This week we are featuring Carissa. “I have been around dogs my entire life. Growing up we always had dogs and cats on my parent’s acreage. I have also had some parakeets, fish, turtles, and rabbits growing up. I have always had a passion for animals. I graduated from Iowa Central Community College in 2012 with an interest in pre-vet tech. After ICCC I went to Iowa State for a year taking animal science classes.
Currently my life is controlled by my two favorite fur kids; my 4 year old Rat Terrier mix Zoey and my 3 year old Black Labrador Retriever Copper. Zoey is my love bug – always wanting to cuddle, but she does have a wild side, she loves refereeing her brother when out in the yard playing fetch. She runs behind him barking and cheering him on. She also loves doing the “zoomies” around the house. Copper is my hard worker. My Boyfriend and Copper just recently received his AKC Junior Hunter Title and his NAHAR Started Retriever Title. They will be working for more titles in the future. This fall/winter we are going to be working towards his CGC title.
I volunteered at an Animal shelter while I attended college and loved every minute. I also worked at 3 Earl May Lawn and Garden stores extending over 5 years. Starting at the age of 16, where I worked with the animals there taking care of them and educating new owners. I worked at a doggie daycare for a year, where I fell in love with handling and working with each of the dogs on a day to day basis. I also enjoyed hearing stories from the passionate owners.
When I started at Wholesome Pet Essentials I found a whole new group of passionate pet owners and I absolutely love helping them and their dogs and finding healthy holistic options. I have been working at Wholesome Pet Essentials since they opened in March of 2015. It has been a great year and a half.”