Ever since I was a baby, I’ve been surrounded by animals. Our house would often be described as a zoo, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! We’ve had all sorts of pets over the years; cats, dogs, spiders, frogs, lizards, snakes, salamanders, butterflies, and even injured wildlife that we nursed back to health. My family instilled empathy and compassion for all kinds of critters into me throughout my life.

In my free time, I love being outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. I currently volunteer at the Iowa Raptor Project, where I take care of and feed birds of prey that cannot be released back into the wild. I also do educational programs, where we teach the public about the importance of conservation of raptors and other wildlife’s habitat, and what they can do to make a difference.
From having pets at a young age, I had to learn how to interact with dogs of all sizes, ages, and demeanors.

This experience helped immensely when I started working with canines professionally in 2018. I worked at a canine care facility where I learned many important skill-sets and techniques for working with all animals, not just canines. I left my position in December of 2021, and started here at the Pooch Palace! I fell in love with the layout and the dogs; I’d never seen a place quite like the Palace. It’s evident that it was designed for dogs’ best interest and comfort. Rest assured that your pooch pal will get the best care while you’re away!