February 22, 2008 // Franchising.com // - Nashville – Jay Grider has opened the first Tennessee Pet Butler franchise, serving Franklin and the surrounding area. Pet owners who dread picking up what their pets leave behind now have an affordable and environmentally friendly service to take care of the dirty work.
Texas-based Pet Butler provides professional pet waste cleanup and removal services for individual homeowners and their pets, as well as for multi-family communities and parks. The company proudly bills itself as "#1 in the '#2' business."
Pet Butler charges a small per-visit fee to collect dog and cat waste, carry it away, and dispose of it properly. Whether in yards or in public spaces, accumulated domestic animal waste can ruin lawns and present a significant source of water pollution.
Grider's Pet Butler operation offers weekly and twice-weekly pickup service to Franklin, Brentwood, Green Hills, Oak Hill, Belle Meade, West Meade, Bellevue and Thompson Station.
"Families in this area are very busy," said Jay Grider. "When people come home from work or running errands, they don't want to worry about picking up dog poop from their yard. That's why our business is so wonderful. We can help families spend time with each other and their pets and less time maintaining their yard."
Jay has spent close to 20 years working in the sports industry, including 10 years with the Music City Bowl and the Nashville Sports Council. Jay recently retired from both to manage the daily operations of his Pet Butler operation.
"I look forward to owning and managing my own business and doing something new and different," said Jay. "I've always been an entrepreneur at heart and had been looking for a business that wasn't run of the mill. Scooping poop is definitely something that not too many people would consider doing, which makes it fun and interesting."
He added, "Having grown up in Shelbyville, Walking Horse Capital of the World, I've come full circle since my first paying job, which was shoveling horse manure. Those were big piles, so picking up dog poop will be easy."
Jay and his wife Victoria, are human companions to Fenway, a female Collie-Terrier mix, know how important it is to keep a yard poop-free. "Many people leave pet waste in their yards, thinking that it's good fertilizer," said Jay. "However, that is far from the truth. Not only does pet waste contain harmful bacteria that can kill your yard, it can also make people and their pets very sick. We want to help keep families' yards clean and bacteria-free."
Matt "Red" Boswell, CEO (Chief Excrement Officer) of Pet Butler, is excited to have Grider join the Pet Butler family, "Jay will do a wonderful job ridding Franklin and the surrounding areas of dog poop. I know they will do their part to make Tennessee look and smell great."
Pet Butler is leading the growth in the professional poop scooping market. Pet Butler generated more than $3.5 million in 2007 and recently opened its 90th franchise.
About Pet Butler
Pet Butler provides professional pet waste cleanup and removal services and supplies for individual yards, parks, and multi-family communities. The company's mission is to make life more convenient, enjoyable, and safe for pet owners and to give them more quality time with their pets and families. Together with its nationwide network of franchise partners, the company has been cleaning up poop for close to 20 years. To learn more, visit the Pet Butler website at www.petbutler.com or call 800-PET-BUTLER (800-738-2885).