Meet Our Dog Walkers

Stephanie Barnard
General Manager, Dog Walking and Pet Sitting
Stephanie is a native of Rochester, New York and is a pastry chef by trade. She has always had a love for animals and has many years of professional petcare. She grew up with Golden Retrievers she also has a cat named Momma! Be on the lookout for specialized dog treats from Stephanie's kitchen!
Brittany Leabhart
Assistant Dog Walking Manager
Brittany is our dog walking assistant, covering walks all over town as needed. She moved to the area in 2015 and discovered her passion for animals after adopting her dog Baxter from the Washington Humane Society. She is working towards a certification in dog training while getting all the experience with dogs that she can. She looks forward to meeting your fluffy friends!
David Norwood
Dog Walker
David is our regular walker covering the Shaw and U St area neighborhoods. A lifelong animal owner and dog lover in particular, he recently left his IT job with NASA to work more closely with animals and pursue passion projects in music and film. David has owned and cared for dogs of all sizes, from a pure bred husky down to a corgi/chihuahua mix. Big or small, smart or silly, quiet or couch-shreddingly energetic, your pup and David are sure to get along!
Kelly Charette
Dog Walker
Kelly is our regular walker covering the Park View and Columbia Heights neighborhoods. She just recently moved to DC from Albany, NY and can’t wait to make many new 4-legged friends here in DC. Ever since she was a little kid, Kelly wanted to work with and care for dogs. Kelly grew up with Basset Hounds and believes there is nothing better than the unconditional love of a pet. In her spare time, she travels as much as she can and follows all professional and collegiate sports.
Rob Fisher
Dog walker
Rob is our regular walker covering the Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods. A returned Peace Corps Volunteer and native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Rob loves all kinds of dogs (especially labs) and owned his first in college. Some of his favorite things include music, soccer, traveling, and of course, dogs! Rob is also a soccer coach, scout and Personal Trainer in the DC area, and he can't wait to get to know your dog, and explore DC!
Christi Vandermale
Dog Walker
Christi grew up with golden retrievers and in recently years has successfully fostered several dogs in the D.C. area. When she's not spending time with dogs, she is either out hiking or performing piano and vocals in a local band!
Marie Piayai
Pet Sitter and Backup Walker
Marie is one of our main pet sitters and backup walkers. She is a native of upstate NY, and has lived in South America as well as Southeast Asia. Her background is in international development, but her love for pups gives her true happiness. She hopes to own a senior animal sanctuary in the future.
David Stoner
Dog Walker
A native of Lancaster, PA David has gotten to learn about the city walking dogs in various neighborhoods. In his spare time, David enjoys playing soccer, trying new restaurants, and hanging with his cat Kiki. He looks forward to getting to know your dog and giving them a rewarding experience every day!
Lauren Knight
Dog Walker
Lauren is our Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park dog walker. She left her 9-5 desk job in 2018 and is now "living the dream": walking dogs by day, and indulging in her other passion - live music - by night, working at a local music venue. She grew up with a yellow lab named Lizzie, who lived to be 15 and was her best friend. Lauren adopted her dog Layla in 2014 from the Humane Society of Atlanta.
Derek Lavin
Dog Walker
Derek has had dogs since he was a wee lad in Florida! When he's not walking your fur baby, he's spending time with his own, Baron. They love jogging, hiking, and chasing the ball together, although Baron's not a fan of bringing it back to the person who threw it! Derek looks forward to spending time with your "sweet baby angel puppy dog wiggle butt".
Sophie Hooper
Dog Walker
Sophie covers our Park View neighborhood. She grew up with various animals and has enjoyed volunteering at local shelters for many years. Sophie has two brother kitties, Lenny and Squiggy. She has experience with not just cats and dogs, but even bunnies and chinchillas! What she most enjoys about being a walker is building relationships and learning about each dogs different personalities.
Vesa Kpuska
Dog Walker
Vesa was born in Prishtina, Kosovo, grew up in Germany, before going back to Kosovo as a teenager. 
She has loved animals for as long as she can remember. She grew up with a pet rabbit, but never missed a chance to surround herself with friends who were taking care of her favorite animals, dogs and horses. In Kosovo, where stray dogs are abundant, she has cared for many animals in need, be it as a foster, by providing medical help or finding them forever families. She was especially involved in helping abandoned puppies. One of those puppies, Nuno, stole Vesa’s heart, and became a permanent member of her family. Vesa is an international medical graduate who has recently moved to DC. She loves spending her time hiking and taking long walks in Rock Creek Park with Nuno, and discovering all the good spots in DC.