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Offbeat Occupations: Professional Pooper Scoopers take a load off pet-owner’s minds and yards

November 1st, 2007 · No Comments · Offbeat Occupations

cleanup-your-dog.jpgBy Heather Posey
Staff Writer

Long Beach being among the top 10 most dog-friendly cities in the country, it’s no surprise that there are a variety of businesses here that cater to man’s best friend. Still the city has moved one step further by reaching out to the uniquely untapped market that deal with the messy responsibilities of owning a pet and three people in particular who are willing to do just that.

Dan The Doo-Doo Man
“I heard about a guy making a living picking up after animals, and I couldn’t believe it,” said Dan Madrid, who four months ago made the decision to become Dan “The Doo-Doo Man,” a one-man pet mess clean-up and care business. “I looked and saw there wasn’t really anyone doing that around here, so I came up with the idea to go into business.”
Pooper scooper and antibacterial solution spray in hand, he arrives to client’s homes once a week or more for an additional cost, picking up after animals around his California Heights neighborhood and spraying down their yard with the mint-scented spray. He also brings treats to give to the dogs.
“Anything to make the customer happy,” he said.
Though Madrid has a small amount of regular clients, he does not expect to make a living off of what he calls his “service to the neighborhood.”
“I’m not doing it for the money,” said Madrid. “I’m doing it for my neighbor.”
The cost to hire Dan “The Doo-Doo Man” is $40 a month to come once a week and pick up after one dog. The cost is $20 extra for each additional dog. Discounts are given for the handicapped, pregnant women and assistance dogs.
Dan “The Doo-Doo Man can be reached at (562) 572-7698.

At Your Disposal
Another animal specialist that is all about number two is At Your Disposal, a new business venture started by former pet sitter and entrepreneur Susie Grimes. The seasoned veteran has more than 16 years experience in animal care and owned a pet/house sitting company when she lived in Florida earlier this year.
“This service is wonderful,” said Grimes. “It frees up my life and the lives of customers to spend time with their pets. Leave the unpleasant job to us.”
Licensed by the city of Long Beach and insured for general liability, At Your Disposal is a proud member of aPaws (Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists). The company requires no contracts and covers Long Beach, Signal Hill, Bellflower, Paramount, Lakewood and surrounding areas.
At your disposal charges $12 and up per visit depending on the size of the area and the number of pets, and those with physical challenges receive a discount. According to Grimes, clean-up time takes on average about 20 minutes.
“Anyone with a busy schedule can benefit from this, and you decide how often you need it,” said Grimes.
For more information about At Your Disposal, visit www.apaws.org or call (562) 353-9298.

Critter Care
And for those who need more than a pick-up pro, Critter Care offers not only waste removal, but full animal caretaking services. Started one year ago by owner Rich Anderson, Critter Care states their commitment as being the next best thing when you can’t be there for them.
“I provide the same love and care I give my own pets,” said Anderson. “We [at Critter Care] are committed to building a relationship that nurtures credibility and trust with out clients.”
Though the Critter Care motto says “they poop, we scoop,” the business is a registered member of Pet Sitters International and services include feeding, changing water, picking up after the dogs and/or cats as well as standard house-sitting services such as bringing in mail, taking out trash cans for pickup, and picking up papers.
“My services are designed to provide the owner with the peace of mind that their pet [and home] is being well cared for and free from stress and anxiety,” Anderson said.
Anderson considers taking care of his “four-legged nieces and nephews” more than a full-time job and is also available for pet sitting and overnight stay during the upcoming holidays.
Prices for critter care are $18 for one visit per day for up to two pets and $30 for two visits per day. For more than two pets, an additional fee of $2 will apply and full payment is required prior to service. Additional services of dog walking, “pet taxi” to vet or groomer, house check, and in-home overnight stays are available.
For more information, call (562) 824-3212 or e-mail Rich Anderson at crittercare1@yahoo.com

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