Innovative Pet Service Expands Across Country

Weare, NH, --( Born in Houston but spreading its wings, Waggin' Tailz has sold its third franchise and is setting up shop in Weare, N.H. The innovative petsitting service has followed a rapid path of success since its establishment in 2006, swiftly acquiring hundreds of clients and selling its first two franchises this past July.

"The business took off so quickly, and I was getting requests for service well out of my coverage area," explains Waggin' Tailz founder Karen Cockrill. "I wanted to offer franchises so that we could have independent locations to service other areas."

Enter Michael Pope, the newest franchisee, and the two Houston-based franchises that preceded him. Pope says he researched a lot of franchise opportunities, but was drawn to Waggin' Tailz by his love for animals and the affordability of its fees.

"Residents of greater Manchester, N.H. will benefit from our services — a cost-saving, reliable alternative to kennels and doggy daycare," says Pope. "Pets are more comfortable in their own environment and with their own daily routine, and some pets suffer stress from being around other animals."

Contributing to the growth of Waggin' Tailz is a combination of demand for pet care coupled with the company transcending the basics of a petsitting service. Its Royal-T Services, for example, include round-the-clock care, a pet taxi, and field trips. All Waggin' Tailz employees are certified in pet CPR, it has accounts with local emergency vet clinics, carries full bonding and insurance, and maintains an online scheduling system with which clients can track the dates of previous and future visits, make schedule changes, and pay their bill. Further toward its high standard, Waggin' Tailz requires anyone who works with the company to pass a drug screen, a background check, and complete its training program.

And then, of course, there is the ever-valuable life experience. Pope has shared his entire life with dogs and cats, and has dealt with health issues ranging from fleas to cancer.

"Waggin' Tailz provides a very professional, affordable and dependable way for people to care for their pets when they cannot be at home," he adds. "We are in a time where most families do not have the luxury of a one-parent-at-home household. The area that I will be servicing is one where many people work outside of their home, but with our services, they can still keep their pets happy."

Cockrill strived to assemble a comprehensive franchisee package that enables fellow entrepreneurs with a passion for pets to avoid the hazards and costs of establishing a company from the ground up. Waggin' Tailz franchisees receive training, software, supplies, marketing and advertising assistance, and a website.

"I was very comfortable in my initial discussions with Karen," explains Pope. "The major reason being that she made me feel like, instead of just selling me a franchise to make a buck, this was going to be more of a partnership."

That spirit of partnership flows over to Waggin' Tailz clients, as dedicated people with a passion for animals partner with them to care for and protect their loved ones when they cannot.

"The type of service that we provide is needed countrywide," says Pope. "Now, with a location opening in New Hampshire, the visibility of the company reaches far beyond Texas, and can only lead to the success and expansion of Waggin' Tailz."

For more information about services and franchise opportunities, visit or call 281-316-9082.


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