Wow. What a journey. I can't believe I'm writing a long overdue blog post from our reception area overlooking the beautiful King's Heights dog park.
Lots to be thankful for
Just over a week ago, on Monday, October 26th we had our grand opening celebration. We had a ribbon cutting ceremony and I said a few words; well, more than a few words but I wanted to make sure I reached everyone who helped make my dream became a reality. Since I’m overdue for a blog post, I would like to take this opportunity to express a heartfelt thank you to the following individuals:
First and foremost, a huge thank you to Scott, Rick and Jeff from WPI Renovations. These guys took an empty concrete bay and transformed it into a place we can call home. From ensuring we have exceptional heating, ventilation to a functioning and properly placed toilet, these guys were never more than a phone call away.
Thank you to Corey and the team at Centaur Products for installing our floor. Safety and sanitation is very important, so having a low impact, sealed, waterproof floor that's super easy to clean (we sweep and mop every day!) is a great feature for our puppy pals.
In line with safety, a huge thank you to Sean with Home Rail for installing our double gates and fenced off areas.
Feeling the love
The Airdrie Business Community! Thank you for all the support, the referrals and the guidance. I am so privileged to know so many strong entrepreneurs.
Our amazing clients. I know that most companies say they have the best clients, but we really do! Your beautiful flowers, yummy goodies and offers to help setting up the daycare are appreciated more than you know. We not only love your fur babies, but are incredibly grateful for your encouragement and support.
My fantastic team. Seriously, I have such a fantastic team. Words cannot express how much I love and am grateful for all of you! Holly, Becky, Nicole, Ryan, Chantel, Ray and Alora you are the heart of Airdrie Puppy Pals. Thank you for choosing to join me on this crazy ride, to grow with me and to share your love and passion for all puppy pals.
My parents. For taking my late night phone calls and helping me talk through decisions and for driving all the way from Winnipeg for two days for our Grand Opening event! (I found out on Tuesday my father was having kidney stone attacks but nothing would stop him from being there for our big day!) If anyone wants to know where I get my stubbornness, determination and family values from, well now you know ;)
Last; but certainly not least, my amazingly supportive husband Ray. Mr. Puppy Pals - you wear so many hats. You are our painter and interior designer, our retail manager, our dog walker, our chief financial officer, graphic designer, website administrator and Mr. fix-whatever-we-need-fixed. You do so many things that enable us to focus on provided the best of care to our puppy pals. Without you, this would not be possible <3
Until next time, we will see you at the (King's Height off leash) dog park :)