Today we’d like to introduce you to Cheryl Levine.
Cheryl, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started Cheryl Walks Dogs in November of 2009, (after 20 years of being a professional photographer), because I was ready to embark on a new and different chapter, So when two different people, my father and a close friend reminded me, in two very distinct ways, of my lifelong passion for dogs, I guess you could say that I connected the dots and had an amazing Aha moment! It became crystal clear that it was the only path to take and that everything I needed, in order to work with dogs, was essentially in my own back yard! I lived in an area where so many people had a dog and were absolutely crazy about them…I still smile thinking about this! So with some hard work and previous business knowledge, I created a website that communicated my philosophy about dog walking, along with some good, old fashioned pounding of the pavement. Within three weeks, the phone was ringing and I had begun to meet the most amazing dogs and their owners! It sounds corny, but following my heart has led to a meaningful career.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
For the most part, it has been a smooth road. I have stayed focused on my message, which is to give the dogs a happy and safe experience. I am also highly organized regarding my business practices. Though it’s my four legged clients I see most of the time, my human clients, the parents, appreciate that I am efficient with the communication and business side of the relationship. This covers many different components, such as scheduling, training, administrative…so I am meticulous about the communication and implementation of these daily occurrences. Since 2009, I have seen more dog walkers enter the field, so more competition, but because of the quality of my service, (dog hikes), and my focus on the business end, I feel pretty fortunate.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Cheryl Walks Dogs – what should we know?
I feel that what sets me apart from other dog walkers is the type of service that I provide. Though there is no wrong way to exercise a dog, my philosophy is to always be in the woods. I also believe that dogs, like us, need to be together. They need dog family, in addition to their human families. Because of this, I work very hard to create packs of the same temperament that go on hikes in nature. What happens is that they bond, they play, and they love one another. I believe with all my heart that this adds happiness and balance to their lives. I also believe that being surrounded by trees is very important! I am most proud that I give this experience to every dog, every day!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My dad and my friend Cami are my heroes because they delivered the message to embark on this career path. My other heroes are my clients, and I say this with heartfelt gratitude! My human clients are amazing because they are so in sync with why I do this! They also make it possible for me to do what I do because they trust me. That’s huge and I never lose sight of that. Last but not least, every single 4 legged client is my hero and inspiration on a daily basis. The relationships that I have with them are a gift. I learn from them every day, and feel so lucky that my days are filled with unconditional love. I’m also pretty lucky that my office is in the woods!
- 30 minute Hikes are $18.00 – Round trip is 90 minutes
- Website: www.cherylwalksdogs.com
- Phone: (617) 645-0774
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org