Outbound Hounds History

With a desire to get out of the traditional work force, Cheryl Meyer had an idea. "They always say, do what you love and success will follow. Well, I love keeping active and being outside, and I love dogs...sounds like pretty good work if you can get it!" Thus, in beautiful Qualicum Beach, B.C., 2004, Outbound Hounds Pet Care Service, was born!

Taking her experience working with people, transferring many of the skills to work with animals and interest in small business, Meyer began developing Outbound Hounds. She supplemented her education and general knowledge as a dog owner/lover, with taking a Vet's Assistant course, Pet First-Aid classes and auditied various dog-training courses through local reputable trainers. Meyer also became a member of the Parksville/Qualicum Beach SPCA and the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Happily operating Outbound Hounds in the Oceanside area until January 2006, Meyer then sold her business to Martha Giannakopoulos, one of the pet-care providers working with her. "Due to my husband's business, we made the decision to move to the Sooke area. It was very sad to say goodbye to my clients, both human and 4-legged. They become your close and treasured companions." The good part was that Outbound Hounds would continue to offer its services to its friends in the Oceanside area, with Martha at the helm.

In May 2006, Meyer began operating Outbound Hounds Pet Care Services in Sooke and the surrounding areas, becoming active in the community and a member of the Sooke Harbour Chamber of Commerce and the Sooke Region Tourism Association.

Don and Jaime Whittaker met Cheryl Meyer of Outbound Hounds when they asked her to to care for their many animals while they were working and when they went on vacations. They were quickly impressed and relieved by Cheryl's professionalism and approach to her business, making sure the animals felt well-loved and cared for in their own home, and their animals felt the same way! Jaime and Don have always loved animals, and were interested in joining Cheryl in Outbound Hounds if ever the opportunity arose.

Cheryl decided in the summer of 2008 to sell the business, and her first thoughts were of Don and Jaime, who jumped at the chance to be a part of Outbound Hounds, taking over the business officially in January 2009.


From the January 24, 2009 issue of The Sooke News Mirror Click here (PDF format)