How The “Pawty” Started

Our Very First Blog Entry!  Welcome And Enjoy!

(DISCLAIMER: We are dog trainers and pet sitters. Any tips or information in these blogs are things we have found helpful in our years of experience. We are not veterinarians and any questions about health or nutrition should be directed to your veterinarian.)

Hello Pawty fans and welcome to The Pawty Blog! We will be bringing you posts about dog training, pet safety, and tips from your pet sitter. In the mix, some posts will be serious while others will be just for fun and we hope to include some guest bloggers as well! New to the Pawty? Let us introduce you to Who Wants to Pawty LLC.

     Who Wants to Pawty LLC was started by Anne VanderMeulen, the President of the company. Anne left a career in banking to pursue her dream of working with animals in 2000 when she took her first job at a veterinary clinic. Through her years of working in veterinary clinics, Anne saw the need for in-home pet care. She saw in-home pet care not just as pet sitting when owners went on vacation, but also for owners who needed help administering medications to their pets. In 2012, Anne founded Who Wants to Pawty LLC.

     Who Wants to Pawty LLC started off as a pet sitting and dog walking company. Most of the early clients were cat owners that Anne met while working at Abbeywood Cat Clinic (now Abbeywood Cat Hospital in Westmont, IL). Anne saw pet sitting not just as feeding pets and cleaning up after them, but giving them the same love and affection as she would her own pets.

     As the business grew, Anne needed additional pet sitters to handle the growing demand. Anne hired her first employee in the summer 2012 and from there, the business continued to grow. Today, Who Wants to Pawty LLC has a team of pet sitters that share Anne’s passion for pet care.

     While pet sitting was growing, Anne wanted to expand Pawty further. Anne wanted to add dog training to the list of services Who Wants to Pawty LLC offered. She hired a pet sitter that was also a dog trainer. While she had heard wonderful things about her as a trainer, Anne wanted to have the knowledge herself before offering training classes. That’s when Anne decided to enroll at Animal Behavior College to become a certified dog trainer. Anne graduated with honors in 2014 and on December 3, 2014, Who Wants to Pawty LLC held it’s first group dog training class which met at The Animal Clinic of Romeoville. Who Wants to Pawty LLC offers Pawty Basics 101 and 102, which cover levels 1 and 2 of basic obedience as well as solutions to common problem behaviors such as jumping up, chewing, barking, etc. Who Wants to Pawty LLC has plans to offer other types of group classes in the near future and also offers private, in-home training sessions.

     We are very excited to be bringing you the Pawty Blog to start off 2015. Keep watching our blog and website for other exciting offerings that this year will bring.

Check back in the next day or two for our first Winter Safety Post!