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).
Alicia is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area in California. She grew up with a wide variety of pets including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and turtles. If she were a dog, Alicia would be an Australian Shepherd. She enjoys walking dogs because she’s able to give them all the love she would give her own dog if she were able to have one. What she loves most about animals is the snuggles; animal snuggles are the best. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys going to and participating in theatre in the city, and she is currently an usher at the Royal George Theatre.
Allison is originally from Sheboygan, WI, and is a recent grad from Ripon College in Ripon, WI. She was fortunate to grow up with three amazing family dogs (Dusty, a husky mix rescue, Wrigley, a black lab, and Copper, another husky mix rescue) who taught her how much love dogs have to give. In college, Allison would regularly pet sit for friends and professors, getting to know all their dogs. Whenever she has the opportunity to be with dogs, whether it be to play with them, help train them, what have you, she will probably take it! Allison does not currently own any pets but she’s looking to adopt a puppy of her own soon! If Allison was a dog she would be either a Siberian Husky or a Jack Russell Terrier. Both are outgoing, have big personalities, and quite friendly! What she loves about walking dogs being outdoors, enjoying the city, spending time with lovable dogs, what’s not to like? Dogs are such cheerful creatures, it’s hard to have a bad time with a pooch! What Allison loves about animals is how attuned they are to the emotions of others. They are always there to make your day or pep you up, even when you don’t realize it. She believes dogs make people friendlier and happier, and that’s a kind of world she wants to be in. In her spare time, Allison is an actress, dancer, and enjoys doing yoga, going for hikes, cooking, as well as enjoying the city with friends, or watching a good classic golden age movie musical.
Andrew is originally from Geneva, Illinois. He grew up with a dog and a bird! He was always the one to take care of his neighbor’s pets whenever they went out of town. If he could be a dog he would be a Shiba Inu! What he enjoys most about dog walking is getting to spend time with all of the different dogs. He likes taking care of them, since he currently doesn’t have a dog of his own. What he loves most about animals is their affection and learning how to communicate with all of their different personalities. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys composing music for concerts and media! When he’s not composing, he’s probably playing guitar or working with audio files.
Angela is originally from Austin, Texas. She was the kid that pestered her parents for pets until they finally let her have some. Throughout her childhood she ended up raising two dogs, a cat, two rats, and many fish. She’s also volunteered for an animal shelter and has past dog walking experience as well! Angela currently does not own any pets but dreams of having dogs of her own someday. If she were a dog she would be a Border Collie. Angela’s favorite part of dog walking is getting greeted by all of her dogs when she shows up for walks! She loves how excited they are to see her! What she loves most about animals is how they love belly rubs! In her spare time, Angela enjoys painting, weaving, embroidering, and reading books.
Ann is originally from Moline, IL. She grew up with dogs, cats, and fish! Ann currently lives with her roommate’s long haired mini dachshund named Rosie and rescue kitty Mathilda. If she were a dog she would be a Great Dane. What Ann loves most about walking dogs is learning from dogs about how to be a better human! What she loves most about animals is that they are highly perceptive. It makes them excellent teachers. In her spare time, Ann enjoys being an actor, voiceover artist, writer, volunteer, activist, and lover of animals. She enjoys practicing yoga, reading a good book, and random dance breaks.
Hi! I’ve recently moved to Chicago from Houston, Texas. Before moving to Texas, I was born, and spent 10 years of my life, in The Bahamas where we grew up with 3 dogs and 1 cat, who I loved very much. I have been around animals all my life, whether it was with my own dog, a toy chihuahua named Wesley, my cat Sapphire- both of whom I sadly had to leave with my mom in Texas, or pet sitting for nearby family and friends. I’m so excited to get to know and care for your furry little kiddos.
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.
Ashley is originally from Delaware. She grew up with a Cocker Spaniel named Scooter and two Labrador Retrievers named Mango and Decker. During summers home from college, she worked at a dog kennel, cleaning up after, playing with and walking, and administering medication to all kinds of dogs while their owners went away on vacation. Her roommate currently owns a blue nose Pitbull so that takes away her dog deprivation and craziness when she sees a dog on the street. Ashley took an online quiz to find out that if she were a dog she would be a Poodle but she really wants to be a Pug instead! What Ashley loves about dog walking, is interacting with dogs and getting the exercise she needs. What she loves most about animals is their unconditional love! In her spare time, Ashley enjoys eating, yoga, binge watching Netflix/Hulu, hanging with her boyfriend, and seeing new theater.
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!
Brittany is from Morton, IL. Animals have always been a huge part of her life. She has owned many different kinds of animals including: dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, chinchillas, and ferrets! Currently, Brittany has a cat named Ruxin. If Brittany was a dog she would be a Mastiff/Great Dane mix, because that is her dream dog! What she loves about dog walking is being able to build relationships with her dogs as they each have their own personalities! She also enjoys being outside which is a great perk to dog walking! What she loves most about animals is their ability to love unconditionally! In her spare time, Brittany enjoys spending time with her family when she is able to travel home. She also enjoys being outside, riding bikes, and exploring new areas.
Carl is originally from Bernie, Missouri. He grew up with dogs his whole life! He has often petsat for friends and colleagues. Currently, he owns a Shih Tzu named Tecoda! If Carl could be a dog he would be a Corgi! What he enjoys most about dog walking is experiencing all the dogs’ different quirks and personalities. What he loves most about animals is their unconditional love. A puppy’s unconditional love is always the warmest feeling there is! In his spare time, Carl is an active artist, with dogs popping up in his work from time to time!
Carter grew up just north of the Chicago, and has happily called the city home for the past eight years. He grew up with four cats, a Border Collie, and a miracle goldfish named Captain Nemo, who lived to be 12 years old! If he could be a dog, Carter would be a Labrador- he loves a good adventure. Carter’s favorite part of dog walking is getting to know each dog’s personality and sense of humor. What he loves most about dogs is their ability to build unique relationships. In his spare time, Carter enjoys baking bread, hiking, and writing music. He also works in disability advocacy in performing arts, and is on staff at Filament Theatre.
Celia is from Chicago! She‘s had pets her entire life. She’s had dogs, cats, birds, and rodents. She also worked at Petsmart and has volunteered at animal shelters. Celia has never met an animal she didn’t love! Celia currently owns two rats, Madge and Nellie, and a cat, Big Mama! If she was a dog she would be a Jack Russell because she has lots of energy and she loves to run. What Celia loves about dog walking is being able to hang out with other peoples’ dogs. She especially loves being able to do so while getting exercise! What she loves most about animals is how open and loving they can be. They’re always ready for anything! In her spare time, Celia is a pianist and a theatre lover. She also loves running and going to the beach whenever possible!
Claire is from Waukegan, Illinois and has lived in Mexico, DC, San Francisco, San Diego and Chicago. She LOVES Chicago. She had many dogs, one cat, one parakeet, a gerbil, a turtle and some goldfish growing up. As an adult, she adopted my first greyhound, Sweetie Pie, in 2007. He died at 11 yrs old in 2013. She has had her second greyhound, Roderick, for a year. He is sweetest boy in the world. If Claire were a dog, she would choose to be a greyhound and hope someone as trainable as she is adopted her. Her hobbies are attending theater—she is a volunteer usher and sees 2-4 shows per week all over the city. She loves art. She belongs to the Art Institute and lives just walking distance from it. She goes there to look and hear lectures a couple of times a month. She enjoys walking dogs because it gives her an opportunity to care for these precious creatures who depend on us humans to thrive. She also finds dogs infinitely entertaining and lovable. The single most wonderful characteristic of dogs her opinion is their honesty. They tell you what they want without any guile or ulterior motive. There are moments when she much prefers the company of dogs to other humans.
Cody is from Lake in the hills, Illinois. He worked for a daycare for three years and has always had at least one dog in his home. Cody currently has one dog named Ruby. She is half Terrier and half German short-haired Pointer. If he could be a dog he would be Bernese Mountain Dog! What he enjoys most about dog walking is getting to meet so many dogs! And who doesn’t love walking! What he loves most about animals is their wiggle butts! In his spare time, Cody enjoys going to concerts and playing music.
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!
Elizabeth is originally from Wisconsin, but she has lived all over, including Boston, London, New York, and now Chicago! She grew up with two dogs, a Foundling named Bates, he was a black furry mutt and was very loving, and a Sheltie named Sneakers, and she was very sweet. She also had several fish and frogs growing up, and adopted a local cat for awhile, named Dennis. If Elizabeth was a dog she would be a Sheepdog! She loves being outdoors, has lots of energy, and is very loyal – but she can be shy too sometimes, and she has fluffy hair! What she loves about walking dogs is the opportunity of getting to know a neighborhood as well as simply being outside and getting the fresh air. It is good not only for the dog but for her too. She also enjoy getting exercise. She tends to go on long walks by herself as it is, so why not bring a dog along to enjoy it with her! What Elizabeth loves about animals is that they are generally kind, and trusting. They easily give love back if you are willing to give it to them. They are honest about their affection and their feelings, and know how to live moment to moment – something we as humans could learn to do more of! In her spare time, Elizabeth is an actor and an artist by trade. She loves being involved with productions, as actor on stage or behind the scenes. She loves painting, design, and visual arts too. She enjoy going to museums or being outdoors at the botanical gardens or historical landmarks and homes on a nice day. She also enjoys classic film and literature.
Emily is originally from Norman, OK. She grew up with a houseful of pets: cats, lizards, fish, gerbils, a guinea pig, and a Golden Retriever. She also volunteered at a local no kill shelter and petsat for neighbors. Emily currently has a cat named Bitty Friedan whom she rescued. If she were a dog, Emily would be a pug because she’s skeptical of everything but willing to try new things and be social. She enjoys walking dogs so she can get to know their different personalities and see the world through their eyes. She loves animals because they can’t use language to communicate, so we have to pay closer attention to know what they’re saying, which is a fantastic exercise in empathy. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, writing blog posts, and trying new cookie recipes.
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Emma Jo is originally from Springfield, Illinois. She worked at a speciality pet food and supply store for the last three years, and prior to that she worked at a boarding and daycare facility in the suburbs. She has been a cat mom her entire life, and grew up with a sweet little Beagle named Dandy Dog. Emma Jo currently owns two cats: Giselle, a Siamese-Calico mix and King Richard Toothless III (R-2 for short), a special needs (no teeth, deaf, leg joint deformations, etc) Maine Coon mix. If Emma Jo was a dog she would be a Great Dane: She’s goofy, laid-back, and ready to have fun! But, at the end of the day, she’s probably a cat! What she loves about walking dogs is making a one-on-one connection to her pooches, helping them gain confidence in themselves, and bringing out their playful side! What Emma Jo loves about animals is the love and trust they have. No matter how they have been treated in the past, if you show them real love and acceptance, they will follow you to the end of the earth. Even the shyest, saddest, most anxious critter can be brought out of their shell and made into a happy, loving baby! In her spare time, Emma Jo is an actor/dancer, seamstress, and sketch artist! Anything artsy is her jam! She is also a big comic book and sci-fi/fantasy nerd.
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.
Genna is originally from Dallas, Texas! She has also lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has a strong connection with animals of all sorts! Her first and only dog was a beautiful Sheltie named Laddie. Her family found out that her brother was super allergic and they have had cats ever since. Her cats were named Mittens, Ollie, Abby, and Russell. Genna currently owns a cat named Beret, who became her first friend when she moved to Chicago! She and her boyfriend couldn’t even wait a full week to adopt from PAWS once they moved here. Beret is spotted like a cow, plays fetch with his mouse, and loves all of Genna’s shoes. He has really helped her and her boyfriend adjust to the Windy City! If Genna could be a dog she would be a a pug. They just crack her up and have so much personality! They aren’t the biggest fans of exercise either, so maybe she can relate a tad there? 😉 What Genna loves about dog walking is how energetic and excited dogs get when you take them on a walk! She thinks it‘s an excellent way to bond with a dog and to learn more about them. Also….they are just so dang cute! What she loves most about animals is how genuinely loving and true animals are to you. Animals of all kinds. All that they give is love and that’s all they want in return. It’s really beautiful to be able to give and receive that with them. In her spare time, Genna works in theatre! She went to school for theatre and figured Chicago was a perfect city to keep chasing that dream. She also nannies all around Chicago. She loves working with children and hopes to eventually teach one day down the road.
Heather is originally from Winchendon, MA. She grew up with an amazing Bichon Frise named Snowball. If Heather were a dog, she would be a Border Collie. She enjoys walking dogs because she gets to give dogs the care and attention they need! What she loves most about animals is their unconditional love. In her spare time, Heather is a grant writer for non-profit organizations, and she also loves working on sketch comedy.
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.
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.
Jakob is originally from Overland Park, KS. He had a cat named Raja for 19 years, and he also lived with a dog named Rose. He and his wife currently have a cat named Otter who loves playing with feathers, snuggling, and eating. If Jakob were a dog, he would be a medium-sized mutt that likes summer and couch snuggles. He loves being outside with dogs, building routines and relationships with them, and they joy that they bring! In his spare time, Jakob enjoys spending time with his wife and Otter, playing in his bands SLOP SINK and Pass/Fail, going for walks, bowling, and reading!
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.
Jennifer is from Grand Rapids, MI. She has had pets all her life starting with a hamster and most recently a dog and two cats. She also used to volunteer at the humane society and help take care of the dogs. If she was a dog, she would be a Corgi because they are cute and lovable. The best part about dog walking is getting to hang out with dogs everyday and share their love. The thing she loves most about animals is that they can instantly make your day better just by being around them. When she is not walking dogs, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with friends, exploring the city, acting, and making costumes and clothes.
Jenny is originally from the Southwest suburbs of Chicago! She grew up with a Shetland Sheepdog named Sadie who she helped to take care of for 14 years. Jenny currently owns a feisty Pomeranian Chihuahua mix named Gizmo who can out bark any dog he comes into contact with! She took two online quizzes to see what kind of dog she would be 🙂. The first one said a Pitbull and the second one said a Chihuahua. Jenny would probably be a Chihuahua because she’s small, sassy, loyal, and protective. Also, then she could be great friends with Gizmo! What Jenny loves about dog walking is getting to know different dogs and breeds and experiencing new adventures with them. It’s also great getting exercise for her and the dogs. What she loves most about animals is how loyal and fiercely protective animals can be to their owners. In her spare time, Jenny is in school at DePaul University, working on her masters degree, so that takes up a lot of her time. When not in school or working, she enjoys spending time with her dog and friends, traveling, and binge watching tv.
Joaquin was born and raised in Chicago, IL where he lives with his two amazing dogs (Coco and Chloe). Growing up, there were always a variety of animals in his house including hamsters, birds, cats, turtles and hermit crabs! If Joaquin were a dog, he would be a bulldog. One thing he loves about walking dogs is the opportunity create genuine connections. Animals get to live carefree lives with the help of loving humans, which is something he really loves. When Joaquin isn’t walking dogs, he can be found running shows from the Stage Management booth at theaters around the city.
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.
Jon is originally from Birmingham, AL. He has been dog walking and petsitting for family and friends since he was 15 years old. Jon has one dog named Delta back home in Alabama. If he could be a dog he would be a Pit Bull. His favorite part of dog walking is getting to spend his day outside and be able to bring joy to a dog’s day! What he loves most about animals is their ears! In his spare time, Jon enjoys reading and writing. He is aspiring to be a comedy writer!
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.
Julia is from Medina, Ohio. Her family used to breed golden retrievers, rabbits and chickens. She was constantly surrounded with animals growing up which is probably why she’s such an animal lover. Julia owns a German Shepard named Missi back home and is currently in the process of adopting a cat! If she were a dog she would be a German Shepard because she’s protective of the ones she loves, and once she loves you she’ll love you forever. What Julia enjoys most about walking dogs is getting to explore neighborhoods and constantly being surrounded by so much love. What she loves most about animals is their innocence and how much love they have for everyone. In her spare time, Julia enjoys playing five instruments and writing.
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!
Katie is originally from a small town near Fort Worth, Texas. She grew up around dogs her whole life! Her family had multiple dogs over the years and she has always been an animal lover. As Katie got older she dog sat for friends and family until she could get her own dog. Katie currently owns one sweet puppy! Her name is Luna Lovegood and she is the absolute BEST. If Katie could be a dog she would be a mutt/mixed breed. Her dog Luna is mixed and she has plenty of energy, but also loves to cuddle. Which accurately describes her as well. Katie’s favorite part of dog walking is being outside and she also loves to learn about the different doggy personalities. What she loves about animals is that no matter how long they know you for, they are still extremely excited to see you when you come home! How could you not adore that? In her spare time, you can usually find Katie at the gym, reading a book, or eating at the best local restaurants!
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!
Kyle is originally from a small town called Slippery Rock in western Pennsylvania. His family would often foster lost or abandoned animals while he was growing up, so dogs were always around. He has also worked with dogs and cats in a boarding facility and doggie daycare in the past. Kyle currently has two precious kitties named Toph and Bushi. If he were a dog, he would be a a mutt, probably with some Chow Chow and Afghan Hound thrown in. Kyle enjoys feeling the excitement from dogs and knowing that he is helping to provide them with the necessary exercise to be happy and healthy. He loves getting to know a new animal using primarily non-verbal communication and body language. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys performing and doing visual art that accompanies his performances.
Lissa is originally from the suburbs of Cleveland, OH. She grew up with two cats, two dogs, one frog, three fish, three hamsters, and a chinchilla. Lissa has an adorable long-haired dachshund named Oscar back home in Green Bay, WI. She has also volunteered at rescues in the past. Lissa loves animals, and being around dogs is a must for her! In her spare time, Lissa enjoys baking, roaming the halls of the Art Institute of Chicago, and sketching by the lake.
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.
Marlisa is from the suburbs of Chicago. She had a family dog growing up and currently own a cat. She also volunteers at Treehouse humane society! If Marlisa were a dog she would be a Husky. What she loves most about walking dogs is being outside and interacting with dogs. She finds it very therapeutic. What she loves most about animals is how they always appear happy! They always put a smile on her face no matter how she feels. In her spare time, Marlisa enjoys traveling, doing yoga, and photography. She also is a speech pathologist and works with special needs kids!
Max is originally from New England. She has tons of experience with dogs starting since she was four-years-old. She grew up taking care of her two pets, a Miniature Dachshund and a Chow Chow/German Shepard mix: Java and Mocha. She doesn’t currently own any pets but not-so-secretly wants 100 dogs! If Max was a dog she would be a German Shepard! What she loves about walking dogs is being around them! They bring her so much joy! What Max loves about animals is how happy they are! When not out walking dogs, Max works as a manager at Laugh Factory Chicago so she’s obsessed with all things comedy and enjoys dancing in her spare time.
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 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.
Mike is from Davenport, Iowa. He was raised around dogs and cats. He also has walked and house sat for friends and family over the years! If Mike was a dog, he would be a a Border Collie/Lab Mix. What he loves most about dog-walking is getting to exercise outside, and hang out with another creature that likes to sniff the flowers and observe the environment. The thing he loves most about animals is the joy that being in the company of an animal brings. Mike also loves wet noses and cold floppy ears! In his spare time, Mike enjoys singing and dancing, yoga, laughing, and listening to music. He also enjoys practicing mindfulness, and watching tv.
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.
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.
Rigby is originally from the south suburbs of Chicago. They have ten years of dog walking and petsitting experience and spent four years teaching equestrian lessons! Rigby currently lives with a Cattle dog named Willow and two cats named Merv and Isosceles. If they were a dog they would be a Boxer. What Rigby loves about dog walking is exploring neighborhoods, enjoying the outdoors, hanging out with doggy friends, and getting to have a bunch of keys that jingle when they walk! What they love most about animals is how they are way better listeners than people. In their spare time, Rigby enjoys playing bass guitar, cooking huge meals for friends, playing with their hair, and studying Chicago history!
Hello all! I am an opera singer with a huge passion for making some new furry friends. I moved to the Wicker Park neighborhood in 2014 to pursue my passion at the Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2014 to begin my Master’s Degree. I am native to New Jersey but have quickly found a wonderful home in the Windy City. Through college, I had two cats named Mae and Chi and had several dogs all throughout growing up. Currently, I am an Artist Diploma student at Chicago Opera Theater and am involved all around the city making music! When I am not practicing for my next gig, I like to take walks around the city and explore, and what better way to do that than with some dogs! I look very much forward to meeting, walking, playing and getting to know your four-legged friends!
Sara is originally from Kokomo, Indiana. She has experience dog walking in Indiana as well! Sara currently owns two cats named Pumpkin and Niles! If she were a dog she would be a pug. Sara‘s favorite part of dog walking is being able to get outside and enjoy the outdoors as well as get some exercise with a cute dog. What she loves about animals is their loyalty and their happiness. In her spare time, Sara writes comedy sketches and does improv! She also really enjoys exploring Chicago.
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.
Sarah is originally from Massachusetts. She’s lived in a number of places, but has called Chicago home for almost a decade now. She grew up with two cats as a kid, then two dogs when her parents moved back state-side. She’s familiar with everything from cleaning litter boxes to basic dog training, and loves watching pets grow up! Sarah currently doesn’t own any pets but she hopes to adopt a dog sometime soon. If she was a dog she would be an Irish Wolf Hound, because she loves cuddles and pretending like she’s lap-sized when she’s definitely not! What Sarah loves about dog walking is being able to look after dogs, and getting to know each one as she walks them more. What she loves most about animals is their compassion. Some have more than others, but the ability to care is shared amongst many, and she adores that. In her spare time, Sarah works as a freelance artist, writer, and dance instructor, and loves reading science fiction and fantasy novels in her down time.
Sarah is from Ashland, Oregon. She grew up with a menagerie of cats, fish, hamsters, and a turtle, but always had to borrow other people’s dogs! She also spent eight months traveling in the UK by housesitting and dog walking across the countryside. If she were a dog she would be an Irish Doodle or some other poodle mix (it’s the hair). Sarah loves dog walking because of the amazing energy and curiosity that dogs have – the same tree has new smells every day the the world is always exciting. What she loves most about animals is their love and joy. Sarah is also an actor and historian – she loves rainy days, good books, riddles, and good food.
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.
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.).
Taylor is from LaPorte, IN, not too far outside of Chicago around the south shore of the lake. Her life has been full of animals since the very beginning. Her mom is a zookeeper and she always grew up with exotic pets in the home (snakes, birds, lizards, spiders, oh my!) and she often went along to work with her to help do volunteer work growing up. Taylor is a cat owner herself currently, his name is Buddy and he’s grey and the best (of course). She also spent nearly 3 years working for a dog daycare/hotel company in Chicago where she solidified the working with animals is truly the best job she could have! If Taylor was a dog she would be a dachshund because she loves to snuggle, has short legs, and gets the zoomies sometimes too! What she loves most about dog walking is the one on one time you get when walking a dog, it’s like a little adventure with a GREAT companion, you can’t beat a dog! What she loves most about animals is the way animals love us unconditionally and teach us so much about life and the world. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys learning new languages (French and just started Korean), going to the beach or on hikes back in Indiana at the dunes, and going to shows! (music, all performance art platforms)
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.
Tiffany grew up in Fort Lee, New Jersey, but has been living in Chicago for the past four years. She currently has two cats named Rocky and Willa, and volunteers for her local cat rescue, Hyde Park Cats. She hopes to adopt a rowdy pup of her own someday soon, but is currently satisfied by walking and sitting her friends’ dogs. If she was a dog, Tiffany would be a Newfoundland. What she loves most about walking dogs is being able to experience the best part of a dog’s day with the dog! Each walk is an adventure, an opportunity to see and smell new things in familiar contexts. What she loves most about animals is their companionship and playfulness. Outside of dog walking, Tiffany enjoys theatre, carpentry, woodworking, cooking new and delicious foods, and exploring the outdoors.
Victor is from Bogota, Colombia but has been living in the U.S. since the year 2000! He has had dogs since he can remember. Currently, he lives with Howie, a rescue dog who’s part Pitbull, part Lab with an incredible personality, very loving, and probably one of the happiest dogs Victor has met yet! Howie is always smiling and loves people and he knows some tricks too! If Victor could be a dog he would be a Lab. They are always full energy and very lovable! What Victor loves about animals is that they are incredible creatures as they are and would love you unconditionally without expecting anything in return. That makes them very unique so with them it is always a learning experience. If we were able to translate that into human behavior, we would be much better in general. In his spare time, Victor is a jazz musician and loves being outdoors! Running and swimming are some of his favorite things to do!
Zak is originally from Fairfax County, VA. He grew up with dogs, and he often would walk his neighbors’ dogs as well. If Zak were a dog, he would be a Jack Russell Terrier because he’s stubborn, yet easily distracted. He enjoys walking dogs because they can make a simple walk through the streets of Chicago feel like an exciting adventure! What he loves most about animals is that they’re able to look at the world from a unique perspective that humans have long forgotten. In his spare time, Zak is an improviser and stand-up comedian, and is also into comic books, old movies, and science fiction.