Meet our team

Dogs are our passion! We volunteer for dog rescues and donate most of our profits to dog related charities. Dog walking is a relationship between you, your dog and us.  Our clients love the fact that we do more than simply walk their dog. 

Robin

Hi, I’m Robin and I live in Pleasanton.  I’ve been lucky enough to have several rescued mutts over the years and enjoy the more challenging breeds as my own companions.  I’ve worked as a veterinary technician, international spay/neuter surgery assistant, dog trainer, and rescue volunteer (including fostering and evaluation).  

Dogs are more than a hobby for me. Walking dogs is one of my favorite activities and I’m grateful to be doing what I love everyday. I look forward to meeting you and your pup!


Rob

Hi there, I’m Rob and I'm based in Novato.  I’ve had many dogs including a Border Collie, Jack Russell, Retrievers, Scottie and 3 Bernese Mountain Dogs before my German Shepherds. I am an active volunteer in rescue, have fostered over 50 dogs and evaluate in shelters.  I founded Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue and my pups are Case & Ziggy (below).  

I was a senior executive at Levi’s and an entrepreneur in tech. That allowed me to do what I really love, what could be better?  Like Robin, I look forward to meeting you and your pup!


Sophie

Sophie walks dogs and pet sits in Castro Valley, Hayward, and Oakland. She joined us in November 2016.

She is also a writer for a newspaper!

You can see her here with one her client's dogs, a Bull Mastiff called Gilly

She has worked as a kennel attendant, dog walker, pet sitter, and dog trainer (at doggie day care). Sophie enthusiastic about all things dog and we are lucky to have her on Team Pupwalks.


Ashley

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Ashley walks dogs in the Dublin & Livermore area. She spent years as a professional dog groomer where she learned how to “read” dog body language skillfully and gained experience with a multitude of dog breeds and temperaments.

Ashley also has previous experience with walking and pet sitting so she made a very smooth transition to professional dog walking with Pupwalks!

Ashley is warm and friendly and is a natural “dog person”.

Here she is with Hogan and Hagen, two loving and entertaining Labrador youngsters we walk in Livermore. 


Mar

When Mar's application arrived we were excited.

In prior roles she had undertaken dog training at a commercial  kennel in Novato, been a veterinary assistant (which has been a big asset), a dog walker and sitter. Our hopes were high! Mar walks for us in Northern Marin The client's dogs all adore her.  Her experience has quickly been shown to be invaluable.  

Mar is part of our North bay dog sitters and dog walkers.  

Mar's Chiweenie is Siri and her kittens are Pixie and Po. Mar practices Reiki for pets - aka calming touch!


Breanna

Please meet Breanna!

She walks and pet sits in Pleasanton and Dublin and has three large dogs of her own.

She is skilled with challenging breeds and enjoys high energy pups. Her hobbies include hiking, spending time in nature, and driving old cars.

She is pictured here with Petey, a loveable terrier mix, who lives in Pleasanton. 


Joy

Joy is walking with us as part of our North Bay team and walks in Novato and the surrounding area.

She loves dogs and rescued a Golden Retriever called Maja, who is now 6.

We met completely by chance when she was walking a Pitbull mix with another company in Mill Valley.  We chatted about PupWalks and what we are doing and Joy phoned and asked if she could join us on our adventure.  

She an animal activist , another one of our team who is vegan and is into health, wellness, physical fitness training and yoga! Here she is with Leonard, a Chihuahua mix and Orsi, a female Belgian Malinois.


Sylvia

Sylvia has recently joined us in Pleasanton and is loving her new, dog-centered life! She has experience with many breeds and behaviors so we knew she would love the PupWalks Team.

Playing with dogs, gardening, and enjoying wine country are some her favorite ways to spend time. 

As a former HR Director, Sylvia brings a unique set of skills to our team and the ability to make friends with both dogs and humans equally well.


Monique

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Monique joined us in Pleasanton and is so excited to be walking dogs with us!

She has a background in massage and spiritual psychology so she bring a perspective of holistic interest to our team.

She studies dog behavior avidly and is keen to learn more about the positive benefits of dog companionship.

We are lucky to have such special and caring people caring for our clients dog! Welcome, Monique! 


Jeff

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Jeff walks dogs in San Rafael and the surrounding areas. Here he is with one of clients called Lucy, a lovely Bernese Mountain Dog.

When we saw his application, we were immediately drawn to his volunteering with the Milo Organization where he ha been walking all breeds of dogs and his prior dog walking experience. In addition he has been taking dog training and obedience classes. When we met Jeff we were impressed by how much he genuinely loves dogs and how they seem to take to him. Our clients and their dogs seem to feel the same way. 

Jeff lives in the Peacock Gap region of San Rafael and adds cars and gaming to his list of interests beyond dogs.


Irene

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Irene joined us in 2017 and is based in Novato. She is our first Australian team member. Adding to our solitary Brit, we are becoming quite cosmopolitan!

Irene has immense dog handling and training experience, working for Guide Dogs for the Blind for several years, supporting their training programs and puppy raising. She was a vet tech and has attended multiple dog training and behavior seminars. here she is with Tugg and Ethel. 

Irene loves photography, arts & crafts and is an expert gardener! 


Shelli

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Please meet Shelli! She walks in Hayward and lots of positive energy and enthusiasm with her dogs. Shelli has a yellow lab named Bella, who is like her child (really, just ask her). For years, Shelli had needed a dog walker to take Bella out while she was working long hours.

She knows what it's like to be worried about your dogs needs while your away and how important it is to have someone you trust taking care of your furkids for you. Shelli is so empathetic with people and dogs, it's wonderful to have her on the team. 

Heres she's walking Papi, a big loveable lab mix who has a penchant for bouncing balls 🏀😆