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My name is Trish and I have lived all my life in Northern Virginia and currently live in Kingstowne with my husband, Tom (who also sometimes works for Walking Paws).  I graduated from Hayfield Secondary School and George Mason University.  I have done a variety of things career-wise but during the past 20 years, I have been a stay-at-home Mom, Realtor, sales associate with Southern Living at Home and Cookie Lee Jewelry, and managed investment property.  I love the outdoors and getting fresh air and exercise, in addition to loving animals of all kinds.  Some of my other interests include travel, tennis, gardening, and decorating my house.

 

I am the mother of a 22-year-old daughter and I currently have an 11-year-old basenji and a mixed terrier puppy (he is my daughter’s dog but he visits a lot).  I have always loved all animals.  Growing up I owned two collies, a bullmastiff, and a couple of mutts (although not all at the same time!).  I have also had a cat and a fresh-water aquarium, and have experience taking care of hamsters, gerbils and turtles.  During my employment with Walking Paws (over 5 years) I have learned how to give injections and subcutaneous fluids to dogs and cats so if you have to go away and your pets need special attention I can provide that. I am responsible and mature and will treat your home and pet as if they were my own.

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My name is Kaye Jones and I am a resident of Kingstowne, Alexandria, VA.  I have a genuine love for animals and care about them very much.  Dog walking, checking in on cats, whatever the need may be, caring for these animals gives me a great deal of pleasure.  Maybe we'll meet on the dog path with my Beagle, Sweet Pea.

 

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Hello, my name is Maria-Eugenia Kaminsky and I go by the nickname Maby (pronounced “mah-bee”).  I have been in Northern Virginia for 12 years and have lived in Alexandria for 8 years.  I love animals and always seem to make immediate friends with the dogs and cats that I meet.  My own dog named Coqueta, lived to be 17 years old in my home country of Bolivia.  I am always feeding our backyard birds and derive joy from watching & photographing the wild animals that make their way onto our deck.  I have performed pet sitting in Alexandria for 6 years and I am flexible in my availability to take care of your pets at the times you need.  When I’m not taking care of animals, I volunteer for the Fairfax County Victim’s Assistance Network (VAN).  In this duty, I respond to hotline calls from victims of sexual assault and domestic violence; specializing in assisting Spanish speaking victims.  It brings me a great deal of satisfaction to provide these services and I look forward to meeting your pet sitting needs.

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Barbara Misskelly

Hello. My name is Barbara and I have lived in Mt. Vernon for the last twenty years.  Animal have always been an important part of my life.  My experience with cats includes sixteen years with and adopted stray Siamese, "Siam".  My latest dog was "Picasso", a tiny Chihuahua who never "pumped up" to four pounds....but he had a big heart.  I will be happy to help you keep your pet happy and healthy. 

 

****  Barbara used to teach 5th - 7th grades in NJ and has volunteered with the Smithsonian Institution and at Mt. Vernon Estate.  She is currently a private tutor to adults studying English as a second language and/or Accent Modification.  ****
 

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Chris Thiel

Hello.  I am Chris Thiel.  I am a long time resident of Kingstowne with over 16 years living in the community.  I enjoy all types of animals and am particularly fond of Cocker Spaniels.  I have two of my own – Hope and Molly.  I have also been a foster volunteer with Oldies But Goodies (OBG) Cocker Spaniel Rescue which rescues neglected, abused or forgotten cocker spaniels from the Northern Virginia area.  In the 7+ years I have been with OBG, I have fostered well over 80 dogs.  I am known in OBG for taking in the more difficult dogs and training them to be trusting of people and develop skills that allow them to go on to be adopted as happy and healthy pets.  I am also available to help train you and your dog if you are experiencing difficulties.

 

I am also a volunteer with Rebuilding Together Alexandria (formerly Christmas in April) which partners with volunteers and the community to rehabilitate the homes of low-income homeowners in the Alexandria area so that they may continue to live independently with warmth and safety.

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Hi, my name is Casey Johnson and I was born and raised in Alexandria, VA. I graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School and am currently a full-time student at Ferrum College. I have taken Animal Science, which we learned and cared for animals all day. From cleaning cages and washing cats and dogs.  I also volunteered myself to Saturday Dog Washes for local shelters.  My families home is called a zoo.  I have nothing but that love and affection for the animals I come across every day.  I give the same to the pets I see working with Walking Paws.  I have played soccer all my life and still to this day play at college.  So long energetic walks with your dog(s) would do me wonders for the off season!

 

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TAMMY
 
Hi, my name is Tammy and I am originally from Madison, WI.  I moved here with my husband after he accepted a job offer at Georgetown University as an Assistant Professor in the Cell Biology department.  I left my job of 13 years at American Family Insurance.  I grew up with many cats and dogs.  My parents, at one time, had 5 pugs who were loved dearly.  As teenagers (my siblings and I)…if they were gone on a trip….one of us were required to sleep with all of them!  In my (single) twenties, I had two cats  (Siamese named TJ and a tabbycat named Scrappy).  Although I lost my Siamese to diabetes, my husband and I managed to control her diabetes for 2 years with daily shots of insulin.  When my husband and I finally bought a house, we wanted a dog.  We found LEO on petfinder.com.  He was a rescue dog.  We felt he was lonely during the day while we were both working full time, so we found Pluto and rescued him from a rural shelter.   They are both mixed breeds.  They sleep on our bed every night!   We love them dearly.  Next came our children......I have been a stay at home mom for 5 years. We have two beautiful boys!!   My youngest is now entering kindergarten this year.  I am excited to get back into working!  I love working out at the gym and have decided that dog walking would be perfect for me.  It’s flexible, will keep me fit and I love animals!  I have excellent work ethics, believe in good communication, and hard work.  I am very trustworthy and have commonsense.  I know how important a pet can be to someone.  They are not just animals.  They are one of the family and you love them more than anything.  You would do anything for them.   You want the best care for them and I can help you with that!! 

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DEBRA
 

Hello, my name is Debra and I am a long-time pet owner and neighborhood pet-sitter.  I live near Nall’s Produce and have called the Beulah corridor my home for more than twenty years.   My family of three teenagers, my husband and I have a wonderful Lab Rescue dog, June, who is both a gracious ‘hostess’ and a good playmate when neighbors pets come to visit or stay with us. 

I look forward to helping you and your family at those times when you need someone to spend time with your four-legged family members.

 

 

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My name is Jill Schneibolk. I have been living in the DC metro area since 1991. I have a degree in elementary education and taught first grade until 2004 when I stopped working to be a stay at home mom. My son is now in the first grade and I have chosen to become a dog walker. I grew up with dogs (beagles) and have been a pet owner all my life. I have 3 wonderful cats (Stevie, Benjamin and Gordon). Although I don't own a dog of my own right now I love dogs and enjoy spending time with them. Being a life long pet owner I know that a pet is a family member.
 

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I love animals and sincerely enjoy caring for and spending time with them .  I am athletic and I love walking outdoors.  I have always been around dogs.  I understand them, know how to act around them and treat them to make them happy. I have just started caring for and becoming interested in cats.  I have found out why people love them so much.  I have become a "cat lover" and sleep with one curled around my head most nights! I am able to take care for them properly and give them the love and attention they need.  I will perform any task I am asked to do to the best of my ability.  You will find I am responsible and determined to please my clients and do an exceptional job for Walking Paws!!!
Ashlin Marie Nealey

 

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Nancy Maye

 

I've lived in Lorton for almost 40 years. Got married when I was 18. Yes I am 58 years old. I grew up in Canada on a farm, with cows, horses, pigs, goats, chickens and always dogs and cats. I have always loved all animals and need to give them love and receive their love. There is nothing better than a warm lick and a wagging tail.

 

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My name is Gerda and I am a Navy Veteran with 27 years of service.  I love animals and have had dogs all my life.    I currently have two sweet minpins who keep me on my toes.  I can’t beat their unconditional love and beautiful brown eyes!  After 30 plus years in the field of Information Technology, I decided to follow my heart and passion into alternative medicine.  I have just completed a PhD program for Natural Medicine.  As I embark on this journey, I realized that there is a lot of natural medicine available for animals from aromatherapy to homeopathy to energy work.  I’ve made a point of including that in my studies to find ways to keep our furry friends healthy through preventive care.  I love breaking up my day by getting out to walk dogs and care for pets  I look forward to giving your pets the love and attention they needs while you away.

 

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My name is Jackie Genung-Bell. I grew up in northern New Jersey, but have lived in the Alexandria, VA area for over twenty-seven years. I am married and have two children, a daughter who is sixteen, and a son who is twelve. I have two dogs, Charlie, a Border Collie and Lucky, a Dachshund. I have two cats, Daisy and Nelly. I’ve had many other pets in the past that have needed pills daily and I administered Sub-Q fluids. This extra care extended their lives to sixteen and nineteen years of age. I believe when you have animals it’s a commitment for their lifetime. I provide a forever home no matter the circumstance. They are like children to me. My daughter has also kept mice and rats. I am passionate about all animals. I have years of experience with dog walking and pet sitting. I understand how much your animals mean to you. I will give them the same love and care I would give my own. I am dependable, responsible, and most importantly trustworthy. If your animals are in my care, you can be rest assured they will be well loved and safe.

 

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