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Animal Companions
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P.O. Box 35541
Houston, Texas 77235

Our Staff

  • Cheryl Stephenson, Owner, Certified Veterinary Paramedic, PetTECH Certified
  • Brian Stephenson, Co-Owner, PetTECH Certified, PSI Accredited Pet Sitting Technician
  • Diane, Office Manager
  • Barbara
  • Bridget
  • Carmen
  • Elaine
  • Galina
  • Mariah
  • Rodney
  • Shawna
Note: all of our Staff have passed thorough background screening conducted by an independent agency.

Cheryl Stephenson
Owner, Certified Veterinary Paramedic, PetTECH Certified

My doberman Holly (Royalmead's Portrait in Black) earned her CD with a First Place at AstroHall

I am an experienced Veterinary Technician, Certified Veterinary Paramedic, and Dog Trainer. From 2003-2007, my husband and I volunteered for Houston Area Doberman Rescue (HADR), serving as a foster home.

I was a Veterinary Technician for 9 years: 2 years at PetVet and 7 years at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists (GCVS). During this time I worked mostly with dogs and cats, but occasionally assisted with handling ferrets, parrots, rabbits, iguanas and snakes.

Nivek, my Himalayan catWhile working toward my Veterinary Paramedic certification I volunteered in the avian section at the Houston Zoo, assisted at Citizens for Animal Protection (CAPS), and worked with horses at the Stevens and Pruitt Ranch. While at CAPS I adopted Nivek (pictured at left), who was one of the loves of my life.

As a professional Dog Trainer, I trained boarding dogs and assisted teaching basic Obedience classes. I also trained my own dog, Holly, and titled her in Obedience (pictured above-right). I have trained my own dogs in Obedience, Agility, and Tracking. My experience includes handling dogs that are Schutzhund trained.

Throughout my life I have had various pets: parakeets, cockatiels, finches, turtles, hamsters, rats, hermit crabs, goldfish, cichlid tropical fish, guppies, anole lizards, frogs (raised from tadpoles), a horse, and many cats and dogs (...and a husband). One of my favorite things about pet sitting is that it allows me to add even more pets to my family.

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Brian Stephenson
Co-Owner, PetTECH Certified, PSI Accredited Pet Sitting Technician

I am a PSI Accredited Pet Sitting Technician. Training for this certification included subjects such as animal first aid, animal handling and restraint, bandages and dressing, care of older animals, sanitation, and animal behavior and intelligence.

My personal animal experience primarily involves dogs of all sizes (from Rottweiler to Pekingese), with whom I have always had a natural affinity. As Cheryl and I have assisted our own animals to recover from various illnesses, diseases and surgeries I developed a greater depth of animal knowledge. Administering medications, both oral and injectible, has become almost second nature.

Brian and Big Daddy the Macaw Brian holding Cheyenne from Houston Area Doberman Rescue I have always been an animal lover, but since meeting my wife I have been introduced to species I previously did not know existed (such as Big Daddy the Macaw, pictured at right). While spending time with her, I have attended many dog shows and training classes. I have even trained my own dog, Samantha, in Obedience and together we earned her Canine Good Citizen.

In memory of Cheryl's show dog Holly, who was a rescue herself, from 2003-2007 we volunteered as a foster home for Houston Area Doberman Rescue (HADR). Each doberman they rescue is one less dog that is hungry, neglected, abused or abandoned. When our fosters found their 'forever home,' it was sometimes difficult to let go, but it is truly a wonderful feeling to know you have given a good dog a second chance.

I apply my computer science background to run the day to day information technology operations of Animal Companions, but my real pleasure is in taking care of the animals.

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Office Manager

There are a lot of things that happen behind the scenes to keep a business moving like a well oiled machine. Diane takes care of many of these tasks, including scheduling and billing, allowing the rest of us to focus on what we love doing - taking care of pets.

Diane is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to handle any customer concerns. Please note that any non-emergency calls after 5:00 pm or on weekends will be returned the next business day.

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Animal Companions
P.O. Box 35541
Houston, Texas 77235

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