IT’S been 10 years since two buddies called Ryan started a walking tour business.
Canadian immigrant Ryan Mossny was always asking local pal Ryan Zaknich questions about the city and its history, and the pair soon realised there was a niche market and Two Feet & A Heartbeat was born.
Mr Zaknich said they knew from the beginning they were in for the long haul, but he was at first surprised that locals made up 60 per cent of customers.
“We realised people give a toss about their city,” he says.
They’ve earned a bunch of awards over the years, along with having a hand in founding the Museum of Perth.
Ten years on they’re marking their birthday with a series of quirky one-off walks including a few urban dog walking tours in places pooches aren’t normally welcome.
“Over the past decade we have shown tens of thousands of visitors, locals and their families through the city”, Mr Zaknich says. “Dogs are also a part of the family, why should they miss out?”
He says there’s a pack of suburban dog-walking communities, but very little in the CBD.
“You don’t see them as much. It’s not like Paris where everyone’s got a handbag with a poodle in it,” Mr Zaknich told the Voice.
The pair’s enthusiastic approach has opened doors not usually open to pooches.
“We’ve received special permission to take dogs into many of the beautiful parks and gardens in Perth city, including the normally off-limits Government House gardens.
The Four Paws and a Heartbeat tours are on December 4, 11 and 18 and they’re keeping them to small groups of 20 with one person per dog.
Owners will also have to bring their own yellow poo pouches as current governor Kerry Sanderson’s love of dogs probably doesn’t extend to picking up after other owners’ mutts.
It’s $30 a person and tickets are at http://www.twofeet.com.au
by DAVID BELL