About Lorrie

About Me & What I Do...
 
After seeing three pets through their respective senior years, twilight, hospice and end-of-life in as many years, I'm grateful to have had so much time with each of them. Bruiser, my yellow Lab passed away in 2013 at the age of 13 after a diagnosis of cancer and a very lively life. For nearly 16 years, I shared life with Gretchen, who was shall we say 'the one', my heart dog. A Saint Bernard/shepherd mix, she had a very healthy life and as many large breed dogs experience, she had osteoarthritis. Though it was well-managed, it had eventually progressed to a point that it wouldn't allow her to have a good quality of life. My domestic short hair, Silver remained with me until he demonstrated that was ready to go, in 2016, at age 19. Each pet taught me a lot and I carry more memories of them than I can count and for now, that's enough. I'm taking a break from having pets at home for a while and I have to say that I'm pretty content tending to my charges and pursuing 

So, how did I get started in the pet sitting business?
 
I owned a residential cleaning company for over 20 years, and because of the trust that my clients had in me even then - and my natural ability with animals, I had served as caregiver to many of my clients' pets - whether the family was on vacation or just away at work for long periods of time. Dog walks, potty breaks and even overnight visits and house sitting had become a part of my role in my business. After some time I began getting inquiries from friends of clients, and it went from there.
 
Now, having long-retired from the cleaning business, being a pet sitter -- one that specializes in providing ancillary pet palliative care and pet hospice support -- is my focus full time.
 
My service area includes: Dexter, Pinckney, Hell, Unadilla, Gregory, West Ann Arbor and parts of Chelsea.
 
Also, I'm a freelance writer, who currently publishes on Animals Unfolded. For many years, I was a frequent contributor to AnnArbor.com and The Ann Arbor News. My goal as a writer? To empower people to better understand their pets, and create a better life for animals.

With all of that in mind, I'm a big believer in taking advantage of opportunities to participate in professional workshops, webinars and conferences across the country that are focused on animal hospice, behavior, positive reinforcement training and force free methods -- and animal health. As a member of organizations like the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, The Pet Professional Guild, Doggone Safe, The Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement and Pet Sitter International, I'm able to access the best training and as always, raise the bar in the industry and mentor other pet sitters. 

In 2017, I earned a certification in Pet Loss and Grief Companioning under the tutelage of Coleen Ellis of Two Hearts Pet Loss Center.