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.

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     - 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

 

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Colleen

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 Barketing 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 howling talent on demand!

        -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech

 

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Viki

Viki came to the United States with her family from Uzbekistan when she was 9. She started her career at Brooklyn Bark as a Care Associate and then moved to a Senior CA and Mentor. Though her pups (and her clients) were all devastated to let her go, Viki is now a part of the management team.  As Field Operations Manager, she helps manage the day to day of our pups and our team.  And, secretly, she still finds time to sneak back and check in on 'her babies.'

Most importantly, Viki is a proud mom to her two amazing Shitzu's Jili and Ramses.

Want to know more about Viki?  Click here 

     -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech


Scheduling and New Client Team

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David

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.  He then moved on to develop and fine tune our on-boarding process for clients as the New Client Manager.  Now, David is taking his knowledge of all things Brooklyn Bark, his amazing people skills, and his incredible attention to detail and is working in a new role as Client Support Manager.

     -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech

 

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Garrett

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 is the proud father of his cat Henry, pictured here, and has the scars to prove it :) After starting as a Care Associate in Bed-Stuy and Fort Greene, he made the move to indoor 'pup management' and is a integral part of our Scheduling Team.

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

      -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech

 

 


Back-Up Walkers

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Emily

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

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Sonya

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.

 

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Genevieve

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.  

      -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech

 

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Mariya

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

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Jordan

After catching the banjo bug in his youth, Jordan pursued his love of traditional music through higher education and graduated with a performance degree from Berklee College of Music.  Jordan’s passion for animals was also instilled at a young age with his first two dogs, a black lab mutt named Maddie and a border collie and Australian shepherd mix named Lucy.  

He moved to Brooklyn to continue his musical path and found Brooklyn Bark along the way!  These days you can find him spending quality time with pups in Downtown Brooklyn by day and performing around NYC with various bluegrass outfits at night.

    - Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech

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Matthew

Before moving to Brooklyn from Virginia, Matt worked for his hometown county's government office.  Prior to that, he had the privilege to work for a dog boarding and daycare facility and found it engaging in every aspect.

While he pursues his career in acting for film and TV, he get's to spend the daylight hours with his Barkers!  He prides himself on his amazing ability to bond with the pups and kitties of Brooklyn!

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Josh

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 



Downtown/DUMBO Team

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Andrew

Born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Andrew moved to Bushwick after graduating from American University with a degree in Music and Audio Production, with dreams of rock stardom. While he continues to pursue those dreams by night, he is gaining inspiration during the day from his pups!  Andrew grew up with dogs, cats, and chickens, and currently has two feline roommates at home. When he's not walking dogs, Andrew can be found practicing bass, guitar, and piano, editing podcasts, hiking, and riding his bike.

   

 

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Kenny

One of our Senior Care Associates, Originally from New Jersey, Kenny moved to New York to be a freelance writer. He's interested in all things pop culture especially music, food, and entertainment. Growing up, he had eight Russian Dwarf hamsters that he cared for and loved. While in college, he used to house sit and dog walk for his friends when they'd be out of town.
 
In his spare time, Kenny enjoys being a home cook. He's always looking for new ways to perfect his chili recipe. During the warmer months, he likes to bust out a small charcoal grill to cook for friends and....drink some beer!

      -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech

 

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Casey

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. Casey is one of our Senior Care Associates and is a Mentor to our Downtown Brooklyn Team! With Brooklyn Bark, he's now found a great balance between his two passions...music and animals! 

     - Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech

 

   
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Sean-Kierre

Sean-Kierre is a Brooklyn base artist and native, who's has a passion for animals and fine art, They grew up with an endless list of pets!  From birds, reptiles, rats, dogs and cats they even had squirrel for little bit, they've loved animals since they were a young Brooklyn Tike! 
 
When they aren't spending time hanging out with their four legged friends they are usually making art!   Sean-Kierre has had soem spectacular and moving exhibits  in manhattan and brookyn and is working very hard to make name in the art world!
 
Working at Brooklyn Bark gives them so much joy and the inspiration needed to create. Sean-Kierre likes to say, "hanging out with the pups and kitties gives me life!"  We agree! 
 
 
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Tony

Coming from a long line of caregivers, fostered a deep sense of empathy and compassion in Tony. For over 30 years, his great-grandfather ran a kennel and boarding service on his farm for the locals in small town southern Ohio. Since those days, his family’s farms have hosted a plethora of animals from chickens to sheep and even a water buffalo! Throughout his youth, the farm was a safe haven for a number of stray pups and kitties that they were more than delighted to have join their family of five pups. 

Upon graduating from The Ohio State University with his Bachelors in Psychology, he worked in both the medical and hospitality fields for a number of years. As months became years being tied to his desk, he finally began to realize his true calling. As a budding horticultural enthusiast, he spends his time studying at the Botanical Gardens, volunteering with Prospect Park, and taking care of his growing group of pups at Brooklyn Bark! 

 
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Yefry

 

Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, Yefry's passions are photography, animals and cars! As a freelance photographer he particularly loves making dogs and cars the subject of his work. A lover of the outdoors, it could be the middle of winter and he will be outside with his camera to get that fresh air and some great photos.  Now, his clients and pups benefit from his love and care but also get some great photos in the process! 

   

Fort Greene Team

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Chelsea 

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 as a Senior Care Associate and Mentor.  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!

      -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech

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Melvin

A lifelong lover of animals and a very hard worker from the south side of Brooklyn, Melvin looked to join the Brooklyn Bark team after hearing how much his girlfriend Janirka loved the company and her pups.  Listening to her gush over her pups each day, Melvin knew this was the right place for him!  He now has his own pups to gush over and they compare stories and photos over dinner.


Clinton Hill Team

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Tyler

With a master's degree in jazz saxophone, and recently home from an extensive year-long tour playing jazz saxophone and clarinet with the "World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra", Tyler has been living in NYC for 4 non-consecutive years now. He is still grateful every day to be able to sleep in the same bed more than two nights in a row and to be able to live with and love his absolutely perfect cat Yoshi! 
 
Tyler got through a particularly rough time with Yoshi's help and because of that he truly feels an infinite debt of gratitude to his amazing little ball of love, which ultimately extends into a deep passion for all animals. Don't be surprised if you hear him singing a silly freestyle song to your cute little doggo!
     
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Rowan

Originally from Napa California, Rowan came to New York City to pursue a career in the music industry. She grew up with many animals including rodents, cats, Fishes & her childhood black lab Roxy, Who still lives in California.  

After having jobs in restaurants, cafes, offices, & salons she realized that she need to have animals as a part of her daytime routine. So, petcare by day/rockstar by night is Rowan's recipe for happiness! She is also the mother of a terrific beta fish named Bob, whom she loves very much!

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Alisha

Alisha is a friendly, funny, foodie who received her Bachelor’s in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management at Johnson & Wales University. After about four years of working in kitchens, she decided to take a break and pursue another one of her passions, animal care!

Alisha not only loves caring for her Barkers, she is grateful for the benefits that she gets from spending time with the sweetest pets in Brooklyn! 


Bed-Stuy Team

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Joel

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

 

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Gio

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! 

      -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech

 


Williamsburg Team

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Kyle

A Graduate of The University at Buffalo  with a degree in Management Information Systems, Kyle has always lived with German Shepherds, and they are the main reason why he has so much love for these wonderful animals. He currently has a 4-year-old German Shepherd named Brandy, who lives back at home with his parents. Now, Kyle has adopted 'his' pups at Brooklyn Bark to try and fill the hole of not seeing Brandy each day. 

Along with his life long passion for animals, Kyle is a technophile and avid gamer. Halo is his favorite game, and he has been following it since the original. Other interests include Marvel, DC, and Star Wars. His favorite TV show of all time is Lost. We're still waiting to hear his opinion on the final episode! 

 

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Leigh

After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Creative Writing and French, Leigh moved to New York to pursue a career in translating. However, she soon found that she was happiest and most fulfilled around animals! In college, she signed up to foster dogs from her local Humane Society. Her first foster pup was Lucky, a boxer/pitbull mix, and after spending a couple weeks together, she knew they were actually meant to be together! Instead of fostering now, she spends her days with all of her Barkers

   

Park Slope/Windsor Terrace Team

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Janirka (Jani)

Jani can’t remember a time where she wasn’t surrounded by animals. Born and raised in Brooklyn, her Dominican roots, had her growing up and visiting the Dominican Republic all throughout my life. It was there where her never ending love for animals and nature begun. She’s played mama to chickens, ducks, goats, horses, dogs, cats and all kinds of small animals. Here in Brooklyn she’s had two cats named Belle D’Jour and July. Three dogs a Maltipoo (Nemo), an American Bully (Bonnie), and her Rottie (Goliath). And we can’t leave out her 2 betta fish and 2 parakeets!

With an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education she’s spent the last three years teaching. Though she does enjoy working with children, her passion lies with the furbabies! She is planning on hopefully going back to school in the next few years and pursuing her life-long dream of being a Veterinarian. 

When she does have free-time if she’s not sketching or writing my life away, you can find her with my nose in a book or walking down all of Jamaica bay.

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Lynn

A lifelong pet owner and animal lover, Lynn has owned many pets from dogs and cats, to turtles and hamsters. Originally from Brooklyn with a West Indian background she spent some time living on the island of St Vincent and the Grenadines. There, she had two dogs and two cats. One of those pups, Liz, was a sick stray that she rescued and nursed back to health. Liz paid her back with endless kisses, cuddles, and ended up being one of her favorite friends. Lynn is currently pursuing a veterinary technician degree with a goal of continuing to help care for animals of all kinds.

For now, she brings her love and passion for animals to her pups at Brooklyn Bark and joyfully cares for her 9-year-old red ear slider turtle named Phil.  

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Alex

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

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Nick 

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

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Ellie

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. 

      -  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified through PetTech