Dog Walking: A Recession-Proof Job

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The American dream has just gotten a little dirtier.

With the unemployment rate still hovering around 10%, many Americans may be feeling more desperate than ever to find work and a decent paycheck. The question is how badly do you want to work?

NPR recently reported that one profession has continued to thrive even in the bad economy: dog walkers. You know, those people you bump into in parks that look like they’re prepping for the Iditarod, surrounded by a phalanx of pooches. It turns out, they are as busy as ever and rolling in dough… and doggy doo.

NPR interviewed several professional dog walkers and found that the industry is booming. “The people at Club Pet NYC won't call dog-walking recession-proof. But it certainly will never require a government bailout or a stimulus package. Unlike the banking industry, dog walkers can always count on a high rate of deposit,” according to the article.

In some ways, this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Americans love their pets, which is why many pet businesses have continued to prosper in this economy, no matter how quirky they may be.

However, what is particularly astonishing is the potential salary for dog walkers. There have been reports of dog walkers making anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 in a year. In fact, a married couple in California claimed to have grossed $190,000 in a year, according to CBS.

We’re not sure why, but it seems that some of the best jobs in this economy involve excrement.

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