Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Happy Valley Pet Services Wins Angie's List Super Service Award!

Happy Valley Pet Services Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Happy Valley Pet Services has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the Pet Sitting and Dog Walking companies in Portland were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”


Angie's List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie's List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Baby News!

Happy Valley Pet Services announces many new babies! Long overdue is the announcement of the birth of Cary's son, Alexander, on December 24, 2012. Here he is at 18 months with Macy, the Basset Hound. He is an animal lover already!

Jessica is a brand new mom! Her little girl, Aubree, was born May 22. She is also showing early interest in animals, and will be a great horse lover, like her mom.

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Jessica also has many baby bunnies!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cary's Grandmother's Butter Cookies

Cary's Grandmother made fantastic cut-out butter cookies every holiday season.  I'm going to call them "Butter Bassets"! This recipe makes a lot of cookies. I've substituted margarine for butter, which is still good, but nothing compared to using the real butter.

4 eggs, beaten
1 lb sugar (2-2 1/4 cups)
1 lb butter (4 sticks)
juice of one lemon
1 tbs vanilla
3 tps baking powder
5 cups flour

Cream butter; add sugar a little at a time and mix well.
Add beaten eggs vanilla and lemon juice and mix again.
Sift flour and baking powder together, and add a little at a time to the butter-sugar mixture.
Chill dough overnight.
When rolling out the dough, work with small portions at a time, and keep the rest refigerated.
Spread flour lightly over a dough cloth or surface for rolling. Lightly flour the rolling pin, and roll out the dough. Thinner is better.
Dip the cookie cutters in flour before using.
Place cookies on greased cookie sheet. (Grandmom always used Crisco.) Parchment paper also works well.
Bake in pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
Cool cookies on racks, wax paper, or parchment.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

An Afternoon with Pet Pros Helps Update Skills

Dory, one of the volunteer dogs, is amazingly calm during the bandaging demo.

VCA NW Veterinary Specialists held a great class in canine/feline first aid today. While it was hard to give up such a nice fall day, the four-hour class was worth it.  

I got to practice CPR on a virtual dog model, picked up pointers on bandaging, trauma and toxicity.  My emergency kit will be up to date as well. The folks at VCA were great...they even brought some volunteer dogs for us to practice on. 

Border collie Ruby lies quietly while having her pulse checked.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Hello! Welcome to the brand new Happy Valley Pet Services blog! Happy Valley Pet Services has expanded recently, and Cary, the founder, has added some wonderful people to her team. Also, we've expanded our service area to include Gresham, Boring and Sandy, in addition to Happy Valley, Clackamas, Damascus and outer SE Portland.