San Jose, California
Gardening, walking my dog, home projects
Miniature Schnauzer and 3 cats
Hanukkah and Christmas
Hi, I’m Sara. I’m a veterinarian living in San Jose, CA. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter to get to know me a little bit.
I am looking forward to parenting for so many reasons. I loved my own childhood, and I want to provide a warm, safe and loving home for a child just as I had when I was growing up.
I’m a veterinary cardiologist. After college, I went to vet school at UC Davis, and then decided to specialize in cardiology so completed several more years of internship and residency training. This took me all over the country including to Washington and Tennessee. I’m glad to be back home in the Bay Area where I now work in a veterinary specialty practice. My daily work includes examining dogs and cats (and once, a pet skunk) who have heart murmurs or symptoms of heart disease. I perform testing such as ultrasounds and EKGs and prescribe medications to help owners keep their pets’ hearts as healthy as possible.
Although it’s demanding, my schedule is somewhat uniquely flexible as I can arrange it however I like. I can complete paperwork remotely from home, freeing up some afternoon time so that I can plan to dependably pick my child up from school or activities and be home with him or her every day.
When I’m not at work, I really enjoy quiet time at home. I’ve always loved to read. As a very young child I remember following along on the page as my parents read aloud to me every night before bed. When I started school, I’d already figured out how to read – and I’ve never stopped! My shopping cart on Amazon.com is already filled with books to buy for my child so we can start reading together from the very start.
On nice days (which is pretty often in the Bay Area), my dog and I love taking long strolls through the neighborhood. She likes to sniff every branch and rock we pass, and while I wait for her to investigate I like looking at all the yards for gardening ideas that I might incorporate into my own yard.
I own a town home in San Jose, in a small complex. The neighbors are a mix of families, single mothers, and senior citizens. I’ve enjoyed doing several DIY home improvement projects such as painting and decorating, and I had wood floors put in so I can enjoy the pretty Oriental carpets that I inherited from my grandparents. I’m looking forward to decorating my second bedroom to be a baby’s room! I’m going to paint the walls and hang some decorations that I’ve saved from my own childhood. I also envision a big bookcase and a nice soft rug to play on.
My favorite hobby is gardening; when I was house hunting I chose my home specifically because it’s an end unit with a large private backyard. I’ve spent the past couple of years digging, planting, and pruning out there, and it’s starting to look like a garden. I include a small vegetable garden every year, and I look forward to teaching a child how to plant and grow both for fun and for healthy foods to enjoy.
I have a miniature schnauzer named Emmie. I rescued her when I was in vet school because she had a heart defect (it was corrected surgically, and she’s completely healthy now). Her favorite pastime is searching the backyard for tasty bits of birdseed the wild birds drop from the feeder. She occasionally gets to go to work with me. I also have three cats. Morgan is a black and white tuxedo, who spends every minute he can in my lap. Calvin is an orange tabby, named for the mischievous little boy in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes – and his personality fits his name perfectly. When he’s not climbing bookcases or knocking things off counters, he’s snuggling up next to me and Morgan and he occasionally even lets Morgan give him a bath. Soleil is a sweet little Siamese mix, who lives for the next time I put food in her dish. She’s a big talker, who trills and purrs whenever she gets a hug or kiss or a scoop of kibble.
I grew up in Albany CA, just across the bay from San Francisco. My parents frequently took my younger brother and me on road trips up and down the coast and vacations to the beach. They introduced us to starfish and sea anemones in the tidepools of Sonoma County, and my dad made up fantastic stories about the lichens and twisted spires and stumps of the redwood forests. I look forward to introducing my child to these wild and secret places and coming up with stories of our own to repeat and embellish for years.
We celebrated the Jewish holidays with my mother’s family, and the Christian holidays with my father’s. Just before Christmas every year, we’d head to my dad’s parents’ house for a weekend of decorating cookies. We were not at all religious, but embraced both Jewish and Christian traditions simultaneously.
My brother and his family now live just a couple of hours away, so I get to see him, his wife, and my two nieces pretty frequently. We’ll often meet up with my parents and sometimes my aunt as well, as they all live in the Bay Area. Cookie baking is still one of our favorite traditions.
Thank you again for taking the time to read this, especially at a time I imagine is so difficult. If my home and my philosophy that I convey is warm and comforting, and feels like the right match for you and what you wish for your child, I’d love to get better acquainted! Please contact Adoption Connection at (415) 355-4636 or [email protected]