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From Board Room to Dog Crate

By Lynn Published: December 28, 2010

Get it organized!”

“Get the textbook in print!”

“If you loose $50,000 more we’re going to shut you down!”

Those were my instructions those many years ago when I was first given the chance to run my own department. I must have accomplished all three, because we didn’t get shut down. In fact, we grew and turned profitable. And I made it to Mahogany Row (so-called). And, after many years, I pushed in my chair at the Boardroom Table and bid adieu to the corporate life.  I thought, “I’m turning all this in for a dog crate!”

Well, so-called. I had racked my brain to come up with something stimulating and fun (and profitable) to do after I retired. Sitting with my son one day, he mentioned that he had to call their petsitter to take care of their cats while he interviewed for his first big job. He and I looked at each other--”pet sitter!” “That’s it,” I exclaimed. And it was.

I did all the research, I got myself trained and insured, I had some cards printed, and I started passing them out. That was over 5 years ago. Funny how things work out. My first customer was the woman who originally launched, Linda Lyell.  I met her in line at the pet supply store, oogled her darling Schnauzer puppy, and gave her my card. She called a week later and that was the beginning.

I’m a full-fledged petsitter now and loving my life and loving this job. As I review the year past and contemplate the year ahead, I can’t think of anything I would rather be doing.

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