Getting a grip on the family business

by Jason Smith


King Solomon wrote, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” When I started PetCorps, I was still single. After I married, I began to think about my succession plan. I decided that I would hand my business down to the next generation.

My son, Josiah, is two and has a lot to learn, but he sure believes in scooping dog poop. This Labor Day, my wife and son went with me to clean three yards.

Josiah carried the rake and earnestly tried to scoop piles of poop into my lobby dust pan. When he couldn’t, he asked for my help. Together we cleaned the yards.

We were fortunate to find three wild animals in the second yard. I managed to pick up a bunny for Josiah to see up close. Jeannie took a photo just in time because not too long after I picked up the bunny, it hopped away. This was truly the highlight of Josiah’s day!


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