In 2004, I went to the Durham APS looking to adopt a new member of our family. Looking down the row, almost near the back, I saw this scrappy little black dog tap dancing and smiling and sneezing. I was totally in love from first sight. I asked to see him, and he ran into the room, crawled into my lap, and flipped over for a belly rub. I named him Barnabee and brought him home.
He has been such a wonderful addition to my life. Always eager to please, his initial smile got more and more cheesy over the years as he learned that it made me happy. I love coming home from a day of pet sitting to see this funny face. He makes us smile all the time, and I hope you get a kick out of seeing Barnabee smile at you.
I am always interested in being a part of professional groups for professional pet sitters. I recently found out about an organization that is gaining a good reputation among professional pet sitters called the Association of Pet Sitting Excellence. They have tons of information on the business end of pet sitting, which is great.
Loving animals is a requirement in this field, but you also have to run a good business. That often means wearing every hat from marketing consultant, web site designer, office manager, to tax accountant. If you don’t know how to do something, you have to learn. I’ve been taking advantage of the resources the APSE provides to help me improve my business. From webinars to e-books, I’m getting a lot of ideas to improve my business to make it a great experience for my clients. We are proud to be a member of the ASPE. Even after a decade owning my own business, there’s always more to learn.