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April’s Ark Pet-Sitting Helps with Communication and Wellness

April Pawlikowski, of April’s Ark, is expanding her pet sitting service to include animal communication and wellness. Since 1990, she has worked with animals both in her business and through rescue groups and shelters. Her ability to read animals— that is, sense their emotions, moods and discomfort—is very similar to the way that people can read people.

When a pet owner feels there is something wrong with a pet that is not a medical emergency, such as changes in behavior, mood, eating or elimination, Pawlikowski can make a house call. “Maybe a new baby or new pet has arrived,” she explains, “or perhaps the owner is spending more time away—all this affects pets.” By coming to the home, Pawlikowski is able to observe the environment, as well as the interaction between the pet and its companions in the home.

Pawlikowski stresses that structure, routine, a welcoming safe environment, and proper nutrition and exercise are as important to a pet as they are to a child since both depend on their caretakers.

Pawlikowski will be the featured guest at NJBalance Wellness Center’s Tuesday Tea With…event, at 10 a.m., September 17. Location: 43 S. Main St., Medford. To preregister (required), call 609-975-8379 or email For more information about Pawlikowski’s services, call 609-234-1940 or email

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