Skip to comments.How This L.A. Marathoner Turned Running With Dogs Into a Full-Time Job
Posted on 08/03/2019 11:50:44 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Bob Wilcox never runs without a four-legged companion by his side. Hes done so since the the early 90s, when his own dogs kept him company while training for marathons. The puppy eyes that awaited him when came home from work as a healthcare consultant were just the motivation he needed to get out the door each day.
They were always my best training partners, Wilcox told Runners World. Id come home and if Im tired, theres the dog ready to go.
However, after his German Shepherd passed away soon after moving to Los Angeles, he felt like his runs were missing an important component.
So he borrowed training partners from neighbors, friends, and rescue shelters. The more he did this, the more runs without a canine left Wilcox feeling almost guilty. There were so many dogs out there in need of the same exercise and werent getting it.
Instead, hed see the citys dog walkers lugging 20-some leashed dogs slowly around the block, and believed they deserved better.
Thered be these huge packs of 20 dogs all moving at the slowest pace of the slowest dog, he said. I know the benefit of running for dogs. It makes a huge difference, just like it does in humans.
Thus, L.A. Dog Jogger, a professional dog running company in Los Angeles, was born. At first, it was a side hustle to his consulting business. Then six months in, he realized that he couldnt sustain a full-time gig with his dog running operation taking up 140 miles a week. With good business and solid rates$50 for an hour, $35 for a half-hourhe wondered what life would be like if this was his only job.
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Who has that doggie ping list?
$50 for an hour?
And then there is the $$$price$$ of decent dog food. And I am paying it!
There’s something to it and money to be made with a service like this.
My sister does a lot of pet-sitting/walking FOR FREE for friends and co-workers, but a friend’s daughter gets upwards of $120.00 for an over-night stay watching a tiny little yappy pocket-pooch!
I’m a HUGE advocate of NOT having pets unless you’re in 100% for the long-term commitment, but people shell out big money to put their own children in care every day, so what do I know? ;)
Keep them doggies rolling. Rawhide Rain and wind and weather ... Move ‘em on, head’ em up. Head ‘em up, move’ em on.
Damn. I only charge 20 a night....
but it’s enough for me.
Since I only have an antenna, I enjoy the cable TV.
I have about 6 clients. One has a luxury RV and uses me at least every other month. If they’re not camping, they’re going on a cruise or visiting relatives.
Their dog is a 190 pound English Mastiff.
He’s a real teddy bear, but the looks of him sure scares people.
One of my pups from the past loved to run next to me as I rode my bicycle. If I wasn’t peddling fast enough, she would nip at my heels.
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