My life-long love of pets turned into a dream career in 2003 with my husband Gerard Armour. We had met that same year at a dog park. Together we created Active Paws Inc., a professional pet care business based in the greater Boston, MA area. In 2009, I was awarded Pet Sitter of the Year, the industry’s highest honor awarded by Pet Sitters International. In that same year the company was awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award, in 2011 the Tails Reader’s choice award and in 2013, the Angie’s List Super Service Award again. Active Paws Inc. expanded into a grooming and holistic pet supply store, in addition to the pet sitting.
Since 2003, I had been trained by the American Red Cross as well as several veterinarians in Pet First Aid and CPR. In 2011 I was ready to teach my own classes so I completed an instructor training course and became a certified pet 1st Aid and CPR instructor. In 2016 when I discovered ProPetHero and how they were bringing ER veterinarian instructed training to anyone; I knew I had to be a part of that awesome. So I joined the ProTrainings family, creators of ProPetHero.
In my spare time I am a volunteer and foster home for The Boxer Rescue Inc, a health conscious breeder of Boxers, as well as an active member in the Middlesex Boxer Club and Wachusett Kennel Clubs. I have been a mentor to many in the pet industry as well as those in the small business world.
When not working or volunteering I am traveling to agility, lure coursing and conformation trials. When not at a trial or finding a good home for a Boxer through the rescue, I can be found training with my pups, hiking with them on trails or playing in my neglected garden.