About Pets First

Pets First Diane’s Priority Pet Care formally began in February 2006. Its name is a true expression of my feelings for my furred and feathered clients: Pets really do come first at Pets First! From the late 1990’s until 2006, I had positioned my pet care activities as an additional service of my consulting business, coordinating that activity with another pet sitter. During that time, I discovered that pets were my passion. I really love working with them.

Now my focus and mission is to provide my client pets with the best, most reliable, knowledgeable and loving care that I and my hand-picked assistants can possibly provide. That way their owners can have peace of mind when they’re away. Their pets can stay healthy and happy.

Pets First Diane’s Priority Pet Care is registered, licensed, insured and bonded and contracts with you under an Oregon Statute to make my business the “legal agent” of the animal in your, the owner’s, absence.

Over the years, the reputation of my pet care business has grown among clients, veterinary facilities and other pet care professionals. According to “pet parents” who have given me the opportunity to interact with their beloved furry and feathered family members, I have a God-given gift—a wonderful rapport with animals.

As a “pet parent” myself of cats, dogs, birds and a house bunny over the years, I know how important these beings are in our lives and we in theirs. It’s not enough to have someone come to our home, clean the cat’s litter box and put out fresh food and water and then quickly leave. It’s not healthy, physically or mentally to keep our beloved friends in a kennel or a cage where they will be alone most of the time.

Your pets are used to a home and human companionship. They are sentient beings with emotions. They need someone who demonstrates love for them and gives them more than basic physical needs. They need someone who will give them loving attention. Paying attention to the emotional well-being of a pet is as important as addressing its physical well-being. A happy pet is far more likely to be healthy physically and also to refrain from negative behaviors when reunited with you.

I pay attention to pets in my care and particular attention to pets with special needs. I’ve gained a reputation for providing capable, loving care to animals with health and geriatric issues. I completed the American Red Cross Pet First Aid class. And recently, I completed Pet First Aid and CPR through the Clackamas County Animal Control division.

My education and experience give me competence in caring for special needs animals. My sensitivity to their associated emotional needs makes me, according to my clients, exceptional.

I’m fortunate to be doing what I truly love. I plan to provide care to pets and their families for many years to come. Diane Mead


  • BA, Music, Mount Holyoke College

  • MA, Music, University of Oregon.

  • Minors: the Life Sciences (focus: zoology—the science of animals), the General Sciences and the Social Sciences. As a high school student I was selected competitively to take part in a National Science Foundation 8 week summer program at the University of Alaska. There I worked one-on-one with internationally renowned Mammalian and Avian Scientists.

  • A unique perspective of both the world and the local community, having studied in Europe & lived in several parts of the U.S. in addition to my music studies.

  • Lyric soprano who has performed in the USA, Canada and Europe as guest artist.

  • Award recipient, Tualatin Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year 2008

  • Fellow, The Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence

  • Former competitive ballroom dancer at the bronze level, starting as a novice in my mid 50’s, often receiving first and second place awards.

  • Volunteer Coordinator Atsa My Dawg Show, Tualatin Crawfish Festival, 2006-2009

  • Lake Oswego Lions Club

  • Chapter CY, P.E.O.

  • Life member American Association of University Women

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