After being caught up in a RIF in early 2009, I found myself looking for work after 18 years with the software company that I helped start. I knew that looking for a middle management job in a recession would not be easy. We had an umbrella to keep us sound for a year or so I knew that I would either find a job or begin a new business myself.
I started looking for work and also investigating an industry to break into. I wanted out of the computer field because the competition was stiff. My wife, Sue and I also wanted to downsize from the large home we raised our kids in so moving was in the future also. We decided we wanted to move out of the burbs and into the city center. We have three dogs. What would we do with them? Wow, I bet there are other people out there with the same problem!
I began looking into my problem as a possible business and found that there wasn’t a doggie daycare in downtown Birmingham. After months of researching and planning we went to the city and worked our way through that maze to come out the other side with an approved plan to convert an old building in the city to a doggie daycare, boarding, grooming, training, and retail facility for dogs. We also built a wonderful loft that we live in above the facility.
We have had many hurdles to overcome but after finding PetExec to manage our business, we had one less issue to deal with. I joined a Yahoo group consisting of dog daycare people from around the world to learn as much as I could. I learned about PetExec on that Yahoo group site and contacted Paula to begin a wonderful partnership with this great group of people. Anytime I have a question or issue, Paula and Paul are there to help. Being an IT person from way back, I knew the value of web-based system and that is what I wanted. PetExec came to the rescue.
Jimmy & Sue Johnson, Dog Days of Birmingham.