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Pet Transportation Arrives in Lakewood

Does your dog need a lift? Lakewood resident Dawn Manuelle recently launched her pet transportation business Sit, Stay. Ride!

Dawn Manuelle began scouting out the idea of “doggie transport” when she recently needed help getting her yorkipoo, Jake, home from dog daycare.

She found one service on the East Side, but it's a limousine service for canines — a little more than she’d hoped for and a little too big for Jake.

The Lakewood resident learned that the service she was seeking really didn’t exist.

So, she started it. 

Manuelle recently launched Sit, Stay. Ride!, a pet transportation service that shuttles pooches (and felines) to and from , a Lakewood dog daycare center on W. 117th Street.

She has a full-time job as a paralegal at a law firm, but this is more of her passion, she said.

“The whole dog thing is new to me,” Manuelle said. “I never realized before Jake that you could become attached to your dog. That’s good because I really understand my customers.”

Sit, Stay. Ride! offers morning pickup, between 6:30 and 8:30, as well as an evening service from 5:30 to 8.

Manuelle buckles up the smaller dogs, and lets the larger ones sprawl across the backseat of her car (she’s looking to upgrade to an SUV). Cats will usually be caged.

She’s even been trained and certified in the American Red Cross cat and dog first aid program.

Manuelle sends a text message to her customers when she arrives at the daycare.

“They seem to like that,” she said. “It gives a sense of relief.” 

She charges $15 for round-trip service — pickup in the morning and evening delivery or $7.50 for a one-way trip. And for additional pets, it’s $5 for each one.

“One thing that I’ve found interesting is that every dog knows its street,” she said. “They will be resting in the back seat until we get close to home. Then, they perk up.”

Most of her customers live in Lakewood, but there are some outside the city — as far away as North Olmsted.

“A dog’s favorite question is ‘wanna’ go for a ride?,” she said. “So the dogs seem to like it.” 

For more information call 216-264-9433.

Charlotte Weitzel September 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Great idea for those needing help with transportion. Our pets are family! Way to go Dawn and Good Luck! Char Weitzel
Nikki Ferrell September 11, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Hey, Dawn! Good to see this story. Good luck with your business!
Pat Smith September 11, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Such a great idea. Great article and good luck.
JMF September 11, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I am a customer and recommend Dawn!
Matthew Ulrich September 11, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I utilise sit, stay, ride and I love the service. Dawn is fantastic with my dog "checkers!" She even remembered his birthday and gave him a lil treat when she picked him up. I highly recommend this service. Nothing is better than getting the text letting me know she has arrived to day care safely with "checkers." It makes my day that much better.
Whitney Callahan September 11, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Congratulations Dawn! This is a terrific article and a terrific idea for a much needed service. Best of luck with your new business.
Michelle mccue September 12, 2012 at 02:10 AM
This is genius! My dog goes to inn the doghouse and I'm sure he will need transportation! Love it!
Jane Doe September 12, 2012 at 02:13 PM
What an excellent idea!! I used to work for a pet emergency clinic & felt so bad for those clients who had no transportation to get their pets in for treatment..most taxis do not allow animals so, that may be something to look into for broadening your clientele as well!
Jennifer Mayes September 12, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I would be interested to know if she has insurance or this. Like if she was to get into an car accident and a pet was injured who would be responsible for the bill?
Steve September 12, 2012 at 07:31 PM
And a follow-up to Jennifer, suppose she was transporting ALLEGED pit bulls and was pulled over by our new souped up chevy blue camero, and he wanted to confiscate them. What happens next???
Pumpkin September 21, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Beyond creative and a fantastic idea! Great article and certainly you have showed your entrepreneurial ways! Very impressive and love the postcard promoting the service. So I guess the impromptu decision to get Jake was a good one? :) You will make this succeed for certain.
lynne jeric October 04, 2012 at 09:02 PM
What a good idea. My dog, Rudy loves Dawn and he tells me she is a very careful driver. Thanks for the ride, Dawn. WOOF!

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