My family left the Jackie Robinson Apartments in Crown Heights when I was five. I was raised on Long Island in an average suburban village called Plainview. It was plain. I found solace in the electric bass, and later, guitar. By the time I was fifteen I was going into the city to buy records on St. Marks Place and sneak into rock clubs.
In the fall of 1987 I returned from my first tour of Europe with enough dough to move to Carroll Gardens. Two years later my then-girlfriend moved in with Bloomer, her Black Lab/Springer Spaniel. Soon after we adopted Lass, a retired greyhound, and thus began a love for dogs that hasn’t abated.
As a member of myriad weird and semi-weird rock bands I toured extensively throughout the US and Europe, and played on thirty or so commercial recordings. My daughter was born in 1994 and I retired from the road. I spent the next decade pushing pencils for old media companies. The jobs and I eventually gave way to the digital future.
I said goodbye to the desk set and left the rat race. I figured if I had to pound the pavement, I’d rather have some dog days that were good days. Dave’s Dog Duty is the sum of those realities and desires.
Now I’m outdoors, moving and enjoying canine communion. But the greatest benefit, besides paying my bills, has been the opportunity to engender friendships with my clients and provide them caring and consistent personal service. As a bonus, my creativity has been freed as well. I’m more artistically productive than I’ve been in years and continue to record and release music, and gig locally.
My wife, an ER nurse, and I own a house with a backyard in Kensington. Our coonhound Gibby loves to laze about out there despite being tormented by his little Carolina Dog sister YaYa. My daughter and her horse (among a myriad of creatures) moved to Orange County a few years ago. We visit frequently for fun on the farm and in the woods. But, mostly I’m in Brooklyn making tracks with Kate and Jimmy. We're pleased to do our duty walking your dogs!
Kate Mitchell has owned and lived with dogs her whole life. Born and raised in the south, she moved to Brooklyn after studying Ecology at the University of Georgia. When not pet-sitting or walking dogs, Kate teaches gardening to students in the Bronx, runs a composting garden in Kensington, and plays bass in a Brooklyn rock and roll band. Her own pooch lives hundreds of miles away now, so walking dogs is an important way for her to stay connected with woman's best friend.
Jimmy Shelton grew up on Long Island and has been a dog owner and lover since childhood. After escaping to upstate New York for four years to study history, Jimmy moved to Brooklyn to play music and shortly thereafter began doing dog walking and dog sitting work. In addition to his life as a dog walker, Jimmy continues to play in Brooklyn area bands and works as a writing tutor at LaGuardia Community College at night.