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New business spotlight - A 'Dog-Gone' business opens

October 05, 2008

Name of business: Dog-Gone Walkin of Hagerstown

Owners: Julie and Stash Nicodemus

Address: Hagerstown

Opening date: September 2007

Products and services: "We offer pet sitting, pet walking, late-night sitting, administration of medicine and pet transportation. In addition, we also offer pet waste removal services so that you can enjoy a clean, healthy yard. Our goal is to make life for pet owners more convenient and enjoyable, thus affording the owners more time with their beloved pets, yard and family. We are fully bonded and insured and are members of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. We are also a proud sponsor of the Humane Society. Dog-Gone Walkin is 'A Pet Owner's Best Friend.'"

Market area: Hagerstown and the surrounding areas

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "We wanted to offer the residents of Hagerstown and the surrounding areas the conveniences and luxuries typically found only in the larger cities. Pet sitting/walking is an alternative to kenneling for pet owners and their animals. Professional pet sitting allows owners to confidently leave their pets home, knowing that they will receive the love and care they so rightly deserve."

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Previous business experience: "Julie has been a lifelong lover of all animals. She has worked in a customer service environment for more than 15 years and has a master's degree in business administration. Stash has also been a lifelong lover of all animals and has more than 12 years experience in the service industry."

Number of employees: 3

Hours: 24 hours a day, 365 days per year

Phone number: 301-739-0867

Web site: www.doggonewalkinofhagerstown.com

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