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Birds and Music Are the Inspiration for This New York Pet Pro

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Paul Lewis
Birds Unlimited, Webster, NY

Paul Lewis discovered his love of birds as a teen, when he was working after school at a pet store. He has since owned and operated Birds Unlimited for 26 years. Lewis prides himself on finding the right bird for each customer, drawing on his deep knowledge of the animals — his certifications and accreditations are too numerous to list, and he has lectured in a variety of settings, from local bird clubs to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Among his future plans for Birds Unlimited: “A large outdoor, walk-through aviary would be nice. A person can dream, right?”


This article originally appeared in the July-August 2017 edition of PETS+.

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Stay Sane with Lynn Paolillo of Cat Naps Cattery

…with calligraphy, sailing and competing!

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Lynn Paolillo
Hamilton, NJ

Cats are a 24/7 passion for Lynn Paolillo. She holds Certified Feline Master Groomer status with the National Cat Groomers Institute, for which she also creates online courses and teaches. Paolillo lectures at Intergroom, Groom Expo, SuperZoo and the All American Grooming Show. And in 2018, she opened Cat Naps Boarding & Grooming on the property where she lives with her husband, John, and her show kitty King, at left, and demo kitty Pandie. Busy cat lady!

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How Angela Pantalone of Wag Central Stays Sane

Balance, some laughter and just being herself!

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Angela PantaloneWag Central, Stratford, CT

This former schoolteacher now spends her days owning and operating Wag Central. She manages a team of more than 27, which includes her children Ellie, Annie and Gus, whom she helps balance life, school and work at the facility for doggie day care, boarding, grooming, training and all-around fun. Busy lady!

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When Not Enraptured by Reptiles, Richard Allen Hops on His Harley

And pumps those muscles!

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Richard Allen REPTILE RAPTURE, MONONA, WI

Richard Allen breeds, sells and even rescues reptiles at the store he owns and operates with his wife, Cheryl. Pictured here is one such breeder, a male black-headed python from Australia named Mr. Awesome. When not working, Allen enjoys spending time with his family, which also includes daughter Paige and pup Pebbles.

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