About & Mission

When compared to other service jobs, pet sitting services are unquestionably unique.  For example, we are expected to enter your private home, and provide the highest level of care and love for your pets -- while you are away, we are responsible for your financial and emotional investments.  That being said, our clients work with us because:

  • We demonstrate exceptional personal character and kindness to all animals
  • We are actively socially responsible, and conduct business in a professional manner
  • We have passed all state and national criminal background checks
  • We offer a house and yard that is 100% smoke free, chemical free, lead free, and pesticide free


Our mission is to make a better everyday for you and your pet. We have purposely designed our business to be a small, client-driven pet sitting service, based entirely upon positive person-to-pet relations.  By offering 100% customization, we will always meet the personal needs of our clients and their pets. We achieve your goals by listening to your specific pet needs, and conducting our services in the most professional, yet socially responsible business way.

To Be Contract

I publicly promise To Be the following for our clients:

  • Your house and pet will be treated like my own.
  • In all situations, I will always act in the best interest of you, your home, and pet.
  • I will never lie, cheat or steal.  
  • No one is perfect.  If I make mistakes, I will take full responsibility and hold myself accountable. 
  • Your dog will never be at risk by a large group of dogs -- we purposely limit the number of dogs we care for. 
  • If we cannot meet your needs, we will help you find the right person for you.
  • If you are not fully satisfied with our services, you will receive an apology and 100% of your money back.

My Pet Story  

On my fifth birthday, I received the best present in my entire life -- a Black Labrador Retriever. When we first met, I can remember both of us being so excited that we knocked each other down several times.  She was wagging her tail as fast as a hummingbird, and from ear to ear, I was all smile.  She lived for twelve years and peacefully died in my arms from old age.  I buried her in a field of natural grass and flowers.  This is where I wanted her to be -- it was her favorite spot, where she spent endless hours being a curious, playful Lab. Before she left me, she gave me the best twelve years a boy could ever wish for.  We spent countless hours walking in the woods, and she was a good fishing partner. She even produced three healthy litters of the cutest puppies known to man.  We kept one puppy from each litter, so my daily chores of dog care (water, food, walk, training, and clean-up), kept me busy. From the very beginning, my chores and relationship with my dogs taught me a lot about life -- things you just can't learn in a pet book or video.  I also took care of neighbor's dogs and cats, when they were away on vacation. After high school, I was busy being a student-athlete at Iowa State University.  I was far from home and only saw my dog a few times per year.  However, going into my senior year, I found myself greeting my dog at the Des Moines Airport -- I felt like I was five years old again! College ended in a flash and we were both off to begin our new lives in Chicago. 

I spent almost twenty years in the medical sales business.  As a National Sales Manager, my travel schedule was demanding -- I was busy and could not personally care for my dog each day. Pet Sitting was not as common back then, so I worked with friends/neighbors and reluctantly, worked with kennels -- it tore my heart to pieces leaving my very outdoor Lab at a kennel.  Eventually, my dog passed away, but rather than opt for modern Aftercare Life Dog Services, I drove her home, to be with her family.  She now rests peacefully, alongside her family, in a field of grass and flowers.   

At the age of forty-one, I left the medical business and started a new career/lifestyle.  I became a fly-fishing guide, a certified fly-casting instructor, and created an international fly-fishing organization called First Cast Fly Fishing www.firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com  Currently, I am pursuing a graduate degree in clinical mental health.

PS.  I have completed two obedient school programs with my dogs. 

Certifications and Training

Though not all certifications are directly related to pets, my overall training and education offers diversity and value.  To obtain these certificates, I had to pass oral/written test, state and national criminal background checks, and pledge to uphold ethical standards.