Ace Pet Care on Veteran’s Day

Recently, Cliff was highlighted for his military service by Pet Sitters International. As part of the pet sitting industry, Ace Pet Care does not promote his service. However, we would like to mention this inclusion. This is an excerpt from Pet Sitter’s Internationals membership publication Pet Sitter’s World. Ace Pet Care LLC is a proud member of Pet Sitter’s International, and find it to be a valuable source for anyone in our industry. For the article, the newest issue of Pet Sitter’s World (membership publication) and Pet Sitter’s International, you can visit this site for more details. This excerpt is published in its entirety from the November/December 2015 issue of Pet Sitter’s World.
Cliff of Ace Pet Care LLC featured in Pet Sitter's World

Cliff Lemke, Ace Pet Care LLC in Austin, Texas

I come from a military family. My father was a Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War and retired in 1992 after Desert Storm. I retired with the rank of Technical Sergeant. My younger sister also enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. As a child stray dogs were always following me home and I loved nothing better than to train them to do tricks to impress my friends. So, I was delighted when I was assigned to the European Theater working in law enforcement and handling military working dogs. I’ve worked with the military working dogs in England, and in Italy handling MWD patrol/narcotic detector dogs. I worked in Germany as a trainer and kennel master. As a kennel master I oversaw the well-being, safety and training of all working dogs assigned to that station. After I retired from the Air Force I spent a few years training police service dogs and personal protection dogs. I’ve trained Belgian malinois, German shepherds, Bouvier des Flandres, Labradors, and Rottweilers as military working dogs and police service dogs. I think there was divine intervention in my coming into pet sitting! My wife had passed away. All during her illness my wife kept making me promise that I would get married again and although I made the promise, it was half-hearted. One day, quite accidentally, I crossed paths with Anne and I knew I wanted to meet her. Over time, as we got to know each other, Anne would talk about her pet-sitting business: the cute things that happened and any problems she might be having with a pet. I enjoyed giving her advice and it wasn’t long before I found myself wanting to be a pet sitter too. I realized that I had been missing working with furry friends. I started helping Anne at nights and on weekends. Eventually Anne and I married and I became a full-time partner in Ace Pet Care. We both really enjoy working together and caring for our clients’ fur kids. As a kennel master I had to learn a lot about the care and welfare of dogs, much of which is similar to the care and welfare of all types of pets. As a trainer of the military working dogs, police service dogs and private protection dogs, I had to learn various training techniques – I had to be able to assess temperament; I had to learn to work with and motivate different breeds. I needed to be proficient at giving my charges a sense of trust, security and well-being. I also needed to recognize hazardous situations, and to pick up on any health issues that I might be seeing. I had to learn to work through pet-behavior issues. All of this experience is put to great use as a pet sitter. We are appreciative of our brave service members who protect our country and do offer military discounts. We don’t use my military service as a means to promote Ace Pet Care. I am very proud of my service and I am delighted to talk about it with anyone who asks, but it is not a means for finding pet-sitting clients.

Thankful for the inclusion

Once again, we would like to thank Pet Sitter’s World and Pet Sitter’s International for their inclusion in this newest issue. For the entire article, please visit PSI Salutes Our Military Veterans.