Meet the Woof Pack
Julie Schwartz, BS, CVT
Dog walker, Pet Sitter (drop-in and overnight), Vet Tech, Owner
I was born in Illinois but grew up just outside Albany, NY and have always had a big love for animals. In fact, my first word was cat. Not Mom or Dad, but cat. After high school, I returned to Illinois to attend Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. While attending SIU, I volunteered at Free Again Wildlife Rehab in Carterville, IL. I helped care for many animals, among them being an endangered South American cougar named Simba. He was confiscated at 3 months old from the illegal wildlife trade. Simba provided education to schools, as well as participating in my senior thesis. I also did an externship at the St. Louis Zoo’s Endangered Species Research Center and Veterinary Hospital. This was an invaluable experience and I am humbled to have been part of it.
After graduation, I moved to Seattle for the music scene and to become a “rock star”. Soon after arriving, my passion for animals found me working in my first veterinary hospital. I have worked in various practices during my 20 year career, earning the title Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2009. Through my experiences working in general practice as well as in the surgery department at a specialty clinic, I quickly realized my interests were in the field of pain management, anesthesia, and client education, which I have centered my career around for the past 10 years.
Moving from Seattle to Tucson has been quite a change, and I am loving the sun! My other passions include creating art with wood as my medium, motorcycles, playing my drums, writing songs, relaxing with my family, and enjoying the desert scenery. I am really excited for this new chapter in my life and can’t wait to meet you and your animal companions.
Back-Up Pet Sitter (drop-ins), and the lady behind the scenes
Some people are just born with the innate need to be surrounded by animals, I am definitely one of those people. My passion for animals began at a young age while spending my summers at my Aunt and Uncles farm in Oregon. My first memory of an animal companion (maybe around age 5?) was a goat named Cisco; I would spend my afternoons just sitting with him in his pin, he was my friend and my protector.
I started working in the veterinary field at 18 years old, and continued down this path for the next 19 years. I took a few detours but always found my way back to the animal medical field.
I received my education in massage therapy in 2010 and then animal massage in 2011. Prior to moving to Tucson, I had a private massage practice in Seattle where I treated pets and their people. At that same time I worked for a group of holistic vets and managed an online veterinary Chinese herbal shop called Kingdom of Basil. I moved to Tucson in 2018 where continue to run the herbal shop and remotely help the doctors out at Kingdom of Basil Wellness Clinic. I am also a practicing massage therapist here in Tucson. You can find out more about my practice here.
In 2016 I had the privilege of working as a pet-sitter for a dear friend of mine at Close to Home Pet Services in Seattle. This time and experience helped me create the foundation that is Woof Woof Walkin. I am so excited to bring my expertise and precise care to your family of pets.
Animal rescue is our passion. We have dedicated our lives to help those innocent lives who have been negatively affected by people. We wish we could save them all, but know that is impossible. Here is our current pack, our purpose, our reason, our hearts.