Sandy Daens, owner of Kritter Sitter in Pleasant View, TN, is a woman I know from a pet sitter email list that we've both been on for years.
I didn't realize it until I read the article but she
and I started our pet sitting businesses at just about the same time - around 9/11 - not exactly the best time to start a new pet sitting business!
Anyway, from what I've seen through conversations on the email list, Sandy
seems to be extremely intent on providing the absolute best care possible to the pets she
is entrusted with.
So, if you're in her
area, give her
a call if you need pet care.
also helped me out a bit during the frenzy early on in the pet food recall. (Thank you, Sandy!)
asked me to let people know she's
in Pleasant View, not Cedar Hill as the article states.
From the Ashland City Times..
The need for reliable pet care while traveling prompted Cedar Hill resident Sandy Daens
to start her
business, Kritter Sitter.
"We opened right before 9/11," Daens
"The timing could not have been worse.
People stopped traveling because of the fear of terrorism, she
stuck with it through the hard times after the terrorist attack.
business has been growing ever since.
Born in Germany and raised by Belgian parents, Daens
has lived all over the world including Germany, Colorado, Kansas and California.
now lives in Cedar Hill, where her
pet sitting business serves Cheatham, Robertson and Montgomery counties.
"Ninety percent of my clients are in Cheatham County," Daens
"Cheatham County is one of the most beautiful places in Tennessee."
"My real love is animals," Daens
said, who feels a definite closeness to the variety of animals she
gets to look after.
In addition to dogs and cats, she
has also looked after sheep, goats and chickens.
bond with her
collie, Shiloh, as a tremendous source of comfort, strength and counsel.
and Shiloh work together as a dog therapy team visiting nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities.
"Studies have shown that pets can help lower blood pressure and reduce stress," Daens
"I have seen first-hand the emotional and physical benefits that pets have on people."
said that professional pet-sitting is much more than just cuddling animals and filling up their food and water bowls.
"You really have to know animals - from reading their body language to recognizing warning signs of illness," Daens
Administering medication and knowing what to do in an emergency are just as critical to providing proper professional care for clients.
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