RICHELLE Mondello says she considers Karla Little more of a friend than a client.
The Life Without Barriers support worker began assisting Ms Little, who has cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability, 18 months ago.
The pair quickly formed a strong friendship.
Ms Mondello, of Beeliar, helped Ms Little set up a dog sitting service six months ago and her list of clients is growing all the time.
Most Thursdays the duo can be found walking dogs at South Beach or a local park.
Ms Little said the venture kept her busy.
“Before I used to get lonely,” she said.
“Now I get to meet new dogs and animals every day.”
To say thanks for helping her “open up”, the Spearwood resident nominated Ms Mondello for a Disability Support Award.
Ms Mondello said she was privileged to be nominated but the relationship worked both ways.
“Every day is a different day,” she said.
“We’ll be walking the dogs one day, going for drives and listening to music the next.”
Award winners will be announced on Saturday.