“How did you get started with that?”
When people learn that I own a pet sitting company, the most common question is “How did you get started with that?” A lot of people pet sit, but very few have a large, professional company that has been operating for more than a year or two. Many people get burned out long before that, or do not have enough experience to really handle the difficulties of a company such as this.
A little about me
I am Liana, the owner of Wet Noses Pet Sitting. Just like many young folks, I grew up watching my neighbors pets and homes when they were on vacation. I volunteered with different rescues doing foster care and on-site work. When I was 16 I had my first job at the Larimer Humane Society. That was followed by various other positions in animal related businesses. I love working with animals and never considered taking a job in another field. During my years working in these various job, I began to slowly gather casual pet sitting clients.
It was over the Christmas of 2009, I realized I had too many clients. Up until then I was still working in other jobs and pet sitting on the side. This was the first holiday when I had to turn people away. I had to take time off of work for my pet sitting. It was a hard year for me because all of these people and their pets were family. I did not want to send them to another pet sitter. At that point I really had to make a decision about whether I wanted to continue the way I had been, pet sitting in my free time, or take the leap and start a business.
In March of 2010, we turned it into a professional pet sitting company and added sitters. Originally named Sidehill Sitters after the neighborhood where I was living at the time. In 2016, we decided to change the name to Wet Noses Pet Sitting and here we are today!