About

We’ve been serving South Austin since 2003.

A Letter from the Owner:

Welcome! My name is Tamara Dailey, owner of Moxie’s Pet Service — a very specialized in-home-pet sitting plan that presently services numerous satisfied customers on a regular and continuous basis. I am a highly experienced pet-care provider and animal lover. I have built a solid reputation and strong business presence in the South Austin area by providing pet owners with a quality of care and concern for their animals.   We try hard to match the level of care that is very close to that which only the owners themselves can provide.

What is Moxie?

When naming my pet sitting business, I wanted the name to represent my work. “Moxie” was the word that stood out to me. Sincerity, knowledge, enterprise, enthusiasm and vigor are just some words that are synonymous with “moxie.” I am full of moxie and I put a lot of it into the work that I do for my pet sitting company.

Getting started

I’m one of those fortunate people who get to do what they love for a living. Moxie’s Pet Service is my full time job. I started pet sitting in 2003. At that time pet sitting was a very part-time fad for me. I was in between jobs and didn’t know what I wanted to do for a living. So I advertised my services as a pet sitter in my homeowner association’s newsletter. At that point, the work was very seasonal, but it helped pay some bills while I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do professionally. Three years passed and I was still “pet sitting” for a very loyal group of families in my neighborhood. At that point something small, but powerful, happened …

Christmas, 2005, my husband and I had become parents of an adopted rescue kitten from Dallas. That was when I discovered another meaning of the word “moxie” — the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage. This little kitten was found in a junkyard with a broken jaw and a broken tail. Someone had abused her and left her for dead. When we finally received her into our home, she was all patched up — with a little crooked tail and no bottom teeth. However traumatized she had been, she came to us like the sunshine on a cloudy day. She had survived a horrible experience but obviously wanted to live her life with enthusiasm and courage. I named her Miss Moxie. And in honor of her courage, I decided that pet sitting was what I wanted to do professionally.

Going Pro

On January 1, 2006 I set up shop. By that time the decision to be a professional pet sitter seemed natural. I had my spin at jobs that pertained to my college degree. Those jobs didn’t make me happy the way I was as a pet sitter. After all, I did spend the first 20 years of my life living on a farm in Ohio. I had been a 4-H member from the time I was 9 until I was 18 — showing cats, dogs, horses, and rabbits. The time I spent caring for my animals was some of the happiest times of my life. Why not draw upon the education I learned by doing?

Since I made the decision to go full-time professionally (with liability insurance, independent contractors, participating in pet sitting organizations, etc.) my business has grown 200%. And I’m still growing. My pet sitting is a business, and I must respect it as such. But the benefits of getting to meet so many wonderful families and taking care of their fur babies far out weigh the hassle of writing up contracts, advertising, networking, or having to keep track of the miles I travel for work.

In my spare time (yes, I have some once in a while!) I write about pets for YOU.  I hope you’ll take a few moments and read some of my articles, and if you have an idea for something you’d like me to write about, let me know!

Going Green:  Reduce Reuse and Recycle.

“Moxie’s Pet Service places a very high value on the friendship we have with our environment. Therefore, we sometimes recommend a non-toxic product in place of the highly poisonous chemicals found in your home. We are strong supporters of the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. And our service reflects our values regarding keeping a healthy planet/healthy pets.