And all three are keen to make the point about the importance of family, "The strength of K9 Solutions Australia is the three of us," Jason said, adding "the strength of the three of us are our families. Anyone who has started a new business knows it involves many challenges and considerations, is time consuming and sometimes an exhaustive process...without the unconditional support of our families we would not be living the dream of doing something we love as our careers". The team momentarily pause when hearing the last comment, basking in the afternoon sun and the realisation that they are some of the lucky ones who are doing what they love and getting paid for it. "There's no words that I can even say that express our gratitude and appreciation. They are what makes K9 Solutions Australia strong."
"The strength of K9 Solutions Australia is the three of us. The strength of the three of us are our families"
The team are also quick to turn their attention to their clients, "Building a company, building a product, building a service…these are hard things to do, but they mean nothing without a client base. The growth we’ve experienced over the last 12 months, and hopefully beyond, is because of our clients who's patronage and suggestions are a vital part of our growth. Their honesty and feedback have helped us shape our business, and for that, we are most grateful."
“We truly enjoyed working with them all and feel honoured they chose us to help them along their way...we feel really lucky to have had such great experiences with such awesome people. If you get to know your customers and treat them well, hopefully they’ll pay you back tenfold and become your company’s ambassadors,” adds Grant.
".......simply put, we love what we do."
In year two, K9 Solutions Australia will be building on the foundations set in their first year, but the team are keenly aware the year ahead will present its own challenges, "When you have a dream and decide to follow it, you are going to hit obstacles - but it’s how you react to those obstacles that counts. What’s important is that you stay focused on the dream", said Ben, tapping the table with purpose to accentuate the point. "K9 Solutions Australia is never going to be ‘just another' working dog training company. We’ve always had huge ambitions for the company and there is a long way for it to go."
Moving from the relaxed position that accompanies having a cold beer on a beautiful warm winter Brisbane afternoon, Jason moves forward to highlight that hard work is the cornerstone of which the business is built, "We know that nothing ever replaces being hard working sons of bitches who put in the hours needed. You need to be willing to work harder than everyone else and know where the work needs to be put in. Luck really is when preparation meets opportunity, so we concentrate a lot on preparation so we are ready when opportunity presents itself."
Ben sums up the feeling within the K9 Solutions Australia team, "Working with dogs is a wonderful life as it enables you to become part of a happy pack - and having your passion as the focus of your work brings enormous rewards. All things considered, there’s nothing we'd rather be doing than this. Non Vactro."