Dog walking is so passé – these days it’s ALL about the turtle. And if this Craigslist ad is to be believed, there’s a turtle out there demanding your attention.
Owned by Amanda (or, more likely, the other way around) for the past two years, Henry the tortoise lives in the Harlem/Morningside Heights area, which is just a short stroll away from New York’s famous Central Park.
Henry goes to the park over the weekends, but apparently the little fella needs more exercise, so Amanda placed this ad on Craigslist, looking for a regular walker:
Yep, for real.
I’m in search of a responsible animal lover to take Henry, my 16-year-old African tortoise, to Central Park on warm weekdays. I live a few short blocks from Central Park and have a pet stroller to get him to and from. Once he’s there, Henry can roam freely under your watchful eye. No tortoise experience necessary, but you must be an animal person and also good with people. (Trust me – they’ll want to talk to you!) If you’re sociable and like to hang out in Central Park anyway, this is an easy gig.
A little more info about Henry:
-He doesn’t wear a leash and is surprisingly quick, so you’ll need to keep an eye on him.
-He weighs about 16 pounds, so you’ll need to be able to lift him in and out of the stroller. Also, we live in a walk-up building.
-Henry is surprisingly energetic and fearless. The biggest thing to watch out for is him eating trash or kids trying to feed him.
If interested, please tell me about your schedule and animal experience. Thanks!
Oh, and the best part? The ad notes: ‘No poop scooping required!’ Take that, Rover.