While completing my Bachelors degree at the University of Oregon last year, I was also caring for two terminally ill pets. I found myself turning down invitations, making plans around my dogs’ schedules so I could be home with them as much as possible. I know how difficult it can be to find responsible caregivers when a pet requires extensive daily care.
After caring for Kevyn and Martha, I became passionate about becoming a pet sitter and focusing my business on families who are pet caregivers. It is my belief that pet caregivers need to have a break for themselves and I want to be there to offer that break.
For 30 years, I have been in the dog field. I started my career as a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of America, including birthing and caring for Guide Dog moms and babies at my home. Later, I owned and operated a successful dog training business in Vermont for seven years, with a focus on teaching good manners and agility.
When living in Vermont, I regularly volunteered my training services at three animal shelters. Since moving to Eugene, I volunteer in several capacities at the 1st Avenue Shelter, which is part of Green Hill Humane Society. I worked part time as a Veterinary assistant for several years and I have an extensive education in animal training and behavior. I have even taught chickens to do tricks!
If you have questions or concerns about leaving a pet with special needs at home, I would be happy to speak with you.
Cheri Spaulding, CPDT-KA, BS
Owner, Rock Nest Pet Care