I’ve got some exciting news for you all (and myself!). Starting September 4th I will become a staff member at August Animal Care, providing care of all sorts of critters in the greater Seattle area. August Animal Care has been around since 2005 and was founded by the most fabulous photographer, Julie Austin. She has taken some seriously amazing photos of me and the kids and I’ll share some here. Big B was a particular favorite and when I’m missing him I really enjoy looking at the photos of us together.
I was asked to write bios for the website so I thought I would share them here. Why is it so hard to write about yourself? lol Anyhoo, here is what I came up with for my ‘long’ bio:
A Seattle native, Jeanine has spent most of her life caring for animals in the great Pacific Northwest. She got her start in animal husbandry in 1990 and has garnered experience in everything from exotic animal care, wildlife rescue, veterinary assistance to dog rescue and spent the last six years managing the highest rated kennel facility in western Washington. With a knack for taking care of animals that require a higher level of care, she enjoys taking the time and using her experience to tend to special needs animals including dogs with mobility issues or chronic diseases, diabetic cats and exotic animals including parrots, reptiles and fresh and salt water fish tanks and everything in between. Jeanine also has vast amounts of experience with dog aggressive dogs and dogs on a ‘crate and rotate’ system or dogs with less than stellar social skills. She worked personally with several Hurricane Katrina dogs that needed particularly difficult rehab and treatment. Jeanine is so skilled with dogs that have special medical needs that the director of Clackamas County Dog Services calls her personally when they get a sick or injured dog in the shelter that requires extensive medical rehab. In other words, she’s a sucker for a hard luck case.
For the past ten years Jeanine has also been performing as beloved local burlesque performer, Hottie McNaughty-The Rhinestone Housewife. Known for her irreverent and cheeky style, Hottie approaches everything with a wink, a smile and a joie de vivre that has made her popular with local and international audiences around the world. Always using her powers for good, Hottie has produced several benefit shows including Bearly Naked Cabaret benefiting PAWS and Animal House benefiting Clackamas County Dog Services. She also produced Toys For Ta-Ta’s (I, II & III) and Beach Blanket Bimbos both of which benefited needy local children. Hottie has also appeared in several benefit calendars with her canine companions, Buford T. Justice, Doogie Howser and Minerva McGonagall and is a popular local model.
You can find Julie Austin’s photography page here: http://jaustinphotography.com/
And you can find August Animal Care’s page here: http://augustanimalcare.com/