Toni M. Barnes
Pet Sitter, Pet Boarder, Groomer, Animal Behaviorist Consultant & Obedience Trainer
Hello There! My name is Toni, I'm originally from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and have been a native of Northern VA since 2005. I have been working with animal since as long as I can remember. Growing up we had dogs, cats and birds.
My first real experience with animals was helping with my cat, Ms. Kitty, deliver a litter of 7 kittens! Being part of that experience and helping her deliver her babies was amazing. I knew right then and there, I had a passion and desire to work with animals.
At 9 years old I trained my grandmothers dog. Charlie was a 8 week old Boarder Collie. We soon noticed that Charlie wouldn't respond to noises or us talking to him. My grandfather took Charlie to the vet and discovered that Charlie was deaf. We loved all loved Charlie and realized we needed to find another way to train Charlie. I decided to train Charlie in sign language. If it worked with humans, why not with a dog? So I trained Charlie in sign language and he adapted extremely well and lived a long and happy life.
I have over 27 years of hands on experience with animals. I got most of my knowledge by reading anything that I could get my hands on related to cats & dogs. That helped me to better understand the animals mannerisms and reasons behind their behaviors. I got my
medical experience being a Veterinarian Technician with Banfield, The Veterinarian Hospital of Sterling. Dr. Rupinderjit Singh and Micheal Casellas were the best mentors I could have ever asked for. They saw my ambition and passion for the field and showed me everything they could, as I was a sponge!
So, rest assure, your pets are in great hands here with the Universal Paw's Team. Whether your away on business, vacations, or simply working long days, your pets will be well looked after, treated as if they were our own, and spoiled with love and affection.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for choosing Universal Paw's LLC as your Pet Care Service provider, were we offer "Excellent pet care service for you and you pets individual needs!"
Toni M. Barnes
Owner/CEO of Universal Paw's LLC