For Sheileen Mclaughlin, work actually means play.
“I was living in San Francisco and working in advertising, and just found it to be kind of soulless,” the Regent Square resident said. “When I moved here, I started walking my dog, then my friend’s dog and it grew.”
More than a decade later, Mclaughlin is still enjoying every minute of her job as a local host of a doggy play group. Rather than offering the standard walk around the block for pups who are patiently waiting for their owners to come home after work, Mclaughlin takes a group of dogs for an all-out adventure and hike in Frick Park.
“It sort of really found me and it’s been 12 years now,” she said. “It’s the best job I have ever had and I can’t imagine doing something else.”
Mclaughlin takes her canine clients to the off-leash areas of Frick Park, where all roam free, wrestle and play the day away. The dogs are prescreened to make sure all are compatible and monitored closely to make sure all are happy. A play session can last anywhere from an hour, to two or more if it’s a beautiful day.
“The guilty pleasure for me is watching them play,” she said. “It has really taught me to live in the moment. It’s like a big party for them.”
Mclaughlin has six people who work on her team, as they also offer pet sitting services and more. She said she loves her job because she gets to show local dogs a good time while also helping her clients, who will come home to happy, tired and satisfied pups.
“They add so much to your life,” she said of the dogs. “It’s a small price to pay to carry a lint roller in your purse.”
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