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Sunnyvale FFA Member's Pet Sitting Business Evolves From Love of Animals    
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 | Author: Sterling Pieniazek, Texas FFA Intern

Tristan Staley has always had a love for animals. However, her most recent Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) has opened her eyes to the business side of agriculture. 

In 2022, the Sunnyvale FFA member began her pet-sitting business, "Staley's Sitting."

"It all started with helping my mother's coworker while they were out of town," said Staley. "I really enjoyed this opportunity and decided that this was something that I would like to do." 

After extensive research, Staley was able to kick-start her business. As the owner, she creates pet information sheets and books initial visits with pet owners. She gathers pet information, such as feeding instructions, medications, or any specific rules to follow when caring for a client's animal. 

"I have to be trustworthy and responsible," said Staley. "My clients trust me not only in their homes but with their pets' lives. Therefore I do all I can to make sure they are more than content."

Exceptional customer service and active communication are proven to set a business apart. Through her efforts, Staley has learned how to meet her clients' needs effectively. 

"I keep my pet owners informed with a daily text message to let them know that their fur babies are doing just fine, along with a picture so they can lay eyes on them."

The FFA member plans to attend Texas A&M University upon high school completion. 

"I am excited about what the future holds for myself and my business," said Staley. "After attending college, I plan to [continue to] be a business owner." 

Staley's successful SAE project was recognized as the Star Greenhand in Agribusiness at the 2022 Texas FFA State Convention.

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