Jaime Bowerman loves traveling with her miniature dachshund, being a tourist, seeing sites and dining in restaurants. Unfortunately, many of the places she visited didn’t allow pets.
Like many other entrepreneurs, Bowerman felt the need to create her own solution. Introducing Hotel Hounds, 2014 Startup Weekend Winner.
“My dog hates to be alone in hotel rooms,” Bowerman explains. “While many hotels are pet friendly, none offer a pet sitting service.”
Bowerman fashioned Hotel Hounds like an out-of-town babysitting service. Pet owners go to an online, user-friendly website, insert their travel destination, select from a list of pet-friendly hotels and review a list of dog-sitters. Dog-sitters are selected and then come to the hotel room to watch the dog.
“The upside for the hotel is that there will be no more barking dogs left alone in a room. The owner is confident because background checks have been done on all sitters. It’s a win/win,” she says. Bowerman hopes to roll out the program in the Cleveland metropolitan area before the busy summer travel season.
Costs for the service will be determined by the sitters with Hotel Hounds’ earning 15 percent of the revenue. Bowerman hopes to gain additional funding through sponsorships. “The pet industry is a $55.72 billion industry,” she adds. “Our goal is to ultimately partner with hotels and pet food stores and partner with them.”