Dogs of Lance: Interview with Oliver, the Vizsla

Welcome to the Dogs of Lance series where we sit down with our favorite canine freelancer friends to hear what they have to say about running their business.

What does your typical workday look like?

I’m pretty focused in my hustles given my years of experience – and focusing on what delivers the greatest ROI. My core hustles are as an athletic coach and model. I ensure Oona – or anyone watching me while she travels – gets a solid hour of ball toss or running in daily. You absolutely must have arm and leg days alternatively – rain or shine. And more recently, I’ve had more profile shots taken of me. You can follow me on Instagram – @stoicvizsla – and provide feedback on my poses. I’m shooting for a GQ profile at some point. 

My side hustles are two-fold: home cleaner and relaxation specialist. The home organization really requires vigilance in letting people know whenever the compost needs to be taken out or leftover lunches should’ve been tended to. It’s usually more of a collaborative effort with adults – but I definitely call out any issues. And with the relaxation training, I work with all ages and generally get people’s heart rates and HRV’s under control throughout the day. Available for home or office treatments. 

Which of your human’s habits can’t you stand?

Well! I generally cannot understand when she wears heels – clearly no ability to go for longer runs in those abominations! Also – we’ve tried to go out for a run while she was on a road bike once, and she was not agile enough to keep up with my attempts to chase squirrels. Finally, I wish we weren’t as health-focused on occasion and she’d drop more cheese into my meals. Generally, she’s a great person to cohabitate with though, and I can get extra treats from others around me. I’ve gotta enjoy these years, right?!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

There’s a tension here: either being able to really POUNCE on whatever I end up pointing at throughout the day (I struggle to shake the urge to point endlessly) or endlessly run while chasing flying birds. Those are my truest enjoyments in life.

How do you unwind after a long day of hustling?

What a fantastic question! It is truly exhausting to look so poised all day, everyday – whether awake or sleeping. I really enjoy spending time with all my human best friends – especially if they get that one spot on my neck going – and otherwise curling up on the couch with Oona while she’s reading and puts my favorite blanket over me. Have to put a paw or two on her though, to make sure she doesn’t get up before I’m ready though! 

On a scale of 1-10, how good are you at saving?

I compete with Lola on this front, minus the digging bit. Whenever I get a treat or some other lovely thing, I find a nook to cram it into and then recall that nook perhaps a day or even a month later. When I’d really like to savor that item. 

What advice would you give other freelancing pets?

Ronald Rook once said, “I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.” Find your “running” – I won’t judge too harshly if it’s bacon.