I’ll be honest – reactions to Stayhound have been mixed when I talk to Portland pet sitters. While many are excited about having a new way to find and retain clients, some are skeptical or even downright hostile. Usually, the objection is that they don’t want to be lumped in with amateurs – regular schlubs who have no liability insurance or professional standing.
They’re right. And I totally get that.
Stayhound isn’t looking to supplant Portland pet sitters – or pet sitters anywhere – who are professionals with existing client bases. We couldn’t if we tried.
Talking to enthusiastic and engaged pet parents here in Portland, I was struck with the dedication many of them have to their dog walkers, pet sitters, and kennels. But the problem that kept being mentioned was the need for a “backup” – someone you could call if you have a last-minute trip, or your regular pet sitter is booked, or you just plain forgot to get a pet sitter. That’s the problem – well, one of the problems – we’re trying to solve.
That said, I’ve also had great conversations with Portland pet sitters, dog walkers, and other pet professionals who see how Stayhound can help them grow their business and delight their existing clients. Every week, I talk with professional pet sitters here in Portland as well as other cities who are thrilled to tell me what features we can develop to help them not only promote their businesses through social accountability and discovery, but also to differentiate themselves.
I’m always excited to talk to Portland pet sitters about your business, so please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – whether you love Stayhound or hate it. At the very least, I’ll buy you a coffee and we can swap stories about crazy dogs.