February 12, 2013
Before I jump into February’s blog post, I gotta tell you how much I loved last month.
Rover-Time got LLC’d (Ahem, don’t hesitate to call us “Rover-Time Dog Walking & Pet Sitting, LLC folks)! Mark & I took a bunch of time off from the boarding business to recoup from the busy holidays and hit the road to Austin for a few, and I actually had quality time with my best friend. Over the same trip, I brunched with old clients that relocated to San Antonio and had the best time hanging with two all-star dogs that influenced my decision to open my own small business: Spencer & Christopher. Mark & I saw The Darkness live. Again. With 100,000 less people than you’ll see in this video (what is wrong with Chicago?). I had a lot of fun meeting new friends at One Tail at a Time’s first Associate Board meeting. And finally, I hosted my second Rover-Time meetup and it was super fun hanging out with some of my favorite people with their wonderful dogs!
When you have a great month, one must celebrate!
Many of you regulars know that my contribution to the monthly newsletter and Rover-Time’s blog is all about its readers growing a personal relationship with this business and me, the owner. But in the last year, a lot of wonderful people have hopped onto the mailing list (welcome guys!) so I thought it was worth mentioning again.
One of my goals last year for this blog was to provide an honest look at my experience beginning a start-up. And to set the blog apart from some of the others out there; I liked throwing in personal stories of how I came to know what I know, what I want to know more of, why I do what I do, and how I came to care.
But the blog will continue to change the older Rover-Time becomes. This year I have goals to significantly improve blog content. I also want to bring the lessons learned last year and incorporate them into what’s ahead. I think “focus” and “simplicity” will be my theme (or mantra) for 2013.
And of course I want to discuss my dog Chauncey, that tiny mystery.
So what’s on my editorial calendar you ask?
I want to write a series of posts sharing my perspectives on first time pet ownership. I think you’ll also get a touch more of my best practices in dealing with the common problems we all face as pet guardians. And I’d like to throw in a few more stories from our really busy house, sort of unfold what it’s actually like to run a boarding business in the same place you live.
If you follow Rover-Time on Twitter, you’ll quickly discover my love of inspirational or empowering quotes. I’m going to close with one that I jotted down on the same day I set the date for Rover-Time’s next meetup.
“Community will form naturally and organically when you share common experiences and passions.”
In the comments below, I want to hear from YOU. No crickets this month! Let’s talk.
What do you struggle with as a dog owner? What sorts of joys and challenges do you face?
What sort of advice have you held closest from your adoption counselor or breeder? Your trainer? Your pet-owning friends and family? Or me?
And what do you want to see more of on Rover-Time’s blog? Remember, this is a caring space, but constructive criticism helps!