Falling Behind In Writing
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Today is December 3, 2018, as I reflect on how the year has gotten away from me. I realize more than ever that a years worth of perfectly interesting articles i missed blogging about. There is no point in dwelling on what could of been.
What have I been up to this entire time I’ve been away. To answer your question I have been opening a dog daycare, boarding, grooming, and self-wash facility in Farmington, Minnesota.
I’ve had salon business the last 10 years and I’ve had a lot going on. Opening a dog daycare facility is a completely different project than I initially was prepared for. I think anytime someone is thinking of opening a business its scary. The risks always seem like the scariest things to over come. After opening just a couple weeks ago, I found that its not the failing you have to be prepared for. It’s the success and the anxiety of being patient while juggling balls in the air.
Success…how do we measure success. Sometimes as people we measure it by money, self-worth, ideas, material items, vacation, etc. The real question I’ve grappled with is how I myself measure my own success. I’ve found thru therapy and a lot of soul searching that I am my own worst critic. I judge myself before I even start and I am harder than anyone could ever be on myself. I have expectations that I didn’t know I had.
Opening a business working with dogs is hard enough when you technically have no back round in it. I have friends that are groomers, reputable breeders, trainers, veterinarians, etc. Still tho I am non of those things. I am your typical entrepreneur that jumped two feet first into an idea and hit the road running. I didn’t look back the entire time I started this business because I truly believe with my entire heart that this endeavor will be worth it mentally, emotionally, and physically. I’ve loved dogs since I was a child. I don’t know why I didn’t see it sooner. Having a career working with dogs is the most logical thing.
When I asked my business partner why he had decided to ask me to be his partner. His answer still makes me smile. He said ” Nicole you’re the only one I know crazy enough to do this with me!”
Here we are 3 years later. I never imagined I would down size my salon business and create a new job working with dogs. When I go to work I bring Mona and Bebe. They have enjoyed every second of their time at work. All I have to do is tell them we have to go to work. I let them out of the house and they head towards my car and sit and wait for me to open the back door. They hop right in and are ready for their jobs of greeting and playing with dogs in daycare.
I’ve really proud of Mona and Bebe. After a terrible run in with the neighbors dog attacking Mona. She has acclimated herself very well in daycare and when we go to the dog park. She has maintained becoming a nice socialized dog after having such a terrible experience with the dog attack. When she is at daycare she really does enjoy the playtime and the interaction with dogs of all sizes and energy. I love when we are on our way home and she is exhausted and sleeping. When we get home from a long day at work she eats and does her business outside and goes right to sleep. Shes out for the night.
On the other hand Bebe has shown a bit more anxiety around all dogs. When she goes to daycare she is a bit more cautious when meeting new dogs. She goes into more of a submissive stage. She likes to be in the submissive stage until she feels comfortable with other dogs. When Mona was attacked she was still a young puppy and I really believe she was traumatized by the incident.
All and all the facility is open now. It’s called THE DOG HOUSE MINNESOTA. I am so proud of my business partner and I. We really had a struggle to get to this place and I really feel that it will take off as long as we are consistent and patient. It’s hard to believe that we finally got it opened and that this business moving full force.
I can’t wait to fill you in on how the day to day operations are going.
Until next time.