I started a new venture! I offer my own dog walking service called, 4 Paws Dog Walking. I’ve always had a love for dogs. I really enjoy the puppies and smaller breeds because they can sit on my lap easily and I can pet and play with them. So, instead of just watching them play fetch and jump on other people around me, I thought that I can offer my services to the neighborhood, take people’s dogs out and give their owners a break.
How I Came Up with My Idea
There’s a lot of adults in my neighborhood that started working from home since the pandemic. Many are on computers all day. My mom said they complain about how much the dogs bark and need to go out while they’re dealing with clients and customers on the phone. Some of the dogs have become really spoiled with having their owners home all day every day. Having someone that already lives in the neighborhood and familiar with their dogs would be a great help to them. So, I came up with an hourly dog walking price and made flyers.
Walking Dogs in My Stretto Power Wheelchair
I’m in a power wheelchair, so this gives me the ability to control the strength of multiple dogs by attaching their leashes to my wheelchair. For now, I only walk two dogs at a time. My wheelchair allows me to adjust the speed on my joystick to match the walking speed of the dogs. I keep one dog on each side of my power chair. For safety reasons, I never take their leash off.
I usually roll on the sidewalks until we reach the cul-de-sac, then it’s open space from there. At the end of the walk, I give each dog two snacks. Because of the special diets most dogs have, I only get the dog snacks from the owners. My friend helps me out by distributing the snacks to the right dog. I absolutely triple love this new job!
About Morgan Steward: Morgan is an honorary police officer for the Covington Georgia Police Department. He uses the Stretto Power Wheelchair for mobility. Morgan is an active member in his community and enjoys helping others. Click here to learn more about Morgan.
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