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About Walk My Pups

In the spring of 2008, Kia Hysjulien decided to start a dog walking and pet sitting service. With years of experience working with her own dogs, as well as those around the neighborhood, Kia gained a plethora of pet knowledge and love for all her four-legged friends. It only made sense to take that passion for animals into a full-blown business, and so within a matter of days, Walk My Pups was born.

When asked how Walk My Pups wants to be portrayed to their client basis, the answer was simple: to hold trust and integrity to the utmost concern. Without that, there is no base in which to build from. We must hold these values high on our list of priorities in order to sustain an everlasting bond not only with clients, but also with the animals we are taking care of.

Walk My Pups understands that a pet is more than just a three-letter word. It becomes a cherished part of your family. Our jobs are taken very seriously, and we pride ourselves in being responsible, flexible and convenient towards your wants and needs. Kia's own passion for animals and their care runs deep, and she hopes to instill that upon all her employees. We all deserve someone we can trust with our pets, and you'll find that with us.

Walk My Pups is taking this long-time dream into a full-blown reality, so we can do our favorite thing: play with dogs all day long!

Our services include:

1. Dog walking for 30 minutes
2. Pet sitting
3. Overnight stays
4. Doggy taxi
5. Puppy daycare
6. Food stuck and much more

We are bonded and insured through Pet Sitters Associates LLC, and we are certified and trained in pet first aid by the American Red Cross.


Minneapolis, MN 55437

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Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. Walk my Pups offers a free consultation during which we meet with you and your pet in person to go over applications and contracts.

Start up Fee: 15 dollars
This is a one-time fee regardless of services chosen for new customers.

Pet Sitting : Going out of town prices.

--51 Dollars a Day (3 visits at 17 dollars each.)

--additional visits $17 dollars

--10 dollars added on for EACH additional dog.

Over nights :

Overnights are 35 dollars a NIGHT that we spend at your house, in addition to the regular price per day. From 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Pet Sitting : Daily potty/play visits during the week (Monday - Friday) for 1 dog.

Option A - 2 times a week @ 34 dollars.

Option B - 3 times a week @ 51 dollars.

Option C - 5 times a week @ 85 dollars

Dog Walking : The following prices are set for 1 dog.

Option A - 2 times a week @ 34 dollars.

Option B - 3 times a week @ 51 dollars.

Option C - 5 times a week @ 85 dollars

If you have more than one dog there will be a 5 dollar charge extra per visit.

Puppy Day Care :

-- 17 dollars an hour. Must book at least 2 hours.

Doggy Taxi:

-- 10 dollars one way

-- 20 dollars round trip

Holiday Surcharge:

-- 10 dollars extra per visit on the following holidays:

Thanksgiving day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Key Fee: If you need us to pick up a key after the initial consultation then the fee is applicable.

-- 5 dollars

Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?

A. When I was a kid I remember running around our house begging and begging for my very own dog. Finally I broke down my parents into taking me to a pet store where I came home with my very own bichon frise poodle mix named Trygve (Trig for the Norwegian-impaired) and we were best of friends. From that day on I was head over heels for all animals and with my amazing negotiating skills I was able to get my own cat named Rosie soon after. Yes, he was a boy cat...but c'mon I was like five.

Since then I've worked with and owned a wide variety of amazing pets. From geckos, to ferrets to fire bellied salamanders! I've gained a wide berth of knowledge and figured I should share it with the world by starting a pet sitting and dog walking service that I would trust with my very own pets. I'm very grateful to be doing what I love, and that I'm able to live my dream!

Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

A. I have always been known to my family and friends as an unofficial dog whisperer. Believe you me, I'm no Cesar Millan but I've got some tricks up my sleeves.

We have a couple of dogs we walk during our work week who are just great. They love to play fetch, they're loyal and they lather you with puppy kisses BUT we were told they can nightmares when on their leashes. As soon as they see those leashes come out they start to howl, whine, yip, bark and cry...they lay down any dog noise there is. So the owners apologized and said "good luck!" They had no idea what to do.

It took a couple of trips down the street but eventually the boys were quiet. They listened to my commands and realized that we could have a nice lengthy walk as long as we played the "quiet game." I can't explain how I do it, because you can't give away your "secret sauce" but the owners were really impressed and couldn't believe it! It was a proud moment for me and for my business to prove we really have that special touch.

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. Make sure you have someone who is going to invest just as much time and loving care in your pets as you would. Because here at Walk my Pups we understand that a pet is more than just a three-letter word, they become a cherished part of your family. We abide by that saying every day with every animal we work with. Because each and every pet deserves a great life with someone who is going to love them and provide a "furr-ever" home!

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