Saturday, April 16, 2011

The New MissPoop!

It's official, MissPoop has a new owner. Stephanie Stiles, a creative gardener (professionally), a mother to three wonderful children and the wife of Paul, her perfect match, has taken over my "baby"!

I have looked high and low for the sort of person who understood the value of MissPoop's business reputation and commitment to offering the absolute best customer service in the area. Stephanie and her husband used to be my number one referral sources when I started almost ten years ago and they had a Lawn, garden and tree business. A mutual friend mentioned to them I was selling the business and they were ecstatic. I cannot think of a more perfect match and am excited for you to meet Stephanie...pictures will follow soon.

The new MissPoop will be contacting all of our (her) customers to introduce herself (and she will undoubtedly be bearing cookies) and to make sure she will understand all of your needs and concerns!

I am very grateful to all of my customers for supporting me for all these years and I am extremely please to be passing on the business to someone who cars and has the excitement to grow it even further.

Another really neat thing about Stephanie is because she understands yards and gardens and tress, she will be helping you to look at ways that will make the property more dog friendly with less chaos and wear and tear.

The old MissPoop (that would be me) will still be around to help them keep up the newsletters and blog.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Leaves, trees, wind and poop!

Without exception, ok, maybe March is a bit messy too, fall is our least favorite poop scooping season. The leaves are all over the place, you can't find a thing, the lawn guys are waiting for us to clean up so they don't step in it and we are waiting for them to clean up so we don't step in it. Then there are the winds and the storms. Until I became MissPoop, I never, ever in my life worried about a tree limb falling on my head. Never!

As I pursue my faithful clients yards I wonder if I should wear a hard hat. Actually in my case, I should probably wear one anyway. If it is not falling on me, I can find a way to make it happen - ask about the icicle in the forehead incident sometime. And because my eyes are on the ground, as they should be, I am always running into tree branches.

I am still very grateful to have such a thriving business, that allows me to pursue other avenues of interest and income, so a few missteps are no big deal. But if you wonder why the bag by your garbage can looks a little light, it is not because your dog has gone on a diet. We just can't find it all right now. We will get it by Novembers' end.

I still love my job!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Happy Halloween - the week after results!

One year I found a dead lizard, the whole body, while poop scooping. His head was sticking out of one end of a rather large pile (yep - poop from a golden retriever) and his tail stuck out of the other end. At first I thought it was a toy. Nope.

Well this week I found a chewed up ten dollar bill (yes I did contemplate retrieving it but it was in too many pieces and the mess was even beyond my drive to get the bill back in shape); a delicate pair of black lace panties (not nearly as pretty as the purple thing a few years ago); several leftover foil candy wrappers adding a glint in the sun as I did my job and incredibly healthy looking poop in every yard!

Many of you may not realize that I do look carefully at the product of my job. A professional pooper scooper knows that the poop can tell a lot of stories, some unfortunately are sad. I knew a few weeks before it happened that one dog was dying by the look of his stools. We can detect stress, bad diets, disease and misbehavior before you or your vet even knows. Of course we let you know right away.

Lately I have notice the quality of almost all of my clients dogs poop has been very healthy. The main reason I believe this to be the case it we as a public have become more aware of how dog food has improved and its impact on your dogs' health. So if you feel your dogs output is less and harder congratulate yourselves. You are doing a good job of feeding properly!

Now, if I could just find a winning lottery ticket out there in the yards - I would retrieve that!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

If You Could...

What would you do next with your life? I have had at least four careers and am embarking on adding another path. The things they have in common are that I love working for myself, and I am obviously (in spite of what my mind chatter says) not afraid of going for broke! Of course, I never expect to be broke and I have confidence that while there will be a bit of struggle, I always end up creating jobs I love and or grow into. I love expanding my skill sets, my creativity and my education...thank goodness, because the money is not always the goal!

With our economy, the political climate, the uncertainty of what will happen next clouding the air like a heavy fog, now seems to be a time when people hunkered down and hibernate. I think we should all do just the opposite!

So I invite you to share with me and others what passion you would dive into if fear of making a living were not blocking you. Just putting it out there starts to open doors...so let's all open some doors and run into each other and get the good energy rolling.

Ah yes - this is the MissPoop blog, so I must remind yo that while you are starting to explore new options watch where you step! : )

"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other."
--Douglas Everett

Sunday, April 18, 2010

MissPoop’s Thoughts on the Recession

Much as I would like to pretend there is no recession, the reality is hitting us all in the face and it can be frightening—if we let it overpower us and our thoughts. I have three dependable sources for my information on how to act during this time and am unselfishly sharing them with you here. The first is a daily blog from the creator of Dilbert, Scott Adams. I have very few blogs on my RSS feed, and his is the top one. If he is not writing eloquently about the economy, then whatever else he has to say is pretty good too! You can find him at http://dilbert.com/blog

My second source is Ellen Powers Le, CFA President of Ascend Capital Management, Inc. (ellen@ascendcapmgt.com). While my last 401K was used to start another business that had a bitter end (see chapter on Business Partnerships and Embezzlement), when my current and very meager 401K is of acceptable size, Ellen is the ONLY person I would trust with my money. Highly educated, experienced and a true financial seer, Ellen is the calming voice in this bumpy storm.

My third source is Doug, who breaks down every rumor, fallacy and misguided missiles of misinformation for me. And he supports his wise words with documented facts. Did you know that during the Great Depression, people were not really jumping out windows on a daily basis. And worse, Winston Churchill and Will Rogers cracked a few jokes, which then became “facts”, and many of us grew up in fear of our financial caretakers flying out windows if it ever happened again. In actuality, there are only two recorded suicides from jumping out windows, although there may have been other ones that looked like accidental death for insurance reasons. For more cheerful information on the topic go to Wall Street Suicides By Nina Shen Rastogi
(http://www.slate.com/id/2200633/)


On the more personal and local side of things, have you, as a MissPoop customer, ever thought about the impact you have on so many people with your $60-$100 monthly fee? When I started MIssPoop, before I allowed myself a frivolous expense, like a Starbucks Mucho Macha Latte Maple Supreme Cappuccino, I would think about how much time hunting down poop this cup of coffee was costing me. It didn’t mean I would not have it, but it brought the flow of income in/income out to the forefront of my budget. Over the years as we have grown in all three areas of the business, I am ever vigilant of how each one of you impacts our bottom line. There are now three people and four dogs who are thriving members of the community because of your choice to use our services. THIS IS A VERY BIG DEAL. Not to mention the vets I use, grocery stores I shop at, dog food suppliers and all the utility services who thank you indirectly. Oh—ok, the GAP and Land’s End appreciate you too! And if not Starbucks, I know Wawa does.

I believe we will come through this time a wiser and happier nation. We may all suffer some nerve-wracking days or months, but we are a country that supported growth and independence and not one to suffer in silence and back away from doing the hard work it takes to thrive happily.

There is also a group you can join to help fight the recession which I whole heartedly highly recommend joining. (http://norecessionforme.us/)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

THe difference between Miriam's idea of play and Doug's.

 
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Doug gave us permission! So say the dogs...Doug remains mum.

Hootie and fellow pooper scooper

 



Fellow Pooper Scooper and great freind Randi, hugging Hootie after a scalping haircut. Hootie is realizing getting scalped is not so bad if it means Randi will keep hugging him.
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