Adventure Hikes - Custom Dog Books - Training
Walkabout Dogs began in 2007, with my vizsla, Dudley, at my side. I established the Adventure Hikes based on two guiding principles: provide dogs with the best off-leash experience and let them socialize naturally within the setting of a pack.
Walkabout Dogs is a one-woman business, focused on the health and happiness of the dogs in my care. The hikes are 2+hour jaunts through the pristine conservation lands of Metro West Boston. The dogs are free to do what they do best: run, chase, fetch, swim, and sniff. This isn't big business, this is client focused, what's best for the dog business. My aspirations are to bring home tired and happy dogs at the end of day, and record their daily antics and romps in photos.
For over nine years, Dudley was the regal and silly captain of the dog crew . He enjoyed going to work no matter the season or the weather. Dudley, was my constant companion, tennis ball finder, and leader on the trails. He passed away unexpectedly in December 2016, but his intrepid spirit remains at the heart of Walkabout Dogs. Dudley's photo appears on the front-page of this site and his likeness is now Walkabout's new logo.
In 2017 I expanded my services to include custom dog photo books, which not only incorporate my love of dog photography, my passion for creative writing. This seemed like a natural progression, since I take photos daily on the hikes while observing the pack's innate "dogness."
I've been in animal care for 25+ years, working in the Thoroughbred race horse industry, raising beagles, and in the last 12 years, exclusively operating, my Adventure Hike Business.
I also hold a BA in English Literature and a MFA in Creative Writing.
Whether you're looking for your dog to join the hikes, or would like to have a custom dog book created for your dog(s), Walkabout Dogs motto stands true: It's All About the Dogs.
A special thanks to Julie Maguire for putting together the new logo: www.juliemaguirephotodesign.com
Thank you for stopping by!
Walkabout dogs' hike and photography Services
adventure hikes - $65
We go out in all seasons and all weather, winter storms and other dangerous conditions withstanding. The hikes are 2+ hours in the conservation areas of Metro West Boston. I bring 4-7 dogs off-leash, and sometimes off trail. Each hike includes: pick-up and drop-off, treats, a weekly slide show, downloadable files of the week's photos, and the end of the year calendar, featuring your dog!
boarding - price varies
Due to the nature of my business, I am only able offer boarding for Adventure Hike clients. These are the current rates: $75 on week nights and non-holiday weekends; $90 for holidays and holiday weekends.
training - $150
During the training consultation, I will familiarize myself with you and your dog(s). We'll go over your current needs for training. Together we'll create a plan of action whether she/he is a puppy or an older dog in need of learning better behaviors. The training method I use is "passive training," in other words, everyday is an opportunity for you and your dog(s) to better understand each other.
I will show you what has worked best with my dogs, and you can incorporate this within the framework of your lifestyle. The consultation is a one-time fee, and I encourage clients to call after our meeting with any questions or continuing concerns. There is no extra charge for follow-up phone calls or visit.
custom dog books - $150 plus cost of printing & shipping
This is terrific coffee table book in full color, and your dog(s) is the star character. We will go to an outdoor venue for the photo shoot for approximately an 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours. Share your funniest and most endearing stories about your pup(s). After the photo session, I'll edit the photos and write a short story (between 500-1000 words). You choose which photos you'd like in the book. Once I've put together a mock-up of the book, I'll send you a PDF file for your approval. The book will be sent out to print and mailed directly to your home!
High resolution files can also be purchased from the photo session. Cost for all the files range from $100-$200.
Below is a Photo Book I created for Kathy K. of Boston, MA.
**Printing for the photo book is provided by Blurb.com and/or Shutterfly.com**
* enjoy the read *
.04 slide shows
Monday thru wednesday: may 7-9, 2018
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thursday & friday: may 10-11, 2018
Please fill out this contact form to learn more about Walkabout Dogs services, and/or schedule an interview for Adventure Hikes, a Dog Book photo shoot, or a training consultation. You can also reach Sarah Kilgallon at 617-448-1987.
I look forward to meeting you and your dog!
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