Talking with Amber Sverdloff of Ambers Pet’s & Homes Plus (4th January 2011)
(Scroll down for a 2012 update)
Having just talked with Amber about the Sunshack Tanning Salon, she showed us her
card for another business she also runs, that involving the care of pets. Always
wanting to encourage young enterprise, we agreed to include her business, because
you’ll find her here in Rochford and she also serves Rochford.
RL: OK Amber, so you don’t only do the tanning business, you also have this Pets
and Homes Plus business?
Amber: Yes, this is my real passion. It’s for when people are at work or going on
holiday or into hospital or for some reason can’t look after their own pets. I can
go in and take care of any pets in the home or do pet sitting or, for instance, if
someone is going away and they want their animals to come and stay with me, if they
don’t want me to just come and visit, I have a place in Shoebury with a nice garden
that is all set up for animals, so if they wanted it, they can have the animals with
me twenty four hours a day while they are away.
RL: On your card you have a variety of creatures. Surely you don’t look after cockerels?
Amber: Oh yes, I have looked after chickens and cockerels. You have a lot of people
around here asking for that. And snakes! Oh yes; we have one lady and her whole lounge
is filled with tanks where she keeps all her snakes. It’s only a once a week visit;
that’s all they need. My web site has only got one page at the moment, because I’ve
taken off the other pages because in the Spring we hope to do dog grooming as well
and will put that on then.
RL: You’ve mentioned chickens and cockerels and snakes. What else have you looked
Amber: Well it’s only been going a year and it’s been predominantly dogs – all sorts
of dogs, Alsatians, Greyhounds, from the very big dogs right down to the smallest
ones. Yes, I have had chickens and also ducks, lots of rabbits that come and stay
with me, or that I’ve visited in their own homes, lots of cats and then of course
the smaller pets such as hamsters. But we do more than that if we’re asked. We put
rubbish out, switch lights on so it looks like someone is at home. Even gardening
if they want gardening done. It’s not just for people going on holiday, it might
be people that are disabled or elderly.
RL: Do you do all this alone, for you have some fairly long opening hours here in
the Tanning Salon?
Amber: No, I have help with the pets and also if I need it, I get help in here as
well. In the long-term I’m hoping to get additional full-time staff in here to allow
me more time with the pet side of the business.
RL: And if people want to talk to you about care for their pets, they can either
ring on the number above, or come and talk to you here?
RL: Amber, we just wanted to check with you that you are still caring or pets?
Amber: Yes, I’m still caring for animals but it’s a little bit on the back burner
at the moment. It did get really, really busy but I’ve just spent a few months studying
dog grooming and I passed with flying colours.
RL: What does that involve?
Amber: Well there are many different breeds and each breed has its own style and
most people want their dogs to be in the style it should be. I went to Spain to do
that for a one on one course where you get really intense training. They did offer
me a position with them so I’ve kept contact with them but now I’m hoping to open
up my own dog grooming parlour and I’ll be able to merge that with the pet-sitting
as well and have a bigger, more professional set-up, possibly in Eastwood.
RL: Well, that’s great. We’ll check by to see how that is progressing.
(For those who think they know their dogs, see if you know what this one is, who
was keeping Amber company when we dropped in.)