It all started back in September 2005 when I moved to Brighton, UK and decided to change my career and pursue my dream of working with dogs. I started by volunteering for "DogsTrust", the UK's largest dog welfare charity. Three months later, I was offered a position as a "Canine Carer". This is where I learned all the basics and this is also where I learned that it was a very hard job not only
physically by emotionally. However, I never regretted my decision of leaving the Hotel industry after 7 years.
I moved back to Seattle, WA a year later and worked for several dog boarding places such as "The Barking Lounge", " The downtown dog lounge", and "Petsmart's PetsHotel" until I got hired as an "Animal Assistant" by "VCA Redmond Animal Hospital" in February 2007, which, as far as working with dogs, was my ultimate goal. This is where I learned so much about dogs from nutrition to behavior and medical care. This is also where "Doggies' Heaven" came to life...
It was before Thanksgiving 2007 when a client came up to me and asked if I could watch his two mini pins, whom I adored. Of course, I said yes and this was the beginning of my small dogs business called "Doggies' Heaven".
At that time, I was still living in Newcastle but, as I got busier, I had to find a better accommodation for the dogs and I where we would be more secluded. This is how I ended up in Duvall, which provides us with everything we really needed on top of country living. This is where the dogs can truly be dogs and this is where I have found happiness & peace. I also hope that this is where "Doggies' Heaven" will thrive even more in the future as this is what I intend to do for the rest of my life. Please note that I have since left my job at the Animal Hospital to focus on "Doggies' Heaven" and to give the dogs my undivided attention.
On a more personal note, I was born in Vic-Fezensac, France which is a small village located in the South of France.
When I was 18, I stopped high school after a very serious car accident and moved to the United States to learn American English at "Edmonds Community College" in Lynnwood, WA. At that time, EdCC had a branch in Japan and as I made many Japanese friends while on campus, I decided to go to Japan to learn the language. I moved to Kobe in the fall of 1991 and stayed for 3 years until I decided to move to Spain and learn Spanish, which was one of my other dreams. I soon found out that the Spanish way of life wasn't for me and, 9 months later, moved back to Japan, which I had missed dearly. I stayed until January 1995 which is when Kobe was struck by a very powerful earthquake. I had to leave and moved back to Seattle where I went to "Lake Washington Technical College" to get a degree in Hotel Management so that I could use all the languages I knew. I'm now living in the country with my 5 dogs and, even though the traveling has stopped, my furry kids and all the dogs I care for provide me with even more adventure & fun. :)