Anand hails from Naperville, IL. While growing up, Anand had a golden retriever and he enjoyed volunteering at the Naperville Area Humane Society. He also dogsits for friends! While he doesn’t currently own any of his own pets, his family recently got a new puppy that he’s been spending lots of time with. If Anand could be a breed of dog, he would be a golden retriever. Outside of walking dogs, Anand enjoys making music, watching movies, and playing video games. What Anand likes most about walking dogs is how just being around them makes him happy. Seeing their enjoyment while being outside, getting some exercise, and sniffing all the smells, always brightens his day. What Anand loves most about animals is how they perceive the world completely differently from us.
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 teaches music lessons!
Bryce hails from Anderson, Indiana. Bryce’s family has always been a dog family and he started caring for the family pets at an early age. While he doesn’t own a dog of his own, his current household in Chicago does! If Bryce could be any dog breed he feels he’d be a Labrador Retriever. The thing Bryce loves most about walking dogs is getting to spend time outside and bond with the dogs! Outside of dog walking Bryce enjoys writing, theater, and reading. The thing Bryce loves the most about animals is companionship.
Caroline hails from Milwaukee, WI. Growing up, her family had 2 yellow labs. Currently, they have an adopted black lab mix. Dogs have always been a big part of Caroline’s life! While attending school, Caroline began dog walking and pet sitting on the side through Rover and discovered a passion for it! It incorporates some of Caroline’s favorite things – dogs, walking, and being outside! While she doesn’t have any pets of her own, her family has a 12-year-old adopted pup named Gavin. If Caroline could be any breed she would be a Great Pyrenees. Outside of walking dogs, Caroline enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading. What Caroline enjoys most about walking dogs is watching the dogs while they’re walking and seeing how happy they are! What Caroline likes the most about animals is how happy and carefree they are!
Christine grew up and still lives in Chicago. Christine has had animals in her life forever. In the picture you can see one of Christine’s three grand pups who visit her often, she has regular family pups who often stay with them. If Christine was a dog, she would be a mutt, that way she can be many lovable breeds all at once! What Christine loves most about dog walking is being outside. Outside of dog walking, Christine loves decorating, running, and most importantly spending as much time as possible with her family. What Christine loves most about animals is their loyalty and honesty, if they don’t like something they let you know.
Outside of being a dog walker, Courtney is studying for the bar exam and looks forward to becoming an attorney one day. The thing Courtney enjoys most about being a dog walker is the time spent being outside with dogs and exploring around town. What Courtney loves most about animals is they always show unconditional love.
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. What Dylan loves most about cats is the feeling of gaining their trust as they rub up against you purring and demanding pets! If Dylan could have any one trait of cats it would be to be as graceful and surefooted as cats are on any surface. Dylan feels if he were a cat his name would probably be either Garfield or Hobbes! Outside of dog walking and cat sitting, 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.
Eddie hails from South Texas! Eddie grew up in a rural area and was surrounded by animals – chickens, pigs, horses, goats, you name it! Eddie never had an “inside” pet until he adopted his first dog, Bleu (a Boston terrier with energy for days!), when he attended college. Unfortunately, Bleu recently passed. However, since then, Eddie has come to love petsitting for friends and family until he can adopt another dog of his own. If Eddie could be a dog breed he would definitely be a Boston terrier because they are energetic and clownish! That said, his personality closer aligns with an English bulldog. As Eddie puts it – he loves food, enjoys couch time, still charismatic. When not walking dogs Eddie enjoys trying new restaurants, hanging out with friends, crafting on his Cricut, and playing video games. What Eddie enjoys most about walking dogs is being able to enjoy nature with a furry friend and getting them some exercise to keep them happy and healthy. Eddie loves to talk about animals with other owners. Eddie’s favorite thing about animals is their personalities, especially their honesty and ability to communicate in their own way.
Elexa was born and raised right here in Chicago. Unfortunately due to a family member’s allergies Elexa does not have any pets of her own but has helped in the care for animals of extended family and friends, including overnight and general pet setting cats, dogs, and guinea pigs. If Elexa was a dog, she feels she would be a German Shepherd, large and scary looking, but truly big dogs with bigger hearts, so playful, kind, and protective! Elexa’s favorite thing about walking dogs is being able to spend time with the dogs themselves, it’s like meeting up and hanging out with friends! Outside of dog walking, Elexa spends her free time reading comic books, playing video games, and digital illustrating. What Elexa loves most about animals is how we love them and they love us back tenfold and that they can be very human in their emotions!
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 observe their behavior during these walks. What Ella loves most about cats is how even if they’re just as affectionate to their owners as dogs, only the cat decides when and where it’s going to do something! If Ella could have any one trait of cats it would be their persistence in achieving a goal no matter what it is. Ella feels if she was a cat her name would definitely be Sherlock. Outside of dog walking and cat sitting, 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!
Erie is originally from the suburbs of Minnesota but has been in Chicago for the past 6 years. Erie has worked at a grooming salon for pets and has lived with several dogs and cats. Erie also currently has a their own named Mitty Kitty. If Erie were a dog, they feel they would be a Golden Retriever, loyal and friendly! The thing Erie loves most about walking dogs is seeing the lovely sights of Chicago with the pups. Outside of dog walking Erie enjoys reading, watching documentaries, singing in their church choir, and watching musicals. The thing Erie loves the most about animals is the way they offer unconditional love!
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.
Hayley hails from St. Louis Missouri. Hayley grew up with several dogs, including a Bichon Frise, Maltese, and 3 different Maltipoos. Hayley has also petsat for dogs of all ages and sizes! If Hayley could be any dog breed she’d like to be an Australian Shepherd, as they have beautiful eyes and tend to be very smart. The thing Hayley loves most about walking dogs is getting to take the pups out for an adventure they have been waiting on daily. Outside of dog walking Hayley enjoys doing improv at Second City and stand-up! The thing Hayley loves the most about animals is how genuinely excited they can get about getting to see you again, no matter how long or short the amount of time since they last saw you.
Isamar is from Chicago and has been here since she was born! Growing up, Isamar had a pet rabbit and several birds. Currently, she has a dog named Paloma, two cats, and a few birds! If Isamar were to be a dog, she would either be a Basset Hound or a Bolognese! What Isamar loves most about walking dogs is being able to create a bond with the pups! She also loves seeing how excited the dogs get when they get to explore the outside world! What Isamar loves most about cats is how sweet they are! Cats are often seen as cold and distant but they are some of the biggest sweethearts ever once you earn their trust. If Isamar could have any one trait of cats it would be their quick reflexes as she would be unstoppable then! Isamar feels she would have the name Pelusa if she was a cat, which means fluffy in Spanish. Outside of dog walking and cat sitting, Isamar enjoys going to concerts, baking, reading, writing, and makeup artistry! What Isamar loves most about animals is their innocence and carefree nature!
Janina is originally from Hamburg, Germany before moving to the states. Janina grew up with cats, dogs, gerbils, horses, and bearded dragons. Janina has a rescue dog of her own named Freya and she is an Australian cattle dog mix! If Janina were a dog, she feels she would be an Australian Shepard – always looking for the next adventure and always on the go! What Janina loves most about walking dogs is being outside as well as getting to know new dogs of all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Outside of dog walking and cat sitting, Janina is a high school science and health teacher, and a certified personal trainer, on top of enjoying hiking, Crossfit, and cooking. The thing Janina loves most about animals, in general, is how fascinating to watch they are – especially when they are learning or bonding with a new person.
Jessie B. hails from Kansas City, KS. She has had the privilege to live with a handful of furry friends, cats, and dogs, and assisted with a lot of pet sitting ventures. While Jessie doesn’t currently own any pets, she hopes to get some soon! If Jessie could be any breed of dog, she’d be an American Cocker Spaniel. Outside of dog walking Jessie enjoys painting, reading, baking, spending time at the Garfield Park Conservatory, hanging out at Logan Square coffee shops, and going to any concert she can get her hands on. What Jessie loves the most about dog walking is being able to share in mutual respect, love, and joy. The thing Jessie loves most about dogs is their uninhibited joy!
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!
Kati hails from right here in Chicago! Kati has grown up having dogs. Currently, her family has a Keeshond that you’d never guess is ten years old with her puppy energy level, but has partly gone blind in one eye and the other is stitched up, so she has experience with taking care of a partly blind dog. Her extended family also loves pets so she has lots of furry family friends! If Kati could be any breed of dog, she would be a Keeshond because of how unique the breed is. They are very loyal, independent, and smart! Outside of dog walking, Kati enjoys roller skating at Maggie Daley Park with friends, listening to music, and traveling. She is educating herself as much as possible about the acting/entertainment industry, and how to better grow as a performer. What Kati enjoys most about dog walking is seeing each dog’s personality come to life during walks, and seeing how happy it makes them to be outside walking. What Kati loves most about animals is how loyal they are to their owners and loved ones.
Kayla is originally from the small town of Imlay City in Michigan. She has always owned and cared for cats throughout her entire life and currently has an orange tabby cat named Cosmo! If Kayla were a dog, she feels she would be a Pembroke Welsh Corgi because they’re so small, cute, and goofy. Outside of dog walking, Kayla enjoys going for walks and exploring nature, watching movies, listening to music, and attending concerts. What Kayla loves most about walking dogs is getting to know each dog personally while exploring the city and enjoying the fresh air with them. What she loves most about animals is how loving and trusting they can be, and how perceptive they are of people and everything going on around them.
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.
Lena S. hails from Milwaukee, WI. Lena has always lived in a household with pets!! She currently has two cats and is a regular volunteer at PAWS. If Lena could be any dog breed she feels she’d be a St. Bernard. The thing Lena loves most about walking dogs is getting to spend time outside and be with dogs! A perfect combination of two of her greatest passions: staying active and caring for animals. Outside of dog walking Lena enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and running. The thing Lena loves the most about animals is the shared comfort and understanding between humans and animals.
Lena S. hails from Germany and recently moved to Chicago to be with her husband. Lena grew up with a dog and has a true passion for dogs. Since she has been in Chicago, she’s been volunteering at PAWS where she could get to know different dogs and their characteristics. While Lena doesn’t own a dog currently, she can’t wait to get one! If Lena could be any dog breed she would be a Bernese Mountain Dog – not that small, warm, friendly, a calm nature, a love for the mountains, and of course German / Swiss speaking! Outside of dog walking Lena works as a nanny and in her free time, enjoys being outside, going for walks at the lakefront, hiking, traveling (especially road trips), and going to the movies. What Lena loves the most about dog walking is that it combines two of her greatest passions – being outside and being active while spending time with dogs. Lena truly values the meaningful relationships and unconditional love she receives from her four-legged friends!
Lisseth hails from Ecuador! She has been volunteering in animal shelters for some time now. She also does animal rescue and recovery and dog sits for friends and family. Lisseth currently owns two dogs. If Lisseth had to pick a breed of dog to be, she doesn’t care what kind of breed, just that she’d be a rescue! Outside of dog walking, Lisseth enjoys riding her bike, reading books, drinking coffee, and learning about other countries. What Lisseth enjoys most about dog walking is spending time in their company and seeing how happy they are on their walks. What she loves most about dogs is their unconditional love.
Lodovica “Lo” hails from Albuquerque, NM! Lo has owned two dogs (a pitbull lab mix and a pitbull greyhound mix) and two cats (both orange tabbies) in her life. While taking care of her own pets, Lo also volunteered as a dog walker for the Animal Humane Society of New Mexico before moving up to Chicago. While Lo doesn’t currently own any pets, she hopes to get a cat soon! If Lo could be any breed of dog, she would be a Chow Chow. Outside of walking dogs, Lo enjoys exploring the city and playing video games. What Lo enjoys most about dog walking is spending outdoor time with a loveable companion and exploring the great big world together! If Lo had to say what she loves most about animals it would be their capacity to love. As Lo says: “When an animal loves you, you know it is true and unconditional!”
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 Marianne loves about cats is that special moment when one decides to show you affection. If Marianne could have any one trait of cats it would definitely be the ability to always land on her feet! Marianne feels she would definitely have the name Mittens if she was a cat as it’s just the perfect cat name. 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.
Masheika is a Chicago native and grew up with cats. In addition though, Masheika has experience pet sitting (cats, dogs, and a bunny) and also dog walking! If Masheika were to be a dog, she would definitely be a Yorkie. What Masheika loves most about dog walking is knowing that she is providing pups with a much needed service and that the pups truly appreciate and enjoy this. Seeing the joy a dog has when they see you coming to take them out for a walk is very rewarding to Masheika! What Masheika loves most about animals is that they are always themselves and don’t worry about what others may think of them!
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.
Meghan hails from the suburbs of Hanover Park! Meghan grew up with a veritable zoo of dogs, cats, and rabbits her whole life which has helped her always feel comfortable when around animals. Although Meghan does not currently have any pets of her own, she is the happy aunt of many fur babies! If Meghan were a dog, she feels she would be a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, because although they are small and reserved, they are also charming and sweet. Meghan’s favorite thing about walking dogs is getting to know the unique personalities of each dog and creating a relationship with them. What Meghan loves most about cats is their patience and calmness. If Meghan could have any one trait of cats it would be their aloofness and how they let very little faze them. Meghan feels if she was a cat her name would be either Luna or Jinx. Outside of dog walking and cat sitting Meghan is a freelance artist and also sews! What Meghan loves most about animals is how comforting they can be and their ability to make her smile.
Melody is from Villa Park, Illinois, and is very familiar with the city! Melody has been a pet care specialist and dog walker for several years and she has always had pets of her own! Currently, Melody has a Pitbull mix named Mollee! If Melody were to be a dog, she would definitely be a Rat Terrier: energetic, loves to run, and isn’t always happy to be woken up! What Melody loves most about walking dogs is how happy the pooches get on their strolls throughout the neighborhood. It never fails to make her smile! Melody loves how independent cats are and also how playful and curious they can be, If Melody could have any one trait of cats it would be their ability to jump high and land on their feet! Melody feels if she was a cat her name would definitely be Ramona as she’s always loved the Beverly Cleary books! Outside of dog walking and cat sitting, Melody loves going to music festivals and concerts with her boyfriend, traveling, riding roller coasters, reading, and enjoying our beautiful city! What Melody loves most about animals is the unconventional love they provide!
Michael is a 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 dogs is the way they love unconditionally! What Michael loves about cats is that they’re very direct about what they do and do not want, even if that changes every few seconds. If Michael could have any one trait of cats it would be to land instinctively on his feet every time. Michael feels if he was a cat his name would be Cupcake or Beans as he loves food based names!
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!
Nate C. hails from Crown Point, IN. He grew up with 4 dogs, all differing greatly in their personalities. He’s also dog and cat sat here and there as well, so he’s no stranger to caring for pets! While Nate doesn’t own any pets currently, he often cares for his roommate’s cat, Clementine. If Nate could be any breed of dog, he’d be a boxer. Outside of dog walking Nate enjoys singing and playing the piano. He tries to hike every chance he gets and is always on the lookout for cool rocks. What Nate loves the most about dog walking is discovering the quirks of each dog. Plus, being able to spend time outside with the best kind of company – the four-legged kind! The thing Nate loves most about dogs is their sense of loyalty.
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, he does share a home with an awesome Shih Tzu named Gizmo. 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!
Neil moved to Chicago in 1991, he attended lab school in Hyde Park. Neil previously was a vet tech and has always loved animals. He also attended The Art Institute of Chicago. Neil previously had two Golden retrievers, Ellie & Eco. Neil currently lives with his partner and an orange tabby cat named Rhône, a spider friend Harold, and a red-eared-slider turtle named Jalapeño. If Neil could be any dog breed he would be a Blue Heeler, he is loyal to a fault and a true ranch working dog. Neil loves that walking dogs is such a bonding experience. Outside of dog walking Neil is a visual artist and in a rock band. Neil loves to write novels and poetry. Neil loves animal behaviors and finds them very fascinating
Nick was born and raised just outside of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Nick moved to Chicago in 2020, right before the pandemic hit. Nick grew up with English Springer Spaniel named Gretchen. He is a fur Uncle to a Shih Tzu named Colbie and Tucker, pictured, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His roommate has a cat named Andromeda, who is obsessed with him and continually joins him in his room for playtime. If Nick was a dog, he would be a Corgi because he is curious and full of energy. Outside of dog walking Nick is a voice actor (and sometimes a regular actor). Nick enjoys spending time outside playing video games and running tabletop roleplaying games with friends. His favorite part of walking dogs is spending time working with all the different dogs. Nick loves the companionship and friendship that animals offer, and he cannot wait to become best friends with your fur family!
Nicolasa (Nikki) was born and raised in Chicago. Growing up Nikki had her cat Missy who was very much her best friend until passing. Nikki does not own any pets at this time but wishes she could. If Nikki could be any dog breed she’d like to be a Maltipoo. Nicolasa’s hobbies are photography, baking, and antique shopping. The thing Nikki loves the most about animals is how loyal and loving they are! It’s never a dull moment with our pets! Nikki truly feels we need them just as much as they need us.
Owen G is from the wilds of Alaska, where everybody has a pet polar bear. Ok, they don’t really, but there are lots of dogs there, and Owen made friends with dozens of them. He’s been caring for pets professionally for 6 years, and he never ceases to be amazed by the enthusiasm dogs have for life. If he could be any kind of dog, he’d be a mixed breed so he could be as loving as a golden retriever, as smart as a German shepherd, as fast as a greyhound, and as long-lived as an Australian cattle dog.
He loves to travel to exotic countries and eat their food. He pumps iron every day to burn those extra calories.
Phoebe is originally from Milwaukee, WI, but is so excited to call Chicago her new home! Phoebe grew up with and helped care for her brother’s energetic dog, Calvin, a Jack Russel Terrier/Brittney Spaniel Mix. If Phoebe were a dog, she would be a Standard Poodle! Outside of dog walking, Phoebe enjoys exploring the City of Chicago, acting, and cooking! The best part of dog walking is being able to meet new furry friends and explore different neighborhoods of the city. What Phoebe loves most about animals is their loyalty and their ability to give unconditional love!
Riah (Zachariah) L
Zachariah, who goes by Riah, is originally from Hoopeston, Illinois, a small town south of Chicago, Home of the Cornjerkers!! Riah has been offering private pet care for years for dogs, cats, fish, and lizards! Riah comes to us from another dog walking company that sadly closed up shop in 2022. Riah has great experience dog walking and making fuzzy friends. Riah currently does not have any pets of his own, he recently lost his beloved hamster Hamilton Walker. Riah would be a greyhound if he was a dog, due to their lanky limbs and sensitivity to inclement weather. Outside of dog walking, Riah is an artist, he works with ink, watercolors, and markers. He is currently working on a graphic novel personifying mental illness and queerness in America. Riah loves dog walking, their favorite part about it is how stimulating it is, to be on constant alert while being very observant of their surroundings. Riah finds it extremely rewarding to work with reactive dogs and establish respect and trust with them. He loves seeing his pups grow in their training and develop into the best dogs. Riah loves animals, he believes there are no bad pets or animals. He loves that animals give you the same love and respect you put out to them.
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. Scott loves how incredibly affectionate and caring cats can be and loves the experience of a cat coming to sit on your chest and kneading you or laying down on your chest. If Scott could have any one trait of a cat, it would be to always be able to land on his feet! Scott feels if he were a cat, he would definitely have the name Max! What he loves most about animals are their happy souls. In his spare time, Scott enjoys acting and teaching as an adjunct professor at Columbia College. He also loves to read!
Susan originally hails from Elmer, Louisiana. Susan grew up with her mom owning 5 dogs at a time and having lived with all their different personalities, she developed a deep understanding of how they can be as unique as people. Although Susan does not currently have a pet of her own, she is looking to adopt a Boxer named Leroy in the near future! If Susan was a dog, she feels she would be a Chihuahua-Labradoodle mix. Susan’s favorite thing about walking dogs is how excited they get about going out and just spending that time outside with them! Outside of dog walking, Susan spends time entertaining kids’ birthday parties, learning how to sing and play guitar, and acting. What Susan loves most about animals is how we are all connected with being on the same planet, different, but the same at once.
Valerie hails from the small town of Carterville in southern Illinois! Valerie grew up with mainly big dogs and a family of cats and helped train one of the pups as well. Valerie currently has two cat children of her own, named Steve & Jimi! If Valerie were a dog, she feels she would be a mixed breed pup full of lots of love for whoever she warmed up to. Valerie’s favorite thing about walking dogs is getting to see dogs grow and develop and all their different personalities. Valerie can’t just pick one thing she loves most about cats but loves how smart and perceptive they are. If Valerie could have any trait of cats it would be the ability to nap anywhere no matter the distractions and in any position! Valerie feels if she was a cat she would definitely still have the name Valerie as she loves human names for cats! Outside of dog walking and cat sitting, Valerie loves hiking and being in nature as well as art which she enjoys creating! What Valerie loves most about animals is their intelligence and emotional capacity and the amount of love they have for their human caretakers!
Veronica originally hails from Mexico City before coming to Chicago. She grew up with several dogs and even helped rescue a dog here in Chicago that she found wandering the streets! She currently owns an adorable Pug and Rat Terrier mix named Max. If Veronica were a dog breed, she feels like she would be much like her own pup Max, a very down to earth but active dog! What Veronica loves most about walking dogs is that it can be an adventure with every walk being a little different and that both she and the dog can learn, meet people, and have fun! What Veronica loves most about cats is how independent they can be while still wanting all the affection. If Veronica could have any one trait of cats it would be their precision to know what they want and when. Veronica feels if she was a cat her name would probably be Luci! When not dog walking or cat sitting, Veronica likes to spend her free time with her daughter and Max and also running. She has participated in several marathons, half marathons, and other races! The thing she loves most about animals, in general, is the unconditional love they provide when you give them the chance!