Sigh, you guys know how much I hate when you move. Why do you keep doing this to me? Last week we had to say goodbye to our dear sweet Paddy boy, as he and his family left Liberty Village. Paddy meant a whole lot to all of us, and was probably one of your dog's best friends - so I thought we would do a special post to send him off in style.
People always say they are jealous of my job, and I get it. It is amazing. I get to hang out with dogs, but even more than that I get to know and understand them. We become a team, a team that works together to make our days better. I fall in love with every single dog we walk. It really is great. But when the dogs leave? It sucks. It hurts, a lot. These dogs are our best friends, we often spend more time with them than our families and actual human friends. So it is really hard to see them go! And when Paddy left last week, that was definitely the case.
Paddy started walking with us over a year ago, and he VERY quickly stole my heart. 1) Those teeth. Come ON! 2) Every single time I picked him up, kisses were mandatory before putting on his harness and collar. Even when his parents were home, kisses were had. 3) He was a trouble maker, and you know how I love me a good ole trouble maker. Paddy was SO friendly, but when you're that friendly - you're likely to be a very exuberant group walker. He always wanted to play, say hi to all the dogs and people we passed, or hump (LOL). Now there is nothing wrong with any of these things, I encourage the dogs to have a good time and foster time for play - but when it is constant, it makes things harder because the flow gets broken up. But lucky for me, Paddy fell in love with me right back. And he and I started to become this unbeatable team. Every SINGLE friggen time Paddy looked up at me, I reinforced that! YES PADDY YOU'RE SO SMART, HERES A TREAT BUDDY! And I would sing songs for him, so he would think that I am just as cool as all his doggo friends. And pretty soon, he did think that. He never lost his friendly and playful side - but he was able to focus and walk & save the play time for breaks. It was pretty magical. His parents noticed it too, when they let me know they were moving they thanked us for making Paddy the amazing walker he is. He's checking in with THEM, too. And this, this is why I do it. To help make a difference in not only the dog's lives - but in their human's lives as well.
When Maddie joined the team, she also fell right in love with Paddy. Because I mean, those teeth. That personality. You couldn't NOT. We were both very emotional on Paddy's last day. He's probably one of the happiest, if not THE happiest, boys I have ever walked, and I am going to miss that magnetic smile every single day. Keep in touch! Maddie literally sends me at least one video of Paddy per week saying "crying", and if that isn't MOOD I don't know what is. We feel very lucky to have known you, and to have been your dog walkers.
And for the rest of you, please don't move. Thanks.