Archive for July 19th, 2011

July 19, 2011

Two Pet Sitters, a Book & their Stories

by Bonnie Best

The pet sitting business has been ear marked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor as a small business industry that will thrive with the coming years. Every year an estimated $41 billion is spent on U.S. household pets. 63% of U.S. households own a pet. As these numbers present, the pet sitting business is fast becoming one of the best small business ventures that an individual can undertake.

Two amazing women I know personally are taking advantage of this exciting time and they are former real estate agent, Lynne Cline of Gilbert, AZ and 10-year-old, Alexandra Barikhan of Lake Forest, California.

I wanted to share their stories with you, from their point of view, and how my book, The Real POOP SCOOP on Pet Sitting helped them get their business up and running!

About Lynn Cline:

Bonnie’s understanding and great care of my animals as my pet sitter inspired me to leave the real estate industry and start my own pet sitting business. The Real POOP SCOOP on Pet Sitting guided me every step of the way and provided invaluable information for me to become successful.

I live and operate my business, Urban Tails Pet Sitting, in Gilbert, Arizona. Starting the company in 2006 with 5 clients, I’m now approaching 30 clients and that number continues to grow. My array of services, along with client pictures, rates and policies can be found here.

The Real POOP SCOOP on Pet Sitting positioned me for the realities of owning a pet sitting business and allowed me to develop the fundamentals needed to get it started as well as market it. It’s really my “go-to” place for any miscellaneous questions I may have. It feels great to see such an amazing profit versus what I was making as a real estate agent.

About Alexandra Barikhan:

I received The Real POOP SCOOP on Pet Sitting as a Christmas gift and even though I’m 10 I’m already starting my dream of becoming a pet sitter. Starting in my neighborhood, and with friends of my family, I make time to pet sit before and after school, and on weekends. It’s fairly small now, but I’m taking the pet sitting business tips from the book very seriously.

My services are not limited to basic pet care, but also includes taking in the mail, cleaning up the yard and litter pans, keeping lights turned on at night, and taking out the trash. My mom helps me supervise the needs of the clients, and I charge based on the services requested. I’m so thrilled to call myself a pet sitter. The book was the perfect gift.

My background in animal care comes from my family who raise and show champion dogs and horses. Even from birth, animals have been a large part of my life. Not only do I handle the dogs, smooth coated collies, in the junior handling classes, I also show a beautiful champion Friesian stallion.

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July 19, 2011

Book Signing!

by Bonnie Best

Getting ready to do a book signing in Las Vegas! So excited!

If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi. We’ll be at the Petco on Warm Springs and Durango from 1-4 pm on Saturday July 23rd.

Proceeds to benefit the Great Dane Rescue! For a donation of $15.00 or more, you will get an autographed copy of my book “The Real POOP SCOOP on Pet Sitting” and a gift bag. Supplies are limited so come early. I will also be giving away one free autographed book, in a drawing!

Look forward to meeting you!