Dog Handler


I grew up on a hobby farm in Geelong until I turned three which is where my passion for animals began. On the farm, our family had cows, sheep, guinea pigs, cats and dogs. I have very little memories of the farm, but I do remember the cold and how much I hated it. Luckily, my parents made the decision to move up to Townsville for my dad’s career and fortunately for me, warmer weather.

Shortly after we had settled in Townsville, my mum began her journey as a manager at a local vet clinic which only caused our families passion for animals to spread. At this stage at home we had Max who was a rottweiler, DJ a black cat, Buddie and Sweetie were cockatiels, and Snuffy who was a Maltese X. But little did we know that the number was about to increase. Soon after mum started, we got a Russian Blue named Gato who was very vocal, and multiple Hermit Crabs.

In 2013, mum brought a cat named Tigger home ‘for the night’ who was dumped in a garbage bag in front of the clinic she was working at. I remember being terrified of this little kitten who I strongly disliked at the beginning as he would chase my feet. But for some unknown reason he chose me, which was when I got my first pet which was a massive responsibility for a 12-year-old. Luckily, I took the challenge on and with my brother’s help a new spark for cats was created.

Over a decade into my mum’s veterinary career she came home with this crazy idea which was never unusual for a business lady like her to begin a Family Doggy Daycare. Like always Dad agreed to it, but little did we know this would be the start of something big. So, in 2015 mum created our families very first doggy daycare center called Dogtopia Retreat in Hyde Park. But she needed staff. Eagerly I was fortunate enough to get my first job at this facility which I have worked at ever since. Just over three years after the first Dogtopia Retreat was opened, we are now for taking on a big adventure with My Pet Hub and I couldn’t be more ecstatic!

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