Instead of boarding your pets, Doggie Doody provides an alternative with in-home pet care service.
Have you considered where your four-legged friend will stay when you jet off to a far-away land this spring break? A great alternative to boarding your pets is to let them stay in the comfort of their own home.
Doggie Doody, an in-home pet care service, provides three daily visits — each at least 30 minutes — built around your pet’s normal schedule.
“I basically do whatever the pet is used to when their owner is at home,” says Mandy Fleeger, Doggie Doody owner and founder. “If a dog or cat likes to play, we’ll play. If they prefer to just get a lot of belly rubs and relax, we’ll do that. If they like playing outside, I try to spend most of the visit outside to keep them from going stir crazy.”
Although Fleeger does not stay at the house, she offers complimentary housesitting services, such as bringing in mail and turning on lights through the day.
Fleeger started the business in 2006 after realizing corporate America wasn’t the right fit for her. “I wanted to be part of something more meaningful,” she says. “I have an entrepreneurial side to me and decided it was worth a shot.”
Aside from a background in advertising and public relations, Fleeger also brings professional animal experience to the table. “During the early part of Doggie Doody, I had the privilege of working for the Humane Society of Tulsa as their adoption coordinator,” she says. “I learned about breeds and their certain quirks … I also learned a lot about pet health and became very familiar with medications and the easiest ways to administer them. The goal is to keep a pet’s daily routine as consistent as it is when their owner is home.”
Fleeger says many people can’t enjoy vacations because they worry constantly about their pet. “I provide that sense of security for my clients and they know that I care for their pets just like my own,” she says.
Doggie Doody also offers daily dog walking and “nanny” services for those who can’t make it home during the workday. Fleeger says this is especially important for puppies, which should be let out at least every four hours.