It could have been any day really but I wanted to share my experiences today (03 April 2013) as the day in the life of a dog walker/sitter.
The day starts relatively early, the first dog arrives at 7.50 - it's an 11 week old pup and today is his first day with us. We have been out and bought new toys to try and break him in gently - he was not picked up until 5.30 pm so it's a very long day to be in strange surroundings for one so young.
Take out our dog, Morgan and one of the overnight boarders - it's freezing and I forgot to put on that extra layer - make the walk a fast one!! Both the dogs are really good off-lead and so we have fun chasing and playing hide and seek, they also wrestle but I got funny looks the last time I joined in...
Back home for half and hour for a quick breakfast and a catch up with emails/texts etc and then off to meet a potential new client in Chippenham. Very nice lady, very nice house and beautiful fox terrier. We share a cup of coffee and numerous dog stories and then down to business - sounds as though she is impressed with what we do and we make two firm bookings.
Now off to meet two new dogs - German Shepherds who I am told by the owner have lead issues i.e they pull. OMG!!!! Never have I been subject to such a physical battle - neither has any idea how to walk on lead and they seem to set each other off. I had to take one back home so I could get a clear idea of what was going on and also to save what was left of my shoulder muscles! Much work to be done here and I have no doubt will be the subject of future blogs.
Next dog is an American Bulldog X - gorgeous,if a little mischievous, but he runs well and answers well, if a little tardy, to the recall so off-lead it is and on such a lovely sunny day it is a real pleasure to be with him.
Back home for bite to eat - quick spin around the block with Summer, 8 week old Retriever pup who we are helping to train/socialise etc - bound to be the subject of future blogs. He did really well walking on-lead - nice and relaxed and walking by my side and slightly behind - the training is going well.
Back in the car and off to see my lovely Paterdale Willow (otherwise known as Willy Wizz and/or Willy Wees - for obvious reasons!!). He is in especially business like mood today and we make mincemeat of the large field completing the circuit in record time.
Time for a rest... grab a quick coffee and sit with new day care inmate, Dudley who is a very laid back Black Lab but who is finding the hurly burly of life at our house a bit too frantic for his liking. I am sure he will get used to it!!
Middle of the afternoon and time for my dog's second walk and I combine it with another walk for a client's dog. He has been coming to me since he was a pup too and so is well versed in the off-lead games. Great fun.
And finally, two very large and boisterous Retrievers who just love to jump up and are slightly mad, but funnily enough they walk beautifully on the lead.
After all day care have gone home and boarders are fed - it's relaxation time. Physically shattered but mentally exhilarated - it's been another fabulous day!!