A LITTLE ABOUT ME
My name is Yvonne Zarnitz. I grew up in Morris County and have always had a soft spot for animals, especially dogs. Growing up I had two. My first was a dog that my father originally had as a guard dog at his factory in New York. Lord was a mutt, brought in from the pound. He wasn't the nicest or friendliest of dogs, but he was gentle with me as a kid. As Lord aged, Dad decided it was time to give him a better home and brought him back to live with us. I remember him always smelling like chicken because that was what my grandmother always fed him.
My second dog, Jazz was half Great Dane and Black Lab. I remember him to be be the sweetest and most gentle dog ever. He was about four years of age when we adopted him and about 100 lbs. Tall and lean with a white mark on his chest. I was in 10th grade. He was with us till September of 1996. The day we said good bye to him was one of the toughest days of my life.
I graduated in 1998 with an Electronic Film Making degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison. Only some lucky people know exactly what they want to be at a young age. I struggled with different ideas and directions. At times I felt hopeless, like I'd never find my true calling.
One day, it hit me like a brick wall. I was visiting my folks sometime in 2008. Dad was downstairs watching television and when I walked in the door he shouted, "Yvonne! You have to come down here an see this!" I walked downstairs and sat down for a moment. I watched and was utterly impressed by a good looking Mexican man "magically" taking control of out of control dogs with his energy, body posture, and calm and assertive attitude. It was none other than Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer! As I watched, a single thought crossed my mind; "That's what I want to do!!" I'd never felt so strongly about anything. So I found Animal Behavior College, signed up, studied hard, and graduated. I am not just certified, but certified with honors! I'm ecstatic to say I work with dogs and train owners, helping to build that needed foundation for a trust and better relationship between them.
It's more fun than any job! I have finally found my calling. And it feels amazing.