Our team

"Dog walking seems like an easy job, but it's hard to master. It's not for everyone. In fact it's not for most people. There are many moving intricate parts to ensure everyone - animals and people- receives personalized care ." -paraphrased from Brooklyn Bark walkers

 It's not easy to make the cut as Brooklyn Bark care giver. Brooklyn Bark has a reputation for not only providing amazing pet care, but for treating our employees well. Each staff member is Pet CPR/First Aid certified by our on-staff instructor.  To be a care giver the person must: 

- show exceptional devotion to animals - animal volunteer, hospital work...

- have existing knowledge of dog and cats

- be excellent at communication; we email clients after each visit with a update

- continue pursuing animal eduction (training, behavior modification, Vet Tech....)

- go through rigorous training

We are always looking for exceptional people to be part of our team. If you think you have what it takes, visit our hiring application page and apply! We would love to hear from you.  

Management Team

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Rachel Bowers

Brooklyn Bark was founded by Rachel. She is the driving force behind the company - providing care that would be acceptable to her high expectations in the care of her own animals. To read more about Rachel and the start of Brooklyn Bark, check out this news article.

     - licensed NYS Wildlife Rehabilitator   

     - Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech


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Helen Bowers

Takes care of the business of the business.  
Bark Master does administration, marketing, billing and generally keeps an eye on our Care Associates and our pup and kitty Barkers.  

Helen is a PetTech Instructor certified to teach:

  • Pet CPR/First Aid
  • Pet Wellness
  • Pet Dental
  • Senior Pet-izen




After many years in the land of 9-5, Colleen welcomed the opportunity to pursue her passion for animals with Brooklyn Bark!  With experience in industries from Optics to Publishing, she brings her Marketing talents and her love for all things 'spreadsheet' to the BB Family.

Her pup Murphy (pictured here) is our Chief Howling Officer, who's favorite sing-a-long songs are 'FDNY' and 'The Mr. Softee' song.  Rachel keeps copies of his songs on her cell phone so she can show people his amazing talent on demand!

        -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech


Scheduling and New Client Team



Driven by his passionate for food, David graduated from the CIA (the good CIA - Culinary Institute of America).  His career had him cooking at Momofuku and other three star restaurants in the Northeast. 

These were passionate but very long days and they left him no time for his other love, his beloved pup, Olive. David began his Brooklyn Bark career as a Care Associate in Downtown Brooklyn.  Now, he expertly combines his experience caring for our Barkers and the skills he learned running kitchens to smoothly bring our new clients into the pack!

     -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech




He's from Kailua, Hawaii and is a cum laude graduate from SUNY Purchase in Jazz Saxophone.  Garrett has taught music, been a bike courier and worked in customer service.  He has a furry girlfriend and her name is Luna (yes, that is Luna in the picture). After starting as a Care Associate in Bed-Stuy and Fort Greene, he made the move to indoor 'pup management' and is a integral par of our Scheduling Team.

Garrett and his sax are now part of the New York music scene at night.  Check them out at GarrettBodley.com

      -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech




Pete has always loved dogs from a young age and was fortunate enough to grow up with an awesome Shih-Tzu named Gizmo. He brings this canine appreciation and passion for helping animals to the Brooklyn Bark team. 
Jazz pianist, music teacher and DJ are just a few of the musical hats that Peter wears. He returned to New York after earning a masters in music from Portland State University.  Pete started out as a Care Assocaite with Brooklyn Bark and now is a member of our amazing Scheduling Team. He orchestrates our barkers care during the day, then teaches and performs by night.
 You can check out some of his tunes here: PeteLaMalfa.com
     - Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech

Field Manager

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After receiving his bachelors in Music Engineering Nick moved to New York seven years ago.  To support himself began walking dogs in Manhattan.

Nick's passion for animals is now his primary life motivator, especially as he is now caring from pups and kitties in his beloved Brooklyn freeing his time for more rescue and volunteer work.

Want to know more about Nick?  Click here.

      -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech



Back-Up Walkers



Emily was a private dog walker and pet sitter with a degree in journalism and a career in book publishing.  As her interests have shifted toward health and wellness, she is going back to school for a masters in Public Health Nutrition.

To find more time to focus on her studies without giving up pup and kitty time, Emily joined Brooklyn Bark.  With her tremendous background and passion, she has become our back-up walker.  So expect to meet Emily when your pup's own Care Associate needs some time off.

     -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech



A transplant from Canada, Sonya now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and a skinny grey cat called Trotsky.  Having grown up with a dog - a willful Shiba Inu - and a quiet black cat, she loves animals, and is thrilled to be meeting new ones through Brooklyn Bark.

A graduate of McGill, Sonya also works in the arts and as a freelance writer, but enjoys moments away from the computer and the books to be outside with the doggies and kitties of Brooklyn.




After growing up in Vermont with a menagerie of dogs, cats, goats, one tame deer, and horses, Genevieve attended Mount Holyoke College where she dog-walked and house-sat in order to keep animals in her life while at school. An ornery corgi (Barley), a lovesick lab/boxer (Nigel), and a stoic hound dog (Copper, a Winston Churchill look-alike) wait for her in Vermont while she lives in New York.

While pursuing an advanced degree, she brings a lifetime of animal knowledge and love to the pups and kitties of Brooklyn Bark. She lives with three exciting cats (Governor Roosevelt, Darcy, and Jerry) and two sassy chickens in Fort Greene, and has begun fostering elderly dogs. She’s also a maple syrup expert and sells thereal stuff on weekends.  


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Mariya is putting the finishing touches on her degree in Environmental Science. 

She grew up with a pet chinchilla (very cute and fluffy but not affectionate) and a Shih Tzu named Ramses (very cute, fluffy AND affectionate).  Ramses defined her teen years for it was he who made her realize how expansive and capable her heart is.

Mariya's expansive and capable heart, we are glad to say, is guiding her as she cares for Barker pups, kitties and others.

Want to know more about Mariya?  Click on her photo

-  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech

Downtown/DUMBO Team

 Matt O'Brien


Matt had very successful career as a news reporter on Wall Street after receiving his degree in English Lit from UMass. 

When deciding to make a change, Matt looked back to growing up and the experience he had working for Mom, who owns a pet sitting business in Pennsylvania.  He choose to bring his pup and kittie skills to the Brooklyn Bark team. Spending time with his furry BFF's during the day has had the best possible impact on his wrighting! 

Want to know more about Matt?  Click here.

     -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech 




Viki came to the United States with her family from Uzbekistan when she was 9.  She didn't own a dog until she was 16 and her first pup, Jill, is now her best friend and study mate.  Her love for Jill lead to her decision to come to Brooklyn Bark.  She thinks of herself as 'Aunt Viki' to her pups and kitties, and they keep her balanced while she persue's her Masters.

Want to know more about Viki?  Click here 

     -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech




Casey has the pleasure of walking the ‘Barkers’ of Brooklyn Bark around his birthplace of Cobble Hill. Although he moved to New Jersey after only 8 months in Brooklyn, he still feels connected to the area. It was in Jersey where he grew up with two labradors (black and yellow) who made Casey the dog lover he is today.

Casey moved back to New York City in 2007 where he studied at NYU and the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, majoring in music business and piano performance/composition. With Brooklyn Bark, he's now found a great balance between his two passions...music and animals!

     - Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech




Alley is an NYU Music Business graduate, resident Brooklynite, and mom of two beautiful kitties. After graduating NYU, Alley worked full-time in the music industry for over 2 and a half years. We're super happy that she had a change of heart that brought her to Brooklyn Bark, where she finally feels she is doing what she loves the most (obsessing over other people's animals). On weekends she volunteers at a cat shelter in Union Square because 5 full days of animals is just not enough for her.

     -Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech


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Chelsea grew up in different parts of Virginia, and made the move to Brooklyn to pursue a career as a vocalist.  She graduated from Randolph College with a degree in Music, and has been singing her entire life.  She started her animal career in Virginia, working at a grooming shop and as a pet sitter.  There, she fell in love with caring for the pups and kittens, and she now continues that work with Brooklyn Bark.  Chelsea has her own wonderful fur baby, an orange and black tortoise shell named Fela!  While Chelsea has never had a dog of her own, she is thrilled that she now has her barkers as a part of her life!


Fort Greene Team



Superstar Jake lives, eats and sleeps animals.  He grew up on a hobby farm in upstate New York with horses, cows, pigs, chickens and, as he says, "of course German Shepards." Jake smiles through his days for he is outdoors, with animals and now living in the most vibrant place on the planet.  

     -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech


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A musician from New Haven, CT; Johnny moved to Brooklyn in 2012.  Success was had in it's own ways even though they didn't conquer the world as planned. His band's music ended up getting played in commercials, on the radio and even made it to the holy grail of being played on MTV.  

He then graduated from Arrojo Cosmetology school in Manhattan. It was a decade and a half of bleaching and dyeing hair that lead him to beauty school in SoHo.  During his apprenticeship is when he first got a chance to do some dog walking and he never looked back. Years later, he's still happily caring for pups and critters with Brooklyn Bark. No surprise to him as he cared for many of his own pets while growing up; from birds, rats and iguanas to hamsters, cats and dogs. Walking furry friends was just a perfect fit for him, caring for pets always just came naturally.



Ian grew up in Georgia where there were as much wildlife and farm animals as pups and kittens.
 He graduated with a degree in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Georgia in his hometown of Athens, GA. 
While in Athens, Ian volunteered at a farm rescue and bonded with some amazing animals.  After moving to Brooklyn for a position with Americorps, 
he realized how much he missed caring for the animals.  Now, Ian brings his talents and caring to his pups at Brooklyn Bark, and they fulfill his days in return!

Clinton Hill Team

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Matt grew up in Western Massachusetts. His love for animals began with frogs and turtles until he finally convinced his parents to let him get a dog. Matt graduated from John Jay with a Masters in Criminology and Deviance. His graduation present was an English Setter who quickly became his best friend, named Oliver. He's spent the last ten years working in prisons and homeless shelters helping individuals from all walks of life get back on track. He has always relished his time spent with animals and is thrilled to be a part of Brooklyn Bark! 


Bed-Stuy Team



Born in Queens but raised in Bushwick, Joel is majoring in New Media Technology, Digital Media and App development. Though he loves his digital work, he also is passionate about animals and is thrilled to now be caring for the 'Barkers' of Bed Stuy! Growing up learned and loved on many pets such as turtles, hamsters, and a cat. But  it wasn't until a puppy named Tequila came into his home and did wonders helping his mother through a difficult time in her life, that his true passion was made clear.  In honor of Tequila, he's made it his mission to pay it forward to all the animals he works with and to humans in need. 

Currently Joel is growing out his locks and is going to be donating it to a cancer patients. If you live in Bed Stuy, you'll get to watch the pony tail get longer and longer! 

- Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech




Born in Brooklyn and raised in Lower East Side, Gio has an amazing sense of adventure! Whether he's out and about engaging in his favorite hobby of landscape photography or getting lost in amazing story lines through anime, movies, and video games, he's always on the look out for beautiful and engaging things.  He brings this sense of adventure and love of animals to us at Brooklyn Bark!  His life long goal is to travel the world and capture it's beauty! 


Williamsburg Team

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Stephen grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City and San Francisco with a slew of dogs and cats (his most favorite was an overweight cocker spaniel named Lucky).  After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in English Language Literature and Fiction, Creative Writing in 2007, he moved to NYC.  Once in NYC, Stephen has held many jobs.  But the most important and influential was his time at the Animal Care and Control of NYC (now Animal Care Centers of NYC) where he ran the mobile adoption department.  His love for animal welfare blossomed there, and he found out that he is the happiest when working with animals. He now brings that love and passion to his pups at Brooklyn Bark.  Stephen currently has a part main coon cat named #cindyprettykitty (and yes, the hashtag is official) who was adopted through the ACC.  She is the love (non-human) of his life.

Park Slope/Windsor Terrace Team

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Alex brings his passion for the dogs and cats of Park Slope to Brooklyn Bark. On weekends he volunteers for Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, rehabilitating their more difficult dogs and facilitating adoptions all through the County of Kings.

A theater major, Alex is lead guitarist with two rock/alternative/indie pop bands by night, The Morrow and The Lovehowl, and is working on becoming Dr. Doolittle with Brooklyn Bark by day.

          -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech



Stephanie has a Masters in biology from Hunter College. Not surprisingly, she is passionate about all things living and more so if they have fur or feathers.

While Stephanie is undoubtedly on her way to a Nobel Prize, she spends her days sharing her love with the kitties and pups of Brooklyn Bark.

Want to know more about Stephanie?  Click here

     -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech



Katie came to Brooklyn Bark an experienced dog walker and hit the ground running.  She can meet a dog for the very first time and instantly become beloved leader of the pack, a veritable Pied Piper. She's well known for her hysterical pet notes with creative little terms of endearment calling her Barkers things such as 'a handsome stack of pancakes.'

When the day is over, Katie needs to balance with human talk so she tends bar four nights a week where she talks about - what else - the kitties and pups she cares for and loves. 

         -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech




Heather is thrilled to be out from behind a desk! She's always loved animals and, after many years in the news design business, one day she woke up to the idea of making her living around a loving connection with her community's fur babies. She loves walking pups as well as cat-sitting. She cares deeply for, and is endlessly amused by all of her animal clients.
Originally from Texas, Heather is also a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter as well as a visual artist with a unique style. She continues to freelance as a web designer and illustrator.
      - Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech


Adam got his B.A. from Binghamton University, and is currently a part-time M.A. student at Brookyn College.  A real New Yorker - New York State, that is - he hails from Orange County, NY.  He grew up with a Husky-mix named Rascal who was true to his name, and in recent years has cared for rescue dogs in need, including Thor the Shih-Tzu and Yoshi the Maltese.  With dedication and patience, he and his girlfriend are currently raising Bowser, a lovable and shy chihuahua. 

Adam has worked for documentary filmmakers and a radio station, and is pursuing his Master's in International Affairs. He writes and researches on topics of geopolitical importance, while continuing to care for the Barker dogs and cats he adores.

Want to know more about Adam?  Click here.

     -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech



Ellie's lifelong love of animals started as a young child growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was exposed to all types of animals from dogs and cats to scorpions and elk.  She has experience working with all types of dogs from her days of doing kennel work.  Now, she brings her childhood passion, experience and joy to all of her pups at Brooklyn Bark.  'What about cats?' you ask - well, she's got three feline babies of her own. 

Support Team

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Josh has taught band & percussion in Dallas, English in Brazil & Korea and cruised as a musician with Royal Caribbean.  Most important, he worked as a dog walker and volunteered at a local shelter when he and his bride lived in Seattle.

He is back-up drummer for a number of Broadway shows as well as a music teacher. He and his wife are owned by spoiled Lab named Adi. They love sharing their house with other pups. 

       -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech 



Brooklyn born and raised, Michael has always had animals as part of his life.  But it wasn't until he became responsible for Earl, a cat with a UTI, did it hit him how we are guardians for the world's critters, large and small. 

To stay physically and mentally fit during his off time, Michael trains and teaches jiu jitsu and writes.

Want to know more about Michael?  Click on his photo.

     -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech