We love our walkers at Windy City Paws, and this month we want to introduce to you to Justine, who has been with us for over a year!
Where are you from?
How did you end up in Chicago?
Born and raised!
What is your favorite pastime?
Singing, acting and performing.
What is your hidden talent?
I’m a novice tarot card reader!
Do you have pets? If so, what kind and what are their names? Tell us about their personalities.
I have a guinea pig named Bruce. He is a sassy and smart boy who loves being spoiled (especially with apples and carrots)!
If you were a dog, what breed would you be and why?
I think I would be a Corgi because they are feisty, smart, playful, loyal and energetic!
If dogs could run for public office, which breed do you think would make the best president?
I think a Great Dane could make for a wonderful president. They are friendly, fair, smart and can also be protective and brave when needed.
Why did you decide to become a dog walker?
I’ve always been involved with dogs my entire life. I’ve had many animal related jobs and also volunteer/ foster as well. As a performer, I wanted to find a day job that would allow me to spend as much time with animals as possible.
What’s the weirdest thing about being a dog walker?
You have to be super adaptable. Everything from weather, to cancellations, to how your pup is feeling that day, etc can change in an instant.
What would people never guess is part of your job as a dog walker?
A lot of people think dog walking simply consists of literally walking a dog. There’s so much more that goes into it. You have to know each dog’s personality and what they individually need to feel comfortable and happy during your visit. You also have to think on your feel a lot when you encounter a new dog who hasn’t met you yet, or if you encounter any of a number of new situations on you walk!
What is your biggest pet peeve while walking dogs?
1. People who just let their dog run up to yours/ they try to pet your pup without asking first.
2. People who don’t have their dog on a leash.
3. People who don’t pick up their dog’s poop.
What’s the best part about being a dog walker?
Getting exercise in the outdoors and developing wonderful relationships with the best pups in the city. No matter how bad a day you’re having, getting to cuddle with a dog will always put a smile on your face!
Thank you so much for all of your hard work Justine! If you would like to learn more about Justine and our other fantastic dog walkers, visit our website!