Is cleaning up after the dog the best use of your time?


Cleaning up after the dog is not a good use of your time. The time spent on this chore can take you away from more important activities. Just like hiring a house cleaner or a mowing service, hiring a professional service to pick up dog waste saves you time while allowing you to do the things that matter most to you.


Spending time with the family is important.

When interviewed, the number one regret of people on their deathbed is that they wished they had spent more time with their loved ones. And time goes by quickly, doesn’t it?

People often told me to take advantage of the younger years of my kids because they are only little once. The next thing you know, they have grown up and all those times they wanted to spend time with you will vanish. And it only takes five minutes to entertain a child. But that five minutes is a precious investment into the life of another who will fulfill your legacy.



As you move up the corporate ladder and start making the big bucks, you soon discover that your time being productive is more valuable.

At this point, you don’t need the distraction of housework to cloud your judgment at work. When at work, it is best to focus your attention on work.

How freeing is it knowing that the household chores are being taken care of while you are at the office?


Personal Development

This is a broad category but it includes reading professional development books, working on your marriage, working on physical fitness, and doing things that enrich your life in a positive direction. Spending fifteen minutes to an hour on any of these passions will make you a better person.

We all want to be better people, don’t we? Not just for ourselves but for those around us.


While cleaning up after the dog is a necessary part of owning a dog, it is a job that is easily delegated to professionals who care about improving life for you and your pets.

Is cleaning up after the dog the best use of your time? I don’t think so. There are so many better ways to use your time than picking up dog waste.

What would you do if you didn’t have to clean up after the dog?

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Three lessons I learned from starting my business

lessons-from-starting-upStarting a business can be a daunting task. Confronted with uncertainty and fear, many would be entrepreneurs won’t even take the first step. They allow the fear of failure, the fear of the unknown, or even the fear of success to paralyze them from converting their dreams into reality.

Until now, I have shared my startup experience. In retrospect, getting started was easy. Sticking with it has been much harder and in the coming weeks, I will share that story.

For now, though, I want to reflect upon the lessons I learned in starting my business. For that, I will turn to the Bible.

Mentorship is critical

“Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:22‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Getting started would have been a lot harder if I didn’t have people in my life with whom I shared my ideas.

Don’t skip this step.

Gather a group of believers and be vulnerable. Share your ideas and listen to their feedback and advice. Business is not done in a vacuum. Business is about people. Relationships. Start with the ones you already have and build up from there.

My mentors during the startup phase included:

  • My pastor
  • My roommates
  • My workout partner
  • A business owner in my church
  • The forum of scoopers on

Without these people, I doubt I would have ever had the courage to get started.

Take your time

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭21:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

It seems like everybody is interested in some sort of “get rich quick” scheme. They rush into things without their due diligence and the results can be disastrous.

It is easy to want to rush things along. As entrepreneurs, we are driven. We want to do whatever it takes to succeed at what we do. But that can also be our downfall.

I was so excited about discovering the dog waste removal service industry that I started to hear a little voice say, “You gotta do this now before someone beats you to it.”

What terrible advice! Just because you are first to market doesn’t mean you will make the most money or that you are the best there is.

Take your time. Get informed and be intentional about the process and you can succeed.

Believe in you

“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”” Mark‬ ‭9:23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

It is easy to believe in someone else. Believing in yourself, that’s a little harder because you have lived with yourself. You have witnessed all of your failures, you have lived with your doubts. All of the setbacks you’ve experienced have extinguished your hope and belief in you.

Maybe not you. But I have had to face the negative self-talk.

The worst thing you can do in business is not believe in you, your service, or your business.

When you don’t believe, you’ll never get others to believe.

But when you believe, it gets easier to evangelize others to see how your business, product, or service can help them.

These are just a few lessons I learned while starting PetCorps. What lessons have you learned in starting your business?

Next week, I will pick up my story right after I started cleaning my first four customers.

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One mosquito bite 

Mosquitoes are irritating parasites. Not only are they problematic for people, they can be bothersome to dogs also.

One mosquito bite is all it takes for your dog to get heartworm. Heartworm is a parasite that lives in the heart tissue of dogs. Adult worms can become long and tangled like strands of spaghetti.

The jumble of worms in the heart tissue can block arteries, reducing blood flow while making the heart work harder.

In severe cases of heartworm infection, dogs can die from congestive heart failure.

It is possible to treat for heartworm but the best medicine is prevention. There are many options for preventive maintenance in the form of prescription drugs for dogs.

The best part about heartworm medicine is that it usually also treats intestinal parasites.

Veterinarians recommend monthly heartworm pills. However, before your vet can prescribe the medicine, your dog must be tested for heartworms.

A heartworm test is required because administering heartworm medicine to a heartworm positive dog could be deadly. Under ordinary circumstances, you should have your dog tested once annually, provided you maintain strict adherence to giving your dog his monthly medicine. Failure to do so could be dangerous.

All it takes is one bite from a mosquito. A missed dose could mean exposure to heartworm.

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How to clean your dog’s ears

Floppy-eared dogs often face ear infections brought on by yeast or bacteria because their owners don’t know how to care for their dogs ears. As a veterinary technician, I helped pet owners by training them how to clean their dog’s ears in order to help the dogs recover from ear infections and to prevent future infections.

Since I don’t have a dog to demonstrate on, I have found this resource on YouTube that demonstrates clearly the technique to follow to clean your dog’s ears.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Gather your supplies

Collect your ear cleaner and cotton balls and set them aside.

Step 2: Restrain the dog

It would be very difficult to attempt cleaning your dog’s ears alone. Make sure you have an assistant who your dog trusts and that can restain the dog without significant effort.

Step 3: Add ear cleaner to the ear canal

Gently pull back the pinna (ear flap) and squirt some ear cleaner into the ear canal. Fill the ear canal. Place a cotton ball over the opening of the ear canal to prevent the liquid from spilling out and causing a mess.

Step 4: Massage the base of the ear

Briskly massage the base of the ear. This action will break up any debris in the lower part of the ear canal.

Step 5: Tilt the dogs head to the side to empty the cleaning solution

While not shown in the video or in the infographic that follows, an easy way to prevent a messy situation is to drain the dog’s ear by tilting its head to the side. Keep the cotton ball in place and allow the ball to absorb the liquid as it pours out of the dog’s ear.

Step 6: Gently wipe the visible parts of the ear canal and pinna

Use a clean wet cotton ball to gently wipe away dirt from the pinna and the ear canal. Do not force the cotton ball down into the ear canal. When you feel slight resistance, that’s as far as you should go. To avoid causing injury to your dog, do not use cotton tip applicators (Q-Tips).

Step 7: Allow your dog to shake its head

As the dog shakes its head, it will cause some of the debris to fly out of the ear.

Repeat steps 3-7 on the other ear.

Follow your veterinarian’s recommendation for how often to clean your dog’s ears.

how to clean dog ears

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Dogs of justice: Run to support police dogs

Sometimes, a dog is more than a dog. A dog is an unsung hero of justice serving alongside a professional dog handler striving to protect the citizens of a community.

Some people fail to realize the importance of these cops with paws. Denise Elliott is on a mission to change that so that our communities can be safer for everyone.

Denise is an Army reservist who spent nearly two years deployed in Iraq. There, she became acquainted with military working dogs (MWDs) while conducting convoy operations. It was then that she developed a deep level of respect for these K9 soldiers.

Because of that experience, in 2015, Denise started a national non-profit organization known as Cops with Paws. The purpose of her organization is to help raise money for the placement of police K9s.

She is working with a vendor in Arkansas to place a police dog in service alongside a handler in Meade County, Kentucky. She explained that the initial cost of the dog is about $10,000. However, she said, “Vehicles need to be outfitted and weekly training is necessary, that cost can sometimes go up to $15,000.”

To help raise the necessary funds to acquire a trained police dog, Cops with Paws will host a 5k/8k run/walk at Freeman Lake in Elizabethtown today.

The biggest draw to the event, is the Halloween Dress Up & Dress Your Dogs Costume Contest. Participants can bring their dogs dressed in costume for a chance to win a 1st place medal.

The costume contest starts at 8:30 a.m. At 9 o’clock, the 5k run kicks off. Minutes later, the 8k run begins.

Anyone who wants to participate can sign up to run or walk. Dogs are welcome!

Online registration is closed but runners and walkers can register at the event for $40.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.

PetCorps Professional Pet Care is a proud sponsor of this event

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Reading Roundup: September 23

In this week’s reading roundup, I’ve gathered up a few articles that you will find very useful this time of year. Find out if acorns are toxic to dogs, how to help your dog stop eating poop, and discover a lighthearted guide to housebreaking your puppy.

Can acorns make my dog sick?


In the northern hemisphere, autumn has just begun and with it, acorns are falling from trees. Should you be concerned if your dog eats one? How many acorns would a dog have to eat to experience adverse affects?

How to get your dog to STOP eating poop

In this short video, Dr. Andy Roark answers the question that has been bothering pet owners the longest: how do I get my dog to stop eating poop? It’s a very common question veterinarians and vet techs field when working with clients – so common, in fact, that we have become well rehearsed in answering it. Dr. Andy explains three reasons why dogs exhibit this disgusting behavior and also offers simple tips to help owners intervene.

How to (house) train your puppy

Training your puppy not to pee and poop inside your house can be a challenge. This simple infographic uses a lighter approach to this frustrating growth stage. Training your dog to go potty outside only takes a few weeks compared with raising a baby that takes maybe three years to potty train. You can do this!

house training a puppy

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Review: Cloud-based phone system RingCentral

Several years ago, a marketer infiltrated the discussion forum promoting a vanity number known as 1-800-DOG-POOP. The chatter in the forums echoed of skepticism. Because those I considered mentors showed disinterest in the vanity number, I decided not to opt-in to the program when it originally released. I couldn’t have made a bigger mistake.

Fast forward a few years, and I had decided it was time to expand my service into the Louisville market. Louisville had a different area code than Radcliff, so I knew that anyone calling from that area would be calling long distance to reach my cell number. At this time, I finally saw the need to have a toll-free number.

I went to 1-800-DOG-POOP only to discover a competitor in the 502 area code had already secured the rights to use the vanity number for their business. I approached AT&T to find out if they could help me get a toll-free number. They said they could but only if I agreed to sign up for a home phone number. Because my wife and I had cell phones through them, we didn’t have a need for a landline phone.

Dissatisfied with the options available to me through AT&T, I searched for toll-free number services on Google. That search led me to a company called RingCentral.


Within minutes of speaking to a RingCentral representative, I secured an 877 number for my business. The best part is that I did not have to have a landline or a desk phone to get the number. RingCentral offers a cloud-based phone service with voice over IP (VoIP) technology. I secured my phone number for less than $30 per month.

Calls to my toll-free number dial directly into my cell phone via the RingCentral app. The desktop features allow you to set up call forwarding, add extensions, add custom on-hold music, add custom greetings, call screening, and fax capabilities.

RingCentral has had occasional outages but none that had impacted my business negatively. I am completely satisfied with RingCentral’s services and recommend them to anyone running a business.

Click here to find out more about RingCentral’s services

Overall Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 stars

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