Dog Day at Your Boutique!by Elizabeth MacDonald
Are you tired of working like a dog? Maybe your boutique would benefit from working WITH a dog! (haha!)
We aren’t kidding, though. While we are all in the business of fetal heartbeats, My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear has an entire line of furbaby animals to choose from. Recording an animal’s heartbeat is a bit different (and a tad bit more challenging) than scanning a pregnant belly for a heartbeat, but the end result is one a family will cherish forever.
By offering an outdoor ‘Pet Day’ at your boutique once a month, you will draw in business from current clients while also expanding to furbaby parents. A pet is a true member of the family and with many kids leaving for college in the next month, now is the perfect time to offer their dogs’ heartbeats be recorded and stored to be taken with them! Parents can use a second heartbeat recorder to capture a bark (or a purr) to surprise their kids.
As an animal grows older, their heartbeat may be the greatest keepsake a family can possess. Being able to hug, squeeze, and hear that sound will help ease the transition after the crossing of the rainbow bridge. By providing a fun day of recording furbaby heartbeats, you will be giving families more than just an enjoyable memory. They will be forever grateful.
Tips for Offering Pet Heartbeats
Practice Makes Perfect
You don’t want to walk in blind on your first pet scan. Make sure you practice on your own animals, friends’ pets, etc. Lay the dog (or cat) on their right side and bend the front left leg so elbow touches chest. Where the elbow touches is the location of the heart! You’ll be able to scan anywhere in this general area to get a clear recording. Of course if you are scanning a horse, it will remain standing!
Focus Only on Animals
Do not book fetal scans on the one day you are offering furbaby scans. Consider opening the boutique a bit earlier, later, or on a day you are typically closed.
Require an Appointment
This helps with the timing of your day and with ensuring you have enough heartbeat animals ready! Make sure you ask each family what type of pet (and what breed) to be mentally prepared, too.
Keep a Pocket Full of Snacks
Animals do not sit back and lounge very often, so you may need to get creative. The fastest way to find the heartbeat is with the help of the owner and some tasty treats!
Encourage families to take photos and share them on social media!
This is quite different than what you typically do, but it will definitely provide lots of laughs and happy clients.