It all started with Jackson, a German Shepard suffering with an extreme case of separation-anxiety. Six years ago, Jackson’s owner was in desperate need for someone to care for his dog while he was away. With nothing to lose, Jackson’s owner asked if Jeanie Creger, a strong animal-lover who had developed a career in veterinary clinics and hospitals would consider caring for Jackson in his home since boarding wasn’t an option due to Jackson’s overwrought anxiety issues. The bonus was Jeanie was an avid runner and Jackson loved nothing more than going on long, daily runs. She agreed to care for Jackson and the journey to a new business began.
Why Pet Sitting?
Owner Jeanie Creger’s passion has always been animals since she was a little girl. She knew thats she had to work with animals. The positive nature from her experience with Jackson sparked Jeanie to launch Front Range Pet Pals. Aware of the many issues dogs experience when separated from their beloved owners and homes, Jeanie set out to offer services that provide comfort for owners and their four-legged family members. For owners faced with the reality that boarding is not an option, Front Range Pet Pals cares for client’s dogs in their home, in the setting familiar and safe to the dog, allowing the dog to maintain its normal daily routines. In addition to familiarity, caring for a dog in a personal environment disallows the dog from the possibility of contracting kennel cough or stress colitis when exposed to multiple dogs lodged in boarding facilities.
Initially, the business was a part-time venture. While working at a veterinarian office, Jeanie received a job opportunity at the Denver Zoo which was an incredible experience, but was also a learning experience. Although she saw incredible creatures and petted a sedated lioness, she shared in a recent interview, “I found that my deepest passion is specifically with companion animals. I know my future is providing love and care for family pets.” Following her time at the zoo, she shifted her energies and efforts to Front Range Pet Pals full-time.
The key to success for Front Range Pet Pals is the company’s dedication to know each client’s dog. Creating a relationship around comfort, support and familiarity allows the dog to welcome Front Range’s staff into the dog’s surroundings. Extensive time is spent learning the dog’s routine and then insuring that routine is followed while the owner is away. They learn about behavior issues, exercise regiments, and playtime activities enjoyed by the dog. Feeding and treat times are maintained, as well as welcoming fur-buddies into bed to snuggle, if that’s the sleeping arrangement the dog is accustomed to at bedtime. Owners complete a questionnaire that includes veterinarian information, in addition to a consent form in the event the designated veterinarian is not available or the location may not be conducive in an emergency situation. Front Range Pet Pals is insured and a member of Pet Sitters International. The goal of Front Range Pet Pals is to take care of their client’s pets as if they are their own, make a client’s life easier and place their minds at ease. Reputation and reliability are key components for the success of the organization and to maintain credibility, there is never a black-out period. Front Range’s goal is to be available for each client request.
Although the primary focus is providing care for the dog, clients can depend on Front Range to treat their home with respect and care. The staff is available, without charge, to water plants, collect the newspaper, turn lights on at scheduled times, collect the mail or other daily household requests. Clients are not required to provide meals for the staff.
Knowing dogs are family members, Front Range offers a variety of services to promote the health and happiness of pets left alone during the day. The staff is available to provide walks and runs during the day or mid-day potty breaks. Dogs being cared for overnight also receive the benefit of a walk during the day. If the household has multiple pets, a tiered pricing plan is offered for walks or runs.
Due to continuing growth, Front Range Pet Pals has expanded to serve Green Mountain, Lakewood, Littleton and Ken Caryl areas. A benefit from working within the veterinarian community is Jeanie receives a strong referral base to build the business from the multiple veterinarian connections she has established. Client referrals are also a strong source for new business. They have many satisfied clients who are available to provide references or answer questions to put new clients at ease. For more information or to schedule a visit with a staff member, Front Range Pet Pals may be reached at 303-229-7043 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for Jackson, he’s moved out of state; however, because of the strong relationship built between Jackson and Front Range Pet Pals, his owner calls periodically to report Jackson is doing fine.
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