Poochy Doos, LLC Partners with Pet Sitters International, Inc.

For Immediate Release: November 11, 2014

Contact Us: Mary Watterson, Owner, Poochy Doos, LLC

Website: poochydoos.com

“Don’t Be Tricked by So-Called Pet Sitters,” Warns Poochy Doos, LLC

Mary Watterson and Ann Jones, owners of Poochy Doos, LLC is partnering with Pet Sitters International for the Get A Real Pet Sitter® campaign to educate pet owners on what to look for in a reputable, professional pet sitting and dog walking company.

With more than 60 percent of households owning a least one pet, finding reliable pet sitting company is likely a concern for the majority of pet owners in Fort Collins and Loveland. For these pet owners, Poochy Doos, LLC has an important piece of advice: Don’t be tricked by so-called pet sitters.

“Many pet owners, and even news outlets, use the term ‘pet sitter’ incorrectly, referring to anyone—from a family friend to the neighborhood teenager asked to walk a dog—as a ‘pet sitter,’” explains Watterson and Jones. “It is important that pet owners understand that pet sitting is a professional career and professional pet sitters offer peace of mind that other pet-care options cannot.”

Even for pet owners committed to using professional pet sitters instead of friends or family, the search can be confusing. With the influx of pet-care directory sites popping up in the last couple of years and news stories touting pet sitting and dog walking as an easy way to earn extra cash, more and more people are deciding to cash-in on the growing need for pet care.

Watterson and Jones’ professional pet care business, Poochy Doos, LLC has offered pet sitting, dog walking and dog hiking services in Fort Collins since 2010 and bring over 30 years combined experience to the table. Poochy Doos, LLC is a member of Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading educational association for professional pet sitters. In addition, the business is bonded, insured, pet 1st aid accredited, licensed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, is CPPS certified by Pet Sitters International, are K9 Coaches at Animal House Rescue, leads The K9 Tail Blazers dog hiking group, and has sponsored pet first aid classes for the public in Fort Collins.

PSI President Patti Moran—who was one of the pioneers of the pet sitting industry more than two decades ago—offers additional advice for pet owners.

“Simply being listed on an online pet-sitter listing—or even on a nationally-publicized directory—does not make a pet sitter a professional, qualified care provider,” explains Moran. “Anyone can post a profile advertising pet sitting services, so it’s important for pet owners to take a closer look to ensure they are hiring real pet sitters.”

Watterson and Jones are joining with PSI and thousands of fellow pet sitters to promote the “Get A Real Pet Sitter®” message to educate pet owners on what they should look for when selecting professional pet sitters.

PSI and Poochy Doos, LLC advise pet owners to ask these important questions when interviewing a potential pet sitter or pet sitting company:

Does the pet sitter have the proper business license for your city or state?
Is the pet sitter licensed by the proper county authority for in-home pet care?
Is the pet sitter insured and bonded?
Can the pet sitter pass a criminal background check?
Does the pet sitter provide client references?
Will the pet sitter use a pet sitting services agreement or contract?
Is the pet sitter a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS) and/or has he or she participated in pet-care training, such as pet first aid?
Is the pet sitter a member of a professional and educational association, such as Pet Sitters International?

Watterson and Jones encourage local pet owners to visit Poochy Doos, LLC or call (970) 420-9181 to learn more about Poochy Doos, LLC pet sitting and dog walking services.