Ursula’s love and compassion for animals has always been great but having always owned cat’s it wasn’t until late in life she was gifted her first dog and discovered her inate natural ability with canines. Now in Pet’s heaven, Maltese Terrier, Champagne went on location doing a TV soapie, appeared in TV ads and featured on billboards all over Melbourne – all by the time she was 12 months old. The animal casting agent said they had never used such a young pooch so successfully.
With her next dogs, Lhasa’s Bliss & Sugar, Ursula joined the VISPAT team visiting in-patients at the Royal Women’s Hospital and they were so well behaved it was the first time they allowed two dogs to visit in tandem.
From there, destiny called and Ursula opened her home to visiting pets. After 15 years she is now also skilled in grooming and dog training. Ursula’s long time passion is researching the best foods, health care and grooming products available to ensure the best health and wellbeing of pets, sourcing and she uses and recommending products which are free from chemicals, preservatives, colours and toxins.
Mel joined the LYP team in early 2015 to help Ursula care for our furry friends and help out in the office. Having been an avid animal lover since she was a little girl, this role combines her business admin skills with her love of animals and is currently studying Cert IV in Companion Animal Services. Mel is excited about being surrouned by animals on a daily basis.
Mel has pets of her own, two dogs – one called Onyx (a Schipperke) and the other, Bonnie (a miniature fox terrier), two cats, Cloud and Satine as well as fish, and an axolotl (which although known as a “walking fish” it is not a fish, but actually an amphibian).
Mel loves looking after and pampering animals of all sorts and will do everything to ensure your pets are happy and cared for when you can’t be there.
Victor has been a committed volunteer at his local animal shelter in Keysborough for the past eight months, caring for and walking dogs, including basic obedience training and giving much needed love and attention to the residents. His patience and tolerant nature, combined with his love of fitness, make him a very capable walker with even the most challenging dogs. He treats any dog he comes across as if it were his own and of course, his own dog Kaia (Poodle X Shitzu ) is thoroughly spoilt with constant affection.
Victor’s love of pets has led him to abandon his studies of three years as a medical student and change course to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a vet. Gentle in nature but strongly motivated, we find his diligence, integrity and passion for animals second to none and your furry family would definitely be loved and in very safe and caring hands anytime that you can’t be there.
Alex is an extremely loving and caring ‘young at heart’ 65 year old. Chloe was Alex’s golden retriever and his beloved companion for many years, living a rich and contented life until the ripe old age of 16. With her passing, Alex now fills the gap by caring for others’ pets. Alex is caring beyond words and visiting pets are welcomed into his home with a strong belief that if mum and dad are on holiday, they should have a holiday too!
Alex’s day starts with a routine one hour walk, but he’s happy to do as many extra walks as required and so, if you’d like your dog to have additional walks, Alex could be the carer for you when you can’t be there!
Dawn was born in the UK, her home was a dairy farm in the Derbyshire Dales, where she was surrounded by cats, dogs, horse, cows and sheep from an early age so has always had a deep affinity with animals.
Her travels as a PR stewardess for a major shipping line offered her opportunities to live
in Europe, New York and Bermuda. During this time overseas Dawn became involved with cat and dog rescue services as a volunteer in rehoming situations in all locations.
On returning to live in the UK Dawn’s husband bought her her first cat, a Siamese as a 1st Wedding Anniversary present (32 years ago) which became an international award winner.
Dawn now works as an Intuitive counsellor in Melbourne and clients meet her four cats when they arrival at her home in Abbotsford.
Dawn regularly walks different breeds of dogs and is familiar with many of Melbourne’s parks. Every animal is unique and treated as an individual personality and character in Dawn’s eyes and she looks forward to meeting new additions.
David has loved animals all his life and is always excited to see our four legged friends at Love Your Pet. He will gladly forego all masculinity just to pat a cute dog and takes pride in his patience with animals and can handle both shy and boisterous dogs.
David has a passion for fitness, so walking dogs is no problem at all for him. As well as enjoying the exercise, he finds it almost therapeutic and he regularly walks up to six dogs at a time without any issues. The dogs love him and, with their mutual respect and his natural talent, David is happy to take on any challenge.
When David isnt studying (Design), or at the gym, he’s either chilling out with his own dogs or helping out with walking and pampering the furry crew at Love Your Pet, and loving every second of it! David is a great addition to our Love Your Pet team helping us look after your pets when you can’t be there.
With a background as a certified accountant Sally ditched the stresses of the corporate world and now specialises in keeping books for non for profit organisations and small business.
In her spare time Sally backs up Ursula with pet minding, dog walking and doing the book-keeping.
She is indispensable after spending a resident eight years at Love Your Pet and has a deep affection for all our furry visitors, in particular the cats who always gravitate to her and take over her bed… we believe she was a cat in her past life!
Susan’s love for animals started in the horse world where she worked with quarter horses, nurturing and developing the trust of problem animals before re-homing them. She also worked as a strapper in thoroughbred stables and then as a carer at Perfect Cat Holiday Home where she achieved a Cert 1 in Hills nutrition. Also, she studied Cert IV in Companion Animal Services and over the past year has been furthering her grooming skills with hands on tutoring from Ursula at Love Your Pet.
Susan is mother to four lovely children and has found working with pets fits in well with her animal loving kids and partner – they have three pets of their own, ‘Poko’ the cat, ‘Louie’ the Poodle and ‘Perry’ a cockatiel. She has a natural affinity and understanding of all creatures great and small which is also strongly displayed in her youngest daughter Gemma, who spends as much time as she can with her mum in her work with pets. Her experience and dedication to the pet industry makes Susan a great all rounder and perfect in the position of Personal Assistant to Ursula. plus a very special member of the Love Your Pet team.
Sharyn has shared her home with dogs of all descriptions her entire life, including Beagles, Shepherds, a Lab and Spoodles, although her fondest memories belong to Bearded Collie, Fred who she rescued from a shelter and became her loving pet for 17 wonderful years.
Two years ago, Sharyn decided to take a step back from her career in hairdressing to follow her true calling and work with animals. She took up a position with a Sydney based company as a full time pet care nanny as well as driving the van and picking up dogs for group walks.
As a career driven person, she also completed a course in animal training and behaviour with the ‘Delta Society’.
Sharyn moved from Sydney to Melbourne in August 2016 and immediately researched opportunities to enter the pet care industry locally and the rest is history. She is now taking care of dogs when their owners can’t be there on a full time basis and she couldn’t be happier. She is a true professional and will always love, respect, and treat any pets as if they were her own… speaking of which, she plans a new addition to her family in the new year and has her heart set on a Cavoodle.
We love having Sharyn as part of the Love Your Pet team.
Rudi is kind, caring and passionate about animals. In fact, in her own words, she is ‘animal mad’ and has a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to anything four legged. As well as studying animal science at college and achieving her Masters in Animal Behaviour at Uni, she also worked as a technician and carer at Village Vet – one of the top specialist veterinary practices in London. Rudi is now deciding whether to go into animal research or become a vet and is looking forward to furthering her experience as part of the LYP Team.
Rudi’s current dog is a Staffy x Boxer named Marley, who’s pretty full of energy, so she’s well used to handling big bouncy dogs but, of course also adores the cute fluffy ones too. Pets provide such a joy in her life and she feels truly blessed to be able to take care of yours, ensuring they are loved and secure when you can’t be there!
Throughout her childhood Jasmine grew up in a household full of pets, including dogs, cats and birds – all of which were very much a part of the family. This environment greatly contributed to her understanding and appreciation of our furry four legged friends and their needs.
Along with her family, she also lived a number of years on a dairy farm, helping out with milking cows and working with farm dogs, while spending school holidays in Shepparton with her aunt who had many dogs as well as horses. She really has been surrounded by pets all her life and has always dreamed about working with animals on a full time basis.
Now, for the first time in her life she is without her own pet after her beloved Staffy, Milo passed away at the age of 14 but she is happily fulfilling her dream of working with animals by joining the Love Your Pet team. Jasmine has a calm and confident nature and along with her passion for animals and her wide array of experience, your four legged friends couldn’t be in better hands when you can’t be there!
Judith has been contracted to Love Your Pet with a view to developing our marketing as well as office systems and procedures. Apart from being amazing at what she does we just love her super positive and happy vibe whenever she is in the office.
She has been an animal lover all of her life and has always been surrounded by pets. Her first weekend job was in a pet and garden supplies shop from where she invariably took home a rabbit, guinea pig or hamster each week, and even once a tortoise, to add to her menagerie of pets at home which also included the family cat Jimmy and a handful of chickens.
Currently Judith has two pets at home, Missy; a black lab and Jasper; a seal point Birman but she loves coming to work with the Love Your Pet team where she is surrounded by cats and dogs. She says it doesn’t feel like work at all!