‘From rags to wags, we’re at your service’, says the official website for House and Hound, a unique home-cleaning and dog-sitting service in Seattle. Given that Seattle is such a pooch-friendly city, this one-of-a-kind service solves two problems in one clean sweep (pun intended!).
Seriously though, who wouldn’t want to come home to a sparkling home and a happy, wagging dog. You can choose from a variety of plans—from overnight dog-sitting to doggy day-care combined with a deep cleaning of your house. With Valentine’s Day coming up, this could also be a great gift for your significant other. Everyone appreciates some time off, and you could schedule this while you whisk them away for a spa day or leisurely brunch. Check out the full list of services here.
We spoke to the House and Hound founder, Amy Jean, and got to know more about this unusual service…
Seattleite: How did you conceptualize and start House and Hound?
Amy Jean: I have always loved dogs, having bred and raised dogs, including many US Champions and Canadian Champions (I showed dogs in the American Kennel Club Circuit). Then, I went to law school and realized I was miserable practicing law. I had no time to have a dog, and I missed being around them so much. I sold my practice and began trying to figure out a way I could get my feet wet again. I started House and Hound in April 2017 and haven’t looked back. My Mom recently died, and part of this company is dedicated to her. She loved her fur babies!
Seattleite: What exactly does the service entail and what is your unique selling point?
Amy Jean: House and Hound is dog sitting and house cleaning service – a combination that is unique to our area. We offer dog sitting, either in your home or ours, which includes walking, playing, feeding and one-on-one time. Our clients usually combine this with our house cleaning services and come home to a happy house and pup–hence, House and Hound. Special needs dogs are my specialty and those who have senior dogs, puppies, and dogs with ailments, including ambulatory problems. In addition, I do dog sitting for people who are on vacation for any amount of time or need to travel for work.
Seattleite: How are your cleaners/pet sitters trained?
Amy Jean: Before hiring, I make sure they have experience by being selective with my interview questions and my interview techniques. When we clean a house the first time or do a new dog meet and greet, I always accompany the employee to make sure are cleaning following House and Hounds expectations. I also run background checks on everybody and we are bonded and insured.
Seattleite: What are the biggest challenges you faced with this service?
Amy Jean: The biggest challenge is simply getting the word out: Seattle has more dogs than children and everyone loves a clean home, so the need is definitely out there!
Seattleite: What’s the best compliment you have received?
Amy Jean: “My dog doesn’t take to just anyone, but wow I’ve never had her warm up so fast. I could tell you really put a lot of pride into my home when you cleaned it. It looks amazing!”
Seattleite: Any plans for expansion in the future?
Amy Jean: I just joined a company called Insight Studios where we will be developing House and Hound as an app and integrate it with other household apps we plan to market.