Be careful saying the “r-word.”

Be careful saying the “r-word.”

One of the many perks of being a dog runner is the awesome greetings we receive when arriving at appointments. At what other job would your clients get so excited they run around in circles and shout for joy? On second thought, it might be weird to get slobbered on during a meeting at an office job.

Don’t think dogs like exercise? Then you should see their ears perk up when they heard the word “run.” Their tails begin to wag at a million miles per hour. They go right up the door and whine, as if saying “enough chit-chat, let’s go already!” And some extra enthusiastic pups start bouncing or shaking with uncontrollable excitement. Regardless of the routine, it’s a sight to see.

Then there’s Jarhead, the handsome boxer who really, and I’m mean really, likes going for walks. So much so, that I can only call right before I come to the house. His mom and I have to speak in code, without saying my name or “walk,” unless we want Jarhead sprinting around the house like a madman until I arrive. But even with that, he still somehow knows I’m on his way. When I pull up to the house, I see a large head in the window that immediately starts bouncing as soon as I step out of the car. Then I’m greeted with this.


It’s amazing that Jarhead isn’t tuckered out before we even leave the house. I should point out that I’ve been walking him two or three times a week for about a year. He still gets this wound up each and every time. And I can’t think of a better way to show up to work.