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PETS & THEIR PEOPLE

Foster mom finds job loving pets

KATHRYN HORNER Contributor

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Pampered Pets, a personal petsitting business, in 2000. “I’ll take care of your pets as if they were my own,” she said. Davis has truly loved animals for as long as she can remember, and her passion has made its way into her former jobs. She went to veterinary technician school in California before moving to Texas and starting MaryAnn’s Pampered Pets. She also connected with animals as a flight attendant. “I would try to feed all of the

homeless animals I came across — cats in Rome, dogs at the equator or any at the hotels we stayed in,” she said. During her flying days, she got her first personal dog — Noelle, a beautiful little Lhasa Apso. Davis took Noelle, her best friend, with her on trips. Noelle lived to be 18 years old. “It was so hard to say goodbye to such a loyal and wonderful part of my life,” Davis said. “Since then I have had many amazing companions.”

By AARON GOLDSMITH Contributor

The RoughRiders Foundation awarded $10,000 in scholarship money to three graduating high school seniors in North Texas and two in Frisco during the 2010 season. Ajani Brown of Frisco High School and Cody Curtis of Centennial High School were recognized for their academic achievement and athletics. The winners received $2,000 for their college education, tickets to a RoughRiders game, all-you-can-eat food and Dr Pepper products and a VIP tour before the game. “The RoughRiders Foundation Scholarship Program is one of our biggest financial contributions of the season,” said Scott Sonju,

RoughRiders president and general manager. “[We] appreciate the importance of getting a college education and are proud to help these outstanding students pursue their goals.” Since the RoughRiders Foundation started their scholarship program seven seasons ago, they have awarded over $45,000 in scholarship monies to local students. More than 260 applications were submitted by high school seniors. All applicants must have met the criteria of a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and participated in at least one athletic activity during their senior year. The winners were selected by the RoughRiders Foundation Board of Directors based on academic merit, financial need and athletic accomplishments.

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aryAnn Davisturned her passion for animals into a thriving pet-sitting career and volunteer job with the Frisco Humane Society. “I love all pets and pet sitting,” Davis said. “It is so comforting to be able to snuggle with my own. They bring you unconditional love.” Her personal menagerie comprises two rescued cats, Oliver and Turbo, and a ShihTzu mix, Ollie — whom she originally intended to find a home, but ended up adopting instead. Davis started MaryAnn’s

From left: Turbo, a Russian Blue; Oliver, an orange Tabby; Bear, a Pekingese mix foster dog; Ollie, a Shih Tzu mix, and a boarding dog surround MaryAnn Davis on her couch at her home.

RoughRiders Foundation awards 10K in scholarships

November 19, 2010

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Foster mom finds job loving pets