So exactly who IS this person that you will be trusting with your LIFE?? Ok that may be a bit dramatic, but it is certainly not far from the responsibility we have as pet sitters – and it’s usually not far from the thoughts of potential clients, since it does involve trusting one of your most prized possessions to our care. BELIEVE ME, I get it!
Hi, my name is Bridget James and I am the founder of All God’s Creatures Pet Services. I believe that God created everything for a purpose and of course our pets are no exception. I’m sure most of you would agree that your pets definitely have a purpose in your lives – I know it’s true for me. And a small part of our purpose while on this earth is to make sure that we provide and care for these loving creatures in return, like our sweet little Bear in the above pic.
For as long as I can remember, caring for animals has been my passion (I’m that person who pulls over to help a turtle cross the road.), so after two corporate restructures & realizing “that” must not be “my” purpose, the decision to start this business was an easy one. I became a Certified Dog Trainer in 2012, and also started dog walking and pet sitting during that time.
I grew up in the Memphis area, and have had pets my whole life. In fact, I got my first, a rooster, at age two, and from then on it’s been everything from hamsters to horses. Right now my family consists of my husband and our 11 dogs, horse, and miniature donkey (10 of our pups & our little donkey are all rescues). My husband says one of our dogs must’ve spread the word, “three hots & a cot right here!” because all of the homeless, needy dogs have no trouble finding us.
I joined the Air National Guard when I was 17, and subsequently am a Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. Thanks to the military, driving over-the-road, and short term mission trips, I have…written a postcard atop the Eiffel Tower, lived in the Hawaiian Islands, toured a salt mine in Austria, seen the Changing of the Guard @ Buckingham Palace, drove “on the wrong side of the road” in Ireland, toured Anne Frank’s “secret annex” in The Netherlands, lived in the desert of Kuwait, watched a herd of elk walking through a snowy forest in Wyoming, hiked the Himalayas in India, toured Neuschwanstein (the “Disney castle”) in Germany, toured Auschwitz, driven through the Swiss Alps, stuck my foot in the Mediterranean Sea, saw Pope John Paul @ the Vatican, the “purple mountain’s majesty” of Colorado, the statue of David, the Colosseum @ Rome, the Mona Lisa, the Leaning Tower of Piza, the Parthenon, & the ancient ruins at Corinth. All that to say, I’ve been a lot of places, and I’ve already had some wonderful trips and experiences, so these days I like nothing more than to STAY HOME and take care of YOUR little ones while YOU travel!
Since we live in the country, (and I am such a sucker for animals in need), I’ve also rescued various wildlife (unfortunately THEY have to be turned over to MS Wildlife Rehab). I found this little possum in his mother’s pouch – she had just been killed. I took him to the rehabber, and after a few months received a card and photo saying he had grown to a healthy 14 lbs and had recently been released.
Just found this little hummer on September 11th, fluttering on the ground in our yard. She had an injured wing and was unable to fly or even walk without falling over. Thankfully she, too, recovered and within three weeks was flying again and able to be released right back in our own yard, and in time for the migration. It is so rewarding to see these animals get back to their natural habitat. (In fact, it was such a wonderful feeling that I am starting training soon to become a “MS Wildlife Rehabber” myself! 🙂 )
I am proud to say that I am “official pet sitter” for my rural neighbors (& when you add up all of their ducks, chickens, finches, horses, cows, cats, dogs, rabbits, etc. equals HUNDREDS), & not long ago even got to play “midwife” and pull that little calf right out when her mother was having trouble with the delivery.I’m very passionate about what I do not just because I love animals but because the need today is so great. I rescue because there are so many animals in need, and I pet sit and dog walk because there are so many owners who simply do not have the time. Between work, school, traffic, & travel, many find they just can’t find enough time to give their dogs the exercise they need on a daily basis. Daily physical and mental stimulation is VITAL to keep a dog healthy and balanced. In fact, one of the biggest reasons so many dogs end up in shelters each year is simply due to a lack of sufficient exercise (to release pent up energy) and a lack of training. Walking and socialization with other dogs is the ultimate “chill pill”. I truly believe – because I’ve seen it too many times – almost every problem an owner faces with their dog can be reduced and/or completely eliminated simply by increasing their daily physical & mental stimulation. I know that what I do on a daily basis helps to ensure that at least “my” dogs, the ones I have the privilege of caring for, will be balanced, healthy, & happy.
My long-term goal is to open my own non-profit sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs (like Chloe, below). But in the meantime, we will continue to give at least 10% of all profits from this business to other organizations who work daily to save these precious creatures.
Our ultimate goal always is to ensure your pets are safe, happy, and relaxed while in our care.