The Paw Squad™

The Current Paw Squad

Nicole – Owner

Pets a Go Go® is the creation of Nicole Goudey-Rigger, a life-long animal lover and currently a mommy to Delilah, her five year old Golden/Chow mix adopted from the SPCA of Westchester; Ice, her twelve year old rescue Akita from Fishkill, New York; Samson, her two year old Akita from Buffalo, New York; and Timber, a two year old CH kitten most recently adopted from the SPCA of Westchester. Over the course of the past sixteen years, she has cultivated Pets a Go Go® to become the largest and most successful pet care business in the tri-state area today. She is a strong believer in letting ‘a dog be a dog’ on a daily basis. She is a Columbia University graduate and a proud member of the Chappaqua-Millwood and Briarcliff Chambers of Commerce along with the Westchester Business Council. She is an active member and supporter of the Ossining, Mahopac, Peekskill and Yorktown Dog Parks.

Carol – Operations Director/Lead Trainer

Carol has owned pets since early childhood – everything from a mouse, cats, dogs even a horse. When Carol’s children were young, she found it important to familiarize them with pets so they would grow up loving and caring for animals, just like she had. During this time, they owned a variety of cats and dogs. Carol owned a hobby kennel where she bred, trained, and showed German Shepherds successfully. Some went on to win a number of dog shows and one even became the sire of several guide dogs. Carol currently owns a Saint Bernard, Lola, a breed she has always been fond of and who was abandoned at a former workplace. When Carol first began working at Pets a Go Go®, she was a dog walker and pet sitter. She was promoted to a manager/floater position in 2011 where she continued to be able to see her clients as well as cover other walkers when they had vacation or sick time. Carol has been a professional dog trainer for twenty plus years and has loved every minute, including her last few years as the lead manager and staff trainer at Sit.Stay.Play.® Pets a Go Go®’s first cage-free facility in Briarcliff Manor. In this capacity, Carol continues to be able to indulge her love for animals and loves every moment she gets to spend with your furbabies.

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Bryan – Head Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

Bryan has lived with animals all of his life from dogs to the unique reptiles, turtles, and fish when he was a child. He is particularly fond of dogs and how easily they can put a smile on his face. His current dogs, Onslo and Kizzy, have just been retired from their roles as a brood and a stud for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Bryan loves being a part of The Paw Squad™ because the animals put a smile on his face everyday.

Join The Paw Squad™

We are always looking for mature, professional and trustworthy pet loving people to join The Paw Squad™. Our qualifications are very specific — we are only looking for permanent full-time commitments.

Pet sitting and dog walking offers a wonderful opportunity to spend time with a variety of animals. The schedules are flexible with planned time off. You get plenty of outdoor exercise while earning great pay. The animals lavish you with their love and affection and the work is fun. Our sitters love what they do and find pet sitting very rewarding.

Availability is crucial to this position. You must be available for the following:

Pet sitting visits generally occur in early morning (7-9am) and early-late evenings (5-10pm) along with weekends. They can include overnight work in a client’s home. Dog Walking involves typically working from late morning (10 am) through late afternoon (4 pm). We look for people who can fulfill both of our service types. Assignments can include all seven days of the week and occasional/rotational major holiday availability is essential.

Qualifications

  • Have experience caring for a variety of pets AS AN ADULT including a dog of 50 lbs +
  • Are punctual, organized, proficient in written and verbal English and can follow detailed instructions
  • Are a mature, professional adult aged 21 years or older
  • Own a reliable, insured vehicle and be willing to drive an average of 1.5-2.5 hours per day
  • Have a smartphone (SMS/MMS capabilities a must)
  • Can provide excellent personal and work related references
  • Are willing to work Mon-Sun, holidays and the hours we set forth in our service contract
  • Have a clean driving record and can pass a formal background check including a urine drug test
  • Live within our service area
  • Be pet CPR or first aid certified (or be willing to get certified)
  • Be able to be critiqued without taking offense
  • Be willing to sign a non-compete and/or non-solicit agreement covering a period of one year after working with us
  • Be a team player and able to work on your own efficiently

Some of the services you are required to perform

  • Feed and water pets at scheduled times
  • Administer medication including being able or willing to learn to give injections
  • Exercise, play with and brush pets
  • Pick up after pets including cleaning up occasional pet messes
  • Daily dog walks (rain or shine)
  • Overnight sitting
  • Pet transport to and from veterinarian or groomer
  • Bring in clients’ mail, flyers, newspapers and packages
  • Alternate lights and blinds; check on overall security of home
  • Water plants, roll out or in trash/recycle bins

Having a strong character and being detail oriented is critical to being a member of The Paw Squad™, as our clients’ trust us with a great responsibility. You also must be proficient in managing your time on a daily basis. This job is not for everyone and should be carefully considered. We require you to spend multiple hours with a current sitter to get a feel for the job before we make a commitment. We are looking for people who not only have a passion for animals, but are continually educating themselves in animal care. Even though you will be dealing mostly with animals at times you will have to put on your best face to interact with their humans as well.

If you meet or exceed these qualifications, please contact us at either thepawsquad@petsagogo.com or at (914)-458-4181. If we have an opening in your area and your qualifications match our criteria, then we will contact you. If you do not hear from us right away, it may mean that we do not currently have a position open in your area. We will keep your application on file for six months. We hope to be adding you to The Paw Squad™ in the near future.

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