Today we’d like to introduce you to Catherine Luddy.
Catherine, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
After a successful career in healthcare running dry, I found myself looking for more. More out of life, more out of my career. I was feeling trapped by the schedule and never-ending deadlines and I just needed freedom, or so I thought. A friend had recently adopted a baby pitbull and while at the dog park one day I had an idea. What if I cared for pets for a living! The idea was just the beginning. I spent a year researching the market and how you start a business. I finally started Beantown walkers about six months after all of this. At the time I only had two dogs from the same household, five days a week. It took me at least three years, and lots of help from family and friends, to build a solid clientele. Today, Beantown walkers care for a large portion of the dog population in Dorchester, Milton, and Quincy. With rave reviews and amazing clients, we couldn’t be more blessed!
Has it been a smooth road?
I’m also a single mother, so some of my struggles came from balancing the two. When you’re the owner of a budding business it’s important to keep your clients happy and provide the best services there are to offer and it’s difficult at times when you’re balancing personal life and business. When you are your business and your business is you it can be hard to “turn off” and that’s been a great struggle of mine. I was recently told by someone I care about a lot, “you need to start working on your business instead of in your business” and that was amazing advice and has really helped me to overcome that struggle of balance. I can better manage my time when I’m working on my business and that leaves time for other things.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Beantown walker is a full-service pet care company. We offer everything you need to care for your household pet from birth to elderly years. We specialize in doggy playgroups. We take packs of dogs out on nature hikes or park runs for two hours at a time. The dogs make great friends and we all have an amazing time! We become like family to our clients and that is what we are most proud of, our ability to build these types of bonds with our clients. We are different because our company is extremely intimate. We all know and love each other outside of work and we are truly working towards the same goals. It makes for an amazing work day and reputation!
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Oh YES! Boston is an amazing place to care for pets. There are loads of different landscapes, lots of people and enough pets for all of us! The weather can be tough but if you’re a true Bostonian you are already used to that! I’d recommend anyone looking to start there own pet care company to do lots and lots of research. Find a mentor to work under for a little while, it will help immensely and believe in yourself. That’s a major one, you have to believe that you can do those because you can!
- 20/30 min dog walk – 20$
- 2 hour playgroup -35$
- Overnights – 75$
- Kitty care- 25$ per 20 min visit
- Website: Beantownwalkers.com
- Phone: 6174189891
- Email: Beanwalks@gmail.com
- Instagram: Beantownwalkers
- Facebook: Beantown Walkers
- Twitter: Beant0wnwalkers