K9 Waste Solutions was set up in Spring 2017 by former energy industry manager, Karl Lee. So why would someone go from a warm office and secure job to a poop scooping business?
“I was tired of large corporate culture who's primary purpose seemed to be becoming more about profit and less about helping people. Sitting in front of a computer screen all day just wasn't feeding my soul any more and I wanted to do something that would truly make a difference to peoples lives. So I jacked in the job and my partner Ian, Ben (our dog) and I went travelling around Europe for 6 months in the hope I'd get some inspiration what I wanted to do for the rest of my life."
We travelled 16,000 miles, visiting 15 countries. Ben had his own doggy passport so it was really easy to cross borders and it was an amazing experience that we will never forget. All good things come to an end though and it was time to head home.
When we got back I had to get another job but I didn't have a clue what that job would be. The only thing I knew for sure was that I wasn't going back to the rut I was in before.
I was talking to a neighbour and he said that he kept hearing Ben barking and howling since we had returned from Europe. We had no idea this was happening so set up a web cam and went out for an hour. When we returned and played the cam footage we were horrified to see Ben in a frenzied state, running from room to room, clearly distraught being left alone. He had developed major separation issues having spent the last 6 months always in our company. So what job could I do that would allow me to work from home or take Ben to work with me?
A friend who ran a garden maintenance company mentioned the problems he had when arriving to cut someones grass and it was covered in dog poo. I looked on the internet and social media and couldn't find any company in Glasgow that would pick it up. I could do that! I loved animals and had been picking up dog poop most of my life, but was there a market for it?
Within a week I had already found 10 people that wanted the service, so K9 Waste Solutions was born.
The first year was difficult and Scottish winters aren't exactly designed for poop picking, but this year the business really started to grow. We are now working with land management companies and Scottish universities providing practical and ethical solutions to the disposal of dog waste.
We also work with local communities to try to solve abandoned dog waste on their streets and in green spaces. Click the button below to find out if we could help your community.
We haven't forgotten our roots though. We continue to service domestic households throughout central Scotland. There is something really special about getting a good cup of tea, a chat and playing with the fluffy clients.