I have always been a dog lover; I grew up with dogs and considered them family members in every possible way. I learned from a young age that dogs were exceptional creatures, as my big yellow lab stayed by my side through every situation I went through. She taught me that to have a dog is to be loved, and to love a dog is to be full.
I started dog walking (with my girlfriend, Kristen) with a company in Arlington last year, but had to stop my daily walks when I started full-time work at the University of Maryland. (The schedules could not blend in any way.) I walked dozens of dogs, and enjoyed being a person they could trust would provide exercise, fresh air, and a break from the monotony while their families were away. I was also able to bring my dog along, who was not even a year old yet, and she was able to socialize with them all. This helped shape her into a calm, and incredibly friendly adult dog. When we moved to Richmond from Maryland, we wanted to continue working with DogVacay. We've had a wonderful experience with all of the pups that have stayed with us and wanted to continue to give our dog, Penny, a chance to meet new dogs and help give your pup a fun experience during their stay.
Other than that official capacity, I also worked at a 'dog daycare' for a few semesters after college. I enjoyed the experience, but learned that 14 dogs in one room is almost always going to be incredibly hectic! In this position, I learned how to handle dogs during dog fights, and how to keep bothersome behaviors under wraps.
Kristen is another human your dog would have interaction with. She has all of the same qualifications that I do, however because she is a student at the University of Maryland, she helps to provide our guests with full-time care!
We have hosted dogs at our town-home on several occasions, and our dog thoroughly enjoys the company. We like to make sure that dogs in our care are loved and having fun with each other, and us!
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