We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracy Allen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tracy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When I think of risk, I go into with the mindset of taking a leap of faith. I haven’t been able to depend on many things or many people, but I’ve always been able to depend and know that I am carried by God in all that I do. So I take leaps and I walk by faith. Honestly, what would life be without risk and without taking leaps of faith? The homes we live in, car we drive, stores we shop at, and food we eat are all apart of our lives because every single day, someone wakes up and takes a risk. I believe that taking risk is an ingredient in the recipe for success. Anyone that personally knows me, knows that I’m not shy of risk and I often take on quite a bit because I believe in myself. Im very grateful for the attitude that I have pertaining to risk because I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t ‘just do it.’

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Playtime Pawz is a pet care service business located in Houston, Texas and started in 2020. Playtime Pawz was founded by Tracy Allen who has a deep caring spirit for animals and more so, any living being that has to depend on others to survive and care for them. Playtime Pawz provides Dog grooming, Pet Boarding, Pet Check Ins, Dog Walking, Pet Taxi, and Pet Waste Removal services all around the Houston area. Playtime Pawz is unique in a way that the business was started with the goal to make pet care affordable enough for all families that are in need of service. In addition, Playtime Pawz prides itself on building and maintaining personable and healthy relationships with all clients and furry friends. The long term goal for Playtime Pawz is to become a facility that is a one stop shop for pet owners. Families will be able to enjoy Playtime Pawz’s daycare, grooming, boarding, and veterinary facility dogs. In addition, PawParents will be able to use Playtime Pawz for in home services as well, such as, pet check ins, pet walks, mobile grooming, pet taxi, and pet waste removal; services that don’t require the customers to leave out of their homes. Playtime Pawz just celebrated its 1 year anniversary, and wow, it was more than I had ever expected. Honestly, when I started Playtime Pawz I believed that the work would be easy. I pictured all of the dogs playing, and enjoying their time with me and the rest of their furry friends. However, in reality, that’s only 50% of the job; even with the fun times comes anxiety because pets are so unpredictable. One second the dogs will be playing and the very next second, the same dogs are in a very dangerous dog fight that results in injuries and vet bills. With that being said, the past year has been the biggest journey of my life. I have had to learn how to manage my time since I am the one and only employee with a full time job and a full time business, I’ve learned that not all dogs and Pawparents are the best fit for my business and business model, I’ve learned to say no because people love to get over on small businesses, and I have learned how to better care for dogs and their safety while they are in my care. Ive experienced many challenges over the course of this year. Due to me providing the service within my home and utilizing my personal vehicle to transport pets daily, I have had many trials and tribulations with dogs pottying all throughout my home and on furniture, vomiting in my vehicles, breaking my personal belongings, biting me while they are getting groomed, the list goes on. But I overcome these challenges everyday by leaning on God and knowing that all of this is happening to me for a reason and working for my best interest. Seriously, that’s what keeps me going when I just walked 4 dogs at one time, as their leashes are tangling up down the side walk of my apartment complex, and then my phone falls out of my pocket into some poop, and then as soon as we get back inside, one of the dogs who just got walked decided to pee on my floor. Only my faith gets me through this things happening quite often.

I want the world to know that Playtime Pawz has truly created a service that cares about your furbabies just as you do.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take my bestie to eat once a day and we would hit up Lotus Seafood, Dream Wings, Timmy Chans for sure! As for more engagement activities, Kemah Boardwalk, Galveston would be my top picks.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, how many names can I give? LOL 🙂 Well to name a few, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today without my family and friends that cheer me on. Im actually a very outgoing person, but I don’t let a lot of people into my close circle. So the people that I cherish so much because I know they will always hold me down are, Valerie McDaniels, Neicy and Steve Rayson, Crystiyuana Cook, Krystal Brown, and Earon Holmes. These are the people that constantly push me, support me, and give me motivation in moments where i’m insufficient.

Website: www.playtimepawz.com

Instagram: @PlaytimePawz https://www.instagram.com/playtimepawz/?igshid=tusmkiycv3n3

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