Arat has one of the best jobs an animal lover could have!
When I discovered this pup-loving, dog bussing story, it immediately drew me to the childlike song “The Wheels of the Bus.” If you’re not acquainted with the song, you can listen to a short version of it in the video just below!
Now back to the story…
Arat is a happy-go-lucky guy that buses through his town, picking up dogs in his yellow Doggie School Bus. Like the song, the wheels of Arat’s bus go round and round, the rear door of the bus swishes as it invites excited passengers in, the horn of the bus honks for his select commuters, and they all go up and down in the bus as it rolls through the town.
Arat was raised in Mexico, and at the age of 15, the family moved to Canby, Oregon. His father encouraged him to be a baker to continue the family business, Arat declined, saying, “I love dogs!”
Arat worked at the Dog Club in West Linn, Oregon, until it closed, leaving many customers without service for their dogs. When this happened he decided to work with a modest number of stranded customers, boarding and sitting their dogs out of his home.
Shortly after working his home doggie daycare, he and his wife learned they were expecting a child. Although the news was surprisingly great, Arat realized he needed to expand his growing family business.
Arat made decals and added dark stripes to his gold Scion xB reading “Doggie School Bus in a stroke of promoting genius.” He used the Scion to pick up the dogs he boarded.
He parked his newly decked-out Scion in front of his home on the bustling West Linn Street and got 16 clients within 14 days.
Now Arat has a canine daycare in West Linn, Oregon, and he pampers his customer’s dogs by offering their four-legged babies’ door-to-door shuttle service. His Doggie School Bus, looking like a real kids school bus, can be seen afar off by his passengers, making them absolutely excited to get on!
Normally the daycare can accommodate about 20 canines per day; however, if he has a calm pack, he can accommodate up to 30.
Arat has welcomed dogs of all breeds and sizes because he is keen on their temperament and good demeanor. He’s claimed never to have problems or issues with such breeds as Pitbulls, German Shepherds, or Rottweilers; however, he did have an issue with a Chihuahua once.
The Doggie School Bus charges $30 each day and incorporates the pick-up and drop-off inside a five-mile span from the school. The school is located on a completely fenced five-acre parcel divided into five fenced sections for his “students” (doggies) to run and play until the early afternoon.
Arat’s canines are always anxious to go to “class,” and many run out to meet the bus and leap onto the transport when the bus pulls up.
The Doggie School Bus rolls out about 7 a.m. each morning, stopping for each anxious student. When all doggies are on board, the wheels of the bus roll through the town, passing children at the West Hills Montessori School, folks on the way to work, and passers-by where many would cast a smile their way, and even give them a hearty wave!
The dogs leap out of the van once they get to school. They do what dogs typically do: to run, fetch, sniff, and, sometimes, mount one another. Arat berates them and manages to keep them safely separated. Managing the behavior of 20 to 30 dogs can be difficult; however, the dogs do heed his directions.
Then around 2 p.m., Arat’s students will head back on the transport and be delivered home.
A client took a video of her energized canine dashing out of the house and into Arat’s bus, and she posted it on Facebook. The post went viral, and since that post, Arat developed his own Facebook page, where he has in excess of 28,000 followers.
Today, Arat has a bigger van, and he has in excess of 300 customers. He alternates the class collecting a different pack of dogs each day.
The Doggie School Bus is a bustling business, and hiring people who love dogs and control them has been difficult.
All things considered, Arat loves his work. He knows each dog by their names and can distinguish most by their bark, without looking.
“I’m the happiest man on the planet doing what I like best,” he said.
Watch the video on Arat’s Doggie School Bus while singing the nursery song! – you can’t help but chuckle!
Credit: The Oregonian