Lyons. Pauline has changed her life to become a pet-sitter: “I am complete all the time”

Pauline Masson opened her pet-sitting business in Lyon in 2019. (©LC/news Lyon)

It’s 11:15 a.m. Pauline Masson has already started her day for nearly 3 hours and is now going to a street near the Tête d’Or park (Lyon 6) to pick up Savane, a one-year-old Bernese mountain dog.

Accompanied by her own dog, Rémi, she goes for a walk with the two doggies for an hour. His daily life, that’s it. Pauline travels, on foot, 15 to 20 kilometers every day to walk dogs whose masters are at work, unavailable or sick.

From sales consultant to pet-sitter

A life she created for herself three years ago when she founded her pet-sitting micro-business in 2019, ” The animals of Les Gones“, which offers home visits for cats and walks for dogs.

“Basically, I was a sales consultant for a telephone operator. Then I trained to become veterinary assistant“, she explains.

The young Lyonnaise then worked in a clinic for two years, mainly in surgery. But he misses contact with animals. “I went to work in a boarding house for cats and I realized that it was in high demand. So, I started on my side. »

Whether it’s windy, raining or snowing, the young woman is outside every day taking care of our four-legged friends. A choice she does not regret for anything in the world. ” It’s happiness every day. I’m never bored, dogs are a bit like children, they never have the same moods and I have a lot of fun. »

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Strong demand in Lyon

Gradually, Pauline managed to build up a repertoire of loyal clients. Owners of cats and dogs ready to trust the Lyonnaise, to the point of leaving her the keys to their home.

“People are quite reassured to know that I have training in the field. There are animals that I have had for a very long time, including an English bulldog who was my first dog and that I still walk today, ”she says.

Today, the pet-sitter manages to live fully from her activity, even if she has kept two mornings in the veterinary practice, “more for pleasure than for obligation”. She asks 15 euros for a 30 minute walk and 25 euros for an hour. A home visit for a cat costs between 15 and 18 euros. The prices then vary according to demand and loyalty. client.

“I am complete all the time,” she reports. Extremely busyPauline has also had to reduce her geographical area to the 6th arrondissement only.

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