That Loser Who’s Walking Your Dog Is Making More Than You

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Sitting in your cubicle giving you a case of the Mondays? Rather earn $100,000 playing in the sun? Walk a dog or two. It worked for dog walker Annie Lever. She rakes in as much as $150k a year.

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Dog walking and money. It’s like peanut butter and Marshmallow fluff. What’s so complicated.

Sitting in your cubicle giving you a case of the Mondays? Rather earn $100,000 playing in the sun? Walk a dog or two. Or 24.

It worked for dog walker Annie Lever. She rakes in as much as $150k on a good year walking the hounds of the rich and famous (up to 24 a day).

On a bad year, she says, high-end dog walkers earn about $100k to $120k. Which is still, how do you say? A lot.

Equally sickening: Some pet sitting businesses even reported earning as much as $1 million a year (pre-Great Recession).

Celebrity dog-walking isn’t for the faint of heart though, Lever says. “You have to have a certain amount of poise” to deal with paparazzi prey-your clients.

“Nowadays you have to be willing to do anything for a dollar,” she said. Now Lever says she’ll do odd jobs for clients-taking dogs to visit their owners on movie sets, making vet visits, even picking one client’s daughter up at school and dropping her off at home along with her dogs.

As for the really juicy stories, Lever’s saving them for the book she’s writing. Which means her side job will now probably make more than your day job. In addition to her day job making more than your day job.

Let us know when you’ve got that dog walking business going. Boy, have we got a T-shirt for you.

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It costs less than a dog walker.

How Do We Know All This? Cuz we’re brilliant. Also:
Your pet sitter is making more than you. Sorry dude.
Even if you don’t make a million bucks, the average dog walker earns $40,000 to $60,000 a year.
Don’t get greedy, though. Dog owners are watching you. Ace Ventura style.
You don’t need to be Hollywood-adjacent. The rest of the country is lousy with well-heeled dogs in need of walks.
Media can contact Annie Lever at thepoop@annielever.com. Hey, E!, Fox, NPR and Oxford University Press were cool with it.

-Erin Barajas, Serious Coin contributor

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