Doggie Diva Deb Brightstar
How I became a professional pet sitter in Tucson
I left a corporate day job to pursue my occu-passion and life’s purpose, to love and care for living creatures as a professional pet sitter. Taking care of animals is fun and fulfilling for me. It’s not work! I am happiest when I am around animals and in nature doing my own thing.
What started out as a hobby, that made me happy and relieved stress, soon became my business! My love of animals, especially dogs, inspired me to create Doggie Diva Pet Care, LLC!
This started out simply to serve my neighbors and have some fun pet sitting. As we grew we started to customize our services in response to our clients’ needs. That is how we started our most popular services of cage-free dog boarding and doggy care in an intimate, safe home environment where your pups are treated like part of our families!
We were blessed as children to have parents who let us have all kinds of pets- dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hampsters, gerbils, fish, turtles, birds, ducks, a horse, ferrets, and even rats. They taught us at an early age the preciousness of life and the importance of learning the responsibility of caring for living things.
I consider myself an advocate for the humane treatment of all animals. I write articles and speak to increase public awareness on treating domestic animals, as well as livestock, in more humane ways. That is why we are involved in animal rescues and encourage people to rescue pets rather than buy from pet stores, which usually buy their animals from puppy and kitty mills.
My ultimate vision and goal is to own and operate an animal rescue and dog retreat ranch that provides- “A Safe Haven Where Animals and People Connect for Friendship, Fun, Community and Love”. Doggie Diva Pet Care, LLC is a wonderful way for me to manifest that dream of reaching out to more animals that need safe and loving homes, while also creating a community of people who share my love of animals.
There are over 11 million domestic cats and dogs euthanized in the United States alone simply due to overpopulation. I support “No Kill” shelters, spay and neutering, education, rescuing and adopting animals in need, as a way of contributing to the solution.
I am Pet First Aide Certified and teach the Animal Abuse Education and Pet First Aide classes at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. I am also a foster volunteer for English Springer Spaniel Rescue of Arizona and foster greyhounds with Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption. I also write and publish articles in The Vail Voice and Tucson’s Best to help inform and educate people about pet related topics.
My Springer Spaniel Pepper and I are currently an inactive pet therapy team. When we are active, Pep loves his job visiting assisted living homes and the TMC Children’s Hospital here in Tucson.
I didn’t have human children. Instead, my mothering instincts are satisfied with my furry kids. I have rescued five dogs of my own, Pepper- the love of my life Springer Spaniel, Dora- my retired greyhound racer, Arnie- saved him from being euthanized at PACC due to Kennel Cough (Bortadella), Foxy Lady- my little Blue Heeler mix, who was a previous client and the unfortunate casualty of a divorce. And last but certainly not least, our newest addition to the family, Puppy Tuck- our Springer Spaniel puppy we were only going to foster for a couple of months. Oh well, we fell in love and couldn’t part with the little rascal!
Pepper- the doggie love of my life!
Dora-doo my tom-boy
Arnie my little rascal son! (photos to added soon)
Foxy Lady the Enforcer!
The newest addition to our family Puppy Tuck