Windy City Paws: Dog Walking Service
You love your pet. We know this. In fact to you, Scruffy isn’t a dog. He’s part of your family. So we understand you aren’t going to fork him over to just anyone to be cared for. Unfortunately, you endure 60-hour work weeks, travel, and — gasp — have a social life. As much as you love your pup, you can’t always be there to take him out for the walks he needs. That’s why we’ve done some investigating, and found the most trustworthy dog walkers around.
Dog lover and local entrepreneur Katie Pape started Windy City Paws over a year ago, bringing together her career and her passion. As a patron of several different doggy daycare programs and dogwalking services, Katie developed a firm grasp of what she needed and wanted out of such a service. So when she left her less-than-fulfilling finance job, she decided to finally pursue her passion. She would, in her words, “provide the most caring, loving, professional dog walking and sitting services for dogs and their dog loving owners.”
She now has a staff of about 20 walkers, all of whom go through background checks and screenings before they’re taken on as part of the team. The majority of Windy City Paws walkers are undergrad and graduate students. They’re a unique collection of free-spirited professionals with one thing in common: they love animals. That means every walk, every time, you can rest assured your pup will not only be safe and secure, but is guaranteed to have a tail-wagging time.
All services begin with an “Intake Meeting,” so that the dog walkers understand any special dietary, physical or training requirements for your dog. Katie’s service uses an online system for booking walks — so clients can always easily view their dog’s schedule and make changes. Clients also can read notes online from the walker, so before they even get home they already know how the walk went. Pretty cool, huh? Walkers also provide handwritten notes. Every regular visit includes a stimulating walk, treats and, of course, lots of TLC! Katie and her team also offer cat and other pet visits.
Windy City Paws currently services the following neighborhoods.
* Lincoln Park
* Old Town
* River North
* Gold Coast
* South Loop
The pricing for dog walking is as follows:
* $12/walk for 30 minutes (6+ walks/week)
* $30 for a 60 minute walk