Thanksgiving Day is a day off for most of us, but for many of you who own pet care businesses, it marks the beginning of one of the busiest weekends of the year.
Which brings me to my thought and message for the beginning of the holiday season.
This year my family did something very different for Thanksgiving. We all (40+ of us) had our dinner at a country club where my cousins are members. There was a ton of perfect food and excellent service, all in a gorgeous setting in a very posh area of Chicago.
And while we were enjoying not having to cook, clean, etc., I kept thinking about how everyone on the service team – from the valets to the chefs – were not at home with their families.
I asked our server if she had dinner yet.
You know how she replied?
“Wow, thanks. No I haven’t. You are the only person here who thought to ask. That was really nice of you.”
I remember the years and countless missed dinners, holidays, parties, weddings, and funerals as a pet sitter. My friends and family hardly understood and, truth be told, I hadn’t ever really weighed that consideration as I built my pet care businesses. It was a struggle. But I recall the clients who left me special gifts and notes knowing I was with their pets so that they could be with their families. And that made all the difference.
So what I want to say is:
I see you.
I respect you.
I admire you.
And I understand.
You – and your team – are my pet care heroes.
Be proud, because pet professionals like you provide an extraordinarily valuable service. Your hard work and dedication allow millions of people to have enjoyable and relaxing holidays knowing their pets are in capable hands.
Hang tight for this holiday season. You got this. And FetchFind is here if you need anything at all.
With great respect,