In October, we wrote about an unusual job opportunity at Mutts Canine Cantina’s Fort Worth location: a “pupternship” in which the winning applicant gets paid $100 an hour to play with dogs. Oh, and eat free food.
Today, word came from Mutts that they have a winner. Does “winner” make this sound more like a contest than a job search? Maybe. But if you’re a dog lover, getting paid $100 to play with dogs makes you a winner regardless.
And the winner is ... Jadyn Wakamatsu, a 20-year-old Dallas resident who attends Dallas Baptist University. But she’ll do her dog work in Fort Worth.
From the original rules: “Applicants must post a fun and engaging photo or video on their personal Instagram account that explains why they would be the best Puptern for MUTTS. The applicant must tag @muttscantina and use the hashtag #MUTTSpuptern within their caption. Instagram accounts must be public for the MUTTS team to view the post.”
Here’s how Wakamatsu’s submission begins. According to a release, it immediately got the attention of the Mutts team. Her friends’ comments didn’t hurt.
“It was a very challenging job to sort through the more than 2,300 creative and energetic submissions, ranging from people in our backyard to applicants around the world,” Mutts co-founder Kyle Noonan says in the release. “After much deliberation, we chose Jadyn and we’re confident that she’ll be, not only a wonderful Puptern, but, a great addition to the Mutts family.”
Wakamatsu’s responsibilities: greeting Mutts dogs and their owners, monitoring the small and large dog parks to engage with pups who want to play a game of fetch, and being available for puppy cuddles. Mutts’ “Bark Rangers” will do the rest, including the icky pickup part of being in a dog park.
““I’ve always been an animal lover and to have the opportunity to get paid to play with dogs is a dream come true.” Wakamatsu says in the release.” As a college student, the schedule flexibility, limited hours, and generous pay offered through this Pupternship will allow me to continue to focus my energy on my academic schedule and studies while also doing something that I love.”