Melinda O.


You'll find Melinda O. at: Park Ridge

Started at Prairie Path: June 2019

Why did you want to work with animals? Yes, I must love pets if I came out of retirement to work with them again! I have been caring for pets, both working for myself and others, most of my life. No matter what else I did, from Real Estate, to construction, to property management, I always had time to care for the critters. It’s a natural fit!

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I grew up with animals, both on my grandparent’s farm and having my own pets in the city. I started caring for other’s pets early on. Also handling dogs in the dog show ring and doing rescue transport. I currently have 5 pets: Moon and Fredpool, my Otterhound and blind Shih-tzu. Also my cats, Malcolm, Minerva and Little Joe. I love and remember them all, even from childhood but my special boys were Henry and Buck.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Chicago. Spent a lot of my childhood in Wisconsin too.

When you aren’t caring for pets, what can we find you doing? I spend a good deal of time going to concerts and music festivals. I do cosplay and go to anime and comic conventions. I travel the country with my dogs when I can. I enjoy entertaining and feeding my small, but very close-knit group of friends. My door is always open and my life is never dull, or quiet.

What is a hidden talent of yours? Ha, my talents aren’t very hidden, I like to show them off! I rarely drink, but I create fabulous cocktails. My fudge and natural remedies have gotten quite a reputation. My doggy diet plan is just about foolproof and, I can not only touch my tongue to my nose, but also to the bottom of my chin!