Introducing Walkles, pet care management software made simple.

Last year, my wife quit her job and decided to become a dog walker, and she’s awesome at it. When you start something like that, one of the very first things you need is a website, so I helped her out with that. As she got more clients, she needed more features to help her schedule her walks, invoice users, etc. We evaluated existing services and they problem they ALL shared was they were unnecessarily complicated. Not just for dog walkers, but for their clients as well.

So we decided to build our own. We added only the features she needed to run her business, and made it so simple it could be used intuitively by someone just starting out. As her business grew, so did the app. As her business continues to grow, so will the app.

Late last year, it seemed like the product we had was good enough for others to use, so that’s exactly what we’ve done. We came up with a catchy name, hired a logo designer, and Walkles was born. It took a couple of months of work to turn this into a SaaS platform, but we’ve finally got a product we’re proud of: everything a new pet care provider needs to get their business off the ground.

Walkles includes a website, but even if you’ve got your own existing one you’d benefit from it. The upcoming OMG plan includes the ability to embed the client scheduler directly in your website. In fact, I’ve embedded the demo account below so you can get an idea of how simple it is. Try it out with the zip code 12345.

Capistrano & delayed_job With Rails 4

If you’ve tried deploying your Rails 4 app using Capistrano, and you happen to also be using the delayed_job gem, you may have encountered a problem.

bash: script/delayed_job: No such file or directory

The solution is actually quite simple. Rails 4 uses the bin directory in place of the script directory, so add this to your deploy.rb file:

set :delayed_job_command, "bin/delayed_job"