Parking in a busy part of town is one thing when you’re a human. It’s quite another when you’re of the four-legged persuasion, as most of my clients tend to be. Not that they’re driving around by themselves, mind you – they’re always accompanied by a human assistant. Even so, getting in and out of a car on a busy road isn’t something they should have to navigate in order to take advantage of my services.

I pride myself on making the experience as smooth, enjoyable and nurturing as possible for each and every one of my clients, which is why I’ve recently had our onsite parking area revamped. Yes, it’s small, but it’s big enough to accommodate up to three vehicles plus a trailer or horse float at any one time, meaning even my clientele’s more extravagant entourages are able to show up to my business premises with a minimum of fuss.

Setting this up was no mean feat, and I was required by the local council to resubmit the traffic impact assessment report I’d had prepared when the building was extended last year – something to do with part of the property not technically being filed as commercial premises. I had daddy’s consultants see to it and thankfully they were able to sort it out, but not before having to jump through so many hoops, including hiring a traffic engineer to present expert evidence to VCAT.

It’s not easy to find a traffic engineering consultant near Melbourne at 48 hours notice, but they managed to pull it off. Daddy wasn’t too happy about that – he says he can’t keep pulling ‘his’ people off tasks to throw at my ‘shenanigans’. I’m aware that he believes my work is inconsequential, and perhaps compared to the oil business it is. Still, I stand by what I do, and see it as valuable service to the community that’s not being provided by anyone else. It’s therefore my responsibility to provide my service to the highest possible standard.