The best team of dog walkers and cat sitters in Brooklyn.
Not all dog walkers are created equal!
- Mobile Mutts Dog Walking and Cat Sitting is the most experienced professional dog walking and cat sitting service in Brooklyn.
- We never use Independent Contractors. All of our walkers are employees and covered by Liability, Workers Compensation and Disability Insurance.
- We are available 365 days per year, we take same-day requests and we never charge late cancellation fees or charge extra for last minute requests!
- We have two office locations, that you (and your pup!) can visit at any time. Our full-time managers are available to answer any questions you may have, help with scheduling and anything you might need on a daily basis.
- If your regular walker is sick or on vacation, we have fully trained, experienced, fill in walkers ready to take over for the day. When not filling in, these walkers are sent out with our regular walkers to maintain their relationship with the pups, keep knowledgeable about any special needs, etc.
- Mobile Mutts is fully insured and a member of Pet Sitters International.
- We are trained in pet first aid and CPR.
- We are dedicated to diversity and hire equally, regardless of race, skin color, gender, ancestry, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.
Charles Orlich, owner
Charles was born and raised on a farm in upstate New York where he grew up with lots of furry family members, including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, ferrets, bunnies, birds, and a horse.
After graduating college with an engineering degree, Charles spent a couple of years in his brother’s restaurant/catering business, then began a career in software development and management consulting.
After rediscovering his appreciation for the impact that animal buddies can have on our lives, Charles is thrilled to be running Mobile Mutts. His mission is to provide caring support to pet parents and their four-legged children, while creating an amazing work environment for the Mobile Mutts team.
Charles lives with his wife and two human children (who are all crazy about animals) and a small menagerie including a dog, cats, and two guinea pigs.
Grace Kim, manager
Grace is a born and bred New Yorker. Although she maintains lofty dreams of the countryside and owning land for all of her future animal pals she remains a tried and true city gal. She knew at the ripe old age of 3 that someday, somehow animals would be a regular part of her life. She's lived throughout the years with a variety of different animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, and horses. She studied audio engineering at the Audio Engineering Technological Institute. Prior to walking dogs she worked in the field of developmental disabilities as a music therapist and continues to work at a small bike messenger bag company called Vaya Bags where she helps design and sew bags.
On her off time, she's usually thinking rather obsessively about how to live her life in a way that makes her happy. She enjoys sifting through records at record stores, reading, coffee, cooking with friends, making things for people she likes and spending time with her better half Boon, her pittie pup who she adopted after fostering her through our rescue Motley Mutts. Boon is has become one of our resident office pups and helps out anyway she can around the office.
VJ Barrick, manager
VJ hails from San Diego, CA, where she grew up raising rabbits, training herding dogs, and shoeing horses. Her experience ranges from hamsters to Great Danes, fish tanks to parakeets. One of the highlights in her animal care career was fostering a piglet named Frasier. Since moving to NYC, she has become fascinated with the local wildlife, animals that make their home in the concrete jungle. She has a theory that cats can remember every book they've read in previous lives, but she'll never be able to prove it. Her favorite thing about dog walking is getting to know the pups as individuals. And she finds that she spontaneously decides that each dog she's with is without a doubt her absolute favorite.
Her home revolves around her two very dapper cats sons Zonin and Topper. In her spare time she enjoys the act of fixing broken things, and is an avid reader, windowsill gardener, and sound sleeper.
CJ Warner, manager
CJ was born in The Bronx, NY, where they were raised with five siblings: three humans, and two tiny dogs with HUGE personalities. After high school CJ spent four great, but unfortunately doggy-less years in the mountains of Vermont, where they studied creative nonfiction at a small liberal arts college. Before working with Mobile Mutts, CJ worked as a dog handler at a busy dog daycare for two years.
When CJ is not managing the office, caring for cute pups or daydreaming about cute pups, they spend their time reading, writing, doing LGBTQ archival work and staying active by skateboarding, biking and hiking.
Sandy Rivera, manager
Sandy Rivera was born and raised in Jamaica, Queens. While growing up the apartment was too small for big animals, but her family welcomed in a dozen parakeets, a couple of hamsters, mice, fish, and an adorable albino rat. While traveling to El Salvador Sandy learned to ride horses, milk cows, chase pigs, and feed chickens. These experiences sparked a big love for animals and when Sandy moved out on her own she visited an animal shelter and fell in love with two malnourished kittens, Taihen and Rah Rah, whom she fostered and later adopted.
Sandy majored in Digital Media in college but has worked primarily in offices after graduation. She hopes to go back to school to further her studies in art, and perhaps pursue her childhood dream of being an art teacher. Or maybe even a mangaka! In her free time Sandy enjoys drawing as well as reading comic books, playing video games with her boyfriend, watching anime and creating nerdy crafts for her friends. Sandy also loves supporting creativity and attends as many friends' concerts and functions as she can. You might catch Sandy at a comic book convention, or taking a walk in the rain.
Mariah Elliott, manager and walker
Mariah Elliott is an O.G. Mobile Mutter! Part of the crew since 2007. Her first route was in Carroll Gardens. Then she moved into management and was in the office for several years. In 2016, she decided to hit the streets again as a walker, so she could attend night classes at Brooklyn College.
Over the years she's had the pleasure of bonding with the coolest puppehs and kittehs in Brooklyn! And she's developed a good rapport with all their awesome humans as well :) She loves winning over the shy dogs and making a connection with the wild childs. She has a soft spot for senior dogs. And is a total sucker for droopy dog jowls and endearing under-bites.
She has two senior rescue dogs at home. A couple of goofy-faced Boston Terriers. Bettie the sassy lil charmer, and Seymour the grumpy old curmudgeon. They are champion cuddlebugs! And their mama's pride 'n joy :)
Tim Cluff, manager and walker
Tim Cluff grew up in a small Montana town surrounded by all manner of wildlife and fur babies. As a scrappy country lad he had the opportunity to work with horses, cows, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, cats and dogs on a regular basis. He also had a hamster.
After studying Philosophy and Mathematics at St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM, Tim moved to NY to pursue music. While in NY, Tim rediscovered his deep love of animal kind and has been walking four-legged friends ever since. When he is not hanging with the puppers, Tim can be found playing accordion with his band Orphan Jane and working on his musical.
Kelly O'Meara-Morales, walker
Kelly was born in Mexico, came to the San Francisco Bay Area as a baby, and attended Sarah Lawrence College where he studied everything from Middle Eastern history, nonfiction writing, and music theory.
Over the years, Kelly has owned several dogs. The personalities of these dogs ranged from absurdly obedient to willfully insolent to too dumb to really care and Kelly loved them all equally. While living in Brooklyn for the last year, Kelly has somehow come into the possession of three cats.
When not caring for his cats and walking your dogs, Kelly plays in several bands, makes homemade ricotta cheese, concots hot sauces, and tries to perfect and/or improve upon traditional Mexican recipes passed down by his family.
Hannah Littlefield, walker
Hannah grew up in Cornville, Maine, with many dogs, barn cats, and pigs. In 2006, she graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Horticulture. With an interest in biology and ornithology, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and tree climbing. In 2005, she studied abroad in Cork, Ireland, and for a short time in 2008, she lived in Lihue, HI.
Hannah has lived in New York City since November 2008 and has worked for Mobile Mutts since 2010. Hannah helps to train new walkers joining the team.
When she's not having a blast walking dogs, she's probably baking pies, cookies, or scones. As an arts enthusiast, she loves movies, music, and dance performances, but she is particularly obsessed with live theater. Her favorite New York pastime is finding tickets to Broadway shows at discounted prices.
Sarah Lenson, walker
Sarah grew up in Napa, CA, with a Lab mix, Beagle mix, Chow mix, and two Tibetan terriers she considered her siblings (not to mention a Chinchilla). She moved to New York in 2011 for undergrad at Sarah Lawrence College, where she concentrated on the intersection of art and religion. After spending several years in retail management, she's excited to get back to her first two loves--caring for animals and making art.
When she's not walking furry friends, you can find her designing window displays for boutiques across New York City.
Matthew David, walker
Matthew is originally from Melbourne, Australia, so yes, he talks with a funny accent. He is a recent transplant to NYC and originally came here to study acting.
Forever having considered himself a dog person, he now has a newfound appreciation for cats, as he found himself moving into an apartment that already had four of them! Matthew's dream is to live on all 6 inhabitable continents for at least a year. He's halfway there.
Ju Chong, walker
A Queens native, Ju grew up with several kitties running the household. A born cat worshipper, Ju was only a casual puppy observer from afar. But after years of careful investigation she has finally come around to loving them just as much as cats. These days she spends much of her time adoring her two kitties Mini and Panda, who were adopted from a feral mother.
Inspired by the kindness and strength of each amazing animal she has met, she hopes to create stories and perhaps find time to cook, run, hike, travel, lounge in the grass, read and dream.
Vlad Gusev, walker
Originating from New York City, Vlad grew up in a household in love with animals. Animals have always been the joy to his world, there was never a time in his life where he was without a furry companion.
In his free time he talks baby talk to his two dogs, and meows back and forth with his talkative kitty, he’s always on his feet when it comes to dividing attention with his hairy love sponges. When they finally settle down for the day he enjoys playing video games, watching anime and reading manga, and of course doing hip things in Brooklyn.
His desire in life is to further expand his passion for animal care giving, he feels there’s always work to be done and he’s always looking for ways to help animals in need.
Rebecca Rota, walker
Rebecca was born and raised in Flushing, Queens. She has been surrounded by animals from a very young age and plans to keep it that way!
She currently resides in Flushing with her two doggos, Jake and Delilah, and her beloved leopard gecko, Scully (queue the X-files theme song.) When she's not walking the greatest pups in Brooklyn you can probably find her in her room buried in a true crime novel.
Rachael Chapin, walker
Rachael grew up in Texas around lots of woods, humidity and cats. She has a huge love for fuzzy friends and was raised around dogs and cats, as well as reptiles, birds and horses on and off through the years. In her down time when she not taking care of your pets, she can be found exploring Brooklyn, drawing in a cafe or taking care of her succulents. She also has important opinions about tacos.
Abbi Provenzano, walker
Abbi was raised in Tampa, FL and currently resides in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She grew up with a love for animals as young as she can remember, has volunteered at many animal shelters, and has a little cat and dog of her own that are rescues.
When she’s not spending time with animals, she’s most likely riding her bike, painting, making clothes or at a concert venue. She’s a Fashion Merchandising major and will be attending FIT in the year 2019 to pursue her career in fashion business. However, she would love to make working with animals apart of her future career as well.
Ian Elkind, walker
Ian is a Brooklyn native. When he's not walking pups he spends most of his time hanging out with his dog-son Brody and his cat Jude (both rescues via Mobile Mutts!). If he’s not relaxing with them at home, he can be found recording music at his studio. Sometimes Brody comes along too! :)
Brad Lee, walker
Brad was raised in Greensburg, PA in a household full of animals - cats, dogs, birds, fish, rabbits, hamsters and various reptiles. He even helped his veterinary assistant mother care for sick animals from time to time. After relocating to New York City in 1999, Brad earned his income running various video stores and cafes. Eventually he grew weary of the retail grind and decided to put his love of animals to good use.
Music is also a huge part of Brad's life, as he DJ's around the city and compulsively keeps himself up-to-date on the latest genres and trends. He loves going to shows, especially if it's to support one of his many musically talented friends.
Currently residing in Bushwick, Brad spends his free time playing an inordinate amount of Scrabble, following his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, and keeping his cats Mingus and Monkey out of trouble.
Alex Trosin, walker
Alex moved to the USA from the Ukraine as a young child, landing in New York with his parents, sister, and cat Bonya (the first).
Growing up he learned about loss and finding new love with the transition from Bonya to Bonya (the second). Now he lives in Brooklyn with his fiancé and daschund, Zelda. Along with a tank full of fish, a spotted leopard gecko and Smokey and Boo-boo, two dogs who live up to their bear sized names.
Alex is a writer and avid gamer who likes to spend time with his family over home cooked food or go out hiking with his friends.
Batya Goldberg, walker
Batya grew up surrounded by many pets and a family of pet lovers in Chicago, Il. As a kid Batya was the family caretaker of turtles, salamanders, multiple cats and a lovely dog!
She moved to NYC in 2002 and now is the proud mama of two street kitties, Nutmeg and Potato Face, who enjoy sleeping on her head. She looks forward to meeting your pets!
Glenn Friedel, walker
Glenn was born in New York City. He grew up in the Washington, D.C. Area. He received his BA in Radio/Television from George Washington University. In 2000 he took his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Electronic Media from the American University. He has made a feature film, "Underdogs", which won several awards playing in multiple film festivals worldwide. In graduate school, Glenn became somewhat frustrated with the lengthy process of filmmaking. As he progressed through the program he increasingly focused on photography as a way to execute his ideas more rapidly. With unbridled enthusiasm he has spent nearly a decade working towards perfecting his style. Besides working as an artist, Glenn worked as a graphic designer in Virginia and taught photography and digital imaging classes at area colleges and universities from 2000 to 2006.
In the fall of 2006 Glenn moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue his artistic endeavors full time. His first NYC solo show was at KFMK in Chelsea in December 2006. Among the many galleries and collectors that own his work, Glenn has sold art for public view at the Hotel 718 in Brooklyn, The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and several pieces for the set design of the national TV show Army Wives.
Glenn has been walking dogs for many years and loves his time outside with the pups (and kitties!). He loves all his Brooklyn pup pals!
Dan Martinez, walker
Dan grew up in a small town in the mountains of Puerto Rico surrounded by nature and animals. His animal friends ranged from cats and dogs to chickens, goats and sheep. He always showed a great interest in animals and developed a strong passion for them.
Dan moved to New York in 2011 to study Jazz Performance and to further his musical career. Since moving to the city he has always missed his pets and having them around. Walking dogs helped him to bring back that connection. On his free time he enjoys reading and playing the bass.
Andres Ferreras, walker
Andres grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His family had a farm, so he was surrounded with horses, cows, cats, dogs and chickens for all of his early life. It was here that Andres developed a love for animals and nature. Andres moved to NY to further his musical career as a composer and can be found playing around NY with his group Sr Langosta. Missing his own pets, Andres loves walking pups and getting to interact with all animals in the city.
Casey Moore, walker
Originally from Binghamton, NY, Casey grew up surrounded by ferrets, and spent her summers volunteering at the zoo. She moved to New York in 2009, and has been living in Astoria ever since, with two large rescue cats who have so many nicknames she can barely remember their real names.
In her free time, Casey likes reading books that her former lit professors would hate, being terrible at video games, and slowly getting all of her cat-owning friends to say, "I swear, s/he only does that when you're around."
Chuck Kaslow, walker
Chuck was born in the far off land (or quick train ride) of suburban New Jersey. He grew up in a household with goldfish, a parakeet, ducks, a chameleon, toads, hamsters/gerbils/guinea pigs, and a black cat. Chuck discovered his love of walking dogs at a young age, taking care of pups for his family and neighbors. His childhood was filled with art and outdoors, as well as hours watching cartoons. Eventually he left NJ for the City of Brotherly Love to study film and animation.
After college, Chuck moved to Brooklyn with his rabbit sidekick, Booster, to pursue an artistic career. In his time interning at an animation studio and being your average barista, he’s become an aspiring children’s book illustrator/author. When not walking dogs or drawing silly creations, he can be found either skating the streets or hidden away in record or bookstores.
Bengey Asse, walker
Bengey is Haitian American. He's a native New Yorker born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, and is currently living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Bengey received his Bachelor's Degree in Arts/Acting at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2006. He worked professionally with Theatre West Virginia on the Apple Tree Tour in 2008.
Bengey grew up with both cats and dogs. He currently has a rescue cat named "Baby-cakes". He is an all around animal lover and is thrilled to be part of the Mobile Mutts team.
When Bengey is not walking dogs and cat sitting, you can find him DJ-ing in the Williamsburg and Greenpoint area. Bengey is a great dancer as well. He dances and entertains at bar/bat mitzvahs for Shine Events. And he can do Michael Jackson dance moves on the spot! ;)
Ruth Barabe, walker
Ruth is originally from Chicago, Illinois. With an animal loving family (including a sister who would grow up to be a zoo keeper), Ruth developed a connection to pets and their care at an early age. She began freelancing as a dog and cat sitter at 20 and has been now working in professional pet care for 9 years.
Aside from walking and cuddling with pets, Ruth is an avid cook, eagerly seeking out new culinary challenges. She enjoys the great outdoors, and can often be found jogging or exploring one of NYs many beautiful parks. A lover of the arts and literature, she loves to unwind by playing her guitar, reading, or writing fiction.
Brian Flescher, walker
Brian has always enjoyed pups and music above all else. Brian graduated from The Juilliard School in 2009 and has been pursuing a career as a classical percussionist/timpanist ever since. In 2016, Brian moved back to NYC following work abroad, where he was playing with various orchestras. In his spare time Brian enjoys meditation, yoga, and riding his bicycle around town. He's very excited to be joining the Mobile Mutts team!
Syd Short, walker
Syd, a New York City native, was raised in an apartment building where cats and dogs were not allowed, but as an animal lover she made up for it by doting on each individual ant in her treasured ant farm. Growing up, she considered becoming a zoo keeper, but ended up deciding that she'd like to work in Hollywood. After graduating from film school in 2011 she tried to work in the entertainment industry, only to realize that there was nothing she'd like to do more than follow her childhood dream of working with animals. Now that Syd is a dog walker, she couldn't be happier.
When she's not walking dogs, Syd likes to cook, spend time with her family, watch movies, and work on her embroidery projects. Syd loves the summer, and on warm days you're likely to find her at Coney Island, either riding The Cyclone, taking in a minor league baseball game, or with her toes in the sand.
Joe McDonough, walker
Joe grew up with three dogs (Rosemary, Maize, and Ella), and freelanced as a pet-sitter in North Carolina before moving to New York. He has years of animal care experience through Mobile Mutts, all while pursuing creative interests in the city.
Joe is a drummer, fiction writer, comedian, and visual artist, his work can be viewed at www.joemcdonough.net
Gianna Meola, walker
Gianna grew up in the North Country area of New York, where she had many dogs and cats and lived walking distance to farms and nature trails that she would often visit. It seems there is a family tradition of adopting stray or recently homeless pets and she could not be happier with the characters who have followed her home.
She went to school for illustration, first at École Parsons à Paris and later at SVA. When she’s not spending time with some fabulous pups she’s making comics and t-shirts, skiing, or traveling.
Gustavo Rodriguez, walker
Gustavo comes from a small town in Puerto Rico where he grew up. From a young age he had love, compassion and care for every animal he came in contact with. After finishing high school he went to the University of Puerto Rico to study Political Science. While in college he helped every dog or cat he saw in need. In Puerto Rico this is a problem with abandoned animals and Gustavo worked to find them homes.
Gustavo moved from Puerto Rico looking for new adventures and what better than walking the pups and taking care of the kitties in Brooklyn.
Sean Doyle, walker
Sean was born in Brooklyn and went to high school and college in Arizona. His mother was apt to bring home stray animals, and Sean spent a lot of his life caring for cats and dogs who were abandoned or lost. Sean has been a sailor and a musician and a volunteer firefighter and an advocate for the homeless and a barista and many other things in his life, but none of those things compare to the time he was able to spend with his late rescue pit, Gracie. Sean is looking forward to loving your pets.
Austin Keultjes, walker
Austin is from Indiana and was lucky enough to receive a best friend for his 11th birthday - a cock-a-poo named Charlie who never left his side - even on bike rides.
He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied animation. After college he traveled the world performing electronic music and eventually landed in Bushwick NY where he lives with his Chihuahua, Buddy, animating and making music together.
Sannella Rodriguez, walker
Sannella grew up in Brooklyn. She has always had a love for all animals and has always cared for cats, dogs, rabbits, and many other kinds of pets. Growing up she always knew she wanted to work with animals. Sannella lives an active lifestyle skateboarding and bike riding and loves being outdoors, so she knew dog walking would be the right path for her.
When Sannella isn’t walking dogs she freelances in many creative fields, but mostly she works on photography, filming, and digital illustrations. She is also cat mom to her mischievous but sweet black cat named Azrael.
Stephanie Gonzales, walker
Stephanie grew up in Las Vegas, NV where she attained a degree in Commercial Photography. Much of her childhood was spent on her Granny's farm where she helped take care of horses, geese, ducks, chickens, the occasional goat, and of course cats and dogs. Having been raised by a long line of animal lovers, she couldn't help but become one herself.
She moved to Brooklyn in August 2013 with her boyfriend Dino and their sweet kitty Wilson, along with their goldfish Lucky, who they found on the subway. Most of her days in New York are spent exploring, taking pictures of strangers, and in an ongoing search for the perfect burrito. She also enjoys french fries, sunsets, playing guitar, going to shows, water coloring, and pen paling.
Ben Miller, walker
Ben comes from the Wisconsin North woods and a brief stay in Nashville, TN. He grew up with a tan cocker spaniel named Peanut and a farm cat named Promise. In time, he began to move for school and jobs, but always found himself surrounded by friends and roommates with other pets in need of some extra love!
Ben loves living in Brooklyn and can usually be found exploring the city for photography once the sun goes down.
Maddi Arriola, walker
Madeline grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah surrounded by a zoo of foster cats, big dumb dogs, a few birds and a passing rabbit. Excited to be a part of the Mobile Mutts team, Madeline can't wait to get to know every pet's individual quirks. She has always loved the challenge of earning the trust of even the most stubborn dogs and cats, usually with extreme patience and lots of treats. She feels on top of the world when a particularly difficult pet imparts affection on her. When she isn't wiping dog slobber off her face, you can find Madeline listening to a podcast about dogs, drinking oolong tea gongfu style and cooking a delicious meal.
Cortnie Bird, walker
Cortnie was born in a very small town in Kansas, but soon after moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Growing up, her family always had an assortment of family pets, ranging from hampsters and dogs to beta fish and salamanders. In 2009, after 25 years in the desert, she decided to head to east to find out what the snow and freezing cold felt like.
When she's not spending time hanging out with pups, Cortnie enjoys fishing in Jersey, reading anything about history, playing guitar and watching way too much Bob's Burgers. She also loves to travel, anywhere and everywhere she has the chance to go!
Gloria Floyd, walker
Gloria grew up in New York in the Bronx where as a child she had a very reserved miniature poodle named Princess and a super energetic cat named Blue. They balanced her off purrfectly! As a very young child she spent lots of time with family in Pennsylvania who had two large labs. Growing up with pets inspired Gloria to make pet care her career and she has gained lots of experience over the years working both personally and professionally with animals.
Gloria currently has two cats, Chester and Connie; a turtle named Franklin, and an aquarium full of fish. In her spare time Gloria likes to make art, create cosplay costumes, read, walk nature trails with her R.C. truck, play video games, or just cuddle with her cats and watch her favorite tv shows.
Pablo Roman, walker
Pablo was born and raised in New York, then spent time moving around and raising dogs of all breeds between Miami, Colombia, and finally Chicago, where he walked dogs for years and is where he fell in love with his beautiful and fun loving brindle pit bull-great dane mix 8 years ago before coming back home to Brooklyn.
Pablo likes to spend his free time researching music, focusing on creative endeavors, and establishing a relationship within his community. After spending years in customer service and retail, he realized that surrounding himself with and caring for animals is his calling and is happy to befriend all of the different dogs and cats of New York City.
Kendall Eddy, walker
Kendall is an artist and musician residing in the south of Brooklyn. He has worn many hats in his professional life, from bassist to office manager, freelance writer to illustrator, music teacher to college writing tutor, and is now excited to be a part of the Mobile Mutts team. Kendall loves dogs, and looks forward to having the time, space and energy to take care of his own furry pals. Until then he continues to spend his spare time making things that weren’t there before, and working on getting people to notice.
Devon Mason, walker
Devon grew up in central New Jersey with pets of all kinds-- birds, reptiles, a shih tzu, a beagle, fish, and a hamster (as well as briefly caring for a pair of baby squirrels).
She studied biomedical engineering and math at Rutgers and hopes to continue her education as a transfer student.
When she's not going on adventures with furbabies, she's playing sloppy guitar, listening to podcasts, learning languages, and crocheting.
Danielle O'Flynn, walker
Danielle grew up in upstate New York. After attending Bard College, she moved to Brooklyn in 2001 and has been in love with the city ever since. Danielle likes going out to see live music around the city, and while at home she enjoys spending time cooking and baking.
Danielle has always been an avid animal lover, and grew up around an assortment of rescue dogs and cats. She has always been involved in volunteering for local shelters and rescue group, and is an advocate for rescue and rehabilitation of dogs.
Danielle lives in Bushwick with her husband and they have 2 rescue dogs and 4 rescue cats (their kids for now). Working with animals has always been a part of Danielle's life, and will forever be a passion of hers.
Leslie Fuentes, walker
Leslie has lived in New York all her life, but dreams of eventually relocating to sunny California. You can find Leslie scooting around Williamsburg or Chinatown skate park, or fishing in Prospect Park. She loves adventure, drawing cartoons, and reading comics. She has a pet poodle named Copi who lives with her mom, who is a bit more of a sibling than a pet (and in general she views all pups and kitties as furry little brothers and sisters). She loves all those who bark and purr!
Leslie is working on her nursing degree through CUNY.
Dave Zakarian, walker
David was born in Yerevan, Armenia. After graduating from the Yerevan State Conservatory, he moved to New York to make music. He has performed at places like Jazz at Lincoln Center, his old apartment’s kitchen, and many others.
He is the proud father of his dog-son Larry and sarcastic cat Dazy.
In his spare time he likes to chase his tail, make sounds on his saxophone, and read.
Matthew Hughes, walker
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Matthew grew up in a big house with a big German Shepard, who ruled over just about every other kind of pet a family can own over the years. He misses the desert, mostly because just about everyone has a dog out there. Happily, he's an experienced professional walker here in NYC, so he has plenty of furry friends on the east coast now too.
At home, he and his girlfriend have a diabolical genius of a cat. If you hear something crash to the floor, someone probably thinks he hasn't gotten enough pets lately.
When not walking dogs, he loves movies, books, and music, does yoga, and bikes all over the city every day.
Tak Yiu Tong, walker
Tak has 12 years of experience caring for dogs. He started working as a dog walker since his second year of high school. Tak used to take care of different animals back in his country. He lived with 5 puppies, 3 dogs, and 1 cat when he was young. He loves to run with dogs and loves to play with cats. Tak also has a lot of experience with senior, rescued, and disabled dogs. He takes good care of the animals and pays attention to their moods and needs.
Tak loves all animals, especially dogs and cats. He is comfortable with all breeds and sizes. Tak loves to walk and can walk dogs all day for fun! He has gone on many adventures searching for stray animal hideouts on the streets. He knows many different places that the dogs and cats would hang out in.
Tak used to play with animals at the ASPCA. He learned to administer oral medication to dogs and cats. He can also handle injections for cats. Providing daily exercise for high-energy dogs is easy for Tak because he really loves to walk.
In his free time, Tak enjoys art and making sculptures. He appreciates New York's creative features and the opportunities being here gives him and his artistic pursuits in the future.
Ari Lyras, walker
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ari is quite familiar with it's vastly differing neighborhoods. He has had dogs in his household for most of his life which taught him to recognize their many varying personality traits. Ari currently owns a 3 year old Bull Mastiff named Nala and a 5 year old chihuahua/terrier mix named Loki... quite the combo!
On his down time Ari is an avid cinephile, enjoying the hottest blockbusters as well as going back and watching black and white classics.
Kat Rogers, walker
Kat moved back to New York City after a 2 and 1/2 year stint in a Zen Buddhist monastery. Having grown up with more dogs than people, she is naturally in love with them and can’t believe she got so lucky to have a job like this.
In her spare time, she dances, sings, and tries to befriend the dog often tied up outside her CVS. She graduated from NYU with a degree in Acting and constantly runs into people she knows on the street. She has worked professionally and personally with animals for most of her life.