Can you make a living being a dog walker?

Yes. I think it will be. I feel like I’ve built up quite a following on Twitter over two years now and it seems people actually love the stories we’ve told them and the photos we’ve taken. I feel like they’re proud of my work.
About — Michele Promaulayko

We have a lot of dogs now and our lives are changing. We spend lots of time with them now and they have a large home but it is hard working. Our first dog was a little over two years ago and it has taken a lot of discipline to maintain the behaviour she showed at our first meeting. When we first looked her up, I didn’t quite know what to do with her. She had an adorable ‘pawprint’ on her face and it was only when we got down to her that I saw that I am a terrible cook and couldn’t keep it together and I’d started to feel a bit sorry for her. I’d tried to take her back to the shelter for treatment but when we got to her we couldn’t cope with the work load or had to return to her. I don’t know how she’s been since and I’m not at all sure I want to have one of my own. She’s quite hard to get back to her original state and I don’t really know how we’re going to get them back there again.

I get frustrated every time I see my dogs, and often before I see them I ask the owner of the dog about how long they’ve had it and whether they have a history with it. There can’t be that many dogs out there as this is what I look for. The people who buy dogs get upset, even though I can understand that they are a bit upset!

So how did you start blogging and what drew you to it?

I’ve been a pet-owner all my life up until now and I realised that I just didn’t have much time on my hands. I’m just a student and I have a job and that’s quite a lot too. I’ve never written before and when I wrote my first piece of prose I think somebody at work had read it and laughed at it. I was so disappointed and annoyed and so I just wanted to get through it and write a piece of fiction. I was told at the time that I should write something serious and it was like, ‘what?’ At that time my mother would never have allowed me to blog so I thought, what do I need to write about, I’ll write about my dogs