Cheryl Muth has been with Pulaski Animal Hospital for 32 years “and counting.”
The Muth household had been down to eight pets from an “all-time high of over 30” until the recent addition of puppy Truman, an English setter. "We are enjoying his enthusiasm for life," Cheryl says.
The Muths have another dog, one cat, three birds, two box turtles and two large fish tanks. “All of the animals that come into my house are rescues including some of the fish!” Cheryl says.
The Muths have lost several dogs and cats to old age and illness.
“I lost my beloved boxer, Bruno, [last] August and still miss him terribly,” Cheryl says.
Cheryl grew up in the Brighton Park neighborhood and has stayed in the area. “I live a short distance from the house where I grew up. I really love Chicago.”
Cheryl says she comes from “a family with a huge love and respect for animals. My two sisters worked at Pulaski Animal Hospital and one of them still fills in occasionally. We learned about St. Francis as children and obviously took the lesson to heart.
Cheryl says she enjoys “educating people on proper health care for their pets and loves to see the pets grow up to be happy and healthy.
“Animals give unconditional love to us as humans no matter how they are treated and it is satisfying to be able to make a difference in their lives.”
In her spare time, Cheryl likes to read, travel and volunteer for charities.
Her most memorable moments at Pulaski Animal Hospital “come in times of sorrow and grief. I talk to and cry with many families after they have the misfortune to lose a beloved family member and they are so grateful to have someone understand their pain. Many times, they think they are silly to be so sad for a pet, but I assure them that the bonds between animals and humans is so great that feeling a sense of loss is normal.”