These pages are a Thank You and a Celebration of our pet sitting and dog walking clients, who have been with us over 10, 15, and 20 years. That is a long time for any client to stay with any company. It’s quite remarkable in the animal care business!
I can’t believe we are coming up on our 24th anniversary of first class tummy rubs, five star service, and FUN! PlayTime Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers opened for business in Colorado Springs on May 1, 1997. That was the same month I got married and moved 2 households in to 1. My goodness, did I ever have that much energy?
Some of the questions that I have been asked the most over the years are:
Q: Was it scary starting your own pet sitting and dog walking business?
A: My goodness, YES! When you have a dream, you have to take your chances while you can, though. PlayTime is my chance, my dream. One of my favorite quotes comes from Mark Twain- “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover!”
Q: Has it been hard building trust, loyalty, and your own “brand”?
A: Harder than I ever could have imagined, and yet so rewarding.
Q: Has PlayTime Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers become what you expected it to be?
A: No! I just wanted to be able to earn a living taking care of animals. That is my true passion, and was my only thought at the time. PlayTime Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers has become a local and trusted pet sitting organization. We are so much larger and more successful than I ever could have imagined, and I am truly grateful.
As I put together these pages, as I relived these stories, these experiences, the bonds and the love I have been able to share with these families, I find myself a little sad (for the loss of the original pets), warm for the love and joy I shared with them, and an immense gratitude for all of them. Every dog, cat, ferret, bird that shared themselves with me, every munchkin that decided I was safe from the moment we met, every abused, wonderful survivor who made me earn their trust (and taught me the most important lessons in life), every single heart and soul that shared themselves with me. I am so very grateful to all of them. They have made my life better. I hope I made their lives better too.
These are the clients we want to celebrate, the animals and their humans. There have been thousands. I wish I could include them all here. You can see hundreds of their little faces on the PlayTime Family Photo Album pages. Here, we have narrowed it down to our milestone families.
Happy Anniversary (10 Years, 15 Years, and 20 Years) of keeping each other happy, healthy, and safe.
-Susan McIntyre, Chief Tummy Rub Officer