Speech therapist switches careers, starts pet care business

Jenny Solomon takes her dog

Jenny Solomon takes her dog

For Jenny Solomon, more dogs means more fun.

“To me, a dog can do no wrong,” said Solomon, a longtime Redmond resident. “It just gives me an enormous joy to be able to be out walking them and seeing them get their exercise.”

Solomon’s enduring love for animals, specifically dogs, was the motivation behind her switching careers and starting up her new home-based venture Wag More Dog Walkers, a dog walking/pet sitting business that serves the Eastside.

Solomon was a child speech pathologist for more than 25 years before getting the itch to spread her wings with pet care.

“It’s my dream come true,” said Solomon, who is building her client base through word of mouth and putting up fliers around the community. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. As much as I enjoyed my field of speech pathology and working with children, I often wondered what I can do with animals.”

Solomon used to own 13 different pets, including a hedgehog, rat and lizard, but has scaled back her animal family and is currently the proud owner of Miko, an energetic nearly two-year-old Papillon and a pet parakeet named Elvis.

“For me, they are part of my family,” said Solomon, who is married and has two teenage daughters.

Solomon, a former volunteer at a rescue shelter and a self-taught “petaholic,” offers a variety of services, with an emphasis on dog walking and socialization.

She will also come to your house and pet sit if you are going on vacation and leaving town for a business trip. In addition, Solomon started pet sitting small dogs at her house on Education Hill, allowing the little pets to stay more active when their owners are away.

“Meaning, they get to be part of the family instead of being in kennels or crates,” she said.

Solomon has just a handful of clients since starting up her new business last month, but she said she expects to see her canine clientele to grow once word gets around town about her positive influence with animals.

“My friend told me that she wanted to come back in her next life as dog because she knows she would be treated well by me,” Solomon said. “I’ve always had a heart for animals.”

For more information, call Solomon at (425) 922-4064 or go to www.wagmoredogwalkers.com.

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