The presence of animals in our lives enriches.

Our pets are family, and when you can't be home, a qualified, pet care professional, who understands the role your pets play in your life, and you in theirs, is of the utmost importance and should be the next best thing to you.

Animals have always been a part of my life.  And, as long as I've had neighbors, family, and friends who have pets, I've provided pet sitting services for them!  In 2007, one of my friends suggested I expand my pet care activity to a business level - which has turned out to be very good advice.

In my pet experiences, I've bottle-fed an abandoned kitten, cared for a cat with leukemia, given insulin injections, logged miles of dog-walking, cared for senior animals, and thoroughly enjoyed hours and hours of love, play, and interaction with some of the most interesting personalities I've ever met! 

In 2011, my cat, Sam, passed away at the age of 18. I found Sam under my front porch at the age of 3 weeks - evidence indicated she'd been dragged under the porch as prey by a wild critter - I heard her meowing over the sound of my lawn mower and, following her cries, tore the ends off the porch to find her. I bottle fed her, introduced her into my already two cat household (Frank and Murphy) and loved her with all my heart - what a personality, and what a blessing she was!

It took me quite a while to transition through Sam's loss, and I reached a point where, when I knew the time was right, I'd adopt two cats who needed to be rehomed. Little did I know....

In 2015, I started watching over two cats that I called the "friendly ferals" - Luci and Bob, two neighborhood cats who were once housecats and, through a series of perfect storm human life events, were left to their own devices. The ultimate goal was to build trust and bring them indoors to stay. It's taken months upon months of relationship building, and Luci and Bob are now housecats.

I believe in connecting and communicating with animals on their level - respecting their nature.

Years ago, when I started taking western pleasure riding lessons, I needed to find common ground with my school horse, Elvis, a spirited 16-plus hand, Secretariat-red thoroughbred/quarter horse mix who suffered no fools.

Finding a way to connect with Elvis was my first real experience in truly reaching animals by understanding their ways. I gained much insight into horse behavior from the book The Body Language of Horses by Tom Ainslee and Bonnie Ledbetter. Once I understood how Elvis worked - horse communication, physiology, instinct, and perspective, we became fast friends and I became an accomplished rider.

It didn't take much for me to realize that reaching Elvis by understanding how he navigates his world didn't just apply to horses.

Understanding innate perspective, body language, DNA, energy, history, purpose, literal point-of-view, and social structure applies to all animals. This understanding helps me connect with animals I am just meeting and has certainly enhanced the experiences I have with my own pets, my pet clients, and the animals I know.

My approach to pet care is holistic and informed by my years of experience, along with a lot of reading and study. Results not typical.... ever!

I am a Certified Reiki Level 2 practioner (Usui Method), and certified in Advanced Animal Reiki. 

I am a proponent of positive training methods for all animals only. I will not provide services for a houshehold that does not use positive methods.

I currently provide services to 20 client households - I visit some households daily, and for others, I'm on-call for vacations, schedule conflicts, and day/weekend trips.

My pet clients stay happy while you are gone, and are happier when you return! 

I am a summa cum laude degreed communications professional - Go Bucks!  I write, and, I contribute my time and talents to my hometown - I manage the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

I have a business background in entrepreneurial, political, corporate, and family-business environments.

I provide a depth of knowledge from decades of pet care for myself, friends, neighbors, clients, and family that will keep your pet safe, cared-for, and happy when you can't be home or may need assistance.

Thanks for stopping by the NorthStar Pet Services site.

Good thoughts.


June 15, 2017

NorthStar Pet is only talking referrals and people I run into on dogwalks at this time.

After more than ten years, I am blessed to have such a nice group of clients, many of whom have been my clients from the beginning. And, I love them - pets and humans.

Because of the nature of the service I provide, and the standards I keep, I am able to serve my current clients, and maintain enough discretionary-give in my schedule to allow for client referrals and people I run into on dog walks. (And, there may be times I have to refer the referrals!)

I also recommend contacting my pet sitter, Karen Meldrum, of Wizard of Dogz and Dave Todd and Jeff Chaykowski at Critter Sitters. 

(There is no guarantee that Wizard of Dogz or Critter Sitters have visit-time available. They are my most trusted go-to's.)

With gratitude and good thoughts.

- Linda.  

(June 15, 2017; Updated from November 6, 2016.)