Heather and I weren’t looking to buy a pet sitting and dog walking business in Sydney’s Inner West. Heather had a career in Sydney Transit and I was a busy retail manager. But a chance encounter with an old workmate and a throwaway line, ‘By the way I’m selling my business’, was an amazing turning point in our lives.
I had recently taken a voluntary redundancy from Sydney Buses and Hannah was a busy retail manager. We were not even thinking of buying a business let alone an Inner West Pet Sitting and Dog Walking business.
As we walked on from that meeting with a throw away line still ringing in our ears…
’by the way I’m selling my business’ …… Hannah gave me a huge dig in the ribs and the conversation went something like
What do your think?……..Huh?……..Let’s buy it………Are you crazy!…..
Well, the rest, as they say, is history. Within 6 weeks we had found a lawyer, drawn up contracts, had multiple meetings with all sorts of people, learned some negotiation skills, visited the bank and bought ourselves a business.
In the years since that day in the park with our old dog Alex there have been many changes. For one, Alex is no longer with us, she crossed the rainbow bridge a couple of years after that day and now we have two Chihuahua’s we have re-homed from a past client whose circumstances changed. It’s sad for those people but it’s been wonderful for Hannah and I and Taco and Bean, we love them so much and can’t imagine a life without them in it.
Our business has grown through lots of hard work, many hours walking dogs and hundreds of visits to care for pets in their own homes to the point we now employ three people who mostly cover our dog walking but occasionally do a little pet sitting for us on a weekend so Hannah and I actually get to have a day off now and then.
Since we bought this business Hannah and I have worked harder, put in more hours and had fewer days off than ever before yet we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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