Meet Our Staff

The professional dog walking and pet sitting staff at 4 Pets’ Sake
is comprised of reliable and caring animal lovers. They are insured, bonded and covered by workers compensation insurance. They are carefully selected, background checked and trained. Most of them have been working with 4 Pets’ Sake for many years.

4 Pets’ Sake staff recently received training in Fear Free techniques to help alleviate fear, anxiety and stress for pets in our care. Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, providing unparalleled education on emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets.

 

The 4 Pets’ Sake team has received PetTech Certification and learned the skills and techniques of pet CPR and first aid to help them be prepared for any pet emergency.

Staff enjoyed an evening as a sponsor for the Top Dog Dinner & Dance fundraiser, put on each year by the Humane Society of Charles County. 4 Pets’ Sake is passionate about rescue and regularly supports the St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League, Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland and the Humane Society of Charles County.

Meet our Pet Sitting Professionals

Terri, Owner/President

Terri Robinson is the President of 4 Pets’ Sake Pet Care, which she founded in 2003. Prior to that she gained practical business experience running administrative operations for 19 years for a variety of organizations, including an association, two public relations firms and a team building company. Owning 4 Pets’ Sake has helped her realize a dream. She loves caring for many wonderful pets, employing a staff that takes pride in what they do, and providing peace of mind to her clients.

Terri is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International, where she is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter. She has received her certification in Pet First Aid through the American Red Cross as well as PetTech, and continually trains herself and her staff in all aspects of pet care.

Terri is an avid supporter of rescue. She shares her home with two rescued dogs, and in her spare time you will find her in a yoga class perfecting her cat stretch and downward dog.

A client of 4 Pets’ Sake for many years, Ann began working as a pet sitter in 2013 and truly enjoys all her dog and cat friends and their families. She worked as a Human Resources Director in the public and non-profit sectors for over 25 years, including 13 years as HR Director for Charles County Government in La Plata. Ann’s first job here in DC was as the Personnel Administrator for the Folger Shakespeare Library. She went on to work for the City of Fairfax, the Canadian Embassy and Charles County Government. Ann left full time work in 2012 and began doing HR consulting for local clients, including the Charles County public library system. Ann is an avid animal lover and has 2 cats. She received her PetTech Certification in Pet First Aid & CPR. Ann and her husband participate in the foreign exchange program for high school students and always look forward to seeing “their” former German student who calls them his “American parents.” In her spare time she enjoys biking on the Indian Head Rail Trail, reading, visiting wineries and museums, and crafts.

Annie is a native of Charles County. She recently retired from the College of Southern Maryland after 17 years. She and her husband, Jeff, have been married almost 40 years, and live in La Plata. They have three grown children, two grandsons, and a granddaughter. Among the three children they have four grand dogs. Annie likes to stay active with a variety of exercises, including time at the gym and walking, spending time with friends, being outdoors and traveling.

Ariel was born and raised in Southern Maryland. She graduated from Calvert High School in 2008 and pursued a degree in Culinary Arts. She worked on the Patuxent River Naval Base in the Café for several years before moving to Charles County for a change of pace and to pursue her other passion in life, working with animals. Along with her husband, they have 2 dogs and 2 cats, Annabelle, Phoebe, Pixel & Poe. Ariel has never been without a pet in the home and believes that pets are family. When she is not am showering her fur children with attention, she loves to cook, spend time with friends and family, and travel.

Ayanna grew up in Charles County and pets have always been a part of her life. Her father’s passion for positive reinforcement dog training exposed her to dogs before she could walk. In addition to dogs, her pet family includes chickens, fish, geckos, bearded dragons and adorable guinea pigs. Ayanna is a student at the College of Southern Maryland and is pursuing her goal of becoming a veterinarian. When she’s not studying or caring for pets, she enjoys spending time connecting with her church family and volunteering at the Humane Society, where she gets her “cat fix.”

Beth was born in Ethiopia but raised in Grundy, Virginia from the age of 8. After she finished high school, Beth attended Radford University and moved to Charles County in 2005. Prior to being a team member at 4 Pets’Sake, Beth worked for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington helping inner city kids throughout the DMV area for over 9 years. Beth is married with 4 wonderful children. Beth’s passion for animals started when she was very young and she has had many pets over the years. She completed obedience training with her pup, Zoe, and recently received her PetTech Certification in Pet First Aid & CPR. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. When Beth is not working she enjoys hitting the trails with Zoe, traveling, playing with her children, and volunteering to help those in need.

Frank is a longtime friend and client of 4 Pets’ Sake. He recently retired from the U.S. Capitol Police after 28 years of service and decided that dog walking and pet sitting would be a great second career. Frank’s extensive experience as a K-9 Technician working with bomb detection dogs makes him a natural fit for the pet care industry and we are fortunate to have him working with 4 Pets’ Sake. He received his PetTech Certification in Pet First Aid & CPR. He has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. When he is not caring for our client’s pets, Frank enjoys spending time with his rescued Pit Mix, Myles. He also loves riding his Harley, home improvement projects and spending time with his grandkids any chance he gets.

Hailey grew up in a military family and moved to Southern Maryland in 2016. She loves all animals and has been around them her entire life. She has experience working as a veterinary technician and her passion is working with horses. Hailey has 3 dogs (two Australian Shepherds and a Rottweiler) and a horse. In her spare time, Hailey enjoys hiking, swimming, yoga, sports, and singing.  She has experience volunteering for kids with disabilities and teaching them to ride horses. She is looking forward to caring for your pets and treating them like family.

Karina has worked for 4 Pets’ Sake since 2006. Karina was born in London, England and raised in Southern California. She has always loved animals and has been owned by several cats, dogs, birds and fish. At present she shares her home with several rescue cats. Karina is a member of Pet Sitters Associates and is certified by the American Red Cross in Pet First Aid and CPR. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. Also, she practices the Tellington Touch method of massage therapy in addition to the Ballner method of cat massage. Karina assists in the support and care of a local feral cat colony, supplying food and medical assistance, including spaying/neutering of adult cats and adoption of kittens. In her spare time, Karina enjoys reading, movies, computer games, both domestic and international travel, refining her Spanish and above all, playing with her cats.

Linda grew up in Harford County and Baltimore County and moved to Southern Maryland in 2019. Prior to relocating to Southern Maryland, she worked as a professional pet sitter in the Baltimore area for over 7 years. She has worked and volunteered in shelters/rescues and has experience as a veterinary technician and assistant. She is Fear Free certified in veterinary medicine and is currently in school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. In addition to caring for many dogs and cats, Linda also has experience caring for horses, rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, lizards, birds, and fish. She enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, painting, music, and spending time with her partner and their rescued 8-year-old Akita, Apollo.

Maria moved to St. Mary’s County from the West Coast in 2000 when her husband took a NAVAIR post at Patuxent River (PAX). Putting down roots on the East Coast was a welcomed rediscovery. She graduated from St. Louis University in 1993; and interned at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater. Before joining 4 Pets’ Sake, she worked for 17 years as an estuarine ecology research tech at UMCES Chesapeake Biological Lab on Solomons Island. She has served on both small and large research vessels throughout the Bay and its tributaries. With peace of mind knowing her cherished pets were being well cared for while she was working long hours/days on research cruises at sea, she focused on the tasks of studying the Bay. Maria also volunteered and worked as an aquarist at the Calvert Marine Museum maintaining live estuarine invertebrates, fish, turtle, and river otter exhibits/aquariums. Maria enjoys travel, nature, and volunteer work. Every summer for the past decade she has participated in the PAX Terrapin Nesting Survey, which monitors/cages/protects nests and measures/releases hatchlings at the end of each season.

Melanie has lived in Southern Maryland since 1977. She has dedicated her career to Animal Rescue/Shelter Medicine for almost 20 years. Her animal rescue nature started at an early age, and she has fostered hundreds of cats/kittens and puppies throughout her life. She is most proud of her history of successfully reuniting countless owners with their lost pets. Through her career, Mel has gained knowledge of many domestic animals and knows what signs to look for when a pet may not be feeling well. She has expertise in nursing litters of kittens back to health and administering medication. Caregiving just comes naturally to Mel, and she is currently caring for her mother and their rescued cats and rescued dog. When she is not caring for pets, Mel enjoys listening to 80’s music, photography, watching hockey (Go Caps!), and spending time with her family and friends. Animals are her muse!

Patricia is a long-time client of the 4 Pets’ Sake Team. She hails from charming Southern Maryland. A true dog lover at heart, she shares her home in Accokeek with her partner and two adorable pugs, Ziggy and Pepper. With a professional background as a retired federal manager, she brings a wealth of experience and dedication to our furry clients. Beyond her passion for dogs, she nurtures her well-being through yoga, reading, working to maintain her physical fitness, and expressing her creativity through sculpting and drawing in her at-home art studio. She is a mother to an outstanding adult son and a cherished “bonus daughter.”

Paula was born in Washington, D.C. and grew-up in Charles County. After attending college in Tennessee, she decided to stay and work for the automotive industry in Engineering and Quality Control for over a decade. Paula moved back to Maryland in 2003 to help her family members through some medical issues and took a job as a school bus attendant for special needs children. Caregiving just comes naturally to Paula and after the untimely passing of her parents and her sister, Paula decided to chart a new career path by completing the Veterinary Assistant Program at the College of Southern Maryland. She has also received PetTech Certification in Pet First Aid & CPR. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. Paula is well versed with animals, especially ones with special needs such as diabetes and cancer. She enjoys reading, cross stitch, latch hook and gardening. Paula also loves to volunteer at her local food bank.

Prior to joining 4 Pets’ Sake, Ruth worked at Tidewater Veterinary Hospital, Newport Pines Daycare, and recently retired from property management. Ruth was born and raised in St. Mary’s County and is one of 10 children. Ruth has 3 grown children. Growing up with animals instilled kindness, love, patience, and responsibility in her, which she strives to live by each day. Ruth is American Red Cross Certified in Pet First Aid and she recently received her PetTech Certification in Pet First Aid & CPR. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. Ruth has had many animals over the years including sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, dogs, cats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, birds, guinea pigs, and even a pet skunk. Ruth hand raised 3 kittens from birth and one of them, Gervase, is still alive and 17 years old. The rest of her animal family includes Bonnie, an Australian Shepherd mix, 5 hens, and a young cat named Luna Rosa. She enjoys yoga, catering, knitting, gardening, being outdoors, traveling, and spending quality time with her family, friends, and animals.

Shae was born and raised in Southern Maryland. He has nearly 10 years of experience in the veterinary industry as a technician. He has worked in primary care and emergency care. He finds comfort and feels at home working with animals. Shae, has extensive medical training with animals and is comfortable and confident giving medications and injections to client’s pets. Shae, loves spending time with his 4 dogs; Kuma, Avha, Zane, Sampson, and his parrot, Phoenix. He grew up around all types of animals including dogs, cats, fish, birds, lizards, snakes, and spiders. When Shae is not working with animals, he loves to spend time hiking and camping. He has also started his own 3D printing business.

Sharon was a 4 Pets’ Sake client for many years before joining our team in 2010, after she retired from the Federal Government with 40 years of service. She has worked at NASA, Department of the Army, FEMA and the Department of Justice. Sharon has been awarded 4 Pets’ Sake PetSitter of the Quarter. She also received many awards during her Government career. She volunteers at the Humane Society of Charles County on a regular basis walking dogs and serves as their Recording Secretary. Sharon is Certified by both the American Red Cross and PetTech in Pet First Aid/CPR and she is trained in Tellington Touch pet massage therapy. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. When Sharon isn’t busy with her rescued Siberian Husky, Tess, she enjoys working on plastic canvas, reading, and is a huge NASCAR Fan.

Steve is a life-long resident of Charles County and grew up surrounded by animals including dogs, cats, goats, chickens, cows, and horses.  He currently shares his home with 2 dogs, 2 cats, goats and chickens. He recently retired from his landscaping business, which he operated for over 20 years and enjoys walking dogs in his spare time.  Steve has been a musician his whole life and learned to play the harmonica as a toddler on his grandfather’s knee. His love of music led him to start his own blues band over 25 years ago, The Steve Potter Band. When he’s not walking dogs for 4 Pets’ Sake, you’ll find  Steve spending time with his family, including 3 grandchildren, or practicing Krav Maga to keep in shape.

Sugar is a Golden Retriever and has been dubbed the “Ambassador of Play” by 4 Pets’ Sake owner, Terri, because of her ability to engage other dogs in play when they stay for Bed & Biscuit care. Sugar was fostered by Terri through Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland in 2012, after being given up by her original family when she was just over a year old. Luckily for Terri, Sugar would become her forever Golden and brighten up their household with her friendly personality and eagerness to play. Sugar is honored to be a part of a lifetime study being conducted by the Morris Animal Foundation. Each year Sugar undergoes extensive health screening and lifestyle tracking conducted by the Foundation to help find a cure for canine cancer.

Susan joined the 4 Pets’ Sake team in 2011. Prior to working with 4 Pets’ Sake, she was a Spanish teacher in Northern Virginia, where she and her husband raised two sons. She has lived in Ecuador, South America while in the Peace Corps. Susan is a member of the Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland and fosters dogs. Susan adopted her current dog, Lelani, in 2020. Susan is certified by the American Red Cross and PetTech in Pet First Aid/CPR. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets. When she is not caring for pets, she enjoys riding her bike, reading, and making crafts.

Yvonne is originally from Pennsylvania but has lived in Southern Maryland most of her life. She attended the College of Southern Maryland and the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the 4 Pets’ Sake team in 2014, Yvonne’s career encompassed working in the field of Social Services and as a Training Specialist working with developmentally disabled adults. She is a long term and active volunteer with Chemo Angels, Mattawoman Watershed Society, Stream Waders, National Colonial Farm and Charles County Master Gardeners. Yvonne resides in Indian Head with her dogs, cats and a cockatiel. She has many years of experience caring for dogs, cats, small animals, birds and fish. Yvonne received her PetTech Certification in Pet First Aid & CPR and is experienced in administering medications and fluids for pets. She has participated in Fear Free training to learn the techniques of alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in companion pets.When she’s not caring for pets or volunteering, Yvonne enjoys hiking, canoeing and gardening.

Ursula was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and moved to the United States in 1971. She has lived on the East Coast and in the Midwest. After retiring from a 30-year career with the World Bank, she reached out to 4 Pets’ Sake, her long-term pet-sitting service since 2004, and filled out a job application. The rest is history. Ursula says this is the most fun she has ever had at a job. She recently completed her certification for pet first aid/CPR. She and her husband have traveled up and down the East Coast and Alaska, indulging in their love of wildlife photography and their passion for all things animal, including wildlife. They share their home with 4 rescue kitties.

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