APP FEATURED MEMBER! DAWN HERNANDEZ

by Nancy E. Hassel, American Pet Professionals, Weekly Featured Member

Welcome to our weekly featured member of American Pet Professionals! This week, August 17, 2015 we feature Dawn Hernandez of Walkin & Waggin Pet Concierge.

Check out our fun Q&A interview with Dawn of Walkin & Waggin Pet Concierge and her experience so far in the Pet Industry:

How long have you been in the Pet Industry?

20+ years turned into a Business owner 2 years ago

 

What drew you to the Pet Industry?

We all have the same mantra: “We LOVE animals”!

 

The best thing about your experience so far?

The most rewarding experience is: That I get up everyday going to work loving what I do

 

Are you a solo petrepreneur or do you have employees?

Solo

 

If you could change/add/create ONE thing in the pet industry what would that be?

Working together not against each other – Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions. The fact is, no one ascends alone.

 

What is the most interesting thing about your business or rescue group?

That animals have taught me so many life lessons, they are some of the best teachers I’ve had and changed my life in so many good ways. Always reminding me of what is important in life.

 

Do you set goals for you business? Weekly/Monthly/Quarterly/Yearly?

Quarterly

 

Do you remember the last time you had a weekend off?

Yes

 

Do you regularly take vacations?

Yes

 

Your biggest complaint about the industry?

Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

 

How many pets did you treat last week? Or pet clients did you cater too?

22+

 

What is your advice to a young person joining the pet industry?

Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life

 

Your favorite thing about your customers (i.e. pet parents).

I am thankful for this amazing opportunity to work with such a diverse clientele

 

What is the best thing you have done for your business to help you grow?

Thinking outside of the box

 

When did you realize that this industry was more fun/rewarding/compassionate (add your own!) than a previous industry you may have worked in?

I think love of animals is ingrained in my DNA. So I took a leap of faith and pursued my passion of working with animals and running my own business.

 

If you weren’t in the pet industry – what other profession would you love to do?

I’m a strong animal advocate & a true “Animal Lover Extraordinaire”. I can’t see myself in any other profession

 

What is your favorite cocktail of choice?

Chardonnay/Merlot

 

Favorite book/movie/TV show?

Whatever happen to Baby Jane/ Betty Davis & Joan Crawford

 

Most amazing place you have been to on planet earth?

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

 

Favorite meal?

Latin cuisine

 

When you were a kid, and someone asked, what did you want to be when you grow up? What was your answer?

If you asked me then or asked me now, answer hasn’t changed – Save all the animals.

 

Favorite color?

Aqua Blue

 

Your favorite or most inspirational quote?

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare

 

What is your: Dog/horse/cat/bird/lizard/bunny Breed of choice?

Narrowing it down is impossible – I think love of animals is ingrained in my DNA. In fact, if it was up to me everyone I encounter would have a wet nose and a wiggly butt!

 

Hobbies you love that don’t involve pets, if any! 🙂

Gardening, Interior Designing, Reading & Meditation

 

How many pets do you currently own?

3 canine & 1 feline (Rescued)

Dawn is located on Long Island, NY and can be reached by email at info@walkinwagginpetconcierge.com or by checking out her website

 

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