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Judy Beacon Pet Sitter

Judy Beacon
Little Friends Home and Pet Sitting

I was born and raised in a small town 20 miles south of Montreal, Quebec until the age of 16. As a child our family had a small mixed-breed poodle named “Tuffy”, who had the misfortune of being bitten by a guard dog at the tender age of one. Unaware of his plight, the bite became infected and the infection traveled to Tuffy’s kidneys. From that point forward, Tuffy had seizures when he got too excited and had to be on daily medication as well as a specialized diet. He was a lovable little dog who made daily rounds to all the neighbors for affection and treats.

Tuffy wasn’t always restricted to the house and would sometimes wander far from home. I remember several occasions when a concerned citizen would call to tell us that Tuffy “must have been hit by a car” because he was wide-eyed and shaking at their home. My brothers and I carried Tuffy, sometimes for miles, in our arms back home.

My love for animals extended beyond domestic animals. My brother, Rick, and I also raised four baby birds. My mom donated her clothes line peg-box but drew the line when it came to chopping up worms. We walked a mile home and back to school every day at lunch time to feed and care for these baby birds until they were old enough to be released.

I also tried to raise and release a baby chipmunk, much to the distress of the mother chipmunk, who was jumping from tree to tree chirping and in search of her baby, who had accidentally fallen from a nearby tree. My mom made me give it back!

Many of us come away from childhood with tender feelings towards our beloved pets. Each of them with their individual personalities, give us their unconditional love and become treasured members of our families. Dependent on us for their basic needs, they need us to be responsible owners and only as or our love in return.

Choosing a Career

Sometime in a mid-teens I considered becoming a Veterinarian. I loved animals and it seemed like the logical choice. But….. I was a little squeamish about blood and animals in pain. I also day-dreamed a lot and got poor grades. I was told I would need algebra, trig, and calculus. It all seemed so overwhelming and out of reach to a child from a modest income.

I graduated from high school and got a job as a bookkeeper. In my mid-twenties, I went back to school at a local community college. I graduated years later with an Associates in Business and transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. My major was accounting. In 1987, I moved to Asheville and changed my major to Psychology. I lost a lot of credits and many years of school because of these changes. I graduated 14 years later with my Bachelor’s Degree. (14 years from my first course to graduation). I applied to a Master’s program in Psychology but didn’t score high enough on the MST. I had, however, been an honor student throughout my college career.

I changed jobs and careers several times in search of a meaningful and rewarding career. In 1996, I took a course to become a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and worked with the elderly and disabled in people’s homes. A year later, I made the decision to go back to school to become a Veterinary Technician. I moved to Sanford, NC and attended Central Carolina Community College for 2 years. I graduated in 1999 and got my certification, working as a Vet Tech for a year.

I love animals and enjoyed studying medicine but found that many of the duties required to be a technician were very difficult and upsetting to me. Putting pets to rest at the end of their lives (with their owners) made me extremely emotional. Abused, neglected, and refusals for life-saving or quality of life procedures were also difficult for me to accept.

I have always had a tender heart and animals were and still are my greatest passion! Now, I seldom see pets that aren’t loved, well cared for, and treasured members of their families.