Everything Under One W O O F !
Born in Devon, she was constantly bringing animals home to be cared for or find them new homes, Her very first pet at the age of five, was a Tortoise. Freda is still alive and a member of the family in England, Freda (now 45 years old) has been passed around the entire family to whoever has children at the time. Sandie started her animal care career by working at Riding stables, and at 16 years old, left home to be a working jockey at Lord Lucan's brother's National Hunt horse racing yard. Later she become acquainted with Dr. Roger Mugford a renowned and internationally known Animal Behaviorist. In 1987 Sandie was offered position in Los Angeles, working with horses on the Show jumping circuit, she accepted the position and has never looked back.
In 1989 Sandie joined Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that trains assistance dogs for the physically challenged. This is where she trained her own dog Yogi Bear to be a service dog for the hearing impaired. (Not knowing that she would meet the man of her dreams who would need just this type of dog). In 1991 Sandie founded ANIMALS FIRST in San Diego, specializing in puppy & obedience dog training. In 1994 Sandie was invited to open a grooming facility at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe by the center’s director himself, John Calendar. The Pet Beauty Parlor was a great asset to the HWAC facility but closed when Fairhaven Ranch was opened in 2001.
Born a minister’s son in Ohio, is himself an ordained Pastor. He attended the Horizon School of Evangelism under Pastor Mike McIntosh in San Diego and headed up several ministries while attending the school. Marc became the senior pastor at the Seaside Christian Fellowship church, in San Diego, for over six years. Since joining Animals First, Marc has become known as “My Wonderful husband" to his wife, Sandie and "Mr. Velcro” to all his furry friends. His gentleness and playfulness makes him a great companion and buddy to guests staying at the pet resort or being groomed at the Pet Beauty Parlor. In addition, Marc also maintains Animals First and oversees the horses, barn, arenas, and landscaping.
ANIMALS FIRST is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance, and we are committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat clients,Vet referrals and Client referrals.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and offer you and your pets the best service possible.
We want you and your pet to feel at home in our spacious pet resort.
Every one of us is a pet-owner. We will treat your pet like it was our own.
Our staff will provide the expert care your family deserves.
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"Before you get a dog,
you can't quite imagine what living with one might be like;
afterward, you can't imagine living any other way."