Hi there! My name is Stephanie. I am recently married to my husband J, and we are loving life with our pups Tonka, Gaige, and Georgia, living just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. We have grown to share a passion for rescue animals, and specifically pit bull type dogs, and of course, the people that love them. We would be so happy to have you join us 🙂I bring to the table a long history of time with animals, even in my brief 23 years. At the young age of 6, my mom decided to foster my love of animals by signing us up to volunteer at the local humane society. We spent every weekend there, when I was not caring for a house full of baby birds & bunnies, stray cats & missing dogs. Growing up, I had my own ‘business’ of pet-sitting and dog-training. This endeavor eventually grew to afford me my hobby of competitive horseback riding! We even took on the unique and life-changing experience of raising a service dog, named Carrie.
My love for animals has only grown with me. In 2011, I graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Animal Sciences, and a focus on companion animal behavior and nutrition. From there, I have worked as a veterinary technician, and also as a Practice Manager at a large equine veterinary hospital. I even had a brief stint as a keeper at a zoo!
I have recently made the difficult decision to leave the jay-oh-bee, in large part because I want to focus on rescuing opportunities, and in small part because I was not (yet?) able to find a career that fulfilled me as much as my hobbies. I am excited for this next phase in my life, and so grateful for the ability to make a difference.
Please see the ‘My Missions’ page if you are interested in learning more about the goals and philosophies that drive this blog. They are a huge part of who we are and what we do!
And as always, if you have any questions at all, feel free to get in touch with me at sel1490(at)gmail(dot)com OR via our facebook page.
Random Facts About Stephanie
My first word was “nittany,” thanks to a family of proud Penn State grads!
For approximately 2.35 years of my life, I lived in my pink and white star-sparkled cowgirl boots. Wore them to bed and all! This should have been a warning sign to my parents, who have endured a horse-crazy girl (turned teen, turned adult) and all of the financial and emotional struggles that entails!
I can’t say no to pizza with pepperoni and pineapple.
I have moved around a good bit throughout my life (Chicago, Western PA, VA, State College, back to Pittsburgh, and a few transitions in between.)
J. says it was love at first sight… it took me a few months to catch on 😉 He is the butter to my mashed potatoes, the fireplace to my winter night, and the almond icing to my cupcake. In real-life, he pushes me to be loud and brave and strong, and I guide him toward a more gentle approach. He is also the designated breakfast maker and best pancake flipper around!
I am sensitive, emotional, and easily inspired… books, quotes and music are my weaknesses, and I have a thing for anyone with a passion. If that sounds like you, we’d probably be best friends.
I personally believe kindness to be my best quality (that and my driven nature). While I don’t claim to be anything close to perfect, it is my daily goal to make the world a happier and more welcoming place. It has been my downfall and my flaw, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Now my analytical, dramatic, intense approach? Well, let’s just say I’m working on it!
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