Jason the Dog Walker Celebrates Ten Years in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Jack & Jason Celebrating Ten Years Together!

Jack & Jason Celebrating Ten Years Together!

2007 was a great year for America and for Park Slope.  Steve Jobs debuted the iPhone (of course, I didn't have one) and most people had MYSPACE accounts. For a good portion of the year the economic crisis hadn't happened yet so spirits were still running high. And, locally here in Park Slope, Barclays Center hadn't opened its doors so the neighborhood was a little quieter. But something else monumental occurred, bigger than all those things combined. (Or maybe it was only monumental for me.)

In the spring of 2007, I moved to Brooklyn and found my calling when I met Jack & Daisy, twin Jack Russell terriers—and started my Park Slope dog walking service.

Back then Jack and Daisy were young and full of energy. Their mom Jill called me because she was having her first child and needed someone ASAP! I was so excited and couldn't wait to start!  It was really hot that summer but I was there everyday with water at 12PM to take them out for their daily walk.

Jack & Daisy: my first clients!

Jack & Daisy: my first clients!

Looking back on these ten years, I feel really lucky because the timing to start my business was so perfect. I started dog walking in South Slope, and it was right at the time that a lot of people with dogs started moving here.  And, because google searching was still a new thing, my business was able to spread via word of mouth.

In the past ten years, I’ve had so many great memories as a Park Slope dog walker. I remember 3 years into starting my service, many of my clients were needing help with dog training. A lot of people owned rescue dogs and they needed leash training, puppy training, and socialization training. So I started teaching myself to be a trainer.  I read tons of books (that was still a thing), attended seminars and made connections with other trainers in the neighborhood. I remember working with a pitbull rescue dog named Forest who had behavioral challenges.  I really wanted to help Forest’s family because they were super nice people trying to give him a happy home. After working with Forest everyday on his leash training for about a month, he went from constantly pulling, tugging, and lunging, to walking calmly by my side. This was such a huge moment for me. I was able to make a difference in Forest’s life, and his family’s.

Since 2007 Jack, Forest and I have changed a lot, and so has Park Slope. The growth of Atlantic Center (and Barclays) has brought a lot of shopping, dining options, and people. The rise of Gowanus as one of the hippest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and the development along 4th Avenue has brought a lot of construction, coffee shops, restaurants and UPS trucks:/  In my fifth year in business I was able to start hiring people! My first assistant Saruh is still with me today, helping me run the company.  And, sadly, Daisy passed away this year from cancer. She lived to be 15 years old.

Notes from a Park Slope Dog Walker: Territorio de Zaguates

In the foothills of Costa Rica’s Santa Barbara mountains in the Heredia province lies a place that seems right out of a fairy tale, Territorio de Zaguates, or “Land of the Strays.” In this sanctuary over 900 formerly abandoned dogs, now all available for adoption, roam amidst acres of lush green hillsides.

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A SAFETY COLLAR CAN SAVE YOUR DOG'S LIFE!!!

New Safety Measures make for Happy Dogs & Happy Dog Walkers!

All of our dogs are now walked with back up-safety collars.  Every dog! Every walk! Every time!  

Why? Because no matter what equipment you use to walk your dog – accidents happen and equipment fails.

In my years walking dogs I’ve seen dogs slip out of Harnesses, whip their heads out of Gentle Leaders, and back out of collars.  I've seen leashes spontaneously detach from collars, leash hooks break, collars, harnesses and even prong collars pop wide open. And when this happens…your dog is loose. Yikes!

That’s where SAFETY COLLARS come in! WE use "Dogs My Love" Round Braided Rope Nylon Safety Collars with Sliding Stopper.  

  • Top quality nylon rope dog collar
  • Welded chrome plated rings. Strong and durable, soft and comfortable dog collar
  • Ring bases enforced with 100% genuine leather
  • Riveted sliding stopper is made of genuine leather

Here's what our safety collars look like:

 

 

Please check out these amazing life-size sculptures by Will Kurtz!

Another Sh*t Show, the second solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Will Kurtz at the Mike Weiss Gallery . Using the empty gallery as a site on which to stage operatic, all-encompassing mise-en-scene, Kurtz makes an ambitious, multi-part figure installation that throws the facade off human nature - albeit in canine terms. Constructed of unlikely materials such as newspaper, glue, wire and wood, more than 20 dogs of every breed, size and color, strain and cavort off the leash of a single human handler, each rendered more expressively than the next.

Will Kurtz was born in Flint, Michigan and received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University in 1981. He practiced as a landscape architect for 25 years, throughout the United States and Canada. It wasn’t until he was in his mid thirties that he began creating art as a self-taught artist. Eventually his passion for art superseded landscape architecture and he moved to New York at the age of 50 to attend graduate school at the New York Academy of Art. After graduation with an MFA he was selected to remain and do a one-year fellowship. He has since had several solo and group shows and has  been reptresented by several galleries including Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, Queene Anne Galerie, Leipzig, Germany, Converge Gallery, PN and Stricoff Gallery, NY. His work is in many prominent collections around the world. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Will Kurtz was born in Flint, Michigan and received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University in 1981. He practiced as a landscape architect for 25 years, throughout the United States and Canada. It wasn’t until he was in his mid thirties that he began creating art as a self-taught artist. Eventually his passion for art superseded landscape architecture and he moved to New York at the age of 50 to attend graduate school at the New York Academy of Art. After graduation with an MFA he was selected to remain and do a one-year fellowship. He has since had several solo and group shows and has  been reptresented by several galleries including Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, Queene Anne Galerie, Leipzig, Germany, Converge Gallery, PN and Stricoff Gallery, NY. His work is in many prominent collections around the world. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Jason the Dog Walker is coming to Sunset Park, Brooklyn!

Here we come Sunset Park, Brooklyn!!!

Its been a long time in the making but we can't resist it anymore!  Over the last few years we've been getting a lot of calls for dog walking in Sunset Park.  In the past, we haven't had the time but  last week that changed.  One of our dogs Lola moved to Sunset Park and another long term dog named Storm is moving there soon.  I can't say goodbye to Lola or Storm.  I'm too attached!  So I'm starting a dog walking route in Sunset Park!

Badass Bklyn Adoption Event 9/13/14

We had a great time at the Badass Bk adoption event this weekend.  Here are some highlights from the day! Click on the posts to view photos in Facebook.


South Slope's First Annual Doggy Fashion Show!!!

We had an Amazing time at the first annual Doggy Fashion Show in South Slope, Brooklyn!
This event was designed to make people aware of BARC: a No-Kill animal shelter in Brooklyn.

See Photos:

http://jasonthedogwalker.blogspot.com/2014/07/south-slopes-first-annual-doggy-fashion_24.html

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BARC’s mission is to provide a safe haven for abandoned animals and to find permanent loving homes for them. While in their care, they provide them with quality food, shelter, medical attention, and the love they deserve.

Please visit http://barcshelter.org

Guess which dog won the fashion show contest!

Goto:

http://jasonthedogwalker.blogspot.com/2014/07/south-slopes-first-annual-doggy-fashion_24.html