Through my eyes….

As I have mentioned a number of times, my history in the pet industry goes back to when I was 13 years old, learning to bath and groom dogs in a small grooming shop in the St. Louis area.  If you would have asked me nearly 27 years ago if I would be writing about nearly 30 decades of experiences in this great business, I would have thought you were crazy.  After all, I actually had aspirations of being a detective or wall street “suit”.  Obviously neither have come to fruition, but that’s okay, especially considering the recent conditions in both of those previously attractive fields.

So, I am staring a new chapter in my blog writing.  The next number of posts will be a collection of short stories about some of the fun times and even some really low times I have experienced first hand in this business.  Of course, no names being mentioned, I can tell you that without some really cool bosses, co-workers, and eventually subordinate staff supporting me, many of these experiences couldn’t have happened the way they did.  Every situation, every up and down, I view like bricks.  Bricks build solid walls and eventually solid structures.  Thanks to these “bricks” of history, I have the ability to excel in this business and share my life in the pet industry with you….through my eyes.

Till Next Time…..

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Cup of Joe?

I read this interesting article about coffee shops this morning (while at the coffee shop) and it confirmed everything I have always thought about the interesting work environment and the amount of work I get done while sipping a cup of coffee.  Ok, I drink a whole cup, but who’s counting.

I still have the same routine I have had for nearly 20 years.  I start most of my days at the coffee shop, spending some “Me Time” reading a business book, newspaper, organizing my calendar, and once a week meeting a buddy to talk about our businesses, family, and of course, football.

I have always been amazed by how focused I can be in such a noisy atmosphere.  As you will read in the study, however, there is a difference in productivity and noise levels and the threshold from one to the next is very thin.  That is, don’t plan on getting too much cognitive progress done surrounded by barking dogs, but people talking, ordering coffee, and the occasional Bible study table next to mine on Thursdays seem to be the perfect “blend” of productive ambiance.

I am saying all of this to suggest you take some “Me Time” and make a routine of starting your day under YOUR rules, planning your day or your week by stuffing your head with productive and meaningful intent.  The coffee will open your eyes.  The coffee shop locale will open your mind.  All you have to do is fill it with something useful.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/06/study-of-the-day-why-crowded-coffee-shops-fire-up-your-creativity/258742/

Till next time…..

Doggie Dragon Breath

Studies show only 10% of pet owners seek out solutions for their pet’s oral hygiene needs!  What?!  That means 90% of the pets out there have either the beginning stages of a life shortening disease (periodontal disease) or have advanced signs including loss of teeth, pain, infection, or worse.

As pet professionals, we have a duty to inform our clients about the importance of proper oral hygiene for their pets.  While solutions including visits to the pet’s Veterinarian exist (which can be very expensive and sometimes risky) there are daily, very simple things that can be done to help the pet’s breath and oral health between cleanings.  These options include brushing and NO brushing alternatives and some really cool toys that promote better oral hygiene.  Of course I am a bit biased (OK, allot biased) to the NO BRUSHING NECESSARY line of Tropiclean Fresh Breath products!  It really doesn’t get any easier than this!

For all of you groomers out there, if you don’t already, start offering a solution for bad breath as a grooming service and increase your earnings today!  It is amazing what adding this simple $5 service can do for your bottom line and your pet client’s health.

Till next time…..

Let me introduce myself

As of now, I have had the luxury of selecting one of the most stable industries (not to mention one of the most fun) in the world. The Pet Industry.

If you would have asked me, back when I was thirteen years old, working a Summer job bathing dogs for a local dog grooming facility in the St. Louis area, what I would be doing with my life nearly 27 years later, I would have had no clue I would have remained in the industry for this long.

While I “cut my teeth” in the pet industry at a very young age, one thing was for sure. While I could appreciate the efforts and talents that come with dog grooming, I was not going to be able to support a family on this life skill because I couldn’t groom worth a darn. I just don’t have the talented hands needed for such a profession, my clients would have been very dissatisfied, and I would probably be living in a cardboard box somewhere.

What I recognized early on, however, was just how incredible this industry was and still is. People LOVE their pets and I LOVE people who love their pets! If we didn’t love our pets so much, why would we incorporate them into our lifestyles and spend the lavish amounts of money on them as we do? Life insurance, health insurance, luxury resort accommodations, personal trainers, natural high quality diets, exercise programs, etc. are just some of the options available for us to spoil our fuzzy family members.

Once I found out I was not going to be a super star groomer, I quickly decided I wanted to stay in the business, but in order for me to do so, I needed to excel in my education of Business. Raising a family, working full time, and accomplishing my Master’s Degree in Business was no easy chore, but looking back, I am thrilled I made the commitment to myself, my family, and the industry.

My path has lead me down some exciting career opportunities including Luxury Pet Resorts, Grooming Salons, Doggie Day Cares, Training Programs, Consulting, and Product Sales through large retailers and even on television as a guest host on HSN.

My hope is to share some of my experience with you so that you may benefit and make smarter choices in your business and yield as much knowledge and profitability as you every hoped.

Till next time…..