Who We Are

Susanne is our owner/operator, and our first pet care professional. Pause for Pets began for Susanne when she recognized an opportunity to help out busy pet owners while also combining several of her passions:  her love for animals, her artistic/photography skills, her caring nature, and her enjoyment of the outdoors and physical activity!  So she left behind her 22 year career as an art teacher, and began following her heart and the advice she always gave to her students – do something you love.  She has a lifetime of experience being “owned” by a wide variety of pets, and loving care and protection for all the earth’s creatures is a commitment she takes seriously.



Tony is Susanne’s partner in life, business and crime 🙂  He is a full-time English teacher at Barrington High School by day, but by night and on summers and weekends, he becomes Susanne’s favorite pet care professional and is always there to lend a paw for the pets. Tony has been “owned” by dogs and cats most of his life, but he loves all types of animals…..one of the many gifts he got from his mother.  He’s particularly good at feeding and caring for our backyard “pets”, and our cats, Loki and Freya, love watching all the birds, chipmunks and squirrels that frequent our patio and garden.

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Louie and Tony

Leigh is our core pet care professional. She is a college graduate who has been in the animal care profession for over 9 years. Her passion for animals led her to work in several kennels.  This experience gave her the opportunity to work with a variety of breeds and temperaments, and allowed her to work with a world-renowned trainer. She has been a pet parent from the age of five, and has had many different kinds of pets in her life.  She currently has the pleasure of being a pet mom to Tilly, an Australian Shepard.  She has been the love of Leigh’s life since the day she was born, and they have gone through a lot of life changing events together. There is nothing in this world that Leigh wouldn’t do for her, and Leigh gives the same love and devotion to all Pause for Pets’ clients!