My name is Virginia and I am one of your pet walker and sitter in Boynton Beach. I grow up in a small town called Cedar Springs in Ontario, Canada (about an hour or so away from Toronto). As you can tell by name, the town was filled with cedar trees and springs; nothing but acres of land for my sisters and I to explore. When not at school, doing homework, or completing our chores, you could find us in the woods. We loved nature and being surrounded by all of the animals that lived in the woods. On occasion, we would come across an animal that needed help and we would try to nurse it back to health. It was during this time, I decided that I wanted to become a veterinarian.
One of my other favorite activities was going to the local animal shelter that we would often visit on the way to pick up my father from the train station. On one of those visits, we adopted a dog that we named “Jane.” Jane was a Carin Terrier mix and looked just like Toto from The Wizard of Oz. We had Jane until the day that we moved away to Burlington. She stayed with new owners of the house when it was sold.
I finished high school in Burlington and looked into the career I had chosen as a child. Unfortunately, it wasn’t going to become a reality so I pivoted to nursing. After my studies in nursing, I got married and started working at Toronto General Hospital in the obstetrics unit. My husband and I had three children over the course of the next 6 years. We all moved to the United States in 1989 chasing my husband’s career and landed in South Florida.
It was in 2002 that I started working with Tri-County Humane Society as a volunteer. I fell in love with the idea of taking care of animals for the rest of my life, so I changed career paths. At Tri-County I learned techniques for handling animals, how to administer medicine to dogs and cats, and most importantly, how to provide a safe and comforting environment for those that didn’t have a permanent home. I especially enjoyed creating long-term bonds with animals that were not up for adoption due to temperament or illness.
Twenty years flew by and I found myself unable to continue to perform the level of physical labor needed to do an effective job full time. I decided to retire and just volunteer on an as-needed basis at Tri-County. Very quickly, I realized that retirement can be boring! I started offering friends and family help with caring for their animals while they were away or on overnight trips. It was the perfect balance! With still a lot of time on my hands, that brought me to House and Hound Care. I am excited about the opportunity to meet some new furry friends, offer my help and support, and provide reliable service to anyone who needs it! I am looking forward walking your pets in Boynton Beach, FL.