Our controversial findings that our furry feline friends love clean windows!
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post on the latest OSHA GHS rules, and I’ve received several requests for something a little more “fun”.
What? OSHA Chemical labeling regulations are not fun?
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
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“.
It’s very simple, here’s how to play:
- 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?
- 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.)
- 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.
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
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!
However 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
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.
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!
About the Author
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!)
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