Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. I have taken a portion of the course in T Touch and I helped to create the NAPPS Certification Course. I renew my Pet First Aid and CPR every 2 years. Most recently I attended a Basic Bird Care workshop taught by Dr. Greg Burkett. Dr. Burkett is one of only 5 or so Board Certified Avian Vets in our state. Certificate in Pet Tech Pet First Aid and CPR; 3rd degree Reiki Practitioner;Puppy Care and Nutrition Workshop given by Angel Wasserman of Paws In Training Workshop; Cat Behavior Class given by Dr Barbara Sherman DVM and Dr Orlando DVM both of NC State Vet School and licensed in Animal Behavior.
Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
A. Our basic rate is $18 for a 30 minue visit for up to 2 animals. We also charge a $2 gas surcharge per visit. All rates are posted on my web site at www.arkangelspetcare.com
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. This decision for me was the result of my spiritual journey and my quest to find my soul's pupose and true happiness and fulfillment. I have been aware of the importance of my own spiritual growth for 30 years and so I've done a lot of studying and exploring. My personal launch came in June of 2001 when I sat down one day and impusively wrote a letter to God. I wrote to God that I felt like I was going to leave my job soon; I asked for clarity and guidance and told God in my letter that I would love to work with animals. Two days later I lost my corporate job! I then had to choose to take another couple of leaps of faith and a year later I created Ark Angels Pet Care !
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. Our most common types of clients are people who own dogs, cats , birds or small mammals and are traveling. But we care for other types of animals too. Mid day dog walk clients are a large part of our business as well.
Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A. Recently one of my sitters was caring for a midday dog walk client. We walk her dog twice a week. Her dog is a border collie and had recently fractured a bone in her foot so we were instructed to take it easy with her.
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Make sure that the pet sitting service you hire is licensed , bonded and insured. Services that charge really low prices will not be able to stay in business over the long run so when you're ''price'' shopping keep that in mind.
It's good to look for services who belong to national and local pet sitting organizations. These organizations have a high standard for membership and their membership can reflect their quality.
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to
professionals about their project?
A. I served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters from 2008-2010. For my work as part of the Certification Committee from 2007-2010 I was recognized with the '' Member in Action '' Award . Part of my personal choice in giving back to my community has been my volunteer work in mentoring new pet sitting business owners. As a result, I co-founded the Traingle Area Professional Pet Sitters group . We have 27 members and serve an area of 5 counties including Wake. As President of TAPPS , I continue to volunteer my time by inviting experts in the field of pet care to speak to our TAPPS group at our monthly meetings . Our TAPPS Group also works together as a team to raise awareness about homeless pets in our community and we support our local rescue and foster groups and animal shelters.