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Welcome to our Website! Let me give you some insight to my life and why I started my business.

My name is Kathy Jarrell, owner of Southern Paws Pet Sitting/Daily Dog Walking. Being a pet owner and lover, I’ve had the joy of having pets in my life since I was a child. Even as a young adult, one of my gifts for Graduating High School was a small peek-a-poo which we named “Jolene”. Jolene became a well traveled pooch, as my husband and I started our own journey of traveling all over the US and Canada playing country music with our band, Jolene was right there with us. After being on the road for the first 15 yrs of our marriage, in 1993 we decided to settle down in Hendersonville, where we bought our home. Sadly, we lost Jolene in the fall of that year at 16 ½ years of age. I know most of you reading this know what a loss And heartbreak losing a furry family member can be. My husband and I were devastated, as we don’t have children, she was our baby!

We went several months without a pet and actually thought we would go nuts without having another baby to love. At that time I had met a lady with Standard Poodles. As most people say, I had never seen a poodle that big!! They were so smart and I knew I had to have one! We had made plans to try and find one to rescue as my husband and I both believe there are SO MANY that need a good home, we had to rescue. It wasn’t a month later that the owner I had met called to say she had a black standard that needed a forever home. I went to meet her and fell in love! She reminded us both so much of our little peek-a-poo! So Zelda had found a new home!! She was beautiful!

We had people contact us regarding her having a litter of puppies before we had her spayed and decided that we would allow one litter...a LOT of work, we will never do again, we cried every time a puppy left us!!  My husband and I decided after Zelda gave birth to 10 beautiful puppies that we would keep only 1 boy, Hahahaha! Wound up with 2 beautiful boys named Morgan and Hoppy! They were all three the joy of our lives and lived to be 13-14 ½ before we lost them within 3 yrs of each other.


As you can imagine heartbroken again, but as everyone that has loved and lost them will tell you, We wouldn’t have traded the time we had them to love and the unconditional love they brought to us was priceless! I tell you all this to say, we never boarded any of our furry family members. I know there are people that do and have had no problems with boarding; there are some great ones out there! It’s just that I choose not to leave my babies at them. That being said, our recording business was one of the many small businesses affected by the downward spiral of our economy and we began looking at ways to supplement our incomes.

I had been taking care of friends and family’s pets and my husband had said, “The love and passion you have for animals, you should start a pet sitting business”. So I decided to check around to see If there was a need for it in our area by speaking to several sitters I had found that shared with me their experience and encouraged me to start my business.

I thought surely there were people like myself that would love someone to go to their home to love and care for their pets to keep them from dealing with the stress of leaving them at a kennel. While talking with some of my now clients I found that many of them had bad experiences with boarding their pets, either their pet had been hurt, came home ill or with fleas. Now 3 years later, I am so blessed and thankful to have a thriving pet sitting business that brings me so much enjoyment. My husband and I currently have 3 Standard poodles again that we’ve rescued, (in photo with me above) Hogan, Jackson and Clinger (2 brothers) that are our new loves of our lives and we still don’t board them.

With all this said, I have 36 yrs pet care experience and a passion for making sure all animals entrusted to my care are loved and treated as my own while their families are away from them with Individualized care that their family would give, keeping them on their schedule as close as possible with walks, playtime, feedings, as their families would do along with daily text/photo messages to keep their families informed. I can say, not to brag, but with pride that my clients will tell you I am the best and their pets love me as much as I do them.

On the business side, I am insured and bonded. I am a member of the Pet Sitters International (PSI) and our Middle TN Pet Sitters Association.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my site and please if you have ANY questions, don’t hesitate to call or email me!

I look forward to caring for YOUR furry family member(s)!!!!



Kathy Jarrell with Hogan, Jackson and Clinger


Our beloved Morgan, Zelda & Hoppy






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