Favorite Friends PetSitters Laguna Niguel is a family owned and operated pet sitting business. We started in January 2001 in Laguna Niguel, California and cover areas of Laguna Hills, South and West Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, South Laguna Beach, and Ladera Ranch.
Favorite Friends PetSitters was created by Shirley Somerville.
Shirley was born in Philadelphia, PA and moved to Laguna Niguel in 1985. As soon as Shirley was able to talk, she began begging her parents for a puppy or kitten until her Dad finally bought her a kitten and a dachshund. She has had a cat, a dog or both from that time on and a variety of other pets such as chickens, ducks, turtles, birds and mice (a gift left behind by her son when he went to college).
Shirley always volunteered to care for her friends' and neighbors' pets while they were away, and that's how she decided to become a professional pet sitter. Her friends Brad and Linda purchased Animal Crackers Pet Shop and Grooming in Laguna Beach and began recommending her to customers requesting a loving and dependable pet sitter.
Shirley with her kitties (L to R)
Tiki: Chocolate Point Siamese
Saki: Blue Point Birman
Guido: Seal Point Birman/Siamese Mix
Bill was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Bill always had several pets as a child including dogs, cats, ducks and even goats. At the age of 18, he moved to Arizona and worked with animals on a ranch near Bisbee. He later moved to Philadelphia and was an officer of the Philadelphia Police Department for 17 years.
Bill and Shirley moved to Laguna Niguel, CA in 1985 where Bill worked for a security company, the U.S. Government and finally as the Operations Manager for a Distribution Center for Automotive Products from which he retired in 2005. Bill had always helped with the petsitting on evenings, weekends and holidays, but joined Shirley full-time in 2005 and has been enjoying meeting all the new pets and owners, as well.
Jonathan has known the founders of Favorite Friends PetSitters (Bill and Shirley Somerville) aince 1979. (That's not quite so amazing when you find out he is their son.) Jonathan has owned pets of all kinds over the years. Some of the animals he has cared for include dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, and mice. Jonathan has an uncanny way of charming even the most timid of cats. (This makes even Shirley jealous.) You will probably catch Jonathan unabashedly talking baby talk to your dog, cat, or other critter.
Jonathan also has an extensive background in Customer Service and holds several Microsoft Certifications. He has most recently worked as a support technician for an antivirus company. Jonathan will always gladly look at your ailing computer for an added fee.