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"I used to have a German shepherd and husky mix. She was pregnant and she had a puppy. The other ones were still stuck inside of her. I didn't know this because I didn't know that much about animals. I had just gotten out of the military and was looking for a new career. I knew that if I was going to have animals I should know more about them. I decided to go to veterinary assistant school. That's how I got started with animals."

"I worked at an emergency clinic for a couple of years and then I worked at a no kill cat shelter. My husband and I moved here in 1995 and I started volunteering at the Humane Society. Eventually I became the assistant shelter director of the Humane Society. I also worked for an organization called United Animal Nations. We were like the Red Cross for animals. We set up temporary shelters for animals when disasters happened. We also rescued them if need be or found foster homes for them if people couldn't keep their animals. We managed to rescue 865 animals when Hurricane Floyd hit. Hurricane Katrina was the last disaster that I worked. I am still on the state animal response team and the Pitt County response team."

"After Floyd, I was offered a job by a lady who did dog grooming here in Greenville. In 2002, she retired and asked if I was interested in buying her business. I said sure and my husband and I have been running it ever since. The place is named after her and we told her that as long as she is alive the place will keep her name. This happens to be the 40th anniversary of us being open. Here is one of my most loyal customers!"


Bless your heart
Bless your heart