Small Business Focus: Puppy Luv Pet Services | ARLnow

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To celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we thought we’d take this opportunity to spotlight one of Arlington’s many women-led businesses.

Founded in 2014 by Lindsey Hinton, Puppy Luv is a luxury pet company that provides dog walking, pet grooming, obedience training and pet sitting services to DMV clients. . While Arlington is home to many pet care businesses, Puppy Luv is unique because it focuses on the community aspect of canine services.

Since the company was founded, Puppy Luv has hosted over 100 dog parties, partnering with everyone from JBG Smith to Amazon. Events allow neighbors to hang out and connect while their dogs play, making new friends in the process. “These events contributed to our success,” says Hinton.

While Puppy Luv is a group effort of nine dedicated individuals, one team member who has been essential to the growth of the company is Jerome McCollum, who has been with the company for five years and wears many hats. . Not only is McCollum the operations manager, but he also serves as the IT specialist and, for special events, he moonlights as the company’s DJ.

“Jerome is dedicated and passionate about his work, and we are very happy to have him on the team,” says Hinton.

A resident of Arlington for 15 years, Hinton says she’s seen the community change during that time.

“One of the best things about Arlington is that it’s close to city life with a suburban feel while still offering plenty of outdoor spaces and parks for events and recreation,” Hinton says.

One of her favorite things to do in Arlington is walking near Long Bridge Park when she’s not working. “Arlington is a wonderful place to live; it’s an even better place to work,” she says.

With the continued success of Puppy Luv Pet Services, five years from now, Hinton would like to see the growth of his business measured in terms of quality. “We’re striving to create more volume and awareness of our brand while continuing our sense of community,” she says.

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Marie R. McCraw