At Home Pet Sitters was founded by Christina Urso-Cale in 2005. Urso-Cale was one of the pioneers of pet minding in Tasmania – at the time there were no other businesses doing what she was doing. Over the years many similar businesses have come and gone, but AHPS has remained strong, largely due to the honesty, integrity and ethos associated with the business, as well as its resultant loyal client base.
In early 2013, Urso-Cale was ready to move on to other things and At Home Pet Sitters was taken over by an existing, long-time client – me!!
I have had a lifelong love of animals and their happiness and well-being. I grew up with dogs, rabbits, budgies, cockatiels, chickens, ducks, sheep, cows and, of course, fish and hermit crabs! I continued to own rabbits and dogs right up until my partner and I moved to Tasmania in 2009. At the moment, we just have our 2 dogs (Archie the eager-to-please energiser dog & Jess the lazy smooch) and our adopted guinea pig, “Pig”, who belongs to our house mate.
For those of you wanting more solid qualifications, I have completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Animal Sciences (including Zoology, Animal Ecology, Animal Nutrition, Animal Structure and Function, Mammology, Entomology and Animal Immunology and Parasitology).
Whilst at University, I also worked at a Wildlife Park, where I regularly fed, watered, medicated, cleaned up after and generally cared for a range of native mammals, reptiles and birds.
Recently I have completed the foundation and advanced courses in canine behaviour and communication run by Jan Fennell International Dog Listeners Ltd and I am in the process of completing the final module to become a certified Dog Listener/”human trainer” .
I hope to complete more courses that may be helpful to this work and AHPS clients in the future.
For those of you who are clients of Jade Fountain and/or Katrina Ward, I am more than happy to follow specific instructions on how you wish me to interact with your pets in order to help you reach the goals you’ve set with Jade and/or Katrina.
I look forward to meeting you and caring/falling for your lovely animals.
Christina Schmuki xo.
More to come soon…