Sul Power is the owner of Friendly Paws, LLC, here in Colorado Springs. She dedicates her life to caring for dogs who need extra attention while their owners are at work, or who need looked after for a period of time. Some of the services she offers includes walking, boarding, and even just stopping by for a check up.
jbCM: Tell us a little bit about yourself, Sul.
Sul: My name is Sul Power! I’m from Santa Barbara, California and I’ve been in Colorado now for four years. I was in the military for 15 years and when I got out, I didn’t know what I was going to do. I bought a German Shepard, and that was the inspiration for my business.
jbCM: How did Friendly Paws, LLC begin?
Sul: Friendly Paws started with my German Shepard, Kuume. When we got him, he was just 10 weeks old and we went on short walks about 3-4 times a day. We walked so much that I was constantly asked If I was a dog walker. I ended up looking in to it, and we just started our business. We do daily walks, check-ins, and boarding.
jbCM: Do you do all of this from home?
Sul: Right now, it’s home-based, but we’re looking into a couple of acres next year since we’re expanding. I didn’t realize that it was such a looked after business. We only work out of a 5-mile radius because my husband is still in the service and right now it’s just the two of us. But next year we do hope to go more than 10 miles out. I walk people’s dogs on a daily basis, care for senior dogs at their homes, and we also bring dogs to our house who don’t like to be alone and just want to play with other dogs. They watch movies, hang out, take two walks a day, and go to the puppy park.
jbCM: Where did you get your drive and motivation to start this business?
Sul: When I first looked into it, I didn’t know much of what I was doing. I did a lot of research the first year and educated myself. Going into the second year I felt more confident with my knowledge. Being a dog owner, I just realized how much exercise, love, and attention a dog needs. Kuume is lucky to be with me 24/7 but not every dog is as lucky. It makes a difference to be able to spend even just 20-30 minutes with them; playing fetch and going on adventure walks.