Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeanne Campbell.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I had a small dog walking and pet sitting business and had always dreamed of having a daycare but like so many other things in life, the timing never seemed right.Life gets in the way and you put things off. In May of 2015 life gave me a slap in the face with reality, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. On July 1st I was in surgery having a lumpectomy and then being informed that my margins weren’t clear I was taken in on July 22nd for surgery #2. I have always suffered from anxiety and I can honestly say this pushed me to my limit but I’m also stubborn and I refused to acknowledge that it was really happening so instead of taking time off I went straight back to work Denial is a beautiful thing and as long as I kept busy I didn’t have to think about anything other than working. I noticed business was slipping right around this time and got smacked again with another dose of reality someone was stealing my business cards and then the kick to the teeth…it was someone I knew and considered a friend. I’ve always been a firm believer in karma but I didn’t feel like waiting, so the next best thing is overcoming the obstacle and being successful. That was the moment I started looking for a business partner.
Kim was my client and she was always top notch with the dogs. She had a business back round and most importantly I liked her, we got along well. I ran my plan past her and she liked it, La Petite Woof was born. I enlisted my friend Sandy Santoro the best real estate agent ever and also a client to help find the location and a short time later we were well on our way. We went through the zoning process, got licensed and prepared to open. We had an open house November 12, 2016, and I could not have been happier. A month later it was time for Kim to leave her job and come on board full time I’m not exactly clear what changed but Kim had decided she didn’t want to leave her job but still wanted to be a client and just like that I was the sole proprietor. Kim and I are still great friends and I love her and her family so as far as I’m concerned as long as we came through the other side still friends that’s all that counts. She’s still a client and one of my biggest cheerleaders.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I needed to figure things out, I needed to get the business to grow so I asked for help with marketing from another client Lori Kauffman. Lori was amazing! she jumped right in and helped me organize my first event. She’s a bulldog owner and has a meet up group so that’s where I started, next I brought in Nikki Tierney owner of a healthy balance to host “move your butt with your mutt” and shortly after that I brought in animal nutritionist Karen Daily and Nancy Smith medium /spirit artist for a day with spirit.I slowed down a little after that because summer was here and I felt the need to do day trips to my yard where I set up kiddie pools. The dogs ran and got wet and ran some more. We’ve had the best summer, we’ve added some new faces to the pack and I couldn’t be more pleased I could really never have done any of this without the support of my husband of 34 yrs Carl
Freedman, he’s always got my back and encourages and helps me every day. My daughter Marina is also very instrumental in the day to day and even tho she has a degree in exercise science my wish is to be able to pass the business on to her and My daughter in law Stephanie if I ever decide to retire.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about La Petite Woof – what should we know?
La Petite Woof is a small breed daycare that caters to dogs up to 35 pounds. Unlike most pet daycares, we have no kennels and offer pick-up and drop-off for our busy clientele. I drive to Canton every morning. I’m known most for my flexibility. I’ll do anything for the dogs and my clientele and will bend over backward to accommodate your schedule.
For existing clients, I offer sleepovers. I don’t like to call them overnights or kenneling because those have a negative connotation and we do not use kennels like other dog inns. If you are an existing client, I will take the dogs to my house with me and they will have a sleepover. I have a place for them to sleep and have never had a problem with it!
My business feels more like a family. My husband and I always considered our client’s dogs as joint custody. All of my clients feel like an extended family. They’ll text me to see if we want to get dinner and we’ll talk about non-dog related stuff. They share good life updates, such as marriages and new children. I have even been invited to be at a wedding.
- Daycare – $20 per day, $10 for additional dog from same household
- Quick Pick Up and Drop Off – $5 per day charge for Quincy pickup and drop off. Restricted to Quincy area residents.
- Transportation Services – $20 charge for transportation from the day care to their Quincy area grooming or veterinary appointment
- Address: 371 Granite St, Quincy, MA 02169
- Website: lapetitewoofquincy.com
- Phone: (617) 678-7297
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: facebook.com/lapetitewoof