An animal lover and owner her whole life, Beth knew working with animals was something she would excel at and take pride in if given the opportunity. It wasn't until one day in 2010 that one of the doctors she worked for mentioned he could see her running her own pet care business. Thinking the idea was ludicrous, Beth soon realized he was right and knew she would rather be outdoors caring for animals than stuck behind a desk all day. As everything was falling into place, a patient at the office soon asked Beth to walk her dogs. At that moment, Beth's desire to work with animals and keen sense of business kicked in and she decided the time was right to officially start working for herself as a pet care provider. From those initial moments of revelation, Beth has grown her pet care business to include many more wonderful pets.
Beth continues to commit herself to ensure her clients receive the personalized pet care that separates her business from the rest. In doing so, she acts as one of the primary overnight sitters, handles all scheduling, is the direct contact for all clients, and lends her support to her team in the field on a daily basis. She continues to strive to make her Paw-fessionals and her clients more knowledgeable in the well being of the animals we have come to adore, so our loving relationships with them can last even longer.
With Beth's commitment in providing the best pet care possible, one may wonder if Beth has time for anything else – but she does. Growing up in Vero Beach, FL and graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in Psychology, she enjoys time spent under some sunshine on a sandy beach, or anywhere near a body of water. Though, she is just as happy to spend quality time with the true sunshines of her life, her 9 year old Shih-tzu Tave and 11 year old Chow-Golden mix Zeke, who brighten up each and every day for her!
Born and raised in New Jersey, Chris began to appreciate his love towards animals when he discovered his first pet, a turtle, in a creek near his home at a young age. With the help of his parents, he learned that all animals deserve love, care, and respect. Since then, Chris has taken joy in providing the best possible care for any and all pets, whether his or not. With this mindset of his and knowing the attention, effort, and pride Beth puts into her pet care business, Chris did not hesitate when the opportunity arose to become part of Dog Gone Walking's team.
Today, Chris serves as a managing partner of Dog Gone Walking, but is more than happy to help out with any pet care duties that may come up. A Virginia Tech graduate and a Northern Virginia resident since 2008, Chris has slowly become accustomed to life in Virginia after years spent in his home state of New Jersey. Currently, Chris works for the U.S. Census Bureau as a survey statistician for housing data. Though he thoroughly enjoys his work as a statistician, the opportunity to build Dog Gone Walking into the utmost pet care business that provides the personal care all pets deserve is more than enough to motivate Chris on a daily basis to ensure that happens.
Certified Dog Trainer
A certified dog trainer, Colleen was drawn to animals at an early age and quickly became the neighborhood pet sitter which she excelled at. In addition to the pets she frequently took care of in the neighborhood, Colleen had her very own pack that consisted of two dogs, a Boston Bull and a German Shepherd. When the time came for Colleen to adopt a third dog she enlisted the help of a professional dog trainer to properly integrate the dog into her existing pack. The experience made Colleen realize that her true passion in life was to work with dogs in a way that would benefit both the dogs and their owners.
With her passion to make a difference in this field, Colleen enrolled and received her certification from the Animal Behavior College. Since then, Colleen has used POSITIVE ONLY training to work with countless number of people to ensure that these families and their dogs can live harmoniously together in a peaceful, positive, and fulfilled environment. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Colleen has also helped many rescue dogs achieve happiness in their forever homes. Today, Colleen's pack includes her four dogs, a cat, a bird, two young children, and her loving husband.
Manager/Pet Care Professional
Bridget grew up in a very small town in northern New York, then moved to the area when she was 16. She has spent the last few years as a professional dog walker and in-house pet sitter. Before that, she spent 3 years as a manager in the pet store industry. At home, she currently has 2 dachshunds (Max & Doc), 2 guinea pigs (Lenny & Maggie), 2 hamsters (Bandit & Misty), 2 conures (Shiloh & Honey), and a cockatoo (Bart). In her down time she enjoys crafting, baking, and occasionally playing Xbox. She’s a big fan of the outdoors and couldn’t imagine a life where she doesn’t walk dogs and spend her days with various animals.
Pet Care Professional
Growing up in Clearwater, FL, Tiffany was immersed in a diverse animal environment that allowed this nature and wildlife loving girl to be on the lookout for her furry, scaled, and feathered friends. Whether sending sting rays or horseshoe crabs back into the surf while at the beach or stopping traffic to make sure turtles received the proper crosswalk they deserved, Tiffany has always made animal safety and care a priority in her life. Romeo, a two day old squirrel that was brought home by her own cat and in need of urgent care, was lucky enough get a second chance at life thanks to Tiffany's constant attention to nursing him back to health within the following months.
After years of having hamsters, mice, flying squirrels, ferrets, fish, a fire-bellied newt, rabbits, cats, and dogs, Tiffany met her current dog Jameson while living in NYC and he continues to add joy to her home to this day. After years of apartment living for her and Jameson, Tiffany has recently become a proud homeowner in Alexandria and is now able to give Jameson his very own yard that he deserves, as well as allow a couple turtles she rescued to enjoy the pond in her front yard. Tiffany is a proud mom to her son, but continues to find time for her animal friends and cannot imagine life without them.
Pet Care Professional
Nick is from rural Pennsylvania and grew up with many pets over the years, including several beagles. He moved to Virginia and worked for the Department of Agriculture creating school lunch budgets. He has since retired, but remains active in The Knights Of Columbus where he helps with church services, community yard sales and handing out canned goods. His daughter is our General Manager and he helps out almost daily with her two pups!
Pet Care Professional
Deb is a native of Northern Virginia and considers herself a proper political junkie. She has grown up with many different animals, and is currently the proud owner of two Manikin Finches, Billy and Bob. In her free time, she likes to explore new and different cuisines, travel the world, and read. She also expresses herself artistically by creating personalized stained glass windows.
When she is not walking pups or making beautiful glass pieces, Deb works in computer network administration, with a degree from George Mason University.
Pet Care Professional
Born in Michigan, Kurt first fell in love with animals when he was two years old and met his first dog, a wirehaired German pointer named Nina. He spent his childhood growing up with her and a Cocker Spaniel named Holly Noel (named so because she was a Christmas gift). With an extended family owning a variety of other mammals, Kurt’s happiness and sheer delight spending time with animals extended beyond his two dogs but also to cats, rabbits, hamsters, and gerbils.
Kurt graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2008 and decided to move to the Washington, DC area in 2009 to pursue several internship opportunities with members of Congress, a Congressional Committee, and a think tank. From 2011 to 2012, he worked on various political campaigns for Virginia officials and candidates, environmental and civil rights groups, and helped increase minority voter turnout in the 2012 Presidential election. Passionate about politics and civil service, Kurt also displays a comparable passion for the pets he cares for. Since joining Dog Gone Walking’s Paw-fessional team, he is never one to shy away from ensuring all pets get the back scratches, pets, hugs, kisses, and most importantly tummy rubs they all deserve!
Pet Care Professional
Aurora has been an animal lover her whole life, but unfortunately due to
her mother's allergies was not able to grow up with a dog in her home.
Luckily, her next door neighbor had a dog that she considered her own and
her first job ever was actually dog sitting her. After many years of
nagging, research on hypoallergenic dogs and a persuasive essay, her
parents finally gave in and are now the proud owners of a Goldendoodle
Aurora is from Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut where
she graduated from this past spring. She recently moved down to Alexandria
to get her Masters in Forensic Psychology from The George Washington
Pet Care Professional
Shannon grew up in Alabama with various pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish. Her brother even had pet mice at one time. The only time Shannon has not had a dog was while she was living in a college dorm. Currently, she has one dog, two cats and three birds as well as three children and a husband who are in need of care. Shannon says this is the perfect job for a mother who is a dog lover. She gets many laughs from “her” dogs antics and plenty of exercise—what could be better?
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Haley was born in Michigan and has loved animals her whole life. Growing up her cousins bred German Shepherds and she spend a lot of time at their house playing with puppies. When she was in High School her sister finally broke her parents down and they got a dog. Charlie, a schnauzer- poodle mix, was supposed to be less allergenic for her father. Unfortunately this was not the case, but he was so cute and loving they decided it didn't matter.
Haley graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 and worked at a credit union for a year while she decided which Graduate program to go to. She decided on George Washington University which brought her down to Virginia, where she is currently walking dogs.
Carolyn grew up in the suburbs of Toledo Ohio in a family that always had a dog is part of the family. Carolyn continued her love for animals in college where she found an abandoned dog with a broken leg. Even though dogs were not allowed in the sorority house, she took the dog and and cared for the dog and paid for an expensive surgery to have the leg fixed. Luckily, she was able to locate a family that was willing to open their home and give this poor dog the love and care if needed.
Carolyn shares are home now with her dog Arthur ( a multi poo) and recently adopted Gwendolyn (A Pomeranian that went through cancer treatments) from a rescue shelter and West Virginia.
WhenCarolyn isn't walking dogs for DGW she works part-time as a travel nurse for local company and Alexandria. She is working on finishing her last year for a RN degree which she will work as a geriatric nurse.
You can also find Carolyn enjoying the outdoors and her love her love for the arts.
1/9/2014 We were very uncertain about what to do with our Chihuahua when we moved to VA. Previously friends and family stepped in to watch him. He is very shy
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