At that point Cathy’s entrepreneurial spirit took over and, with the help of a partner, formed a company called Geese B. Gone. She dedicated her company to the humane control of Canada geese, herding them off commercial and industrial properties. Cathy’s business started to grow as developers, office parks, and companies up and down the Dulles corridor caught wind of her service and began to contract her for geese control. Every morning before their full-time jobs, on lunch breaks, or even on their way home from work, Cathy and her partner would drive their dogs to the respective sites to herd geese. Soon they were having trouble keeping up with demand and found themselves taking on a number of full and part-time employees.
In April 2000, business was growing so rapidly that Cathy made a giant leap of faith. She bought her partner out. Then she gave up her career with a real estate management company, along with the steady paycheck and free housing it provided her. She was now free to devote herself 100% to Geese B. Gone. She stuck with it and turned it into a successful and respected company.
Later that year, Cathy was exhibiting at a tradeshow when she met David C. Marcks, the owner and founder of a well-established company called “Geese Police”. The first words out of her mouth to Dave were, “Don't try to sell me a franchise.” Cathy said as she was proud of Geese B. Gone and didn’t want anyone telling her how to run her business. However, Cathy and Dave hit it off professionally. After talking to him she realized he had developed solutions to some of the many challenges and issues that had arisen during the course of her business. After some research on Dave’s company, Geese Police, she discovered that they were the first of its kind to utilize Border Collies. Cathy, like Dave, felt this was a remarkable breed of dog. They had been the key to her rapid growth and the asset that separated her most from other pest control services. Given his incredible knowledge and 15 years of experience, Cathy came to the realization that the benefits of partnering with Dave far outweighed her desire to remain an independent entity.
In 2001, Geese Police of VA/MD was created. Soon thereafter, Cathy bought a small farm in Frederick, Maryland. Two Border Collies from the Geese Police Academy brought her staff of four-legged workers to four. Cathy’s collection of dogs, at that time, included one of the original Border Collies that helped her launch her company, Tippy, and Cait, a gift from a well-known breeder. The two additions from the Academy were Floss and Davey. Tippy has since passed away, but Cathy continues to honor her as the matriarch of the Geese Police of VA by including photos of her in all printed materials and on the Geese Police of VA website.
A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Cathy operates her business from her 5-acre farmette in Leesburg, VA. She is an NDART volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States in her spare time.
What makes us unique
We believe the reason we have grown so rapidly and have been such a success is because of the client-oriented focus of the company. Because Geese Police of VA goes the extra mile to make a difference for our clients, we are repaid tenfold by referrals and word of mouth in general. Did you know that all of our working dogs have been through a rigorous Geese Police Academy Training Program before coming to work for us? All of our dogs are pure-bred working Border Collies. Border Collies have a wolf-like glance called the "eye". This intense stare influences the flock into flight or movement.
About Geese Police of Loudoun County, VA
Malcolm Forbes once gave a commencement address in which he told the graduating seniors that the secret of success was to find something you love and do it. Forbes claimed that when people find something they love to do, then what they do for a living doesn’t feel like work and they end up doing it longer and harder than anyone. Such has been the career path of Cathy Benedict, owner of Geese Police of Loudoun County, VA.
An acknowledged animal lover and long-time advocate for the rights of wild and domesticated animals, Benedict was at a Frisbee competition in 1999 when a chance meeting planted a seed in her mind. Another competitor told Cathy he was using Border Collies to help drive geese off commercial properties in Pennsylvania.
Cathy Benedict, Owner
Phone: 1-877-NO-FLOKK (663-5655)
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