Traveling with multiple dogs? Yes!

Traveling with multiple dogs? Yes!

Planning a vacation can be fun, but also very stressful.  Especially when there are the needs of our pets to be considered as well.  For my family, going away for a vaction has never really been an option.  Not only was it very expensive to take a large family away for a vacation, but in our almost 30 years of marriage, we have almost always had multiple dogs, making it even more expensive to plan for overnight stays.  Today is only different in one way – fewer kids but more dogs.  11 of them to be exact.  Ok, ok…I know most people would think me crazy, but I have 11 dogs and I love every one of them.  Granted, 5 of those 11 are puppies that are being held back for evaluation as they mature, but for the most part the rest of them have been with us for most of their lives, and ages range from 3 months to 9 years.  They are members of our family and because of that, leaving them in a boarding kennel has never been an option for me.  I wouldn’t leave one of my 5 children, so why would I leave my dogs, especially when I know they will be unhappy. So, what is a person to do?  Build a custom dog trailer, of course! Here are some photos of our work in progress.. . We started with a standard aluminum 5×8 utility trailer and added vents to keep things cool.  That is those "D" shaped things front and rear.  The supplier didn’t have 6 of all the same color so we ended up with 2 black covers. ...

Top 20 Pet Businesses

Ok, I have to admit that when I decided to do this series of posts on Pet Businesses I really thought it would be a slam dunk easy thing to do. Well, today I can tell you that I was very wrong and that is why it took me two days to get the list put together. As I started to do some research into what the current Top 20 Pet Businesses were I found myself drawn into the online marketing effort to sell people a turnkey pet business. That is a huge business all on its own! I was amazed and at the same time horrified to see all the effort that was being put into convincing the poor hapless soul who stumbled across those sites that all a person needed to do was fork over several hundred to several thousand dollars and whalla! Instant pet business, complete with over priced merchandise and an ongoing contract to keep paying, and keep paying, and keep paying, for the privilege of chasing the dream and ending up broke. It was very sad. I hope to save some of my readers from that fate, and if you are one of those who got sucked into that hype at sometime in the past, you have my sympathy because – yes, I have done it too. But I’ve learned my lesson. Have you? Let’s explore some REAL pet business opportunities and discuss the possibilities for each of them. For today I want to share the list I created during my search. I was taking into consideration both brick and mortar business models as...

How do I start a pet business?

It seems like the economy is bringing out the entrepreneur in everyone and over the last few weeks I have had numerous calls and emails from people who are looking for information about starting a pet business of one kind or another. Because of that interest I have decided to explore the possibilities, the pros and cons of each and what considerations need to be examined before starting any type of pet business. I will post a series of reports on this subject and some of the topics I will cover for you are: What are the most popular pet businesses? What is the easiest pet business to start? Where is the best money? How much does it cost to get started? What unique pet businesses are out there? What about the basics like getting a business license? What pet businesses do well online? Where can a person get training to start a pet business? And as I go along I am sure that there will be so much more. This is a subject that is dear to my heart because I have struggled to be a stay-at-home mom for more than 20 years and my pet businesses have helped to make that possible. As this series unfolds I hope to share some of my passion for this subject and a great deal of my experience in how I went about building several successful pet businesses. Do you have a question about building a pet business? If you have questions you would like me to address please leave them in the comments area below this post or submit them...

Inquiring minds want to know…

I want to take a moment and thank everyone for their kind words on our new site. It is a work in progress, but very soon now I will be providing a series of articles that answer some of the most frequent questions I get asked by new puppy owners as well as other bits of information that I think might be helpful to my readers. One of the areas that I want to give special attention to is the question of “How do I afford my ‘Boxer habit’?” I currently have 10 adults and 5 new puppies in my house and the care and feeding of this many dogs is definitely a challenge at times and while it is true that one of the ways I provide for them all is of course via the sale of quality Boxer Puppies and Stud service to approved bitches, in reality those activities alone are inadequate to the task. I just don’t produce enough puppies to pay the day to day bills, much less turn a profit. So where does that leave me? Well, like so many other pet lovers, I have looked for other ways to earn income from my dogs. If you take a look around this site you can see a few of them. I run ads for training programs and other dog related products, I do training classes for youth groups and neighbors, anything I can find to do. Sharing this and other similar information with you, my fellow dog lover, I hope to help you find creative ways to afford your own “dog habit”. Keep watch...