"My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am." - Unknown
In Caren’s Words -
I started AT YOUR BARK AND CALL in Asheville, North Carolina in June, 1999. At this point I have more years of professional experience working with animals than I dare count. I started working in animal shelters in 10th grade. There was no way to keep me from bringing animals in that needed to be cared for - whether an injured bird or squirrel, or a stray puppy. I went to college, and then grad school - but never managed to work long in the fields I studied. I kept returning to caring for animals - as a vet assistant/tech, shelter worker, animal welfare officer ( the most heartbreaking and rewarding work one could ever imagine - I worked in CA, WI, NM, and here in Buncombe County.) At this time I am following my dream of working as a photographer. Naturally, my subjects are my noble friends - thus Noble Friends Photography!
I share my home with Caldonia, a nine year old smooth Collie type dog - a mix of sensible, independent, and loyal. She is gentle, quiet and easy going and gets along with everyone in a most delightful way. She has always been partial to small dogs. Ume is my nine year old long haired tuxedo cat whose fur seems to expand with each season - he has gone from being pesky little brother to noble big brother, having had to say goodbye to some elder siblings over the course of the past few years. He is adjusting to his new role pretty darn well. ShinYuu (best friend in Japanese) - is a bright and bewitching three year old scamp cat who keeps us on our toes. Most recently we adopted Pixel! She is a 15lb. poodle terrier mix, and was sort of an accident - I didn't even know I was looking for a second dog - but she is irresistible, and I am so so so glad I didn't second guess myself (too much)!