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Who's Your Doggy Daddy? It Might Be This Guy With 100 Clients

March 14, 2014

Kevin Burke has a client list 100 names long. Names like Leroy, Bruno, Piper, Charlie, Doc, Lily, Truman, Betsy, Sophie, Bella, Reggie and Scooter. Ranging from 10 to 175 pounds, they are canine clients of Burke’s Newport Beach-based dog-care company, Newport Tails.

In the beginning there was one client: Precious. Burke found her in 2010 with her leash wrapped around the walker of his 98-year-old neighbor, Laura Wilkening. Burke asked if he could help, and Wilkening told him, OK, walk Precious twice a day every day starting today.

A business was born. Burke scheduled classes around his dog clients while studying entrepreneurship at Cal State Fullerton. Today Burke is 27 and providing walks, training, socialization, overnights and more.

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