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A selection of the latest “Bucky Dogs.” Courtesy image.

When Strawberry resident Paige Hillegass launched her Uber-meets-dog walking business Bucky Dog earlier this year, she did so with two major goals: add a personal, localized touch to a business that she says too often has professional dog walkers packing a slew of pups into each walk to make it work financially, and to make a strong commitment to Kiddo, the local educational foundation that supports arts, physical education and technology programs in the Mill Valley School District.

Done and done.

Hillegass says her Bucky Dog service, which seeks to directly connect active dog lovers with dogs looking for some much-needed outdoor jaunts, has seen remarkable success in its first year. And due its commitment to donate $1 from each walk and $3 from each night of boarding to Kiddo, Bucky Dog has raised $3,627 in that span. 

“I was quite surprised by that number,” Hillegass says. “We really are having a big impact, and it’s because of the customers. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do this.”

In case you haven’t heard it yet, Bucky Dog is named after Buck, (known by most as Bucky), a black labrador retriever who became Paige Hillegass’ sidekick after her freshmen year at Washington & Lee University in Virginia and was by her side day and night until died in June 2006, not long after his Sweet 16 birthday party and almost immediately after Hillegass found out she was pregnant after years of trying to do so. FULL STORY.

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Buck the Dog. Courtesy image.

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