As I was laying in bed the other night thoughts of Dexter, our pit bull – boxer entered my mind. I am not sure why the thoughts came rushing back this particular night. The movie playing in my head was comical though.
The pup was running full speed in a circle around our living room. As he geared up his little legs scrambled for traction on our new laminate flooring. As he slipped and slid, he would round the corner. Under the coffee table and through the end tables Dexter wound his way through the maze he used as his racetrack. It became a nightly ritual for our new pup, running at all out full speed until he dropped.
As I drifted off to sleep, I remember feeling my lips curl upward into a smile. I even remember slightly laughing aloud. He sure was a site to see.
Dexter came to us the same month we opened our nationwide auto transport business. I will admit I was not very happy about it. Like most parents, we did not choose Dexter. Our son received him as a gift from a co-worker and could not say no. He brought him home and handed him to me, all 5 pounds of him. Thinking back I should have put my foot down and said no, but just like us parents do…I did not.
Through all the kicking, screaming and denial my heart absolutely melted when I took the first look at his little face. He licked my nose and it was all over. Instant bonding took place that day. Little did I know that running a business would be like raising a puppy.
The biggest reason I did not want another dog was I knew it would be busy in the office. Answering phone calls for customers requesting auto transport quotes would take time. Puppies also take a tremendous amount of time to train the right way. There would be no time to play, house break him or show him the attention he would need.
There was also the issue of time to take him to get his puppy shots. We bought special puppy food because boxers get a lot of gas. Just like toddlers, puppies need toys to occupy their days.
Thinking about the sleepless nights ahead of me I cringed. I was thinking about the long hours I would be putting into working up the nationwideauto transport quotes. Why did I not put my foot down and say no to my son?
My husband and son both worked full time at jobs outside of the home. On the other hand, I was here 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you have ever owned a new puppy you know, the training period is crazy.
So began the development of our relationship. Up at 5 AM we would go outside together for his morning ritual of sniffing the grass. Running around like that was all we had to do was crazy. His legs were so short that the grass scratched his little belly. Whether it was pouring rain, or 115* outside, there we would be playing in the dark.
As the school bus drove by, the driver would honk and wave. All of the kids were smiling as if we were their entertainment. The parents driving carpools would stop and watch. Some of them even shouted out, "awe, how cute". Soon they would wave and off they would go to drop the kids at school.
Our day got started in the office after our first morning outing. Dexter and I both soon learned how to work together. The office guard puppy and the nationwide auto transport broker provided auto transport quotes to customers daily. He learned to lie on the rug in the doorway. I learned to take breaks, eat meals and love on my new companion while building my car shipping business.
Come back next time for the continuing story of Dexter, our office dog. See how customer requests for auto transport quotes and the puppy continue growing together.
Here to Serve,
Carla J Gardiner
Carla J Gardiner is an ex-banker turned entrepreneur who built an auto transport brokerage and dispatch center from the ground up. With half a days training and little else Carla learned the business inside and out the hard way…by doing it. Her passion and purpose lies with the people she works with daily; the client, dispatcher, broker and truck driver. Her frustration within the industry has birthed a new division of her company; one to properly train, encourage and mentor other professionals in auto transport.
Carla Gardiner is a wife, mom, and grammy. She left the corporate world of banking in 2004 hitting the ground running with Bullseye Auto Transport in 2005. She diversified her business in 2010 adding dispatch services to car-hauler owners/operators. Carla is on a mission to positively impact people's lives she serves with truths untold about living life better; gaining optimal health and healthy weight loss. Carla has written as The Fiery Grandma since 2010 and this title describes her personality perfectly!
There is so much peace and comfort in owning your own business, especially for us mom’s and grandma’s who want to be there for our family… or to take those vacations when they come up! Freedom is precious – it is worth getting the knowledge and investing in ourselves to have this liberty of working from home! Thanks for sharing, Carla… you are a great leader!
Carla, bravo. I admire for what you stand for. You have the experience, integrity and ‘heart’ that the industry is lacking.
That’s pretty amazing. In addition, do I understand that you are going to be showing people how to set themselves up in the auto transport broker business? If it’s set up right and the right level of service is provided, I would imagine it could be an interesting work-from-home business!
Awesome post! It is truly appealing, if one is passionate about the work the individual is doing then there is no scope for it being menial or boring or whatever. A business is where you are the boss and you are the slave, no bossiness stuff.
I learned something new! I had no clue what a “snow bird” was before this. In addition, great tips about budgeting. Sometimes I get my head in so many places; I have to remind myself to get back to basics. After all, I cannot expect God to bless me with more if I do not properly manage what is already in my hand. GREAT ARTICLE!