Grace – Uptown

My name is Grace, and I originally hail from sunny southern California. I’m SO thrilled to be here in the Big Apple, where I can finally have 24/7 access to dollar-slice pizza. That’s the real American dream, folks. (In all seriousness, landing in New York is the fulfillment of a childhood longing, one which I finally plucked up the courage to pursue after a six-month stint of traveling and soul-searching. Let’s see how the adventure unfolds!)

I absolutely shower my friends’ dogs with love, affection, and maaaybe one too many treats, but the most meaningful and personal relationship that I had with a dog was on the day that my ex-boyfriend brought home the most adorable, fluffy black German shepherd puppy. The relationship did not last, but, alas, my love for that dang dog has endured. Raising him taught me so much about responsibility, love, and presence; the uniqueness and specificity of each dog’s personality and idiosyncrasies; and the incredible spiritual and emotional rewards a relationship with a dog can reap. Mary Oliver’s poem “Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night” pretty much sums it up, as far as I’m concerned 🙂

In California, I walked extensively as a professional dog walker for a couple of years, and my duties with that service also included pet sitting numerous times, with stays ranging from a weekend to 3+ weeks. My lifestyle in NYC hasn’t accommodated for a fur-ever friend yet, so, in the meantime, I’m so grateful to be part of the RuffCity team to have the opportunity to take care of yours!