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  • Super Hero Sitters: Bella Vasta

    Posted March 10, 2011 By in APSE News and Events, Pet Owners, Pet Sitters With | No Comments
    This episode is part 5 of 6 in the Super Hero Sitters series in celebration of Professional Pet Sitters Week.

    bella vastaHere we have Bella Vasta.

    Bella is one of the hardest working women in the business. She created Bella’s House & Pet Sitting in 2002 – directly after college – and quickly succeeded in becoming a full service pet sitting business.

    Her entrepreneurial spirit has turned ‘Bella’s’ into the recipient of the 2007 National Pet Sitting Business Of The Year Award.

    She knows how to network and has been interviewed on countless shows including NPR and Martha Stewart’s Cat Chat Radio airing on Sirus Satellite Radio.

    But make no mistake…

    Bella’s top priority is, and always has been, her commitment to the client’s ‘fur baby.’

    As evident in this episode of Super Hero Sitters, Bella shows us the real reason her pet sitting business is a leader in the industry.

    Hear Bella’s Story

  • Super Hero Sitters: Jan Brown

    Posted March 9, 2011 By in APSE News and Events, Pet Owners, Pet Sitters With | No Comments
    This episode is part 4 of 6 in the Super Hero Sitters series in celebration of Professional Pet Sitters Week.

    Jan BrownSay hello to Jan Brown.

    Jan Brown is one of those rare individuals who exudes warmth on a consistent basis.

    From the moment you speak with her, you are immediately set at ease and feel you are in good company.

    Respected by her peers, Jan has been pet sitting longer than most teenagers have been alive. She opened shop in 1996 on a part time basis, went full time two years later, and has never looked back.

    Jan’s Pet Sitting was voted 1st Place Readers’ Choice “Pet Care Service” in the San Mateo Daily News (California) in 2005.

    In this episode of Super Hero Sitters, Jan’s worst nightmare comes true when she enters the house of a client’s two dogs and can’t believe her eyes. Luckily, she is a certified PetTech® Pet First Aid/CPR instructor and quickly saved the day.

    Hear Jan’s Story

  • Super Hero Sitters: Miranda Murdock

    Posted March 8, 2011 By in APSE News and Events, Pet Owners, Pet Sitters With | 1 Comment
    This episode is part 3 of 6 in the Super Hero Sitters series in celebration of Professional Pet Sitters Week.

    Miranda MurdockThis is Miranda Murdock.

    Many in the pet sitting industry are already quite familiar with Miranda because of her commitment to freely share her knowledge with sitters across various communities.

    Her journey to become a professional pet sitter is unique and began after spending more than two decades in the U.S. Military (details inside the recording).

    The story Miranda shares is nothing short of beautiful. It takes place over the course of 4 years, involves growing close to her (human) client, Jim, who underwent 13 surgeries for cancer, and ends with successfully fulfilling a promise she made months before Jim passed away.

    In this episode of Super Hero Sitters, Miranda redefines the role of a professional pet sitter.

    Hear Miranda’s Story

  • Super Hero Sitters: Tori Lattig

    Posted March 7, 2011 By in APSE News and Events, Pet Owners, Pet Sitters With | 1 Comment
    This episode is part 2 of 6 in the Super Hero Sitters series in celebration of Professional Pet Sitters Week.

    Tori LattigSay hello to Tori Lattig.

    Tori and Megan Ventura, her friend since childhood, found themselves working together at a local animal hospital.

    As luck would have it, an opportunity presented itself for the two to transition perfectly to become pet sitters.

    In March of 2007, Tori and Megan officially opened for business by creating Endless Pawsibilities – a full service pet sitting business in New Jersey.

    With a vast combined background in dog obedience, training and animal rescue, these two ladies truly encompass the pet sitting professional.

    In this episode of Super Hero Sitters, Tori tells of a story where “going above and beyond” is an understatement.

    Hear Tori’s Story

  • Super Hero Sitters: Gus Elfving

    Posted By in APSE News and Events, Pet Owners, Pet Sitters With | 1 Comment
    This episode is part 1 of 6 in the Super Hero Sitters series in celebration of Professional Pet Sitters Week.

    Gus Elfving of Pet PeepsMeet Gus Elfving.

    Gus is the Principal and Pack Leader of Pet Peeps located in Washington, DC.

    From the moment you hear Gus speak about his journey into the pet sitting industry, it becomes quite clear that he is passionate, genuine and quite determined to provide his clients with unparalleled service.

    It’s no surprised that Pet Peeps was named by readers of Washingtonian Magazine as one of the best pet sitting and dog walking companies in town.

    In this episode of Super Hero Sitters, Gus recounts the story of one snowy winter afternoon that he’ll never forget.

    Hear Gus’s Story

  • Super Hero Sitters: The 6-Part Series for Professional Pet Sitters Week

    Posted March 6, 2011 By in APSE News and Events, Pet Owners, Pet Sitters With | No Comments

    child and dogIn honor of Professional Pet Sitters Week (March 6 – 12, 2011) we are spotlighting the professional pet sitter in a way not often seen.

    Just like the fire fighter who is expected to run into a burning building to save lives without a second thought…

    Or the emergency room doctor who drops everything when the unexpected calls and has but one goal in mind….

    The professional pet sitter, too, is a special hero.

    Super Hero Sitters: Real Pet Sitting Stories About Life, Liberty and The Pursuit Of… Happy Pets

    Each day throughout Professional Pet Sitters Week, you will meet a different pet sitter and hear their personal heroic story.

    Of course, no pet sitter considers any of this heroic, but rather all part of the job and all carried out without a second thought.

    Now that deserves some recognition and some gratitude.

    Meet The Pet Sitters

  • Are Pet Sitters The Tarantulas of The Small Business World?

    Posted March 4, 2011 By in Pet Sitters With | 8 Comments

    terantulaThe tarantula is a large hairy tropical spider with fangs that can inflict painful but not highly venomous bites.

    As much fear as they instill in some, others welcome the chance to own and care for these often misunderstood creature.

    In fact, most tarantulas are calm, docile and make good pets and according to National Geographic “these spiders are harmless to humans (except for a painful bite), and their mild venom is weaker than a typical bee’s.”

    What do tarantulas have to do with pet sitters?

    Well, after a recent Google search, I can’t help but wonder if we as pet sitters are equally as misunderstood to the outside small business world.
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  • How To Attract More of the Pet Sitting Clients You Want

    Posted January 8, 2011 By in Pet Sitters With | 1 Comment

    This was the question posed recently on the APSE Facebook Fan page:

    Hello fellow pet sitters! We are getting booked up with time restrictive dog clients and are wanting to add more cat clients or house sitting only clients to our business. Any advice on how to advertise to cat clients only or house sitting only clients would be much appreciated. Thanks, Big Sky Animal Nanny, LLC

    Great question, and since I had so much to say in response, I decided to turn it into this blog post. Enjoy…

    It’s no secret that I’m a big proponent of using your website to attract visitors, so I’m going to focus on just that and share with you a few steps that will greatly increase your chances of attracting those cat clients you are looking for (or any other specific clients).
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  • Warning! Do not fall for this dangerous email scam!

    Posted January 7, 2011 By in Pet Sitters With | No Comments

    You know not to provide any ol’ request received via email with your social security number, bank account details, or your mother’s maiden name, right?

    You also know that there is no such money transfer for several million dollars waiting for you in some overseas location.

    However, some email scams are a bit more subtle.

    Here is the email I received – click on it for full size.
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  • Happy Holidays to All Pet Sitters and Pet Owners from APSE [video]

    Posted December 23, 2010 By in APSE News and Events, Pet Owners, Pet Sitters With | 2 Comments

    This video is just for you…!

    Association of Pet Sitting Excellence wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and joyous New Year!

    We look forward to continuing to work closely with pet sitters in 2011 to help your business grow.

    Thanks for being a part of our community – we couldn’t do what we do without you!

    ~Joshua Cary and Danielle Chonody,
    Co-Founders, APSE

    One Last Thing…

    P.S. – We have plenty in store for 2011, but please tell us:

    What one specific thing do you want to accomplish, achieve or focus on in 2011?

    Leave your comment below.

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