Adventures in Dog Walking & Pet Sitting

Hazel Speaks

While I’m having some technical challenges posting this new video on my blog, I am hoping you will click on it, just to watch it. As my business is growing I am learning so much about social media, how to use the internet as a business tool and how to stay engaged with clients. It is ALOT to learn and is very overwhelming. I find myself longing for the days when an ad in the newspaper would garner some work. It isn’t that simple any more. The internet has changed the world! I honestly believe this is not an exaggeration. I stepped back for about 6 years, just to enjoy pet sitting and not worry about growing my business. I wanted to spend time with my family and my own pets for a while and stop rushing so much. It was time well spent, to be sure. However, I didn’t keep up with the changes in the world of tech. Who knew, a year ago, when I opened my office I had so much to learn!? I wonder if I knew then what I know now, if I would have continued on my quest to grow my business? Kind of a mute point now. So, I’ve been working diligently, studying, taking webinars and doing a ton of research to find out how to reach potential clients, people with pets and others who just love dogs and love being in the Blue Water Area. The link above ^^ is my latest venture into the world of tech. I hope you enjoy the video. My goal is to just reach people with it and educate them about pet sitting, in general. I still cant’ believe how many people don’t know that pet sitting even exists! That being said, I’m doing my best to get the word out and I hope this video is helpful. The best part? I finally have proof that my dog talks! I knew she did!



I love winter. I always have. The snow makes everything clean. The cold air feels so good on hot cheeks. If dressed appropriately, I rarely get cold. I’m not thrilled with the wind, but even that can be combated with the proper clothing. Yesterday was a challenge. It was cold, especially for December. The dogs that I walk were all a little zany yesterday. Like me, I believe they all like winter. I had to watch them closely for discomfort in their paws; ice balls and salt. Several times I had to stop and put their cold paws in my warm hands to melt the ice between their toes and pads. This always melts my heart. It amazes me that, even the dogs who hate having their nails trimmed, will let me hold their paws. They don’t fuss or try to get away. They just let me hold their paw until the ice is melted and we continue on our way. It only takes a few seconds, but in that few seconds there is such an intimate moment with the animal that it always makes me grateful that I have the job that I do. Yesterday, Harvey, a silly Cockapoo, was the first to have a problem with ice between his toes. I’ve been walking him for years and he knew to stop and lift his paw. No whining. He just stopped, sat, lifted his paw and waited for me to take his paw in my hand. I immediately removed my glove, knelt on the sidewalk next to him and took his paw. He melted into me and we had a genuine moment of love right there on the sidewalk. His head nestled up against me and his whole body leaned into me. I held his paw with one hand and snuggled him with the other. I kissed the top of his head and he looked me in the eye. *sigh* Then, the moment was gone and we were off again. Dogs are amazing creatures. If I remember to concentrate on where I am and which dog I’m with, instead of going over my list of things to do in my head, I get lost in this job. Dogs never cease to inspire wonder in me. Each one is a different and wonderful creature with personality, emotions, feelings and curiosity. I KNOW they aren’t people, they are dogs, but I think most people miss the magic in dogs. If they saw it, they wouldn’t say things like “Oh, it’s *just* a dog.”.  My life is so much better because of dogs.

Kate and her ball

As difficult as it is, my job with Kate is to throw the ball….alot!

Dog Walking in the Blue Water Area

20 years ago I started Special Pet Care Services with only the desire to be with animals. I wanted to be a full time mom to my son, but I also needed to have some income. Pet sitting fell into my lap and it was a natural fit. I have loved animals since I can remember. My earliest memory is of my dog, Rusty, a sturdy German Shepherd who bit me once because I hugged him too hard. Even at the age of 4, I knew he didn’t bite me out of aggression, it was my fault. I refused, as best as a 4 year old can, to let my dad get rid of him. Rusty stayed with me for a long time after that. Dogs and cats have always been in my life, and at the age of 12 a neighbor asked me to take care of her dog while she was away for a weekend. I loved it and so did the dog. The seed was planted for future endeavors. As a teen I tried the normal jobs, restaurants, fast food, retail, flower delivery and even the corporate world. By the time I was in my early 20s I knew that wasn’t a world I wanted to be in. I started working with a dog trainer and got hired in as a kennel hand at a local kennel. I loved being with the animals and taking care of them, but most weren’t very happy being at the kennel; some of them loved the party atmosphere though. Soon, we decided to start a family and that was going to be my sole focus, and it was, until my son was about 2. I went back to the kennel. It wasn’t long after that a friend gave me an ad from the newspaper. The ad said an older couple was looking for someone to take care of their dog while they were on vacation. She said I’d be perfect for this. So…I called and got the job. After that, this same friend, recommended me to another person, who hired me. That person recommended me to another friend and Special Pet Care Services was born. I worked 2 jobs for several years before I could pet sit full time. Now, I’ve been doing this for nearly 20 years. Next November we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of a business that hardly existed when I started. Now, pet sitting is as common as Golden Retrievers. This blog will tell you about my adventures in pet sitting and dog walking in the Blue Water Area. I hope you enjoy my tails….oops…tales!


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