GMD Team Dinner: Ricardo, Scott, Austin, Caleb, Jessica, Catherine
GMD Team Dinner: Tommy, Catherine, Scott, Caleb, Jessica, Austin
The original intros, by each of our truly awesome Team members: Scott, Austin,Jhem, & Catherine:
My name is Scott Hoecker, and I am thrilled to be a part of Girl Meets Dog!
I grew up in the Western Suburbs, spending most of my time in the woods behind the house and wishing my family's TV could get the channel with Power Rangers. Of course now I'm glad that it couldn't, because all that time in the woods fostered my love for the outdoors. Whenever I came inside for the night, I would always have plenty of company in my family's many pets. Over the years we've had 7 cats (4 currently), an gentle giant of an Alaskan malamute, Nicky, when I was very young, and a goofy Greyhound Rescue I grew up with, Sean.
When I moved to the city to study trumpet performance at DePaul in 2007, the urban environment and lack of pets in the dorms was a big change. It was the first time in my life I didn't have an animal to come home to!
I've gotten used to the city, and really grown to love it. The musical atmosphere here in Chicago is unlike any other I've experienced. It keeps me striving to get better and better, which means that I'm usually inside practicing instead of being outside! I also haven't had a schedule which could support a dog of my own yet.
Which is why I can't wait to meet all of yours! I'm so excited to give your pups the exercise and outdoors time that they (and I!) need!
My name is Austin and I’m your new dog walker! Hoping to introduce myself and give a little background on me.
I grew up in Bloomington-Normal, IL and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. After undergrad, I worked for an insurance company here in Chicago but after a year I decided I wanted to go back to school; I am currently obtaining a Masters in Network Engineering and Security at DePaul University.
Which brings me to Girl Meets Dog! Since most of my classes are night/online, I am happy as can be to provide the love, care, and attention you have for for your pup every day. Growing up, I was always surrounded by dogs of all kinds, so I’m happy to adjust to anything your dog will need. I truly mean it when I say I am happy to give your dog the attention and love you as owners give every day!
In my spare time, I really enjoy staying active; whether it’s lifting, running, playing sports or walking/playing with dogs if it involves movement I’m in! But, I also really enjoy taking it easy by watching sports (Cubs! Bulls! Packers! This Madison, WI-born, Illinois-raised kid has some interesting sports allegiances, I know haha), movies, TV shows, and playing video games.
Can’t wait to meet all the precious pups!
I’m Jhem Noguera! Your pet's new best friend and dog walker! I grew up outside of Chicago but always found myself in the city. I’ve always had a passion for animals and kept myself surrounded by them as much as possible. I’ve worked on family owned farms to always having a pet at home. I’m a proud owner of three dogs right now. I guess you can call me a dog person. :) When I was in middle school I convinced my parents to get me my first dog, Daisy, a Toy Fox Terrier, she has been my child/best friend now for 12 years. We recently adopted two more pups in to our family, Molly (Toy Fox Terrier/ Tea cup chihuahua mix) and Simba (German Shepard/Gold Reteriver), both one year old.
I’ve always had a love for pets and just enjoy the humble, positive, energy they give off. I’ve work a desk job for about 3 years now and feel that this would be the perfect change for me. Combining my hard work ethic with my love for animals has always been something I’ve aspired to. Being so grateful for this opportunity, I can guarantee that your pet will have fun adventures filled with exercise, care, and most importantly FUN! I will care for your pets as if they are my very own.
With all that said I can’t wait to meet your pets/kids/best friend!
Hi everyone! I'm Catherine and I'm so excited to be a part of Girl Meets Dog!
I grew up in Glenview, the northwest suburbs of Chicago and moved to the city to study Vocal Performance at Columbia College in 2010. I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music and since then have been singing all over the city with a slew of different bands and projects. I started walking dogs and loved it so much that I continued it for 2 years until I took a break to work on music more intently. But I started to miss all the beautiful dogs and cats I cared for so so much! And that's why I'm joining Girl Meets Dog as a boarder/house sitter! I'm so excited to meet your pooches and give them a comfortable and safe place to stay while you're out of town. Most of all I'm going to be so happy to have a companion staying with me so I can enjoy the best of both worlds, music and pups!
Hello everyone, I’m Ric.
I was born and grew up in cNew York City and made the move to Chicago earlier this year. I’m awriter and reporter.
I’m a dog lover atheart, but mostly a cat owner in reality, thanks to the realities of NYC apartment living. My family has raised four cats over the years, the most recent of
which is Willow, a Maine Coon we adopted for my youngest sister last year. It’s probably the smartest animal we’ve ever owned.
When I was in high school, my sister decided she wanted a dog, so my family adopted Brownie, a Yorkshire Terrier. I loved having a dog around and I’m looking forward toone day being able to adopt my own.
When I’m not working, I’m usually riding my bike around the city (mostly the lakefront path), taking a walk, or at the movies. I’m also an avid photographer, and I’m looking forward to not only walking your dogs, but also photographing them.