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Oregon Pet Pro Followed Her Passion Before It Was Too Late

She quit her high-paying corporate job to open a pet-supply store and grooming salon.

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Terri Ellen Nature’s Pet Market and Sunny Paws Grooming, Salem, OR

WHEN TERRI ELLEN found herself “too young to retire and too old not to follow my passion,” she quit her high-paying corporate job and opened a pet-supply store and grooming salon. Nearly eight years later, Ellen still loves going to work each day. She also enjoys heading home to her rescue pets: Yorkies Tillie and Tazz (pictured here, left to right), Chihuahua Toovie, and cats Lucy and Ginger Peach.

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Movie Nights, Yoga, Golf — These Pet Lovers Love Doing Things Together

Togetherness is fun for this couple.

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Sal & Jamie Salafia

EXOTIC PET BIRDS INC., WEBSTER, NY

Mona the African grey parrot (at right) inspired the Salafias to open a pet store in 2017. “We had a difficult time finding her and decided we would work hard to create a company that would be an outlet for many to find their perfect companion,” Sal says. The couple hand-feeds and raises a variety of bird species, including macaw parrots (left and center), until they are ready for a forever home.

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Iowa Cat Groomer is Smitten by the Kittens

She’s been running her cat-grooming salon for 10 years.

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Betsey Qualley, Smitten Kitten, Des Moines, IA

Betsey Qualley recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of her cat-grooming salon, Smitten Kitten. Cheering her on at work are shop cats Walter, Lola and Delores, all from Furry Friends Rescue. At home are kitties Dorothy (posing with Qualley here), Pickles, Rosie, Orangie and Shelley, plus husband George and daughter Charlotte. Surrounding herself with such a large family helps keep Qualley happy and successful.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: EVA LEWIN PHOTOGRAPHY

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How Pet Care Provider Alix Marcoux DiLorenzo Stays Focused

Her work territory is huge, but this New Hampshire pet pro never complains.

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Alix Marcoux DiLorenzoHOMEWARD BOUND, GILFORD, NH

HER WORKPLACE spans four towns and 167 square miles, but pet care provider Alix Marcoux DiLorenzo never complains. After all, the New Hampshire Lakes Region boasts mountains, lakes and an abundance of scenic trails on which to walk canine clients. She and two employees also provide vacation care for cats. Three years ago, DiLorenzo and her now-husband Dan survived back-to-back cancer diagnoses and treatments, which she says forced a refocusing that made the business significantly better.

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