HOW EMPIRE OF PAWS CAME TO BE.
About The Owner
People always ask me how I started this business and to be completely honest when I am asked I always find myself explaining how I never planned on starting a business it just happened. I grew up with animals, so working with them was second nature, I always had dogs in the house, but that wasn’t the only critter we had running around!There were birds, lizards, fish, scorpions, snakes, pigs, horses, goats, anything my family would allow through the doors eventually became a pet.
My passion for working with animals was always there. I have been working for Atlantis Resort for 7 years and then my world has shattered as our dept at Atlantis Resort has resized. I was searching for job with my experience working at hotel agent that work with multi travel agents BUT Being deaf, finding a job is difficult. Most people don’t know how to communicate with a deaf person and are uncomfortable, so they usually put my application at the bottom of the stack. With no luck on finding job, I’ve thought about how I miss working with dogs. My grandmother raised poodles and Yorkshire terriers. She was also a professional groomer. My mother started showing dogs in obedience with dobermans she raised. Later she started showing pugs and Chinese crested and raised many champion litters that I often helped with. Realizing how I missed working around animals,
In December 2013 I decided to try house/pet sitting and dog walking business called House Of Paws in South Florida. I must say that was one best decision I ever made! I love to work with pets and I always looked forward to going to work and spending time with them. I had some outstanding clients, many were regulars that kept me busy. I am incredibly grateful looking back on the journey that this business has taken me! I was also Awarded by Angie’s List 3 years in row.
Now a new chapter of my life has started! My lifelong dream to live in New York has come to fruition! Bye, bye Florida, hello New York City!
My mission has always been to provide pet owners with reliable, trustworthy care for their pets and I am incredibly honored to have been given the chance to do so for so many people within my community. I will carry this forward with my new clients in the New York area.
I am so excited to start this new adventure and I look forward to many years of providing the best quality pet care for your pets can receive!
CERTIFICATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS, AND ORGANIZATIONS
Fear-Free Pets provides online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, and pet owners. Their courses & certifications provide learners with the knowledge and tools to not only look after a pet’s physical well-being, but their emotional well-being as well. Their mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them. Founded by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, with nearly 33,000 veterinary and pet professionals committed to becoming Fear Free certified.
Learn more: www.FearFreePets.com
Project Trade is the Pet Professional Guild’s (PPG) international advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet training equipment by asking pet guardians to swap choke, prong and shock collars (and any other devices that are designed to change behavior through pain or fear). Because we want all pets and their guardians to experience the huge advantages and long-lasting effectiveness of force-free training and pet care, we will give you great discounts on our most popular, effective, fun and pain-free training and pet care services in exchange for your old gear. View our Dog Training page for all the details.
Learn More: www.petprofessionalguild.com
The Shock-Free Coalition believes that pets have an intrinsic right to be treated humanely, to have each of their individual needs met, and to live in a safe, enriched environment free from force, pain and fear. Members of the Shock-Free Coalition consider it to be their responsibility and utmost obligation to be vigilant, to educate, to remain engaged and work toward eliminating shock as a permissible tool so it is never considered a viable option in the training, management and care of pets. The key purpose of the Shock-Free Coalition is to build a strong and broad movement committed to eliminating shock devices from the supply and demand chain.
Learn more and sign the same Pledge we did here: www.shockfree.org
Doggone Safe is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit with over 1400 members in more than 30 countries. Their goal is the education of safe human-canine interactions to prevent dog bites that can ultimately lead to serious and life altering ramifications for both people and their pets. Doggone Safe is dedicated to dog bite prevention through the promotion of awareness and education initiatives for the purpose of dog bite prevention and increased safety around dogs and to provide support for dog bite victims. Through our Membership, we are dedicated to teaching others and bringing awareness to the importance of understanding and respecting your dogs body language for bite prevention.
Learn More: www.doggonesafe.com
INTODogs is a members-only organization for Dog Trainers, Behaviourists and other dog professionals, promoting positive, kind methods in order to enhance the quality of life for owners and dogs. They seek to promote the highest standards of professional conduct and members have high ethical standards with the welfare of dogs, central to their work, and continually keep up to date with new regulations and teachings. Members pledge to continue to educate themselves to achieve the highest standards of knowledge, so that they are able to pass this on to their clients. We will always put the needs of the dog at the center of everything we do. And we will always support the needs of the dogs care givers.
Learn More: www.intodogs.org
The Dog Welfare Alliance was founded in September 2013. It brings together members of the public, organizations, governing bodies, behaviourists and trainers, students of dog behaviour, veterinary surgeons, therapists and rescue shelters, and connects those with an interest in dog behavior and welfare. Membership subscriptions and donations are passed on in full to rescue shelters, so that they can save dogs in urgent need. The DWA helps rescues to fund veterinary care, education programs and dog sanctuaries. The Dog Welfare Alliance is also an affiliate member of The International Companion Animal Network (http://companionanimal.network/), an umbrella organisation for professional bodies and education providers who use, teach and promote purely force-free methods.
Mission Statement: www.dogwelfarealliance.com
The International Companion Animal Network (ICAN) was founded by a group of prominent organizations and education providers who use and recommend purely force-free methods. Formed in order to meet the profound need for solidarity, mutual support, communication and cooperation between professionals working in the animal behaviour and training realm.
Learn More: www.companionanimal.network
Pet Sitters Associates has been owned and operated by Jake and Kelly VandenBush since it started in 1998. … Pet Sitters Associates proudly offers membership benefits that include pet business insurance administered by RPS Eau Claire and underwritten by an AM Best rated: A (Excellent) Insurance Company.
Learn More: www.petsitllc.com
It’s the client portal that you are using right now. Modern pet sitting software for pet sitters and dog walkers. Everything you need to manage your pet care business like invoicing, scheduling, GPS and more.
Learn More: www.timetopet.com
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is an all-breed conformation show that has been held in New York City annually since 1877. Currently, the breed and Junior Showmanship competitions are held at Piers 92 and 94, while the group and Best in Show competitions are held at Madison Square Garden. The number of entries is so large at nearly 3000 that two days are required for all dogs to be judged.
Learn More: www.westminsterkennelclub.org