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About Me

Welcome to Karen's Canine Care! My name is Karen Gipstein and I have always had two passions in life; nursing and animals. After working for many years in the critical care nursing field, I decided to pursue my second passion; caring for animals. In 2010 I started Karen's Canine Care, a full-service pet sitting business.

I have over 25 years experience owning and working with canines, my current family includes 4 dogs and they can be seen throughout my website. I also have lots of experience caring for cats. Growing up I lived around several farms and had the pleasure of caring for many different types of livestock. I have cared for everything from iguanas, goats, cattle, chickens, hens and the domestic hamster and rabbits. I have a great appreciation and compassion for all animals.

The following are some of my credentials for pet care:


  • Member of Pet Sitters International
  • Member of Professional United Pet Sitters
  • Member of Pet Sitters Association
  • Member of APSE (Association of Pet Sitting Excellence)


  • Certified in Pet First Aid.
  • Participate in online training courses in canine behavior and animal care.
  • I am an avid reader of veterinary health manuals, books, magazines and various videos with the primary focus in canine behavior, care and training.
  • Attend conferences on pet care, canine behavior and pet sitting yearly.
  • A Volunteer for the National Great Pyrenees Rescue organization.
  • In addition, I also participate in pet sitter forums and message boards.
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