Abigail is originally from Elkhart, Indiana. She always had cats growing up, usually rescues! Though she always wanted a dog. Currently Abigail owns a handsome rag doll cat named Harvey! If she were a dog she would be a Husky. What Abigail loves most about walking dogs is the unconditional love they give and being outdoors! What she loves most about dogs is companionship. She loves any animal who can cuddle and her favorite moments are when a dog will gives her a look like “yeah, look at us being awesome together!” In her spare time, Abigail enjoys acting/performing, writing, camping, and trying to finish books on existentialism (though unsuccessful).
Aja is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Although her family didn’t have any pets, Aja spent a lot of time with her aunt and uncle’s dogs Coco, a Chihuahua-dachshund mix and Daisy, a Cocker spaniel and her college roommate had a Russian Blue named Silas that Aja helped care for! Aja currently doesn’t have any pets in her life but is excited to get to meet all the dogs and cats she can with WCP! If she were a dog, she would be either a Manchester Terrier or a Black Lab. What Aja loves most about dog walking is spending time outside with positive and lovable animals. In addition to walking dogs, Aja enjoys dancing, watching food videos, and going on nature hikes. What Aja loves most about animals is their curiosity and instinct to explore!
Amanda was born in the west side of Chicago, but was raised in Schiller Park. Amanda’s experience with animals has been wonderful and she still gets to hangout with her mom’s dog now and then! Amanda currently has a goldfish of her own but is looking into getting a dog in the next couple years. If Amanda were to be a dog, she would definitely be a Pit Bull! What Amanda loves most about dog walking is the relaxed feeling she gets while walking a pup in the fresh air outside! She also loves that when you give love and affection to an animal, they return the favor and become a part of your family! In addition to walking dogs, Amanda really enjoys spending time with her kids and friends, and massages on the weekends!
Anna is originally from South Bend, Indiana and has lived in Chicago for the past 5 years. In addition to having grown up with Bernese Mountain Dogs their whole life Anna has petsit on occasion for friends and family. If they were a dog, Anna would be Shiba Inu because they are very round, sassy, and fashionable! What Anna loves most about dog walking is spending time outside with them and exploring different Chicago neighborhoods together! In addition to walking dogs, Anna works in wardrobe supervision for theaters in the city. Anna also loves to draw and do freelance illustration. What Anna loves most about animals is their innate optimism and will to survive!
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, Ashton enjoys reading, kayaking, true crime podcasts, hiking, and supporting the theatre community.
Ariel is originally from Austin TX! She’s always had dogs around in her family. Right now, her parents have a super smart black lab named Abby who loves to go on hikes when Ariel visits home. She doesn’t currently have any pets but she loves cuddling with her friends’ cats and bunnies. If Ariel could be a dog, she’d be a St. Bernard! What she loves most about walking dogs is getting to spend time with all the different pups! Her favorite thing about animals is how varied and unique their personalities are. In her spare time, Ariel is a poet and artist and she also enjoys swimming, hiking, reading, and watching movies.
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!
Bex is originally from Buffalo Grove, IL – one of the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She grew up with two terrific dogs (Bonnie and Zingy) and two adorable cats (Charlie and Smudge). She was highly involved with looking after her childhood pets. In the years since, Bex has freelanced as a cat sitter and helped her parents with their new puppy, Charlotte. If she could be a dog she would be a Corgi. Much like a Corgi, she is short, feisty, playful, and just a tad ridiculous! What Bex loves about dog walking is being greeted by a friendly face and a wagging tail! What she loves most about animals is how they live in the moment. In her spare time, Bex works as an after-school drama teacher and freelances in theatre (directing, acting, technical theatre – you name it, she’s done it). Her hobbies include improv, biking, and karaoke.
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.
Brian has lived in the Chicago-land area his whole life! He has cared for dogs of all shapes and sizes, has volunteered with the Anti-Cruelty Society, and has a cat of his own named Bear. If Brian were a dog, his friends say he’d be a Golden or Labrador Retriever, but he says he’d love to be a Pitty! His favorite thing about walking dogs is getting to spend his days with his favorite living things (DOGS!) and having the whole city as his “office.” Outside of dog walking, Brian is an aspiring actor and rapper! He also enjoys playing World of Warcraft and eating sushi. His favorite thing about animals is that they are all so unique and can express a wide range of emotions; he’s never met two cats or dogs with the same personality!
Caleb is a proud Buckeye, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He grew up with dogs his entire life and got to enjoy the company of his Golden Retriever Ginger, his Beagle Daisy, and his Miniature Dachsund MoneyPenny! Although Caleb does not currently own any pets, he is always excited to go back home to see MoneyPenny. If he were a dog, Caleb would be a Beagle. What Nicola loves most about dog walking is exploring with the pups outdoors, and he likes to think that the dogs are walking him just as much as he is walking them! Caleb appreciates the unconditional love that animals can provide and truly believes them to be the best listeners! In addition to walking dogs, Caleb runs a film production company and loves making movies! If he’s not busy with that, you can probably catch Caleb with a book or game controller.
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!
Dakota is originally from Los Angeles, California. Her passion for animals started at a young age. She grew up with animals around the household and would care for friend’s and family’s pets. She also participated in an after school program where she volunteered at a wildlife animal rescue and rehabilitation center in California. Since moving to Chicago, she’s volunteered at PAWS working in dog town and kitty city. Dakota currently owns a black long haired cat named Randolph. He’s a very quirky kitty who loves collapsing on the floor and getting his tummy rubbed! If she were a dog she would be a New Finland. Dakota genuinely enjoys caring for other living creatures. She enjoys being able to give love to an animal and receive their love in return. What she loves most about animals is their big furry paws! In her spare time, Dakota is an actor in the city. She also love to sing and dance!
Dan is a world traveler! He’s lived in six different U.S states, Japan and Scotland. Most recently, he moved from Brooklyn, New York to Wicker Park in Chicago. His family got their first dog, Nickel, from the Humane Society when he was five years old. Dan finally got a chance to have his own dog again just three years ago when he and his wife and got their tiny, little Pommapoo, Otter! Otter is an excellent dancer! If Dan was a dog, he would be a Husky, because he loves the cold and the snow! What he loves most about dog-walking, other than the obvious opportunity to spend quality time with wonderful pups, is just the chance be outside, walking around and getting to know and enjoy the city he now calls home! The thing he loves most about animals is their personalities. He’s enamored with their cuteness, too! In his spare time, Dan is a writer, filmmaker, board-gamer, avid reader, film buff, comic collector, occasional video-gamer, sushi chef, sci-fi fan, and just all-around-general nerd. He loves to travel, he loves nature and the outdoors, and he’s obsessed with winter and snow!
Hey there! My name is Dane. I recently moved to Chicago from the South Jersey/Philadelphia area to pursue a life in the arts. Whenever I go to social gatherings or a friend’s house, I’ve always been “that guy” that goes right to the dog or cat – I’m such a huge animal fan. Back on the East Coast, I was a frequent dog and cat sitter for my friends and professors – probably the best job ever – and I’m excited to continue working with cool animals and their equally cool owners. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your pets!
Danny is from originally from a northern suburb of Chicago called Waukegan. Both of his grandparents are farmers, and he worked as a farm hand multiple summers. He also used to own a Chihuahua as well! If Danny were a dog, he would be a Schipperke. Outside of dog walking, Danny enjoys writing, cooking, and watching Netflix. What he loves most about dogs is how excited they are to go outside and the unconditional love they give to everyone!
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.
Ellie is originally from Des Moines, Iowa. They have been pet sitting for friends and neighbors for 10 years. Ellie has a Paws rescue kitty named Áine, who they say is basically “the queen!” If they were a dog, Ellie would be a Golden Retriever because they’re super laid back and friendly! Their favorite part about walking dogs is spending time with all sorts of dogs. They love getting to know each pooch’s unique personality! Outside of dog walking, Ellie is a musician and composer. They play violin, bass, guitar, and sing, too! Ellie’s favorite thing about animals is that they are all different and lovable in their own way!
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!
Geoffrey is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah! He has helped care for his family members’ and roommates’ pets over the years, and he and his wife currently have a Ragdoll cat named Jackson, whom he calls his “furry fluff muffin!” If Geoffrey were a dog, he would be a Golden Retriever because he likes getting love and affection from those around him. His favorite thing about walking dogs is experiencing their positive energy and their desire to be cared for by their human friends. Outside of dog walking, Geoffrey enjoys spending time with his wife, exploring Chicago, playing video games, listening to metal music, and being a part of his church community. His favorite thing about animals is how that they are all unique and carefree!
Gerardo was born and raised in Chicago. He grew up with a total of nine dogs with varying temperaments throughout his childhood; ranging from a Bichon Frise to a Cane Corso! He has also had the pleasure of running with his friend’s dogs in various areas of the city, but primarily in forest preserves. Gerardo currently has a dog named Harriette and a turtle named Snoppy who is currently traveling abroad in Moscow! If Gerardo were to be a dog, he would be an Akita or a Siberian Husky and would roam in the snowy mountain ranges! What Gerardo loves most about dog walking is being able to see how dogs interact with the world and being able to get an understanding of their character through those interactions! In addition to walking dogs, Gerardo spends his time as an antique dealer! He is also frequently watching films from various genres and eras, or training for marathons and ultras! What Gerardo loves about animals the most is their loyalty!
Greg is originally from Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. He has grown up with both dogs and cats. When Greg was a kid, he had a Beagle mix named Trouble and later on a yellow Lab named Buck. Greg currently has a German Shepherd / Rottweiler mix named Jackson and they enjoy spending their time together with walks, belly rubs, and playing tug-o-war. If Greg were to be a dog, he would be a Doberman; tall, lanky, and of German descent! What Greg loves most about dog walking is being able to hang out with all different kinds of dogs and getting some good exercise while doing so! In addition to walking dogs, Greg is a classical musician and loves making and listening to music. Greg is also an avid listener of podcasts. The thing Greg loves most about animals is how they live in the moment. They are a great reminder for him to appreciate what’s happening in the present instead of worrying about the past or the future!
Gregg grew up in the small town of Angier, North Carolina. He has grown up with all manner of pets from dogs and cats to snakes and geckos! He also grew up in a family of dog groomers and helped in the shop while growing up. If he were a dog, he would be a Toy Poodle. What Gregg loves most about dog walking is being outside while also being able to spend time with and meeting new dogs! In addition to walking dogs, Gregg enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and watching all sorts of sports. The thing Gregg loves most about animals is how loving they are and that they can always put a smile on your face even on gloomy days!
Haley is originally from the Bay Area in Northern California. She always had pets growing up and currently has a elderly Springer Spaniel named Cookie waiting for her back home in California. In the meanwhile, Haley hangs out with her boyfriend’s adopted mutt named Rocky. If Haley were a dog, she would be an Italian Greyhound – kind of nervous and shy but smart and friendly! Haley loves going on walks outside and enjoys it even more when she has a furry friend to tag along with her! What she loves most about dogs is that the more she learns about them, the more she realizes that they are not that different from people. Haley is a filmmaker and writer, and she is currently working on a documentary on love and relationships.
Hannah is originally from Carrolton, Virginia, but moved to Chicago in 2013 for school. She has always loved animals and grew up with cats, hamsters, and guinea pigs! Although Hannah never had any dogs herself, she would walk and care for her neighbor’s pups whenever the help was needed. Hannah currently does not have any pets of her own but plans on adopting a cat soon. If Hannah were to be a dog, she would probably be a Chihuahua; small but fierce! What Hannah loves most about dog walking is being able to see how the dogs interact with the world around them! In addition to walking dogs, Hannah works part time in a couple of art galleries, makes art books, and writes love poems. The thing Hannah loves most about animals is how empathetic they can be, and she believes people can learn a lot from them!
Hillarie is originally from Central Virginia, but has lived in Philly, DC, and Rochester, NY before she moved out to Chicago in 2017. Her family always had cats and dogs, with the occasional bird and guinea pig! While Hillarie was in college and after she graduated, she did volunteer work with a cat rescue. She would help in any way that she could and made sure to socialize with all the different kitties! Hillarie currently has a sweet black cat named Sweetie whose favorite things to do are to cuddle and fart! If Hillarie were to be a dog, she would probably be a mutt; just a little mix of everything! What Hillarie loves most about dog walking is being able to see all the different types of dogs and being able to bond with them! In addition to walking dogs, Hillarie spends her time as a freelance Props Designer and has worked for theaters through Chicago and Evanston. She also enjoys spending her free time with tabletop role-playing games and painting with watercolors! The thing Hillarie loves most about animals is that they can be very transparent and show what they are feeling without any cover-up. She enjoys that honesty!
Ian is originally from Kansas City, MO. Growing up, he had a pooch named Snyder, and now his family has a terrier mix named Savvy. Ian is also the self-proclaimed “cat father” of his girlfriend’s cat Argo. If Ian was a dog, he would be a Black Lab because he loves to run around and be social, as well as show off a wealth of affection! His favorite part about walking dogs is the level of joy and enthusiasm dogs have, and getting to be so close to such angelic creatures. Outside of dog walking, Ian enjoys performing and writing. He produces and stars in a Dungeons and Dragons Improv Show here in the city called ’Tis. Ian’s favorite thing about animals is how non-judgemental they are: they always see us as the kindest version of ourselves!
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!
Hello! My name is Jake Hoover, and I’m delighted to be working with Windy City Paws. I’ve been a lover of dogs for as long as I can remember, and have grown up alongside man’s best friend at every step. A Pennsylvanian by way of Boston, I’m thrilled to have the chance to stretch my legs around Chicago in the company of dogs of all shapes and sizes. I love taking the time to get to know a dog on an individual level–learning their quirks and personalities, and being able to give your best friend the love and care they need every day. While not out on the beat, I’m an active, if nascent member of Chicago’s community of playwrights.
Jake is originally from LaGrange, Illinois. He grew up with two wonderful dogs; a Golden Retriever named Ginger, and a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel named Henry! Jake currently does not own any pets, but he loves to visit his friends and family with pets because it brings back the many amazing memories he’s had with his dogs growing up. If Jake were to be a dog, he would be a Golden Doodle! What Jake loves most about dog walking is being able to hang out with different dogs while enjoying the world outside! In addition to walking dogs, Jake is usually exploring neighborhood coffee shops and cafes, and practicing music for his next gigs!
Jason is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but he’s lived in Chicago for more than 13 years! He has been a former dog-walker and dog-owner and is a current cat-owner. Jason currently has one cat named Sadie! If he could be a dog he would be Hungarian Sheepdog! What he enjoys most about dog walking is meeting new dogs, exercise, sunshine, and enjoying the neighborhoods of Chicago. What he loves most about animals is their loyalty. In his spare time, Jason enjoys writing fiction, tutoring, and bicycling around the city.
Jessica is originally from Schenectady, New York, but has lived in Chicago since 2012. Growing up, she had four cats and a rambunctious Cocker Spaniel. Jessica enjoyed growing up with all of them as she learned at a young age that each animal has their own wonderful personality with individual needs! Jessica currently cares for a Dachshund / Mini Pinscher mix named Peaches who is her best pal. Peaches is a natural squirrel hunter and a big goofball who makes her laugh all the time. If Jessica were to be a dog, she would be a Mastiff! As a shorter person, Jessica would love to lead an alternate life as a gentle giant! What Jessica loves about dog walking is that she gets to grow a lot of friendships with wonderful pups, and she will feel a great satisfaction in supporting their health and happiness! In addition to walking dogs, Jessica works on printmaking and other art forms. She also has a great interest in self-publishing and alternative comics. The thing Jessica loves most about animals is how they remind her to enjoy the little things in life such as playing, spending time outside, and cuddling!
I’m an outdoors kind of guy through and through. Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, I’ve spent the majority of my life out in nature and among animals. Some of my earliest memories are of spending time with our golden retriever Jake: my family camping on the shores of Lake Superior with him burrowed in my tent, or playing on the beaches of Lake Michigan, watching him go ankle deep in the water before getting scared and running back to me. I’ve had many great dogs since him, up until I moved down to the city a few years back and found that I couldn’t have animals in my apartment. It’s a bummer; but I love that I still get a chance to interact and take care animals by working for Windy City Paws. It’s like bringing a little bit of the wild into the city with me.
John grew up in the north woods of Cromwell, MN, but has lived in Chicago for over 20 years! He grew up on a 276 acre farm, and as a kid he raised chickens, cows, pigs, rabbits, and even a goat! When John was 5 years old, his family started raising and showing American Quarter Horses, and he competed nationally up until he was a Sophomore in college. John currently has a small Mutt named Diego who he adopted during his six months in Mexico! If John were to be a dog, he would be a Weimaraner: inquisitive, loyal, active, and jovial! What John loves most about dog walking is being able to experience personal relationships in dogs of various breeds and personalities. In addition to walking dogs, John spends his time as an actor and performer, and also serves at Chicago’s oldest tapas restaurant! He also enjoys fitness, cooking, movies, and community activism. What John loves most about animals is that they trust without reservation and love unconditionally!
Jonathan grew up in here in the Windy City. He grew up with all manner of dogs! Currently Jonathan lives with his two pit mixes named Quentin and Lucy, his chihauhau 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!
Jordan is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He grew up with dogs and has been around them his whole life. He has a Boxer/Black Lab mix named Sadie that currently lives with his parents. If Jordan were a dog, he would be a Chocolate Lab. His favorite thing about walking dogs is getting excited with dogs right before the walk; a dog’s energy is unparalleled. What Jordan loves most about animals is that they can’t talk back and argue. In his spare time, Jordan is an actor, so he can often be found singing, dancing, and acting in the city.
JT is originally from San Luis Obispo, CA. His family owned a West Highland Terrier mix who recently passed away. She was a rescue named Lizzie who they had for well over ten years. If he were a dog, he would be a West Highland Terrier as he is loyal, independent, and friendly. His favorite aspect of walking dogs is how excited they get when they know it is time for a walk. His favorite thing about animals is how they often reflect aspects of our own humanity and can teach us things about ourselves. When he is not walking dogs, he enjoys collecting records, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.
Hello everyone! I am absolutely delighted to be a part of this wonderful team at Windy City Paws! I moved from Minnesota to this blustery city to explore all the performing possibilities it has to offer. When I am not busy playing pretend on stage or telling awkward jokes, I love meeting new faces (human and canine alike). I cannot wait to meet you all and make some new furry friends!
Kalena is from Cape Girardeau, MO. She grew up grew up on farm with horses, big dogs, and lots of cats! Kalena volunteers with Harmony House for Cats and currently owns a rescue cat named Moonpool. If she were a dog she would be a Shiba Inu. What Kalena loves most about walking dogs is getting to make new furry friends all the time! What she loves most about animals their sensitivity to how people are feeling, and their willingness to lend a paw to make their human feel better. In her spare time, Kalena enjoys acting, and reading a good book.
Katie is from Virginia. She had both cats and dogs growing up. If she were a dog she would be a St Bernard/Chihuahua mix! Since Katie is unable to own a dog right now, dog walking give her the opportunity to spend time with the animals she loves. What she loves most about animals is that they are human’s companions, she loves their innate goodness. In her spare time, Katie enjoys acting, and being an improvisation instructor!
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.
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.
Kevin is from Chicago, a Ravenswood/Lincoln Square native. He’s been around dogs his whole life. He Currently owns two dogs at home, a 2 year old Dachshund mix and a 11 year old Rat Terrier. Kevin does well with all sorts of dogs, big, small, calm or anxious, he loves them all! Kevin would be a Boxer because they make good guard dogs but are also very playful and very fast! His favorite part of dog walking is being around all kinds off different dogs and their personalities! What he loves most about animals is that they have the best personalities and they like you no matter what! In his spare time, Kevin is either playing with his dogs or he’s playing with one of his friends’ pups!
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!
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 sure that the story they want to tell is portrayed appropriately! 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!
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. She likes walking dogs because she gets to spend time with all kinds of dogs. She enjoys getting to know their personalities and walking around Chicago! What she loves most about animals is their unconditional love and cuteness! 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, truth be told, 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.
Mark is originally from West Virginia, but he has lived all over the country. He grew up with a great variety of animals: birds, crustaceans, fish, reptiles, cats, and dogs from a tiny Yorkie to a giant English Mastiff! Now he has a Border Collie named Lili Von Shtupp and a cat named Terror Czar. If he were a dog, Mark would be a mutt whose life goal would be to achieve the rank of ‘Good Boy!’ His favorite part about walking dogs is watching them explore their world, taking in the sights, smells, and sounds around them. Outside of dog walking, Mark is an actor, comedian, and writer; he finds that his canine companions are a good audience on which to try out new material and voices!
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!
Matthew is originally from Ventura, California, a beach town about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. He moved to Chicago for his Undergrad and has lived here for five years now! Matthew grew up with his family dog, Nikki, an extremely sweet Australian Shepherd! Later on, Nala, a Kelpie pup came around, but unfortunately Matthew currently does not have any pups of his own. If Matthew were to be a dog, he would be a Golden Retriever – sweet, friendly, and playful, but a little goofy at the same time! What Matthew loves most about dog walking is seeing the genuine joy and excitement in a dog’s face when they are about to step outside! Matthew enjoys watching the distinct and varied personalities of different animals when interacting with the world around them! In addition to walking dogs, Matthew really enjoys watching movies and making them too! He studied film in college and keeps it up as as a passion project and through different videography gigs.
Mercedes is a Chicago native and has lived here her whole life. Growing up, she has raised a fish, guinea pigs, cats, and even a squirrel! Mercedes also has taken care of a German Shepherd named Yago and a Labrador Retriever named Hana. Although Mercedes does not have a dog of her own currently, she does have two cats. If Mercedes were to be a dog, she would probably be a Malamute because she loves how large and huggable they are! What Mercedes loves most about dog walking is being able to see how excited and happy the dogs get when heading outside! In addition to walking dogs, Mercedes spends her time painting, reading, running, playing video games, and binge watching shows! The thing Mercedes loves most about animals is that they are bundles of fun and love, and each one of them have their own unique personality!
Hi! I’m Michael. I’m a recent transplant here in Chicago from sunny Sarasota, Florida to pursue performance art and theatre, and I recently graduated with a degree in theatre from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. I am the lucky best friend of a beautiful Australian Shepherd named Apache, who unfortunately due to traveling had to stay back home in Florida. We like to FaceTime each other though so it’s all good. I love dogs so, so much (and cats and I are pretty cool, too), and I can’t wait to meet and become friends your furry companion too!
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 has an energetic Terrier! If Michael was a breed of dog he would be a German Shepard because they are smart, intelligent, and hard
working animals. What Michael loves most about dog walking is that it allows him to be active and surrounded by something he loves. In addition to walking dogs, Michael enjoys watching movies and writing reviews about them on his blog, is a big baseball fan, and loves to write. What Michael loves most about animals is that they’re a lot like us and reflect the best parts of who we are.
Michael was born in Leetonia, OH, but was raised in Orlando, FL. He grew up with several dogs throughout his childhood ranging from Terriers to Dachshunds to Golden Retrievers. He currently has a cat named Tiger, and he regularly helps house-sit a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Stella. If he were a dog, Michael would be a Siberian Husky, though his friends see him as a Jack Russell Terrier. He enjoys walking dogs because the combination of exercise and bonding with all sorts of dogs with their own personalities is a dream. In his spare time, Michael auditions for acting gigs and enjoys running and going to the gym.
Miles is from Columbus, Ohio. He has lots of experience taking care of pets. He has looked after cats, dogs, birds, and bunnies and has lived with a couple different dogs and cats, so is very familiar with all the fundamentals of pet care! If Miles could be a dog, he would be a Chow Chow because they are one of the most chill and relaxed dogs, and are also very fluffy. What Miles loves most about dog walking is having a great friend to go on a walk with every day. It’s nice to see how much the dog enjoys it, and it’s a great way to stay active. The thing he loves most about animals is their curiosity. He loves the look on their faces when they see something that they’ve never seen before. In his spare time, Miles enjoys playing music, reading, and playing team based online computer games.
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).
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.
Nicola is originally from upstate New York but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up with a Lab mix named Latte and two Chihuahuas Chip and Pixie! Although she cannot currently own any pets, she often Facetimes with Latte and Pixie! If she were a dog, she would be a Poodle mix. What Nicola loves most about dog walking is exploring with the pups and making sure that they are happy and getting as much love as they would from their pet parents! In addition to walking dogs, Nicola acts here in the city and also enjoys urban exploring and reading many books at once. What Nicola loves most about animals is how much they are capable of unconditional love!
Noah is originally from Urbana, Illinois. He grew up with two cats back home, but currently does not have any pets. If Noah were a dog, he would be a German Shepherd – very loyal and of German descent! Noah understands that every dog has their unique characteristics and loves learning about them during walks! Outside of dog walking, Noah loves to write and enjoys performing with his band!
Olivia recently spent some time living in the South, but she is a Chicago native! She has been a walker and sitter for friends and neighbors, and has a Sheepdog of her own named FiFi. If Olivia was a dog, she would be a German Shepherd because they are smart, working dogs who have enough edge to be both a family dog and a warrior! Her favorite part about walking dogs is seeing how happy the dogs are to be outside, discovering what has been going on since they’ve last been out and about. Outside of dog walking, Olivia enjoys gardening, board games, radio production, reading, trying different teas, watching movies, and attending theater and orchestra performances. Olivia’s favorite thing about animals is that they all have their own personalities: it’s just as fun getting to know them as it is getting to know humans!
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.
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.
Rolando grew up in Chicago, a Windy City native! Rolando grew up with his cat, Hide, and currently lives with Zoe a Pit bull and Harvey a Shih-Tzu! If Rolando were a dog, he would be a German Shepherd! His favorite thing about walking dogs is the smile dogs get when a cool breeze or warm sunlight hits their face. Outside of dog walking, Rolando enjoys cooking, comedy, and works at Second City! His favorite thing about animals is how each animal has their own unique personality and getting to know them all!
Ryan is from Greensboro, North Carolina. His family owned a Golden Retriever in the past and currently owns a Bichon Frise‘ named Lucky! He has experience petsitting for friends and neighbors as well. If Ryan could be a dog, he would be a Ggreyhound because they are tall and Lanky! What he loves most about dog walking is getting to spend time with dogs. There’s an inherent joy he experiences from being around them, it must be their loyalty and playfulness! What he loves most about animals is their lack of insecurity. They’re free to be as they are without any societal constraints. Outside of dog walking, Ryan works in the theatre world. His hobbies include watching movies, reading, biking, and exercising.
Sarah is originally from West Virginia. She grew up with several cats, and once she was old enough to work with animals, she began seeking out farm work and dog sitting opportunities so she could spend time with as many different animal friends as possible! Now Sarah has a very proud, toothlesss, 16 year old cat named Lorna. If she were a dog, Sarah would be a Pit Bull mix because she tends to wear her heart on her sleeve! Her favorite part about walking dogs is getting to know many different dogs. Outside of dog walking, Sarah is a painter! She spends most of her spare time painting, enjoying others’ paintings, and hanging out with her friends at their favorite local watering hole. Sarah’s favorite thing about animals is that speaking isn’t their main form of communication.
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 Bolingbrook, Illinois. He has had pets his whole life. He grew up with lot’s of dogs, big and small. Currently Sean has a 12 year old beautiful tuxedo cat named Prada, named for her little white Prada boots she wears! If he could be a dog he would be a Pitbull. Big and strong! But super sweet! Sean’s favorite part of dog walking is getting to meet some of the sweetest pups in all of the world. What he loves most about animals is their loyalty and their friendship. You can always count on them. In his spare time, Sean loves to do films and pursue his acting and writing goals outside of dogwalking.
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!
Stella is originally from Chicago. She grew up mostly in a suburb called West Chicago and moved back the city about a year ago. She has had horses, dogs, cats and many small rodents and reptiles throughout her entire life. She couldn’t live without a few pets at this point! Stella has also volunteered at Danada Equestrian Center tending to the horses and helping prepare for lessons. She currently owns 2 cats, a bearded dragon, cane toads and Asian painted bullfrogs. If Stella was a dog she would be a Whippet! What she loves about walking dogs it allows her to hang out with lots of dogs when she currently can’t have any of her own! Dogs are such cheerful creatures, it’s hard to have a bad time with a pooch! What Stella loves about animals is how interesting they are. They are all different, and it’s cool to learn their personalities and traits just like getting to know a human. They’re smarter than most people give them credit. In her spare time, Stella enjoys arts of all sorts, photography, and she is very interested in biological sciences (genetics, biochemistry, etc.).
Sydney grew up in here in the Windy City. His family has owned dogs his whole life! Currently Sydney lives with 4 dogs, Handel, Inch, Pitchy, and Mona! If he were a dog, he would be a Miniature Pinscher. What Sydney loves most about dog walking is happiness that the walk brings both the dog and the people who see the dog! In addition to walking dogs, Sydney enjoys knitting, crocheting, and reading. What Sydney loves most about animals is how great of companions they make!
Taylor is originally from Marietta, GA. He’s had at least 3 pets since he was six. He had a Welsh Corgi named Paddington and two cats named Fred and Ginger up through middle school. This past summer, he and his roommate dog-sat an Aussie Shepherd mix named Brennan. Taylor currently has two cats named Skittles and Merlin, as well as two goldendoodles named Shaggy and Doodle. If he could be a dog he would be Jack Russell Terrier! What he enjoys about dog walking is the fresh air and the excitement of meeting new dogs! What he loves most about animals is they’re always excited to see you. In his spare time, Taylor enjoys crocheting and is an actor in the evenings.
Zach is originally from Orange County, CA. He’s had dogs his entire life, and his two dogs currently live with his mom in Washington. If Zach were a dog, he would be a German Shepherd. He enjoys walking dogs because it gives him the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with pets and experience their individuality. What he loves most about animals is their capacity to love unconditionally. In his spare time, Zach enjoys going camping, going to concerts, playing guitar, and traveling the world.
Zachary is originally from a rural area in Virginia where he grew up surrounded by cats,dogs, chickens, goats, horses, and cows. Zachary currently has a cat named Ferb, who acts a lot like a dog, and is close friends with a couple of dogs named Danny and Bette Rose! If Zachary were to be a dog, he would be a Golden Retriever – loyal and sweet! What Zachary loves most about dog walking is being able to develop a connection with a creature without any verbal communication. It reminds him constantly that there is always an understanding beyond words! In addition to walking dogs, Zachary is an actor, drummer, comedian, and enjoys podcasting!