A Really Rewarding Pet Project

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - July 26, 2006
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Hawaii Pet Nanny Tammy Kubo with her furry ‘kids’
Hawaii Pet Nanny Tammy Kubo with her furry ‘kids’

Tammy Kubo traded in her high heels and corporate clothes for sneakers and a dog leash to start her company, Hawaii Pet Nanny.

“I got burnt out on the corporate environment, and I had kept encouraging people to start their own business. So I started my own business doing something that I love,” explains the former Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii senior account manager. Her career has included corporate sales since 1997 as well as12 years with Aloha Airlines. All her jobs, she says, have been taking care of people.

“During my career, I met a lot of people who are busy and have pets,” she says.

The Maryknoll grad has had pets all her life, starting in elementary school. She’s had dogs, cats, birds and even a chinchilla. But since moving to a Nuuanu condo, she hasn’t had a pet for the last year an a half which, she says, makes her feel like a schoolteacher without children, although she and husband U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo have five adult children.

Just like a mom, she says she worries about all the animals in her care, and has “pet-sat” many different species, including dogs, cats, birds, fish, turtles, ducks, shrimp, rabbits and worms.

“Being a pet nanny is truly my calling,” she says.

To accommodate her customers, Kubo will watch pets during an open house, or she can take animals to the groomer or to the vet.

“It makes sense if you’re a busy professional to use a nanny, rather than to take time off from work,” notes Kubo.

Some of her clients have their dog walked Monday to Friday, and some just call if they need an extra helping hand once in a while. As an additional service at no extra charge, she offers to take the mail in, water indoor plants or adjust the lighting, if the owner wishmorning shift herself.

She admits that one of the downfalls of the job is that she gets attached to the animals.

“One of my clients, who had three adorable doggies, moved to Chicago,” she says with a sad tone. “I miss them so much. We e-mail each other and send photos, but I can’t see them anymore.”

Many people say their pets are part of the family, and they cherish them so much.

“I’m very happy that pets are being taken care of so well these days,” Kubo adds. “It’s a good time to be a pet.”

For more information, call 536-1239, or log onto www.hawaiipetnanny.com

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