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Dog Walker's Notes 7/23/18-7/26/18 

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RACHAL DUGGAN
  • Rachal Duggan

Hey Brian & Jamie!

I'm Dan! As David explained in his last note, he recently took another position so I'll be your new dog walker! But don't worry, Gracie's in good hands with me! I'll be following all of our standard procedures in my notes, and, per your request, I'll be sure to mention any irregularities with her stool. I'm sorry to hear she's had digestive trouble in the past, but I'll be sure to pay close attention! Today Gracie took a 32-minute walk around Mary Bartelme Park and the surrounding area. She peed twice and pooped! I'll be back tomorrow at one!

Also, couldn't help but notice the wedding invitations on the counter! Congratulations!

Thanks,
Dan

***

Hey Brian & Jamie!

Today was normal! We took a 34-minute walk through the park where she peed, and then we went once more around the block to make sure she pooped. One little blip: it looked like Gracie might've knocked over some things from the counter—I came in to find some trash strewn around and unfortunately your invitations had been knocked onto the floor. She must have jumped up onto one of the bar stools. I'm so sorry if this is my fault—I didn't arrive until 1:03 today. But it looks like luckily the invitations weren't ruined! I'll be sure to arrive early tomorrow to prevent any further issues.

Thanks,
Dan

***

Hey Brian!

I'm sorry for the mix-up, I had not been told that Jamie was no longer living with you. I'll be sure to remove her from our client list and address all future notes correctly. There were no further issues with the trash! I made sure to take it out for you! It was a bit overstuffed and some cans had dropped onto the floor. Since certain beers can be bad for dogs' digestive systems, I figured I'd save you the trip and make sure Gracie was out of harm's way!

Thanks,
Dan

***

Brian,

I saw your note and I am SO sorry for throwing away what I thought was trash—I thought I was being helpful. I will not touch any of your personal belongings in the future.

I think maybe Gracie was in a bad mood today. She seemed distant and sad. Losing someone can be traumatic for a dog. They often feel lost and confused when someone they saw every day decides to leave and doesn't say why. That's OK, I think. It's a lot to process. And Gracie's a good dog, I think she'll be OK. I would just take some time to play with her tonight. She's always happy to see you.

Also Gracie's stool was VERY weird today. Runny but also chunky. Sorry to be so vivid. I'm not a vet so I'm not sure which details are important. I know you'd said you wanted to know so now you know.

Thanks!
Dan  v

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