Cheryl is one of those people that are born with a deep, pure love for animals in their blood. Her parents got her her first puppy, a Beagle/Rat Terrier mix named Peppy, at the age of 2, and she has had many different types of pets, including parrots, house rabbits and horses, throughout her life. As a little girl, while her sister and girlfriends were playing with dolls, Cheryl could be found in the woods and lakes surrounding her home playing in and with nature. Always bringing home injured and stray animals, she was a nurturer from the start.
In 1997, Cheryl adopted her "Heart Dog" Harley from Friends of Wayne Animal Shelter, and her life changed forever. When Harley began having issues with severe separation anxiety and seasonal allergies, and contracted Sarcoptic Mange twice in the summer of 2000, Cheryl started researching alternative ways to boost his health and support his immune system. She read a book, "Food Pets Die For" which HORRIFIED her, and changed the way she looked at commercial pet food diets. This opened her eyes and began her self-taught study into the world of natural raw diets, supplements, the truth about vaccinations and a holistic lifestyle. Also, Cheryl has taken many courses and workshops over the years with some of the nations top experts in the field of holistic care, integrative veterinary medicine and behavioral issues.
In 2004, Cheryl and a group of residents of Montville Township NJ formed the nonprofit organization "Montville Pet Parents". MPP was incorporated in 2006, and Cheryl acted as Vice President until Harley fell ill and she had to step down to care for him in 2008.
In 2007 Harley was diagnosed with a life-altering condition called "Cauda Equina", also known as "Degenerative Lumbosacral Stenosis". (Click Here to read "Harley's Story"} With the help of 2 great vets, Dr. Marty Goldstein at Smith Ridge Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Anastasia Ferrante of Montville Veterinary Group, Harley lived until May 18th, 2009. During the 2 years of his illness, Harley developed kidney and liver issues as well. Through her own extensive research, Cheryl educated herself on alternative methods of care and with the help of Dr. Marty, Cheryl was able to bring Harley out of kidney failure. His kidney function and liver enzymes remained at normal levels for the last 9 months of his life.
Cheryl has many years of hands on experience and knowledge in medical and behavioral issues using integrative methods. Due to her years of knowledge and experience, she has become a valuable resource to her friends, family and clients regarding animal nutrition, natural remedies, the truth about vaccinations, behavior problems and everything else "animal related".
After Harley's passing, Cheryl started volunteering with various rescue organizations, helping to find homes for pets slated for death. To this day Cheryl is a dedicated Animal Rescue volunteer and an advocate for homeless pets. (Click to be directed to our "Adopt/Resources" page!)
Cheryl's professional background is in Sales/Marketing/Client Relations in the Construction, Manufacturing and wholesale Pet Supply sectors. After a company reorganization in April of 2014, her job of 11 years was eliminated. She was finally free and in a position to form her own pet care business and pursue her true passion! Cheryl brings the same integrity, honesty, ethics and compassion that has made her successful throughout her professional career to her Pet Care business.
Cheryl resides with her husband Jim and their 95 pound Yellow Lab, Jack, in Ringwood NJ. They share a love for animals, the outdoors, hiking and the Southwest, particularly Sedona, Arizona. Cheryl is also a Wellness Educator for people and pets through the use of Aromatherapy with Therapeutic Essential Oils.
Our dog "Jack" is the perfect all around dog. He is WONDERFUL with other dogs and is great at helping a "Dog to be a Dog". With the most playful, loving and generous nature, all our house guests love him!
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