Don't freak out, but it's time to look at our pricing for 2017. You may recall that the price of a dog walk went up $2 and overnights increased by $5 in 2016. The good news is, we're not doing that to you again this year! The prices of regular visits and walks are staying the same, hooray!
Nevertheless, the cost of doing business continues to increase and I would like to find a way to recognize the staff who stay loyal to your animals and my business for the long term.
Therefore, effective May 1, the fee for an emergency or holiday visit will increase from $2 to $5 per visit.
It's important to note that the fee for an emergency or holiday visit goes directly to the sitter, the business does not take a cut because it is the sitter who makes room in her schedule for this.
What is an emergency visit?
An emergency visit is a walk or sit that you request to be within the next 24 hours.
You call today at 11:45 am and ask for Kylee to walk your dog at 11:30 tomorrow morning. Yes, the $5 fee applies. Why so stringent? Because Kylee is already booked from 10 to 3 tomorrow. We'll give one of her walks to Shawna and move the rest of her visits up or down 15 minutes to make room. (Psst! Wanna be our favorite person? Consider being flexible on your time by up to 2 hours and getting comfortable with all 3 sitters watching your animals.) So, yeah, at the end of all that scheduling and shuffling, Kylee now has $5 extra to get a Glory Doughnut or something. Well deserved!
What is a holiday visit?
A holiday visit is most likely to occur on a traditional bank holiday, though that isn't always the case. We don't detrmine holidays based on our own religious or patriotic beliefs. Rather, we base the holiday fee on when we get the most requests from traveling clients. These include:
Mother’s Day Weekend (May 13-14, 2017)
Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29, 2017)
Labor Day Weekend (September 2-4, 2017)
Columbus/Indigenous People's Weekend (October 7-9, 2017)
Thanksgiving/Black Friday (November 23-24, 2017)
Christmas Eve/Christmas (December 24-25, 2017)
New Year’s Eve/Day (December 31, 2017 - January 1, 2018)
Spring Break (March 30-April 2, 2018)
It's a delicate balance, but I always strive to keep our prices affordable and our sitters happy. I hope we can all agree that you sitter's commitment is certainly worth an extra $5 every now and then. And thank YOU for your loyalty to our business as we grow!
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