919-697-6048 dogwalktalk@gmail.com

About dogwalk

dogwalk has been caring for the beloved dogs and cats (and the occasional guinea pig, gerbil, bunny and chicken!) of central Durham since 2003. We take pride in bringing together the best team of dogwalkers/pet sitters around to meet the needs of our varied clients. Our entire team is bonded and insured and we keep background checks (passing ones, of course) on file for each sitter. We take the individual needs of each client into consideration to offer the best service. We look forward to hearing from you!

MEET THE CREW

Beth Bakke, owner

favorite place? at the beach with my love
favorite food? potatoes
favorite method of eating potatoes?
cooked 😉
if you were a kitchen appliance, what would you be? fridge – to keep it all cool

I adore my job, pet sitting seems perfect for a person such as me – what with my delightfully short attention span and a love for creatures with furry faces and soft eyes.

I was born in Michigan but found my way home to NC after graduating from Antioch college in Ohio way back in 1993. I started in Wilmington, then Durham, then Chapel Hill and back to Durham in 2003.

In late 2002 I started to feel there was something else out there – then it hit me. I was to be a walker of dogs and a friend to the felines, becoming co-founder of dogwalk in October of 2003. And here I am today – still in love with the dogs and cats of Durham – still in love with walking the streets with my charges – making fantastic connections as I go.

At home I live with my ladyfriend, Amy, and our 2 dogs and 3 cats – Jackson Lucille (of course she has her own insta), Buddy, Kitten, PamPam, and JoyBird. We also foster cats!  You can follow our fostering adventures here.

I totally dig bodyboarding, riding my bike in the woods and growing potatoes.

Heather

favorite food? okra

who was your most influential pet? my three-legged Plott hound named Lou

what inspires you? fearlessness

favorite movie or book? Wizard Of Oz

ocean or mountains? mountains

favorite season? Fall

Lauren

Favorite food? Chocolate

Favorite method of eating potatoes? French fries

Most influential pet? My foster fail, Dodie. She’s the love of my life

What inspires you? Nature

Favorite season? Fall

Favorite animal besides cat or dog? Snakes!

Katherine

what do you like to do when you are not working? I like to be outdoors: hiking, gardening, camping + hang out with my family.

who was your most influential pet? My first dog as a kid, Sally. I felt bonded to her as a sibling, as i had no human siblings!

favorite pet name? SALLY! I named every girl hamster, and my first dog “Sally” as a child.

what dog breed are you?Standard Poodle

Glen

what do you like to do when you are not working? I like to attend metal and rock concerts with friends or, if I’m having a quiet night in, I also like to watch various horror movies good or hilariously bad! An all time favorite is ‘Jeepers Creepers’.

favorite place? along the water at Lake Gaston. My family and I spent much time there over many summers and it still holds precious memories for me. It continues to be the ideal place for me to get away and unplug for a relaxing getaway!

where have you lived? I’ve resided in Durham the last ten years but originally grew up in Norfolk/Virginia Beach area, VA
I’ll be sticking around longer since I’ll be pursuing an associate’s degree at Durham Technical Community College.

favorite pet name? Pet names that never fail to entertain or crack me up are ones influenced by food. I also tip my hat to those named after favorite characters or artists.

favorite season? Autumn! You still have fairly warm days but can unwind in a cooler evening. I have fun walking through the crunchy leaves on the ground as well as enjoying the color that is suddenly added to the scenery around you. It’s a very cozy time of the year for me.

favorite animal other than dog or cat? I especially love Orcas and find them absolutely fascinating! I first learned about them finding information for a second grade project and fell in love. They’re very clever and deadly predators. I recently learned that they can take down Great White Sharks.

Erin

favorite method of eating potatoes? mashed up with lots of butter
favorite season? summer in the south
favorite song? I Have Nothing-Whitney Houston
what’s your favorite grocery store aisle? ice cream aisle
favorite food? butter
favorite movie or book? Uncle Buck

Walk with dogwalk!

our team is growing! job description below – email resume and cover letter to dogwalktalk at gmail dot com! 

well established pet sitting/dog walking business in central Durham seeking independent contractors to work up to 5 days a week

schedules vary from week to week based on client needs and due to the covid-19 situation, client needs have shifted and business trends are different. Therefore, we are looking to hire someone who can start at a couple days a week (preferably saturday, sunday and monday) and if all goes well, work up to 5 days a week, working roughly 15-35 hours or 25-65 visits per week.

we’re also hiring for overnight petsitting in client’s homes. this could be someone who has another job during the day or it could be someone who also wants to work for dogwalk during the day. 

we are seeking candidates with flexibility to work mornings, mid-days, evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed. we do strive to give all team members two regular days off in a row every week and we accommodate each team member’s scheduling needs as much as possible, creating a strong dogwalking team – we strive to support one another!

independent contractors are compensated based on the specifics of each job they do, on average making $15+/hr. we also offer Paid Time Off, earned as you walk!

job requirements:

* at least 20 years of age
* able to make at minimum a one year commitment to the job
* solid dog handling skills and clear understanding of dog and cat behavior
* available and willing to work a varying schedule, which may include weekends, mornings, evenings and/or holidays
* willing to work outside in all types of weather
* ability to administer basic medications to both cats and dogs
* willingness to learn new skills
* ability to follow detailed instructions that will vary from client to client
* comfortable caring for both cats and dogs
* ability to walk 5 miles or more per day
* honest, dependable, mature and trustworthy
* agree to a background check
* have a dependable car, good driving record and valid driver’s license
* have a smart phone and daily internet access
* ability to keep up with an often-changing daily schedule
* ability to stay on task and keep appointment times
* be organized and work independently as well as communicate with other ic’s, clients and owner
* ability to have fun and be in the moment
* applicants must live in or very close to durham
* proof of covid-19 vaccination