Playful. Active. Responsible. These are just a few of the traits it takes to be an awesome caregiver at NYC Pooch. We would be nothing without our dynamite team of walkers, runners and trainers, so each week we’ll be shining a spotlight on one of our beloved NYC Pooch-ers. We’ll laugh, cry and smile over some of the wacky experiences working with dogs has given us and even take a trip down memory lane. Here’s your chance to learn more about the people who walk, run and train our furry clients at NYC Pooch. This is going to be fun!
This week we’re kicking the boasting off with our finest caregiver originally from Minnesota, Kyle! He’s a super cool guy and a musician on the side, but what we really love about him is how he just “gets” dogs! He has a lifelong connection to canines and loves his job as much as his job loves him. We asked him a few questions about how he came to love dogs and his career as a dog walker. Here’s what he had to say:
Hometown: Edina, MN
1. How long have you been a dog walker/ runner?
I have been walking and running dogs for NYC Pooch since 2010.
2. Do you have a dog of your own? What’s your personal history with pooches?
I do not have a dog of my own, but I grew up with a Yellow Lab named Sally. We rescued her, and she was my best friend through all of her 14 years!
3. What’s the best part about working for NYC Pooch?
The dogs will always be the best part – that’s why we do it! They are consistently the sweetest and so entertaining! But also, working for Dan and Shane is great – they are 2 of the most professional and supportive people. I am a musician, and they are totally understanding when that career takes me out of town.
4. What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened while dog walking?
There have been so many over the years. If I look back through my pup reports, I’m sure I could do a 2-hour-long stand-up comedy set.
I just get a kick out of the routines these dogs develop. With Parker, we have run through Central Park hundreds of times, and have tried out countless routes. Some are shorter than others, and bring us back to home base a little sooner. Whenever Parker is feeling lazy, she REFUSES to take one of the long routes – all of sudden there’s a brick wall on the other end of the leash. She won’t budge – oh and her look that says, “Give me a break, human. I am NOT going that way.” I am constantly entertained by dogs’ personalities – if only we could hear what they’re thinking!
5. What makes someone a good dog walker?
An unconditional love of all dogs, and lots of patience for the hustle and bustle of New York City!
6. What advice do you have for a new doggie parent in NYC?
While New Yorkers run around all day, their pups wait at home – eager for their homecoming. Cherish that nightly walk, and put your attention on your best bud! These days, checking your phone is a common way to unwind after work – but remember that chilling with your canine bestie is fulfilling for both you and them!
7. Tell us about the bond you have with your current NYC Pooch pups.
I have been running Parker for about 3 years now, since before she was even 1 year old. She has developed into the most well-behaved and attentive running partner I could ever ask for! Some days she would much rather sleep than run, but she still cuddles up against my leg the whole elevator ride down. It’s the best way to start my day: exercising with the coolest dog, and taking in the beautiful morning scenery of Central Park!
Team Spotlight: Meet Kyle!