How did you get started doing this type of work?
After going to college, the amount of loans that needed paying started building up. So did the bills. I decided to complement my work for a non-profit with another passion: animals.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Taking dogs out for an afternoon walk and going 2-3 times a day to a residence while the owners are away, either traveling, working, or dealing with a last-minute emergency.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Keep yourself informed about dogs, cats, or whatever animal lives in your household.
Take necessary precautions during hot and cold months.
Don't forget to clean up after your dog. And when traveling in the family vehicle, get a harness or a booster seat. Car accidents also affect our four-legged pals.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Working with animals is a blessing. Sure, the economy is tough and we're all struggling to pay bills- but in the end, when a cat comes up to you with a friendly meow and a dog wags its tail at your sight, that moment is worth every poop bag and litter scoop! Working with animals isn't just a job to pay bills. You develop a special bond.
Animals offer nothing in return for their endless love and support- the least we can do is make them comfortable and happy while their human parents are away! A game of fetch, a scratch behind the ear, a treat, a clean litter box, fresh water and food, and a chance to stretch those four legs go a long way when Fifi and Fido are missing their parents.