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How to Start a Pet Care Business

by Stephanie James, dog walker and freelance writer

In recent years, pet care has become a booming business in the US and other parts of the world as well. The industry has different categories. These categories include pet grooming, doggy daycare, obedience training, kennel/boarding services, dog walking, among other pet-related services. Though this is a lucrative business, becoming a pet care pro is a task that needs patience, faith, and sacrifice, among other essential traits. There is more to being a pet care professional than just playing with the pets and taking them for a walk. Pet care is always physically demanding and often times challenging work. (more…)

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June Jargon

As June gallops ahead, it’s once again time for our monthly newsletter. While you’re hopefully enjoying the longer days and warmer nights, we’ve been hard at work on our mission to become the one-stop shop for all your pet service needs. We’ll pull out all the stops to help connect you with the right pet pro – regardless of category or pet type.

New Day, New Categories!
catWe’ve been busy here at Petmasters. In fact, we’ve recently added several new categories of pet pros to our marketplace – pet acupuncture, pet taxi, and pet microchipping just to name a few.  If you haven’t been back in a while, we encourage you to stop in for a visit! Think we’re missing an important service category? We want to know. Send your suggestions to

July 4th: A Pet’s Worst Nightmare

Dog with flag bandanaFor most of us, the 4th of July is a day of fun and celebration. For our beloved pets? Not so much! For them, it’s a day they could just as soon do without. Here’s five tips  to help protect your animals from danger and make a pet’s most terrifying day of the year a fun one amidst the sparklers and fireworks . Read on!


Focus On: Pet Detectives
Lost pet photoAfter animal communication, the second most requested service on Petmasters this month was lost pet recovery. If you’ve ever experienced the terror of a pet gone missing, you know you would do anything to get your baby back. This month we speak with professional missing animal locator Bonnie Wagner-Westbrook. Read her interview here.

Pro Corner: Check That Inbox

You've Got Petmasters MailIf you’re one of the nearly 1,700 pet businesses listed on Petmasters, the most important thing you can do to be successful is to respond quickly to all pet parent requests. These requests are sent to you from with the subject line ‘You’ve Got Petmasters Mail.’ Did you know you can also check your Petmasters inbox to see if you missed any? Here’s a 60-second video showing how.

Coming Next Month …
Thanks so much for reading! Next month we’ll share some great summer-related tips to help keep your pets safe & happy. Also, we were excited to reveal our possible new name, but the lawyers say there’s more work to be done – doggone it! So we’ll have to keep the suspense going for a while longer. In the meantime, remember our Request Quote tool for all your pet services needs.

Furever Yours,

Michael Caldwell
Founder, Petmasters


p.s. Know any pet pros who want to grow their business beyond just word of mouth? Send them our way.

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May Musings from Petmasters

Welcome to our monthly newsletter. As May creeps its way toward our rear view mirror, requests remain front and center from pet parents like you whose love for their fur babies knows no limits. Whether it’s for a behaviorist when they’re acting up, or a chiropractor when they’re in pain, or a pet detective when they’re lost, it’s why we exist – to find the right pet pro whatever your need. If you haven’t tried our Request Quote tool, give it a whirl.

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Feline Engineering thumbnailWhat happens when your cat is peeing everywhere but her litter box? Petmasters member and Cat Behavior Expert Jessica Char shares some common mistakes people make when trying to solve cat behavior issues. Consider a personalized, one-on-one session with her to solve your feline behavior problems. She offers consults nationwide!

Weight Management: Asking For a Friend

Two Hands Four Paws thumbnailDid you know that Goldens and Labs are among the dog breeds most predisposed to weight gain and torn ligaments? Leslie Gallagher McMahon, Petmasters member and owner of Two Hands Four Paws, explains the benefits of animal hydrotherapy for weight management. And if you’re in LA and want to try it for your pet, send her a request.

Topping the Charts

Julie Ulrich Animal CommunicatorTurns out folks REALLY want to know what their pets are feeling. Topping our list of requests for the month? Animal communication! And if you missed last month’s update and are wondering how it all works, read our interview with animal communicator and Petmasters member Julie Ulrich. Then go ahead and request that animal communication session today.

Pro Corner: You’ve Got Mail!

You've Got Petmasters Mail

For those pet pros listed with us, a reminder to respond to any and all requests that come in from pet parents. They’ll arrive as email from with the subject line You’ve Got Petmasters Mail. Worried you might be missing one? Be sure to check that spam folder just in case.  And if you haven’t gotten one yet, we promise we’re working on it!

Coming Next Month … 

Thanks so much for reading! Please bookmark our Request Quote page for whatever your pet needs ( Oh, and one more thing … we have a new name in the works! More on that next month so stay tuned. (How’s that for a cliff-hanger?)


Yours in pet prosperity,
Team Petmasters

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Pet-icures and Other Paws-itivity from Petmasters

Welcome to the freshly relaunched monthly newsletter from Petmasters, where we’ve decided it’s spring (whether Mother Nature knows it yet or not). Spring! Time to take the dog for longer walks, sit outside with the chickens, and keep the cat from eating the blooms you’ve arranged in a vase on the table. And when you start in on a cleanout of the closets, don’t forget about your furry friends–they need a little spring spiffing too.

Get Your Groom On

Get your groom onLet’s talk dogs. Every winter, most dogs grow a thicker coat to combat the cold. With spring, of course, comes the Big Shed (and furballs tumbleweeding through the house). You can help your dog with this process by brushing and bathing her, but even better (and involving fewer puddles on your bathroom floor) would be to take your dog to a groomer and let them decide on the best tool for your dog’s coat and/or undercoat and/or dreadlocks: a brush, or a slicker brush, or a rake, or a comb, or a trim. Other important areas to attend to are the ears, eyes, and toenails. (Dog owners know the real secret to inner peace isn’t a pedicure for your own paws but one for the defiant dog!) Check the Petmasters listings for a groomer near you.

Petmasters Connections

petmasters connectionsAs you can see, Petmasters is the place to hook up with all manner of experts in their fields–from groomers to trainers to horse boarders to chicken coop builders. Every day we serve as a bridge between pet parents and pros. It’s one of the most important functions we provide, so we take seriously every pet pro, every pet parent, and every communication between them. In future newsletters, we’ll be going “Behind the Scenes at Petmasters” with stories from our pro and parent peeps.

Focus On: Animal Communicator and Reiki Master Julie Ulrich

If you want to hear some stories direct from your pet, you can always check in with an animal communicator. “How does that work?” you might ask. Well, we can tell you! Through our exclusive interview with Julie, we learned that answer and a lot more about this fascinating field. Based in New York, she offers in-person or distance energy sessions for animals (and their people). “Animals have so much wisdom to share with their humans!” Julie says. You can read the whole interview here.

Feature: Our Founder and His Family

As you might expect, Petmasters founder Michael Caldwell and his wife, Danielle, and kids (Graham, 13, and twins Noah and Chris, 9) are all devoted to animals. Pictured here are the human Caldwells with their canine family member, Poppy, on her “gotcha” day three years back (all the way from the great big state of Texas courtesy of Rescue Road Trips). Poppy has a feline brother, Snowy, and a feline sister, Clementine, whose purr competes with the TV when she’s busy sleeping on your chest. Rounding out the family are Noah and Chris’s lively but lamentably nocturnal hamsters, Fluffy and Cookie, and Bubbles the betta fish, who keeps watch over the Caldwell kitchen counter. Any future additions to the menagerie? Maaaaaybe a bunny (Mom and Dad?). As Graham points out, “They’re like a pretty good size–not too big and not too small–and they’re fluffy.”

Coming Next Month … 

Thanks so much for reading! Feel free to stop by and put in a request for a pet-pro quote (, and stay tuned for our May “Focus On” pet detectives (and not the Ace Ventura kind)!


Yours in pet prosperity,
Team Petmasters