While her website may sound like it — given the URL peninsulapetspa.com — Liza Spiridon wants to make it clear that she doesn’t offer “spa” services, although she may pamper her dog and cat clients.
“The ‘pa’ is for Palo Alto where I grew up,” she says, sitting with client Casey on her lap. “I’m a registered veterinary technician who makes home visits.”
Services offered through her business, Peninsula Pets, include basic in-home veterinary nursing care, pet sitting, and dog walking. She serves pet owners in Menlo Park and Atherton, as well as surrounding towns. Explains Liza: “I view my job as more than administering medicine. It’s also about educating the pet’s owners. If they can’t get their animal to take a pill, I show them tricks of the trade.”
Liza is also an animal Reiki therapist. Reiki, she says, is an alternative healing modality that is complementary to conventional treatments. She was trained by well-known animal Reiki teacher Kathleen Prasad and has administered Reiki treatments to horses, rats, and birds, along with her usual dog and cat clients.
On February 8th, Liza will be at The Pet Place on Santa Cruz Avenue from noon to 3:00 pm talking about Reiki for animals — what it is, and benefits for emotional, behavioral, ill/post-op, and geriatric patients. “I’ll also be offering 20% off the first session or package booked,” she says.
A true lover of animals, Liza recalls that her first words as a baby were “cow horse.” She claims to have no favorite breed of either cat or dog. “I love all animals, even the ones who are aggressive or timid.
“In December, I went to Hawaii with some girl friends. They were all so happy to be away, but I didn’t feel I needed to escape my life. I know I’ve found my true calling!”
Photo by Irene Searles