Kelly Jerome is a former BCPS client and a weekly volunteer at the APS. A meticulous detail-queen, she’s also a great note writer. Kelly specializes in senior pets and possesses great ability to notice a health concern before it becomes problematic. Rescue Pug mama breaking out with a shelter Pekingese. Loves bees and chickens.

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AKA: The Pug Whisperer
I’m in charge of: extra lovin’ and cuddlin’ for critters with special needs and super charged leg-stretchin’ for those without
Since: April 2013
Sign: Leo
Breed: Heinz 57-there isn’t a DNA test kit in the world to sort it all out (though my laugh lines and crows’ feet may have Shar-Pei origins)
My Furry Family: A gaggle of rescue pugs: Violet Gretchen “Original Recipe” BoRegard, Molly “Extra Crispy” Tuna Boss, Vincent Elvis “Wasn’t Me” Everett and the latest addition, a swingin’ senior with a sassy ‘tude: Tuhla-Belle. Plus a few feathers and wings in the mix: 4 hens a laying and a colony of honey bees!
My Favorite Walk: The peaceful and super convenient trails at West Point on the Eno
My Favorite Place to Nap: wherever I am covered in a pile o’ furries
My Favorite Treat: Carolina peaches in July
My Favorite Game: Scrabble, Boggle, Scattergories—anything word-oriented
Best Toy Ever: Breville Juicer/Blender/Smoothie Maker—it does it all
Best Thing to do on a Sunny Day: enjoy it from the minute it rises until it sets
Best Thing to do on a Rainy Day: bake a batch of doggie biscuits
Best Gift Ever: an original 1978 Mon-chichi
My Super Power would be: breathing under water
Life Philosophy: You can learn a lot about people by how they treat their critters
If I could say one thing to the whole world: “Here’s some simple advice: Always be yourself. Never take yourself too seriously. And beware of advice from experts, pigs, and members of Parliament”—Kermit the Frog.
The Animal I Fear Most: scorpions….but I don’t rule them out of my repertoire
I collect: anything ELVIS…..and textbooks
I am a Geek when it comes to: office supplies
Everyone should read: Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Favorite Bad Movie: Son-in-Law with Pauly Shore