened my own grooming shop inside a 24-hour Veterinary Clinic and Emergency Hospital. During my time there, I took several Veterinary Technician classes to learn how to handle any health problems that might arise in my animal clientele. I assisted in surgeries and learned how to administer medications, as well as how to treat minor injuries and illnesses.
I’ve always had a house full of dogs and cats, and currently own a beautiful Australian Shepherd mix named Romy, and a lovely German Shepherd named Brooklyn. Both are rescue dogs. I’ve owned numerous cats over the years, and have counted many birds, guinea pigs and fish as part of my family.
I am a pet professional, bonded and insured, certified in First Aid for Dogs and Cats by the Red Cross, and am proud to be an Accredited Professional Pet Sitter with Pet Sitter Associates.
Tina Smith, Owner