Meet Our Dog Walkers

Brittany Leabhart
Dog Walking and Pet Sitting General Manager

Brittany is our dog walking manager!  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!

Lyssa McEachern
Asst. Dog Walking Manager and Business Development Manager
Meet Lyssa, the new Assistant Manager of Dog Walking & Manager of Business Development at District Dogs! Lyssa grew up in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts before moving to Orlando, FL in 2017 and then to Washington, DC in January 2019. She has had dogs in her life since she was born and is an avid dog lover. Lyssa also has her degree in Marketing and is the Dog Momager of @scoutthedoodleboy on Instagram! She looks forward to throwing Yappy Hours, meeting you all, and getting lots of slobbery kisses! "You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog." - Harry Truman.
Stephanie Barnard
Dog Walker
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!
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!
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".
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.
Samantha Carpenter
Dog Walker

Sam grew up in New England in a pet-friendly home and moved to the DC area in 2010 for school. It turns out that a STEM career just didn’t quite suit her, and she discovered dog walking in 2016 - so much better than staring at a computer all day! When it’s time to leave the wagging tails and go home, Sam answers to her seven-pound cat, Erith. Erith allows time for tutoring, knitting, and the occasional long hiking weekend.

Leah Maggio
Dog Walker

Leah is a regular walker serving the Navy Yard area.  She is a recent DC transplant from Wisconsin, where she cultivated her lifelong love of dogs and of course, beer and cheese!  Leah grew up with cats, rabbits, turtles, hamsters, a few toads (much to her mother's disapproval), and her beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback, Nala, who lived to the ripe old age of 13.  While she's not working as an Energy Engineer, Leah loves exploring new areas, restaurants, and events, and serving as a volunteer for the Humane Rescue Alliance.  She looks forward to meeting your dog and exploring all of the neighborhoods DC has to offer! 

Brandy Raynor
Dog Walker

Brandy is our dog walker serving the Petworth neighborhood.  She has been a professional dog walker for several years and has experience handling all different types of dogs!  

Mauricio Torres
Dog Walker