I was new to the area and didn’t know a soul. I didn’t have a job and needed to generate some income when I heard that dog walkers could get up to $30 per dog for 30 minute walks. I did the math and figured that if I could walk four dogs each time and do that four times a day, I could rake in close to 500 bucks a day for only a few hours of actual work. And who doesn’t love dogs, right?
But I hadn’t factored into my calculations that I had to pay for a permit to be a licensed dog walker. I also had to buy dog walker insurance in case one of the dogs I was walking bit or injured anyone or got hurt while in my care.
I had to buy a bigger car, an SUV, in order fit in the dogs I picked up from my clients’ homes and transported to and from the parks where I walked them. I also had to spend a lot of money on gas, as that SUV was a bit of a guzzler and I was driving all over the city.
I didn’t realize that I’d have to supply my own dog treats and poop bags. Dog treats aren’t cheap and dogs love their treats. And boy oh boy, dogs sure poop a lot. Having to pick up that shit and dispose of it properly was a real pain. I also had to buy special leashes to accommodate multiple dogs.
Bottom line, it cost a lot more money than I had expected to be a dog walker. I gave it a go for a few months, but as much as I love dogs, being responsible for walking other people’s dogs is a lot harder than I thought it would be. And a lot less profitable than I hoped it would be.
Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. And just so you know, this post is pure fiction. The only dogs I ever walked were my own dogs.