Archive for Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pet sitters expand to Eudora

October 18, 2007

The Lawrence-based Pet Minders pet-sitting service has expanded into Eudora.

It was a natural move, given local interest and the city's role as a bedroom community, Pet Minders owner Leslie Soden said.

"Over the past year I've had people call me before we had a Eudora person," Soden said. "Most people couldn't afford the extra mileage for me to come out here."

The extra mileage will no longer be a problem.

Soden hired Eudora resident Johnnie Buck, who started service in the area earlier in the month.

Buck said she always has loved animals and her family always has owned a pet of some sort.

"I thought 'That might be fun, to be able to help other people keep their dogs at home if they wanted to,' and I would enjoy caring for them," Buck said.

Soden prepared specific questions to test Buck for the interview, she said. She said she was impressed by Buck's experience.

"You can't be a pet sitter if you don't know a lot about animals," she said.

Both Buck and Soden are working to expand awareness about the business in Eudora.

"Right now, we're just wanting people to know it's available here," Buck said.

Soden said that she started the business because she saw a need for a professional pet-sitting service in the area.

"I kind of already knew what I was looking for," she said.

The company offers services including pet walking, feeding and training. The group will visit pets depending on the client's schedule.

Sessions range in duration from about 10-minutes to an hour or more.

The group also offers pet taxi services.

"It's a lot of thinking on your feet," Soden said of her business.

The company's Eudora clientele currently is small, but Soden said she's worked with several types of animals. She's familiar with cats, birds and reptiles, she said.

"There's a lot of dogs," she said.

Buck also has experience with several different types of pets.

She has two dogs of her own, a Brittany spaniel named Autumn and a Yorkshire terrier named Taylor.

"I have actually spent several hours shadowing Leslie and helping her walk several dogs in the Lawrence area and trying to understand exactly how you should take care of animals on a professional level," Buck said.

Soden's Lawrence clientele ranges from parrots to turtles. Buck's experience so far has been more standard, she said.

"I'm sure when the opportunity arises, Leslie will make sure I'm prepared," Buck said.

For more information or to set up an in-home service consultation, call Pet Minders at (785) 312-4314 or visit the Web site at

www.petminders.org.

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