Everything but a cow
Henry W. Sulzman 58 retired in May 1994 he permanently
traded in his necktie for a leash and began devoting all his time
to his pet sitting businessBuds Pet Homecare.
Sulzman worked as a school principal for 17 years, first for Downe
Township, and later for Upper Deerfield Township. As he began to
think about retiring, he hoped to have an established retirement
career that didnt require a shirt and tie. I wanted
to leave education and start something with low overhead,
His wife Eloise, a professional social worker, gave him the idea
for the business after reading an article. Sulzman, who has four
dogs and two cats of his own, was accustomed to being around animals.
With a love of pets and for the outdoors, animal care seemed a natural
And it seems to be a natural talent. In 1995, Pet Sitters International
voted Buds Pet Homecare as one of the top five pet sitting
services in the country. In 1999, The National Association of Professional
Pet Sitters inducted Sulzman into its Hall of Fame.
Buds Pet Homecare is family owned and operated. Sulzman and
his son, Robin, are partners. Sulzmans daughter also helps
out on occasion. He chose the name Bud because of the
nickname his sister gave him while growing up.
Sulzman began Buds Pet Homecare in 1987. He would get up at
4 a.m. and go to a clients home to care for their animal.
Later, after working a full day, he would return to the clients
house again. Slowly the business grew, one pet at a time.
Today, Buds Pet Homecare serves more than 400 clients. Over
the years he has watched just about every type of pet including
horses, donkeys, snakes and piranha. Everything except cows,
he said. He manages his business according to a simple philosophy:
If you can do it, show me and I'll do it too.