Pet-sitting biz brings comfort to owners, pets
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With accommodating pet sitting rates starting at $10, the ability to care for animals in the St. Rose, Destrehan and Norco areas, and great experience with pets, you'll be able to pack for a summer vacation in no time - knowing your pet is being properly taken care of.
Derbes says she decided to start the business when both her parents became ill.
“I needed flexible work hours to care for the both of them. And when my mom passed, I still needed to tend to my father. With my open hours and the need for a pick-me-up from the present grief, I started the Derbes Pet Sitting Service. I knew seeing those bubbly, affectionate pets everyday would, no doubt, put a smile back on my face.”
Derbes’ company debuted in July 2004 and has a strong customer base, about 60 current pet-sitting jobs.
Having cared for a variety of animals including cats, dogs, exotic birds, rabbits and even a duck or two, Derbes admits she'll probably never be able to care for large animals, such as livestock.
“Every day of pet sitting is different, because I get to care for so many different animals,” she said.
Derbes normally goes to the pet owner's home, and stays for about a half an hour to complete regular tasks the owner would such as feeding them, walking them and spending a little quality time with the pets.
Lisa Triche-Breaux, a client since March 2005 and now good friend of Derbes, says that she trusts the business to keep a close eye on her pets.
“I know no matter where I am, my beagle Bailey is safe. Stephanie once called me for the tiniest problem, and so, I know she'll call if anything is wrong.
“She's given Bailey medicine, taken her to the vet, and even cared for her when my husband and I were stuck in bad traffic and called on the spur-of-the-moment. I totally, implicitly trust her, with the house key, with Bailey, with everything.”
Connie Lyon, a customer since 2207 says that Derbes has been through everything with us, “the good, the bad, and the ugly.”
Derbes says that she recalls when she helped Lyon out of a bind with her dogs.
“I remember when Connie was having construction done in her house, and the Great Danes she had at the time got completely covered in dust. I cleaned them up, and then put up plastic all over the walls to protect her birds, too. And of course, they went wild, but it was all a blast!”
Although she initially does pet sitting, Derbes also does daily dog walking. At this time, she is running the company on her own, with the help from her husband and son whenever she's unable to pet sit herself.
“I love the pets, and the pets love me,” said Derbes.
For more information call 504-388-6571 or 985-764-6632.
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