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My name is Julie Duke
and my pets are my family.

Prior to establishing this business, my career required frequent travel. Finding pet sitters who would provide the level of care I required for my pets became a huge challenge.  I needed experienced pet sitters about whom I could feel confident. I didn’t want to worry constantly when I was away from home.

There When You Need Us Most.

Prancing Poodle Pet Care Services offers pet sitting services provided by mature, experienced, responsive, and reliable caregivers.

I know you want to feel confident about entrusting your pet(s) and your home to the care of another person. You want to be secure in the knowledge that the person you’ve hired will do everything that is needed to care for your pets and your property in your absence.

Prancing Poodle Pet Care Services will be there when you need us with service that meets and exceeds your expectations.

I would welcome the opportunity to add your pets to our family of clients. Please let me know what we can do to help you.

Julie and Jessica
Julie Duke, Owner of Prancing Poodle Pet Care

My Background.

My career included eleven years in the advancement office at Michigan State University, as well as executive positions with performing arts organizations around the country and a private foundation that awarded grants to animal shelters and rescue organizations.  I have owned my home in Okemos since 2000.

As a volunteer, I have helped at Ingham Country Animal Control, driven for animal transports, and fostered homeless and abused dogs. I am an enthusiastic supporter of animal welfare causes and I contribute to a variety of animal welfare organizations. Prancing Poodle Pet Care Services is the fruition of my dream to help more pets.

About The Prancing Poodle

prancing poodle photoD’Bara Mardi Le Beau was the dog who entered my life and changed everything.  Bred to be a show dog, Mardi grew too tall for the breed standard, so his breeder wanted to rehome him as a pet.

He was six months old when I first saw him. He crawled into my lap and settled right
down.  He was the most beautiful dog I had ever seen.  Mardi went home with me that day and changed my life forever.  He was a one-person dog and I was his person.  He taught me about the unconditional love dogs have for their people.

When Mardi walked, he did the “poodle prance” perfectly.  He was glorious.

Mardi was with me for 17 years.  We fought off worsening heart failure for many years, but in the end he left me for the Rainbow Bridge and took a piece of my own heart with him.

Today my pack includes four rescues – Callie, Jessica, Chloe and Phillip –  who fill my days with love and delight.  But Mardi will always have a special place in my heart.  So, when I decided to start this business, “Prancing Poodle” was my first choice for the name.  I like to think that Mardi is always with me, prancing at my side.