Then, interrupt its near bliss, become a dog walker. How? Tell the dog ANYTHING, add in the word: walk – and watch the dog bound up – and watch your agility, dexterousness and multi-tasking capabilities grow as you walk that dog, or several dogs - at once - while they pull, sniff, growl, hesitate, whimper, and go about their "business" in every which way!
Now, if you are not up to dog walking for your own dear-old-dawg, or for a living - for god’s sake, try to vet the prospective handler for your pooch. One lady in New York, back around June 2015, had a dog walker take her Pit Bull out. He did so, literally, selling the dog for Angel Dust. Now Pit Bulls are beasts, and the drug dealer probably salivated at doing this deal because...
Actually, the dog walker, Tommy Doerr, is accused of this swap. He’s not convicted. But he is being sued. And Sugar, the mutt, was sold to a few drug dealers. Perhaps, however, the most important and discouraging thing to come out of this story is that Doerr had walked Sugar for THREE years before he went off the deep end (he calls it an unexplained psychotic episode) and went for the shallow gratification of dealing a real live - lowdown dog for a real dead end - drug induced high.
Forget dogs for a moment, who can explain people? Who can explain why owner, Morgan Bogle, offered a $10,000 reward for Sugar's return? The picture of Sugar shows the dog to be as unhandsome as all Pit Bulls are. Why offer more than $10 for a bag of jaws that bite – and shake – like a shark?
Maybe Doerr had the three-year itch and dumped the dog, like first-time married couples dump each other. Sugar, apparently, was not without merit. The long gone, doggone dog was a rescue dog.
Let’s drop Doerr and Bogle and the Pit Bull – but we’ll get back to the Pit Bull at the end, to discuss the business of dog walking. It’s a business that can also include house sitting services, if desired. These dog-walking companies offer trustworthy care givers, clean in law and clean in skin. They won't pass on fleas to the dog. Moreover, the caregiver businesses are usually bonded and their employees have gone through rigorous interview sessions. They are deemed trustworthy.
All sounds positively pawsitive. But let us pause to look at the cons. One is - they’ve got a lot of lives in their hands. What if the dog walker forms an overreaching emotional attachment to their subject(s)? Could they covet the canine so much as to kidnap it? The jury’s out on that one but the jury’s in on Buddy, Teemo, Oscar, Mia, Molly and Salty. These six dogs fried fatally in a pickup truck, after having been put there by dog walker Emma Paulsen. She fibbed to the owners, saying the dogs had been stolen.
It seems, therefore, that there are as many types of dog walkers as there are dogs. Owners beware...
Two is - the dynamics of dog walking could attract selfish, insecure people. Dog walkers get to be leaders of the pack. They are the alpha in this pet alphabet. They should walk in front of the dogs. They get to be boss. And the dogs thrive on this show of leadership, obeying. Small wonder, given our lack of control in our human relations, that many misfits could become dog walkers - and would love this set up. These walkers could then try to be aggravating alphas (or Leos) when dealing with humans...
Let’s now pause again to look at a dog-walking problem and predicament. How does a dog walker deal with three dogs, one confident, one frightened, and one in between? The frightened one may dislike noisy streets. It would be best to, if possible, take all three to where even the shyest dog will feel somewhat secure. (It would be better yet if the dog walker, and his company, was financially secure enough to pre-qualify dogs, by rejecting ones that have trouble walking on a leash.)
Pauses over, here’s THE DOG LAW. Ultimately, and most definitely, for dog owners and decent dog walkers, the axiom “Dog is man’s best friend” is proven every moment, in every street, in every country, in every world. A family legitimately grieves when their lifelong pet bites the biscuit, as it were. They’ll miss Fido’s quirky habit of him poking his cute muzzle into things, none of which are his business, by the way.
And how does a family handle knowing their fierce, or friendly, or yes – even futile – protector is no longer around? They’ll miss their vanguard and they’ll also miss how their pet had an entirely different, and not so needed, trait:
that of its uncanny ability to block traffic and be part of the action, lying smack dab in the middle of the hall or in front of the door.
That a dog is loyal is a trademark irrepressibly stamped in their DNA. They bond. With humans – even toddlers of humans. But if that owner has, for example, an American Pit Bull Terrier, well, some home insurers will deny coverage as part of homeowners insurance, the Dog Liability insurance part.
Some call this “canine racism.” But know this: the American Pit Bull Terrier has led to more human deaths than any other breed. And whether you believe the owner is at fault, or the breed is a bad one, you’re still dead, and your insurance won’t cover your burial.
If you can handle that thought, or not, because you gotta do it anyway, take it for a walk around the block with your dog, or dogs, in tow. But remember: while the dog is ALWAYS a dog, sometimes humans - you’re the dog, sometimes you’re the tree...