Andrew Solis and Ken Value are true canine devotees. As longtime animal advocates and steadfast vegans, the 2 have discovered objective and group as co-founders of Rescue Practice Repeat, a one-on-one canine coaching service primarily based out of their house in Bushwick. They provide quite a lot of canine coaching packages, and journey to shoppers within the larger New York Metropolis metropolitan space as wanted.
Along with coaching, Rescue Practice Repeat presents month-to-month “pack walks” the place neighborhood canine dad and mom can get collectively and luxuriate in a bunch stroll with their canines by one in every of a number of parks in Brooklyn or Queens. Solis leads the month-to-month walks in absolutely glam drag queen apparel, donning vibrant wigs and beautiful sequin corsets and jumpsuits as they provide steering for fellow walkers alongside the best way.
“The thought of pack walks started with the intention of connecting my coaching alumni with one another,” explains Solis. “I wish to assist construct a group outdoors of Rescue Practice Repeat for canine dad and mom to show to once they want help.”
Solis and Value met whereas working at Peacefood Cafe, transferring in collectively shortly thereafter and caring for a myriad of animals of their shared house, together with a number of canines and a guinea pig named Jinkx (an homage to tug queen Jinkx Monsoon), whom Solis rescued as a shock for Value on one in every of their first dates. A mutual ardour for animal advocacy was a shared worth of theirs from the beginning.
“I grew up within the Welsh countryside, so I used to be all the time surrounded by horses, sheep, cats and canines,” says Value of his earliest experiences with animals. “I raised and rescued canines from a younger age and had this sense that canines would all the time be part of my life.” Solis, who was born to Salvadoran dad and mom and grew up in Los Angeles, additionally realized their innate connection to animals of their youth.
In March of 2020, each Solis and Value misplaced their restaurant-industry jobs on account of COVID-related shutdowns. On the time, Solis was nonetheless working part-time with Korean K9 Rescue, a neighborhood nonprofit that focuses on rehabilitating and re-homing mistreated canines from South Korea. Solis had begun as a volunteer for the nonprofit in 2019, changing into a canine coach by the tip of the yr.
It was by Korean K9 Rescue that Solis fashioned a reference to their mentor, Govt Director Gina Boehler, who offered Solis with perception into the rescue and rehabilitation course of for traumatized canines rescued from pet mills, high-kill shelters and the meat commerce. Solis went on to be taught beneath Blake Rodriguez of Dream Come True K9 to additional hone their abilities.
By the summer season of 2020, Solis and Value realized that they may meld their respective animal care expertise to construct a coaching enterprise.
“After the pandemic hit, it gave me time to actually suppose and deal with what I actually wished to do,” says Value. “I wished to make a distinction. Canines have all the time been a giant a part of my life, so it was a clean transition.” In September 2020, Rescue Practice Repeat was formally based.
At this time, Solis and Value work instantly with Korean K9 and Waggytail Rescue to assist newfound pup dad and mom prepare their canines, along with working with canine house owners who attain out to Rescue Practice Repeat by social media. At Rescue Practice Repeat’s month-to-month pack walks, the group that Solis and Value have facilitated will get to collect and socialize in a protected atmosphere for all.
“Canines prefer to kind their very own social circles that they really feel snug with, similar to individuals. It’s not essentially pure for all canines to love going to the canine park or interacting with new canines each day,” explains Solis. “Some prefer it, some don’t. However there are many canines on the market who’re shy or have particular socialization wants.”
What’s somebody to do if their canine isn’t one for a romp within the Maria Hernandez canine run? “Pack walks are our reply,” Solis says. “They permit canines to get to know one another and kind bonds with different canines in a managed atmosphere.” Pack walks are as soon as a month and are open to all; simply attain out through their web site or Instagram to safe a slot. Rescue Practice Repeat permits about 25 canines on a stroll at a time. “Nonetheless, from time to time we’ve had as much as 50 individuals be a part of. If it’s a bigger group, we’ll have one other coach there to assist us facilitate,” says Solis.
“It’s beautiful seeing everybody come collectively. Generally they’ll even manage their very own smaller pack walks after assembly at one in every of ours,” says Value.
Pack walks rotate between Prospect Park, Astoria Park, and McCarren Park, with smaller intermittent walks primarily based out of Maria Hernandez Park. Rescue Practice Repeat will host their subsequent stroll in October, the place the group will meet at McCarren Park and stroll to Transmitter Park in Greenpoint. Be sure you catch Solis of their decked-out drag queen glory, a path of lovable pups of their wake.
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All pictures by Yasemin Tulça.
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