Meet the Owners
We are pleased that you took the time to consider if Two Way Dog Walking could be a friend to your dog. We have been friends since 2008 and always had a common bond for animals. We both even worked for the same dog walking company prior to owning our own. It just makes sense for two great friends that shared the same love and adoration for animals to venture into a dog walking business together and that is pricisely what we did.
I have always had a love for animals. I was raised on a 55 acre farm in Sanger, Texas growing up with many different animals and had about every kind of dog you could imagine. We have had many dogs in our family from Grand Piranesi, to Treeing Walkers, to Great Danes, labs, dalmations, and BD our blessed German Shephard. I recently returned from Costa Rica where I lived for three years and worked for PAWS; an organization that rescued and neutered stray dogs. There was nothing more rewarding than rescuing skinny and poor street dogs. Giving them food, shelter, medication if needed and of course love. Watching them open up into caring trustworthy animals was so priceless! I met up with Linda when I moved here from Costa and she got me my first dog walking job.
Like her, I learned the ropes in the beginning by working for a dog walking company out of DC called DWDC, It did not take long for both of us to move on to create our own business and then it became clear that we should merge and allow our expertise to provide the most love in town.
We understand that animals in many cases are like children. They each are unique and have their special needs; from administering medicine, to special potty needs. We provide a write up to the owner for each walk and ensure that the clients feel loved and supported.
I was a proud dog owner of a Shih Tzu named WeiWei. She was given to me when she was roughly 8 years old and I had 8 amazing years with her. Every time I had to leave her, she would patiently wait by the door for me. My friends and family would always share that she would just stay by the door and every little turn of the knob she would wag her tail and get excited expecting me. The thought of her just waiting for my return really got to me. Is this what she does all day long? I would go nuts!
I was working for a university for over 6 years as an Enrollment Manager and as soon as I turned 30, I knew that my placement in this world needed to be around dogs so I one day I decided it was time quit my job. Then the saddest day of my life took place in September 26, 2012 when my little angel left me. She was the greatest little friend I could have asked for and not a day goes by with me wishing I gave her more time to be outdoors and less time waiting around for me. Because of this, it pushed my will even harder to open my own dog walking business so I can at least give other dogs what I can no longer give my WeiWei.
Everyone that knows me knows my love and fascination for dogs. Their automatic trust for me to care for their pets was merely by watching me and my interaction with animals. I treat them as if they are my sole priority when I am with them. I have dog sat and dog walked for many years prior to doing it professionally. I worked for a professional dog walking company in DC before deciding to open my own to ensure I know the ins and outs of doing it the right way. After carefully examining how to operate a dog walking business successfully, I finally took the leap of registering my business, became a member of Pet Sitter Associates (also insured through them) and began my business. A year later, Melissa and I felt that our combined forces could only add value and here we are today, providing TLC to your furbabies together.