“I like building relationships with dogs,” says Lucas Shaw, a team member. “You watch the dog grow up and how they develop and their little quirks. It’s not business, it’s a personal relationship you develop with these animals and the people as well. I have seven dogs myself, so I’m used to taking care of animals. It’s second nature to me. I’ve always loved animals and it was always my dream to work with animals.”
Taylor Arciola is a certified canine handler and a veterinary technician at Ark Animal Hospital as well as a pet sitter— doing day as well as overnight pet sitting.
“I love that I get to see these animals in their normal environment,” she says. “In my work at Ark, I can see how stressed pets get coming into a foreign environment. But when you come into their home, they’re more relaxed, and are so happy to see you and want to be your best friend. I work with a dog training service and do obedience training in the area. I came aboard 3 Cats & a Dog because I knew Mistie’s work ethic was spectacular and I felt that we had a good rapport and communication between us.”
3 Cats & a Dog services a large area of the Grand Strand, from the Grand Dunes in the North, to the Coastal Carolina area in the West, to Pawley’s Island in the South.
They offer 20-30 minute daily visits that include walking, feeding, potty time, play time, and treats for people’s furry, feathered, and scaly friends. They can also incorporate some small, light grooming, like bathing and nail trims.