03/24/2014 11:05AM ● Published by Style
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
I’m very proud to have created the only fully licensed, in-home dog-boarding business in the area, and to be the only certified dog trainer in the region providing an in-home, reward-based and force-free board and train program, aka “puppy training camp.” I had other careers in the past, in which I excelled but wasn’t happy. For years, I thought, “It’s too bad I can’t make my living working with animals—it’s what I love the most,” until one day the thought occurred to me, “Maybe I can.” I set out doing research about what that would look like, started making the change, and never looked back. I’ve spent the last 12 years building my business of providing in-home dog boarding, reward-based dog training, as well as pet photography, and I’ve never been happier.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
When I relocated my business from San Francisco to Placerville in 2007, I immediately connected with regional animal welfare and rescue groups. I fostered and trained dogs with NorSled and served on the board of the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild, and later providing them with a challenge grant to build the first dog park in the county. What’s more, I’m one of several photographers at PAWED who takes high-quality photos of shelter animals to give them better odds of getting adopted quickly.
What’s your favorite place to eat out locally?
We’re lucky to have many wonderful restaurants, but I occasionally joke that I really moved to Placerville because of Sweetie Pie’s! (It doesn’t hurt that it’s dog friendly either.)
And finally, customer service is…?
Providing the high standard of care and training that I would want for my own dogs; always pursuing continuing education about the best practices in dog care and training (which means using only scientifically proven, force-free training); and being prepared, dedicated and conscientious so that my clients never have to worry about their dogs.