>> pet lovers
o you work long hours? Have
frequent meetings you can't
miss? Or just need a little
extra help with your puppy? Happy
Dog is here to assist.
Just like humans, daily exercise
plays a vital role in a dog's life. Dog
lover Jami Lewin, a member of Temple
Israel in West Bloomfield, unofficially
started her dog-walking business,
Happy Dog, circa 2007. Her clients
consisted of friends and coworkers
until she officially made it a business.
Jami Lewin obtained her dog,
Bauer, from Waggin Tales Rescue
in January of 2012.
"In 2007, I worked for a company
where we were allowed to bring our
dogs to work:” said Lewin of Keego
Harbor. "There were probably about
five dogs there at once. Our office
backed up to the West Bloomfield Trail
and I would offer to take care of them
and walk them.
"I started asking my friends if they
needed me to look after their dogs
when they were out of town or were
working late. In 2012, I officially
branded my business:' Lewin added.
Happy Dog provides eight services:
daily walks, yard clean up, puppy care,
evening care, medication administra-
tion, potty breaks, play dates and swim
sessions. Pricing is based on driving
distance and varies depending on the
size and amount of time Lewin spends
with each dog.
Happy Dog will consider dog sitting
Dog walker promotes a happy
and healthy lifestyle for your pet.
based on the relationship Lewin and
her business partner have with the cli-
ent and their dog.
These care services provided by
Happy Dog are offered to families
throughout the Oakland County area.
Services are designed to promote a
happy and healthy lifestyle and are tai-
lored to meet each dog's specific needs.
Lewin was the primary dog walker
and care provider until she recently
hired Leila McKinney, one of her
coworkers at Equilibrium Pilates
Studio in Bloomfield Hills, where she
is the studio and marketing manager.
"I'm kind of like the studio nanny
for every one's pets:' said McKinney of
Waterford. "Jami asked if I wanted to
join, and I was thrilled.
"It doesn't feel like a job. It's a way
for me to exercise and have a dog with
me; it's really fun.
"I walk two dogs for Happy Dog
right now. The dogs are great, I have
no complaints:' McKinney added.
The reason Lewin started Happy Dog
is because she is aware of how essential
it is for dogs to go on daily walks.
"Just letting them out in the back-
yard isn't enough:' Lewin explained.
"It's good exercise, but it's not a sub-
stitute for walking. Dogs need walks;
it's stimulation for them. They get to
investigate sounds and scents. A dog
that exercises is a healthier and hap-
pier dog, hence the name!"
Lewin said it takes a few minutes for
her and the dogs to get to know each
other, but when they do it's amazing.
"The dogs go bonkers whenever
we walk into houses. They wag their
tails and are very excited:' she said. "If
you're a dog lover, you love all kinds of
dogs and they can sense that:'
Vicki DeRoven has been with Happy
Dog for a year. Lewin walks her two
dogs two to three times a week.
"Because I have a dog walker, I
know for a fact my dogs are getting
plenty of exercise, especially the bigger
one said DeRoven of Keego Harbor.
"Jami is good for my dogs and is very
attentive. She does a great job, and I
am very happy with her:'
Lewin said, "My main priority is to
make sure your dog is taken care of. I
am happy to be there and want to be
there to help these families out:'
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more information or to schedule a
meet and greet.
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