Hi all, Amanda here. To continue on my “getting to know you” blog series I am going to write a little blurb about my past and what lead me to this point. I am in a really great place with Amanda’s Paw Pals but starting a dog walking and pet sitting business was not where I started.
I started out at Brandford Hall. I loved school and was at the head of my class. I graduated with a certificate in Computer Repair and Networking, and was A+ Certified with the state of Connecticut shortly after. I hit the ground running and I applied at every job I qualified for (and a few I did not!) Unfortunately, the world wasn’t ready for my awesomeness and amazing skills and so I didn’t get a job in the Computer field. I was pretty sad and desperate.
My friend Brenda owns a pet sitting company, Getaway Friends, LLC. in Essex. She called and asked me to cover vacation time for her sitters while I continued to look for a job. The LAST thing I wanted to do was walk dogs in the heat of the summer, but I needed a job. Money spends the same in the heat as it does in the cold and I like to spend money 🙂 So…walking dogs won. I reluctantly went to her house to pick up keys and for me to shadow her on a few jobs.
Our first job was the most adorable tan cocker spaniel I had ever seen. His name was Aspen and he was so sweet. Aspen went out and walked around in the yard, sniffing and scratching. He did his business, Brenda brought him in and gave him a treat, and we were on our way. That was so easy and fun! Maybe this pet sitting thing wouldn’t be too bad. We went and did a few more jobs that day and the next. Brenda proclaimed that I was trained and gave me my own assignments. I am pretty sure she went and checked on me after I finished my first few solo jobs but that was okay. I was really loving the job and did my best to be perfect at it. There were days when I wasn’t sure what I got myself into (like the day the UPS driver ripped down the dog’s run when he was backing out of the driveway and didn’t notice…I got there to a dog that was tied to a wire on the ground! Or the times the dog had pooped in the house because she was anxious about being home alone…) but most days I felt like I had fallen asleep and woken up in my best life ever.
That was in 2002. I was an Independent Contractor for Brenda and another local pet sitting company, Executive Pet Sitting. for a little less than a year before deciding to start my own company. Brenda and Joan ( Executive Pet Sitting) were very instrumental in helping me to successfully get going. I joined a few different pet sitting groups and got insured and bonded. Things have not always been perfect and I have not always been able to work at only Amanda’s Paw Pals; but it is my company and I love it. If I had to do it again, I would. HAPPILY.