Shannon has been an animal lover her entire life. Though it wasn’t until her first year of college that she rescued a puppy—now a 70 lb, 8 year-old hound mix named Mercutio—and discovered her affinity for working with dogs. With a number of health and behavioral idiosyncrasies, Mercutio has shown Shannon both the challenge and fulfillment of pet parenting. After adopting Mercutio, Shannon spent 6 years working at a dog daycare/training/boarding facility. There, she learned all about canine behavior, care, and training. Shannon also spent time assisting classes and leading private obedience sessions, in addition to working Mercutio up to sport-level training. With an interest in adding veterinary medicine to her doggy-repertoire, Shannon recently left her dog daycare job to work as a client service representative at a local veterinary hospital. She is thrilled to be on the Walkies team and spend time with the pet inhabitants of the city she loves! Shannon currently shares her West Philadelphia home with her partner and their collective pets: Mercutio, Penny, and Emy. Shannon is Pet First Aid Certified.