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Cathy Hatim

In 2003, I had some life changing events happen and I had more time on my hands than I ever had and decided to start Happy Pets Pet Sitting Service to keep myself busy.  With my love of animals, owning and caring for all sorts of animals from a pet rat, guinea pigs, rabbits, turtles, Fish (fresh and Salt water), birds (chickens, cockatiels, lovebirds, ducks and including a Macaw and Bare eyed Cockatoo,

an assortment of dogs, cats, pot bellied pigs and a horse, I was the one to always stay home and watch them while the family went on vacation.  I showed Rough Collies for 13 years and during that time I was a member of the Sierra Vista Kennel Club.  I became a certified Dog Trainer through Arizona Canine Academy with Rocky Boatman. I rescued dogs that were throwaways, dogs with special needs, deaf, arthritic, genetic issues from breeding etc.  I did place some but some were so abused that I just kept them so that no more harm would come to them like the Sheltie I adopted from the shelter, they had him a month and they were going to euthanized him.  The story behind him is that animal control had to use a tranquilizer gun to capture him, which shows how skittish he was, eating out of peoples trash cans to survive.  Soon after bringing him home I discovered he was deaf, which is a genetic trait in Blue Merles. One day I heard this noise and realized he was barking, it turned out he was de-barked also. He was very shy, but started to blossom in my care with the love and daily meals he received.  He learned hand signals from me and became part of the family and I kept him till he passed away of old age.  There were other dogs I have owned that were throwaways, over my 41 years of living in Sierra Vista.   
  11 of those 41 years in Sierra Vista I worked as a Receptionist/Veterinarian Technician, I realized that some of the dogs and cats were not happy while boarded at the vet clinic.  Some would not eat for days, some would do just fine, and some handled it with nervous diarrhea, so I thought it would be great if the pets could stay home while the family went on vacations or away on a business trip.  This way the pets would be happy staying home in their own environment and same diet, schedule, etc.  This is how Happy Pets Pet Sitting Service got started.  Your pets are able to build a relationship with us at Happy Pets and tend to think of us as extended family that they see once in awhile.

Looking forward to meeting and caring for your Pet(s) and home,

Cathy Hatim, Owner


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