April 17, 2018

Our Walkers



Owner, pet sitter and original sole dog walker of Hyde Bark Dog Walking, LeAnna is a Hyde Park resident and longtime dog lover. She has about 15 years of experience as a professional pet care provider having originally worked for the wonderful Chicago Dog Walkers on the northside all through college. She started Hyde Bark simply because she wanted to work with animals again but found there to be a lack of pet care providers on the south side. She studied small business and entrepreneurship in preparation for launching Hyde Bark in 2015 and she is also certified in Animal Care, Veterinary Support Assistance, Animal Psychology and Animal Training. Some of her favorite dogs are Greyhounds, Whippets, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Chihuahuas. LeAnna and husband Brandon also offer short-term private boarding for dogs in their Hyde Park home.


Brandon is married to Hyde Bark owner LeAnna and is both our manager and dog walker! Brandon quit his full-time office job in January of 2016 to help LeAnna run Hyde Bark and is a true asset in dedication, professionalism and talent. He has owned and raised several dogs of his own and has a special affinity for pit bull mixes and other energetic, loving breeds. Dogs naturally connect with Brandon’s genuine love and natural ability to train and teach. Brandon is good with larger, eccentric dogs and some of his favorites are Pitbulls, Mastiffs, and Greyhounds. Brandon and wife LeAnna also offer short-term private boarding for dogs in their Hyde Park home.


Aaron is a Hyde Park resident where he resides with his partner, Sydney, and their baby Vivian (born in 2018). He is an experimental musician spanning many different genres with special training in classical composition. He plays and records music with his own band as well as with others. He has extensive experience in pet-sitting everything from turtles to rabbits to dogs. He was Hyde Bark’s first-ever hire back in 2015 and is also certified in Animal Psychology. Aaron loves to nurture relationships with pets and clients alike and is completely dedicated, reliable and communicative.


Jacob is a Hyde Park resident with a degree in documentary film. He makes videos for non profit organizations and he also volunteers with the Chicago Childcare Collective. He is also an active organizer with the Trans Oral History Project, and AREA Chicago among others. You can find more info about his film work with SoJu Productions. He grew up around many types of dogs and is great with high energy and energetic dogs  as he loves to run with them and give them a good workout! He is certified in Animal Care and joined Hyde Bark in 2015.

Jenna J

Jenna is a South Shore resident who grew up with many different kinds of animals in many different quantities! Her family is in the grooming business and she learned how to care for dogs and cats from a young age. Jenna is also beautifully artistic and is a photographer and writer. Jenna lives with walker Stephanie and helps care for Stephanie’s rescue Pitbull, Mel, as well as her own elderly kitty, Malou. She has extensive experience caring for all types of pets: sick, healthy, young and old! She believes animals are wonderful creatures that deserve all the love in the world.


Lyvonne is a Hyde Park resident who joined Hyde Bark in 2015. She has extensive experience caring for animals on a professional level and worked previously for a South Loop animal hospital for many years as a veterinary technician. Her specialty is winning over even the most standoffish dogs and always putting the pups first. She is hardworking, dedicated and a wonderful person. Lyvonne also offers short-term private boarding in her Hyde Park home.

Jenna S

Jenna is a Hyde Park resident and joined Hyde Bark after having first been a client! She has three dogs of her own - Sullivan the long-haired Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix, Pippa the Corgi and Wallace the Sheltie-Beagle mix all of whom she lives with in Hyde Park with her partner Andy. Her pups all have very different personalities and their own special needs so she is very familiar with quirky pets and needs! She grew up in Texas where she fostered dogs growing up and has also done some private/freelance pet care as well. Jenna adores dogs and has a fun sense of humor that make her daily dog reports great reads! She enjoys cooking and reading (Harry Potter is a favorite) in her spare time.


Sami is a Hyde Park resident and before joining Hyde Bark they had extensive experience as a professional dog walker both in Chicago as well as San Diego. They live in Hyde Park with their wife DeeAnna and they own two cats, Frick and Frack, as well as a rescue Australian Shepherd mix named Roxie. Sami is professional, reliable and kind to all pets! They also have a great sense of humor and love to express the pets' personalities in their own words. Sami enjoys hiking, camping, walking with - or even sometimes without - dogs, parkour, and cake!


Stephanie is a South Shore resident and lives with dog walker Jenna J! Stephanie adopted her Pitbull, Mel, from a high-kill shelter and helped nurse her back to health both emotionally and physically, as well as teach her to coexist with Jenna’s cat, Malou. She formerly worked for a holistic-focused pet store in LA where she helped place rescue pets into forever homes. Stephanie is passionate about animals and filmmaking.


Kooper is a longtime Hyde Park resident and has an M.Div. from the Chicago Theological Seminary which she is still actively involved in. Kooper is extremely gentle and kind with a natural empathy for animals. She has previous freelance experience caring for other people’s pets and has owned several different breeds of dogs throughout her life. You will never find another sitter more dedicated to your pet that Kooper!


Anna is a personal friend of owners LeAnna and Brandon. She joined us from Paws and Claws Pet Care in Logan Square. Anna is passionate about cooking and eating vegetarian cuisine, lifting weights, yoga and biking. She is always willing to go the extra mile for people’s pets and is extremely hard-working and reliable.


Marisa is a Hyde Park resident and owns two delightful Labradoodles who she has had since they were puppies and are now 13 years old. She also owned cats while growing up. Marisa is a graduate student at the University of Chicago in the Masters of Arts Program in Social Sciences and will be working towards a PhD in Psychology next. She is very physically active and enjoys, running, lifting, and hiking.


Chandra is Hyde Park resident and is quiet and gentle with animals. She owns two cats of her own and is wonderful with both dogs at cats alike. She is a Chicago Red Stars soccer fan and enjoys drawing and playing video games in her free time. Chandra is very good with getting any dog to warm up to her and especially loves Pitbulls!


Raul lives in Hyde Park with his partner, their two kitties and multitude of plants. Raul believes dogs are deeply attached to their owners and can be lonely during the day while the owner is away. As a dog walker, he is not only helping the dog take care of necessary needs but is also a vital companion for the pet while its owner is absent. He is committed to establishing a trustworthy companionship with the pets that he cares for so that they look forward to his visits and feel comfortable being with him. Before joining Hyde Bark he was a go-to for friends and family in need of pet care and also a bike messenger downtown so he is no stranger to being on the move and making sure pups get their daily dose of exercise and friendship! He is a visual artist and he paints, sculpts and incorporates found industrial objects into his works. He is also a film buff and an experimental electronic musician.


Vicotria is a Hyde Park resident and was a private dog walker and sitter in the South Loop before joining Hyde Bark in 2018. She grew up in a family that fostered over 60 dogs from a local rescue in Orlando, Florida. Many of the dogs were on death’s door and needed to be nursed back to health, some of them had been severely abused and needed to take time to get used to being with people. She began doing petsitting as a professional career in 2015 by herself, and has had some incredible clients she is still in touch with years later. She has a genuine sweetness and adoration for dogs and cats alike and is especially good with nervous and shy dogs. When she is not walking dogs and petting cats, she loves to be on stage singing, dancing, and acting in musical theater. She also loves Disney, traveling and good food.


Jordan is a Hyde Park resident where she lives with her partner. She believes pets, and dogs specifically, bring so much joy into our human lives and are truly therapeutic companions. They are non-judgemental and simply present for people no matter their circumstances. Growing up, she helped her grandparents in training their many birding dogs for hunting and for dock jumping competitions. She is very involved with her community and health care and mental health. She has worked as a crisis counselor and is a pre-nursing student with an interest in becoming a NP nurse-midwife with a focus on LBGT families. She loves being outside, making Italian meals that include lots of eggplant and artichokes, film, learning the guitar, and scribbling in notebooks.