While most people are stressing over a job they don’t like, competing for a promotion, or looking forward to the next break, Arat Montoya created the job he doesn’t need to have a vacation from. Why should he? He is living the dream, surrounded with wagging tails and happy furballs, waiting for his yellow bus to pull up in front of their house.
In 2016, Montoya opened Doggie School Bus Inc., a dog daycare service in West Linn City, Oregon. In the first two weeks he opened his business, the Doggie School Bus became quite popular in their area and he found himself with handful of clients.
“I got 16 customers within two weeks. People were going bananas.” Montoya told Oregon Live, recalling the moment fondly. The demand has grown so much for his doggy daycare service that he had to buy new and larger vehicles to drive the dogs around.
Montoya’s daily routine consists in showing up at his clients’ houses each morning and picking pups and dogs up in his yellow dog bus. Then, he drives the doggos to a a 5-acre rural property he rented from a friend. This is where the dogs spend most of the day to play. At 2 PM, he drives them home door-to-door. Montoya charges his clients $30 for a day of his service.
Montoya currently has more than 300 clients and manages different groups of dogs. He can usually accommodate an average of 20 dogs per day, and can raise the number to 30 or more if he is dealing with well-behaved pups.
According to Montoya, the best part of doing all this is that he enjoys the company of dogs and that they have fun playing with the other dogs, too. “I’m the happiest man in the world doing what I’m doing,” he said.
Arat Montoya has been a dog-lover all his life, and couldn’t see himself doing anything else. He worked at the Dog Club of West Linn, but, unfortunately, the dog daycare service business he was working at shut down.
So, he continued to do boarding and dog-sitting for several clients. In 2016, Montoya and his wife found out they were going to have a baby, and simple dog-sitting wouldn’t be enough to cover his growing family’s needs.
And so Montoya created Doggie School Bus Inc., a dog daycare service in West Linn City, Oregon. He had a Gold Scion XB which he converted to a Dog School Bus and started his doggy daycare service.