Ali is originally from the Chicago suburbs, and is now happy to call Chicago home! Growing up, Ali cared for a Basset Hound/Beagle Mix, and their grandmother owned a kennel where they learned to help care for a lot of different dogs and cats. Currently they care for a handsome and energetic cat named Kell! If Ali were to be a dog, they would definitely be an English Bulldog: they can be very stubborn, but really a softy on the inside! What Ali loves most about dog walking is being able to see how excited and curious these pups are about everything out in the world! Outside of dog walking, Ali works backstage in theater, and enjoys dancing, fight choreography, and all things science fiction/fantasy. What Ali loves most about animals is their quirky personalities and their ability to help soothe people!
Andrea is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, but now enjoys her time in Chicago! Growing up, Andrea had a Chocolate Lab named Remi, a Papillon named Roxy, and a cat named Nala. Andrea currently owns a rambunctious kitten named Sasha, and she often visits her sister’s Pomsky named Atlas! If Andrea were to be a dog, she would likely be a Mini Poodle. What Andrea loves about dog walking is having the opportunity to make a connection with dogs and be a fun part of their day! Outside of dog walking, Andrea enjoys theatre, vintage shopping, reading, and teaching. The thing Andrea loves most about animals is that they get so excited about the smallest things!
Andrew is originally from Boston, with a dash of New York and Cape Cod, but now calls Chicago home! Andrew grew up with an amazing Maltese named Skittles, and this past Summer he ran the front desk of a pet-friendly hotel in which he had the opportunity care for a lot of canine guests! If Andrew were to be a dog, he would consider himself to aesthetically be a Greyhound, but on the inside a Basset Hound. What Andrew loves most about dog walking is being able to see and feel the excitement from pups who treasure every moment they have strutting around the Chicago streets! Outside of dog walking, Andrew enjoys dancing, yoga, writing, and reading. What Andrew loves most about animals is their individuality!
Annie is originally from Sioux City, IA. She has owned dogs and cats her whole life. Her parents currently have three corgis, but when family visits, the household is at a whopping five corgis. If Annie were a dog, she would be a Bassett Hound, because they just get her. Her favorite thing about walking dogs is watching them discover the world and seeing things through their eyes. What she loves most about animals is how much love they have to give, and that they remind her to be kind and generous to everyone. In her spare time, Annie enjoys reading, kayaking, true crime podcasts, hiking, and supporting the theatre community.
April is a Chicago native, but also spent a fair amount of time in Michigan! Growing up, April helped care for several pups, and currently has 2 cats (Oliver & Trinity) and 2 dogs (Lil’ Man & Biscuit)! If April were to be a dog, she would definitely be a Chihuahua: tiny, brave, and feisty! What April loves most about dog walking is being able to see these dogs be dogs. It brings April great joy being able to experience their unique personalities and just see how curious they are about the world! Outside of dog walking, April has always had a passion for dancing. What April loves most about animals is how uniquely different they can all be! April is a Dog Walking Specialist with Windy City Paws.
Ben grew up in Waukesha, WI. His family has had dogs since before he was born. They’ve owned a Golden Retriever, a Cockapoo and a Goldendoodle. Currently, Ben owns a black cat named Wednesday. If he could be a dog he would be a Golden Retriever. Ben’s favorite part of dog walking is building relationships with so many different dogs. What he loves most about dogs is how honestly they express their emotions. In his spare time, Ben enjoys reading, making music, and watching movies. He also runs a gallery and performance space in Humboldt Park and teachs music lessons!
Ben was born in London, but for the most part grew up in Chicago! Ben grew up with dogs as he was growing up, and more recently lived with a bearded dragon. Ben also has volunteer experience at an animal shelter in Honduras, and he is the designated walker for all his friends with dogs when they are out of town! If Ben were to be a dog, he would definitely be a St. Bernard! What Ben loves most about dog walking is being able to hang out with some great pups and exploring the outdoors while doing so! Outside of dog walking, Ben enjoys backpacking, cycling, rock climbing, cooking, and gardening. Ben also runs his own bread focused catering company! What Ben loves most about animals is the loyalty they can provide.
Bobbi is originally from Texas, but has lived in New York, Florida, New Mexico, and Indiana before recently relocating to Chicago. Bobbi currently is the guardian of 2 cats Clementine and Millie, but grew up with Dachshunds and Australian Shepherds. Bobbi is an SIU alum, so if she were a pup, she would be a Saluki! Bobbi’s favorite thing about walking dogs is spending time with them outside and getting lots of affection. When Bobbi isn’t walking dogs, she enjoys anything having to do with the arts, including (but not limited to) working and attending the theatre, going to the movies, museums, and opera!
Brenton is originally from the Central Illinois area. He grew up among six sisters in Peoria, Illinois. Growing up together they had Gypsy, a Siberian Husky, and Tayden, a Black Lab, as well as Filbur, a three-legged cat they rescued. Currently, he is a foster parent to a loving Pitbull, Hank! He has had the honor of caring for him for almost four years now. If he could be a dog, he would be a Great Pyrenees, because they are affectionate, gentle, and patient, as well as, confident, fearless, and strong-willed. Brenton is a very gentle human with lots of love and compassion, but if his loved ones are in danger, he will protect them. His favorite thing about walking dogs is sharing the outside with them and how each walk unfolds differently even when you are walking in the same neighborhood. Mostly, he loves all the different personalities animals have and how incredibly well they can communicate without using words. Outside of walking dogs Brenton enjoys performing arts such as, acting, drawing, painting, playing live music, and singing.
Cassandra is originally from Texas and Nebraska. She grew up with two dogs, rats, turtles, a cat, and a fish! Although Cassandra does not have a dog of her own, she has a family Aussie mix named Odie back home. If Cassandra were to be a dog, she would probably be either a Golden Doodle or a Basset Hound – most days she is itching to go outside, but on her days off she loves to sleep! What Cassandra loves most about dog walking is being able to get exercise with a furry friend! Being outside in Chicago offers her new experiences on a daily basis, which she finds exciting! In addition to walking dogs, Cassandra makes photography and video art, and enjoys writing! The thing Cassandra loves most about animals is their contagious enthusiasm for life, and their never-ending love!
Chaetan was raised in North Carolina, then moved to Boston, and now is excited to call Chicago home! Growing up, Chaetan has cared for two cats and one dog, but he also has experience petsitting other cats, dogs, and even rabbits! If Chaetan were to be a dog, he would definitely be a Golden Retriever: energetic, accepting, and a fast learner! What Chaetan enjoys most about dog walking is being able to pass on positive energy to as many living things as he can, which dogs are very receptive to. Outside of dog walking, Chaetan is a professional musician and owns his own production company. Chaetan also holds various ranks as high as Black Belt in a number of martial arts from around the world! What Chaetan loves most about animals is how they are more concerned with actual reality than fleeting cultural trends.
Debo is from Chicago and has done work as a dog walker and pet sitter for Rover. Debo has also worked freelance as a dog walker throughout high school! Debo currently cares for a 1 year old Hound/Terrier mix named Rosa. If Debo were to be a dog, he would definitely be a Pit Bull Terrier! What Debo enjoys most about dog walking is being able to spend time with them exploring the great outdoors! Outside of dog walking, Debo works as an actor in Chicago. What Debo loves most about animals is how unconditionally loving and loyal they are!
Dustin is originally from Roscommon, MI! Dustin’s family has always had dogs growing up, and is currently caring for a sweet pup of his own. If Dustin were to be a dog, he would definitely be a Blue Heeler! What Dustin loves about dog walking is that he has an opportunity to be able to help care for animals and make sure that they are happy and healthy! Outside of dog walking, Dustin is currently applying to Masters programs, but as a film major he loves watching cinema or creating it. He also enjoys cooking for people! What Dustin loves most about animals is how they all have such unique personalities, and he enjoys getting to experience that!
Dylan is originally from Skokie, IL. Dylan’s family has had many pets over the years with a variety of quirks and personalities. If Dylan’s apartment building allowed animals he would definitely have one. If he was a dog, he would be a Border Collie because he has a lot of energy and gets bored without physical outlets. Other than dog walking, you can find Dylan performing at various theaters in the Chicago area. During the summer months, Dylan loves slack lining, skateboarding, swimming, and anything super physical. The thing he loves most about walking dogs is how connected he feels to the dogs, he feels he learns the most about a dog’s personality and attitude while they are moving on leash. And the thing that he love most about animals in general is how they center you and bring you in the present moment. Their ability to be unconditionally loving and empathetic is what makes them such a joy. Besides, who can resist a wagging tail?
Dylan is a native Chicagoan from the Rogers Park area. He has volunteered at numerous animal shelters, caring for both dogs and cats, as well as taking care of the birds at the Knox College Biology department! Now he has a wonderful Black Lab named Night. If he were a dog, Dylan would be a Labrador like Night! His favorite part about walking dogs is seeing how much they enjoy being out and about, as well as helping them get the exercise they need. Outside of dog walking, Dylan enjoys reading, writing, and making funny videos for his friends. He hopes to make his own YouTube channel from his experiences with these videos! His favorite thing about animals is that they are honest and unafraid to express themselves.
Ella was born in Russia but moved to Chicago in 2017. Ella grew up in a family where animals played a huge role. Throughout Ella’s entire life, she was always accompanied by cats or dogs! Her grandfather was a huge dog lover and he had as many as 5 dogs at one time, in which she especially bonded closely with his St. Bernard Grisha. In Russia, Ella also volunteered to rescue and find homes for stray cats and dogs. When Ella moved to Chicago, she brought her cat Bucephalus with her! If Ella were to be a dog, she would undoubtedly be a St. Bernard: compassionate and a rescuer! What Ella loves most about walking dogs is being able to enjoy the outdoors with a canine companion! She loves being able to observer their behavior during these walks. Outside of dog walking, Ella practices yoga with her husband, and also enjoys photography and mosaic art! What Ella loves most about animals is their honesty and their understanding of simple happiness. Ella believes that animals make us better!
Emily is originally from St. Louis and is admittedly a Cardinals baseball fan at heart! Emily has grown up with dogs all throughout her life. Her family has owned a Boxer, a Bichon Frise, and a Golden Retriever! Emily had also gotten very close to a Dachshund and two Westies that she had petsat for. Although Emily currently does not have a dog of her own, she hopes to rescue one in the near future! If Emily were to be a dog, she would definitely be a Golden Retriever due to her friendly and authentic personality! Emily’s favorite part about dog walking is being able to show them lots of love and kindness, in addition to being able to explore outside with them. What Emily loves most about animals is how in tune they are with our emotions. Growing up, her dog always knew when she was sad and would comfort her in their own way! Outside of dog walking, Emily enjoys cycling, listening to podcasts, exploring new parts of the city, and blogging!
Emily is originally from Canton, Ohio, but now calls Chicago home! Growing up, Emily cared for two adorable white Labs and a Golden Retriever, and she has cared for her neighbors’ and friends’ dogs while in college. Emily loved providing a helping hand taking care of their pets while they are busy with their normal schedules! If Emily were to be a dog, she would definitely be a Samoyed! What Emily enjoys most about dog walking is being able to enjoy spending time with her favorite animals. She is happy to be outdoors getting a little exercise with them and giving them much needed attention! It makes Emily happy to know that people’s pets are being taken care of even when they are not home with them, and that at the end of the day they get to come home to a happy, healthy dog! Outside of dog walking, Emily is a big fitness fanatic and enjoys running outdoors when the weather allows it, training in the gym, and focusing on a healthy diet. Emily also writes music and sings in her free time, and she enjoys exploring the city looking for cool new coffee shops! What Emily loves most about animals is their unique personalities!
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Emma Jo is originally from Springfield, Illinois. She worked at a speciality pet food and supply store for the last three years, and prior to that she worked at a boarding and daycare facility in the suburbs. She has been a cat mom her entire life, and grew up with a sweet little Beagle named Dandy Dog. Emma Jo currently owns two cats: Giselle, a Siamese-Calico mix and King Richard Toothless III (R-2 for short), a special needs (no teeth, deaf, leg joint deformations, etc) Maine Coon mix. If Emma Jo was a dog she would be a Great Dane: She’s goofy, laid-back, and ready to have fun! But, at the end of the day, she’s probably a cat! What she loves about walking dogs is making a one-on-one connection to her pooches, helping them gain confidence in themselves, and bringing out their playful side! What Emma Jo loves about animals is the love and trust they have. No matter how they have been treated in the past, if you show them real love and acceptance, they will follow you to the end of the earth. Even the shyest, saddest, most anxious critter can be brought out of their shell and made into a happy, loving baby! In her spare time, Emma Jo is an actor/dancer, seamstress, and sketch artist! Anything artsy is her jam! She is also a big comic book and sci-fi/fantasy nerd.
Gabe grew up in a small farm town with less than 500 people in rural Virginia about an hour from Richmond. Gabe has been working in the pet care industry in Chicago since June 2017, but he also grew up with chickens, turtles, rabbits, cats, cows, dogs, and horses! Gabe was actually a professional horse racer from age 9 to 13! Unfortunately Gabe is not able to have a pet of his own since moving to Chicago, which is why working in the pet care industry is so rewarding for him. If Gabe were to be a dog, he would definitely be a Doberman Pinscher: tall, slim, dark hair, loves fashion and dressing up neatly, and is very loyal to his friends! What Gabe loves most about dog walking is being able to meet and develop friendships with as many dogs as possible! Outside of dog walking, Gabe is a cartoonist and published author. As a side job when Gabe is not working on his own books, he enjoys doing commissioned illustrations for other’s album art, book covers, flyers, and more! What Gabe loves most about animals is how they each have their own individual personalities similar to humans!
Garrett moved to Chicago from Oklahoma City. He grew up with a Dachshund named Tipsy. If Garrett could be a dog, he would be a Boston Terrier. Just because they’re his favorite. What he loves most about walking dogs is getting to meet new dogs and becoming their friend. Outside of dog-walking, Garrett is an actor in the city. His hobbies include being a huge nerd in the subjects of Musical Theatre, vintage video games, and Arena Rock bands of the 70’s and 80’s.
Gary is originally from Santa Barbara, CA. He grew up with a chubby Dalmatian named Domino, and his handsome Siberian Husky named Yukon currently still lives with his parents in California. Gary has been walking dogs professionally for several years, and was WCP’s Walker Manager for over a year and a half before stepping down to focus on his acting career. If Gary could be a dog, he would be a Northern Inuit because at this point it seems like that’s the only way he’ll ever be on Game of Thrones. His favorite thing about walking dogs is getting to develop friendships with such amazing animals and watching how they grow, no matter their age. One of his favorite characteristics of dogs is their uncontrollable energy when they get excited; they never feel the need to play it cool. Outside of walking dogs, Gary is an actor, improviser, and guitarist around Chicago, and he enjoys regaling people with his theories about what’s going to happen next on Westworld.
Gavin is originally from Los Angeles, California. In addition to having a charismatic dog of their own named Watson and a kitty roommate named Bella, Gavin has worked as a petsitter in the Loop area in the past. If they were a dog, Gavin would be an Australian Shepherd for their energy and knack for learning new things. What Gavin loves most about dog walking is giving each dog a chance for some outdoor time they may otherwise not have throughout the day. Gavin also loves having a furry companion to spend time with while exploring the city! In addition to walking dogs, Gavin is a writer, singer and actor. What Gavin loves most about animals is the unique ways they communicate with each other and with humans because it is a humbling reminder that we are all unique and similar living creatures!
Genesis was born and raised in Chicago! Growing up, Genesis had a Chihuahua and a Brussels Griffon Terrier. Although she doesn’t currently have a dog, Genesis frequently does petsitting for a sweet Beagle! If Genesis were to be a dog, she would definitely be a poodle. What Genesis loves most about dog walking is the opportunity it gives to let her bond with these great dogs! Outside of dog walking, Genesis enjoys singing, reading, and cooking. What Genesis loves about animals the most is how loyal they can be to their caregivers!
Guillermo is a Chicago native and loves the city! He has previously taken care of a wide variety of animals, including dogs, a cat, birds, a rabbit, and reptiles! Guillermo was a volunteer at PAWS Chicago for two years and has had prior experience in dog walking which worked great for him since his building does not allow pets. If Guillermo were to be a dog, he would definitely be a Siberian Husky! What Guillermo enjoys most about dog walking is being able to spend time with a variety of different breeds, and having the opportunity to learn about all of their individual personalities! Outside of dog walking, Guillermo enjoys playing volleyball, playing softball, and exercising! What Guillermo loves most about animals is how different each and everyone of them are.
Haley is originally from Northern Minnesota but spent a good portion of her life in Wisconsin and is now excited to be in Chicago! Haley grew up with 2 German Shepherds, 1 Labrador Retriever, 1 Thoroughbred, and 4 cats! Haley also has about 10 years of experience training race track horses to become lesson horses! Currently Haley cares for 2 cats, Bruce and Lady. If Haley were to be a dog, she would definitely be a Great Dane! What Haley enjoys most about dog walking is being able to interact with these four legged friends and to provide great care to great animals! Outside of dog walking, Haley enjoys watching and attending professional sports games, traveling, her cats, and coffee. What Haley loves most about animals is that each animal has their own unique traits that makes them special!
Jacqui moved to Chicago from Texas about 4 years ago. She’s spent most of my life around dogs, and currently has two boxers that live back home with her parents in Texas. If Jacqui were a dog, she would definitely be a pug! To her, the best part about being around dogs is getting to experience their often wacky personalities. When Jacqui isn’t petting strangers’ dogs on the street, she can often be found baking! She’s also an avid traveler and enjoys going on adventures.
Jairo is a Chicago native! He has been walking dogs professionally since early 2017. He has an adorable Shih Tzu at home named Princess. If Jairo were a dog, he would be a Poodle because of their poofy, curly hair and style! His favorite things about walking dogs are exploring Chicago and getting to know each unique pup. Outside of dog walking, Jairo is an illustrator, filmmaker, and photographer. He also loves the great outdoors! His favorite thing about animals is the comfort they provide to us!
Jelissa was born in the north side of Chicago, moved to the suburbs when she was younger, and then moved back to Chicago! Growing up, Jelissa was raised around several animals, including her Grandpa’s Rottweiler and her Aunt’s Pitbull! She also volunteered at the local humane society, cleaning cat cages while the cats played around her. In addition, Jelissa has helped care for her friend’s Huskies frequently! Jelissa herself cares for a sweet cat named Potato. If Jelissa were to be a dog, she would definitely be a German Shepherd: loyal and focused! What Jelissa loves most about dog walking is being able to be out and getting fresh air with a companion who loves to observer their surroundings just as much! Also, Jelissa generally loves dogs so any day that she gets to hang out with one is a good day. Outside of dog walking, Jelissa is an avid reader as well as a writer! She is currently working on a couple novels. Jelissa also loves skating, bike riding, and the occasional stint in the kitchen with a foreign recipe! What Jelissa loves most about animals is how loyal they can be when they grow to love someone!
Jen was born and raised right here in Chicago! She has spent much of her life caring for animals, and is currently the guardian to two adorable pups Spuds and Odie, as well as Meeko, an acrobatic grey tabby kitten. If Jen were a dog, she would be a Pembroke Welsh Corgi! When Jen isn’t walking dogs she enjoys watching reality tv, hiking, and supporting animal related causes. Her favorite thing about animals is that they are always living in the moment, and their ability to teach us simple yet beautiful life lessons.
Jonathan grew up in here in the Windy City with all manner of dogs! Currently Jonathan lives with his two pit mixes named Quentin and Lucy, his chihuahua named Chaparoo, and a cockatiel! If he were a dog, he would be a Labrador Husky mix. What Jonathan loves most about dog walking is seeing how excited they get before a dog walk and how they sniff around to explore their surroundings. In addition to walking dogs, Jonathan enjoys mentoring at his alma matter’s theatre and also likes to knit and crochet. What Jonathan loves most about animals is how sweet and loving they can be. He believes that animals can brighten up any day!
Joshua was born and raised in Ashland, OR, but has also lived in New York City for nine years prior to moving to Chicago! Joshua had a white Labrador mix rescue growing up, and in NYC he dog sat for friends and would walk the four legged family members of the families that he worked for as a home health care professional. If Joshua were to be a dog, he would definitely be a Labrador Retriever! What Joshua loves most about dog walking is spending time outside with pups and the infectious joy that dogs so happily share with their human friends during this encounter! Outside of dog walking, Joshua loves theatre: both as an actor and as an audience member. What Joshua loves most about animals is how nonjudgmental and loving they can be!
Justine is a Chicago native who grew up surrounded by 4-legged friends! From fostering to petsitting to volunteering at a Chicago animal shelter, Justine has done it all and is excited to care for your best friend as part of the Windy City Paws team. If Justine were a dog, she would be a Corgi! Her favorite thing about animals is how kind and accepting they are. She enjoys the opportunity to spend time in nature building relationships with some of the coolest pups in Chicago! When Justine isn’t busy walking dogs, you can find her performing at various venues throughout the city or hanging out with her adopted guinea pig, Bruce.
Keith is originally from London, England! He grew up in a family of dog and cat owners. They always had dogs, or cats…and sometimes both! Keith currently owns two wonderful rescue cats… who make it apparent that he and his wife are living in “their Space “ (this is no more obvious then when sleeping, and they are squashed into one tiny corner of the bed)! If he could be a dog he would be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier! Keith’s favorite part of dog walking is spending time with the dogs, and getting to know their idiosyncrasies. What he loves most about animals is their different personalities, a trait you only get to notice, and appreciate, when you spend time with them. Keith is a musician, and also enjoys photography in his spare time.
Kendall is originally from Dallas, Texas, but now calls Chicago home! Kendall grew up with multiple different rescue dogs, and currently has two wonderful rescue cats, Shibori & Hunter, and a turtle named Aztec. What Kendall loves most about walking dogs is having the opportunity to explore the city with amazing dogs at her side! What Kendall loves most about animals is that they have a wide variety of fun personalities that make them each unique. Outside of dog walking, Kendall is a furniture and housewares designer that specializes in textiles and soft goods. If Kendall were to be a dog, she would definitely be an Alaskan Malamute!
Kenzie hails from West Bend, Wisconsin. Growing up, animals had always been an integral part of her nuclear and extended family structure. She had beagles when she was younger and now she has a pit bull mix. She also had an extended pet family that included huskies, teacup yorkies, a dachshund, a shih tz-poo, and several lovely mixed breed pups. Her early familial introduction to caring for pets cultivated and cemented a deep love for animals, no matter the shape or size. If she were a dog, she would be a pit bull, as they are outstandingly loving, loyal, brilliant, and hilarious dogs. The unadulterated outpouring of love and joy when greeted by a dog is the best part of the job. In a single instant, they can make you feel so loved. It’s a truly exceptional feeling. She enjoys traveling, acting, reading, attending the theatre, catching up on the latest binge-worthy Netflix series, and making terrible puns.
Kris is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She’s owned cats, dogs, hamsters, birds, a rabbit, and several fish over the years. Kris currently owns a 9 year old rat terrier named Conner and two cats: Frankie and Loki! If she were a dog she would be a mutt! A bit of rat terrier, with a bit of St. Bernard….or some other lazy breed! Kris loves being able to hang out with the same dogs everyday, getting to know all of their different personalities and quirks, and forming bonds with all of them! What she loves most about animals is that they aren’t judgmental and love unconditionally. In her spare time, Kris enjoys cuddling with all her fur babies and watching movies. Other than that, she loves to draw and paint!
Kristin is originally from Flora, Illinois! Three years after moving to Chicago, Kristin started working in dog daycares. She quickly fell in love with the industry, and decided to pursue a career in pet care! After a couple years working for Jameson Loves Danger, Kristin was hired for Windy City Paws. Currently, Kristin and her partner care for an 18 year old cat named Haley. Although her hair gets everywhere, Haley has been their loving companion for many years, and hopefully for many years to come! If Kristin were to be a dog, she would definitely be a Beagle: kind, open-minded, easy-going, and gets along with pretty much anyone! Kristin is also very food motivated, similar to a Beagle! What Kristin loves most about walking dogs is just the fact that she gets to spend time with such amazing pups! Outside of walking, Kristin enjoys playing video games and Dungeons & Dragons. What Kristin loves most about animals is that they are essentially judgment-free. Animals only wish to enjoy the time they spend with their favorite humans! Kristin is a Dog Walking Specialist with Windy City Paws.
Greetings! I am a 2015 graduate from Webster University in St. Louis, MO! After college, I went on tour with Missoula Children’s Theatre and then moved straight to Chicago with my childhood best friend! I am an avid animal lover, and have experience pet sitting and dog walking for numerous family friends. My Mom and I have helped take care of our adopted golden lab, Jersey, (who’s like my little bro), for many years, as he just turned fourteen! I believe that ALL animals deserve all the love and care in the world, and I hope to help do my part to make that happen with Windy City Paws!
Larkin is originally from Ashland, Oregon but moved to Chicago in 2016 from New York. She grew up with both cats and dogs, all of which were rescues. Larkin frequently went on long walks and hikes with her dogs back home. Larkin currently owns two Domestic Short Hair cats named Piper and Max who are four and three years old respectively. If Larkin were to be a dog, she would probably be a Border Collie! What Larkin loves most about dog walking is the companionship that the dog provides and being able to see the joy dogs get when exploring the outside world! In addition to walking dogs, Larkin is a freelance dramaturg and she enjoys working on new scripts with playwrights. Larkin does her best to make help ensure the story the playwright wants to be telling is the story that is actually being told! Larkin also enjoys hiking, camping, and swing dancing on her free time! The thing Larkin loves most about animals is the comfort and companionship they provide.
Lia is a Chicago native and grew up with a gaggle of pugs. She and her fiancé have two adorable Boston Terriers who are sometimes too smart for their own good. Lia lived in Denver for several years where she fostered abused dogs that could not be put up for adoption at the humane society until they had been rehabilitated. What she loves most about dogs is their resilience and capacity to love without condition. Her favorite part of walking dogs is getting to know each dog’s personality as well as getting great exercise with her four-legged friends. If Lia were a dog breed, she would probably be a Newfoundland – friendly, hardworking, and a caretaker by nature. Outside of dog walking, Lia is the Director of Strategic Development for a Chicago nonprofit organization. In her spare time, she loves supporting the Chicago comedy scene, volunteering, traveling and anything to do with fresh air and sunshine!
Lucia grew up in Portage Park and has spent most of her life in Chicago! Lucia has always had at least two dogs growing up at all times, and she has also pet sit for her family whenever they went on vacation! Lucia has also volunteered at the PAWS facility on 26th street. Lucia currently owns 2 cats, Uva and Bruce Wayne, and a 7 year old chocolate Lab named Duchess! If Lucia were to be a dog breed, she would definitely be a Cocker Spaniel! What Lucia enjoys most about dog walking is getting to know each dog’s personality while on a walk! She also enjoys the overall calming experience of spending time with such a fun and loving animal. Outside of dog walking, Lucia enjoys going out for early morning runs, visiting museums, and puzzles! What Lucia enjoys most about animals is their good and honest nature!
Manon is originally from a small town in the southwest of France. She lived in the Washington D.C. area for four years before moving to Chicago. She grew up with two dogs (an old English Sheepdog and a Pekingese) and a lot of cats. When she first arrived in the U.S. as an au pair, she took care of her host family’s dog, Ozzie, and did a lot of pet sitting and walks with for his friends in the neighborhood. If she could be a dog, she would be a Labrador – friendly, always up for anything and a little goofy. Manon’s favorite thing about dog walking is getting to know the pups’ individual personalities and walking around Chicago! What she loves most about animals is their unconditional love. Outside of dog walking, Manon is a nanny for her former host family. She likes to watch movies, cook, go to museums, try new board games, and play The Sims!
Mariah is from Seattle, WA. She grew up with an Alaskan Malamute and an Akita! If Mariah could be a dog she would be a German Shepherd! What she loves about dog walking is it makes her day and she loves hanging around dogs! What she loves about animals is how they are great companions and have a huge love of life. In her spare time, Mariah enjoys dancing, reading, writing and taking photos!
Marianne is from Mansfield, Texas. She had a cat when she was growing up, and later she lived with a blind poodle for a while in college. If she were a dog she would be a Bernese mountain dog, because they’re tall and super friendly! What Marianne loves about walking dogs is experiencing all the unconditional love. What she loves most about animals is that they are just so darn cute! In her spare time, Marianne enjoys reading, writing, and binging Netflix.
Matt is originally from Valparaiso, Indiana, but now is happy to call Chicago home! Both of Matt’s parents are veterinarians who own their own practice, so Matt has always grown around a large number of animals. Matt primarily grew up with larger dog breeds like their German Shepherds, Alaskan Malamutes, and Scottish Deerhounds, but he has also had the opportunity to work with cats, fish, parrots, horses, and wildlife rescues as well! Unfortunately Matt does not care for a pup of his own at the moment, but he hopes to have the opportunity to do so soon! If Matt were to be a dog, he would definitely be a big lanky Greyhound. What Matt loves most about dog walking is having the opportunity to meet all kinds of different dogs as part of his job! Outside of dog walking, Matt is an active performer in the Chicago comedy scene, as well as a freelance photographer/videographer. You may catch Matt doing standup or improv comedy just about any given night, and he is also working on developing an original guitar album in the coming year! Feel free to follow Matt on Instagram: @reallymattkeeley. What Matt loves most about animals is that they are very clear on their likes and dislikes! Matt is a Dog Walking Specialist with Windy City Paws.
Matt is originally from Perkins, Oklahoma. He has been helping care for his family’s animals for many years, ranging all the way from a Great Dane, to a Boston Terrier, to some family kitties! Matt currently has a Long-Haired Chihuahua named Chi. If Matt was a dog, he would be a Chihuahua because they are fiercely loyal to the ones they love! His favorite part about walking dogs is the bond he develops with his furry companions. Outside of dog walking, Matt enjoys writing music, playing video games, and binge watching TV shows with his girlfriend and Chi! Matt’s favorite thing about animals is that they do not judge us based on superficial things. As long as they we give them love, attention, respect, and discipline, they will be the most loyal friend ever!
Michael is a recent transplant here in Chicago from sunny Sarasota, Florida. Michael graduated with a degree in theatre from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, and then moved to Chicago to pursue a career in performance art and theatre. He is the lucky best friend of a beautiful Australian Shepherd named Apache, who unfortunately due to traveling had to stay back home in Florida. They like to FaceTime each other though so it’s all good! If Michael were a dog, he would be a dachshund. His favorite thing about animals is the way they love unconditionally!
Michael was born in New York, but grew up in rural Vermont. Michael
has had three dogs in his life, a beautiful German Shepard, a funny Basset Hound, and he currently is guardian to an energetic Terrier! If Michael were a dog he would be a German Shepard because they are intelligent and hard working animals. What Michael loves most about dog walking is that it allows him to be active and surrounded by adorable pups! In addition to walking dogs, Michael is a big baseball fan, and enjoys watching movies and writing reviews about them on his blog. What Michael loves most about animals is that they’re a lot like us and reflect the best parts of who we are.
Michael is originally from Brooklyn, NY. While Michael does not currently have any pets of his own, he has previously cared for dogs and cats at a senior center where he also cared for their human residents. When Michael isn’t walking the 4-legged residents of Chicago, he enjoys writing and performing stand up comedy, gardening, and spending time with his partner. Michael’s favorite thing about animals is learning all about their unique personalities. If Michael were a dog, he says he would be a schnauzer because he identifies with their combination of seriousness and silliness! Michael M. is a Dog Walking Specialist for Windy City Paws.
Morgan is originally from Wellington, Ohio, but is now excited to call Chicago home! Growing up, Morgan cared for a Doberman Pinscher and also helped care for his grandfather’s dogs from time to time. If Morgan were to be a dog, he would definitely be a Siberian Husky: he loves the cold and he tends to throw himself deeply into his work! Morgan’s favorite thing about walking dogs is being able to make friends with the pups and people around him! Outside of dog walking, Morgan is busy acting and writing. He also does a lot of reading, drawing, and baking in his free time! What Morgan loves most about animals is how open and honest they are with their feelings!
Nancy is from Chicago. Over the years, she has cat-sitted for friends cats and has walked her neighbors dogs. Nancy currently owns a very spoiled Maltese-poodle dog! If she were a dog she would be a Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Nancy loves that she never knows what to expect from dogs. They do so many silly things that they always put a smile on her face and make her laugh every single time! It’s just a happy atmosphere with dogs! What she loves most about animals is their loyalty! In her spare time, Nancy enjoys reading cozy mystery novels, running marathons, and trying to learn other languages (currently Swedish).
Natalia is born and raised in Chicago and is proud to call it home! Throughout Natalia’s childhood, she has cared for 3 lizards, and has 3 pups that her and her siblings care for: Juliet the Beagle mix and Romeo & Neo the Chihuahua mixes. If Natalia were to be a dog, she would definitely be a Blue Heeler: she has a huge sense of responsibility being the oldest sibling in the family and guides them as a Blue Heeler would guide sheep! What Natalia loves most about dog walking is having the opportunity to stay active while being able to help other by caring for their pups! Outside of dog walking, Natalia enjoys cooking, creating art, and volunteering as a softball coach. What Natalia loves most about animals is their intelligence that allows people to create a special bond with them!
Nathan is originally from St. Louis, but has called Chicago home for over a decade! Nathan grew up surrounded by animals and actually spent summers at horse camp. Although he does not have a pet of his own, for the last 8 years, Nathan has shared a home with an awesome Shih Tzu named Gimo. If Nathan were to be a dog, he would be a West Highland Terrier! What Nathan loves most about walking dogs is getting to know each dog and their own personal traits. Outside of dog walking, Nathan is an active member of the Chicago theater community, performing in shows all over the city. He also started playing the ukulele recently! What Nathan loves most about animals is the unconditional love that they can provide!
Nathaniel is originally from Boulder CO, but growing up he’s lived all over: Washington DC, Atlanta, Vietnam, and the Philippines! He’s lived with dogs and cats all his life. At home he took care of two dogs, a Filipino mix (who sadly passed away last year) and a chocolate Labrador. Nathaniel currently doesn’t have any pets as his apartment doesn’t allow, but he hopes to have a dog or cat of his own in the near future! If he could be a dog he would be a standard Schnauzer: loyal, quick to learn, occasionally mischievous, and easily bored. What he enjoys about dog walking is how meditative it can be! Also dogs are excellent listeners! What he loves most about animals is that they just need to be loved, pure and simple. It’s wonderfully uncomplicated, and they can remind us to be the most caring and loving version of ourselves. In his spare time, Nathaniel is an actor, yoga enthusiast, avid reader, and guitar player. He loves reading about spirituality, mythology (Joseph Cambell for the win!), classic plays, and graphic design.
Paige is a Chicago native! She has had dogs all her life, ranging from a Chow Chow-German Shepherd mix, to an Anatolian Shepherd, to a Shih Tzu. She currently has a Beagle named Rocky! If Paige were a dog, she’d be a Bernese Mountain Dog because they are loyal and affectionate. Paige’s favorite part about dog walking is seeing the joy expressed by dogs when they go outside; their happiness is uncontainable and brings a smile to her face! In her spare time, Paige enjoys reading and going to art museums. Paige’s favorite thing about animals is their friendship and that they provide a source of pure love.
Pierce is originally from Maine but now calls Chicago home! Although Pierce does not have any pets of his own currently, he previously cared for two dogs two cats, and some gerbils! If Pierce were to be a dog, he would definitely be a Husky. The thing that Pierce loves most about dog walking is being outside and allowing the dogs to enjoy the smells and sounds around them! Outside of dog walking, Pierce is an actor and enjoys writing, reading, and skiing. What Pierce loves most about animals is how unique their personalities are!
Rafael is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He grew up with dogs, notably two beautiful Wimeriners and has lots of dog walking experience! If he were a dog he would be a Scottish Terrier. Rafael’s favorite part of walking dogs are: being active, spending time outside, and how excited his dog’s get when seeing him! What he loves most about animals is their incredible capacity for love! In his spare time, Rafael is an actor. He also has his black belt, and continues to practice martial arts.
Sarah is originally from Wayne, ME. She grew up with border collies and rode horses for many years. Growing up in the middle of the Maine woods, she was lucky to often spot deer, and occasionally moose! Sarah currently lives with her roommates cat, Leo, and back home her dad still has Scooter, the border collie! If she were a dog she would be a Goldendoodle. Sarah favorite part of dog walking is THE DOGS! She has a whole new set of best friends whom she loves to spend time with! What she loves most about animals is their empathy, and their ability to tune into the emotion of their person! In her spare time, Sarah enjoys acting and directing and has been lucky enough to work with several wonderful theatre companies. She also loves hiking and cuddling up to drink hot chocolate.
Scott is originally from Pennsylvania, but has lived in Chicago for the last 26 years. He had a dog, a Bichon Frisé, named Victor, as well as many cats throughout his life, named: Max, Sebastian, Bonkers, & Smokey. If Scott could be a dog he would be a Beagle. Scott’s favorite part of dog walking is how being with dogs is calming and is one of the best ways you can spend your time. They are the most loving and giving of all animals. What he loves most about animals is their happy souls. In his spare time, Scott enjoys acting and an teaching as an adjunct professor at Columbia College. He also loves to read!
Sean is from Chicago! He’s had pets his entire life, including dogs, cats, and a parrot. Sean currently owns two dogs, a yellow lab and a cockapoo. If he could be a dog he would be a Great Dane. His favorite part of dog walking is getting to spend his day with all kinds of amazing pups and dogs! What he loves most about animals is their ability to give you unconditional love and loyalty! In his spare time, Sean loves to ride his bicycle around the city. He enjoys playing Frisbee golf in the summer and loves to go Ice skating downtown in the winter.
Sierra is originally from Bristol, Indiana. She grew up with a veritable farm of pets from a pit bull mix and German short hair pointer mix to cats, hermit crabs, chinchillas, and a bird! Currently Sierra lives with her two cats named Gusto and Arya! If she were a dog, she would be a Husky. What Sierra loves most about dog walking is getting to know the dogs and the exercise from being outdoors with them! In addition to walking dogs, Sierra is in school for art therapy and counseling, enjoys reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and practicing Karate. What Sierra loves most about animals is how loving and accepting they are, getting to know them, and seeing their individual personalities!
Victor is originally from Sunderland, MA, but enjoys calling Chicago his new home. Victor has been a dog owner for seven years and a dogsitter for canine clients of all shapes and sizes. He currently has a terrier mix of his own that he is constantly learning from. If Victor were a pup, he would be a big, fluffy, mutt! Victor’s favorite thing about walking dogs is urban walking, and taking his time to build strong relationships with dogs. When Victor isn’t walking dogs, he enjoys reading, writing, and drawing! The thing Victor loves most about animals is, meeting different kinds of personalities and mindsets they have, and learning from them on their own terms.
Yvette was born and raised in Chicago and is happy to call it home! Growing up, Yvette always had a pet to care for, and more recently worked at a pet store where she expanded her knowledge of animals. Currently Yvette owns a loving 3 year old female Rat Terrier who really knows how to lighten up her days! If Yvette were to be a dog, she would definitely be a Pomeranian: small and sassy! What Yvette loves most about walking dogs is creating a special bond with the animal and giving their owners satisfaction that their pets are well taken care of. Outside of dog walking, Yvette enjoys spending her free time going to the movies, shopping, attending comedy shows, and hanging out with her boyfriend! What Yvette loves most about animals is that they are so loving and can really form a connection with people!
Zach is originally from Naples, Florida, but is now excited to call Chicago home! Zach grew up with a family full of Boston Terriers, and currently cares for a Sheepadoodle puppy which is keeping him very busy! If Zach were to be a dog, he would definitely be a Pug: small and mighty but love to make people laugh! What Zach loves most about dog walking is being able to give these dogs that outside time they cherish and look forward to so much. Outside of dog walking, Zach enjoys staying active and exploring what the city and Lake Michigan has to offer. Zach is also a huge foodie! What Zach loves most about animals is how loyal they can be. If an animal loves you and a bond is established, they will love you for you, no matter what!