I decided to do a series on odd jobs in Buenos Aires because ,well, I find some of the jobs I’ve seen people doing here quite interesting.
If you travel to Buenos Aires on one of those cheap holiday offers, you will definitely notice the first odd job featured in this post.
The first odd job is….
I know what you are thinking. Why is that odd? People do that in the US.
Well, in Buenos Aires, this job is much more noticeable because EVERYONE has a dog. And they are not small dogs. They are mostly ginormous dogs. And since everyone in Buenos Aires lives in a tiny apartment, these large dogs have to be walked for a long time to release some energy and… well… do their business.
And the dog walkers here are damn smart. They do not just walk 3, 4, or 5 dogs. They walk 15-20 dogs!
That’s right. 20 dogs at one time!
I saw Daniel with all of his dogs when I was walking from Palermo to the Chacarita Cemetery. I asked him if I could take a photo, and he was happy to pose with his posse.
I made an attempt at a conversation in Spanish because I really wanted to know more about this dog walking profession. He told me that he walks 20 dogs every weekday, and he takes them out for 5 hours.
Those dogs are loving it!
Note that Daniel seems to be one of the “good” dog walkers. I have heard several stories about dog walkers that just tie the dogs to a fence and then proceed to text with friends for 3 hours.
I asked how he got this job, and he said it started with just a few people he knew. Then they told their friends. Soon enough he had his hands full.
I have a theory.
My theory is that the dog walkers of Buenos Aires are the secret millionaires of society.
Think about it. Dog owners pay about 10 pesos (US$2.50) per dog per day. This is practically nothing to pay for this type of service by US standards. But Daniel walks 20 dogs 5 days a week. He is probably making at least 100 pesos a day, which is 4000 pesos a month (US$1000). This is pretty good for Buenos Aires and only working part-time.
Okay, so maybe David is not a millionaire. But he’s doing pretty well.
Enjoy more photos of dogs and their walkers.
This guy looks lonely. He must be the first pick-up of the day.
waiting patiently for the next dog to join the group
Headed towards the bosques de palermo
One of the best photos of dog walkers I have seen was taken by Chance from BAlocal.
There are 5 dog walkers and 27 dogs… all in one photo! Click here to check it out.