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The Texas Pet Sitters Conference for pet professionals in Texas was created in 2015 by two business women in the South Central Texas area who wanted to give opportunities to pet sitters who could not attend the more nationally known conferences. The “Deep in the Heart of Texas Pet Sitter Conference” is centrally located, affordable and jam-packed with industry professionals to speak about topics that every pet sitter can use in their daily operations.

When we first started, we hoped for Texas pet sitters, but we have been so excited to welcome pet sitters from all across the country!

Cathy Vaughan, co-organizer and owner/operator of Cathy’s Critter Care in addition to being part owner of Bluebonnet Bunk’n Biscuit, where the event will be held. She also “wrote the book” on pet sitting…really! Her book, “How To Start A Homebased Pet Sitting Business” has been a pet sitters favorite since 2011.

Michelle Romano, co-organizer and top dog at Waggs & Purrs Pet Sitting in San Antonio, has been a solo sitter since January 2011 in NE San Antonio area. She speaks woof and meow and makes sure her furry clients get the best of care using a precise time for visits and keeping the schedule light to accommodate for any unforeseen circumstances.

Deanna Schaar was added as co-organizer in 2016. She is the owner of Passion Fur Paws Pet Care in Spring Branch, TX. Ms. Schaar left the corporate business world to build her pet care business and foster dogs until they find their forever homes. Down-to-earth, pure Texan, Deanna is the perfect addition to the team.

While the women discussed their plans on attending the national pet sitters conferences, their “Ah-ha” moment was discovered! There were no conferences specifically for the great state of Texas. They decided it’s time to organize an event just for Texas pet sitters that was local, cost effective, and high quality. Texas is a big state with hundreds of pet sitters.

This year we have added two new organizers: Jessica Milam, owner of Fur Services Fur Pets in Savannah, TX AND Jason Waggoner from our friends at Acutraq Background Screenings. We appreciate their help and support with all the planning.

From our first conference in 2016, we have had huge successes and lots of repeat attendees. We look forward to another epic event in 2020, so join us for the 5th Annual Deep In The Heart Of Texas Pet Sitters Conference.

And…it’s not just for pet sitters – anyone in the pet industry will benefit from the comprehensive discussions and industry-leader speakers. Not from Texas? No problem! We will make you an honorary Texan so come on down, y’all!

NOW OFFERING CEUs!!

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