Tasha - Rancho Palos Verdes

Cats Love Clean Windows!

Our controversial findings that our furry feline friends love clean windows!

Jake and Friends - Los Angeles

Jake and Friends – Los Angeles

Wow, a number of you have requested a re-post of our in-depth research.  

What?  There aren’t enough controversial topics to discuss?   

Well, I’m all about giving the public what they want.

So here goes…

Through exhaustive research, we have found that Cats Love Clean Windows!

The “Name That Pet” Game 

John & Billy The Cat - Manhattan Beach

John meets Billy The Cat – Manhattan Beach

One of the funnest parts of owning a window cleaning business is meeting many wonderful people each day, and also their pets.

As my wife Cynthia says, “the windows don’t come to us” so we spend every afternoon driving into neighborhoods, meeting customers and writing residential window cleaning estimates.

While doing estimates, we are usually greeted by a dog or cat and we always ask to be introduced.

That’s when the fun starts.

I get to play a quick, personal game of “Name That Pet

My wife and I have been together for 10 years, and very early on we developed a little game called “Name That Pet“.

Mr. Peabody - Torrance

Mr. Peabody – Torrance

It’s very simple, here’s how to play:

  1. Observe - The next time you see a pet and their person, take a moment to watch the pet and get a sense of their personality.   Male of  Female? How do they carry themselves and interact with their person and the environment?  What is their personality?
  2. Associate – Now that you’ve got an idea about the pet, associate a name.  If the dog is very confident, you might choose “Duke”, “Chief” or “Champ”.  If the cat is spunky, you might think “Charlie”, “Tommy” or “Miss Binky”.  (It’s much tougher than you think.)
  3. Inquire – Take a moment to talk with the owner, inquire about the pet’s name, and get introduced.   People love talking about their pets and we’ve heard some great stories.  Also, quite often when playing in public, I’ll remember the pet’s name but I’ve forgotten the owner’s.  Funny how it works.

Buddy - Hermosa Beach

Buddy – Hermosa Beach

Were you correct?  Were you even close?

I’ve been playing the “Name That Pet” game for 10 years, and I have yet to get one correct though I’ve been close on two occasions.

Sometimes I let the owner know the name I picked, but most of the time I just smile and the owner (and the pet) have no idea I was playing my game.

The best part is coming home and sharing my “game” and pictures with Cynthia during happy hour. (She hasn’t guessed one yet, either!)

So, the next time you are out, try playing the “Name That Pet” game.

If you guess the name… well, that’s just beginner’s luck!  If you don’t, at least you met someone new and made a new furry friend.

Not a bad way to “stop and smell the roses.”  

We Meet A Lot of Cats

Bosley - Redondo Beach

Bosley is very demanding – Redondo Beach

There’s truth to the saying, “Dogs have owners, Cats have staff“.

Through our window cleaning business, I probably meet about 15 – 20 dogs & cats per week, or well over 750 fur pals per year.

I meet more dogs than cats, but I attribute this to greeting styles and general personalities.  Let’s just say I “see” a lot more cats than I get to meet.

With dogs, the tail wags and they are glad to meet me.  They say, “he smells good, my owners are happy and he just might have something to throw…yippee!”

On the other hand, with most cats I get a “colder” reception and I can almost hear them say, “great, the window guy is here to clean MY window.  Let’s get to it man!”

Pet Pictures On FB = New Business!

Mr. Kitty - Manhattan Beach

Facebook Star: Mr. Kitty – Manhattan Beach

Check us out on FacebookHowever we are greeted by the dog or cat, once we are introduced we love to take pet pictures and post them on our company’s Facebook Page.

Many of our customers check them out online and we’ve even had family members from Minnesota check out “Mr. Kitty” on our Facebook page, then call their local Fish Office to schedule a window cleaning.

I guess Social Media works!

Please take a moment to “Like” our Facebook page and post your pet’s photo too – we’d love to meet them.  

Our Findings: Cats Love Clean Windows

This Cat Wants Clean Windows

This Cat Wants Clean Windows

Here’s what our extensive research shows and the conclusion we’ve drawn:

Over the last couple of years, I’ve seen many cats in windows, but only one dog in one.

Cats are generally pretty clean and like to stay that way.

Therefore, I believe that cats like to sit in clean windows more than dirty windows.

Hence, Cats love clean windows.

Tough Guy Raja Loves Clean Windows

Tough Guy Raja Loves Clean Windows

What are your thoughts on this controversial finding? Please leave a comment.

Anyway, I thought I would share some of the cat pictures we’ve taken over the last couple of months.

Meeting these pets makes us smile and brightens our day.  Hopefully these pictures brighten yours too.

Thanks for reading and have a great week! 

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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

Turkey Fun Facts (aka “Fowl Knowledge”)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Gobble Gobble

Gobble Gobble

I heard a really corny joke yesterday:

Question:  “What happens when two turkeys fight on Thanksgiving? “

Answer: “They usually knock the stuffing out of each other!”

This is a re-post from prior years, it’s always fun to have some Turkey Fun Facts.

Print these out and amaze Uncle Sal & Aunt Millie with your “Fowl Knowledge” 

Be safe and enjoy your Holiday!

The Fish Window Cleaning Team

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Where do Turkey’s get their name?

Have you ever wondered what Turkey (the country in the Middle East) and the American bird have in common? A case of mistaken identity resulted in the American Turkey being named after the country. When the Spanish first found the bird in the Americas more than 400 years ago they brought it back to Europe. The English mistakenly thought it was a bird they called a “turkey” so they gave it the same name. This other bird was actually from Africa, but came to England by way of the Turkey (lots of shipping went through Turkey at the time). The name stuck even when they realized the birds weren’t the same.

Turkey Fun Facts

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

  1. The turkey is one of the most famous birds in North America. In fact, Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey, not the Bald Eagle, the national bird of the United States!
  2. The turkey’s popularity comes from the American people’s love of eating the bird for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  3. The wild turkey we usually see in photos or pictures is not the same as the domestic turkey that we serve at Thanksgiving.
  4. Domestic or tame turkeys weigh twice what a wild turkey does and are raised on farms for profit.
  5. Most domestic turkeys are so heavy they are unable to fly.
  6. After the female turkey mates, she prepares a nest under a bush in the woods and lays her tan and speckled brown eggs. She incubates as many as 18 eggs at a time. It takes about a month for the chicks to hatch.
  7. Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) live in woods in parts of North America and are the largest game birds found in this part of the world. They spend their days foraging for food like acorns, seeds, small insects and wild berries. They spend their nights in low branches of trees (yes, wild turkeys can fly!).
  8. Wild turkeys are covered with dark feathers that help them blend in with their woodland homes. The bare skin on the throat and head of a turkey can change color from flat gray to striking shades of red, white, and blue when the bird becomes distressed or excited.
  9. When the babies (known as poults) hatch they flock with their mother all year (even through the winter). For the first two weeks the poults are unable to fly. The mother roosts on the ground with them during this time.

Tom Turkey’s Tale of the Tail

American Turkey

American Turkey

Peacocks aren’t the only birds who use their fancy tails to attract a mate. Each spring male turkeys try to befriend as many females as possible. Male turkeys, also called “Tom Turkeys” or “Gobblers” puff up their bodies and spread their tail feathers (just like a peacock).

Turkeys grunt, make a “gobble gobble sound” and strut about shaking their feathers. This fancy turkey trot helps the male attract females (also called “hens”) for mating.

Turkey Terms

What's For Dinner

Look What’s For Dinner!

  • Scientific genus and species: Meleagris gallopavo
  • Caruncle – brightly colored growths on the throat region. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
  • Gizzard – a part of a bird’s stomach that contains tiny stones. It helps them grind up food for digestion.
  • Hen – a female turkey.
  • Poult – a baby turkey. A chick.
  • Snood – the flap of skin that hangs over the turkey’s beak. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
  • Tom – a male turkey. Also known as a gobbler.
  • Wattle – the flap of skin under the turkey’s chin. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.



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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

Sally and Pete RB

Customer Pets of the Week: “Sally & “Pete”

Happy Monday Everyone!

Thought I’d post a quick picture of our newest fur-pals,  “Sally” and “Pete”.

Cloe and Louie Redondo Beach

Cloe and Louie Redondo Beach

They own (and provide security for) Redmond Lock & Key at 2213 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278.

“Sally” & “Pete” will greet you with a smile and help with all your lock and Key needs.  (Also, ask for Dave & Barbara – they’ll help you too!)

We’ll soon begin cleaning their windows, what a great match! Redmond Lock & Key and  Fish Window Cleaning.

On the same day, I also met “Cloe” and “Louie” at the Animal Medical Clinic located at 2006 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.

These two, along with Gina and the AMC staff, clean their own windows, but are very friendly and would love to see you all.

Make it a great week and check back frequently for more pictures of a newest Fur Pals!

Sincerely,

Your friends at Fish Window Cleaning.

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 Fish Window Cleaning is a National Franchise with 220+ franchisees located throughout the United States.  FWC corporate headquarters are located in St. Louis, MO.

John Gran and Cynthia Julian own and operate the franchise located in the Los Angeles – South Bay, providing residential and commercial window cleaning, gutter cleaning, chandelier cleaning, pressure washing, and more.

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Manhattan Beach Resident - "Luna"

Customer Pet of the Week: “Luna”

Happy Friday Everyone!

"Luna" of Manhattan Beach

"Luna" of Manhattan Beach

Meet our furry new friend, “Luna”.

She owns a beach front home in Manhattan Beach and just had his windows cleaned by Fish Window Cleaning.

Her three-story home is right on The Strand and our cleaners will see her every six weeks – She likes clean windows and setting up a regular maintenance program keeps her Ocean View clear and amazing!

We are happy to be of service!

See you in six weeks “Luna”!

Sincerely,

Your friends at Fish Window Cleaning.

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 Fish Window Cleaning is a National Franchise with 220+ franchisees located throughout the United States.  FWC corporate headquarters are located in St. Louis, MO.

John Gran and Cynthia Julian own and operate the franchise located in the Los Angeles – South Bay, providing residential and commercial window cleaning, gutter cleaning, chandelier cleaning, pressure washing, and more.

Click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

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