Being a Los Angeles dog walker is rewarding; however, to keep up with demands, hiring trustworthy, responsible and caring dog walkers is a must!
After placing a help wanted ad on a few online bulletin boards and receiving MANY inquiries, the perfect fit for Out For A Walk applied.
Julianne was new to Los Angeles, but was eager to meet new friends with fur and to learn more about her new city. I let her know she would get to meet new furry buddies, while learning more about Los Angeles – we care for animals in various parts of the city, so she would know more about Los Angeles in no time.
What Stood Out?
The first thing that struck me about Julianne was her attitude and the attention she gave to my dog Toby (I like to take him on interviews, I learn a lot about candidates from their interaction with him). Her attitude told me she would care for the animals as if they were her own pets.
The second thing I noticed about Julianne was her honesty. That is one of the top things needed in this job, after all, we are going into people’s private space. Honesty is a must!!!
Straight From The Horse’s Mouth
I’ve asked Julianne a few questions:
*How long have you been working with animals?
On a personal level, I’ve been working with animals my whole life. I was that child who always brought home any stray or injured animals I found. I remember nursing kittens with a bottle who were not drinking and feeding insects to baby birds. I felt so grown up caring for animals. Professionally, I was lucky enough to work at the stables in Yosemite for three summers, where I looked after horses, mules, and tourists while giving guided rides through the park. And for the past 6 months I’ve had the wonderful experience of walking dogs and petting sitting for Out for a Walk.
*What is the biggest lesson you have learned from the dogs and cats you care for?
The most important lesson I’ve learned is this: Always express your gratitude. Taking these animals on walks and feeding them seem like simple gestures in the grand scheme of their lives, but they continue to shower me with appreciation everyday. They never forget and it’s such a great reminder for me.
*Favorite animal moment?
My favorite moment has to go the the French Bulldog I walk in the afternoons. He has a thing for chasing leaves blowing in the wind. Every time he launches himself after a little leaf, it cracks me up. The wind doesn’t blow very often, so it’s always a treat.
Who’s Walking Your Dog?
There you have it, Los Angeles Dog Walker Spotlight – Julianne. A dog walking service can exist with one walker, but it can be that much better with the right people. Julianne has been a great addition to Out For A Walk.
Writing this blog post is one way to say thank you, Julianne!