He was born James Augustine Farrell Buck in 1931 into a prominent Manhattan family. In 1960 Buck left his job as a salesman to become a professional dog walker, apparently New York and the United States' first. By 1964 Jim Buck’s School for Dogs was making as much as $500 per week and he had hired an assistant. Buck became a well-recognized figure in the Upper East Side: tall, slim, and elegantly dressed, he would walk six or more dogs at a time. Buck operated his business for approximately forty years and, at its peak, employed at least 24 assistants.
Buck died in Manhattan on 4 July 2013 from complications of emphysema and cancer.
- Fox, Margalit (12 July 2013). "Jim Buck, Who Made Walking Dogs a Job, Dies at 81". New York Times. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- "New Leash on Life Gives Buck Bucks". Evening Independent. Associated Press. 6 March 1964. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
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