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: Jerry, Scott, Austin, & 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 would love to be a dog Walker/Sitter for your company! I have been looking for a dog walker position in the area for a while now and I am glad to see you are hiring. I also live in Wrigleyville and have a bike to get around. I am 23 and have a recently earned a bachelors degree in Audio Engineering from Columbia College Chicago.
I am looking for a position like this because I work sporadically on weekends as a server at Gutherie's Tavern and need another source of income. I am an aspiring musician and think that this job would be a perfect fit for me.
As for dogs: I have always had them in my family. I have had multiple Golden Retrievers and Bernese Mountain Dogs. Besides just dogs I have had 2 cats, fish, snakes. I have taken care of lots of different types of animals. I am young and active and can run with dogs or sit by them and provide company. I workout consistently and consider my self strong enough to handle even the biggest dogs. That being said, big dogs, small dogs, I love them all. Dogs are so special to me because they have this intuition, this sense that people do not have. I guess this is why they are considered mans best friend... well and that they are so cute! I want to make dogs excited to see me and for them to know good times are ahead when I arrive!
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!