|Barked: Mon Aug 20, '12 5:23pm PST |
|I am self employed, I own a boarding kennel/grooming salon and most weeks I work 7 to 5 weekdays and 7 to noon Saturdays and Sundays. In the twelve years that I have owned this kennel I have been active with showing, breeding, and doing things with my dogs such as kayaking and camping, etc. I manage just fine, it's pretty much where your priorities lie.
We keep a good, up to date calendar and when I need a weekend off for shows or whatever or some weekday time for camping, I have to plan way, way ahead since most people rebook their grooming for anywhere from 5 to 8 weeks and I am the only groomer here. My four part time girls can usually cover me in the kennel but the grooming IS a problem and people tend to get nasty if you have to change their appointment.
On the plus side, I do get to take some of my own dogs to work everyday, and if I am away, I always have someone to care for my own dogs since they need to come to care for the kennel ones!!! Most of my dogs do stay home alone every day, but I am available to run home for lunch and let everyone out, and depending on weather, they can stay out all day as my kennel is close enough to keep an ear on my own guys and an eye on the weather.
That said, the biggest problem with being the owner is that if someone calls in sick your entire planned day off goes out with the wash!! I have more than once been awakened at dawn on the day of a big show by one of my girls calling in sick, OR there being an ice storm or the like and, as the owner, I get to cancel MY plans and work. A big problem with a kennel is that you can't just lock the door and leave, even in an emergency, since the animals need care and feeding, unlike normal store stock like clothing or other product which is fine if left alone.
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