The first professional New York City dog walker, Jim Buck, has died

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The New York Times reports that Jim Buck, the city’s first professional dog walker, has died at 81. Dog walking is a mainstay of Manhattan life these days, but it seems Mr. Buck started it all out with his Jim Buck’s School for Dogs in the 1960’s.

Here is an excerpt from the article: “Footloose, determined and eager to flout convention, Mr. Buck bypassed college. But by the early ’60s he was leading the sort of gray-flannel life of which he despaired, chafing in New York as a salesman for an electronics concern. Mr. Buck knew dogs — as a young man, he bred Great Danes. He also knew New Yorkers. Before long, a void was filled.

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