Catering to the needs of the pet owner top priority for Yampa Valley Tail Chasers
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Annalia Bailey will tell you she loves dogs, but if you want to know how deep that love goes, all you have to do is look into the eyes of Romeo, Leia and Kaya.
“I just kind of quit my job,” Bailey said. “I wanted to see what it is like to run a business, and I just love dogs, so this seemed like a pretty good idea.”
It was the love she had for Romeo, Leia and Kaya, her own four-legged friends, that inspired her to start her personalized petcare business, Yampa Valley Tail Chasers. She is just a couple months into the venture, but her excitement is enough to get any good dog wagging its tail.
“I love it,” she said. “I never get tired of dogs.”
The business is based out of Hayden and has been growing through word of mouth. She has gotten recommendations from several area veterinarians and has her name in a number of pet stores in the area.
“It has just been friends, a few strangers and referrals,” Bailey said. “So far, so good.”
She said most of her clients, for now, are located in Steamboat Springs and the Stagecoach area. However, she said she is willing to go anywhere, and since the service is personalized, she makes an attempt to cater to each of her client’s needs and requests.
Services range from dog walking, adventure time doggy daycare and in-home pet sitting. She also offers pet sitting at her house, a pet taxi to take dogs to veterinarian appointments and pick up and delivery services for pet supplies to a client’s home including pet food, treats, bedding and toys.
“The ultimate goal is offering people a service that affords them freedom to adhere to their responsibilities or take a break from those responsibilities while maintaining the routine their pets are accustomed to,” Bailey said. “I want to provide them with the same kind of care a loving owner would provide, minimizing any stress and anxiety for both pets and their owners through convenience and flexibility.”
The costs for different services vary and Bailey doesn’t limit her services to dogs. She will also care for cats, other small animals and even horses.
“I’ll take care of any pets,” she said. “Sheep, pigs, chickens and cats. You know anything.”
Bailey said clients can pay $18 for a half-hour walk around the neighborhood or $30 for a full hour. She also offers doggy day care adventures for $35 per day and an overnight stay for $50. Bailey said she provides just about any type of care a pet might need, and if you don’t see what you need on her list of services, which can be found at yampavalleytailchasers.com, then the owner should let her know what they need, and she feels like she will be able to offer a reasonable price.
“I like the idea of owning a business, “Bailey said. “Obviously, I have never done this before, and I wanted to see what it was all about. I love it.”
She offers discounts for those who schedule five or more days at a time. There is a $5 fee for services to Oak Creek and the Stagecoach area because of the distance she has to travel.
“It’s a convenient form of pet sitting and other services,” Bailey said. “If your dog likes hiking or being on the river or anything like that, just tell me, and we will accommodate their needs.”
Bailey can be reached at 337-246-0185 or by visiting yampavalleytailchasers.com. You can also find her on Instagram at @yvtailchasers and on Facebook by searching Yampa Valley Tail Chasers.
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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