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10/19/07-Tyler

East Texas Pet Sitter Recognized By International Pet Sitting Organization

It's a pet lover's dream job.  For more than nine years an East Texas woman has taken her passion for animals and turned it into a career.  She's a pet sitter, and now the Tyler woman is receiving recognition from a national pet sitting organization.  It's a job that requires being able to handle just about every creature.  

It's every pet owner's morning routine.  Get up, let the dogs out and maybe bring them on a walk.  Now multiply that by 15, because that's how many home's Christie Joy and her employees visit almost everyday.

"I've had a life long love with pets," said Joy.  "I mean, ever since I was little my mom had that in my baby book.  She wants to be a vet." 

Her title may not be vet, but looking after other people's pets is exactly what Joy does.  Nine years ago, Joy started her own pet sitting business in College Station called Treasure Pets.  Since then she has brought her business to East Texas where she takes care of almost every type of animal, such as rabbits, chickens and yes, even a rat.

"I like to say I take care of everything from lizards to llamas," said Joy. 

This month, Joy learned she had been nominated by her clients and local vets to become the next Pet Sitter of The Year. Pet Sitters International, the world's largest educational association for professional pet sitters, placed Joy in the top five.

"Out of 8,000 people that are members of Pet Sitter International, you know to be in the top five is really exciting," said Joy. 

It's no surprise to Staci Smith, who has used Joy's services for more than two years now.

"It's wonderful you know," said Smith.  "It's peace of mind for me.  You know, I could probably board the dogs, but because of the other animals too, it's just more convenient for somebody to come here, and Christie does a great job." 

It's a job where your clients are almost always happy to see you, and for Joy a family that includes almost every four legged, or two legged, pet you can imagine.

Right now, Joy and her two employees have around 140 clients.  Joy said she plans to expand her business beyond Tyler, taking her services to other communities in East Texas.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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