I am quitting my really great government job to start a dog business. There, I said it. It’s now out there in the universe. It’s real. This job where I make good money, have paid sick leave and vacation, primo benefits…… a group of people called I.T. that take care of and fix anything to do with my technological deficiencies (I will miss them far more then they will miss me I’m sure). I am giving up all of this to start my own business and go broke for only a couple of years (hopefully). This is the idea that will not go away. The “I must do it or I will regret it" idea.
This crazy journey started with a trip to a do-it-yourself dog wash around three years ago. I was attempting to wrestle my two big fur babies out of the back of my Tahoe and into the local “you wash the hairy stinkballs yourself” shop.
My two Big Guys + their adorable Labradoodle friend Fish
While I love my doggos, I mildly dread this several times/year trip because the shops I have frequented are usually just a little bit too cramped, the hair is flying everywhere and the smell can be less then desirable. I thought to myself, “you know, if you did this just a little bit better than everyone else, you could really be on to something…”. This led almost immediately to about 14,000 hours of me scrolling Pinterest and pinning every single picture I could find of cute dog wash-it shops. Fast forward a year and I saw a picture of the EXACT shop I was dreaming about. I tracked the photo down to a place called Bubbly Paws in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I had found my Graceland. This shop is seriously awesome. As fate would have it, my parents were planning a trip to their farm in Wisconsin and lo and behold, where do they fly into when they go “back to the farm”?….. you guessed it… Minneapolis. A good friend was pressured into/gifted me a frequent flyer ticket (thanks John) and I invited myself along as the third wheel for their vacation (mom and dad, you’re welcome). I met with one of the owners of Bubbly Paws (Keith Miller is THE MAN) and the rest as they say is history.
“The rest” just had to wait for a bit. I had a daughter in high school with two years left until graduation. So I spent the next two years researching, planning and researching some more. Fast forward once again to 2017. The daughter has graduated high school and is off living her college dream in Portland and now I’m ready for my second act.
My days are now filled with meetings: meetings with a designer, meetings with my architect, meetings with an electrical engineer, meetings with sign people, meetings with the City Building Department, meetings with my accountant, meetings with my lawyer….. you get the idea. And I could not be happier. I am learning so much and I should be scared but I’m just too excited to feel anything but pure joy. I’m jumping off of that cliff and I couldn’t be happier. If you’re interested in following along on my journey, please follow my blog and join me for the ride.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” –C.S. Lewis