Darian Jokela – Featured Walker

If you met Darian only one minute ago, you’ve likely already covered one of three things: dogs, cats, or 80’s hair metal. We love Darian for all those reasons and more! Since joining our team in 2015, Darian has been an outstanding example for what a pet-care provider should be. Her warm heart extends to all types of animals, and she provides our clients’ pets with the most deserving care we know they’re all worthy of. As an employee with DDI, Darian provides thorough dog walks, caring pet sits, loving cat visits, and is a regular contributor to the photos on DDI’s Instagram (@dogsdeserveit)! In addition to all of this, Darian is one of our few On-Call Managers, ensuring that all employees and clients are being heard and cared for in the late hours of the day and weekends.

We interviewed Darian and asked her to share a bit of her background with us.

DDI: Why did you decide to become a dog walker?

Darian: I have had cats and dogs since the day I was born (even a really cute floppy water bunny at one point)! Moving to Chicago and having to leave my own pups back in Michigan was really tough and I realized that I still wanted to have some furry friends in my life.

DDI: What is your favorite thing about the job and DDI as a whole?

Darian: I’ve been with DDI for almost 3 years and I have gotten to meet SO many different dogs…breeds and personality-wise. DDI has been more than just a job for me. I have made a new family, both human and little tail waggers!

DDI: Tell us about your passions/hobbies!

Darian: I love to act and dance! Since a toddler I was in ballet and on the stage. I just recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with my acting degree. I hope to one day move out to California and work in film. I also enjoy traveling! I was lucky enough to explore Italy last Spring and fell in love with it, not to mention the pizza and pasta, and if we’re being honest my biggest hobby is eating!

DDI: What would you like our readers/clients to know most about you?

Darian: I’m sure it’s obvious but I adore animals! I have a cat here in Chicago who was rescued with the help of another DDI walker. I’ve had him for almost 2 years and he is the biggest diva I’ve ever met.  I also have two pups back home (pictured above), a 5 year old Pomeranian and a 9 year old Chocolate Lab. They are the cutest dynamic duo!

We’re beyond thrilled to have Darian as a tremendous part of the DDI team. Her caring approach to our clients’ animals is exactly what they deserve. Thank you, Darian! <3

~Dogs Deserve It, February 2018



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