After college I spent years in corporate jobs, trying to apply the Mathematics degree I’d worked so hard to earn. Eventually, though, the cubicle walls started closing in on me, and I decided to leave the corporate world as a birthday gift to myself in 2009. Without another opportunity lined up, I found myself spending much of my time with my Cockapoo rescue, Georgia Lou (a true Southern belle at heart). The two of us went on hikes, played at the dog park, or just hung out together at home. I soon realized that I should stop sending out resumes; I couldn't think of a better way to spend my days than combining my two loves – animals and the outdoors! I began walking dogs professionally in July 2009 and founded Out On A Leash in April 2010.
I devote much of my free time volunteering for Lhasa Happy Homes, a small-dog rescue group based in West LA. I foster dogs for LHH until they find their forever homes. When I'm not doing something animal-related, I enjoy reading, biking, and watching mindless TV.
I've always loved animals. Starting from an early age growing up in Arizona, I was lucky enough to have everything from hermit crabs to dogs! Since moving to Los Angeles I've worked in several typical "L.A. jobs" but have found my happy place here at Out On A Leash.
How did I find Out On A Leash? I first met Leah and her foster dog at the time, Bitsy (a Shih Tzu mix), at the dog park in the summer of 2011. I instantly fell in love with Bitsy and adopted her days later as a companion for my other pup, Frankenstein (a Maltese/Yorkie). I became an OOAL client shortly thereafter -- and a very happy one at that! I loved the comfort of knowing my fur babies were well cared for when I was away. I like to give this same comfort to my clients as well!
While I still occasionally work in theatre and pursue other creative outlets, I've found a wonderful home with the Out On A Leash team. As a professional dog walker, I'm delighted to be able to share my days with my clients' wonderful canine family members. Sadly, moving to LA meant leaving my beautiful Border Collie Jet back home with my father -- where he's always lived and is very happy -- but not having him with me has been difficult. Hanging out with my new four-legged friends has helped tremendously to fill this void. I have truly never had another job that's brought me so much joy!
In my spare time, I enjoy attending live theatre, going to movies, hiking (usually with a four-legged companion), and working on my future-academy-award-winning comedy blockbuster screenplay. I can't wait to meet you and your fantastic furry friends!
I owned and trained horses for 30 years and taught English riding with an emphasis on communication with the horse. I've always been a working artist as well. My last position as an executive assistant was rewarding and utilized my years of IT and computer experience, but I really missed my dog while spending long days in the office. When I left that job, it was glorious to get back into fine art and online antiques and vintage image sales, but best of all was being with Bug. I look forward to sharing my love and enthusiasm for animals with your furry kids as well!
My other passions are all things coffee, including roasting my own beans and questing for the ever-elusive perfect cup of espresso; buying handmade oil paints and painting; macro photography; and riding mountain bikes and motorcycles. I'm also into muscle cars and trucks and collecting vintage and custom ukuleles.