Patrick’s Pet Care founder, Patrick Flynn, has been an animal lover since before he could walk. He grew up in a household known for taking in unwanted pets and providing a safe, loving home for them. There was rarely a time growing up when Patrick’s house didn’t have an extra animal (or five). Often dogs and cats, but occasionally there were birds, hamsters, fish, snakes, and once a very large snapping turtle. Patrick’s family even took care of horses a few times – but they didn’t stay with them! Not all of the animals that Patrick’s family cared for were cute, cuddly and well behaved. Some had been abused, some had been taught bad habits, and some were just mean. Over the years, Patrick learned that providing consistent humane treatment and clear communication yields positive results.
One of Patrick’s first memories is being surrounded by a sea of German Shepherd puppies. Abandoned in a box on the side of the road, Patrick’s family took them in. The puppies were nursed to good health, and when they were old enough, they were spayed, neutered, and house trained. We eventually found them loving homes, except for the runt, “Wooly Bear,” who Patrick couldn’t part ways with.
The Right Path
After graduating from Georgetown University, Patrick felt obligated to follow a “traditional” career path. However, starting a professional life in Washington left him missing a life full of animals. Once he realized he could have a career in animal care, that obligation faded away. In January 2012, Patrick mentioned his plan to start a dog walking business to a friend, a cartoon artist. Before the end of dinner, she had sketched a logo for the new venture.
A Humble Beginning
Patrick’s Pet Care formally began in March 2012 in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. Knowing his friends would trust his animal expertise, he shared the new logo and dog walking services on his Facebook.
In less than a year, Patrick walked dogs seven days a week as friend after friend asked for his services. Eventually, he simply couldn’t take on any more responsibility; in May 2013 Patrick’s Pet Care hired its first employee, Sam. In the following few years, Patrick focused on serving his customer, their pets, and his employees. Patrick believes in providing the very best care for pets, impeccable customer service, and a happy and fun workplace. By May of 2015, Patrick’s Pet Care had grown to over ten employees, serving 125+ homes across the District daily.
5 Years of Family
In April 2016, Patrick’s Pet Care opened a dog day care down the street from our first Columbia Heights location.
In 2017, Patrick’s Pet Care launched a new website and logo, while continuing to provide top quality care and service.
Today, Patrick’s Pet Care continues to grow every day with dog walking, boarding, transportation, and training services for clients not just in Columbia Heights but all over the District of Columbia, with plans to expand into Virginia and Maryland. Inspired by our roots, we remain committed to serving clients and pets with special needs–aged, infirm, or just plain cranky.