Hello, my name is Julie Wheeler, the owner of Homebodies Critter Care. I have always loved animals! I had numerous different pets growing up, and currently have four adorable pups.
I am originally from Iowa, but lived in South Dakota for about 15 years, where I met my husband, Mike. We, along with our 3 sons, moved to Austin in 2005. I was a stay at home mom for 14 years. When I decided to return to the work force, I knew I wanted to work with animals.
I went to work for a very busy and reputable boarding facility where I gained 2½ years of Kennel Technician, as well as Kennel Management, experience. I then went to work for a very successful Vet Clinic as a Kennel Technician for another year and a half. During my employment I had the responsibility of feeding, medicating, and walking the animals in my care. I am trained in Sub Q injections, such as insulin, and am also Animal First Aid / CPR Certified.
Why a Pet Sitter?
The best part about working at both of those places, of course, was being with the animals. However, I quickly learned that not all dogs do well in a boarding situation. It broke my heart to see the stress that some of the dogs exhibited - from pacing, excessive drooling, and scratching at the cage/run door, to stress induced diarrhea. This is why I decided to start Homebodies Critter Care. I wanted to give pet owners an alternative to boarding their pet while they are away.
With a pet sitter, your pets will stay in their own comfortable, familiar surroundings. There is no need for additional vaccines, and no need to worry about your pet being exposed to illness from other animals. With a pet sitter, your pet will get the individualized, personal attention it needs and deserves. You also get the added bonus of having your home monitored while you are away.