Remember when I used to interview local businesses and feature them in my blogs? And remember how I somehow forgot to keep that going?
Well, it’s baaaack!!
And we’re off to a fabulous start with Mel from Paw Prints Doggy Daycare and Grooming! I’ve photographed two of her dogs in the last year or so - first her smallest (at the time), a Boston/Frenchie named Nacho. And most recently her newest addition: Meatball the Brussels Griffon!
Q: How did you decide to start this career, and how long have you owned your business?
A: I was in the esthetics industry for years teaching. Although I loved teaching, I always wanted to work for myself. So I mixed my love for dogs with my desire to be an entrepreneur together and have been living my dream ever since I took over Paw Prints in 2016 .
Q: What types of services do you offer your clients?
A: We offer dog daycare, grooming and a few small retail items from locally owned businesses. We are hoping to be expanding in 2020 to add boarding, dog training, bite prevention, and child/dog safety seminars, dog reiki as well as a full retail space.
Q: What is an aspect of your job that you didn't expect when you started, or that people might be surprised to hear about?
A: I didn’t expect to love my job so much! I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else. And cleaning! Wow so much cleaning... who knew dogs could pee and poo that many times within an hour?
Q: Where is your business located?
A: We are located in Bedford, off Larry Uteck. 401 Unit 4 Bluewater Road
Q: Tell me about your own pups!
A: I have an odd ball mix of dogs. My biggest boy is Tonka, he is an amstaff who is the biggest baby of them all, at 85 pounds he thinks he is a lap dog! I have a Frenchton named Nacho who is a spicy little guy. He weighs in at 25 pounds but has the heart of a 100 pound dog! Next is my only female, Amber who is a sweet hearted German Shepherd. She is the fun police and the mama bear all mixed in one. Last but certainly not least in personality is Meatball, who is a smooth coat Brussels Griffon. Meatball is the toy breed I never expected to own! But if you know Griffs you know there is never a dull moment with these little monkey dogs.
Q: Where can the dog community of Halifax find and follow you online?
Q: What is your favourite local dog-related company? Why do you (or your pup!) love 'em?
A: Oh I could never pick a favourite, but I certainly love all our local small business who I have watched grow in the industry. I know the hard work and determination it takes and I respect and love them all for that.
Q: Thank you so much for taking some time out of your day to talk about your wonderful business! Is there anything else you'd like to add or talk about?
A: Enjoy your dogs! Try your best to be a responsible dog owner and never stop learning! Your dogs will thank you for it.