I was born to run a dog walking business…
I just had to lose my job to know it!

My love of dogs began as early as it gets

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t begging my parents for a dog or dreaming of being a vet. Finally, when I was eight years old, we got our first family pet, a beautiful Golden Retriever named Ginger. I loved everything about having a furry companion – we did everything together! I’ve had a dog in my life ever since- two Golden Retrievers and one King Charles Cavalier Spaniel!

I was never totally satisfied being a dog walking customer

After graduating from the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!), I was working in the financial world and frequently had to use a dog walker for my pups – though I was never fully satisfied with the service I was getting and the peace of mind I had with those companies. When the financial industry crashed and my company closed its doors, I decided to refocus on my love of animals. I took a break from the corporate world and started walking dogs myself in the city.

I thought, ‘I can do dog walking better. I can give peace of mind to dog parents’

After six months walking dogs, I realized how much I loved it and saw the peace of mind and value I was able to bring to my clients.  Being around dogs, playing, loving, caring for dogs was at the core of my life. I understood both what a client needs and wants in a dog walking service and also what the walker needs and enjoys as well.  So I made the decision to take a leap and start Windy City Paws!

What we’re about

I hope that my passion for animals and top notch service shines through when you work with anyone on the Windy City Paws team! We strive to provide the most caring, loving and professional dog walking and sitting services for dogs and their owners in Chicago.


juliazeldalickI moved to Chicago in 2013 and am originally from Alabama! When I first moved here, I missed our family dog Annie (awesome chocolate lab) so I looked into different things I could do that brought dogs back into my life! I called Katie and became a part of the incredible WCP team as a walker in the Lincoln Park area! I had such a great time walking and befriending the dogs of Chicago, I wanted to do more. I talked with Katie and became Walker Coordinator then eventually Manager! Katie is an incredible person to work with and for and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else! Since I became manager though, I missed my daily interactions with dogs, so Matt, my husband, and I adopted a beautiful and crazy mutt, named her Zelda, and she has become an amazing part of our family! In the evening I enjoy stage managing, performing, and doing other various jobs with different theaters in Chicago!


Field Operations Supervisor
I grew up in the burbs of Chicago before making my way to Pittsburg to study graphic design and then moving back to Chicago in 2012. I have been around animals practically my whole life, having grown up in a veritable zoo of dogs, cats, birds, fish, and small furry critters and now owning two absolutely ridiculous rescue pit-mixes Mako and Hercules, affectionally dubbed the Nerd Herd. I’ve been a regular fixture in the pet community around Andersonville for a little over 3 years and I’m excited to apply all I’ve learned to my work here at Windy City Paws! When not constantly surrounding myself with all sorts of animals I also enjoy cooking, Lego building, and DMing for a DnD group.


Marketing Coordinator
I have lived in Chicago my whole life yet I feel as though I am still constantly exploring and discovering new and amazing things to do in the city. I earned my degree in Communication and Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Before graduating my Boyfriend and I decided to become puppy parents to our highly communicative Husky Blaze. I worked in Human Resources for four years before I realized I wanted to make a career change into the Marketing field. I am very excited to begin this new journey with Windy City Paws. In my spare time I like to create content for my YouTube Beauty channel as well as I am a Freelance Makeup Artist. I also like to partake in various crafty projects from baking, sewing, knitting and DIY home décor.


Scheduling Coordinator
I’m so happy to join the Windy City Paws team! I’m originally from East Texas and have always been a dog lover. I currently have three dogs – a very spoiled Pomeranian, a Pit Bull and a mixed breed. Having always had dogs and adored them, finding employment at Windy City Paws is so exciting! I currently live with my husband of 25 years (Joe) and my 19 year old son. During my free time, I like to read and visit with family who live nearby.

Mia and Zelda

Sr. Mascots
mia and zeldaMia joined Windy City Paws as the founding Mascot in 2009 alongside Katie. She currently handles all doorbell alerting duties and affectionate licking for WCP. Zelda joined Windy City Paws as co-mascot in 2014 and is in charge of all jumping over couch activities.

Margot Flamingo

mia and zeldaMargot Flamingo joined Windy City Paws in September 2020 by way of the ASPCA and Felines and Canines. Offered a relocation package she couldn’t resist, Margot made the long trip from Alabama to start a new life in the big city at the young age of 8 weeks. Our Stragety Consultant, Cosette, is to thank for Margot Flamingo’s unique name.


Strategy Consultant
I joined Windy City Paws in December of 2015 as an outside consultant in charge of disrupting the dog walking marketplace. My impact has been felt in both the bottom line and culture. In September 2020, I was newly tasked with overseeing the mascot training program, which has quickly become a major initiative that involves accident mitigation and behavior optimization efforts.