Wags-A-Lot Dog Walking is a family, and our family is full of heart. Learn more about us, then see why our clients—and their dogs—love our dog walkers.
Julie, Business Owner
Julie has always felt an extreme love for animals. As a young child, she brought home stray cats and dogs and worked hard to find loving homes for them. She helped raise six litters of kittens throughout her childhood! She enjoyed caring for friends' pets more as she grew older and began walking and pet sitting dogs on a regular basis. This carried forward into adulthood when Julie worked at the front desk of a yoga studio and dogsat for people during classes. After this evolved into walking and sitting for those dogs in their own homes, it only seemed logical that Julie would start her very own pet care company with her loving and awesome husband, Andrey.
In 2012, Wags-A-Lot Dog Walking was born, and it has been one of the best decisions she’s ever made. Julie loves caring for Chicago’s dogs and making their owners’ lives a little easier in the process.
When Julie is not walking or playing with your dog, she loves spending quality time with her husband and their spunky child and dog, biking, and going to the theatre.
Andrey, Business Owner
Andrey grew up with family pets and took care of and adored stray dogs as a child. His love for animals is ineffable!Shortly after moving to the U.S., Andrey began working at a local animal hospital and at an ER as a vet assistant. Being surrounded by animals and people who love them was a great and fulfilling experience.
Currently, Andrey is pursuing his career as a software developer and helps his lovely wife, Julie, run the business and take care of all of its technical aspects. In the little free time that Andrey has he likes to produce electronic music, play games, watch TV shows, and play with his son, dog, and wife!
Aaron, Dog Walker
Aaron has been a professional dog walker since 2012, and a dog lover his entire life. He loves dogs of all breeds, and all creatures great and small. In his free time, he enjoys long distance adventure cycling and hiking. His dream is to one day bike across the U.S. He currently lives in Edgewater with a friend and their amazing beagle/cattle dog mix Gazpacho.
Bob, Dog Walker
Since a young age, Bob has had a love for animals. He grew up with everything from dogs to ducks. Bob is currently in his second season of fostering and domesticating outdoor cats for adoption. He also owns a rabbit, nine parakeets, and an assortment of fish.
During his free time, he writes, designs, and publishes a digital magazine on retro gaming and plays a lot of video games as well. When he is not working on design or writing, he can be found playing some hockey wherever a sheet of ice or patch of pavement can be found.
Viv, Dog Walker
Viv is a true “’dogaholic”. Growing up, she has always had at least one dog around the house, giving her experience with a huge variety of breeds.Viv’s passion for dogs ignited when she moved to Chicago in 2012 and began walking pups all around the city, realizing her own motivation were the pups she’s always loved since childhood.
After her daily walking schedule is finished, Viv is still a proud doggie mama of two beautiful pups of her own, a cute Chorkie named Teddy and a yellow Labrador named Sunday! In her free time, Viv likes watching TV cuddled with her pups and husband, enjoying BBQ’s with friends, attending any Chicago sporting event (GO BEARS!), and singing along at music concerts.
Paul, Dog Walker
Paul is a student of physics and mathematics and a composer who works with harmonic and rhythmic spectra. He has perused research in optics, acoustics, and graph theory. An avid cyclist and climber, Paul spends his spare time exploring unfamiliar areas of the city. His dog, Stuart, is a 7-year-old Terrier who is fond of sunlight and jumping onto things.
Jason, Dog Walker
Jason enjoys long walks, bike rides, food, and head scratches. From a young age Jason has held a great kinship with dogs. His father, throughout Jason's childhood bred Wire-haired Pointer Griffons, these large, extremely energetic, intelligent, hard working and goofy dogs started his foundation that built a passion for dog care.
Dawn, Administrative Assistant
After graduating from the California Culinary Academy in 2005, Dawn has been growing her dessert catering business, Morsels Patisserie. In the early stages of the business, she worked at Marin Country Day School as the office manager, events coordinator and facilities manager. In 2010, she moved to Chicago working as an executive assistant at Rush Neuro-Behavioral Center.
In the last few years, Dawn has dedicated all of her time developing Morsels here in Chicago. As a lifetime dog lover, providing administrative support to help keep the daily functions running smooth and organized for Wags was a natural fit. When Dawn’s not baking in the kitchen or selling Morsels at the farmers markets, she and her husband enjoy gardening, walking the North Branch trail, cooking, wine tasting and enjoying their neighborhood.
Jenny, Marketing Consultant
Jenny’s love for dogs began at birth, as evidenced by the photos of her first dog, Snickers, eating directly out of her mouth when she was only months old. She may not so blatantly share germs with the dogs in her life now (though she suspects she’s unwittingly consumed at least 15 pounds of dog hair in her life), but her love for canines continues to grow.
She’s thrilled to bring together this love with the one she has for all things marketing and copywriting, acting as Wags-A-Lot’s very own marketing consultant (and Chief GIF Finder). In her spare time, Jenny enjoys exploring Chicago’s lesser-known attractions, playing strategy board games, reading, and pushing herself to learn new life skills alongside her husband, two children, and dog, Kaiser.
Sneha, Social Media Coordinator
Sneha grew up in India and always had a dog throughout her life. She visited her grandparents often and they had animals of all kinds, from chickens to cows, and always a dog to keep them in tow.
When Sneha was a teenager, she adopted a rescue dog named Misty, and that was when she truly understood how amazing dogs are, and completely fell in love. She is especially smitten by golden retrievers, thanks to Misty.