One of my most favorite activities is pet sitting.
When I first started PetCorps, I allowed the business to take shape on its own. Instead of planning, I reacted to the marketplace. Gary Vaynerchuk mentioned in Crush It!: Why Now is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion that sometimes business leaders need to be reactive to the market instead of following a rigid plan. I can truly say that when PetCorps first launched in 2007, I was very fluid with everything I did.
The original concept was providing dog waste removal service. But that wasn’t the entire vision. I envisioned PetCorps as being a pet services provider, one that provided dog waste removal service, litter box cleaning, pet sitting, dog walking, pet taxi, pet food delivery, and eventually dog daycare. Because pet sitting fit into the overall vision, when a customer approached me that first summer, I said, “Sure, I can do that.”
And so I became involved in pet sitting early on in PetCorps. Over time, I learned that pet sitting is a great alternative to boarding. When you board your pet, usually, they end up in stainless steel cages or kennels. Your pet is confined to its cage or kennel for the duration of its stay. Your pets have to suffer through being in an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar animals – barking and howling, hissing and meowing – and it can be very stressful for them.
Our pet sitting model was simple:
Keep your pets at home. I will come to check on them as often as needed.
The benefit of keeping your pets at home is that it gives them some stability. They are comfortable at home. It is also easier for the pet sitter to replicate your usual work routine. If your companion animals are already accustomed to you being gone for the better part of a day without any problems, then pet sitting is perfect for you.
Several years ago, when my wife and I “had” to enter the workforce taking on full-time jobs, we discontinued pet sitting. I am pleased to announce that PetCorps will be bringing back pet sitting effective May 1, 2014. This is just in time for anyone who will be traveling around Memorial Day. If you are having trouble finding a place to board your animals, why not keep them at home and have us take care of them? Keep an eye on kypooperscooper.com for more information as the day approaches.