Chase- Everett 98201 and 98203 Walker

I grew up in southern Oregon in a small town called Klamath Falls. It wasn’t until I was 10 when my mom came home with our first family dog, an eight-week-old brindle English bulldog puppy with a face so wrinkled and smooshed in, you would think it just lasted several rounds with Mike Tyson. My brother and I were so excited, we could not wait to get home from school to meet her. Her name is Mi-Mi, and she still waddles around and goes for rides in her doggy wagon today.

It wasn’t long until a kindled fire spread out of control and our one bulldog became five dogs. First was my German Shepherd, Butterz, then came Phoebe and Tank, also English cuties, and lastly, an albino Saint Bernard named Yeti. We didn’t have a big house, but we did have a big yard and lots of love for our little pack.

After graduation, I didn’t yet realize I had a passion for working with dogs and went straight into an IT job. It didn’t take long for me to realize that desk jobs weren’t for me. Just before my 21st birthday, I moved up to Washington with my 3-month-old German Shepherd puppy named Ramsey. Shortly after moving here, I took a job at a non-traditional boarding facility that focused on dog socialization. My plan was to work there for a couple of months until I found another desk job. HA! I loved being able to take Ramsey with me to work every day, and we quickly developed strong relationships with the 70+ regular dog clients that stayed there. I was hired on as a dog wrangler; I monitored the dog’s safety while our play groups -up to 30 dogs in one group- were outside in the fields playing and exploring. The duties of a dog wrangler included: running dog groups for up to four hours at a time in all-weather conditions, assuring every dog is safe and happy, feeding and administering medication, cleaning/room sanitation, and checking customer’s dogs in and out of our facility. I also did basic maintenance on fences, gates and kennels when they were not functioning properly.

The hardest part of the job was not trudging through the mud or the snow while the dogs were rolling around in it having the time of their lives, or chasing after my group trying to convince them it’s time to go inside after hours of fun…The hardest part was having to say goodbye to the dogs that you form a special bond with, not knowing when you will see them again. I hope to form that bond with every dog I work with at Tailored Pet Services.

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