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No Bad Dogs: Tapping into the Growing Need for Home Pet Care

August 14, 2013

In today’s hectic world, it’s tough to find the time to give our pets the care and exercise they deserve. The popularity of dog walking and sitting services has grown over the past few years as busy people look for ways to keep their pets healthy and happy. In fact, it was long work days away from her dog that prompted Stephanie Krilavicius to start her own company last year. “I was quite frustrated at the lack of affordable pet care services in my area. I then realized that I had enough knowledge and experience to start my own business,” says the 2008 Animal Care graduate. Her company, Golden Paws, is a dog walking and pet sitting service based in Bolton, Ontario. The most popular services she offers are pet sitting and puppy visits. “We offer peace of mind so that customers need not feel guilty about being away from their pet all day,” says Stephanie.

With the pet care knowledge she gained at Sheridan and her lifelong love of animals, Stephanie soon attracted customers. “My education at Sheridan really prepared me for all aspects of working with animals. I can read body language, recognize signs of possible illness, as well as handle and restrain difficult animals.”

Before attending Sheridan, Stephanie earned a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 2003, and from there she worked for an importing/exporting company for several years. Although she was gaining experience which has helped her market a business, Stephanie wasn’t entirely satisfied with her job. Realizing that she was happiest around animals, she did some digging and learned of Sheridan’s program online. “As a mature student, I was more focused on success and turning my education into a lifelong career,” says Stephanie.