Cheryl: Cheryl grew up in a small rural town where she developed a real love for nature and a compassion for animals. Staying close to her roots, she now lives on a small farm with her husband, their two horses, four dogs and two cats. When Cheryl isn’t spending time at the farm with her family or out visiting pets, she volunteers at Guiding Eyes for the Blind where she helps socialize the puppies. Cheryl enjoys taking care of animals and having them. She understands the need for reliable and thoughtful care for her pets which is why she will take great care of yours. It’s her goal to bring a little joy into the lives of each pet she visits.
Favorite Fictional Pet/Film: The Black Stallion
Favorite Pet Memory: My Great Pyrenees during the winter every year. Bear would sit in the snow taking it all in, and then make snow dog angels! I enjoyed it so much because he did.
Colleen: Colleen grew up in a home without pets, but that didn’t stop her from developing a love for animals. At an early age she knew she wanted to be around animals even if she couldn’t have any at her own home. That’s why she started walking and pet sitting for her neighbors’ pets. Fast forward a few years and now Colleen is a part of the Canine Company pet sitting team. When she’s not caring for her pet sitting clients, she’s busy at school, earning her certification in animal physical therapy.
Paul: I have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. I know how I want my pets treated when I can’t be with them, and I take pride in giving that same kind of treatment and love to the pets that I am sitting for. I have several pets of my own each with a unique personality, 2 dogs; Ruby and Lavender, 2 cats; Joshua and Liza, and 4 guinea pigs; Hyacinth, Petunia, Lily and Rose.
Favorite Fictional Pet/Film: The Good Boy
Favorite Pet Memory: I have such wonderful memories of the first great danes that had me as their human. I had always wanted to have a great dane. The opportunity came along a number of years ago to get a female harlequin great dane puppy. We got to the breeders house, at first not knowing which puppy we were going to choose, and as soon as I stepped out of the car I saw Gracie. I instantly knew she was the ONE. She was a bit aloof and independent, which made me love her even more. I spent her first night in our house sleeping on the floor cuddling her so she felt safe and loved.
Karisa: Karisa’s passion for animals began early on and was nurtured by growing up in a household full of pets in her hometown of Norwalk, CT. At a young age she would babysit for neighbors as well as pet sit for family and friends whenever they went on vacation. Karisa is currently pursuing nursing but wants to share her love and compassion with not only humans but all different kinds of creatures and pets. She has a nine-year-old Brussels Griffon/Pug mix named George and a three-year-old Llasa Apso/Terrier mix named Juliette, who was rescued from Puerto Rico. She also has a Leopard Gecko named Louie who was also rescued.
Favorite Fictional Pet/Film: Homeward Bound, Karisa loved the movie so much she actually had a Himalayan Persian cat named Sassy for 22 years. The same name and breed as the cat from the movie!
Favorite Pet Memory: My favorite pet memory is when my husband and I adopted Juliette. She was the tiniest most adorable thing I have ever seen. I was concerned that George wouldn’t get along with her, but after they met and got comfortable they were running around and playing with each other. That was just about three years ago and they’ve been best friends ever since.
Suzanne: Suzanne grew up in Ridgefield, CT and has always had a spot in her heart for animals. Her love for hockey was what ultimately decided the name for her handsome Black Lab, Henrick. In her free time, she loves reading, going to the beach and watching the New York Rangers. Suzanne can be considered reliable, funny and caring and will give your furry friends her utmost love and compassion.
Favorite Fictional Pet/Film: Finding Nemo and National Velvet
Favorite Pet Memory: When my husband and I adopted Henrick, we took him to our local baseball field where everyone met him. The kids were so happy to meet him and Henrick fit right in.
Ami: Ami grew up in Fairfield, CT with nothing short of a zoo in her home. She has a total of 19 pets that include dogs, cats, turtles, various reptiles and a goldfish pond! Ami looks forward to providing love and care for pets while their families are away. She is kind, caring and a natural caregiver, so Canine Company was an easy choice for her. When Ami isn’t taking care of her household full of pets she likes to read, garden, dance and explore.
Favorite Pet Memory: My cat Rifka sitting on my crossword puzzle every morning for 18 years!
Charles: Charles is a motivated, organized and caring individual who has a passion for helping dogs. He volunteers twice each week at ROAR and knew Canine Company would be a natural extension of his love for dogs. Although Charles has no pets of his own he has no problem showing love to other familys’ furry friends. When he’s not working Charles loves to hike, work on classic British cars and travel.
Favorite Fictional Pet/Film: Toto in The Wizard of Oz
Favorite Pet Memory: Working with the dogs at ROAR and giving them the love and attention to ensure that they will be loving pets in their new homes.
Linda: Linda grew up in Ridgefield, CT in a household full of pets, so she is used to showing animals love. Her motto is, “do what you love, love what you do”, so naturally she found pet sitting with Canine Company. Linda has three rescue dogs all from Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR) named Rocky, Betty and Phil! When she isn’t taking care of her kids and pets, she likes doing yoga, tennis and gardening.
Favorite Fictional Pet/Film: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Favorite Pet Memory: My favorite pet memory would be when our dog Rocky brought home a skunk at 6 A.M. while my oldest son called me on the phone to say, “I’m bringing my girlfriend over… please make sure the house doesn’t smell.”
Samantha: Samantha is from Danbury, CT and has two chocolate labs named Abby and Cocoa! She is considered friendly, sociable and outgoing so your dogs will have plenty of fun when Samantha is watching them. She has volunteered multiple times at DAWS and is an avid dog lover so when she found us, it was a perfect fit!
Favorite Fictional Pet/Film: Marley & Me
Favorite Pet Memory: My favorite pet memory is when I took home Abby as a puppy, I wanted a dog since I was younger and taking her home as mine was amazing.
Chris: Chris is an exceptional addition to our pet sitting team coming to us after his service in the military where he was an explosive dog handler. Chris has a natural love and appreciation for pets which stemmed from growing up in a household full of dogs. When he is not caring for pets as a Canine Company pet sitter, he works at a local animal hospital and resides in Norwalk, CT. Chris is trustworthy, understanding, very positive and your pets will love him!
Favorite Fictional Pet/Film: Scooby-Doo
Favorite Pet Memory: Getting my dog Scooter for my 12th birthday. He was the best dog and that was the best birthday!
Dana: Dana grew up in Fairport, NY and moved to Norwalk, CT after graduating from the University of Vermont. Dana has a wealth of experience working with animals. At age 17, she began her first job working at a local animal hospital. Dana has a young bunny named Henry who is a two-pound fluff ball! She enjoys being outside, playing with Henry, baking and crafting. Dana always goes above and beyond what is expected and will be a great asset to the Canine Company Pet Sitting team.
Favorite Fictional Pet/Film: 101 Dalmatians
Favorite Pet Memory: The first time I came off of the bus from middle school and my dog came running to me for the very first time! It was the day after we rescued her. I used to dream about that happening and when it did, I could not stop smiling!
Zach: Zach grew up right next door to us in Wilton, CT and knew he wanted to work with animals from an early age. Zach has a 9-year-old beagle named Fred that accompanies him on hikes and walks in his free time. He is known to be friendly, very down to earth and can be trusted to take great care of your furry friends. Having a dog of his own and taking care of the pets of family and friends, he has developed an understanding of the unconditional love and care pets need. Zach has a natural passion for animals and will without a doubt give your pets all the attention in the world while you’re gone.
Favorite Fictional Pet/Film: Snoopy
Favorite Pet Memory: When Fred woke up one day to find a family of deer in our backyard. He immediately ran outside and started barking at the big buck, but the buck wouldn’t budge. After a few minutes of persistent barking, they finally ran off!
Janice: Having been raised on a farm in Cold Spring, NY, Janice has had plenty of experience taking care of animals. She has two American Bobtail cats named Ella and Ben who are very affectionate and love playing with their laser light. Janice is hard-working, passionate and genuine with a great sense of humor. She enjoys gardening and photography in her free time and of course showing love to Ella and Ben. In addition to growing up around animals, Janice has been taking care of friends’ pets when they travel ever since she can remember. Becoming a pet sitter at Canine Company felt like a natural fit for Janice and her love for animals. She can’t wait to make some new furry friends and show your pets her undivided attention.
Favorite Fictional Pet/Film: My Dog Skip
Favorite Pet Memory: Watching my cat Ben jump onto the kitchen counter, open the cabinet where his treat jar is located and use his paw to knock the jar down. He knew exactly what he was doing and where his treats were!
Rachel: Rachel grew up in Westport, CT with her best friend and pup Lily. Rachel is a veterinary technician at Poster Animal Hospital and is also the managing director of Save Our Strays, Inc. She rescued an American Foxhound two years ago, named Elvis, who is the love of her life! Normally when she’s not working she loves hanging with Elvis or helping out at Save Our Strays, Inc. Rachel has dedicated her life to helping animals and knew pet sitting at Canine Company would be another great way to spread the love and joy she has for animals. As a pet sitter, she can’t wait to meet different breeds and personalities and give them some lovin’!
Favorite Fictional Pet/Film: Cats and Dogs
Favorite Pet Memory: When I was in middle school my family and I went to the Humane Society and I fell in love with a gorgeous hound named Lily. My parents said they’d think about it and come back. A few days later I came home from school and there Lily was waiting for me! It was the best surprise ever and she was my best friend for the following 12 years.