These are challenging times.
But if making sure your dog gets enough exercise while you are ill or cocooning is a worry right now, two very kind volunteers are available to help out.
Friends and housemates Rachel and Caroline (25) are originally from Carrigtwohill, where they grew up with family dogs. Now they’re offering their dog walking services to anyone in the city who needs them, free of charge.
The pair put the call out on Instagram and are encouraging people to get in touch if they know someone who might need their help.
“We both live together in the city centre and one night during our walk, we noticed someone called to the door of an elderly woman’s house to take the dog for a walk. We decided wouldn’t it be great to help those who are feeling a bit reluctant to leave their houses at the moment by offering to walk their dogs for them.” Rachel told Yay Cork.
Rachel, a marketing graduate programme, is currently working from home, while Caroline has been furloughed from her full-time marketing job and was looking for a way to use her free time to help out.
“We know that this is a particularly tough time for the elderly or those who may be reluctant to go out as much as they would have previously,” Rachel said.
Get in touch
The generous duo will be pounding the pavement every evening: “We would be available to walk the dogs five nights a week and we would bring our own lead etc. to minimise any contact.” said Rachel.
“Those who are interested can email us with a day and time that suits and we will try to accommodate them as best as possible, any time after 5:30pm.”
If you or someone you know could benefit, email [email protected] for more information.