Karla Caddell, Founder, Stayin’ Home Pet Care
I’ve been a lover of animals since early childhood and a resident of Austin for over 25 years. I live in the Shady Hollow suburb of Austin with my son, Jax, and our pup, Zuzu. When I have spare time, I enjoy watching college basketball and movies, reading, exploring new restaurants with Jax and my friends, and most especially, spending time with my family. My top 5 favorite music albums are REM: Life’s Rich Pageant, U2: Joshua Tree, Lenny Kravitz: Mama Said, Madonna: Ray of Light, and Prince: 1999.
Kathryn W. (SE Austin)
I grew up in East Texas and have lived in Austin for over 21 years. In my free time, I love exploring Austin’s parks with my two hypomanic, but adorable Border Collies. A little time alone in nature is good for the soul. Plus, it keeps the snuggle-beasts from spontaneously combusting like a Spinal Tap drummer. My top 5 favorite music albums are Steely Dan: Can’t Buy a Thrill, Robert Cray: Strong Persuader, Ann Peebles: Can’t Stand the Rain, Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger, and Sarah McLachlan: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.
Alison C. (Austin)
This is me and my grumpy but lovable rescue cat, Barry. As a ‘military brat,’ I spent my childhood all over the place, including Germany, Hawaii, and Texas. I finally settled in Austin, where I’ve lived for over 30 years. I love to travel with my husband and two, almost-grown kids. I also love observing nature. I’m not afraid to handle almost any kind of insect or critter! (My kids call me a “nature nerd” when I correct them on animal facts.) In my spare time, you’ll find me either browsing the shelves at the public library or at the movies. Five of my favorite movies in random order: A River Runs Through It, Fiddler On The Roof, The Three Amigos, The Thing (1982), and Spirited Away.
Lisa V. (Austin)
Spending the earlier part of my life in Boston, my husband & I made the move to Austin over 20 years ago. I love taking advantage of all that Austin has to offer – both old & new – including Zilker Park, the trails around the greenbelt & Town Lake (yes, it will always be Town Lake to me), and all the fabulous restaurants. When I’m not walking pups or scratching little furry bellies, I’m busy with my 3 kids and my whackadoodle, but sweet, lab mix, Darby. I do enjoy spending time with my family and friends but also revel in taking quiet walks through less traveled trails. My Island Movie are Boyhood, Schindler’s List, Up & (call me crazy!) Deliverance.
Rita R. (Austin)
The hobby that I most enjoy is studying health and wellness for both people and pets. I read articles and research daily on a wide variety of wellness topics, including group posts that discuss issues to offer information and what actually worked in real-time. My top five favorite movies are Ever After, The Wizard of Oz, A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey, and Marley & Me.
Heather C. (Austin)
I absolutely love animals, but I’m also a preschool teacher that works with 3 year-olds. Almost the same thing—lovable, quirky, friends that have my heart and keep me laughing. In my spare time, I enjoy long walks outside (usually 5 miles or more). And when strolling through the neighborhood this animal-loving, preschool teacher is generally listening to true crime podcasts. What can I say? Figuring out what makes people tick fascinates me. My favorite movies are Love Actually, Hot Tub Time Machine, Grease, Bohemian Rhapsody, animal Christmas Vacation.