Cathy

 

Cathysmall

 

Hi, I’m Cathy.  I was contracted 10 years ago to take care of the bookkeeping at Countryside.  Within a short time, I became so attached to the people, pets and activity here that I decided to withdraw from my other clients and work full-time at Countryside, adding whatever administrative duties Kathe and Countryside required.  I am as thrilled today with that decision as I was when I made it.

 

During most of my years here, both my now-grown daughters have immensely enjoyed working here, getting to know, care for and love the pets.  Even after moving on to other pursuits they still reminisce about the antics of many of the pets and miss the interaction.

 

When I began working here I had no pets and the staff began teasing me about how long it would take for me to fall in love with the animals and want to adopt one of my own.  I firmly replied I wanted to keep my furniture and floors and everything else in my house clean and in one piece.  Well, I held out for almost 7 months.

 

Maggie, our Border Collie/Labrador cross is the centre of our household, tolerating tons of hugs and kisses.  The tension-relief I feel when she leans against me, or puts her head on my shoulder as I hug her, or when she thinks she’s a lap-dog, brings such peace.  Naturally, I think she’s the smartest dog ever as well, with the numerous games she has invented like “kick the ball” where she kicks a tennis ball back to you when you throw or roll it across the room.  Maggie has, at one time or another, been afraid of everything from hot-air balloons to rain to the beeping smoke alarm that needed a new battery (she woke up both my husband and me and wouldn’t leave us alone until the battery was changed and the beeping stopped) and, believe it or not, she was even afraid of the moon for a couple weeks!  Guess whose picture I have as my desktop background on my computer?  For a year after my eldest daughter moved to her own home, guess whose was the only photo she displayed?  My husband has a picture of Maggie on the bulletin board in his office, but where are our daughters, or me?   Our Maggie is truly a character we absolutely adore.

 

Over the years, I have met numerous characters in the kennel and cattery.  We have had several dogs that deliberately roll with their blankets until they’ve wrapped themselves so just their nose, or sometimes nothing, is showing.  We regularly get cuddle-bunnies who love to be hugged (both dogs and cats).  Several regular daycare dogs race to where the daycare dogs’ leashes and collars are hung to sniff the ones already hanging, checking out which playmates are already here.

 

I understand how incredibly important a pet is to his or her people.

 

I am very proud to be part of the team at Countryside, where I would not hesitate to leave the most vulnerable member of our family.