The Power of Pet Transportation

Pet Force One is already serving our clients and their pets in time-saving, stress-redpet transprotationucing and unique ways. Aside from the daily routine drop offs and pickups at our daycare and boarding facility, the wide variety of requests for van services not only reassures us that we are well equipped to meet any and all of them but also shows the profound bond we enjoy with man’s best friend and all the ways we express it.

Here’s a sample. One client’s beloved dog requires chemo that involves trips to Virginia for treatment. Taking time off from work to drive there was becoming a problem for her.  Pet Force One now covers the round trips and waits while the procedure is done. On another assignment, a couple who are divorced and share custody of their dog have Pet Force One transport him back and forth between them for visits.

Not all dogs like car rides. When we got a call requesting transport to the vet for two 70 pound Greyhounds ‘who hate cars’ we wondered just how this trip would go. Our customer, Ann Marie Petrick says it best.

“I felt like we could have ridden around the world in the van and my dogs wouldn’t have minded. Driving in city traffic can be starts, stops and jostles. Patrick gave us a ride that was hassle free. The dogs stretched out on the covered floor and just relaxed. I was amazed.  He also waited while we saw the vet and then took us home. It was a great experience and I can’t recommend the service enough.”

A flat tire and failed AC on a recent very hot afternoon in Adams Morgan left a woman stranded who was traveling with her dog. She tried to get out of the heat to wait for roadside service in a nearby restaurant but they didn’t allow pets. Pet Force One picked up her buddy and took him home.

Our present service area extends to transporting furry passengers to and from the airport.  In the near future customers will be able to book Pet Force One for longer, customized trips through our charter program, Patrick’s Pet Care Express.  We are also working on an app that will quote fees for all of our trips.

Get to Know One of Our Longest Customers: Winnie

In our five-years of business we’ve been privileged to meet hundreds of dogs. One of our longest dog-walking customers is Winnie. With her easy-going manner and signature floppy-ear, Winnie is impossible not to love. We spoke with her owners Alex and Lia to find out more about their dog-owning experience.

Their Adoption Experience

When Lia and Alex decided to get a dog, they knew they wanted to adopt because there are so many animals in need of a home. Through an animal rescue service they were able to find the perfect dog for them, and on Valentine’s Day 2014, Winnie became part of their family.

Life in the City

While hesitant about keeping a dog in a typical DC-apartment, Lia and Alex found that through long walks and visits to dog parks Winnie gets plenty of exercise. They also include Winnie on their own excursions: she’s been to the the U.S. Senate, the National Arboretum, the Eastern Shore, and is looking forward to trying some dog-friendly ice cream in their neighborhood this summer.

As is common in DC, Lia and Alex work long hours. They decided to hire a dog-walker when Winnie was still a puppy and needed to release some energy during the day. Even now that she’s a full-grown dog, Winnie benefits from mid-day exercise and socialization. Lia commented on why she has continued relying on Patrick’s Pet Care for Winnie’s walks: “We love the daily notes we receive from our walkers, we love that we get photos of her with her BFFs Mara, Jefe and Thambi and we love that each of the walkers we’ve had over the years seems to genuinely care about Winnie.”

A Happy Family

Since her adoption, Winnie has become an essential part of the family. She greets her parents everyday when they come home from work with a wagging tail, ready to snuggle. Lia concluded, “She makes our family feel complete and we both agree that getting a dog was the best decision we’ve made.”

Do You Want to Adopt?

If you’re interested in adopting a dog like Winnie, come to our upcoming adoption event on Columbia Heights Day, June 17th. From 12 PM – 3 PM the Humane Rescue Alliance will be at our day care with adoptable pups.

Patrick’s Pet Care Launches Pet Transportation Service

Pet sitting in Washington DCMay 31, 2017

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, NW, DC—  Patrick’s Pet Care, a leading pet services company in Washington D.C., today announced  it will offer pet transportation services throughout the DMV area, making it one of the first DC pet care company to do so.  The service is taking off June 1st, 2017.

‘Pet Force One,’ the company’s new van, is designed to provide safe, reliable access to key locations like the vet, groomer or airport. It features the latest pet-friendly climate control, individualized and private transport spaces with filtered water dispensers, and gps-tracking. Recently named Best of DC in a city-wide survey, Patrick’s Pet Care has become a leader in the DC dog-walking, pet-sitting, and pet-boarding industry.

“This expansion into pet transportation will fill a much-needed service in the District, allowing pet owners to benefit from high-quality services, regardless of their location or ability to travel,” says the owner and general manager Patrick Flynn. Not having a car should not prevent someone from having the loving companionship of a pet.”

Ultimately, this transportation service means no part of the city is off-limits for pet owners. Whether that’s a visit to a dog trainer, the airport, or Patrick’s small dog day care, Pet Force One will get your pet there, fast and in style.

About Patrick’s Pet Care

Patrick’s Pet Care is a rapidly growing dog-walking, pet-sitting and pet-transportation firm with a small-dog day care based in Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C. and plans to open a dog day school in Brookland, NE this fall. In its fifth year of operation, the firm services more than 140 customers daily in 15 neighborhoods. Since its inception, Patrick’s Pet Care has focused on providing environmental-friendly, reliable, and personalized animal care. The company uses ”Pet Check Technology” which includes GPS-tracking for walks, online scheduling and billing, making it easier than ever to help care for pets in real-time. By maintaining  high standards of customer care, Patrick’s Pet Care can expand its services without losing their community-focused spirit. Along with a five star rating on Yelp, Patrick’s Pet Care was voted “Best of DC” in 2017 by Washington City Paper. To find out more, visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Jane Garfinkel

This release was featured in: DCist, Prince of Petworth 

Columbia Heights Dog Park Earth Day Clean Up

What does community mean to you? For 25 Columbia Heights residents, it means venturing out in the pouring rain to clean up Columbia Heights Dog Park on Earth Day. Despite the weather, representatives from District Bridges and the 11th & Bark Organization as well as DC Councilmember Brianne Nadeau arrived to lend a helping hand.

In recent years the Columbia Heights dog park had fallen into disrepair and needed some TLC. Since the park is such an important part of our community we organized an event to clean it up, partially funded by a grant supplied by Columbia Heights ANC 1A.

We arrived at the pcorgi in a rain jacketark bright and early with gray clouds threatening a storm. Despite this, by 8:30 AM a crowd of volunteers had gathered, eager to get to work. Some removed trash and old toys, while others reinforced the fencing that protects small dogs from escaping the park. Neighborly Lawns led the largest project: installing a drainage tube to prevent rainwater from seeping mud onto the pavement. As everyone set about their tasks, tunes blasted from speakers brought by volunteers.

Two benches were donated, giving park attendees a place to lounge as their pups romp in the park. Patrick himself cut the overgrown grasses around the perimeter and set up a water cistern along the back side of the park, meaning dogs will have a sustainable water source for the upcoming hot summer. By the end of the morning, the park was looking beautiful.volunteers painting bench

After hours of hard work in the rain, volunteers returned to Patrick’s day care to feast on pizza donated by RedRocks pizzeria. Regardless of the damp conditions, the clean up was successful thanks to everyone who gave their support.

Leo Bosner, a regular park-goer, and volunteer said, “The dog park is a fun place and a wonderful social setting where people can unwind and relax with their dogs, their friends, and their dogs’ friends too!  The cleanup was great, and my thanks to Patrick’s for sponsoring it.”

To Patrick, organizing events like this one is an important part of being a local business. “It’s part of my company’s mission to partner with the communities we serve. Projects like this enable us to honor that goal.”

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