April 17, 2018

Our Walkers

As of 2018 we now offer our walkers W2 employment and not just independent contract work. This means our walkers receive thorough on the job training, certifications, and mentoring. Each walker has been background checked and are insured and bonded as well. Many of our walkers have been with us for years and we are proud to have the most experienced and dedicated people on our team!


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. LeAnna also has experience administering medications and injections.


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. Brandon also has experience administering medications and injections.


Margaret is a Hyde Park resident and she joined Hyde Bark as a full-time walker after having been a manager for Camp Bow Wow, a doggie daycare, for over three years. She wanted to foster more personal one-on-one relationships with dogs on a smaller scale. She is responsible, professional and extremely educated in all things dogs! She enjoys spending time with her own dog, playing videogames and playing and watching football in her spare time. She has yet to meet a dog that does not warm up to her and her favorite dogs are ones that enjoy a good brisk walk! She is also certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. Margaret also has experience administering medications and injections.


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 has many clients that use her exclusively for walking and boarding and she also offers short-term private boarding in her Hyde Park home.


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!


Casey is a Hyde Park resident an incredibly dedicated pet care provider and is always looking for more pets to take under their wing and care for! They joined Hyde Bark as a full-time walker in 2018 after having worked for Time Out Pet Care in Oak Park. They are extremely warm, enthusiastic, and truly enjoys spending as much time as possible with all kinds of different dogs and cats! They have an adorable little Maltipoo pup named Benji, and an Aussie named Cadious! Casey especially loves Goldendoodles and small cute breeds of dogs.


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 extensive freelance experience caring for other people’s pets and has owned several different breeds of dogs throughout her life. Kooper is a full-time dog walker for Hyde Bark and 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 in 2015. 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 and many of her clients will ONLY use her! Anna also has experience administering medications and injections.


Raul lives in Hyde Park with his partner and fellow Hyde Barker Claire, their two kitties and a 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. Raul also has experience administering medications and injections.


Claire is partner to walker Raul and helps fill in on weekends and evenings as needed. She also works for the University and is a grad student with her research involving experiments aimed to investigate the chemical formation of planets. Claire grew up on a farm in Maryland with four dogs, 5 cats, and 8 horses. She loves dogs and cats and has cared for them her whole life. She knows how to interact with dogs and bond with them very easily. She is responsible and always reliable to answer messages and step up to the plate if there are appointments that need to be filled. She understands that everyone at Hyde Bark is busy and we all work together to make sure that every dog and cat are tended to. Claire is also an avid weaver, vinyl DJ, jewelry maker and house plant owner! Claire also has experience administering medications and injections.


Courtney is a Bronzeville resident where she shares her home with two dogs Miss Flower and Tofu; three cats Rutabega, Radio and Gourd; seven chickens, twelve fish and even a barn possum named Mama P! Most of her pets she has adopted while volunteering with Chicago Animal Care and Control. She has also fostered dozens of dogs and cats over the past 15 years, mainly through Alive Rescue, and has years of experience working with PAWS and My Vet Animal Hospital. She has a special place for "the underdogs" and the pets that have special emotional or physical needs. She is also a freelance video editor and circus performer/director. Courtney also enjoys gardening, foraging, cooking and is a road-trip enthusiast. David Attenborough is her spirit animal. Courtney also has experience administering medications and injections.


Bria lives in South Shore and joined us in 2019 after having worked for doggy daycare DoGoneFun in the South Loop. She wanted to become a dog walker to have a more personal one-on-one relationship with the pets in her care. Bria also has four little dogs of her own, one of which is blind. Bria lights up when she meets new dogs and truly enjoys spending each and every day with them!


Annabeth is a Hyde Park Resident and attends the Chicago Theological Seminary school where she is studying Queer Theology and working towards a Masters of Divinity. Annabeth has worked with Hyde Bark since 2017 mainly during the summers and during school breaks. Annabeth loves poodle mixes and calm sweet dogs.


Nate is Hyde Park resident having moved to Chicago from New York with his partner in 2018. Nate joined Hyde Bark in 2018. Nate is a comedian and an incredibly kind and personable individual. He always makes the dogs in his care his top priority and is completely reliable and trustworthy. He also has experience with elderly cats and has cat of his own. Nate also enjoys cooking for himself and others.


Adam is a Hyde Park resident and joined Hyde Bark in 2019 after being referred by walker Anna! He lives with his wife and their four dogs - two Border Collie mixes, a Golden Retriever and a Husky! Adam excels at handling multiple dogs and stronger dogs and put their needs first. He can quickly get dogs to warm up to him. Adam also works remotely with computers and simply enjoys spending extra time with animals. He also likes to play videogames and guitar.


Paige is a Hyde Park resident and joined HydeBark in 2019 after having been referred by walker Lyvonne. Paige was previously a freelance dog walker and came to us with glowing recommendations from her previous clients. Paige is always willing to pick up extra walks and cat visits and is hardworking and kind. Paige is also an illustrator and painter.