Ahwatukee pet sitter appreciates community support | business

Ahwatukee resident Tracy Zipay’s business is as much about people as it is about dogs.

She enjoys both.

As she reflected on the first anniversary of the pet-sitting business she started a year ago in the community she’s called home for more than two decades, Zipay raved about the people she’s met.

“We’ve been blown away by all the kindness in this community,” she said. “First, because of the trust given to us by those who hire us to take care of their furry family members; and second, for the good will of those who promote us through nomination, voting and sharing their experiences”.

That dogs bring her so much joy is hard to miss, as anyone can see at facebook.com/yesspet, her business Facebook page.

With an extensive history of dog boarding and working with American Kennel Club Labrador Retrievers, she also became Ahwatukee’s first pet sitter certified in fearless daycare before starting The Pawsitive Pets Sitter LLC.

The philosophy of Fear Free pet sitting and treatment is rooted in what it says: to relieve and prevent anxiety, fear and/or distress in cats and dogs.

Dr. Marty Becker, a behavioral veterinarian in Idaho who calls himself “America’s Veterinarian,” claims to have invented the concept in the mid-1980s, although there are other clinics and individuals who claim to be the originators.

Regardless of its origin, Fear Free has been a dominant theme in animal care, both in clinics and, where Zipay is involved, in someone’s home and even their own.

“It’s based on science and relies heavily on continuing education in animal behavior to update how we care for pets,” Zipay said. “I’ve seen firsthand how a pet can completely change from pure fear and anxiety to calm acceptance and comfort.”

As for The Pawsitive Pets Sitter, Zipay emphasizes that its mission is to “maintain the goodwill and trust” it has earned in Ahwatukee by “providing the best pet care possible” and offering “different services than other sitters are not readily available.”

In addition, he noted, “We offer the added benefit of pet enrichment.”

These services include in-home pet sitting for lengths ranging from daily visits that include playtime to overnight stays and even extended stays. She offers special puppy sitting and even brings a dog to her home if a customer has a special need for it.

Zipay started her business after what she calls an apprenticeship with Kate McPike, another pet sitter from Ahwatukee who eventually renamed her business K8’s Cats to cater strictly to felines.

“Kate is not part of my business, but we are unofficial ‘partners,'” Zipay explained. “I refer cat-only clients to her and she sends me the ‘mixed’ clients she gets – dogs and cats. Kate is an invaluable resource to me, however, she is my mentor and helps me immeasurably. Her cat-only business is also doing gangbusters.”

In the past year, Zipay also expanded her services to Chandler as her daughter Taylor joined her in the business.

In addition to offering the same services in Chandler that her mother offers in Ahwatukee, Taylor is also fine-tuning a pet treat that will soon be available on the company’s website.

Taylor went to Horizon Honors from kindergarten until her sophomore year, when she transferred to Desert Vista primarily for its science programs, Zipay said.

She received a full travel scholarship to Barrett, The Honors College of Arizona State University and graduated summa cum laude with her BA in molecular biology/biotechnology and a minor in chemistry in 2017.

“His scientific mindset, coupled with his compassion, gives him a unique approach to working with our anxious and fearful clients,” Zipay said, citing his family’s lifelong ownership and fostering of pets for at the Humane Society.

Taylor added, “I have a lot of fun determining which toys and games will best be enjoyed by each of our customers, and it’s very stimulating to see them engage on a different level.”

It’s also not a one-way street when it comes to The Pawsitive Pets Sitter and the community.

For all the support Zipay says he gets from the community, his business also gives back.

“We sponsor activities and events when we can, like the Ahwatukee Easter Parade/Spring Fling, and contribute to a variety of pet-related causes. They’ve given us so much, we want to give back.”

For more information about The Pawsitive Pets sitter, check out yesspet.com.

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