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!

Pride in who we employee

At DDI, we take pride in who we employee. We believe that all DDI workers should be treated as employees and not 1099 contractors. The difference between independent contractors and employees is essential to how your pet is taken care of.

Independent Contractor-based Company Employee-based Company
Worker contracted for specific project or time period Worker’s employment is ongoing yet may be terminated
Worker decides when and where to work Worker has set schedule and location
Worker does not receive skills training Worker receives training and instruction
Worker may delegate tasks to others Worker cannot delegate work to others

Chart Courtesy of the Pet Industry Coalition

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.”

Brenna

Scheduling Manager

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Brenna

Scheduling Manager

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.

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.

Joe C

Operations Manager

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Joe C

Operations Manager

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.

Mike

Field Manager and Certified Dog Trainer

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Mike

Field Manager and Certified Dog Trainer

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!

Rachel

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

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Rachel

On-Call Manager and 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!

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

Dog Walker and On-Call Manager

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Masalah

Dog Walker and On-Call Manager

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!" 

Melody

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

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Melody

On-Call Manager and 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! 🙂

Kaitlyn

Dog Walker

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Kaitlyn

Dog Walker

Kaitlyn is one of our weekend walkers, originally from Rockford, Michigan! She came to Chicago for grad school at Perdue in nearby Indiana! Kaitlyn came to the dog walking gig due to her love for animals, and thought it was a perfect fit! She has had some experience with pet care in the past, sitting for a few families she knows and working with breeds, ranging from Havanese to Dobermans and English Sheepdogs! Kaitlin has had golden retrievers while growing up, however can’t pick a favorite breed! She loves them all! Kaitlyn has obtained a Bachelors from Michigan State studying Human Development and Family Studies, and a Masters from Perdue studying Marriage and Family Therapy. Kaitlyn is looking forward to meeting a plethora of new dogs and being able to give them exercise and love!  

Casey

Dog Walker

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Casey

Dog Walker

Casey is one of our weekday walkers, hailing from South Carolina! He came here to study Theatre and Grad School. Casey has had plenty of experience with animal care in the past, including volunteering at animal shelters in high school, on top of growing up with dogs his whole life. Casey currently has a German Shepard and a Black Lab, and his favorite breed, if he had to pick, is a German Spotted Pointer. His favorite part of walking dogs, aside from having peace and tranquility, is meeting all the different pups-including yours!

Dalia

Dog Walker

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Dalia

Dog Walker

Dalia is a dog walker hailing from Michigan who came to Chicago for work! But originally, she’s from Colombia, South America! Dalia loves the outdoors and exploring the city with the pups of Chicago! She has worked and dealt with animals prior to coming to DDI, including working for other dog walking services and dog-sitting. Dalia has also been fortunate enough to grow up with dogs her whole life! She currently has 1 gerbil, 1 cat, 4 dogs, 1 fish, and 1 bunny! Her favorite breed of dogs, if she had to pick, are pitbulls and huskies! Dalia can’t wait to bring happiness to all the furry friends out there!

Anthony

Dog Walker

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Anthony

Dog Walker

Anthony is a weekday walker originally from Chicago through and through! He recently moved back here after a brief stint due to simply missing it, and living comfortably. Although he’s never worked with dogs professionally before, he’s owned dogs his whole life and couldn’t imagine it without them. He has also had more exotic pets such as snakes, insects, etc. He’s had dogs off all breeds and sizes, but his favorite breed would have to be labs due to being surrounded by them his whole life. Anthony studied Kinesiology and First Aid in school. Anthony can’t wait to meet all the different types and personalities of dogs however unique and quirky.

Joseph O

Dog Walker

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Joseph O

Dog Walker

Joseph O is a walker who hails from the faraway land of Indiana, and came to Chicago around October in order to get a new lease on life, and to soul search after attending Weber State in Utah! Joe has volunteered at animal shelters in his hometown several times as well as rescuing two dogs in college! Growing up, Joe’s family had a Springer Spaniel, along with two Border Collies. Joe’s favorite dog breed is any type of Spaniel! Joe O is really looking forward to interacting with your dogs while building a relationship with them!

Tala

Dog Walker

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Tala

Dog Walker

Tala is a Daytona Beach, Florida transplant who moved to Chicago in the cold winter of 2018! She was crazy enough to come up to this frigid town with her boyfriend to live with his brother, a native, and to seek job opportunities! Tala has worked in the past as a dog groomer, washing and shampooing dogs. Tala has one gorgeous kitty, a leopard gecko, and a Chinese water dragon! Her favorite dog breeds would easily be Pit-bulls and boxers. She can’t wait to get to know all kinds of new furry friends!

Marie

Dog Walker

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Marie

Dog Walker

Marie is a dog walker who hails from the south Suburbs of Mokena, IL. She has come to Chicago to pursue sketch comedy and dive into that scene, thus she’s not around one of her loves, dogs enough, which is why she’s here! She has had plenty of experience watching dogs and cats in the past, for friends and family. Her favorite dog breed, although a tough decision, would have to be Dachshunds. Their little hot dog bodies and funny personalities make her laugh! Marie went to went to Miami of Ohio, and taught English in China! Marie’s other hobbies are listening and hosting podcasts, writing, performing improv and sketch, and binging on Netflix! She cannot wait to meet all the pups and their unique personalities, including bonding with yours!

Jose

Dog Walker

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Jose

Dog Walker

Jose is a Chicago native born and raised. He has had a lifelong passion for dogs, although never working with them professionally he has been surrounded by them since birth. On top of dogs, cats, hamsters, and fish are his type of animals! Jose is torn between huskies and corgis as his favorite breeds, the cold dogs are his type! He currently attends Coyne College studying Applied Sciences. Jose can’t wait to meet all the different dogs and their unique personalities!

Nico

Dog Walker

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Nico

Dog Walker

Nico was born and raised in Chicago. He studied visual arts at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago and enjoys comics, movies, and playing video games in his spare time. His other passion is animals! He grew up with dogs and currently has a Guinea pig, three geckos, and three pups of his own. His experience walking dogs began a few years ago-- he started walking a neighborhood dog and before he knew it, his route grew to eight dogs throughout his neighborhood! He looks forward to making some new furry friends to hang out with!

Carlos

Dog Walker

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Carlos

Dog Walker

Carlos was raised on the Southside of Chicago, although he spent five years in Seattle where he studied theater. However, his love or the city brought him back! He has two cats at home and says Airedale terriers are his favorite breed of dog-- he loves their beards! Although Carlos has no experience as a dog walker, he says he's very excited for the chance to be on our team. He's always been fascinated by dogs. Not only does he love to hang out and interact with them, but he makes it a point to be as physically and mentally stimulating with the pups as he can, which will definitely make every walk an active adventure!

Patrick

Dog Walker

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Patrick

Dog Walker

Patrick is one of our weekday walkers, originally from Maine! He came to chicago with a relative and fell in love with it. Speaking of love, Patrick has a lifelong love for dogs, with his favorite breeds being Black labs and Collies. This is obviously because he had a black lab growing up which was a loving and huge part of his childhood. Patrick has walked dogs before at other places in Chicago and Maine alike, and volunteered at the Maine Humane Society as well. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2012, majoring in political science and philosophy. Aside from walking dogs, Patrick enjoys being a musician and performing, watching indie movies, listening to podcasts, and traveling. But why Patrick is here is for his love of dogs and being outdoors, the combo is a match made in heaven for him!

Audrey

Dog Walker

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Audrey

Dog Walker

Audrey is one of our weekend walkers who hails from just across the state line- Fort Wayne, IN! Audrey has been around dogs and all sorts of animals her whole life. For instance she rode horses and volunteered at stables for years, cleaning stalls and grooming them. Audrey grew up with several dogs, mainly yorkies, and currently has a scruffy and loyal terrier.  Audrey is currently studying law at Loyola, which brings her to Chicago in the first place. With this major comes the huge desire to be outside as much as possible, which is where dog walking comes in! Audrey can’t wait to get any chance to jump outdoors, away from studying, and walk your pups!

Colleen

Dog Walker

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Colleen

Dog Walker

Colleen was born in Florida and grew up in Alabama. However, her love of theater is what drew her to Chicago-- she holds a BFA in theater arts and also completed training at Second City Music Conservatory! She has a black lab/golden retriever mix that she adores and has been an experienced walker for 2 1/2 years now. Colleen also has a love for the outdoors, which makes her a perfect fit for the job! She can't wait to make friends with the pups!

Tyler

Dog Walker

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Tyler

Dog Walker

Tyler, a Chicago native, has been dedicated to working with dogs for six years now. She shares her home with a maltipoo, and also loves French and English Bulldogs! Aside from her love of dogs, she also has a passion for the arts; she received her BA in media industry with a focus in film and when she's not spending time with pups, she also enjoys photography, writing, traveling, as well as attending art shows and film events. She can't wait to meet new dogs and learn all about their personalities!

Nathan

Dog Walker

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Nathan

Dog Walker

Nathan came to Chicago from a nearby suburb. He graduated with a degree in geology and worked as a commercial real estate appraiser for six years before welcoming a career change. He says animals are his passion, which is what brings him to us, and he looks forward to a job in which he gets to make friends with dogs! At home, he has a pit bull, two cats, lizards, and fish, so he has extensive experience with friends both furry and scaley!

Alexis

Dog Walker

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Alexis

Dog Walker

Alexis grew up in a nearby suburb of Chicago. After moving to Florida for 3 1/2 years where she completed her associate's degree in child development, she decided to move back because of her love for the city! Currently, Alexis has a cat and two small dogs, although she's had many pets in her lifetime, including hamsters, birds, and a ferret! She worked as a dog walker in the past and is eager to return to the job to get to enjoy the city she loves while accompanied by some new pups to spend time and explore with!

James

Dog Walker

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James

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!"

Jerrel

Dog Walker

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Jerrel

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!

Sydney

Dog Walker

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Sydney

Dog Walker

Sydney is one of our dog walkers who comes all the way from Boulder, Colorado! She loves being active in the outdoors exercising with dogs in beautiful Chicago. She has spent time volunteering at the Humane Society Shelter in her hometown. Sydney loves all dogs but is partial to Collies. She currently has a rescue cat named Frances. She also had an array of other animals - even pet rats! Sydney studied Linguistics at the University of Chicago. She is looking forward to learning more about each and every dog's psychology and behavior, and make a lot of four-legged friends along the way!

Alyssa

Dog Walker

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Alyssa

Dog Walker

Alyssa is an Illinois Native but has lived all around the country, including St Louis, Springfield, IL, and Portsmouth, VA! She calls Chicago home now and loves it! Alyssa loves all animals, but it was her interactions with her roommate’s rescue dog that really got her interested in dog walking. This was because of how nervous he was around people, and the challenge to get him to warm up has been so rewarding.  Alyssa loves how full of surprises dogs are! She later went on to own several animals, both dogs and cats. She currently has one cat, one dog, and one snake. Alyssa has had a plethora of zoo animals throughout her life as well including Turtles, Ferrets, Hamsters, Fish & Birds, and at one point, a duck! Her favorite breed of dogs as a kid was St. Bernards, but growing up and gaining experience with more dogs, any healthy mutt will always steal her heart! Alyssa recently graduated from the Illinois Art Institute in Schaumburg with a BFA in Web Design and Interactive Media. She is looking forward to the exercise, play, and general interactions with all different types of dogs, which can be similar or even more interesting than different types of people!

Andrew

Dog Walker

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Andrew

Dog Walker

Andrew is a walker who moved to Chicago from the DC area. He moved here to get his masters, and hasn’t wanted to leave since finishing three years ago! He has previously worked with animals, mostly limited to independent walking and pet-sitting in the past for friends. Andrew is a classically trained musician and loves all types of music. He also enjoys hiking and camping, especially with, you guessed it - dogs! Andrew can’t wait to get acquainted with your pups in this brand new city!

Adam

Dog Walker

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Adam

Dog Walker

Adam is one of our walkers who hails from McHenry, IL, and has come to Chicago for school and the city's endless possibilities. He's currently a Senior at UIC studying Psychology, and sees graduate school on the horizon! When Adam's taking a break from his studies he's hanging out with every animal under the sun, including lizards, snakes, hamsters, fish, cats, and of course dogs.  His favorite dog breed is the Siberian Husky! Adam loves to have the ability to spend his week with dogs that he loves while continuing his studies at the same time. He also likes to relax by playing tabletop games, running, cycling, and (except spiders) caring for all types of animals he loves so much.

Liam

Dog Walker

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Liam

Dog Walker

Hailing from Lake In The Hills, IL, Liam is an avid dog lover with an enthusiastic attitude. He came to Chicago for college, studying Game Art at Columbia. and is enjoying the summer dog walking! He has been doing independent petsitting since he was young, and has been surrounded by dogs all his life. He loves them all, but is partial to German Shepards and Irish Setters. Liam can't wait to get acquainted with all sorts of new types of dogs along the way!

Michael N

Dog Walker

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Michael N

Dog Walker

Michael has lived in many different places throughout the course of his life! He spent six years overseas in Norway, he went to high school in a Houston, TX suburb, and he lived in Austin, TX for three years. Michael moved to Chicago to be closer to his mom and immediately took to the city. He's worked three summers in an upscale pet kennel in Richmond, TX, and one summer in a daycare that focused on group playtime. He's grown up with a Siberian Husky, and helped significantly with crate training and raising a Border Collie. He loves Huskies, Border Collies, and his favorite breed is a Norwegian Lundehund. Outside of dog walking, Michael enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and absolutely loves coffee. He also likes to work on crossword puzzles and hopes to be good at them (some day). When asked what brought him to dog walking, Michael responded "Dogs bring joy to everyone's lives. Dogs don't have bad days or off days; they are always excited to see you. Dog walking and interacting with dogs is a challenge worth respecting."

Elise

Dog Walker

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Elise

Dog Walker

Elise loves all things comedy. It's what brought the Pittsburgh native to Chicago in the first place! She performs at open mics around the city almost every night of the week! During the day, Elise fulfills her love of animals by getting to walk dogs and interacting with your pets. Elise has volunteered at the Western Pennsylvanian Humane Society and spent a summer working a kennel prior to her move to Chicago. She loves Vizslas and, in addition to her love for comedy and animals, Elise also knits!

Scott

Dog Walker

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Scott

Dog Walker

Scott is from Warrenville, IL and attended DePaul for music. An experienced dog walker, he found his way to dog walking through a friend a few years back and loved the work. He grew up with cats, a greyhound, a malamute, and even a leopard gecko. Currently, he lives with a rabbit and favors German Shepherds; though he  says, "Every dog has their own individual quirks." During his downtime, Scott plays the trumpet & bass in a few bands and rock climbs. He is an outdoor guy and loves hanging out with pups!

Martha

Dog Walker

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Martha

Dog Walker

Born and raised in Chicago, Martha grew up with every single type of animal her family could get their hands on: turtles, birds, lizards, guinea pigs, cats, rabbits, chickens, and of course, dogs! "The bigger the better," she says! Martha studied art and is soon to return to school for urban agriculture. When asked what her hobbies and interests were, Martha told us "Art. Music. LOVE!" We're with you on that, Martha! Looking forward to a change in career, Martha is excited to take care of all your furry loved ones, through walking and loving them!

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!

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!

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.

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."

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!

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".

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.

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