I started out with a degree in Economics from Montclair State and worked as a credit Analyst for two companies. Although I loved this line of work, after the birth of my two children, I decided to take a break and be a “stay at home mom”.
Several years went by, and as the children grew, I knew it was time to go back to work, but I knew it had to be something where I could make a difference. I started working with seniors for a company called, “Quality Home Care” in Seagirt. I discovered that working with seniors gave me the gratification I was looking for. I loved making a difference in people’s lives and working with seniors made a difference in mine as well. It was a great fit!
Along with taking care of seniors came taking care of their beloved pets. Often I found myself walking , feeding and caring for their animals as part of my daily routine with them. I consider myself a “care provider” whether it be for the sick and elderly or for our four legged furry friends.
After 15 years of providing senior care I decided once again that it was time to try something different. I took a job with a local Pet Sitting Company and worked there for two years. I absolutely fell in love with this line of work! Once again it was time for a career shift.
I decided to combine my entrepreneurial and caring spirit and with the help of Emily ,we started our own company. That’s how Canine-Cat-Connection was born! Although we launched the company in January of 2018, I have been involved in the Pet Sitting Industry for over a decade now. I consider myself a care provider and caring for the four legged fur babies is just what the doctor ordered. Aside from senior care, it is the most rewarding job I have ever had!
I grew up in Middletown NJ as the youngest of five children . It was a busy home with a lot of chaos, noise and dogs. As far back as I can remember, we always had dogs. My parents had such a love for dogs and took a special interest in two breeds, the Collie and the Daschshund. They started showing dogs all over the country and breeding dogs at our home as well. I will never forget how sad I would feel as a child when each puppy were to leave the litter and go to their forever home. I can recall my parents discussing opening a kennel and naming it Frebro (Freida and Howard Brous). Unfortunately, their dream never came to fruition.
Once I became an adult and graduated college, I held several different careers from Hospitality/Food Service and Retail Sales management and marketing. I never really was able to find my passion. When I left my last position in Retail Management back in 2013, I knew it was time to reinvent myself. I decided to redirect my career to something I felt passionate about.
I met my friend and future business partner Fran through a local pet sitting company we were both working for. We decided to venture out and start our own business. It was the best decision I have ever made! I can honestly say I am finally doing something that I am extremely passionate about!
I am currently the proud owner of two dogs, two lizards, a cat, frogs and many fish. But I feel like I have so many members of extended family through Canine-Cat-Connection. Fran and I treat our fur clients as if they are part of our family. We love and care for each and every fur creature as if they were are own. It is the most rewarding job I have ever had and can’t imagine doing anything else!