Mike’s Walkers – Pup of the week, Sep 12

Welcome to the first installment of Mike’s Walkers – Pup of the week! Our first honoree is named Willow. She’s a sweet, beautiful English Springer Spaniel, and we love her to pieces.

This photo was taken by her Chelsea dog walker Justine.

Logan’s Run…to the groomer!

IMG_4771I’m not officially adding a service to our list, but I did transport long-time client Logan from the office in Manhattan to his groomer in Brooklyn yesterday.  His human had asked if one of the walkers would be able to take him there in a care service, but I offered to do it myself.  I have a car, it was fun, and I had the time…AND I couldn’t resist snapping a selfie!  We’ve been taking care of this stately, bearded fellow for more than a decade now, and it was awesome to get to spend a little time with him yesterday.  He’s such good company that I wasn’t even bothered by NYC traffic!  BTW, I was not driving when I took this photo!!  Hands-free all the way, folks.

Chelsea Dog Walking Nirvana

IMG_7617Let’s face it…life in NYC can be a challenge.  It’s a busy place, and we’re busy people.  Dialing it down is rarely an option, and most of us go to bed thinking about the things on our list we were unable to get to.  Here’s some good news, however.  YOU HAVE A DOG!!!  I know, I know.  That’s just one more thing added to your already-too-long to-do list, right?  Well, that’s true only if you choose to look at it that way.  Walks with your dog can also be your oasis in the urban desert if you’re willing to follow a few easy suggestions.

  1. Don’t multitask when you walk your dog.  Again, I am aware you have a million errands that are not going to run themselves.  Everyday I see people barely able to hold on to their dog’s leash – let alone to their dry cleaning, bags from the drug store and a latte.  If you do those things before or after the walk instead of during, you will be amazed how relaxing your time with your dog can be.  Your buddy will notice the difference as well.
  2. Leave your phone at home.  This is a tough one, but it really wasn’t that long ago that we weren’t reachable while we were walking our dog.  Trading your dog’s leash for your electronic leash a few times per day will provide you with a much needed break from the rest of the world.  I love my iPhone, don’t get me wrong, but that thing is my phone, email/text/Facebook/etc machine, my camera.  Just knowing it’s in your purse or pocket means you’re still ‘connected’.  Actually leaving it at home for the duration of the walk is like a vacation in this day and age…maybe better since we tend to take our devices to the pool and beach these days!
  3. Take your time.  There’s a certain pace many of us in Chelsea maintain during a normal day.  It’s pretty quick.  It seems like if we walk too slowly, we’ll miss a train or get stuck waiting for a light to change.  Try to let that go while you’re out with your dog.  Find a pace that works for the 2 of you, and don’t worry about whether you’re stuck at a light.  That’s a nice time to work on ‘sit’ or catch up on some head patting you’ve been meaning to get to!  You have nowhere to be except the place where you started.  Take your time.

That’s it.  That’s all it takes to achieve nirvana.  Well…Chelsea dog walking nirvana anyway.  The path is the goal, right?  Hope this helps!!

Mike.

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