Will I Go To Jail For Stalking My Dog?

How many times have you noticed your dog doing something so unbelievably adorable that you quickly call out to anybody else around so they can witness it too?

Only to find that all the adorable activity stops the moment the dog hears you or notices you watching.

That’s why I’m trying to master the art of (legally) stalking my dogs – tiptoeing around, crouching behind furniture, snapping pictures… whatever works.

But as much as I love my dogs, this time of year hits us over the head with a Hallmark-branded mallet and some red rose pedals. I’m talking about Valentine’s Day, of course.

Valentine’s Day has become the official day of romance, when we lavish our loved ones with flowers, treats, and presents.

The History of Valentine’s Day

Imagine for just a moment if our President of this great nation stepped forward and said, “My fellow Americans, this is a time of great need. Since we are at war, I am banning marriage. From today forward, it’s now against the law for any American to marry. Why? Because single men make better soldiers than married men.

Clearly, this wouldn’t sit well with the general public.

However, this is exactly what happened in ancient Rome almost two thousand years ago.

The Emperor at the time put a ban on marriage believing single men without wives or families made better soldiers, and there was nothing anyone could do about it.

Except Saint Valentine.

Saint Valentine was a Roman priest who, as legend has it, secretly married men and woman, acknowledging the injustice of the Emperor’s ban.

The History Doesn’t Matter – Your Loved One Does

No matter how or why this holiday (tradition) came about, or whether you celebrate the day or not, it is a perfect time to be thankful for the support of those close to us.

As a pet sitting business owner, our loved ones have no doubt been an integral and instrumental part of the success in our lives.

My wife, Alitia, for example, has always been 100% supportive throughout my “sitting-behind-a-computer-at-home” career.

Whether it was building websites or creating online businesses, Alitia had faith and confidence in me from the beginning that I could make this work without trying to force me into a ‘safe’ 9-5 corporate job for the sake of security – a place we both knew I wouldn’t be happy.

Thank The Person Who Helped Make It Happen

Every time I tell someone new that I run a pet sitting business, they are genuinely amazed and intrigued that “something like that exists.”

We are all lucky to be doing what we set out to do. And it is not an easy task.

Take this opportunity and say thank you to the person closest to you who has helped make pursuing your passion or dream a reality.

For me, it’s my wife Alitia.

Who is it for you? Feel free to leave a comment below and share with me exactly how they showed their support.

Because love is a beautiful thing. Stalking, not so much.

Josh Cary

Josh Cary is a respected and well sought-after speaker and business consultant within the professional pet care industry. Since 2009, having grown his own pet sitting business, Josh provides his industry with the tools, support, and resources to build and maintain a thriving and respected pet business.

With a strong focus on digital marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), and website development, Josh’s one mission is to help you Get Found First through a professional and effective website.

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Joshua,
    I enjoy your video’s you’re very charismatic.
    The only question that I would have for you and I suppose others would want to know is how to Pet Sitting companies pay their IC’s. Is it by percentage or hourly rate or both?
    How do you get around the IRS? By their definition, the contractor should be able to setup their own time, schedule, etc… Sort of how a Hair dresser would have their own clients. And while this can be done. One would have to keep their guard up about them taking business for themselves and not notifying you about it.
    What do you think?

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