DoggyDay Pet Services was founded in early 2013 by Eve Soban after years of careful and thorough planning. The original motivation for entering the pet service profession came when Eve, a full-time working professional, got her first dog, Emma in the spring of 2009 and immediately felt the emotional challenges of busy pet owners.
Mission – Unplugged
Our goal at DoggyDay is to allow you to relax and unplug from your daily obligations, whether it’s for a couple of hours, a week-end or a long vacation.
We practice preemptive service in such a comprehensive way that our clients feel liberated and unplugged while DoggyDay is on the job. In our opinion that is the only way to truly serve anyone.
Everyone needs and deserves a break, even from the most dear and precious obligations in our lives. But when it comes to our furbabies, it is not easy to entrust their care in the hands someone else. It feels uncomfortable and sometimes downright scary.
That is where our preemptive approach comes in. We worry for you, so you don’t have to. We come prepared with solutions and answers to questions you didn’t even know you had.
From the moment we come into your life, you will know that you have a partner, as support system, and a concierge service all in one, taking care of all your pet related needs.
Just imagine what your hard working mind can do with a little bit of freedom and mental white space! That is what we want for you, and if that is what you want for yourself, you came to the right place.
How DoggyDay came to save the day
I was born to serve. I don’t know if everyone is born to serve to some degree, but I do know that I was.
It possibly started in childhood, but the first distinct memory that I have of feeling the satisfaction from a job well done was serving tea and coffee at Xando in Philadelphia when I was 18.
I LOVED working at Xando and people were always happy with my service and gave me good tips, but that day, I got a note on the back of the bill saying “Coffee tastes better served with a smile! Thank you for brightening up my day. I needed it!”
I saved that note and pinned to my cork board and looked at it often. Like looking at a bouquet of flowers (husbands / boyfriends, never underestimate the pleasure that we derive for them) glancing at that note sparked the fire and motivation to go out and help people, with anything really, as long as it put more smiles on faces.
During college I worked several waitressing and bartening jobs on the side as a hobby while working full-time in a proper career. The waitressing was my Me time, my fun time because I got to serve people directly and be 100% responsible for the smiles on their faces.
I worked until 4am and felt rejuvenated instead of tired. Collecting smiles and wow’s and thank you’s was an addictive game in which I liked to challenge myself to be ever more extraordinary.
I graduated with a degree in International Business Relations and set out into the big world to work for a multinational oil corporation that had us traveling more time than we were at home… Sounded fabulous, and I was properly miserable.
I quickly realized that I need to switched professions and work in a field that I loved, which was web design and development. Over the next 10 years I worked happily as a graphic designer, project manager and front end developer both in the corporate world and as an independent consultant.
Consulting was where I truly found myself. After a while I had a steady stream of clients and the perfect life. I had made it! I got to work from a beach house (THE dream of my college years), and got to be free and do what I love.
And the best part? I was making people happy! I was affecting their bottom line, making their businesses better, calming their fears of the unknown and scary internets, teaching, coaching, project planning… I was a pig in mud!
But a certain lack of a proper business planning and goals outside of “do what I love and make people happy” turned out to be a problem after a while because I was not growing, improving, changing.
I needed to do it better yet again, and by then, my passions in life had also crystallized towards working with animals and spending as much time as possible around them.
The seeds of DoggyDay
In 2009 I started planning (as a hobby) a fun dog center where “people like us” would not be stopped at the door because we come with a dog. Where we can be understood and served with the same respect and fanfare as the glamorous restaurants I used to go to before I became a dog mom.
The idea was vague, but I knew that it had to encompass ALL of our needs, help all pet owners live a balanced and stress free life. A place that respects and address our daily realities, our concerns, needs, frustrations and fears. A pet owners safe house if you will!
You can’t tell that stuff to non-pet owners. They look at us like we’re crazy. But I didn’t want to live in a world where I felt ostracized and “weird” and I needed to do something about it… so I planned.
At that time, I was still doing the grown up thing and paying my dues to the corporate ladder. So I faced a serious problem reconciling my personal needs, my career needs, and Emma’s needs all within 24 hours!
Guilt, frustration, exhaustion, and more guilt were on the daily menu
Where was the joy of owning a dog when severe time restrictions allowed only for the bare minimum of proper care and training …at least by my very OCD standards.
And of course my daily life as a new dog mom felt overwhelming and frustrating!
After a year of running to and from work like a mad person, fighting with bosses to allow me to bring Emma to work (with some success), and generally dealing with the varied public opinions about what a dog can, should or should not be doing, I finally hired a morning dog walker to help me ease my daily stress and guilt.
I LOVED Sunny, our dog walker, and will forever be grateful for the peace of mind and stress-relief he gave me.
Simply knowing that Sunny was coming to the save the morning allowed me to wake up and prepare for my work day without having to choose between Emma’s sorrowful eyes and my own shower, breakfast, looking presentable for work, staying focused on my tasks, and possibly even enjoying my lunch break with my colleagues without that nagging though that Emma would probably prefer if I went home right now.
DoggyDay was born
By 2013, with a few more years of relentlessness learning and preparation (for my hobby), I found myself happily married and living in Montreal.
And just as I was about to accept another great job in a (fantastic by the way) IT firm, I looked at the owner across the table and felt his laser like sense of purpose, his pride in this wonderful company where everyone looked seriously happy, and I had to say “Thank you, but I need to get real with my own purpose!”
If pet owners at large do not have a smile on their face, I knew just the person who was born to put it there!
I love you all, furry and non-furry “weirdos”. Let’s take a page from our dogs’ book of life and have the best doggy day every day!
Dog Mom and Proud Servant
DoggyDay Pet Services is a proud foster, training and rehabilitation partner for Bell’Anima Rescue
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