11 Businesses You Can Start In Your Pajamas in 2009

Pet Care -- Paul Mann, Fetch! Pet Care
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Pet Care -- Paul Mann, Fetch! Pet Care

Approximately two-thirds of American households own pets, making the pet industry the sixth-fastest-growing industry in the nation -- with $43.4 billion projected to be spent on pets in this year alone. It's no wonder then that Fetch! Pet Care, a Berkeley, Calif.-based company that provides a wide range of pet-sitting and dog-walking services is thriving. The 2008 Inc. 5000 company brought in revenue of $3.5 million last year and operates on a franchise model that includes 200 locations nationwide with a network of more than 3,800 pet sitters. "Pets don't know that we are in an economic downturn, and it's been proven that pets are therapeutic for people," says founder and CEO Paul Mann. "You don't stop feeding your pet in bad times."