Photo: Brandon and Meaghan Hardy play with their dachshunds. (Photo by Bruce R. Partain)
Targeting number two - and beyond
by Ben Williams, Chamber intern
Nacogdoches siblings Meaghan and Brandon Hardy started a company to specialize in the removal of dog and cat pet waste in yards and apartment communities.
A pet waste removal business is not only new for the community; it is also a brave new adventure for the Hardys. They came across the idea on a California company’s website. They believed the business would be ideal for animal lovers, and had a hunch it would work in Nacogdoches.
“After some consideration, the name we agreed upon was House Doody,” Meaghan said.
They now operate their business out of their home, but hope to soon be able to sell pet merchandise and ultimately own a pet store. Since opening in July they have experienced steady growth, adding new clients monthly. Because of their love for animals, they yearn for their company to grow to the point they can be of help to the animal shelter.
“We make time to volunteer at the Nacogdoches Animal Services and Adoption Center,” Brandon said. “And we post pictures of the animals that are up for adoption on our Facebook site.”
House Doody also offers pet sitting. Pet owners who travel out of town and are unable to take their pet along are prime customers. House Doody employees visit the pet in its own surroundings (the owner’s residence) twice a day, giving the owner alternatives to kennel service or relying on friends and family. “We will check on the pet and make certain it has food and water, as well as fulfill any other request made by the pet’s owner,” Brandon said. “This service assures that the pet is still receiving personal loving attention while the owner is away. It simply provides peace of mind.”
Cat lovers can look to House Doody to take care of the chore of hauling and storing kitty litter. The House Doody’s Litter Box Swap service changes the cat’s litter box once a week. Brandon and Meaghan supply the cat with a litter box and come weekly to empty and refill the box. House Doody also offers monthly visits.
The Hardys believe that every pet is entitled to a clean and healthy environment. They have set a short range goal to service 100 customers. Upon reaching that goal, they plan to hire more employees and keep on growing.
Eventually, this brother and sister team has dreams of selling franchises of House Doody to other areas in east Texas. They would love to expand to neighboring cities such as Lufkin, Longview, Tyler and beyond.
“Being number one in the number two business summarizes exactly what our business is all about,” Brandon said.