designed and built Almost Home Pet Resort
in 1992 to fullfill a life long dream, after extensive research on all aspects of what makes a successful boarding kennel.Her
background makes her
an ideal owner/operator of an ABKA boarding kennel which offers boarding, grooming, training and breeding.
After completing a comprehensive course of dog grooming at Stanton School of Dog Grooming
in New York, Betsy
subsequently was hired to teach the art of dog grooming, handling, and shop management and later did all-breed dog grooming at a veterinary hospital in Hollywood, Florida.
ANIMAL TRAINING AND BEHAVIORBetsy obtained her BA Degree in Psychology from Finch College, in New York, with an emphasis in animal psychology and behavioral development.She successfully taught basic obedience and puppy kindergarten classes for the Dog Training Club of Tampa.
VETERINARY TECHNICIANAfter completing an AA degree and received State Certification in Veterinary Technology at St. Petersburg Jr. College, Florida in 1982, she worked at a Veterinary clinic doing technician work for 9 years.Betsy
was responsible for client relations and education, technician exams, administering vaccinations, all phases of lab work, radiology, pre-surgical preparation, inventory control and ordering and nursing treatment and care.
BOARDINGBetsy started her boarding career as a kennel worker, responsible for the care and feeding of 100-150 boarding and/or breeding dogs - at the Kencanis Kennels of Weston, Connecticut.Her
dream was to become an owner herself with the skills to to select qualified people in all phases of boarding/grooming and training.
Since 1975 Betsy
has been professional breeder of champion AKC Standard Poodles.