Blog post by Manayunk Development Corporation Summer Intern, Ben Chapman
Tanya moved to Manayunk in early 2005 to follow a corporate career opportunity and instantly fell in love with Manayunk due to the area’s friendliness and great community. While working in Conshohocken and occasionally having to travel for business, she came to the realization of how hard it was to leave her dogs for the day or rely on others to care for them. Thus TOP TAILS was born with the intention of it being a side job and supplemental income to her corporate job. However, Tanya soon felt so fulfilled and saw real potential for TOP TAILS to succeed, so that she left her corporate job behind.
Tanya has always had a long love for animals, which started from a young age thanks to her parents. While growing up, Tanya was surrounded by all types of animals including dogs, cats, birds, fish and even horses. There was a constant flow of pets into her childhood home and if one their family pets passed, it would quickly open a space for another. This passion and love for animals was clear even to this day in our conversation with Tanya, where she said “All the animals we care for are so sweet and it’s always nice to get to know them and get to know their personalities”. However, Tanya isn’t the only animal lover in the TOP TAILS office. All of the staff, including the office and field managers, love all the pet families they provide professional pet care services to! And they are willing to go the extra mile for all their clients, as well, since they are willing to offer their services 365 days a year and their office is open 9-5 on Monday through Friday. If you can’t make it into their office, they even have a 24/7 online scheduling service to make requesting a reservation for you pet even easier!
TOP TAILS found a perfect home in the quaint area of Manayunk for many reasons, with the most important being its pet friendly community including shops and restaurants. There are also a lot of great areas easily accessible to the people of Manayunk and their dogs, including Pretzel Park, the Wissahickon trails, and the Manayunk Towpath. Also, Manayunk is easily connected to many surrounding areas, including the six areas (Manayunk, Roxborough, Andorra, Wissahickon, East Falls, Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, and Germantown) that Top Tails offer their services to.
Tanya believes she found their sweet spot in the six areas that they work in. TOP TAILS is always willing to take in new clients in these areas, whether they are dogs or cats. TOP TAILS works personally with all their clients to really get to know the pet’s personalities and habits through in-home consultations and individualized care. Tanya and the rest of the team at TOP TAILS, truly work to care for the complete health and well-being of all their clients’ pets, embodying their motto, “Taking Strides Toward a Happier, Healthier Pet”. TOP TAILS sells Life’s Abundance pet food both on their website and in their storefront on Main Street. If you are not able to pick it up in their store, they can deliver it on your next scheduled visit. TOP TAILS also strives to achieve total transparency with their clients so they feel comfortable leaving their pet. Whether you use TOP TAILS for daily dog walking or a habitual pet sitting you can trust that your pet will be in great hands.
We’re ready to kickoff the official start to summer with our biggest event of the year, The 30th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival! Before that happens, though, we’re here to answer the most frequently asked questions by festival visitors, so you know what to expect the weekend of the festival.
This week I had the chance to talk to the inspiring owner, Christopher Plant and employee, Jason Morgan of Kismet located on 4230 Main Street. I learned about all the ins and outs of this up and coming business in Manayunk!