Should I use Dog Days Kalamazoo instead boarding?

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Should I use Dog Days Kalamazoo instead boarding?

These are our dogs Rupert & Walt, both Pit Bull mixes.  People tend to ask me, “What do you do with your dogs when you go out of town?”  Well, we don’t go out of town that often since there is plenty to do here in the Kalamazoo area.  But, when we do, my wife Lisa and I are fortunate to have trusted friends take care of them at our house.  Like most of you, I don’t want to board my dogs.  That’s why there’s DOG DAYS Kalamazoo available to watch your dog or cat while you’re away.  While I do not stay overnight at your house, I make 3 trips per day for 30-45 minutes each visit.  These stops are early AM, afternoon, and at night. Hiring Dog Days Kalamazoo versus boarding has these five advantages:

1.  Less stress, since your dog or cat gets to be in its own environment at home.
2.  No worries about catching something from other pets in a boarding facility.
3.  Someone to check on your house, bring in the mail/paper, and make sure everything is in order.
4.  You can leave for your trip and not have to be concerned with dropping off your pet.
5.  Detailed reports via email or text after each visit to give you that “peace of mind” that all’s well.

So, when you are wondering “what do I do with my pet when I want to go on vacation?” Remember that DOG DAYS Kalamazoo is here to serve you! Please make sure to call or email as soon as you know you’re going out of town.  This way we can guarantee we have room in our schedule to accommodate you.  Generally, we need at least 4-5 weeks lead time with holidays and 2-3 weeks otherwise.  Thanks!

DOG DAYS Kalamazoo
• Dog Walking 
• Pet Sitting

(269) 350-0766

www.dogdayskzoo.com

Dog Days Kalamazoo has been on Facebook and Twitter since 2013.  Also, we are now on INSTAGRAM. Check us out and follow us there!

Hire a pet sitting business or an individual?

Pet Sitting Kalamazoo, Dog Days Kalamazoo, Hire a pet sitting business or an individual?

Rupert & me.  2017 Kalamazoo Humane Society Dog Walk & K-9 Festival.

Should I hire a pet sitting business or an individual?

You need to hire a dog walker or pet sitter in the Kalamazoo area, but not sure where to look?  Most people will start with a search engine like Google and type in “Kalamazoo dog walkers” or “Pet sitters in Kalamazoo” and see who shows up.  There are also sites such as Sittercity.com, Care.com, and Rover.com.  There you will find an overwhelming number of both individuals and businesses who are members or have ads.  So, who do you contact?  A business? An individual?

Most legitimate dog walking and pet sitting business such as Dog Days Kalamazoo should be three things:

LICENSED

INSURED

BONDED

Great, but what do these terms even mean?

As a LICENSED business, Dog Days Kalamazoo is a LLC–a Limited Liability Company and recognized by the State of Michigan.

As an INSURED business, Dog Days Kalamazoo is covered by State Farm Insurance for any job related injuries or damage.  This includes accidental injury to animals, damage to buildings, outdoor property, water damage, equipment breakdown, and glass expenses.

As a BONDED business, Dog Days Kalamazoo has a financial guarantee that Michael Machota will satisfactorily fulfill contracted work for clients and I am protected against employee dishonesty and theft.

Do lower priced individuals provide this type of coverage? NO, they do not.

In the Kalamazoo area, there are a few different dog walking and pet sitting businesses to choose from including Dog Days Kalamazoo.  However, the number of individuals wanting to do the same work is countless.  The question is do you want a professional business who does pet care full-time in your home OR do you want a random individual who just has a Craigslist ad screaming about LOW prices?

While individuals might be able to undercut our rates because they do not have the same expenses nor have to claim mileage at tax time, the question remains–do you want the person with the cheapest price in your home with your pets?  No, you want the person who you can TRUST.  Remember that anyone can be cheap, but few can be great.  Hiring a Licensed, Insured, and Bonded business gives you peace of mind.

Please take a moment to see what my clients are saying:

Testimonials

Facebook reviews

Google reviews

I look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions that you may have.

DOG DAYS Kalamazoo
Dog Walking • Pet Sitting
(269) 350-0766

www.dogdayskzoo.com

Dog Days Kalamazoo has been on Facebook and Twitter since 2013.  Also, we are now on INSTAGRAM. Check us out and follow us there!

Midday dog walking client–Dog Days Kalamazoo

midday dog walking kalamazoo

Current opening for midday dog walking client–Dog Days Kalamazoo.

Starting Monday May 1st, 2017, I will have an 11:30am-1:30pm spot open for 1 dog to walk or 2 dogs to let out. I could also do anywhere from 11:00am-2:00pm. Sadly, Tara (pictured) will be moving to California next month and her time slot will be available. If you are interested or know someone who is, please have them contact me.  Brief details/requirements:

Must live within Service Area. If you are close to the borders, please give me a call 269-350-0766.

2017 dog days rate map

 

Can pay weekly, every two weeks, or monthly–at the start of each week or beginning of the month.

Discounted rates apply for Monday-Friday midday clients. Either $75. or $100. weekly depending on where you reside.

Visits are minimally 20-30 minutes.

I use my own two handled four foot long leash and never any expandable length leash.

I give a text update after each walk/let out so you know I was there and how the visit went.

Need to have access to your home with a spare key that I keep secured.

I have a one page Authorization Form that we fill out on the initial meet/greet.

There will always be the same people walking your dog(s)–either me or my part-time dog walker Kimberly.

Dog Days Kalamazoo is Licensed, Bonded, and Insured. Your TRUSTED dog walker and pet sitter since 2013.

Once you are established as a midday dog walking client, the time of arrival will be nearly the same each day.  I start in the western edge of my Service Area with the first late morning stop and then I make my way back eastward in a clockwise fashion. However, I still ask for at least a two hour window.  This is because when vacation/holiday clients get added to the schedule, I want to make sure everyone still gets adequate time for a visit.  I do not like to be rushed and I do not want to rush one stop to get to the next.  I would rather pass on extra work than to be overbooked.  Keep in mind that major holidays tend to get booked the fastest if you need additional vacation visits.

If interested, please email me at dogdayskzoo@hotmail.com or click CONTACT for the online form. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!

Dog Days Kalamazoo has been on Facebook and Twitter since 2013. Also, we are now on INSTAGRAM. Check us out and follow us there.

Book now for Spring Break pet sitting with Dog Days Kalamazoo

Spring Break pet sitting Dog Days Kalamazoo

There is still availability for 2017 Spring Break pet sitting with Dog Days Kalamazoo.  I have a few clients scheduled for vacation work in March and April, but there is still room for you.  While it is never too early to schedule work with me, it can be too LATE.  I always tell people:

“As soon as you know you’re going away and will need pet sitting, be sure to let me know.”

Generally, 4 weeks ahead of time is good.  However, with holidays, I advise booking 6-8 weeks in advance.  Why so much time?  Because holidays (and weekends) tend to fill in quicker than other dog walking/pet sitting work.  Plus, there are only so many jobs we can get done in a day.

I do not like to be rushed and I will NOT rush from one job just to get to the next.  I would rather not take additional work than to be overbooked. Pet sitting visits are at least 30 minutes long, while midday dog walking (Mon-Fri) is at least 20 minutes long.  Dog Days Kalamazoo consists of me working full-time and my part-time dog walker Kimberly Desch helping out.

Remember, I always meet ahead of time to:

    1.  Make sure your pet(s) are fine with me
    2.  Thoroughly go over procedures including any medications needed
    3.  Get all emergency contact information
    4.  Get keys and/or access code to house or apartment
    5.  Sign my Authorization Form allowing us to be in your home and transport pets in an emergency

Dog Days Kalamazoo was founded in November 2013 by Michael Machota and is a full-time Dog Walking and Pet Sitting company that is Licensed, Bonded, and Insured.

Please click RATES to see the detailed pricing within our service area.

Ready to talk with Dog Days Kalamazoo for 2017 Spring Break pet sitting?  Contact us today.

269-350-0766

Dog Days Kalamazoo hiring dog walker

Dog walker in Portage MI

Dog Days Kalamazoo hiring Dog Walker–backup/occasional position

Pay:
Mileage compensation @$0.54/mile
50% commission per 30min stop = $7.50, $10.00 or $12.50 (depending on location)

Uniform:
$150. Boot allowance—black public safety style boots only, keep polished
3 short sleeve shirts, 3 long sleeve shirts, 2 pants—keep uniform cleaned and ironed

Requirements:
1.  At least 23 years old, semi-retired encouraged to apply
2.  Must live within Service Area—map at dogdayskzoo.com
3.  Have command presence—look sharp, act sharp, be sharp
4.  Pass criminal background check
5.  Experience caring for dogs and cats
6.  Physically capable of maintaining control of dogs in high stimulus environment
7.  Confident driving in all weather conditions with your own reliable vehicle
8.  Available 6am-9pm Mon-Fri, weekends available if interested
9.  Promptly respond to phone calls, texts, or emails and be a good communicator
10.  Able to make decisions and react appropriately without supervision

Personal Appearance:
1. Maintain a neat, clean, and professional appearance
2. Dyeing or highlighting of hair is acceptable if is consistent with natural hair color
3. Hair shall not be excessively long nor interfere with vision or hearing
4. Prefer no facial hair unless neatly trimmed
5. No tattoos on head, face, neck, or hands
6. No offensive tattoos—including racial or sexual in nature
7. Only visible piercings allowed are 4 piercings per ear and/or 2 nose piercings
8. No industrial piercings, gauging, or large hoop rings that could present a safety issue

Additional Notes
You will be an Employee of Dog Days Kalamazoo (Dog Days LLC).  Your primary duties will be midday dog walking (11am-3pm) and helping with vacation pet sitting. This is a backup/occasional position. There could be the opportunity for regular part-time hours depending on the amount of new midday dog walking clients added to the schedule. This varies and I have no control over when people contact me.

If interested please click CONTACT and email through the website

OR directly email me at
dogdayskzoo@hotmail.com

Hiring Dog Days Kalamazoo versus boarding

Advantages of hiring Dog Days Kalamazoo instead of boarding your dog

This is our dog Rupert the pit bull mix.  People tend to ask me, “What do you do with Rupert when you go out of town?”  Well, we don’t go out of town that often since there is plenty to do here in the Kalamazoo area.  But, when we do, my wife Lisa and I are fortunate to have trusted friends take care of him at our house.  Like most of you, I don’t want to board my dog.  That’s why there’s DOG DAYS Kalamazoo available to watch your dog or cat while you’re away.  While I do not stay overnight at your house, I make up to 3 trips per day for 30 minutes each visit.  These stops are early AM, afternoon, and at night. Hiring Dog Days Kalamazoo versus boarding has these five advantages:

1.  Less stress, since your dog or cat gets to be in its own environment at home.
2.  No worries about catching something from other pets in a boarding facility.
3.  Someone to check on your house, bring in the mail/paper, and make sure everything is in order.
4.  You can leave for your trip and not have to be concerned with dropping off your pet.
5.  Detailed reports via email or text after each visit to give you that “peace of mind” that all’s well.

So, when you are wondering “what do I do with my pet when I want to go on vacation?” Remember that DOG DAYS Kalamazoo is here to serve you! Please make sure to call or email as soon as you know you’re going out of town.  This way we can guarantee we have room in our schedule to accommodate you.  Generally, we need at least three weeks lead time with holidays and two weeks otherwise.  Thanks!

DOG DAYS Kalamazoo
Dog Walking • Pet Sitting • Dog Waste Removal
(269) 350-0766

www.dogdayskzoo.com

Mattawan dog walking service by Dog Days Kalamazoo

On the horizon: Mattawan dog walking. I will be expanding westward to encompass Mattawan for my dog walking and pet sitting services. Currently, my border is VanKal Ave. I have clients in and around Mattawan with many recent inquires if I service the area. That means more time for me at The Garden Griddle, which I highly recommend! Contact Michael at Dog Days Kalamazoo for further information, 269-350-0766.

Mattawan dog walking

Should I hire a pet sitting business or an individual?

Kalamazoo Pet Sitter

You need to hire a dog walker or pet sitter in the Kalamazoo area, but not sure where to look?  Most people will start with a search engine like Google and type in “Kalamazoo dog walkers” or “Pet sitters in Kalamazoo” and see who shows up.  There are also sites such as Sittercity.com and Care.com.  There you will find an overwhelming number of both individuals and businesses who are members or have ads.  So, who do you contact?  A business? An individual?

Most legitimate dog walking and pet sitting business such as Dog Days Kalamazoo should be three things:

LICENSED

INSURED

BONDED

Great, but what do these terms even mean?

As a LICENSED business, Dog Days Kalamazoo is a LLC–a Limited Liability Company and recognized by the State of Michigan.

As an INSURED business, Dog Days Kalamazoo is covered by State Farm Insurance for any job related injuries or damage.  This includes accidental injury to animals, damage to buildings, outdoor property, water damage, equipment breakdown, and glass expenses.

As a BONDED business, Dog Days Kalamazoo has a financial guarantee that Michael Machota will satisfactorily fulfill contracted work for clients and I am protected against employee dishonesty and theft.

Do lower priced individuals provide this type of coverage? NO, they do not.

In the Kalamazoo area, there are a few different dog walking and pet sitting businesses to choose from including Dog Days Kalamazoo.  However, the number of individuals wanting to do the same work is countless.  The question is do you want a professional business who does pet care full-time in your home OR do you want a random individual who just has a Craigslist ad screaming about LOW prices?

While individuals might be able to undercut our rates because they do not have the same expenses nor have to claim mileage at tax time, the question remains–do you want the person with the cheapest price in your home with your pets?  No, you want the person who you can TRUST.  Remember that anyone can be cheap, but few can be great.  Hiring a Licensed, Insured, and Bonded business gives you peace of mind.

Please take a moment to see what my clients are saying:

Testimonials

Facebook reviews

Google+

I look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions that you may have.

DOG DAYS Kalamazoo
Dog Walking • Pet Sitting • Dog Waste Removal
(269) 350-0766

www.dogdayskzoo.com

Kalamazoo Dog Walker

Current opening for midday dog walking in Portage

Midday dog walking Kalamazoo, Portage, Vicksburg

Good Saturday afternoon! I currently have availability for 1 midday dog walking client. Ideally someone who needs their dog walked/let out between 11am-3pm, Monday-Friday and lives in Portage, City of Kalamazoo, or Vicksburg. Visits are 20-30min at the discounted rate of $15./each ($75./week). If you or someone you know is interested please email or call. Thank you!

Remember, with Dog Days Kalamazoo you always get me the owner, Michael Machota, at your home.  I am on each and every job site and send you a text update after each visit.  This way, you have peace of mind knowing everything is well.

DOG DAYS Kalamazoo
Dog Walking • Pet Sitting • Dog Waste Removal
(269) 350-0766

www.dogdayskzoo.com

Going on vacation? Make sure you schedule pet sitting.

Summer vacation Kalamazoo pet sitting.

Summer begins on June 21st and school wraps up for most of us this week.  Many of you have vacations planned or would like to go on vacation in the upcoming months.  DOG DAYS is here for you to watch your dogs or cats while you’re away.  I still have some availability this Summer, but weekends are filling up quite fast!  Make sure to call 269-350-0766 or email me at dogdayskzoo@hotmail.com to reserve your spot.  If you are a dog owner like my wife Lisa and I, you would much rather have your dog stay at home instead of stuck in a boarding facility.  Less stress, less worry, and less hassle!

Some of the main differences between me and my competition:

1.  I don’t have a confusing price structure.

2.  I don’t charge mileage.

3.  I plan each visit for 30 minutes and don’t do brief “pop-ins” or short 10 minute visits.

For the entire Service Area (excluding Oshtemo Twp), I charge $20. per visit and $55./day for 3 visits.  Oshtemo Twp is $5. more per visit due to distance from the home of DOG DAYS in Vicksburg.  Here is my Service Area map:

Kalamazoo Area Map
A typical vacation pet sitting or dog walking day with three stops would be scheduled like this:

Visit 1: 7:00am – 7:30am

Visit 2: 3:00pm – 3:30pm

Visit 3: 9:30pm – 10:00pm

If you have dogs, I take them for a walk each visit or go outside while they take care of business. Even if you have a fenced yard, I NEVER just stay inside while they’re out–I’m always there with them. I then feed them according to their eating schedule, spend the remaining time playing with them, and attending to any house related tasks that need to be completed. I do not have any other employees and am the only person who will be in your home. This way, your cats or dogs become accustomed to me and everything is routine.

I am thankful to have clients who take the time to write me nice emails and reviews. Please see what they have to say about me under the “Testimonials” page. There are also over 10 Facebook reviews and 5 reviews on Google+.

DOG DAYS Kalamazoo
Dog Walking • Pet Sitting • Dog Waste Removal
(269) 350-0766

www.dogdayskzoo.com