“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” - Karen Davison, Published canine psychologist and behavioriest -
Hello, my name is Bob – why is this site called Vickie Lynn’s Home Pet Care then? Because Vickie was my wife, my love, my life partner since 1988, and in 2016 I joined the club of spouses of cancer victims. Vickie had owned and cared for dogs her entire life, and back in 2002 she started this business because she recognized that our neighborhood needed a dedicated and professional local pet care person; one that lived in the heart of the historical Heights and would serve our neighborhood (and surrounding area) only – in other words, close at hand, and open 24/7.
Meanwhile, I worked at NASA/Johnson Space Center as a graphic artist/designer from 1995 – 2011, but unfortunately, when the STS shuttle program was shut down, so was my job. So what do I know about dogs and cats? Other than owning our two dogs and an ever rotating bunch of cats(!), I often helped Vickie evenings and weekends, and soon after my layoff I joined her as a fulltime partner and primary dog walker. We were fortunate enough to have a large, fenced in yard, front and back, and during those years we essentially ran a combo canine B&B and daycare center! No kenneling, clients were told to bring nothing but their dog’s food (and bed if preferred). They were treated as one of our own, free to roam our house and yard, ate with our two, slept with our two, and learned to co-exist with the cats - who regularly reminded them of who got here first! In other words, on any given day our home included up to six, and even eight happy dogs, along with 3 or 4 indoor/outdoor cats – all breeds, all sizes, and in that entire time we never lost a dog, had a dog get hurt, had to break up a fight, or tell a client that, “no, we can’t accept your dog.” Yes, by now I’ve pretty much seen it all, done it all.
After Vickie’s passing, I sold our house but stayed in the neighborhood I’ve known and loved for 25 years now. I relocated to a lovely apartment at Yale and 22nd, where I continue the business and its reputation, although unfortunately no longer able to board. My partner is Jake, a happy SPCA mutt seen below, and above with one of his best buddys, Hero!