The Paw Print

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Sophomore Makena Hale has loved animals since a young age. She has plans to get her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science in college to become a veterinarian too. Her favorite animal is a dog and even takes the time to babysit them for extra money.

Hale babysits dogs through an application named Rover. It is an online marketplace that people can buy and provide pet care services such as pet sitting, dog boarding and dog walking. She has been doing it for a year now and has loved every moment of it.

“I really like the app because all we have to do is put our information into it, and people get to choose us if they want us to dog sit for them,” Hale said. “It makes it easier for us and for them because it’s all in the app. And it makes everything more accessible.”

They get dogs of all breeds and sizes, which makes it more interesting for them, such as Labs, German Sheperds and Shih Tzu’s.

“One of the dogs we have right now is a beagle, and he is the loudest one we have had yet,” Hale said. “He loves to bark at the other dogs and it causes them to start barking too. And all the dogs will start a howling fest because of him.”

Hale described her house as chaos when she had the most dogs that have ever been inside her home at once, which is nine including her own three. She was very busy and had to keep track of so many things at once because they all have their own needs.

“One of the dogs we had a few months ago was a shih tzu and she needed special medical attention,” Hale said. “We had to give her medicine at specific times and even separated her at times from the other dogs. But we managed to do it and keep her healthy.”

Her least favorite part of it all is having to walk all the dogs, especially when they have multiple dogs over. They typically have no self control and go crazy outside, and they sometimes won’t be able to take all of them out at once.

“When walking the dogs my mom typically takes the bigger and more aggressive dogs while I take the smaller ones,” Hale said. “It’s my least favorite part because there’s so much to pick up after and the leashes always get tangled. But we sometimes just let them out into our backyard instead of walking them.”

Hale enjoys watching dogs, and also enjoys the money too. She gets to take some of the dogs to her soccer games and just go on car rides for fun.

“I usually take two of my dogs to my soccer games and occasionally i’ll take one of the ones that we’re watching at the moment, if they’re calm enough for it,” Hale said. “The labs we get usually enjoy car rides the most so they sit in the back and we roll the windows down for them. But we won’t do it if we have a lot of dogs.”

       

 

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