Today's Personality Prints interviewee is Lisa Johnson, owner of The Good Dog Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Whenever we go out of town our dog Alice stays at her home. I couldn't ask for a better dog walker as she treats Alice as one of her own. We met for a portrait session at Frick Park right around Halloween last year with her son Davion, who had dressed up as a Ninja for the occasion, and their pups Buddy, Jake and Mister.
Tell me a little bit about your business.
The Good Dog Club, where any pet can be a good dog is a latchkey companion animal caregiving business. We provide services ranging from daily walks, group romps, and socialization work for dogs, to dispensing medication and providing for basic needs of any pet. We board dogs, do overnight visits, and anything in between, always seeking to adapt to the needs of the family and their pal(s).
Tell me about your pets. How did they come into your life?
My Buddy, who passed last year, came into my life the same year I adopted my son after that sweet face won my heart at the Animal Rescue League. Buddy was my gentle alpha who didn't tolerate nonsense and had an amazingly gentle way of straightening bad dogs out. Our chocolate lab, Jake, is my son's dog. He was an unclaimed stray found at about 3 years old, unneutered full of himself when we took him in. It took a full 6 months to convince him that every single ball encountered didn't belong to him, regardless of who was playing with it! Mister is our yorkie poo, a teenie tough guy/lover who was purchased from a family found on the internet. He was the tiniest puppy I'd ever seen, arriving with motorcycle grease from his previous home in his hairdoo!
Do you and your dogs (pets) share personality traits that has helped you in life/business?
Buddy was the most amazing dog to work with as he never met a dog he didn't like. He had a clear sense of right and wrong and, within those parameters, everyone was a friend to him. He always had a really calming and direct way with other dogs which set the tone for many group romps over the years.
How does your pets support you and or inspire you and your business?
The name, the Good Dog Club, comes from time spent with my beloved Ruby, mainly in Minneapolis. In our large circle of friends, I would put the call out for a meeting of the Good Dog Club and it was on! We'd head to a local park or lake and let the dogs run free! Seemed the perfect image for a business that seeks to promote joy and well being in the lives of our companions.
Do you have a favorite quote that you live by?
Excuses disempower self, action is cure. I lifted that from the bathroom wall at Film in the Cities in St. Paul, Minnesota 30 years ago!