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History of Professional Pet Sitting Etc

History of Professional Pet Sitting, Etc.

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. (PPSE) was started as a part time business in 1990. The business was established when pet sitting was not known to the public. In home pet care was a need that was voiced by clients at the animal hospital where the owner, Dorinne Whynott, worked. Ms. Whynott started to educate the public about her service by word of mouth and advertising in her local newspaper.
It took more than six years before the business could support the owner as a full time business.
It took a lot of work to get the word out to enough people to grow the clientele.

 

1990 – 1995:

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. became a registered business in the state of New Hampshire. Bonding and Liability insurance were purchased. PPSE continued to grow and expand rapidly as the public became aware of this unique, professional and reliable business. We serviced two cities, Nashua and Hudson.     Ms. Whynott was the sole employee.

 

1996:

Our logo, the heart with the paw print inside, was now our registered trademark.  Revenues doubled from 1995 and the clientele grew to over 300 strong. Professional Pet Sitting Etc. joined in the technology age and became a member on the World Wide Web subscribing to America Online and developing their own website in 1996. We co-founded and became a charter member of the New Hampshire Pet Sitters’ Association. We serviced 7 cities, Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack and Milford. Again, Ms. Whynott was the sole employee.

1997:

Mastercard and Visa were now accepted as payment along with cash and checks. Because of the continued and fast growth, Ms. Whynott found it necessary to hire additional pet sitters to service expanded areas. Eight pet sitters were hired for the eight serviced cities (Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford and Bedford). We obtained workman’s compensation insurance and non-owned automobile insurance. A 40 page Policy & Procedure Handbook was written to help guide and train employees to provide continued quality pet care. An emergency back up system was created to ensure continued uninterrupted pet care in the event of an employee emergency. The yellow pages recognized pet sitting and gave a heading in the yellow page section.  We have over 300 clients.

Awarded NH Pet Sitting Business of the year !!

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1998:

We started to advertise in every newspaper in the 8 cities we serviced. We were so busy that we hired 6 more pet sitters (total of 14 pet sitters). We purchased a Pet Care Technician course for additional training for our employees.

Awarded NH Pet Sitting Business of the year again !!!

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1999:

We expanded to 9 cities (now servicing: Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, Bedford and Brookline) and hired four more pet sitters (total of 18 pet sitters). Business was going well until the end of the year when everyone was worried about Y2k. The result was that few people traveled the last quarter of the year and the first quarter of 2000, before people felt okay with the future. We obtained small benefits for employees.

2000:

We expanded to 21 cities (now servicing: Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, Bedford, Brookline Manchester, New Boston, Pelham, Derry, Londonderry, Mason, Goffstown, Wilton, Mont Vernon, Windham, Lyndeborough, and Greenfield), hired 6 more petsitters (total of 24 pet sitters) and increased our advertising to the new cities.

2001:

We expanded into one more city, 22 total, (now servicing: Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, Bedford, Brookline Manchester, New Boston, Pelham, Derry, Londonderry, Mason, Goffstown, Wilton, Mont Vernon, Windham, Lyndeborough, Greenfield and Salem), hired 9 more pet sitters (total 33 petsitters). We suffered a lot this year due to 9-11 attacks. No one was traveling for pleasure or business. We still did okay for the first 3 quarters of the year.

2002:

We did not grow as fast this year due to the slowing of the economy, slow travel due to 9-11 and quite a few businesses laying off workers. We started to sponsor the Nashua Humane Society’s Walk-a-thon and the Salem Animal Rescue League‘s Dog fest.

2003:

We redesigned our web site. People still do not feel comfortable traveling for pleasure or business (due to 9-11). This was our slowest growing year in revenue, with only a 5% increase from last year. We have added the Manchester Animal Shelter to our annual sponsorships for their walk-a-thon.

2004:

We added a receptionist to answer the phone during our business hours (clients can always leave messages 24/7). We expanded into 16 more cities, 38 total, (now servicing: Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, Bedford, Brookline, Salem, Manchester, New Boston, Pelham, Derry, Londonderry, Mason, Goffstown, Wilton, Mont Vernon, Windham, Lyndeborough, Greenville, Atkinson, Auburn, Bow, Chester, Concord, Dunbarton, Francestown, Greenfield, Sharon, Hampstead, Hooksett, New Ipswich, Temple, Peterborough, Sandown and Weare) and hired 5 more pet sitters (total 38 pet sitters). We increased the advertising into these new areas. We now have over 2000 pet clients. We added Animal Rescue League of NH (in Bedford), Manchester Animal Shelter walk-a-thon and Derry Humane Society to our annual sponsorships.

2005:

In the past 15 years of business, Professional Pet Sitting Etc. has continually grown. In the past ten years, the average growth is an impressive 38%. In the great times we grew over 100% and in the worst of times we still grew by 5 – 13%. The Concord SPCA walk-a-thon was added to our list of annual sponsorships.

2006:

Ms. Whynott completed an extensive business plan for the expansion of PPSE to open the Animal Center. We have acquired a great investor, looking at properties, etc. We are still growing rapidly and average over 60 phone calls per day.

Awarded NH Pet Sitting Business of the Year !

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2007:

After our great investor had to decline due to a serious family emergency, and with much work done, research in other opportunities and lots of money spent, the Animal Center was permanently placed on hold with much regret. The main focus now was to continue to grow PPSE. As with every year, 2007 did better then the previous year. We are now gaining anywhere from 10 – 20 new clients per month and over 3000 strong.

2008:

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. will continue to grow and provide the public, the best in-your-home pet care. We pride ourselves on continued education to provide up-to-date and the latest in proper pet care to aid in the excellence of service. We will continue to educate ourselves through seminars and other educational programs.

2009:

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. moved its primary location to offer more room in training employees.  The economy was not kind to us this year, as with everyone, however, our company did fair well.  The economy did help in that we were able to find a wonderful space for little money.

2010 – 2012:

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is in the process of completing work on the new office , library and training are.  Our office is still not a public office, for safety of all clients’ keys and information, however, this space will be able to better accommodate our continued growth.

Awarded NH Pet Sitting Business of the Year Again !!

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2013:

We incorporated our new Online Registration/Reservation Program.  This will enable our clients to create their own personalized pet and home care profile 24/7 right from the comfort of their homes.  Reservations can easily be made 24/7 from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access.

2014:

After having our past host,macquire a virus in their servers and having our entire website deleted from the web.  We have completely updated our website with new features, easy to find information.  See our videos, pictures easily.

We have noticed a huge rise in new clients and Reservations of services this year.  A welcome boost in our business growth after the past sluggish years with the economy.

We have added nearly 50 more educational and interesting articles to our blog list!

We are dominating the web, listing as first in many Google categories and with a Web Authority rising fast!

 

2015:

We have continued adding many educational articles to our blog list.  We are 180 articles strong and 30 videos.

We have WON

BEST PET SITTER and BEST DOG WALKER

in the NH A List Contest

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2016:

We have WON AGAIN

FINALIST in BEST PET SITTER and BEST DOG WALKER

We have been averaging 4-6 new articles per month.  We are now at 250 educational articles on our blog list!!

 

Dog Walking & Mid Day Let Out

Dog Walking and

Mid Day Let Out Visits

while you are at Work

Is your pet home alone Again? Are you feeling guilty again?

WE CAN HELP!!

Watch our Video on Dog Walking Mid Day Let Out

Articles that you may find helpful –

Is a Dog Walking / Mid Day Let Out Program Right for You

Top tips about Dog Walking for your dog vs Daycare

Why your Dog Needs a Mid Day break in the Middle of Your Work Day

Go to our New Client or Client Login to sign up now!!

You can schedule our Regular or Extended visits, you can also add on extra time, if you wish.

Prices depend on number of pets, time needed, travel, etc.  Go Here for Prices. 

The ultimate gift of love for your pet.

This service is for those pet parents who want to start their dogs out right with routine exercise every day.  It is great for all dogs’ mental and health well being.

This is our Most requested Service.   All pets need a break during our long work days, double shifts, unexpected or planned overtime. Pets can only go for so long without needing to go out. It can be agonizing for a grown pet to even think of having an accident inside. This service is especially needed for puppies and elderly pets (as for any pet) that cannot go for more than a few hours without needing to be relieved. If you work or are away from home 6 hours or more per day, give your pets the ultimate gift of love and call us for Mid-Day Let Out.

WE CAN PROVIDE THIS SERVICE FOR FIRST AND SECOND SHIFTS.

A trained and qualified Professional Pet Sitter will let your pet out to go to the bathroom, get some fresh air, stretch and let off some anxiety, play with toys or play ball, have some treats and always get lots of TLC and personal attention during the day while you are away.

This is just for the dogs who need some extra loving and bathroom breaks during your busy schedule.  We will not be caring for other pets in the home or bringing in your mail/newspapers because you will be there every day.  If you need extra help with pooper scooping or litterbox scooping, we do have added services if you wish for us to do that at mid day.


  • Package Plans for Mid-Day Let Out / Dog Walking

Package Plans for Mid-Day/Dog Walking,

Client requested!! These Package Plans are to give your pet a break in the middle of your work shift.

We will:

  • let your dog out to go to the bathroom.
  • Play and run in a fenced in yard,
  • Play Ball
  • Take your dog for a walk,
  • Give lots of exercise
  • We can feed during this visit if needed.
  • We will give lots of love
  • One on one attention
  • Give treats if they are allowed.

All pets benefit  mentally and physically from this break.  Some behavioral issues may be helped.

We designed these packages to give you, our constant client a discount & save money for Monday through Friday service every week and sign up for 6 months to 1 year at a time.  This also helps to give our petsitters regular schedules.  They can only do so many visits in a day.  This helps to maximize their time.

All Packages:

  • SAVE, SAVE, SAVE – $2ooo+ depending on the discount package you choose
  • Monday – Friday service for length of package
  • All packages give you the choice of a Regular or Extended visit.
  • This is for mid day/dog walking service only
  • For 1 – 3 dogs (additional dogs are just a few dollars for each dog over 3)
  • No need to schedule, you will automatically be on our schedule
  • Budgeting is easy, the price stays the same every month (unless you add visits)
  • If a holiday falls within the Mon-Fri, you stay at discounted package price for that mid day visit, no holiday rate
  • No cancellation fee if you cancel last minute, you already receive free visits with discount, monthly price stays the same
  • petsitter & pets establish routine (Pets LOVE routine)
  • no need to schedule every week and get a confirmation
  • automatically guaranteed a visit  Monday – Friday
  • advantages for people who work, are disabled, etc.
  • all medical, physical, & mental advantages of mid day let out for your pet,
  • saves time, gas & more for you, no need to bring your dog anywhere!!

 PACKAGES –

  • Platinum PLUS Package 1 year and Platinum Package 6 months

Our Platinum PLUS packages are TWO visits for exercise and fun in a day every Monday – Friday.  We will space them out so your dogs will get to go out TWICE during your work day, they get to have TWICE the fun, TWICE the potty breaks, TWICE the love, TWICE the treats.

Your savings for this package is comparable to FIVE FREE VISITS per month and OVER 2000 for the year!!  

  • Gold PLUS Package 1 year and Gold Package 6 months

This is the same as our Platinum Packages above but are for ONE visit per day Monday – Friday for exercise and fun in a day.  We will come in the middle of the day so your dogs will get to go out ONCE during your work day, they get to have fun, potty break, lots of love, and treats.

Your savings for this package is comparable to FOUR FREE VISITS per month and over $1000 for the year!! 

 

  • Puppy Platinum Package 1 year and Puppy Gold Package 6 months

This is a combination of the packages above.  We will come at the beginning for TWO visits spaced out until your puppy or new dog becomes housebroken and can hold it for longer periods of time.  Once it is determined that the pup can go longer comfortably, we will switch over to just the ONE visit.  This is great for young pups or newly adopted dogs.

Your savings for this package is comparable to FOUR+ FREE VISITS per month.  

 

  • School Package for the School Year

This is the exact same as the GOLD PLUS package above but made for the school schedule.  We can schedule you for the complete school year with the summer and all vacations off.  Please just give us the school calendar at the beginning and we will schedule you accordingly.  School vacations of Complete weeks only will not be charged as long as we know the school calendar at the beginning of the year.

Your savings for this package is comparable to FOUR FREE VISITS per month.  

 

  • Custom Package 1 year

This is where you can choose and mix and match any of the 1 year packages above. Maybe you have really long days on Monday and Thursday and prefer TWO visits but only need ONE visit on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

IMPORTANT NOTE – Please keep in mind, that every dog deserves a break in the middle of the day and most would rather die than have an accident. If you must stop your Mid Day/Dog Walking Service for whatever reason, you must come home for a break or ask a friend, neighbor or relative to continue for your dog.  Your dog’s body will be used to elimination in the middle of the day and they will be looking forward to the companionship, exercise, fresh air, treats and love that they have come to look forward to every day.