Jill's Pet Sitting is owned and operated by
me, Jill Engle. I have loved and owned animals for as long as
I can remember. My parents adopted my first dog, Maggie, from
the Animal Humane
Society a few months before I was born. She was a German Shephard-Springer
Spaniel mix and was great family dog. She was gentle, mellow,
loving, and kind. Later came Doc, a wild and crazy Irish Setter.
He was a wonderful dog who was always ready for anything. Somehow
we could never tire him out! If you've ever owned an Irish Setter
or other high-energy dog you know exactly what I'm talking about.
During this same time we always had a menagerie
of other animals in our home. I, personally, had a bunch of fresh-water
fish and two birds, Simon and Garfunkel, who were both parakeets.
A school friend of mine had a gerbil that I got to care for at
school and during school break one year so I considered myself
to be a foster mom to a gerbil also.
Now, I am priviledged to share my home with
both cats and dogs. My animals were adopted from the Rice
County Humane Society here in Faribault, the Minnesota
Valley Humane Society in Burnsville, and Waverly
Pet Rescue in Waverly, Iowa. I love every day that I get to
live along side my wonderful animals each with very distinct personalities.
I also love watching my son grow up with animals. He is very nurturing
and loving to his pets but at the same time it is also a challenge
for him to learn how best to care for them and interact with them
(and protect his favorite toys from those sharp cat teeth!).
My dog Newman and I take and have taken obedience,
agility, and rally obedience classes together. Taking classes
together helps to stengthen our bond and increase our trust in
each other. This was especially important when we first adopted
Newman because, like many shelter dogs, he came with his own set
of emotional and behavioral baggage. I also think that it is important
to give him a job to do to increase his sense of importance and
belonging in our family. Agility and obedience are great jobs
for him because he learns quickly and loves to excel at it.
My love of animals also extends to the wildlife
we find in our own backyard. My son and I have a patch of milkweed
plants in our butterfly garden which attracts Monarch butterflies.
They not only stop there to dine, they also lay their eggs on
these plants so we get to closely observe the whole butterfly
life cycle. We are also avid backyard birders enjoying all the
usual and unusual species of birds that visit our feeders. My
favorite are the elusive Ruby-throated Hummingbirds!
We have a few, less conventional pets at our
household as well: earthworms! We use our earthworms for indoor
vermicomposting and have a great time checking to see what the
food we've given them looks like as they munch on it.
As you can probably tell by now, my home is
filled with as many animals as I can fit in. While my brain knows
that we are at capacity, my heart is always open and ready to
care for another animal (or two or three). I had been searching
for a way to have more animals in my life without having to add
them to my home for quite a few years. I had also been contemplating
my next career. After graduating from college and working in higher
education for nearly a decade, I felt that it was time for a change.
As I searched for career ideas that would take
advantage of my interests and skills, I discovered the idea of
pet sitting in a book and the idea seemed to fit. I love animals
and would get to care for and nurture many more pets than I could
ever own. What a great idea! I did my research and a lot of work
and Jill's Pet Sitting was born. I am very excited to meet and
care for the animals in your life!