“I love dogs and wanted to make some extra cash.
It’s more love than cash.
I was a graphic designer and was taking a seminar to find out how I could make extra money.
I said, I love dogs and that was the beginning.
I started by dog sitting.
My first sitting job came through a super and it was for a month. The dog owner offered me $6.00 per day. I said, how about $10.00 but she said, no.
It was a Doberman named Precious. She had floppy ears and a long tail. She wore a prong collar and I put it on backwards.
My second job was the neighbors in Prescious’s building.
I got involved with the dog world and my next dog sit was $20.00 per day.
From there, the dog world opened up to me.
The dogs took me to Central Park, and I met a woman who helped to rescue and foster dogs.
I was fostering dogs and decided to help with 2 dogs that were abandoned. They were a brother and sister. They were being boarded at the vet because they didn’t have a place to go.
I went to look at them and it was love at first sight, but I couldn’t see being tied down.
The woman that rescued them found out that Sandy, the sister was unhappy in her foster home, so I took both Charlie and Sandy out of care and concern. I wasn’t working at the time so my schedule was more flexible.
They were only 11 months old. Sandy was in heat and Charlie wasn’t neutered.
I looked for a home for them everywhere, even Westchester.
I finally found a home for them but when I thought they were going to leave I started to cry.
The rest was history.
That was in 1990.
Sandy died in 2004 and Charlie died in 2005.”