Welcome! I am Stephanie Artz and I am the proud owner of Cloud 9 Companion Care!
Like others in my trade, I have loved and LIVED animals my entire life. My experience with animals and family pets started at a very early age as I spent much of my childhood visiting my grandparent's "country place" right outside of San Antonio. With my grandfather as a patient, gentle mentor, I developed a deep admiration and respect for nature through his teachings of science and the natural world around us. He instilled a solid base of empathy that, to this day, fuels my compassion for humans and non-humans alike.
Since 1998, I have worked with all kinds of small and large animals in a hands-on and professional capacity, predominantly within veterinary hospitals. In summary, I have 20 years of experience within the veterinary field, along with 10 concurrent years as a pet-sitter. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (heavy emphasis on Biological Sciences) from Texas A&M University - College Station, as well as a Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Though my employment background is dominated by experience with animals, I have also pursued career paths involving human care and advocacy. Though my reasons for following these lines of work were noble, I was not as satisfied personally and professionally as I am when working with animals.
Cloud 9 Companion Care was borne from a desire to integrate a lifetime wealth of skills, knowledge, and experiences so I may continue to pursue a labor of love with animals while still following my passion to help their human counterparts. I truly love what I do and I am very thankful to have the privilege to work with so many amazing clients and their wonderful animal companions!