The PuppyLove Story

Brittany and Gunner

Brittany and Gunner

I started my Philadelphia dog-walking service, PuppyLove Dog-walking, after I met Gunner (right). Gunner came as a package deal with my boyfriend. I grew up with dogs, but Gunner was the first dog I really bonded with. Gunner gets a 1-hour walk in the woods daily. When I first starting dating my BF I thought the amount of time he put towards his dog was crazy. It was always hot, or cold, or buggy, or I was tired, or the couch just looked so much more tempting than the woods. Then slowly I started to look forward to the walks. We made a no cell-phone rule during the walk. We watched gunner track deer, make friends with other dogs, trained him to come when we call, but most of all we created a routine, a daily ritual that we never break. There is a happiness and security that Gunner feels because he knows that each day he will have his walk. I wanted to bring that to other dogs. I started small with just 3 dogs, a bulldog (Hazel), a frenchie (Ella), and Lab Mix (Colby). I've learned what makes them happy, how to walk each dog differently, and what makes every dog the best dog in the world for a certain type of person. Now, my team and I service hundreds of dogs, giving each one their ritual.