Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places sometimes. That’s the story
of RedDog Sitting and how a little red wiener dog played a big role in inspiring
a professional endeavor we truly love.
Cydney and I came from completely different professions. She was a registered nurse
and worked for years in both postpartum and hospice care. I was a market researcher
for 15 years in the high tech industry. We both were passionate about our careers
but after years of hard work and dedication, something was missing.
Then, one Christmas holiday, we decided to spend a couple weeks traveling to visit
family and take a much needed break. At the time, we had one dog, Izzy, the little
red dachshund. We also had a family of cats that would need to be cared for during
our absence. What to do? It was the holidays and everyone we knew and trusted to
care for our pets was in travel mode as well. Furthermore, boarding Izzy in a kennel
was not an option because the one experience we had was traumatic. We boarded her
at a reputable facility once before, but upon her return to us, she had lost weight
and showed signs of high anxiety from her stay.
Cydney mentioned our dilemma to one of her clients who was a dog lover and traveled
quite a bit professionally. She referred us to a professional pet sitter she had
used on several occasions. Professional pet sitter….what’s that? We had never heard
of such a thing! Well, we had no real choice and Kimberly (the pet sitter) came
highly recommended. We met Kimberly and were immediately impressed by all of the
important, detailed questions she asked about our pets and the care they required.
She went on to give us great peace of mind while we were away. We received regular
updates about our furry loved ones and when we returned, there was a wonderful journal
waiting for us, full of funny stories and the daily practicalities of caring for
our pets. The seed of Red Dog Sitting was planted.
A couple of months later it finally clicked. We started talking about our shared
love of animals, how we wished we had more time to help out at animal shelters like
we used to and how little time we had to spend with one another. Red Dog Sitting
was born. We still work very hard and passionately, and on days when we have many
furry clients to attend to, we don’t see each other as often as we would like. But,
we LOVE our work! We receive the unconditional love of a pet family we never thought
would grow so large and the gratitude of their human companions.
Izzy, the little red wiener dog, who started it all, made us promise to help the community as well. So, from the beginning we’ve set aside 5% of all proceeds from pet sitting to help support charitable causes such as the Shelby Humane Society.
We hope that you enjoyed our story. If you have pets that you love and want to ensure
they’ll be loved and cared for while you are away, we’re there for you. We look
forward to meeting you and your pet family!
Karl and Cyd