At SWPS we hire employees not independent contractors because it is very important to us that we train and mentor our employees under the SWPS philosophy. In addition our team members have awesome credentials – they aren’t just any old pet lovers.
Ann, Dog Walker & Pet Sitter
Ann, who founded Small World out of her life-long love of animals, can be seen around the neighborhood on daily dog walks, on her bike, creating artistic pet portraits with her camera, making “happy books” – her scrapbooks filled with home design ideas, or sitting at a café on Cortelyou Road. Ann is American Red Cross certified in Cat and Dog First Aid and CPR. She is also certified in the Usui System of Reiki Healing, level one. The cats and dogs sure do love it. For more about Ann see About Ann and Boni.
Boni, Dog Walker & Pet Sitter
Boni, often seen around the neighborhood with a really large dog on the end of a leash, can also be seen pedaling about on one of his two mountain bikes. Since his overgrown kitchen garden leaves him little room to sit at his nearby painter’s easel, he puts his green thumb to good use in his building’s outdoor garden that he started with his wife, Ann. He also makes a mean guacamole. For more about Boni see About Ann and Boni.
Christine, Pet Sitter
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Christine studied psychology at C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. You may recognize her smiling face from from Pawsitive Veterinary in Ditmas Park where she worked.
Since she was a child Christine always loved animals and the class pets always made their way to her home at the end of the school year. She has three adorable cats full of personality, Gil-galad, Sir Terry Pratchett and Pickle Pie, two of whom she bottle-fed as newborn kittens.
She has completed the Dog Trainer Foundations course and is currently taking the Puppy Start Right Course. She will then go onto the Dog Trainer Program to become a Karen Pryor Certified Trainer, and also get her certification in the ASPCA Safer program to help shelter dogs and their future adopters. Christine is American Red Cross certified in Cat and Dog First Aid and CPR.
Kate, Dog Walker & Pet Sitter
Kate is a musician, composer, and sound designer for theater with an MFA from Yale School of Drama. She grew up in Manhattan with a sweet Abyssinian cat named Miranda, and her extended family has included pet rats, fish, lizards, birds, cats, dogs, horses, and a pig. Kate loves working with animals.
When she’s not caring for pets, she can be found cooking, writing music and recording in her Ditmas Park home studio, playing instruments and singing with friends, or heading to rehearsal for a show.
Fiona, Pet Sitter
Fiona moved from Germany to NYC over 25 years ago and is happy to call this city home. She founded her own successful art studio where she specializes in restoring and creating art in glass, metal and stone. Fiona is also a very talented artist and uses multiple mediums to express herself. Animals have always been her secret love and grew up with cats and had wanted to be a veterinarian from an early age. However she chose the path of art and dance. She is able to bring her love of animals to pet sitting for SWPS. In her spare time Fiona spends time with good friends and in nature.