name is Joan. I am the founder and owner of Pet Connections. I was
attending music classes in 1993 when I first started walking dogs
for a well-known Oak Park Pet Service (part time). I felt lucky
to be selected for the job and was very enthusiastic and excited
to be doing it. At first I was unable to tell a Rottweiller from
a Boxer and had some very funny experiences trying to handle the
dogs I was assigned to.
Looking back on that 12 years later I realize the
vast amount of experience I have gained in many areas that affect
the health and training of canines and felines. I could probably
say I've walked over 5000 dogs in that period and handled dogs of
almost every breed from the littlest Maltese to the largest-a 130lb
I've handled dominant dogs like a 67lb Akita mix
named Sierra who never stops reminding every dog on her block that
she's the boss and will be glad to prove it. Dogs who are senile
and incontinent, dogs that are overweight and can barely walk, or
dogs that are diabetic and need insulin injections. I've met beautiful
Devon Rex cats and an Abyssinian cat - his name is Yoshi.
As I came to know all these dogs and cats I have
formed deep and loving relationships with them based on an appreciation
of the their individuality and characteristics. I love the gentleness
and independence of the felines, I appreciate the loyalty and goofiness
of the Akita mix, the playfulness of my Bichon friend, Chloe - her
favorite trick is running around you in circles or devilishly stealing
the cats food, or the sweet shyness of my favorite cocker spaniel.
I've come to understand how important the ball is to Kate, the golden
Each and every new dog I meet excites me and makes
me happier. If I had a motto I guess it would be so many dogs, so
little time. They never cease to amaze me. Perhaps the biggest reason
I founded Pet Connections was the joy it gives me in making all
these pets feel happy and content when their owners can't be there.
To me it is a very rewarding and important job and that's why I
love doing it.
I consider Pet Connections a home away from home
for my pet clients. I attend to their needs on an individual basis.
After all, each dog and cat is different and unique. When I send
a pet sitter to your home that is the only person your dog or cat
will know. We only hire those who have experience with cats and
dogs and we don't hire them on a seasonal basis. All of our staff
is hired and trained by me. I must feel confident that they know
how to properly care for your pet. In this way your pet gets the
most expert care we can give.