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"The cobbler's children have no shoes."

Updated: Mar 28

We've all heard the saying "the cobbler's children have no shoes". Basically, it's a saying that indicates how some professionals don't apply their skills for themselves. You may have also heard: a plumber's house always has a dripping tap and the baker's children don't eat cake. I'm sure you've heard them all. I have to admit that I am guilty of one myself. "The dog walker walks everyone else's dog except her own".

I've been in business for over five years now. I've made mistakes. I've learned. And, most importantly, I've grown. I am very lucky to have an incredible group of clients that I consider my extended fur baby family. But sadly, I've come to realize that I've been neglecting my own girls, Sambuca and Zoey. They need more of my time and attention. And, that is changing.

So, why I am writing to you now?

DOG WALKING. I cannot stress enough the importance of exercise for your pet.

Regularly exercising your dog is just as important as exercise for you. Health benefits range widely, but include helping hip joints, reducing digestive problems, and keeping your dog at a healthy weight, which decreases the likelihood of developing other health problems.

As i mentioned earlier, I am guilty. Guilty of not exercising my own pup. My goldendoodle, Zoey, has hip dysplasia with moderate arthritis. And to make matters worse...she's overweight. This is NOT a good combination. I have only myself to blame. I can't change the past but I can and will do whatever I can to help my girl now. She is my priority. Together, we count calories (me included) and walk daily on the trails which is easier on her joints. She started her journey at 86 lbs. and she is now at 79.5 lbs. Yay! Our target goal is 75 lbs. and I have no doubt we will get there! Soon.

Trust me, I know. I walk dogs all day long and when I get home I'm just tired. But, I know I need to get her out there. Some days, we go out early in the morning. Some days, its late afternoon. Either way, we get out walking. The trails make it easy on her joints and it's a beautiful, tranquil walk. Most of the time...lol. But, once you get out there, you'll be happy you did. Just do it..even if it's just a casual stroll through your neighborhood. It's not only good for his health but yours as well.

And if you can't find the time...hire a dog walker! Your pet will love you for it!





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