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.
Chrissy O’Toole, manager
Chrissy O'Toole first came to New York in 2009, by way of Pittsburgh. She grew up with dogs, kitties, hamsters, mice and a snake. She spent some time travelling, some time at NYU and some time in restaurants before coming to Mobile Mutts. After walking pups for a couple years in Carroll Gardens/Gowanus she moved into the manager position.
She lives in Ridgewood with her 4-toothed, 4.7 lb senior chihuahua Gertrude, who comes with her just about everywhere, including to the office every day :) Gertrude happily snoozes in her backpack while Chrissy bikes or rides the subway! She also has 2 cats who have never heard of the concept of boundaries: Sonny the chunk and Pepper the regal waif. When she's not caring for her own or others' animals she enjoys biking, reading, and crafting.
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.
Reisha Cadelina, manager
Reisha was born and raised in Queens and spent her childhood caring for birds, fish, hamsters, and rabbits at home. She is a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo and prior to dog-walking she taught classes of all ages for over seven years, helping others develop self-discipline and self-confidence--and sweet martial arts skills, of course.
Reisha has a strong passion for singing and songwriting. She graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in Music and has performed in various venues all over New York City. She currently lives with her chatty cat Bear who wishes she was home all the time and her hamster Zoolander who was born with a slight head tilt so he's always looking left. She also shares the house with two roommates and a Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher mix named Canela. Reisha has been surrounded by animals and music her entire life, and she could never imagine a life without either one.
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.
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.
Kayla Poirier, walker
Kayla Poirier has been an animal lover for her whole life. She moved to NY from Ohio where she lived with many creatures which she called her own (cats, dogs, fish, and a snake) and is excited to meet lots of new animal friends!
Kayla is an artist of many trades, as well as a singer, dancer, and a vegetarian. Kayla has an avid interest in sign language and can be found studying and teaching in this field when she is not out walking pups.
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.
JD Maney, walker
JD grew up in Tampa, Florida in a household with dogs, cats, hamsters, and other various critters. After graduating Player's School of Music in 2016, he moved to the New York area with his band to further his musical career.
Working in doggy daycares the majority of his early twenties, JD has developed a strong passion for caring for our most beloved canine friends.
When he’s not playing bass or out gigging in manhattan, JD can usually be found reading a good book or cuddling with his huskies.
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.
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.
Melissa Schwartz, walker
Melissa is from a small town in central Missouri. Growing up she always loved spending time with animals, and found ways to pursue this passion throughout her teen years and now in her professional career. While residing in Missouri, she worked in the fashion industry, and would host an annual fashion show to promote pet adoption. Her and her family also rescued a dachshund that has now been part of their family for 12 years!
Melissa has been living in NYC for 3 year now, and has become an active part of the Brooklyn community. Melissa provided quality freelance pet care while completing her Music Performance and Education degree, and has found a way to establish herself as both a pet care professional and musician.
Dominique Caban, walker
Dominique grew up in New York City the majority of her life. From a young age she adored her cats, and when she got older she was finally allowed to have a dog. Being an animal lover has been an integral part of her life and is a large reason why she is vegan.
She graduated from The School of Visual Arts where she studied photography. She is now a mom to a vivacious three year old whom she adores. Her days are spent between enjoying the precious moments with her young daughter, going on adventures together, and spending time with the wonderful fur children of Mobile Mutts.
Her fur babies include two ginormous rescue cats named Jesse and Jemma. Jesse is part dog and Jemma is seriously part Scarlett O’Hara. And a crowntail betta fish named Bluefish (named by her daughter, and yes he is blue :D )
Coleman Spilde, walker
Coleman grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota and made the big move to New York in 2013 to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. Growing up, he had a yellow lab named Bella and a cat named Lily and he loves getting to go home to the midwest now and again to see them. Coleman is a huge lover of animals and has freelanced as a pet sitter/walker prior to landing at Mobile Mutts!
When he's not spending time with animals, Coleman loves to create. But since he can only draw stick figures, he mostly sticks to writing and filmmaking. If he's got writer's block he can be found binging a series that he's already seen more than twice or probably carrying a pizza home. He loves to stay active and enjoys that running gives him a chance to take in the nature within the big city.
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.
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.
Jacklyn Knutson, walker
Jacklyn moved to Brooklyn to follow her love of theater and art. She was born and raised in the "big city" of Saint Paul, Minnesota with all her family and their pets -- a miniature Schnauzer named Pepper and Dottie the Shih Tzu. These animals were much smaller than the beef cattle her father bred and the hogs her mother raised as children! Jacklyn left Minnesota for college in the far away land of California. After a couple years in San Francisco, she made the leap to the opposite coast.
When not walking the cute dogs of Brooklyn, Jacklyn enjoys voice-over acting, yoga, and improv comedy, as well as recent experiments with screen printing. She loves being active and outside, especially in the sun. But this Midwesterner gets by in all types of weather -- hot and humid, rainy days, and the frigid cold. And she loves spending her days in Brooklyn with the best pets around!
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."
Sandy Rivera, walker
Sandy Rivera was born and raised in Jamaica, Queens. While growing up her 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, chased pigs, and feed the 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.
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.
Naftali Ehrenkranz, walker
Naftali, or Naf as some call him, grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts with a dog, a hermit crab, a rabbit, and many cats and siblings.
After graduating NYU in 2017, Naftali decided to stay in New York to hone his writing and pet as many city dogs as humanly possible.
When he’s not walking dogs or sitting cats, Naftali can be found going to the movies, hiking somewhere upstate, or pretending to work on his script in a small cafe.
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.
Yhalina Miller, walker
Yhalina grew up in Brooklyn and is proud to call the borough home! Her mom would constantly bring in stray animals growing up, so she's very used to meeting new animals!
Yhalina has been working with animals for 3 years and is currently attending Mercy College where she's working on a degree in veterinary technology. Her hobbies include lounging with her dog Cupcake and playing the guitar.
Jennifer Sherrill, walker
Jennifer was raised in Sedona, AZ and grew up among a plethora of animals, including ferrets, exotic birds, fish, hamsters, gerbils and rats. Closest to their heart were the dogs they shared the house with: Cowboy, Rover, Dusty, Deacon, Bonnet, Noelle, Harley, Brody, Buddy and Ebby. Since childhood, Jennifer has had a special and loving relationship with dogs.
Jennifer moved to New York at 17 and spent one lonely year in student housing without a pup before adopting a Pekingese prince named Nikolai. Most recently, they added PJ (pictured), a sweet and friendly mixed-breed rescue, to the family. At home, PJ likes to pretend to be their pillow, which is how he stops them from doing sit-ups.
Jennifer is so honored to get to care for your most precious friends. They consider it a privilege.
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.
Dean Hottum, walker
Dean was born and raised in upstate New York where he was surrounded by animals every day. Dogs were always around to keep him company while tending to chickens, ducks, cows, a rabbit named Ginny, and a horse named Tiffany. After finishing business school, Dean traveled the world working on farms and ranches from Alaska to New Zealand, working with a ton of different animals.
He now lives in Bushwick with his cat, Hippo and is always plotting his next adventure.
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.
Vanessa Gamelin, walker
Vanessa was raised in North Branch, Minnesota, a small town near the border of Wisconsin. Family life always included at least a dog and a cat, most of them adopted from shelters, and included such characters as Moose, Buddy, Gandalf, Mooch, Tuffy, Charlie, Fred, Egypt, Jack, Sam, Bailey, Toby, Max, Big Boy, Pirate, Snuggly, Cloudy, Ernie, Cartman, Luna and a few others… In grade school, her best friend in the world was an orange and white tabby cat named George. He had a perfectly striped raccoon tail, dark orange eyes that matched the rest of him, and a way of standing perfectly atop her shoulders while being very careful not to scratch.
Vanessa has always had an interest in art and animals, trying to decide between a career as a vet or a photographer. Her interest in photography grew from taking pictures of her dogs and cats to photographing urban and rural landscapes. In 2012, she graduated with a BA in Art, with an emphasis in photography and ceramics. From there she took a detour into the Navy’s Officer Candidate School, deemed it not for her, and wound up in Brooklyn in July of 2014 to start brand new adventures. Her not-too-distant future goals include getting her fine art photography restarted, traveling the world one savings plan at a time, and adopting a Great Dane.
Ben Miller, walker
Ben comes us 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.
Luis Rodriguez, walker
Luis has been working in the animal field for 9 years and has been an owner and animal lover from a very young age. He has a long hair Chihuahua mixed with a mini gray hound. She's full of energy and loves long walks by the pier in lower Manhattan.
When not working he loves taking his 8-yr-old daughter out to museums and parks to make new friends. When not out and about with his daughter, he's with his pup, who's name is Cinnamon. She keeps him active even on days when he may just want to sit back and relax but he wouldn't want it any other way!
Nancy JiKousholt, walker
Nancy, having grown up with two cats, is a big believer that a love of cats and dogs are not mutually exclusive! She's an avid puppy admirer and enjoys taking trips to Prospect Park to admire them from afar. And also volunteers to walk pups in shelter whenever she can. In her free time she roams art galleries, museums, and reads a good book or two.
After graduating high school in Hong Kong, Nancy went to study fine art at The Florence Academy of Art, where she met her husband. They eventually decided to land in Brooklyn and love it!
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.
Caskey Dyer, walker
Caskey was born and raised right outside of Atlanta, GA, where two things remained constant: their family’s address and the presence of dogs. Their family never had fewer than two dogs at a time, and Caskey is eternally grateful to those pups for their love and companionship throughout all the trials of awkward adolescence. Caskey dearly misses the family’s two current dogs, Stella (who they picked up off the rough-and-tumble streets of sleepy South Georgia), and Roonie, who is a torpedo with legs and a tail. They also miss their college cat, Bear, who is a big goofball.
Caskey went to the University of Georgia to study International Affairs, and at the first opportunity hightailed it away from the Southeast and set a course for Brooklyn. They love writing, music, telling a good story, defending y’all as a useful pronoun, and learning street names - however slowly.
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.
Sara Shahi, walker
Sara was born and raised in Seattle, Washington but has been living in NYC for over 12 years. She is a first generation Iranian American who speaks Farsi. She grew up with an American Eskimo dog named Snoopy who she loved dearly and has owned a few cats and dogs throughout her life. She is a musician/songwriter who sings and plays guitar and keyboards. Starting out in a couple bands in Seattle she formed a project in 2009 called Natureboy which has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe.
She has worked as a bartender, barista, Lyft driver, bike messenger, and at one point was an Administrative Assistant at NYU. She currently lives in Bushwick and is writing her fourth record.
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.
VJ Barrick, walker
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. 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 personal affairs are all managed by her big Russian blue cat, Zonin. When she's not walking dogs, she is doing freelance social media work. She enjoys the act of fixing broken things, and is an avid reader, balcony gardener, and sound sleeper.
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.
Sara Kerekhazi, walker
Sara grew up in a Floridian coast town, surrounded by nature. Her fascination with animals (especially dogs) prompted her and her family to take in abandoned dogs in a town with an overpopulated no-kill shelter.
Since moving to New York in high school, she has dreamed of hanging out and playing with dogs for a living. Sara aspires to become a veterinary technician in order to help as many animals in need as she can.
Jason Collins, walker
Jason was born in California and was raised in Idaho. He grew up with cats and dogs. Jason discovered his love of walking dogs at a young age, taking care of them for his family and neighbors. Eventually he left Idaho to go into the army.
After the army, Jason was hired as a state trooper in Idaho where he worked for five years. Discovering his dream of screen writing, Jason moved back to California. There he met an actress who he later married and they both moved to Brooklyn so they both can pursue their creative endeavors. When not walking dogs, Jason can be found either walking the streets of New York with his wife or writing.
Ben Wagner, walker
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Ben grew up in a house with various animals including dogs, cats, birds and reptiles.
He first moved to NY to attend The Collective School of Music, focusing on performance. After moving back to Pittsburgh to drum for various bands, he brought his talents back to NYC.
Currently living in Bed-Stuy, Ben has been hard at work writing and recording music for his solo project.
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.