I was born in Byram and have lived in the Jackson area practically my whole life. Since I was a little girl, I’ve been happiest when surrounded by pets. That’s why the store is named after Chipper, my beloved golden retriever, and Coco, my black Persian-mix all-time favorite cat. For many years, I’ve been involved with animal rescue through CARA (Community Animal Rescue and Adoption), most recently as Treasurer. In 2018, I chose to retire early as an architect to pursue my dream of opening a new kind of pet store—one devoted to enhancing the lives of our furry family members, while finding new homes for animals who need adoption.