I share my life with Savey and Lovey, who I saved from the streets of Colombia, and my husband Jan.
Savey and Lovey are the most recent of soul mates who happen to be dogs. There was Liza, the Great Dane who used to carry me as a tiny baby on her back and Lika, a puppy on my mother’s Colombian farm who my brother and I worshipped as little children. There was Rusty, the Doberman Pincher and German Shepherd who I loved as a devoted school kid and Trevor, a Cocker Spaniel who was the love of my whole family when I was a teenager. None of us will ever get over his passing. Then, this last decade, there was Livey, the Cocker Spaniel who showed me who I was and continues in my heart.
When I think about why I decided to work with animals after being in the corporate world so long, it has to be those soul mates and my family. Karma is karma, and my family has a generations-long romance with nature. I strive to be some small part of what they mean to me.
My maternal grandparents and great grandparents, a hodgepodge of adventurers from Spain and indigenous natives from the New World, were pioneers and settlers in Colombia and lived in humble interdependence with animals and plants on the wild savannah.
My paternal grandmother Dadijee, who was from India, was a gentle person and lifelong vegetarian who loved all animals. I share below a precious family heirloom of her sitting next to her dog Punu, or "the one who does good deeds" and also "lover boy". They were inseparable.
My parents carry on those traditions. Dad's always teaching about the importance of kindness or knowledge or sharing a parable of legendary mythology. Mom can be found tending to the yard, helping on a new blossom, and when she’s not doing that, she's caring for others.
That’s it. I could tell you how many years I spent getting an official education or title, but they could never compare to who my real teachers are.
Something to Think About
“Life is fragile and can be taken from you at any moment. There is no better time than today, no better time to show others you love them, no better time to give unto others and no better time to release yourself from expectations of reciprocity and fairness.
— Shane Parrish, The Knowledge Project
About Asha from Others
“Asha you’ve grown an amazing business that the Hoboken community not only needs but loves."
— Jess Silverman, Hoby Dogy Client
“Asha I always remember the joy and radiance that everyone feels in your presence. Please keep this light shining strong and know how many people you have inspired over the years with your energy and strength."
— Steve Vachani, Hoby Dogy Client
“Asha working with you is a dream for me. The dogs are wonderful, and I'm grateful for the relationships I have with them and you. You're an awesome leader. Thank you for all your guidance. You've made me a better person."
— Charlie Baron, Hoby Dogy Team
“Asha I admire you very much. You handle yourself and your business firmly while also being so open and caring for all. It’s truly amazing and exemplary. I feel very fortunate and privileged to work with you. Thank you for the love."
— Diego Lopez, Hoby Dogy Team
“Asha I remember when you first got Livey a few years ago. It was kismet. I haven’t seen you without Livey since. Then you saved Savey. Watching you love and care for the two of them, they’re truly your children, and in no way have they ever been treated like anything else. Once I adopted Julie, I knew you were the only person to watch after her while I was away at work. I knew you would treat her as you do your children, and that is exactly what you did. You have always gone above and beyond for my little one, as you always do for the two of yours. You always know what they need and what they want and how to take care of it for them. You are, in every sense of the word, a mother."
— Jen DeFalco, Hoby Dogy Client