We know that our most popular feature is the Weekly Feature: Love Letters From a Dogwalker. So without further adieu we are featuring RuffCity DogWalking...
I moved to New York City with my black lab rescue, Blakely, in 2007 after graduating from the University of Maryland. Immediately, I realized what a dog-crazy place it was. It kind of amazed me actually, how a place so full of buildings and so lacking in grass could be home to so many furry friends. But I soon realized that man’s best friend is happy anywhere their Masters are located; as long as they had plenty of attention and resources to keep them that way. And this Big Apple has plenty of pup-friendly resources! Walking services, daycare, spas, swimming lessons (who knew the doggie paddle doesn't cut it?), playgroups, endless pet stores and most importantly, a lot of people who absolutely love them. I knew right away that I wanted to work with the animals that I loved and that had given me so much love since I was a little girl.
I took a job in advertising and stayed there for 3 years before taking the plunge and fulfilling my dream. My first NYC roommate, Stacia, and I started RuffCity Dog Walking in July of 2010. She had recently finished her degree at the New York School of Interior Design but like me, knew that she wanted to head in a different direction. It was there we began the journey that would lead us here to the Spring of 2012 with 9 walkers on our side and a large group of the most ridiculously adorable pups in all of New York. It isn’t always easy, but when you’re doing what you love can you really call it work?
We cover the entire width of the East Side, from 96th Street to Delancey and handle every type of personality imaginable. From the playful ones who make the dog park world go ‘round, to the formerly abused ones who need just a little extra TLC, to the brand new baby ones whose development we're so proud to be a part of, to the challenging and temperamental ones who always keep us on our toes, we never go a day without learning something about ourselves or them.
RuffCity, we lead lives full of the unconditional love and happiness we receive from the furballs we get to spend time with everyday and we have this beautiful city and all the beautiful people in it to thank. We love you and your pups!!
Stay tuned for RuffCommute- a daytime out-of-city hiking experience for your dog! Summer 2012!
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