Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Puppy Care, Cat & Small animal care, overnight care, live stock care and pet taxi services
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Always hire a professional that has liability insurance, bonding, has at least 3 professional references and is an active community member.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. We have a crazy busy schedule and work around the clock. A typical day starts early in the am with breakfast visits until 8am, then its in the office for meetings, or catching up with clients. We go back out from 10a-3pm and get home for an early dinner with our family. Usually after dinner we are returning emails and phone calls. Bedtime visits start at 8pm and we are out until 10pm. Then we hit the hay and start the next day over.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. What are some Vets, Groomers and Trainers you work with that we could ask about your reputation and level of professionalism?
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. We go above and beyond for our clients, many of them have been with us for 5+ years
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Working with different pets, meeting new clients, networking with other pet professionals, managing the staff and having fun while doing doing a "job". Want to see what we do? Watch out short video: http://youtu.be/GHoMad-NYis
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Why not kennel my pet - I get this one all the time. Have you ever added up all the costs it takes to kennel your pet? By the time you pay the $22 average daily rate, then the $18 fecal test and the $24 bordatella vaccine (both good only 6months); its way more cost effective to let your pet stay home. They are happier in their own environment and we are able to make the house look like someone is there and its not an opportunity to break in.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. We have so many great stories, they have helped us grow not only as a business but as pet sitters.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. That we are true professionals. We may have started out careers outside the Pet Industry, but with education we provide very detailed care that most Vet Techs provide when you board your pet. We can feed special diets, give injections and do Sub-Q fluids.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I grew up on a farm and realized that sitting in a cubical everyday was not what would make me happy. Check out what we do
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. Recently we heard that a client had lost his Boston Terrier mix, Wally. We called all the local Vets, posted on Facebook and notified his neighbors. Wally's, pet sitter started driving the area and found Wally. His owner was so happy that we would go to that length to help bring his dog home.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes, we stay up with date on Pet CPR and first aid training, take dog & cat behavior work shops, follow the APDT (dog training) in the newest, most effective technique in training.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. We are becoming more and more specialized. We have many clients who need special medications give to their pets and are unable to do it, so they hire us. We also do nutritional concealing on pet food and supplements. Whatever it takes for your pet to lead a happy, healthy life.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. Last year we started carrying premium dog and cat food, which include raw based diets. Reseach has shown that a dog that eats a species specific diet, has less visits to the vet. Why not spend a bit more on quality food then on emergency care at the Vet?
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. not complicated at all. You chose how long of a visit you want and tell us how many pets.
30mins = $16
45mins = $21
60mins = $32
for each additional pet over 2 add $2.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. To meet with other local pet sitters to network.