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I have had pets all of my life and absolutely love animals! I currently have 5 dogs, all of them rescued. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education and a Master’s Degree in Education. I taught middle school for 5 years. In April of 2008, my mom, Paula, and I decided to start PAWSitive Strides, because of our love for animals. I couldn’t ask for a better job! In addition to my own babies, I feel privileged to be able to spoil and pamper other people’s pets!
My daughter and I started PAWSitive Strides to combine our love of pets with our desire to provide quality service to others. We believe in making sure all pets are treated with the same love and attention that they would receive if their owners were home. It makes all of the difference in the world to the pet that is away from its owner. Like my daughter, I also taught for many years and have owned pets throughout my life. My current pets are two rescued dogs. They are part of the family!
Hello, my name is Camila. All my life I have grown up around animals. Dogs, fish, birds, even ducklings, and I absolutely love them! I have worked with customer service for quite a few years now. I look forward to speaking to you and helping to meet your needs as well as your pets’ needs.
I have always loved animals and have had numerous pet growing up. I currently have a fur baby named Daisy in addition to my two human children. 🙂 I have a B.S. in Hospitality Management from UCF. I look forward to helping answer any questions you may have about our service and to getting you set up with our outstanding pet sitters!
Hello! My name is Alexandra Buczek, and I have a passion for animals! I graduated from Eckerd College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Marine Biology. I moved from Massachusetts to Orlando in order to work seasonally at SeaWorld around two years ago. Once this position ended, I worked at Disney’s Best Friends Petcare and I eventually moved to Orange County Animal Services where I help to educate others on proper animal care and protect both domestic and wildlife animals. I enjoy caring for animals and I cannot wait to help care for your furry friends as well! I look forward to meeting and working with you!
I have always loved animals and I aspire to become a dog trainer and dog rehabilitator. It started out when I first fostered a dog from the SPCA who was caged her entire life. And from that moment on I realized that there are such high degrees of special cases with dogs that 90% of dog trainers couldn’t help them. That’s when I realized that I wanted to make a difference and help as many cases of aggressive and super fearful dogs as I possibly can. I volunteer with 4 rescues and I save and foster puppies in my spare time. I am willing to put in more effort and devoting most my life to helping dogs.
Hello, my name is Cora. My entire life I have been passionate about animals. Being able to help and care for them has always been something of importance to me. I have experience with various animals, including dogs, cats, fish, and other small animals, personally and professionally. There is nothing more rewarding to me than being able to see happy animals. I currently have one dog, a four-year-old miniature Australian Shepherd named Rocko. He is the light of my life and inspires me so much every day. I can’t wait to meet you and your pets, and show them as much love as I would my own.
Hello, my name is Elinor; I was born in London, Great Britain, raised in the south of France for 16yrs and moved to Florida in 2001 to study Travel and Tourism Management. I was brought up on a farm where we had dogs, cats, chickens, pigs, cows, and rabbits. I love and respect animals. I own two dogs, one is an English Cocker Spaniel named Roxie. She is 3yrs old. The other one is a Dachshund named Taz. He is 1 year old. I provide for them and they give me unconditional love, care, and walks. It will be a pleasure to take care of your pets as my own.
Hello, my name is Gabrielle Clements. I was born in Boston Massachusetts but I have lived in the Orlando area for 12 years now. Growing up I was lucky enough to always have pets in my life and I currently have 1 dog (Zach) and 4 cats (Princess, James, Nora, and Ben). I really enjoy caring for all my pets and I would love to take care of yours as well. I love animals so much that if you asked me what I wanted to do when I was younger I always said I wanted to become a veterinarian. I now attend Valencia College and plan on doing their nursing program. I can’t wait to take care and love your pets!
I was born in Maine and moved to paradise (Florida) in 2000. I love animals and I have always had pets in my life. My two fur kids are rescued tiger-striped cats named Tiki (age 13) and Wasabi (age 8) and they are the center of my world. Pets provide such great companionship and unconditional love! I enjoy playtime with animals, being outside, and find taking dogs for a walk both therapeutic and relaxing. It also helps me get my 10,000 steps in a day! 😉 As a pet parent, I know how important it is to have someone you trust to care for your furbabies when you are away. It would be my pleasure to care for and love your fur kids in your absence and provide you with peace of mind. I look forward to meeting both you and your pets soon!
Hi, Everyone! My name is Melanie and I live with my rescued cat, Sherbert. I am originally from Indianapolis, IN and I moved to Orlando in order to fulfill my dream of working with dolphins. In addition to being part of the PAWSitive Strides team, I work at Discovery Cove where I help to care for and train Atlantic bottlenose dolphins! I have been a part of the marine mammal care and public education industry for over eight years and have cared for all kinds of creatures, big and small, domestic and exotic. I also have been riding and training horses for over twelve years. I even had my own horse that I rescued off the racetrack and retrained to compete in eventing and English style riding. Taking care of animals is my career and my passion and I can’t wait to meet your furry family members and give them all the love and best care possible!
I have a love of all animals. I am the co-founder of the world’s first sea turtle hospital in Marathon, Fla. Keys. I also have experience with rescue for whales, dolphins, manatees, sea birds, and sea turtles and other wildlife. I am pet-CPR-certified and also a 100-ton master coast guard captain. One of my other jobs is as a National Marine Fisheries Endangered Species Observer. My pet family has a kitten named Spice, and a Shih-Tzu named Aja, also a tortoise named Tree Trunk.