I am a lifelong resident of New Jersey, originally from Middlesex County, and an avid animal lover since childhood. My very first boyhood aspiration was to become a dogcatcher because in my innocent mind, I firmly believed that I would be entitled to keep each and every dog I caught!
As a young man, I proudly served my country in the armed forces, United States Coast Guard, Port Security division. Afterward, I earned my photography degree at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Building upon my imaging expertise, I entered the medical field of Ophthalmology as a Certified Retinal Angiographer.
Some 15 years ago, my wife and I relocated to our current home in Jackson, along with our personal ever-changing menagerie of rescue pets. Once we both retired from our respective careers in the medical world, I soon ventured into the pet sitting business over 12 years ago, opening The Dogfather of Jackson pet sitting business. I am certified pet first aid and CPR. We have a wonderful array of clients for which we care, and enough staff to cover any and all situations that may arise. Our goal is to provide to our community an honest, consistent and reliable service!
Darlene is a long-time Jackson resident and she has always had household pets throughout her lifetime, prior to being a part of the Dogfather team. Her brother also helped out with pet sitting prior to relocating to Florida. She is a compassionate community minded mother of two, employed by the local school system. She is also involved with pet fostering on a regular basis, providing her special brand of care in her home.
I have grown up with dogs my entire life and can't imagine life without one. Eight years ago I began working with an animal rescue and have been fostering dogs ever since.I’m currently a stay at home mom of 3 kids and 2 dogs who began as fosters but quickly made it known they were meant to stay.Becoming part of the Dogfather family has been a perfect match.I understand that pets are members of the family and I enjoy treating them all as I would my own!