A school bus packed with kids or students is a normal sight in the streets. But what about a school bus full dogs? Have you ever seen one like that?
Meet Arat Montoya, the guy with a job that maybe some of us dreams to have.
Montoya is 36 years old and grew up in Mexico but moved to Canby when he was 15. He has worked at a dog daycare service called Dog Club of West Linn and continued to work with a handful of clients when the dog daycare closed.
He is the driver of a school bus for dogs called Doggie School Bus. It is a custom yellow van that offers door-to-door shuttle service for canine buddies.
The van is a 1998 Ford Econoline van that was converted and is with custom wood paneling and holding area. On the outside, black stripe decals and lettering were added over the yellow paint to give off the ‘school bus’ vibes.
The service costs $30 a day and includes which involves picking up and dropping off the dog within a five-mile radius. The dogs then will go to their ‘school’, which is about five acres of fenced rural property that belongs to Montoya’s friend.
In this school, the dogs play and run like crazy. Once out, the dogs socialize with each other and do normal things that dogs do – sniffing, playing, and mounting each other. They head back to the bus at 2 p.m…
The school bus can cater 20 to 30 dogs, depending on the sizes of the clients. All breeds are welcome as long as they have good temperament. According to Montoya, he never had an issue with a pit bull, but he had an issue with a Chihuahua.
The first pick-up will start at 7 in the morning. A lot of Montoya’s clients are so excited to go to ‘school’ that they run out of their homes and into the bus right away whenever he pulls up. And if one of the adorable furbabies has a sudden bathroom accident, Montoya is ready with paper towels and cleaning spray.
The Doggie School Bus started when Montoya learned that he will be a father. With this good news, he realized that he needed a business expansion. “I got 16 customers within two weeks. People were going bananas.”, Montoya said.
But today, those 16 clients grew to 300, in which Montoya meets a different pack of dogs every day. And Montoya’s business is up for expansion since he is having a lot of clients now.
As of now, his second van is already in a process of painting and designing. However, it is hard to find another employee because the dogs don’t behave the way they behave whenever they are around Montoya.
Nevertheless, it is clearly evident that Montoya really loves this job. As a matter of fact, he knows the dogs’ name and can tell which is who by their barks even if they are not in his peripheral vision.
You can check Montoya’s business’ Facebook page here.
Video by: The Oregonian