"Oh, and by the way, Kevin is awesome!" That's how many of our conversations with customers tend to end. This exclamation is often followed with an anecdote about how much the dog looks forward to Kevin's weekly visits or a time when Kevin went out of his way to make the dog feel loved. Scooping five days a week, Kevin visits more homes and knows more dogs than other Big Business Scoopers (including owners Tina and Emily!) So we thought it would be fun to interview him so everyone can get to know him a little bit better :-)
BBS: How did you get started working as a Pooper Scooper with Big Business Scoopers?
KB: I was recently laid off from my job in the pharmaceutical industry. As the primary caregiver for my sick father, I was looking for something with flexibility. I was introduced to Tom Watson (then owner of Big Business Scoopers) at the time through mutual friends and the rest is history.
BBS: What do you like most about the job?
KB: I love dogs so getting to see them every week is always a pleasure. I also love being outdoors plus it's pretty good exercise. I also take great pride in the work I do.
BBS: What are some challenges that you encounter? Other than the poop, of course!
KB: With Big Business Scoopers working all year round I'd say working in the elements poses the biggest challenge. Maintaining a high level of service while being exposed to rain, sleet, snow, heat, and cold really make the job challenging at times.
BBS: You have a dog of your own! Tell us a little bit about her?
KB: I have an 8 year old beagle/American foxhound mix named Daisy. Daisy is a rescue who I got when she was 3 months old. She is a very active dog that I love spending time with. I consider her my child and my world.
BBS: Aside from picking up poop, what do you consider to be the most important aspect of the job?
KB: I would say safety of the property whether it be an open gate, damaged fence, and anything that we notice that homeowners may not notice. I like to believe servicing our customers runs deeper than just picking up poop.
BBS: When you’re not scooping, what can you be found doing? What are some of your hobbies/activities, etc.?
KB: Besides spending time with Daisy I try and keep myself busy. During the spring/summer I play in a baseball league and I compete in various obstacle races including Rugged Maniac, Terrain Race, and Warrior Dash to name a few. I am competitive by nature and I love a challenge. I play fall baseball before switching over to snowboarding and I also play in an ice hockey league during the winter.
BBS: And now for some laughs! Tell us your favorite funny scooping moment or your favorite scooping pun (there are so many!)
KB: There have definitely been some funny moments along the way. The funniest I would have to say took place in Essex County 2 summers ago. I always allow extra time to play with dogs I encounter. I was just about finished when I noticed the chocolate lab (don't want to give the dogs name) approaching me with what I thought was a toy because that's what generally happens there. Much to my surprise the dog was bringing me a garter snake as a present to me which isn't a good thing considering I am petrified of snakes. I definitely panicked and made a mad dash for the family jungle gym with the chocolate lab (snake still in mouth) in hot pursuit. I was up there for quite some time until the housekeeper looked out the window and noticed me. She called the dog inside and I explained what had happened. We both had a good long laugh about that one.
BBS: That is hysterical. We wish we had a picture of that!! Thanks for taking the time for this, Kevin! Happy scooping :-P
And anyone reading ... we hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about Kevin as much as we did! Feel free to leave comments!