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A nanny for your pets

November 02, 2008

Name of business: Loving Pet Nannies

Owner: Stephanie Reilly

Address: P.O. Box 275, Boonsboro, MD 21713-0275

Opening date: June 23

Products and services: Pet care and housesitting services. "We care for pets in the owner's home and provide light housesitting services (take in mail, turn lights off and on, etc.). Our service is perfect for commuters who need a visit for their pets to ensure a stress-free welcome home. We also care for pets for extended separations such as vacations, etc., and any other needs. We have expertise for pets with medical problems or other sensitive health situations."

Market area: Southern Washington County (Boonsboro, Keedysville) and the Hagerstown area

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "I have been breeding and raising English bulldogs for 20 years and provided pet-sitting services to my other breeder friends unofficially during that time. I love animals and have successfully cared for dogs, cats, horses and other small mammals for years. I decided that my favorite job would be to care for animals and decided to dedicate myself to making it my official career."

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Previous business experience: "I am an illustrator and graphic designer and have worked in sales and marketing since I graduated from college."

Number of employees: Two

Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. After-hours care and overnight visits can be arranged.

Phone number: 240-527-1782

Web site: www.lovingpetnannies.com

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