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Contra Costa Times
Brentwood News (CA)
May 13, 2011
OFFERS PERSONALIZED PET SERVICES
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Name of business: The Animal Nannies
Type of business: Personalized pet
care services in your home.
Owner: Julie Rezendes
Address: Serving Discovery Bay
Hours: Monday through Sunday
(including holidays) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m
Products and services:
Nannies offer personalized pet care, including pet-sitting, in a
client's home. This keeps the pets secure and familiar in their own
environment. They also offer dog walking and midday potty breaks, for
pet owners who work.
Animal Nannies also provides pet
medication services for those who may need assistance whether they
are away from home or not. The owner, Julie Rezendes, is familiar
with the special needs of senior pets. She has taken care of mostly
domestic animals, a few exotics, including an occasional duck or two.
Rezendes' visits include bringing in
the mail, newspapers and garbage receptacles as well as disposing of
animal waste. She make sure the home is secure and also provide
additional services that can be tailored to the clients needs.
Currently she only accepts clients from Discovery Bay.
How did you get into the business?:
"I've always loved taking care of animals," Rezendes said.
"I had the chance to work alongside professional pet sitter Pat
Domingo, a wonderful lady. She wanted to retire, and I fell in love
with the business."
Rezendes said she continued Domingo's
tradition of personalized service. "We still keep in touch, and
when she's not traveling, she loves to help me out," Rezendes
Best part of the business?:
easy: visiting the animals and getting to know each of their own
little personalities," she said. "They are all so sweet."
She also said it is rewarding to
build relationships with her clients and their animal companions,
which of course are part of their families. "It's been so fun,
and I laugh a lot every day," Rezendes said.
Worst part of the business:
wouldn't say worst, but it is sad when clients move away, or when
their animal companions pass away," she said. "It breaks
Key to success:
Rezendes said. "It's the best compliment I can get." She
said she has many references from satisfied clients and truly loves
what she does.
"I strive to offer pet owners
peace of mind when they are away from home," Rezendes said.
Biggest misperception about the
"That it is not a serious profession," she said.
She explained that being an animal care provider is a great
responsibility. She is not only taking care of the animal's
well-being, but assuring the client's home is secure.
"I am a licensed professional,
insured and bonded," she said.
She belongs to the National
Association of Professional Pet Sitters. (NAPPS). She is also a
member of the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Future plans: Here future goals
include continuing to do what she loves to do, and that is taking
care of animals. She also said that perhaps to expand the business to
"My sons are showing interest,
maybe they will continue on with me when they are older," she
-- Roni Gehlke
Copyright (c) 2011 Brentwood News.
Record Number: 1553236Contra Costa Times