About Us

Some Information About Your Future Pet Sitter/Dog Walker:

I earned my Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from the University of California at Davis in 1997.  I am a lifelong pet owner, whose pets have included dogs, cats, birds, and spiders.  I have extensive experience in dealing with special needs pets.  Throughout my life, the needs of my animals have always been my top priority.  And I’ll treat your pet with the same care and compassion that I’ve always treated my own.

So why did I decide to become a pet sitter/dog walker?  After earning my Ph.D. I had had enough of academia and decided to try working in the real world for a bit.  However, after years of office work, I decided that I couldn’t take it anymore.  Working in an office doing a job that I didn’t enjoy was driving me crazy.  I wanted to be my own boss, and I wanted to work with animals again.  The whole reason that I went for a degree in Animal Behavior was that I love animals.  The academic world, though, sucked all the fun out of working with animals.  I enjoyed research, but I didn’t want to be imprisoned by the publish or perish mentality of research universities.  Becoming a pet sitter/dog walker gives me the joy of working with animals without the tedium of applying for grants, analyzing data, and trying to get articles published.  All I’ve ever wanted was to do something that would make me happy.  If I can bring joy to your dogs, cats, and other assorted pets, then I’ll have accomplished that dream.

Michael Polakoff

Founder of Pet Central DFW


My cat Jiji

My cat Jiji


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