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Tell us about the history of Dogs Colorado. How did you start this business and how did you get into pet care?
By millennial standards, I worked for the federal government for a small eternity. My inspirations waxed and waned over the years but it was my colleagues and their dedication to a mission larger than themselves, to a greater good, that stuck with me the most. Their dedication showed me that I could never feel satisfied with my work unless I found my own idea of a greater good.
I was extraordinarily lucky to travel in my youth. Later, in search of the aforementioned good, I was able to travel some more. I found an awful lot out there, and along the way, I heard a few things I had heard before, but I heard them a bit louder this time.
I love dogs, there are no two ways around it. They always bring out the best in me. And I love to run, play, push hard, and to be outside – even more so with my dogs. I belong out on the trail with a companion and I know a dog’s heart feels the same. Dogs Colorado is my own way of participating in the lives of as many fantastic dogs as possible and the best way I have found to participate in my own.
What is your favorite part of your career in dog walking/pet care?
My favorite part is knowing that it’s good for me. I started Dogs Colorado because when I wander outside my mind becomes calm. It is as if sunlight and the promise of the unknown work together to clear away old worries, sharpen my instincts, and fuel new ideas. I like to think that I see an analogous effect in my dogs. That we somehow share this bit of clarity in our adventures. Certainly, I rarely see them happier. It is as if they spend their days at home loyal to my life story, but when we go outside, they get to be a part of their own.
What’s your favorite spot to take the dogs? Hiking trail? Dog park?
I can’t pick a favorite, Colorado’s front range is too beautiful! It’s hard to go wrong anywhere around Golden – the Mesas, Green Mountain, Crown Hill, City Park, Cheesman Park. We find new and beautiful areas nearly every week. However, as a rule, we don’t take our packs to dog parks. There are just too many unknowns.
What challenges have you faced in your business? How have you overcome them?
Many potential clients want us to be something that we are not, which is understandable. In these cases, we just stick to our principals. We aren’t an on-demand service, we don’t help out with training that is aggressive or fear-based, and at all times we prioritize the safety of both your dog and our
How do you handle dogs with different temperaments or that aren’t great with others?
By listening and tracking progress. At all times, our
What advice would you give to a first-time pet owner?
Be patient! Be their partner as they explore the world, be somebody they can rely on, and put in the time to discover all the different ways to communicate with them. This, over and over again, will take your relationship far.
How did you start working with
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What do you do in your free time?
When I’m not expanding my knowledge about dogs and the great outdoors I home-roast coffee, homebrew beer, travel, train to bike-pack the Baja Divide, play guitar, learn new recipes, and think about writing a book.
What alternative career path might you have taken if you didn’t start Dogs Colorado?
I’ve always loved to write – perhaps I do still. Is that a career? Long form communication calls to me more and more with each passing year.
What is your dream travel destination?
I’ve had the good fortune to have traveled a great deal. Any travel is good travel but Tasmania holds a very special place in my heart. It’s wild, authentic, peaceful, cultured, and achingly beautiful.
What’s the best pet name you’ve ever heard?
Poseidon takes the cake.
What’s your favorite dog breed?
Mystery Mix 47.b (Rev. 2) Huh? I had to answer with a joke because I don’t have a favorite dog breed! I enjoy them all. I figured by providing an answer that sounds like a computer generated it, I could get away with not answering the question ;).
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