Hi there, I'm Heather! I am a UCSD Student majoring in Math–Applied Science and minoring in music. I have had dogs since I was 4 years old, and I can’t imagine life without them. Caring for pets is a dream job for me! This may sound cliche, but I am the kind of person animals automatically come to because they can sense how much I love them from a mile away.
One of my childhood dogs had diabetes and I was the one responsible for giving him his insulin shots (12 y.o. me thought it was fun, and I still do). Now, I am volunteering at the San Diego Humane Society.It warms my heart to see abandoned and rejected animals find forever homes. I am working towards vet school and want as much experience as I can get!
I have two dogs of my own: Lucy and Bella. Lucy is a 2.5 year-old Jack Russel mix (we think; her mom looked like a Corgi!). She is as sweet as can be, but is a little shy. Recently, I walked into a pet store asked to hold one of their Miniature Dachshunds—just for 5 minutes. Of course, the moment I picked her up she became a member of my family. Her name is Bella and she is about 6 months old now. She is such a pain! She doesn’t look like she can do much damage but there is so much energy in that tiny body! Lucy and Bella are the best of friends. Their wrestling matches are way better than the WWE! They love other dogs too, although they can be apprehensive of larger dogs. They are both spayed, vaccinated, and on flea prevention.
I do have experience with diabetic dogs. I previously owned a black lab mix who struggled with both diabetes and arthritis in his old age. I often was the one to give him his insulin shots (twice a day) and have handled situations where he went into shock. Unfortunately, he passed away about two years ago due to unrelated health issues. I miss him terribly.
I am a student who lives on campus so I often switch back and forth between my hometown Glendora, CA and La Jolla, CA. I will generally be in Glendora during the end of December to the beginning of January and from June to late September (winter and summer breaks). While I am in Glendora, I can take pets into my home. Lucy and Bella live here, along with 3-4 other adults (none under 18, all with animal care experience). Sadly, the dorms do not allow animals so I will not be boarding or providing daycare whilst in La Jolla.
I have classes for about 3 hours per day (sometimes more depending on the day of the week) and my volunteer shifts are usually two hours. I make my own schedule at the Humane Society so if your pet needs more time and care, just let me know!
I am excited to meet you and your pet(s)! Please do not hesitate to contact me - even if you are not ready to book or if you just have a question about DogVacay!
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