A life-long interest in and passion for animals may be due to early childhood deprivation; until I was 12, my parents and I lived in an apartment that did not allow animals. But my grandparents had a working farm, and every summer I looked forward to my visits to the country and their cows, chickens, pigs, dogs and cats. In my adult life, pets have always been an integral part of my family.
Northern Virginia was my home for many years; job-related moves took us to the Boston area, then to Colorado, where we lived for 15 years. With our then empty nest, we were looking for a change and a serendipitous resume mailing produced a job offer for my husband as Manager of the Nantucket Memorial Airport.
We arrived on Nantucket in the fall of 1990 with our Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Geronimo, and two Colorado shelter cats. I quickly discovered a lack of quality pet supplies on the island, so within six months, I opened my pet supply retail store, Geronimo’s, adding the downtown pet boutique, Cold Noses, in 2009, and my most recent endeavor, Akimbo, a bead shop, last spring.
Since I had been a member of the Humane Society Board in our former home town in Colorado, at the outset, I established both a personal and sponsorship relationship with the Nantucket shelter, operated by the MSPCA, which continued until their unexpected departure in 2011. At that time, I joined a group of dedicated and concerned members of our pet community to organize and maintain a shelter facility on the island. As a NSHA Director, I served as Secretary for a number of years and am currently Vice President.
Our pet family includes Jenny, an energetic and adorable rescue Min Pin who is a Mississippi Mutt and Priscilla, a beautiful black cat who was rescued as a young kitten by CatTrap that we fostered, and then, of course, adopted. Geronimo’s is home to several shelter pets, kitties Mr. Chips and Captain, and Coconut the bunny live there, and we temporarily house kittens, cats, rabbits and the occasional ferret available for adoption.