About Us

Dogs Deserve It LLC® was formed in response to the pressing need for qualified dog walkers and pet care providers in the Chicagoland area.

Owner, Lauren Pietrocarlo, identified some shortcomings in the present dog walking industry and decided to address the issues. A dog lover herself, Lauren was aware of the importance of the daily walk to the health and well being of her pet. She became determined to create a service that would maximize its potential.

Lauren worked with a well-respected trainer to learn the proper way to walk a dog, the way to introduce and reinforce positive canine behavior during this daily routine. Clients benefit from this special attention to on-leash etiquette. DDI dogs are not aimlessly paraded through city streets. Instead, their walk becomes purposeful and engaging.

In addition, pet CPR certification is required for all DDI walkers.

Pietrocarlo left the corporate world to share her long-time passion for dogs. She is now using her communications and public relations experience to bring a fresh, professional, accountable perspective to the world of pet care.

We Believe Dogs Deserve

Committed, loving owners who make their dogs a top priority

Plenty of exercise to promote health & well being

Adequate training & appropriate discipline

Respect, companionship, comfort & affection

Social stimulation & interaction to engage with the world

Good nutrition, adequate medical care, safe shelter

our difference

Leash Etiquette

So, what dog doesn’t love to go for a walk? For the most part, both owner and pet look forward to this “together” time. However, does the excitement sometimes turn into a battle for power? Does your dog pull on the leash and walk you, instead of you walking him?

At Dogs Deserve It®, we provide direction to reverse this frustrating behavior. Whether your dog is a puppy or a more mature dog, rest assured that this negative on-leash behavior can almost always be corrected.

Our walkers have comprehensive training in DDI leash etiquette® skills. We will implement simple and easy techniques so that your dog will walk better on the leash. All of our techniques are force-free and may involve the use of specific leashes and collars. The Deserving Dog Etiquette® option is not a requirement.

Walker Tracking

We know that it takes a “leap of faith” to allow access to your home. We respect your trust and will not abuse the privilege.

DDI offers state of the art GPS walker tracking and Dogs Deserve It pedometers.

You receive an email as soon as the walk starts and ends, along with a GPS tracked map of the walk. Our service provides more than the typical, daily anecdotal report regarding your dog’s output. We will provide a detailed daily adventure calendar to personalize your pet’s experience, including a daily manners evaluation.

We are also proud to partner with Nest, an indoor security camera used for child or dog monitoring. We believe that Nest is a natural addition to our walker tracking services. We also provide Musher’s Secret Paw Wax to all clients free of charge. As always, Dogs Deserve It is committed to providing you with the most innovative and reliable pet care service!

our team

Lauren

President / Owner

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Lauren

President / Owner

Lauren Pietrocarlo left the corporate world to share her long-time passion for dogs. She is now using her communications and public relations experience to bring a fresh, professional, and accountable perspective to the world of pet care.

Kaitlin

Vice-President

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Kaitlin

Vice-President

Kaitlin Bishop joins the DDI team as a (passionate) lifelong dog lover and long time client of Dogs Deserve It. Kaitlin brings with her a background in the arts, non-profit management, and financial regulatory compliance. When she's not working to offer clients & their pets the best pet care in Chicago, she can be found in the office of Bark Pouch, a revolutionary dog treat company she co-owns with Ms. Pietrocarlo and Brandi Barker, running after her maniac sons, Rocky & Mickey, or walking/jogging/snuggling/training/smooching her Argentine Dogo (and one true love), Jax. Kaitlin is incredibly excited to be joining the very team that has brought such professionalism, commitment, and peace of mind to her life and more importantly the life of her 4-legged family.

Danielle

General Manager

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Danielle

General Manager

“I've been an animal person since I can remember.  My  grandparents owned a kennel, growing up I worked there during the summers, meeting all kinds of dogs, cats and the occasional lizard! I guess you could say being an animal lover was in my blood. We always had a family dog, and several barn cats! When I met my dog, Havok he was only 6 months old, I immediately did my research on training, a good diet, everything! Raising and training a puppy has taught me a lot,  I try to bring all the knowledge of my own experiences into my work. Every dog is different though and learning the personality of a dog and their unique "quirks" is one of my favorite things about dog walking! I try to use these special differences to customize my approach to our daily walks, always thinking of the dog and it's individual needs first.”

Jasmin

Scheduling Manager

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Jasmin

Scheduling Manager

Jasmin M. De La Cerda is from Kerrville, Texas; raised on fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants, and a lot of jalapenos. She decided to take on the big city and moved to Chicago in 2010, earning her BFA for Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Though she had to leave her pets behind, she has a soft spot for all animals, especially dogs. When she is not working for DDI, she is either at her favorite diner, drinking the best Chicago coffee or planning another camping trip. Jasmin is our Scheduling Manager on our in-office management team!

Daniel

New Client Manager

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Daniel

New Client Manager

Daniel joined the DDI team in 2015 and we are so happy to have him as our New Client Manager. He grew up in rural Illinois surrounded by friends, dogs and friends' dogs. Now he lives in Chicago with his wife Kelsey and his dog Sandy. Daniel studied music and business management in college. In his free time you can usually find Daniel making or listening to music.

Sam

Operations Manager

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Sam

Operations Manager

Born and raised in Kansas with a later move to Wisconsin, Sam headed to Chicago for the hot dogs and stuck around for the real ones. He loves spending time with dogs because of their ability to love through compassion and loyalty. In college, Sam studied Spanish and Photography, but also enjoys hobbies like riding/working on bikes, crosswords, camping, and jogging the lakefront. A big lover of the classic Golden Retriever, Sam loves getting to bond with your dogs while he waits to get one of his own.

We are so happy to have Sam as part of our in-office management team as Operations Manager!

Darian

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

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Darian

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

Darian is one of DDI's On-Call Managers and Dog Walkers. She's currently studying Theater at Columbia College, and loves dog walking because "I love meeting all the pups, who doesn't love a slobbery kiss from a furry creature??" Darian has the cutest pomeranian ever named Wybie who just turned 3, and a chocolate lab named Daisy at home, and enjoys dance, acting and playing soccer when she's not working for DDI! 

Masalah

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

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Masalah

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

Masalah recently graduated from Columbia College after studying film. He currently has a snake named Indiana, a dog named Appa, and a fish named Chanel, and loves pomeranians and baby Frenchies. Masalah's favorite part of working for DDI is "Getting to hang out with all my friends everyday. Or maybe the kisses. And having someone to tell all my secrets to!" Masalah has recently joined our team of DDI's On-Call Managers!

Daniella

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

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Daniella

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

Since I  was small I always knew animals were number one in my life. There was never a moment in my life when a four legged friend was not part of it. Animals, mostly mans best friend, helped me when I had fragile health, now it's my turn to return the favor. When I'm not walking a new friend I'm usually  found studying, painting, or at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Being a dog walker has allowed me to really learn how to bond with all kinds of pups, cats, and fellow animal lovers. I wouldn't trade this awesome experience for anything. Proud adoptive mom of shy Chloe (Italian grey hound), playful Cody (shih tzu), and last but never least little Eevee (kitten).

Brenna

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

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Brenna

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

I've always lived here. I've decided to stay because I love Chicago. I love the seasons and the way the weather is always changing. I love the trains, mainly the Brown Line. I love that if I wanted to, I could walk over to Wrigley Field or the Lake or jump on the train and be downtown within the hour. The theater scene is great. My family's pretty cool too. I like them. I'm a little biased but my favorite would have to be golden retrievers. Close second is every other breed. I had a lovely golden retriever for 12 glorious years. Her name was Buttercup and she was the best doggie a girl could ask for. She is missed every day. I am currently trying to learn how to juggle.

Jerrel

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

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Jerrel

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

Jerrel is a Chicago native who loves photography, film, and creating music. He's owned two dogs and one cat so far in life, and loves all dogs no matter the breed! Soon he'll be attending school at DePaul to study digital cinema. Keep your eye out for his talented work!

Mike

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

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Mike

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

I strongly believe in doing what you love. I moved from Kansas City to Chicago three years ago for a girl. Now, We live in Ravenswood, I spend my free time learning new tricks on my longboard, skating around the city and playing with the neighbors' dogs! I love working at DDI because it combines my passions of helping others through improving their quality of life, staying active, and playing with dogs!

Joe C

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

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Joe C

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

Joe started at Dogs Deserve It in January of 2016, and right away knew this was a special job. Joe, a southsider from Palos Heights, quickly fell in love with walking in the city, and most of all, the wonderful dogs he walks every day. It came easy for Joe since he's had a golden retriever, Jack, for 10 years, and a black lab before him, Major, for 13. He's been around dogs his entire life and feels a special connection to them. For fun, Joe enjoys playing guitar and piano, and going on spontaneous road trips. He's blessed to have such a great job - hanging out with dogs all day, it really doesn't get much better.

Angelo

Dog Walker

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Angelo

Dog Walker

Angelo was born and raised in Rogers Park, Chicago. His passion to work with animals and his desire to make new furry friends brought him to the dog walking world. He currently owns a cat and two chihuahuas, though he cites Huskies have his heart. When not working, Angelo likes to spend his down time biking and drawing.

Angelica

Dog Walker

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Angelica

Dog Walker

Angelica is an Arts Management major at Columbia College who unfortunately had to leave her lifelong furry pals behind in Florida! She heard about DDI from a former walker and it was the perfect opportunity to mend the hurt in her heart from missing them. She was even gifted with her kitty pal Beans when he was rescued by a client! In her free time, Angelica loves to be in nature whether it be riding her bike, reading outdoors, hiking or fishing. "The best part about working with DDI is definitely the HUGS! I feel like I've been gifted with very huggable dogs and there's nothing like a good snuggle from your best friend!"

Jill

Dog Walker

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Jill

Dog Walker

After living with many dogs and suddenly living without them, Jill quickly realized how important dogs were to her and how she absolutely needed them in her life! Jill is from the Northwest side of Chicago and is a very talented musician and performer in the city. She has years of experience working as a dog walker and petsitting for friends, and she loves getting to know dogs' unique quirks! Being outside and getting exercise is also a definite plus for her. Throughout her life, Jill has had a bunny, an alley cat named Carl, and a hedgehog, and she loves Goldendoodles, Boxers, and English Bulldogs. When not walking dogs, performing, or working on music, Jill loves reading Theory and going on nature walks.

Charlie

Dog Walker

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Charlie

Dog Walker

Charlie is one of our walkers from Chicagoland who has been around dogs his whole life! His favorite part about the job is getting them out for some exercise! He went to Columbia College in Chicago where he majored in Broadcast/Journalism. He loves, running, biking, writing, reading, and traveling.

Angel

Dog Walker

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Angel

Dog Walker

Angel is from Chicago, IL, immersing himself in the music scene early in life. Besides booking gigs and creating new music, Angel also loves reading, writing, biking, along with other active hobbies. He found his way to DDI via a current employee. He grew up with many animals, including two dogs named Zorro & Beu. Currently, Angel co-owns three cats with his wife. Though he favors Labs and German Shepherds, he states, "I've never met a dog I didn't like." Angel is excited about meeting cool dogs and biking in the city!

Rachel

Dog Walker

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Rachel

Dog Walker

Rachel hails from Highland, IL, currently residing in Pilsen. She enjoys cycling, yoga, writing, photography, and traveling. She grew up with a Siberian cat named Felix, who was dubbed as, "the cuddliest cat ever." Rachel is down for any dog with a personality and is excited to enjoy the summer with awesome dogs!

Herbie

Dog Walker

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Herbie

Dog Walker

Herbie was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He has had experience caring for his friends' pets stating, "They are our best friends, who need our love." Herbie grew up with an eclectic  collection of animals from cats to fishes. His favorite dog breed is a Golden Retriever. In his spare time, he enjoys watching the Cubs/Bears games, taking long walks, and watching the newest movies. Herbie is looking forward to getting to know and walk new pups each day!

Joe K

Dog Walker

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Joe K

Dog Walker

Joe is an avid cyclist with a  range of other interests from cooking  to embroidery and art making. He also loves to camp and has a passion for activism and social work. He considers New Jersey his home but has lived in Chicago for nearly 15 years now, stating, “After visiting my older brother I fell in love and found a place I could thrive.” Though he does not own a dog at the moment, he lives and loves vicariously through interactions with his friends’ dogs and those he meets out in the world. Joe has experience working in a doggy daycare and loved meeting all types of dogs. He does think his friend’s dog, Akira (older Pit) is his favorite dog in the solar system! Currently, Joe is studying social work with the City Colleges system with an intent to transfer to a Master’s program; but in the meantime Joe looks forward to the excited greetings he will receive on this job!

Erin

Dog Walker

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Erin

Dog Walker

Erin is from Berkeley, IL and loves Chicago as it's the greatest city to live and explore in! Erin wanted to serve others through her passion for people AND her love for animals, thus she joined DDI. "There's nothing better than leaving all beings with happy hearts," says Erin. A lover of big dogs like Grean Danes and Newfoundlands, Erin has spent years fostering many different dogs before she adopted her own meatball-esque Bulldog! She's also had Golden Retrievers, Labs, Dachshunds, and has cared for family and friends' dogs frequently. Erin graduated from Elmhurst College with a degree in Communications, and she looks forward to making you and your dogs happy. "Spending time outside with furry friends is the best. :)"

Darius

Dog Walker

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Darius

Dog Walker

Darius was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, near Evergreen Park. He has worked as a dog groomer and loves building connections with dogs and having the ability to gain a deeper understanding of them. He loves Pitbulls and Rottweilers because they are two of the most misunderstood breeds. "Their great personalities as well as their strength are what really draws me to them." Darius currently owns a Beagle named Kalo. On his down time, he is quite the musician, playing the piano, drums, and guitar; as well as dabbling in drawing and painting. He looks forward to dog walking and spending time with the different types of breeds.

Sam S

Dog Walker

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Sam S

Dog Walker

Sam was born and raised in the Windy City. She graduated from JARC, a vocational trade school, with a degree in welding. When she is not with her pups she works on different welding projects, bikes, and eats as much pizza as she can get! Sam first heard about DDI from one of the office managers. With a volunteer background in animal care and a love for both canines and felines, she knew dog walking was the right fit! She even owns her own pup and super cute kitty! Her favorite part about being a dog walker is getting to see the cute smiles and tail wags. "I've gotten to know all my pups and their individual personalities! It's great to hang out with them everyday!"

Logan

Dog Walker

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Logan

Dog Walker

Logan made his way from beautiful Minnesota to the Windy City of Chicago to be with friends and to attend college. A simple love for dogs brought him to this job, but Huskies are definitely the cutest and most loyal dogs he's ever seen and are by far his favorite breed. In general he loves being a dog walker because it allows him to get to chill with all sorts of different dogs every day. Who wouldn't love that? Logan has a cat named Amun-Ra, a true Egyptian God of Cats, and Logan loves playing video games, Dungeons and Dragons, and essentially all things "nerd."

Melody

Dog Walker

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Melody

Dog Walker

Melody has always loved animals (especially dogs!) and has always wanted to work with them, so becoming a dog walker is the natural choice for her. Melody has been a pet care specialist with SIT Dog Walking in the past and is happy to join Dogs Deserve It's team of dog walkers as well! Melody has had dogs and cats most of her life, and currently has a rat terrier and pitbull mix at home. When asked if she has a favorite breed, she said "That's a tough question! But I love giant breeds (Mastiffs, Great Danes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, etc.) and Pitbulls--they're so sweet!!" Originally from the "burbs" of Chicago, Melody started hanging out in the city to attend concerts and festivals, one of her many hobbies which also include reading, traveling, and taking photos. Melody graduated from Carroll University in 2010 with a Bachelor's in Journalism. She loves spending her days with the cutest, sweetest fluffballs and getting to be outside on gorgeous days! 🙂

James A

Dog Walker

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James A

Dog Walker

James moved to Chicago from a very small town in rural Ohio to study film at Columbia College. He adores dogs, but unfortunately his landlord does not; thus, James joined the DDI team as a way of filling that void! James has had all kinds of pets over the 18 years living at his family home in Ohio: 6 dogs, 10 cats, birds, geckos, rats, fish....you name it! He's received a BA from Columbia and Wright State in Film Production and Film History and Criticism, respectively and does free lance work in film production when he's not walking your pups. His favorite part about being a dog walker? ... "How excited the dog gets when they see a leash!"

Shelly

Dog Walker

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Shelly

Dog Walker

Before joining DDI as a dog walker, Shelly was a flight attendant for 20 years with American Airlines before retiring to pursue the wonderful life of a dog walker. Shelly has always been the go-to neighbor for petsits and dog visits, so it's only fitting that she now does so on a professional level. "I Love, Love, Love Dogs. Always have, Always will." In her lifetime she's owned cats, terriers, hamsters, lots of gerbils, and many different labs, so it goes without saying that labs have stolen her heart.  Shelly is also a grandmother to a beautiful young boy named Quinn! When she's not walking your pups, she's definitely spending time with her sweet grandson.

Danielle K

Dog Walker

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Danielle K

Dog Walker

Danielle came to Chicago a few years ago from Baltimore, where she worked with sevearl pit bull rescues to foster, transport, and re-home dogs. A lifelong lover of animals, she has two dogs and two cats of her own, and loves getting to engage with dogs of all personalities. Outside of dog walking, Danielle is an enthusiastic reader, writer, and guitarist.

Eric

Dog Walker

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Eric

Dog Walker

Eric was a dog walker in Brooklyn before moving to Chicago seeking a change of scenery and new experiences. He likes being around animals and being outside, so dog walking is the perfect gig! We asked Eric to name his favorite dog breed, to which he replied "I've always found German Shepherds very pretty, and all the ones I've met have been very relaxed." The best aspect about dog walking for Eric is the feeling when dogs build a liking to him and develop trust. Outside spending time with your dogs, Eric's interests include photography, guitar, reading and writing.   

 

Marti

Dog Walker

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Marti

Dog Walker

Marti is a freelance musician who plays the french horn and loves to bake! She came to Dogs Deserve It to seek out a more stimulating work opportunity and loves getting to bike around the city and spend every day outside. She’s originally from Wisconsin and grew up with many different dogs including a Samoyed, Golden Retriever, American Eskimo and Duck Toller, but also loves Vizslas and Labs! Marti moved to Chicago to attend graduate school at De Paul and graduated with a Masters in Musical Performance. She currently lives with her boyfriend and their cat Bud.

Val

Dog Walker

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Val

Dog Walker

 

A graduate from Portland State in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal justice, Val moved from Portland, OR to Chicago to seek a change from the West Coast. Val is a traveler, hiker, a beer connoisseur, and enjoys the aspect of "living life out of a suitcase." Their love for animals all started at 10 years old when they started walking dogs in the neighborhood they grew up in.  Val has also been petsitting for 12 years! Val is infamously known for loving pugs but has a soft spot for yellow labs and pit bulls. Val once had a bird and hamster, and at the moment is a long-time aunt to two pit bulls and a yellow lab. Val loves being a dog walker because it is a great opportunity to get to know the Windy City!

Emma G

Pet Sitter

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Emma G

Pet Sitter

Emma loves working for DDI because she gets to work with all kinds of dogs every day! She's had five cats and two dogs, and in her spare times enjoys listening to music, riding her bike, and playing mario kart. 

Paul

Dog Walker

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Paul

Dog Walker

Paul is one of our intrepid evening walkers, braving the temperatures and late hours. Coming to Chicago from Kansas City, Missouri, Paul loves following all Kansas City sports including the Kansas Jayhawks, as well as going to concerts, staying up to date with the political world, and crossword puzzles. Paul came to dog walking to stay out of the office and be active! "I love hanging with dogs and there has never been a bad work day because of it!"

Sandor

Dog Walker

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Sandor

Dog Walker

Born in Budapest, Hungary I somehow found my way to Chicago.  This city is great for doing the things I love like exploring, learning about history, eating and running. I am attending UIC for a degree in kinesiology which I am taking a little time off from. Found myself with a bit of free time so what better way to spend it than hanging out with Chicago’s coolest four legged friends.

Greg R

Dog Walker

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Greg R

Dog Walker

My name is Greg, and I am a filmmaker and dog lover based here in Chicago. Walking dogs provides me with more than just money to pay the bills while I grow as an artist; it's a fun, energetic job that introduces me to all sorts of awesome dogs. I can't think of a better way to spend the week than in the company of these incredible animals we call (rightfully so!) "man's best friend".

Bradley

Pet Sitter

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Bradley

Pet Sitter

Bradley Troast moved to Chicago in 2005 to attend Northwestern University. Since graduating, he has worked with youth in grades 1-12 in after-school programs on the Near North Side. On his spare weekends, Bradley loves to petsit to fill the void of dogs in his life. His beautiful dog, Celine (pictured here), passed away in January at the age of 11. He is getting a new 3-year-old golden retriever, Biz, in November.

Rob

Dog Walker

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Rob

Dog Walker

Rob Byrd Is a singer songwriter, professional multi-musician and music producer. His love of life and passion for music drips from these four strings of his ukulele taking you to a world far away from work and the everyday stress of life. When he's not making music you can find him walking dogs for DDI and enjoying the love he gets back from his friends while he takes care of all their fabulous needs. He also enjoys the challenge of what it takes to make new fur-friends at work and the tranquility of walking with them around the city of Chicago.

Angelique

Dog Walker

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Angelique

Dog Walker

Each young person is faced with the inevitable choice of choosing a career that will either fulfill them or become work. Angelique chose to pursue her passion, yoga, as a life long venture. She began her teacher training in 2009 and is currently a thoroughbred yogi and delightful teacher. Angelique blessed DDI with her presence in 2012 and has been a tremendous asset since.

Christy

Dog Walker

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Christy

Dog Walker

Hey, I'm Christy and I currently live in Logan Square with my dog Smalls, a Newfoundland / Lab mix. I got him as a puppy and he is six years old now! I am originally from Southern California and moved to Chicago to go to school at Columbia College. I graduated from the photography department in May of 2011. I currently do freelance retouching and assisting along with walking all your wonderful dogs. I love getting to spend everyday being around them.

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