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December 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm #605927
I live in the Highland Park area, not far from the Westcrest dog park, and while I love dogs, I don’t own one (just can’t swing it between work and other busy life matters). But I love to walk, and I would like to volunteer to walk your dog, if you don’t live too far away. I typically take long walks on weekends when it’s not pouring, and after work when it’s light out in the spring and summer.
I figured that there are probably people who own dogs that would love to go to the park, but for whatever reason they don’t want to or cannot walk them, and I just enjoy being around dogs, and walking, so I thought I might see if anyone would be interested in having their pup taken out for a jaunt. No charge, just the enjoyment of walking, maybe throwing a ball if your dog enjoys that.
I hope this doesn’t come across as strange or creepy; I just feel like my long walks are wasted without a happy furry critter when I’m sure there are many of them out there who’d like to go along. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or are interested. Please also let me know if this post isn’t appropriate for this forum. Thanks!
– SonyaDecember 16, 2012 at 12:10 am #779839
I wish we lived closer to you and you could walk our golden retriever whenever you wanted (she can never be exercised enough!) Unfortunately we’re near the junction. I completely understand needing a dog fix- I was the same in college when I didn’t have a dog and went to the local shelter to get my fix (which is how I ended up with the rott, Emmy, in the pic). Good luck!December 16, 2012 at 4:34 am #779840
I’d be afraid to go to the shelter; that would almost certainly erode the fine line of willpower that’s keeping me from adopting a dog anyway, even though I don’t really have the time to give one the full-time attention it would deserve. Your rottie is so pretty! I had a beagle-dachshund mix that looked a lot like her; I miss that hound.December 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm #779841
ihope somebody takes you up on your offer
i know there are lots of pooches out there whose owners would like to be able to give them more walks
if only i lived nearby.. my pooches could use both new friends and more exercise…December 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm #779842
Another option for you is to volunteer at a Shelter as a dog walker (or in some way, there are lots of options).
I volunteer with the Humane Sociey on the Maxmobile (we will be at Next to Nature today) and thats how I get my fix!
LisaDecember 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm #779843
Thanks, JoB – I hope someone around here reads my post.
Lisa, that’s a great idea! I am always nervous that I’ll end up breaking down and feeling sorry for all the dogs, and bringing one home (I really can’t though). Maybe I’ll see if I could walk some shelter dogs though.December 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm #779844
Saving Great Animals (a local rescue-find them on facebook) is actively looking for a volunteer dog walker for their latest rescue, a german shepherd/st.bernard mix. He is living in a foster home is W Seattle.December 17, 2012 at 11:16 pm #779845January 2, 2013 at 4:49 am #779846
Just bumping this…happy new year! I’d still be up for walking nearby folks’ dogs on the weekends, and later, when it’s not dark after work, on weekdays sometimes. No charge, nothing strange; I just love dogs, can’t have my own and enjoy walking. So…if your pup needs a walk, let me know!January 2, 2013 at 5:16 am #779847
Pangolin, good for you for realizing that adopting a dog requires the time to actually take care of it, and not just stick it out in the back yard. Hopefully you’ll soon be in a position to adopt your own! Sounds like you’ll be a great pet parent. :)January 2, 2013 at 5:20 am #779848
Thanks, TreyseaLin. I would love to own one and have in the past when I was married; with two people it’s much easier. But if for some reason I couldn’t get home from work on time, or was otherwise delayed, I hate the thought of a patient but anxious dog waiting to go outside to finally go potty. And dogs that live only in the yard make me sad. Dogs like to be part of their human pack; they were bred to be with us! There’s nothing sweeter than a dog at your feet. Not to mention it makes cleaning the kitchen floor easier. :)January 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm #779849
Just bumping this. The offer stands; weekends mainly. I just love dogs, don’t have one of my own, nor can I at this time. But if anyone in the Highland Park/Westcrest Park area would like me to take their dog for a walk or to the park, I’d love to! Even in the rain!
I wonder if I advertised to do this for a fee, if I might get a better response. I suppose people just think it’s strange to let a stranger walk their dog at no charge?January 23, 2013 at 11:48 pm #779850
Dear P.Pie, I have a client who has Alzheimer’s and lives in the nursing home Mt. St. Vincents. She can’t remember if and when the dog went out for his walk and business> Are you available am and pm. And can you give a pill (thyroid)? Stranger things have happened. Please reply to Vanessa@CareAtHomeSeattle.com Thanks. There would at least be a nice tip involved. We were looking to pay someone $10 per trip.January 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm #779851
I work days until 4 or 4:30, so it sounds like this probably is a task for someone who has days free. I wish I could, though. I hope you find someone! I am glad that the lady is able to have her dog with her at the nursing home. If I hear of anyone who can help I will definitely let you know!January 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm #779852
Do you see a dog on your walks that is ‘cooped up’? note the address and send a postcard suggesting your free walk offer…we did free dogsitting(when we were between dogs) and I found dogs while they were being walked and just let the folks know and gave them my phone number. Good luck! Maybe more people will think about doing this. (Maybe there is someone at the SHAG housing on Roxbury who would be a good match!!)
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