BLACKFOOT â€” After the birth of his son, David Taylor of Blackfoot was looking for an additional revenue stream.
"I decided to do it when I saw some dog waste in the yard," he said of DooDooKing, his waste management company now seeking clients. "It's a health issue as much as anything.
"A lot of people don't have time or don't want to do it," he said of that onerous job of cleaning up after Fido and his friends.
Taylor did some research and found statistics that indicate that out of every 10 households, at least four have pets. Upon speaking to the director of the Blackfoot Animal Shelter, Taylor learned there are approximately 1,000 licensed dogs in the community. And, the director told him, there are probably two or three times that number of unlicensed dogs.
The business isn't unique, of course, since entrepreneurs are always looking for a specialty niche they can fill. Taylor said there are national franchises and added that he is aware of similar services being offered in Idaho Falls and Pocatello.
Taylor offers twice a week, once a week or one-time cleanup services for prices which range between $10 and $16 a week. After picking up the waste, spraying it to remove the odor and putting the waste in your trash receptacle, Taylor sanitizes his tools to ensure he doesn't transfer bacteria elsewhere.
For more information on his business, contact him at 208-252-5022, click on www.doodooking.com or find it on Facebook.
Taylor and his wife, the former Elisha Doran, grew up in Blackfoot, but have been away a few years. They recently returned to be close to family.
"We moved back because we didn't want our child not knowing family members," he said.
After high school Taylor worked in a variety of jobs. He and Elisha met while working at Power Lube. He also worked construction.
A former high school football player, he enjoyed playing with a local semi-pro team. A scout from Concordia University of Wisconsin, an NCAA Division III team, invited him to come play. He did so and was part of two conference championships. And, most importantly, he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing.
He and his wife then moved to Phoenix where he worked in sales for Auralog, a language software firm, and she worked as a mortgage loan processor.
Taylor still works for Auralog, which markets its TellMeMore software to libraries around the nation. He now tele-commutes.