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About Us

Our Philosophy

We are pet people too and pamper our four-legged family members. Your pets deserve no less!

We are dedicated to empathetic, caring, loving, fear-free, and respectful care.

Awwdorable Pets adheres to the practice of LIMA, least invasive, minimally aversive methods.

About Me

I grew up with cats and dogs.

My first cat and I were best friends! He would jump up on the fence and meow for me to come over to him. I would stand next to the fence and tap my shoulder. He would carefully take a step down onto my shoulder and stayed perched there as we walked around. What a wonderful, trusting relationship!

Throughout middle, high school, and college, I would pet sit in our neighborhood. My neighborhood customers stayed with me for about a decade. Post-college, friends referred me to pet sit and dog walk. People recognized my love and commitment to their pets.

I trained my dog using gentle obedience training methods, and Coltrane received his Canine Good Citizen certification. I’ve also volunteered with Canine Good Citizen trainers to gain deeper knowledge in gentle obedience practices.

A certified Fear Free ® Pet Sitter. I use evidence-based techniques to care for pets who experience stress, fear, and anxiety. With a deep commitment to empathetic and fear-free techniques, I provide your pets with the extra support they need to feel comfortable with non-family members. I’m also studying animal behavior coursework through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants to always be deepen my learning and apply this knowledge. I’ve also been accepted to study Applied Behavior Analysis for Animals, Living and Learning with Animals, on a BIPOC scholarship for the summer of 2024.

With over twenty years of pet sitting, dog walking, I established Awwdorable Pets in 2015. Since then, Awwdorable Pets has focused on providing pets a loving and caring experience with each and every visit.

I enjoy meeting pets and pet people from all walks of life! Located in the Pasadena, CA area, I’m happy to learn about you and your pets. To get started, please visit the Contact Us page and fill out the Initial Inquiry form and I’ll give you a call.

I’d love to meet you and your pets!

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Awwdorable Pets is a member of

My Pet Family from over the years – a decade or so!

Reason, our cherub, was a nature lover! He was the elder of the crew and was quite the lovable fellow. He and his brother, Rhyme, made their way into our hearts late one fall evening. After hearing meowing outside, we opened the front door and two white flashes darted into the house. We were immediately smitten by these kittens! Lots of fun times with these two. Reason and Rhyme have crossed the rainbow bridge on different years and we miss them both terribly.

Queen Maxine was the sweetheart of the house. We had moved into a new neighborhood and noticed a grey tabby hanging around the yard. We learned that she had been abandoned by a previous owner at a nearby house. We observed her peering into the windows, with caution, to see who moved into her terrain! Slowly, over time, we gained her confidence and trust. We adopted her into the family! She was vigilant of the comings and goings of the rest of the household. She was a beautiful soul! Maxine crossed the Rainbow Bridge a not that long ago and is very missed.

Leo. Bello Leo, Leonardo di Voce. Leo was the sweet, gentle tiger of the group. He announced his arrival into our lives with a bellowing voice. He immediately made himself at home and the rest is history. He was smitten with Maxine. He was a Daddy’s child, following him around with the dog. The three were quite the trio. Sadly, Leo crossed the Rainbow Bridge a few years ago. He is very missed like Rhyme. Sadly, he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge a few years ago.

Agosto Gusto aka Spruce Willis! Walking the dog one night, we heard a kitten’s cry from a neighbor’s driveway. We saw a tiny kitten by a parked car. He was so small that he fit in the palm of my hand. I nursed him back to health over months and today he is a feisty, lovable, and playful addition to the family. Now a senior kitty, he is my sweet senior kitty who loves to cuddle and purr.

Coltrane – A Love Supreme! A super handsome Australian Shepherd Rottweiler Corgi, Husky mix! He came to us via a Corridor Rescue Street team member who rescued him off the streets and cared for him. She realized that he would be a perfect addition for us and invited us to meet him…we fell in love! Our dear Coltrane was the sweetest dog ever! I’m thankful everyday for his presence in my life – and thankful he brought me so much joy. I miss him immensely.

Begonia. Begonia was a field Labrador retriever that I rescued off the streets in Houston. After searching to see if she had an owner, and checking for a microchip, I, happily, became a foster failure pawrent, and she was adopted into our family! She was affectionate, playful, and loved everyone in the house. She immediately became friends will the cats and of course, Coltrane. Although her life was cut short due to cancer, she will always be remembered and cherished.

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Fear Free Professional Certification

Professional Memberships

Supporter and member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Awwdorable Pets is dedicated to deepening our knowledge about pet behavior to better serve you and your fur families. Pet families also have the option of borrowing materials from our Awwdorable Pets Lending Library.

Other Experience

I have worked in the corporate, and creative sectors for over two decades for companies such as Apple and Hewlett-Packard. A creative person, my work has spanned roles such as Technical Training and Multimedia Production. I’ve worked in live television, cable, independent productions, and legal support. Aside from that, I have worked as a Coach/Trainer in suicide prevention/intervention, where I was responsible for over 1000 volunteers.

A seasoned professional, I bring the same dedication to attentiveness, empathy, and customer service to Awwdorable Pets. An Andean and Latinx woman-owned business, Awwdorable Pets is committed to the success of happy pets!

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Related experience also includes working as an Office Manager at a Pet Photography business where I welcomed dogs, cats, and their humans to the studio.

Pawstomer Advocates

We are thrilled to have added Pawstomer Advocates to our team at Awwdorable Pets! Our Pawstomer Advocates are trained in Fear Free practices and are certified Fear Free pet care specialists. They mentor under Julia whenever assigned to a new pawstomer and follow Awwdorable Pets Best Practices. They are not independent contractors and are hired as staff members.

Visit our Rates and Services page to learn more about all of our services.