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Sleepover Rover, Inc. Press Release: The company that founded the in-home dog-boarding business in 2004, just enlisted premier journalist and dog lover, Blair Tindall, to lead the company’s social media and public relations.
When Blair became a pet host for Sleepover Rover, Co-Founders, Tina Myers and Maggie Brown found that Blair’s hilarious email communications and phone calls creative, with the endearing humor not unlike George Takei, the beloved Erma Bombeck, or Bill Cosby and identified her as a huge talent that they wanted as the “voice” for Sleepover Rover.
Blair taught journalism at Stanford University, at Berkeley, and at Mills College, and her shocking expose of the music world, Mozart in the Jungle, has sold over 3 million copies. Blair was also a staff business reporter at the Examiner (Hearst) and critic-at-large for the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek. She went on to write for The New York Times, Agence France-Presse, the Los Angeles Times, Sierra, The Sydney Morning Herald, and the International Herald Tribune.
Blair spent 23 years as a professional musician with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She presented a critically acclaimed solo debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. Blair has performed on many film soundtracks including Malcolm X, Crooklyn, and Twilight. She has also performed with Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts at the Blue Note Jazz Club.
Blair’s passion for music and writing is clearly rivaled by her love for dogs and the people who cherish them. Follow “Host Blair” on Sleepover Rover social channels, Twitter and Facebook.
For Immediate Release:
The Biggest Little City in the World just got Bigger and Better! This month the two founders of Sleepover Rover, Inc. have been in town establishing Sleepover Rover dog boarding services in Reno. This successful women-owned business is expanding rapidly across the country with a unique way of uniting excellent stay-at-home dog lovers with pet parents determined to find a better solution than a resort or pet sitter for their dogs.
“We’ve always enjoyed visiting Reno and are thrilled to have identified some fantastic host families to charter the expansion of Sleepover Rover in Reno,” says founder Maggie Brown. “Reno could very well be the jewel in our crown,” says co-founder Tina Myers. “Never before have we so quickly found such high quality dog lovers to serve our clients as pet hosts. Reno is a dog-rich environment, and we feel right at home here.”
The co-founders explain, “We ask ourselves: Would we leave our own dogs in this home with this family? If the answer isn’t a resounding “yes” we do not certify the applicant.”
Sleepover Rover, Inc., the dog boarding alternative for choosy pet parents, provides host families to care for dogs in their home.
Requests for Sleepover Rover services have surged as pet parents rave about guilt free vacations and business trips. Sleepover Rover identifies dog-loving retirees, stay-at-home parents, or professionals who work from home offices as hosts. Unlike on-line listing bulletin board services advertising pet hosts, Sleepover Rover carefully screens hosts and inspects homes. Host families are certified only after multiple interviews culminating in an intensive in-home interview and home inspection. Host families must have a pet safe home and be home full time. Furthermore, the host and client meet at the host’s home before a match is made. Its founding principle is that each match must be a win for everyone involved; the dog, the client and the host!
Originating in Phoenix in 2004, Sleepover Rover, winner of the 2007 Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Athena Power link Award, is a privately held dog-boarding service company operating in six major markets in the southwest: Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, and now in Reno. The company was founded by two Phoenix area women who loved dogs and refused to leave their own dogs in a home environment rather than a kennel or pet “resort” when they had to travel.
We are thrilled to have Shanika join our phone reservation team! Shanika grew up in the deserts of Tucson, Arizona. She just completed her freshman year of college at Northern Arizona University and looks forward to her Sophmore year in the fall. She is double majoring in English and Studio Art with a minor in Japanese.
Some of her interests include other cultures, reading, music, knitting, and poetry. She is a member of NAU's English Majors Club and Korean Language and Culture Club as well as a regular pen pal to friends from 5 countries around the world. One of her favorite things is attending and performing at Flagstaff's local poetry slam. In her free time, she love to read novels, practice yoga and pilates, spend time in the sunshine, and listen to music.
Shakita is a technical wizard and dog lover! She was a quick learner of our system and her school schedule, fits ideally with the seasonal trends of the dog boarding business. She is able to help us during the summer and all major holidays, evenings and weekends. We're certain you will enjoy chatting with Shanika when you call Sleepover Rover. Her cheerful and caring disposition is a welcome addition to the team!
by Rebecca Brown
The thought of leaving your pup behind anywhere can be worrisome for pet parents. And of course the very first time is the worst. You are rife with worry and concern. Will my chosen caregiver take good care of my baby? Will my dog receive much needed love and attention? Will they be safe? Will my pet be heartbroken because of my absence? As both a Sleepover Rover client and host, I’m here to tell you why you do not have to worry when you drop your dog off for his or her sleepover.
First, let me give you a little bit of history. When my fiancé and I got our dog three years ago, we were surprised how quickly we became attached to our little guy, a Schnoodle named Jagger. Jagger might as well have been a human baby (I admit we were both a bit ridiculous about the new addition to our family. Like crazy dog lady ridiculous.) Anyway, everything was great until we had to go away for a wedding. Then it hit me. Who was going to watch our baby?
We certainly couldn’t leave him in a kennel. And a pet hotel, no matter how luxurious, would still feel big and impersonal and scary to our tiny puppy, who had quickly weaseled his way into a permanent nighttime spot in our bed. I almost didn’t want to attend the wedding. I thought it would be easier to stay home with Jagger so he wouldn’t freak out. But then I realized how crazy that was. I loved my dog, but I couldn’t stop living my life. Plus, I didn’t want to officially be a “Crazy Dog Lady” (especially at such a young age!)
Fortunately for us, I had heard of Sleepover Rover. One quick phone call and I had access to a network of fabulous hosts, one of which would be the perfect fit for Jagger. Maggie and Tina (the owners of Sleepover Rover) and their team of amazing customer service reps went to work and found us several amazing options based on the environment we wanted for Jagger. Together with the Sleepover Rover team, we ultimately settled on a host named Bruce, who seemed to be a perfect match for our little guy.
The meet-and-greet at Bruce’s home went great. We loved Bruce. Jagger loved Bruce, loved his home, and loved Bruce’s two dogs, Bodhi and Emma. And Bruce didn’t mind when Jagger, in all of his puppy glory, lifted his leg in the middle of his impeccably decorated living room. Major. Relief.
Flash forward to the actual sleepover drop off. Once Jagger realized we were leaving without him, he went bananas. Code red, epic meltdown bananas. It was heart breaking (remember, this was the first time we had ever left him with anyone.) Bruce assured us that Jagger would settle down once we left, so we booked it out of there for Jagger’s sake, if not our own. In the car, I got teary-eyed. (Total baby. I know.)
An hour later, we received an email update from Bruce with pictures of Jagger, who looked happy as could be, engrossed in play with Bruce and his dogs. How could this be? Jagger was traumatized to see us go, and now he looks, well, happy. Really, really happy. Doesn’t he miss us? The pup I had imagined would be glued to the window, pining after our car as we drove away, was completely content. He was even smiling in these photos. How could that be?
Well, shortly after using the service for Jagger, we started hosting dogs in our home. And now, after hosting numerous doggie houseguests, I can honestly answer that question for you.
Based on my personal experience, in both leaving my dog with a host and taking dogs into my home, dogs are resilient little creatures that just want to be loved. Loved by you, loved by me, loved by the nearest human; most pups don’t discriminate. Especially ones whose parents have taken the time to find a cage-free, loving home environment for their pet rather than a kennel or pet hotel. Our clients’ pups are certainly some of the most pampered pups in town, and tend to be open to love and affection from their hosts.
Yes, don’t worry, your pup definitely misses you when you walk out the door, but with another loving human there to keep him company, and perhaps another dog to play with, trust me, your pup will be just fine. Happy even!
Nine out of ten first-time clients warn me that their pup is fickle with new people, or will take some time to warm up to other humans, or might not ever warm up to us. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. As a parent to a stage-five clinger of a pup, I’ve come to understand that when I am around, of course my dog doesn’t want to be bothered with anyone other than me. However, once I am gone, along with my nervous energy and worries about leaving my baby, he’ll settle down and actually enjoy being pampered by his host family. The same goes for your pup. Even the shiest of dogs doesn’t take too long to warm up to our loving hosts.
I’d venture to guess this is because all of our hosts are true dog lovers. Yes, the extra money you make as a host is nice, but it’s not enough to make a living off of, so the hosts that we certify tend to do the job simply because they love dogs. And because of this, your pup will receive an unprecedented level of care that you won’t find anywhere else. In fact, your pup will probably even receive more personal attention that he does at home.
And finally don’t worry…your pup will not hold your absence against you. One pet mommy was concerned that she didn’t know how to communicate to her dog that she would be back to get him. Fortunately, your dog doesn’t worry about these things. It’s just not in their nature. I think as pet parents we project our own thoughts and concerns onto our pups and assume that they’ll feel as we would when we imagine ourselves in their situation, but alas, they don’t. When you arrive to pick up your pup, he or she will welcome you back enthusiastically with open arms, serious jumps, and loads of kisses.
There is one thing I should warn you about though…there will come a time, after many sleepovers, when your pup will not be sad to see you go. This happened to us when we dropped Jagger off at Bruce’s house after a few visits. Jagger jumped into Bruce’s arms and greeted Bruce just as he would greet us, with his famous hugs and lots of kisses, and then he was off to find his best friends, Bodhi and Emma. Jagger used to make a huge production when we tried to sneak away, but this time, he didn’t even look back to say goodbye. Whereas before I was sad because I didn’t want Jagger to think we were abandoning him, now I was sad because it felt like he was abandoning me! Of course, my happiness from seeing Jagger so thrilled to see Bruce far outweighed my own insecurities about being left in his dust. Mainly because it only reaffirmed what I already knew—that Jagger was in good hands with his Sleepover Rover host and that I had absolutely nothing to worry about other than enjoying my travels.
Farnoosh Torabi, financial expert for Yahoo Finance spoke on the Today Show about ways for Stay-at-Home moms to earn money from home. She cautioned about opportunities that required up-front enrollment fees and recommended tutoring, becoming a personal assistant, and Sleepover Rover for dog boarding from home! Here's the link to the video segment.
Check out the great article in the March issue of Redbook about Sleepover Rover. We are getting a great response from all over the United States from readers who want to provide our service in additional cities to the ones we serve. We are in the process of responding to the avalanche of interest about Sleepover Rover in-home dog boarding service from this article!
Sleepover Rover thrilled to welcome fellow dog lover, Carmen, to our phone team! Carmen lives in Chandler, Arizona, and works for us part time from home. In this capacity she answers our client's questions, matching them up with our wonderful host families, and supports our hosts. Carmen grew up in Seattle, Wa. and moved to Arizona in 2002. She also works part time as a Financial Controller for a privately held company in Seattle and has been telecommuting for almost 10 years now between Seattle and Arizona.
Carmen and her husband have one child; her name is Rosie. Rosie is a sweet girl that was surrendered to the Humane Society for biting a few delivery men and escaping from her yard in North Phoenix. Since she has been with us, she has not bitten anyone and she has figured out that there is no reason to escape this home. We had her DNA tested (like any curious pet parent) to find out that she is a Doberman/English Terrier mix. Rosie is completely devoted to us and has been a joyful addition to our family.
In her spare time, Carmen enjoys various crafts such as quilting & crocheting. She and her husband also bowl on a doubles league once a week and are starting dance lessons together. Additionally, in 2011 she ran and completed 5 marathons and a triathlon. This was something she never dreamed she could do, but learned that she just need to have bigger dreams!
Welcome Carmen! We know our pet parents and host families are going to love working with you!
Here are the ladies that keep Sleepover Rover dog boarding service operating smoothly, enjoying a holiday get-together. They support our host families and clients everyday in order to make "magical matches"! From left to right is Jan, Joanne, Tina, Kathy, Barb and Maggie. We are so grateful for the wonderful job they do everyday!