I have been working with animals for over fifteen years, both pet sitting and as a veterinary technician. I have three dogs and a cat of my own. They are my children. Not "like family", but family in every sense of the word. I decided to open this business in 2008 because I had difficulty finding a pet sitter that I truly trusted and I was sure others were feeling the same way. It might not be too difficult to find someone who can fill a bowl of food, but it is a challenge to find a dedicated and knowledgeable pet sitter that takes the time to make sure your pet feels comfortable, happy, and loved while you're away. I promise you that I will go above and beyond the norm to keep your pet safe and content. You can be at peace and worry free when your pet is home with me! The goal is that while you're on holiday, your pet will be in his own home, happy and comfortable, and excited to play with an old friend! I promise to serve you and your pets to the best of my ability, because I care. You can contact Tess directly at 912.665.4133 or email@example.com. As an experienced veterinary technician and a dedicated pet sitter, Tess will be able to spot clues that your pet is stressed or unwell and will be able to address and resolve any problems. With her knowledge of pet health, she will be more keen to observe subtle symptoms and will be able to have your pet treated promptly before the illness worsens. This is just one of many reasons to trust a professional.
Crystal grew up in southern Virginia with a family that raised and loved all kinds of animals. At any given time, you might find a pig, a goose, a chicken or sometimes the occassional normal domesticated pet. After college she pursued a career in the upper management of casual dining. She spent twenty years in her field realizing most of that time that her true passion was working with animals in any possible capacity. She joined the Blissful Buddha team and has not looked back. Crystal also has a strong interest in dog training and behavior and one day hopes to add that to her résumé and bring something more to the Blissful Buddha team. She and her husband currently have two dogs and a snake that also pull double duty as children. Crystal's favorite pastime is playing Frisbee, fetch and working on agility with her dogs, Scout and Harley.
No matter what he's doing, Tyler is always surrounded by animals. He had lots of pets as a child, including dogs, cats, bunnies, and ducklings. He grew up in Savannah, where he has volunteered for various animal rescue organizations. After high school, Tyler went on to study aircraft maintenance. Afterwards, when he got a job working on military aircraft, he realized he wasn't passionate about it and struggled to find some meaning in life. Soon after he left that profession, he became invested in volunteering with a rescue in Warner Robins, Ga and he did that for 3 years. There he fostered dogs and cats and earned a position on the board. In those years, Tyler realized he had found what he was meant to do - work with animals! In 2014, he relocated back to Savannah and since he has started at Blissful Buddha, he has never been happier!
Originally from Cleveland Ohio, Jan has been living in and loving Savannah for over 15 years. She has a diverse professional background that reflects her passion for the outdoors, history, and art. Her other hobbies include graphic design and photography. In addition to being a dedicated and compassionate pet sitter at Blissful Buddha Pet Services, she is also a tour guide in historical downtown Savannah. Jan has one adorable pup, named Rufus (pictured left). She brings a sense of humor to her job and finds her canine and feline companions to be the highlight of her day!
Felicia has been a veterinary technician for over 15 years. She has experience in all levels of animal care including preventive care, diagnostics, surgery, and first aid as well as caring for pets as a professional pet sitter and dog walker. Felicia has one kitty named Minnie who is very loved and spoiled. In addition to working with Blissful Buddha Pet Services, Felicia is lead veterinary technician at Forsyth Park Animal Hospital. She has a degree in Mass Communications and has begun her pre-veterinary coursework.
Eleza was born and raised in snowy central Minnesota. She moved down to Savannah to escape the chill of Minnesota winters and to seek out new adventures with her husband. Eleza grew up treating animals like they were family by being raised on a hobby farm and always having pets of her own. She is also currently a volunteer dog foster for One Love Animal Rescue and lives in a house full of her own animals as well (3 rescue dogs, 1 rescue cat, and 1 rescue turtle). Eleza has a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and took a break from her career counseling children to pursue her other passion… animals! She hopes to make a future combining both by working in animal assisted therapy.
Before joining our team at Blissful Buddha, Mechelle got her Associates of Applied Science – Criminal Justice from AASU in 2015. She volunteered with the Tybee Island Police Dept., but decided that she wanted to pursue her passion for working with animals. Mechelle is acquiring a certificate in Zoo and Aquarium Sciences, and volunteers with Savannah Wildlife Rescue where she will work toward getting her Wildlife Rehabilitation license. She also took part in a short internship at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Between her grandparents’ house in Newington, Georgia, and hers on Wilmington Island, she grew up with many farm and domestic animals. Currently, she has a German shepherd (Rylee), a Chihuahua mix (Rascal), and a cat (Tom).
Born in Iowa and raised military, Kendra is the one child of seven that brought the animals home. Ranging from lizards and frogs to dogs, and especially cats. Kendra's life is all about animals. She graduated college with an AAS in Veterinary Technology from St. Louis, Missouri. With two years of veterinary clinic experience and one year of emergency animal medicine under her belt, Kendra now calls Blissful Buddha home. She has three dogs and three cats and the occasional foster pet. It is a full house indeed!
Born in Fort Hood, Texas, Christina grew up in a military family that was always on the move. But no matter where she was, her love for animals always followed. While working toward her Fine Arts degree in middle Georgia, Christina found herself volunteering and fostering for a rescue group dedicated to disabled and abused animals. After three years of rescue work, graduating, and having three fur kids of her own, she relocated to Savannah and began working with a local law firm. Realizing that she was not doing what she loved, Christina left to follow her heart and decided to join Blissful Buddha where she can do what she loves every single day!
Growing up, Jamie would spend her summers in Savannah and knew that this was the place to be! She has had a passion for animals for as long as she can remember, so naturally she sought out jobs in the animal field. In high school, she worked for her local veterinarian in Oklahoma where she was blessed to have a supportive, close-knit staff to teach her everything she knows! Jamie hopes to one day become a certified veterinary technician and to continue her education in animal studies. Jamie has one pup of her own named Leo. They both love hiking and anything related to the water!
Fernanda was raised in Savannah, Georgia. She studied veterinary science and became certified as a veterinary assistant in 2015. For the past two years, she has worked as a veterinary technician at a local vet clinic and has experience caring for small mammals as well as birds and exotics. Currently, she is an undergraduate at Armstrong University studying General Biology. She absolutely loves working with animals and enjoys meeting new pets everyday. She also loves spending time with her own dogs, Lola and Bruno. Their favorite activity to do together is running on the trails and parks all over Savannah.
Devry has been working closely with animals of many different furs, feathers, and scales for 10+ years. As a child, she volunteered with her family helping rescued strays with daily care and medical assistance and preparing them for their foster and forever homes. In high school, she volunteered at two local animal shelters for 3 years. As an adult, Devry has continued to follow her heart with her love of animals and is close to completing her degree as a Veterinary Assistant. She plans to further her education in the field at every opportunity. She is Pet CPR and Pet First Aid certified. Since joining the Blissful Buddha team in 2016, she has never been happier or more satisfied in her career.
Born in Nice and raised in the French Alps, Sophie became a certified yoga instructor in 2001. Sophie's path in yoga began fifteen years ago and became a way of life. Owner of The Yoga Room and Doga Instructor for Blissful Buddha Pet Services, Sophie has found a way to blend her two greatest passions - the practice of yoga and her love of animals. Sophie teaches our dog yoga classes regularly and one hundred percent of the proceeds are donated to Tess's rescue, IF THE PIT FITS: Pit Bull Rescue & Rehabilitation. Sophie is the proud mom of three human children (Tess, Amber, and Scott), four pups (Palau, Cecile, Luc, and Tulip), and seven cats (Lotus, Gucchi, Prada, Abu, Galaxy, Mistigris, and Shadow). She continues to study with yoga teachers from various disciplines; Iyengar, Anusara, and Vinyasa. Her goal as a yoga instructor is to provide students with tools to face the challenges of life in a healthy body and a peaceful mind.
Cara has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember. She is never too far from one of her horses, dogs, or cats. In 1995, Cara earned her bachelors degree in Animal Science from the University of Georgia. Upon graduation, she worked at the UGA college of Veterinary Medicine. She then went on to get a bachelors degree in Medical Technology from Armstrong Atlantic State University. After many years working in a clinical laboratory, she decided it was time to get back to doing what she loved - working with animals. In 2006, she obtained her equine massage certification from Equinology. Initially, her practice was exclusively for equine clients. However, after her own dog suffered a severe pelvic injury, she began using canine massage and acupressure techniques to see if it could help facilitate the rehabilitation process. Cara has recently added dogs to her practice after seeing positive results on her dog and studying the works of several canine bodywork masters. When she isn't working on dogs and horses, you can find her spending time with her family or riding dressage on one of her two horses.