Off and running
Dog walker for hire
by Megan Knowles, student-intern
Daniela Castillo, Arts ’14, turned a lifelong passion for animals into her own business, Dogs MKE. “There’s nothing quite like walking into someone’s house and being greeted by wagging tails,” she says.
Growing up with breeds ranging from collies to beagles, Castillo developed a knack for pet care, one that led her from Marquette to working in veterinary offices to opening the doors of Dogs MKE in 2015.
In its first year the dog walking and pet sitting business has taken care of more than 500 dogs and 100 small animals, working 365 days to provide care during the day and overnight visits when pets are home alone. “It’s a competitive industry,” she says. “There are tons of pet care businesses out there, and it’s just doing what you have to do to make sure you stand out.”
Despite the competition, Castillo’s love for her work shines through. “I mean, how often can you say that your boss is rolling over in excitement to see you?”
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