Sandra Aversa - Owner , Trainer ABCDT, Dog Walker (Burlington) & Pet Care Provider
Some people in life are blessed to be able to do what they are passionate about. I feel that I am one of those people. Ever since I can remember, I have always felt that there was nothing else I was put on this earth to do but to work with animals, one way or another. Yes, it took many years to realize what I was to do with them, and geez, I’m still figuring it all out! That’s half the battle! I LOVE what I do and am so grateful every single day, even when I’m completely exhausted, that I AM one of the lucky ones to do what she loves!
As a young girl, some of my fondest memories were spent with our family dog Cleo. A beautiful black Cocker Spaniel. Although we only had her for a few years, I believe this is where I learned how special it was to earn the respect and love of an animal, and build that loyal bond. She was my companion and my best friend and I will never forget her.
Growing up, my grandparents always had German Shepherds. Patton….oh my Patton was one of them. In my eyes, the most gorgeous boy in the world and he changed my life. Sundays not only were the days spent with family at their house, they became the day of the week I looked most forward to. I couldn’t wait to pull in the driveway to see him waiting there behind the gate with such excitement and joy for me to open the car door and get to him!! I have never felt more loved than I did in those moments and I know he knew just how much I loved him in return! These scenarios are just a couple examples of what has set the path in my life’s journey that has brought me here today.
I have had many jobs throughout my life, but nothing satisfied me more than my less than minimum wage jobs cleaning cages and runs at Vet Clinics and Boarding Facilities, and volunteering at shelters just to be near these sweet, precious dogs and cats!
It wasn’t until 2010 that I woke up one day and KNEW what I had to do! I found ABC (Animal Behavioural College) where I obtained my Certificate for Dog Obedience Behaviour and Training. This is where I really began to understand just how remarkable canines were. During this time, I volunteered at Oakville Humane Society where I had the great privilege to learn from an amazing mentor and friend, how to put some of my skills into action with shelter dogs. One of them was a beautiful Chocolate Labrador named Murphy. When I learned he was ready to be put up for adoption, I knew that he and I were meant to be together and now cannot imagine my life without my boy. His name is now Louie, he has brought so much love into my life that I have to look at him each day, tell him how much I love him and thank him for changing my life all for the better.
Then there is my Edward. Full name, Sir Edward Muss the First. I adopted him when he was 4 years old, 10 years ago from Hamilton SPCA. He lives up to his name and is probably one of the most popular cats that I know as he lives to walk alongside Louie and I on our daily outings around the neighborhood. This boy loves fresh air, exercise, affection from anyone who will give it to him and…well…hunting. I love this boy more than words can say!
Incorporating all aspects of Pet Care Services to my business is very important to me. I want to do all that I can do for my clients as we all know that our pets are not just pets, they are OUR FAMILY and we will do anything for them! I am completing my Canine Massage Certification specializing in Therapeutic, Athletic and Senior Canines through Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage and have also gained Certification for Trigger Point Therapy specializing in the Athletic Dog.
Every day, I get to meet amazing people, with amazing families, stories, and even more amazing animals, I could not feel more blessed! I continue looking forward to creating beautiful memories made every day with your beloved companions and sharing those with you.
Thank you to everyone, friends and family who has supported me and Pets in the City throughout this incredible journey so far and look forward to growing, learning and sharing more with you all in the future.
Robbin Hendel- Animal Lover, Dog Walker & Group Adventurer- Hamilton Only
I have been a dog lover since I was old enough to pet a puppy. My current love is my Labradoodle, Charlie. Charlie was a lot of work as a puppy and adolescent. We both had to learn a lot about one another which pushed me to step out of the box to learn more about problem solving and canine behaviour. I have worked on numerous committees in relation to animal welfare and worked with students of renowned dog trainers and behaviourists from which I have learned so much!
When I’m not giving Charlie all the attention, I divide my attention between my boy-friend Danny, shopping in esoteric shops, hiking the trails (with Charlie), spending quality time with family and reading up on the latest in dog training/psychology.
This exciting adventure with Pets in the City has provided the opportunity to spend time with your four legged family members in which I am enjoying tremendously! Getting to work with and learn from all of their individual personalities each day has been such a joy!
My goal is not just to walk and care for your dog, it is to become that special part of their day that they can look forward to daily by heading out and exploring our beautiful city together!
Donna Mirabelli- Animal Lover, Dog Walker, In-Home Boarder - Stoney Creek (NEW TERRITORY! Starting April 15th, 2018)
Hi! I’m Donna and my love of animals started at a very early age. I just knew I wanted to work with animals when I grew up. Before our family adopted our first dog, a Welsh Corgi named Toby, I would knock on neighbor’s doors and ask if I could walk their dog, just to spend time with them. It was a passion of mine that made me the most happy. I went on to work in a business environment but I always felt the pull of working with animals.
While I was living in my first apartment I adopted a cat named Tyler and a cute dog, a Spaniel cross named Casey. Oh my! Casey was such a special dog. She looked like a wind-up toy as a puppy. If I took her for a walk I wouldn't get very far for there would be non-stop attention directed at her. I just knew I needed to share her with the world! She did some modeling for some print ads and had her own little career. I also certified her as a Therapy Dog when it was a fairly new program. Their comforting nature can provide support to people in a range of settings, like hospitals, retirement homes, and schools. I saw immediately how important her work actually was with such phenomenal breakthroughs working with seniors dealing with Dementia.
So after I married I became a Receptionist at a local Veterinary Hospital and did some dog walking and home boarding as well. Currently I live in a busy household with my husband, teenage son who is active in sports and our two Labradoodles, Apple Juice (AJ) and Luna, they are certified Therapy Dogs. We also share our home with three cats Fish, Maple and Scout. Never a dull moment!
I had the pleasure of meeting Sandra and her team at Pets in the City through one of my previous dog walking clients. Dog walking and home boarding is a unique profession. Not only do you spend time with these wonderful creatures but you become a part of the owner's extended family so to speak. Many a client from years past I still consider a friend. We share memories of a beloved pet that has passed and embrace the new fur babies that have filled the large paw prints left behind. I look forward to showing my new clients the same care and respect.
Margot S, Animal Lover, Private and Group Dog Walker/ Adventurer!- Hamilton
Donna Parisi, Animal Lover, Private and Group Dog Walker/ Adventurer!- Burlington