We are a small group of animal lovers providing a common service in an uncommon way. Since 2006, we've been putting on our rain pants one leg at a time just like employees of any other dog walking agency--except that you won't find any employees around our water cooler (and not just because we don't have a water cooler).
At Brighter Days, we are all co-owners, uniquely invested in our clients and their pets. We don't aspire to be DC's largest or most lucrative pet care company. Just its best.
Want to know more about how our organizational model affects our work? Read on.
THE COLLECTIVE MODEL
We all walk dogs, and we all pitch in to keep the administrative side of the business running. No bosses--or all bosses, depending on how you look at it.
We share in the successes while laying the failures at the feet of whoever isn't at that week's meeting (just kidding...we share the failures too).
Through the extremes of District summers and winters; the weird hours; and the occasional, devastatingly compromised poop bag; the reward is ownership of our labor--an experience we share with far too few people around the globe.
WHAT IT MEANS FOR OUR CLIENTS
Most importantly, our model establishes a direct relationship between client and walker (or sitter).
You provide instructions and request scheduling changes with that person, who in turn will keep you updated on your pet's status (upset stomach, burgeoning superiority complex, etc.).
On days when your primary walker can't walk your dog, you can rest assured that the walker covering has an ownership stake in the company--as opposed to, say, a my-college-break-is-just-long-enough-to-get-a-job-and-I-tooootally-love-dogs stake.
WHAT IT MEANS FOR US
The nature of our business model requires communication and coordination with each other on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. Sharing information and planning ahead are essential.
The result is that each of us has a broad understanding of all aspects of the job; and while every collective member possesses a unique set of skills and interests, all of us function as both owners and workers.
So when one of us decides to avail him- or herself of a slice of our generous annual paid vacation, that person can confidently and honestly vouch for whichever coworker is shouldering his or her workload during that time.
MORE THAN JUST AN AWESOME JOB
Our clients can take comfort in the knowledge that we do what we can to make the seemingly innocuous task of dog walking a socially meaningful endeavor.
We bike instead of drive. We give financial support to local organizations working on the front lines of progressive change.
And--maybe; hopefully--we offer an example of workplace democracy that encourages others to take control of their livelihoods.
WHERE WE WORK
We do regular daytime/weekday walks in the following neighborhoods:
Mt. Pleasant • Petworth • Columbia Heights • Adams Morgan • Sheridan-Kalorama • Dupont Circle • U Street • MidCity • Logan Circle / Thomas Circle
Our prices pay for full-time, reliable, and professional service. We are insured and are members of NAPPS (the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters).
We have separate prices for dog walking, house sitting, and cat visiting. To see a full list, visit our pricing page.