My name is Stephanie and I offer in-home dog sitting in West Palm Beach FL. I’m a lifelong animal lover. When I was growing up, we always had pets — German shepherd dogs and Siamese cats. My love of animals continued as I became an adult. Upon finishing graduate school, I moved to Florida and took on a brother-sister feline pair: a black shorthair named Pica and an orange tabby named Maurice. Once I married and moved to West Palm Beach, my husband and I adopted a black Labrador that we called Asha. She was a great pet for many years. After she passed away, we got a second Lab — this time a yellow one — and we called her Sophie. She was a wonderful dog, loving, affectionate, and playful. She loved to accompany me on walks and runs. Two years ago, cancer claimed her life. For now, we are without a dog, but we have a beautiful white cat with blue eyes named Jewel. Over the years, we have also had chickens and parrots, but the dogs and cats were always our favorites.
Two years ago, I formed a team to walk and raise money for the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. Our group raised $250, and I’d like to do it again and raise even more. The league is a no-kill shelter in suburban West Palm Beach, and it has really nice facilities. For example, there are small rooms created for future pet owners to interact with the animals they are considering adopting. While on a dog-walking assignment in Palm Beach recently for House and Hound Care, I met Lesly Smith, who is chairman of the board at Peggy Adams. She said that the shelter has really improved over the years, and she wants to see its growth continue.
My background is quite varied; I’ve had the good fortune to work in different environments and jobs. I was an international relation major in college, and after college, I took a job at an international magazine consulting firm in New York City. After five years, I decided I wanted to create publishing products instead of just offering consulting services to our clients. So I went to graduate school for journalism. That led to a career in newspapers; I worked at The Palm Beach Post as a reporter and editor for 19 years. But in 2008, when the financial downturn hit, newspapers were really struggling. The Post was cutting hundreds of jobs and encouraging employees to leave. So I shifted to teaching, and instructing middle school students in English and journalism. I did that for 10 years. Since then I’ve had several different jobs, including working as a recruiter and enumerator for the U.S. Census Bureau. I am looking forward to offer in-home pet sitting in West Palm Beach to your precious animals.