A Chat with Who Let The Dogs Out? Petsitters
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I [have] eight rescue dogs and volunteer with several rescue transport groups.
What do you love most about your job?
Wagging tails and kisses
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Martha came to my house and agreed to watch my four dogs, five cats, and koi fish. Not only were my babies so gently and lovingly cared for, so was my home! Martha went above and beyond what I had ever thought a pet-sitting service would do. She left notes and updates on each of her visits.
As a girl, Angela Bubley was always bringing home stray dogs and convincing her friends and family to do so, too. She had a true passion for pups, which she later transformed into a career by founding B. Paws-itive Pet Dog Training. The American Kennel Club-certified trainer and Hillsborough County-approved dog obedience instructor leads one-on-one sessions and group training classes that instill consistent, good behavior in dogs. Sessions can take place at clients’ homes, in Angela’s facility, or in a pile of cats for an added challenge.
Some customers choose from a colorful array of cookies, donuts, and other delectables on a tiered and crystal-encrusted dessert tray, while others relax and enjoy floor-to-ceiling murals of a picturesque countryside in the indoor dog park. None of them, however, happen to be human—such is the focus on luxury at Royal Pets Market & Resort, where boarding, grooming, training, and adoption services are overseen by an experienced staff. After pampering treatments such as aromatherapy baths or moisture-therapy wraps, dogs and cats can be outfitted from the wide selection of collars, foods, toys, and apparel in the expansive store.
After clients' appointments with their cats or dogs at Sun-Surf Animal Hospital, it's just a short trip to pick up prescriptions—there's a pharmacy in-house. But even if they don't need to make a pit stop for prescriptions, the hospital boasts other conveniences that may come in handy. For instance, its service list spans not only checkups, vaccinations, and bloodwork, but also dental exams, emergency care, and surgery. Plus, the hospital stays open until 8 p.m. on weeknights to accommodate working pet owners and welcomes patients from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
The skilled staff—a veritable dream team of medical know-how—shepherds clients toward improved health by designing and leading custom weight-loss, nutrition, and fitness programs. Spread across four locations, the practice tailors comprehensive programs. Doctors, personal trainers, nutritionists, and artists who draw kettlebells onto clients' portraits to make them appear fit pool their disciplines to blast away excess pounds with methods birthed from the mind of science itself. Vitamin and amino-acid injections, ketone strips, appetite suppressants, and supplements are part of the weight loss program. Bio-identical hormones characterize the hormone-therapy program, which seeks to restore bodily balance more effectively than replacing legs with gyroscopes.