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Matt Finucane

Puppy Playtime: A New Dog Walking/Pet Sitting Company Launches

BY Megan Soyars

The doggies and kitties of Greenpoint are in for a treat this year, with the launch of McCarren Bark.

Greenpoint dog walker Matt Finucane conceived the idea for his dog walking and pet sitting service after hearing his clients complain of costly yet unprofessional services provided by other walkers.

“Before us, Greenpoint had been saturated with bad options [for pet owners],” Finucane said.

To fill the need, he created a company that was affordable and offered professional care to the Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwick areas. According to Finucane, it is important to stay local in order to provide personalized service.

“I like our clients to really know us,” he said. “They get to meet me, they get to meet their walker, and hopefully develop a relationship that’ll last a long time.” Finucane stressed that the company also strives to build relationships with the animals they care for. “I like when dogs become best friends with our walkers,” he said. “When the walker comes by, the dogs get so excited because they know this is best part of their day.”

Megan Soyars

McCarren Bark offers dog play-dates and in-home pet sitting services as well. A walk runs from $12-$20, depending on the length, while overnight pet-sitting ranges from $45-$80. Doggy play-dates are $30. And since kitties need love too, McCarren Bark offers daytime kitty visits for $18.

To celebrate its launch, McCarren Bark is offering several specials . Sign up for dog walks before March 1st, and get a half month free. Or sign up with a neighbor to save $5 per walk.

Walkers and sitters are fully bonded and insured for the pet-owners’ peace of mind. Finucane also deliberates carefully on each employee he hires.

“They should be both an animal-lover and a people-lover,” he stated. “They can really love your dog, but they also have to communicate with you.” Walkers communicate with their clients by leaving detailed notes about what the pet did that day.

And finally, Finucane likes employees to be passionate about their work. He cites fellow McCarren Bark dog walker Patrick Reedy as an example.

“Patrick knows this is the best job in the world,” he said. “You walk in rain and snow […] or help clients at all hours. But you’ll always know what a cool job you have.”

For more information, call 347-688-BARK or visit www.mccarrenbark.com. Don’t forget to check out the videos of the pets they work with!

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