Never Say Never | Paws on Pine Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Blog| NYC | Tribeca | BPC | FiDi

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Yes folks, we are now servicing TriBeCa NYC!

One of my “Pet Specialists” just moved to a new apartment and texted me this-

“I’m so happy and all of this is possible because of Paws on Pine and you.  I am the luckiest person in the world- THANK YOU”.

WHOA!  Hold up.  I’m supposed to be the luckiest person in the world!!!!  How did this happen?

Paws on Pine Dog Walking and Pet Sitting started as a hobby.  After I got laid off in July 2011, I took a year to travel, network and visit family and friends I sadly neglected while I was in corporate America.  During this time, my sweet baby French Bulldog Bebop was diagnosed with cancer and became paralyzed a month later.  She needed almost 24 hour care.  I spent my days with her and her sister Doxy.  I took Bebop to water and laser therapy and acupuncture.  Of course Doxy went along for the ride.  It was almost a full time job in itself but I didn’t mind- I loved her more than anything and vowed to do anything I could to get her well.  Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my neighbors who had pets in my NYC Financial District apartment building saw me with the girls and asked what I was doing for work.  Next thing you know, I was walking 1/2 the dogs in my building, then, walking dogs in adjacent buildings and next thing you know, I was walking 12 hour days and realized this was more than just a hobby.

Now, less than 2 years later, I’m about to hire my 7th employee, a part time manager and decided to expand into TriBeCa and Battery Park City (BPC).

A year ago, I said I wouldn’t have more than 2 employees and never service any area out of FiDi- never say never.

While I still do some dog walks and cat and bunny visits, most of my days are spent meeting new clients (LOVE) and doing the back end business work.  Who knew that would be harder than walking 12+ hour days?  Regardless, I wouldn’t change a thing!

Paws on Pine Pet Specialists- Nick, Sam, Xavi, Sam, Amanda and Melissa!  If you told me 2 years ago, I would have 6 employees, I would have fell over! :)

Paws on Pine Pet Specialists- Nick, Sam, Xavi, Sam, Amanda and Melissa! If you told me 2 years ago, I would have 6 employees, I would have fell over! 🙂

BIG LOVE to my Pet Specialists- Nick, Sam Y., Xavi, Sam F., Amanda and Melissa.  You do such a great job and deal with my crazy.  Thank you for extending my love of animals to our clients and having fun doing it!

THANK YOU to our clients- for trusting us with your furry family and the amazing Yelp! and Facebook reviews you have given me and my staff!   We really love what we do and are so so thankful!

AND lastly, to my friends and family who deal with me working 24 hours a day.  Thank you for bearing with me, my schedule and my obsession with my clients and my IPhone 6+.  You know how much PAWS means to me- thank you for being patient and understanding!

XXXOOO -HJC 

 

 

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All Dogs go to Heaven | Paws on Pine Dog Walking Pet Sitting| NYC | FiDi|

It’s been a week since I lost my sweet baby mini-Dachshund Doxy. I’m still in disbelief she’s no longer with me because she has been a part of my life for over 16 years and now, she’s gone.

Doxy was always the boss!

Even after a week, I walk into my FiDi apartment and say HIIIII Doxy.  For the past seven years, I turned the corner into the living room and saw her and her sister Bebop lying in their bed, looking at me, but now the bed is gone and they are in heaven.

Losing Doxy has been easier than losing Bebop.  Is it because Doxy wasn’t sick until the very end?  Is it because she lived for almost 17 years (Bebop for 12)? Or is it that losing Bebop prepared me and made me stronger?  I don’t know but I feel lost and sad.

I bought Doxy at a puppy store in Brooklyn in October 1998, when it was still ok to do so.  I knew going in I wanted a mini-Dachshund.  There were two there (both very, very cute) but at the end of the day, Doxy won me over with her puppy kisses.  I’m going to be completely transparent when I write I had nerve getting a dog at that stage of my life.  I was 26 years old and wild (even though some would say I’m wilder now 😉  I wanted a puppy SOOOO bad.

 

I met my now husband Andrew a few weeks before Doxy came into my life.  I let him name her (not sure why).  He named her after a song from one of his favorite Jazz guys Sonny Rollins.  Little did we know the definition of “DOXY” is floozy or prostitute- classy- I know you don’t believe me- see for yourself-  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doxy

It was hard the first few months.  At the time, I was living with my best friend from high school and she wasn’t happy about our new roommate.  Doxy was bad.  She peed all over, she barked to get on the couch, barked to get off and in between.  She never was fully housebroken (my fault) and was food aggressive (my fault again).  You know what they say, there aren’t bad dogs but bad owners (guilty).  Regardless, I loved her unconditionally and learned so much raising her.  I was a pro when we got Bebop in 2002.  Andrew named her too- after a type of Jazz- couldn’t be worse than Doxy, right?

Yes, I used to put pajamas on Doxy

Doxy was my partner in crime.  We experienced so much together.  She bit Andrew, our friends and me.  She barked (a lot).  She even escaped once in Prospect Park while Andrew was walking her.  Luckily, he found her before he came home.  If he didn’t, Andrew probably wouldn’t be in the picture right now.

Even though she isn’t lying on her favorite dog bed in my apartment, she will be with me forever.  I miss her so much.  I love you Doxy and will never, ever forget you!

THANK YOU for all the love from my friends, fans, clients, Pet Specialists and family.  The calls, texts, emails, cards, Facebook love, flowers and gifts are overwhelming.  I’m so lucky to have all of you in my life during this hard time.  -HJC

Doxy with the Rosen girls in Brooklyn

 

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Tinder goes to the dogs | FiDi | NYC

One thing we love at Paws on Pine Dog Walking and Pet Sitting is taking pictures of our furry family. These pictures of the many dogs and cats we spend our days with are one of many things that sets us apart from our competition.  Not only do we love taking them, but our human clients love them as well.  My Pet Specialists text me pictures as well- I love seeing them as much as our clients do.  They do such a great job capturing our furry clients, their unique personalities, and of course, our amazing Lower Manhattan, FiDi neighborhood.

One day, one of our Pet Specialists Nick was between walks and we were talking about dating.  Nick is single and recently started using an mobile app called Tinder.  For those of you not in the know, Tinder is a dating app that connects people through location.   I was super intrigued since I’ve been out of the dating scene for 16+ years (wow).  He gave me a quick explanation on how it works.  Tinder uses either your Facebook profile or a user can post pics and while he was explaining the in’s and out’s, he smirked and I couldn’t figure out why until he said “I’m going to send you a text”.  Ok- I must admit, I was a bit worried.  He took a screen shot, my phone barked (informing me I received it), and this is what I saw-

I laughed for maybe an hour when Nick showed me this pic!  I thought it was brilliant!

I laughed for maybe an hour when Nick showed me this pic! I thought it was brilliant!

Nick was posting pics with our furry clients on Tinder.  I laughed, for a long time.  I composed myself and wondered, is this ethical?  I mean he’s posing with our clients’ dogs so I emailed a client and asked their opinion-  they loved it and applauded Nick for his originality.  I did too, and from what I understand, that’s what you need to maneuver in the NYC dating scene these days.  Shoot, I’d be doing the same thing if I was single and PS, Nick is a great guy so if anyone is interested, email me!!  🙂

Another one of Nick's Tinder pics!

Another one of Nick’s Tinder pics!

How can you deny this face?

How can you deny this face?

Happy Valentine’s Day and as always, thank you to our clients, friends, family and fans for all your love and support.  It means so much to me and the Pet Specialists!  THANK YOU!  XXXOOO!

-HJC

 

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When pictures aren’t worth 1,000 words | FiDi | NYC | Paws on Pine Dog Walking Pet Sitting Blog

I hate when a year starts off so well.  You think it will be downhill from here but you know I’m not going to let that happen!

So why is 2015 so great?  First, I won the Downtown Alliance holiday photo contest with the cutest picture of Ronan the Glen of Imaal Irish Terrier.  It was such an honor for many reasons.  First, you know I love my neighborhood and the Downtown Alliance is EVERYTHING Financial District.  My husband Andrew and I have been FiDi residents for almost 7 years (thats a record btw).  Obviously POP operates in FiDi and we strive to give our neighbors the best pet services available.  So when I got the email that I won, I was super excited.  I didn’t have to go far to claim my prize (their offices are at 120 Broadway which is LITERALLY across the street from my apartment).  I figured I would go, grab my prize and run but they wanted to interview me and take a picture.  WHAT?  A picture?  Didn’t they know I’m the selfie queen of FiDi and needed the perfect outfit, hair and of course angle (you guys know what I’m talking about- just check out my personal Instagram feed @nychjc) but I couldn’t be a diva during this moment so I obliged.  Not my finest picture to say the least but that’s unimportant- I won an amazing prize and met some incredible people.  Hopefully you will see more from us this year!  🙂

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Not my best outfit but so happy I won the contest with my picture of Ronan!

A few days later, I sponsored my first (and hopefully not last) SoulCycle ride in their new spinning studio at 101 Maiden Lane for my Paws on Pine clients and friends.  The studio was sold out and we had the best ride ever.  It was so much fun to spend time with my human clients. Sadly, I don’t see them as often as I’d like (usually at the first meeting and sometimes in the neighborhood) so it was nice to interact and share something I absolutely love!

Had such a great ride with my Paws on Pine clients last Saturday at SoulCycle.

Had such a great ride with my Paws on Pine clients last Saturday at SoulCycle.

So here we are, day 13 of 2015.  About 350+ days left until 2016.  You know I’m going to #MIH dog walking, pet sitting and other things!

HUGE thank you to the staff at the Downtown Alliance and to SoulCycle and SoulCycle FiDi for hosting us and, of course, a huge thank you to my Paws on Pine clients, friends and family.  This is going to be a great year!  THANK YOU so much for the support, generosity and love you give me and my staff everyday!  We are SOOO thankful!

XXXOOO -HJC

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The NYC FIDI Cat Sitting Circuit

It’s the cats meow at Paws on Pine Dog Walking and Pet Sitting- sorry, couldn’t resist.  We have 26 cat sitting clients this 2014 holiday season, 7 of them new.  I still do all the cat sitting visits myself because I absolutely love cats and still don’t have my own (working on it).  Cats intrigue me.  Like humans, they each have their own distinct personality.  I have been fortunate that almost all of our cat sitting clients are super friendly and sweet.  I love interacting with them- whether it be playing or giving them lots of love.

Pumpkin, Sira, Gabby, Gigi, Dusty, Ryo, Athena, Rickie and Anyang

Cat Sitting Clients Pumpkin, Sira, Gabby, Gigi, Dusty, Ryo, Athena, Rickie and Anyang

Nacho, Gabby, Murphy, Rocco, Lucy, Boo, Sandy, Oliver, Callie, Sasha. Clio, Argo and Dolce

Cat Sitting Clients Nacho, Gabby, Murphy, Rocco, Lucy, Boo, Sandy, Oliver, Callie, Sasha. Clio, Argo and Dolce

It has been hard doing all the visits myself this season but want to give my employees a break.  They work so hard for me all year long.  To manage the 10-20 visits per day, I set up a cat circuit war room in my living room.  The night before, I print out the schedule and figure out the best route for my visits.  Once the route is set, I get all the keys together.  One thing I love about Paws is all our clients are in a .5-.8 mile radius from my Financial District apartment.  The furthest stretch is from the South Street Seaport area to West Street (West Side Hwy).  Each visit runs 15-30 minutes so I can get 10 done by 9:30am (if I start at 7am which I have been doing since the holidays began).  Luckily, I am a morning person!  🙂

It is definitely hard working over the holidays when all of your friends and family are off.  On XMAS morning, my husband Andrew, Doxy and I usually lay around and open presents but I was out the door by 6:45am.  There is a ton of sacrifice but I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Some of the keys I have to carry with me on the FIDI cat circuit!

Some of the keys I have to carry with me on the FIDI cat circuit!

So THANK YOU Paws on Pine clients, friends and fans.  Thank you for letting me do what I love SO SO much!  Thank you for trusting me and my staff with your furry families over this holiday season. We are so lucky!  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!  Looking forward to an incredible 2015!!  🙂

XXXOOO -HJC

 

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