About Mary & Neil
Hi everyone! I founded a professional pet care company called Poochy Doos, LLC in 2010 and co-founded a pet care business consultancy company called The Carewright, LLC, shortly thereafter. Poochy Doos currently has hundreds of happy clients in Colorado. Likewise, The Carewright helps other pet sitters across the U.S. develop excellent care pro...
Hi everyone! I founded a professional pet care company called Poochy Doos, LLC in 2010 and co-founded a pet care business consultancy company called The Carewright, LLC, shortly thereafter. Poochy Doos currently has hundreds of happy clients in Colorado. Likewise, The Carewright helps other pet sitters across the U.S. develop excellent care protocols, business practices and healthy lifestyles. I also founded an informal international advocacy group of like-minded, pet sitting professionals called the Care Scouts to promote responsible pet care practices and animal welfare. I'm also an avid musician and belong to a performance Celtic band. When I'm not pet sitting, I can be found every Wednesday night performing at Mulligan's Pub! My Dad Neil is a retired Air Force Vet and is in great health! In fact, his mom only just died recently, at the ripe old age of 108! My dad enjoys dogs, music, photography, reading, woodworking, home-repair, gardening, hiking, eating-out and having friends over! Thanks for visiting!
Besides owning a professional pet sitting company and consulting company, I am pet first aid trained, have taken numerous educational courses over the years - and even given pet care seminars. I've done consulting for the professional pet care industry and mentored many professional pet sitting companies on best care practices. I am bonded and insured and a member in good standing of Pet Sitter's International, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and the Pet Professional Guild. I'm a community partner of our local no-kill rescue and an Advanced K9 Coach, through K9 Wisdom Training and Consulting, an ABCDT Certified trainer.
Likewise, my business in Colorado is bonded, insured and one of just a handful of handlers in Colorado licensed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. And many people don't know...my mom opened the first pet sitting company in the U.S. - so I've been a pet lover all my life! Finally, here's a list of some continuing education and accomplishments I've achieved over the years:
Pet 1st Aid, American Red Cross, 2010
Canine/Feline C.P.R., American Red Cross, 2010
Working with Fearful-Aggressive Dogs, Diane Ellis, 2011
Working with Rescue Dogs, Tracy Derheim, 2012
On-Leash Reactivity in Dogs, Tracy Derheim, 2012
Preventing Feline Inappropriate Elimination, Dr. Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, 2013
Behavioral Enrichment for Dogs, Harline Larkey, 2013
Seven Habits of Successful Pets, Dr. Jennie Willis, 2013
Preventing Poisoned Pets, Tina Wismer, DVM, DABUT, DABT, 2013
Canine Trailside: First Aid & Safety for Dogs, Dr. Nicole Van Gurp, 2013
Understanding Interspecific Communication, Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB, 2013
Play Between Dogs, Interspecific Play & Quality of Life, Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., Professor Emertus CU Boulder, 2013
Creating Healthy Relationships Between Human Families, Dogs and Cats, Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB, 2013
Cognition & Quality of Life, Julie Hecht, Ph.D., 2013
K9 Coach Certifiction, a K9 Wisdom Program by Cathie Lee, ABCDT, 2013
Top Behavioral Issues for Cats: Symptoms and Solutions, Dr. Jennie Willis, 2014
Animal Relinquishment and Training for Adoption, Jai Robichaud, 2014
Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships Among Family Dogs, Dr. Suzanne Hetts, 2014
Social Learning in Dogs: A Study of Learning By Observation and Its Efficacy in Training by Jan Casey, 2014
Understanding End of Life Issues for Pets, 2014
Pet Tech, Pet 1st Aid & Canine/Feline CPR, 2014
Dog on Dog Aggression & Fighting by Dr. Ian Dunbar, 2015
I understand the importance of your pet's physical, emotional and cognitive well-being. You can trust my dad and I with loving your pets as though they were our own, while caring for your property, your belongings and your identity.