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Hello! I’m a recent graduate from Des Moines University where I received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2019. Im looking for a way to socialize with some pups, get some physical activity and a little extra cash to pay off some student loans! Ive grown up with a family of dog lovers and look forward to getting a pup of my own some day soon!
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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care
I have a vast amount of experience working with dogs. Personally I have owed 4 different breeds of dogs in my life, which gave me diversity in my pet handling skills. I have volunteered at animal shelters in the past, as well as dog sit for family and friends.
Hi pet parents! Having grown up with dogs and not currently having one myself, I'm eager to play with your furry friend. I'm experienced with caring for dogs and have volunteered for a number of animal shelters. I'm responsible, caring, and can't wait to take your dog for a walk!
I am a college student at Iowa State University. I am living super close to campus. I live an active lifestyle. I go on runs or walks frequently so this is a perfect job for me! I am comfortable with any size and breed of dog. I also have experience walking multiple dogs together!
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Can run with dogs, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Puppy training
Hi, I'm Dakota! I've grown up with a yorkichon, boxer, and pitbull, named Rowdy, Saxon, and Odin! I've been caring for family, friends, and my own animals my entire life. I love the challenge of getting to know new dogs, and making every experience loving and memorable for each pet. No dog is too big or too small for me, and I believe every breed is beautiful! When I'm not dancing, I'm hiking and exploring, so I can't wait to share some outdoor time with your pet!
I am a college student who loves dogs and is ready to help take care of yours! I have two dogs of my own, one of which is a puppy, and I have experience handling dogs of all breeds and sizes! I care for every dog as if it was my own and I am looking forward to meeting your dog!
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Hello! I have been around animals since I can remember, and have always especially loved dogs! I have worked at a veterinary clinic- working in the kennels. This included feeding, medicating, and walking dogs in boarding. I have also watched dogs for many people over the years. I love dogs, and have lots of experience with caring for them!
Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience
Hello dog lovers! I am a 24 year old grad student and dog enthusiast looking to make some extra cash when I'm not studying! I have a dog of my own (3 year old mini golden doodle) and my favorite part of our day is our daily walk. When I'm not stuck reading my textbooks, you can find me outside. I love spending as much time as possible outdoors, and there's no better way to do so than with my favorite companions- dogs! I hope to care for your dog and show them the same love you would when life get's too busy for you!
Hi, I’m Gracie! I’ve been dog walking for about four years now and love it! I love seeing the dogs and being outside with them!
Although Ames will remind you of a small town because of its charm and friendly people, it actually has a lot going on. Iowa State University is conveniently and beautifully located in Ames, and the town was ranked 9th in the “Best Places to Live in the United States” according to CNN in 2010. Maybe because of the many parks (35) and more than 50 miles of trails or maybe it is the golf courses and top quality schools. Whatever the reason, close to 14,000 dogs and their owners live there so there must be fun things Fido can do when you visit.
Ames Dog Park on Billy Sunday Road is awesome with 10 acres separated into two areas for big and little pooches. Plenty of seating and a track to walk on. The park supplies the poop bags, and they have a water fountain for dogs and humans. The people are friendly, and the pups are fun.
Moore Memorial Park on Northridge Parkway is also a great place to burn off some of that energy. They have walking/biking trails, BBQ grills, picnic tables, playgrounds, restrooms, water fountains, and a special nature area where you can view some of Iowa’s critters in their environment. You and your furbaby will be ready to crash after spending the day here.
The South neighborhood is a family and dog-friendly area. There are plenty of parks and places to stay here. Ames Dog Park is a 10-acre, off-leash dog park with 2 acres devoted to small dogs, and 8 to larger ones. The dog park is fully enclosed with a flat grassy place for dogs to run, sniff, and socialize. A drinking fountain, waste receptacles and cleanup bags are provided. Kiddie pools give pups a chance to splash and cool down on a hot summer’s day. Visitors can purchase a daily or annual pass to visit. Microtel Inn welcomes up to 3 dogs of any size for an additional fee of $10 per dog per night.
Gilbert is 8 miles north of Ames. Gilbert is a small town, but cares big about its dogs. Open Flame and Steak Lounge on 225 Main Street serves lunch and dinner to furry friends on the outdoor patio. A canine and companion can savor steak, chicken, or seafood. After a big meal, burn some of those extra calories at the Ada Hayden Heritage Park. This park has a large lake with boat ramp and fishing! Dogs on leashes can exercise on the walking paths, and spend some time with their family eating at one of the shelters or picnic sites. Trails in the park range from one to three miles in length.
If you and your furry friend need a place to stay during your time in Ames, head for the eastern part of town. There are numerous hotels here that are dog-friendly. Baymont Inn on 1605 S. Dayton allows up to two dogs of any size to stay for an additional fee of $15 per dog per night. Econo Lodge at 2600 SE 16th Street has dog friendly rooms for an additional $15 per dog per night. Two dogs of any size can travel to Ames and spend the night. Up to two dogs of any size can spend the night in the dog friendly and elegant TownePlace Hotel located at 1523 S. Dayton Ave. The fee is an additional $35 per dog per night.
The West neighborhood spreads out into park lands. The Daley Park and Greenbelt at 340 Wilder has green areas for on-leash walking. There is a paved bike path, walking trails, and picnic shelters for dogs and their people to get some quality R&R. Christopher Gartner Park on Abraham Drive is a small park just right for a short morning stroll on leash. This park is not usually very busy, so a dog and person can get a little bit of solitude to start off or finish a day. The Dick Cissel Recreation Area has 38 acres of space for dogs to walk on leash. This park includes a fishing lake and plenty of space to hang out with your pup.
This downtown neighborhood has many shops and services for your dog. Serenity Pet Spa at 110 Kellogg Avenue offers grooming, doggie daycare and boarding. The spa caters to small dogs, and includes baths, nail clipping, and specialized grooming. Treats on a Leash, located at 216 Main Street, has treats, toys, and an assortment of fun things for you and your pup. Dogs are welcome to come in and help their human shop. Treats on a Leash also hosts parties for your fur baby! Treats on a Leash can help with fundraisers, and contributes to the local animal shelter. Delivery is available to dogs in the neighborhood.
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