Walks With Zara Dog Walkers

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Walks with Zara Dog Walkers is a Dog Walking Pet Service also providing In-Home Pet sitting for Chicago IL North Side and Evanston areas.
  • 937 W Sunnyside Ave

    Chicago, IL 60640

    Map & Directions
  • 773-213-4265

About Walks With Zara Dog Walkers

Hours
Mon-Sun 9am-9pm

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Entrusting Mr. Barkypants, my first-born son, to a dog walker is akin to how I imagine it might feel to someday entrust a less furry child of mine to a nanny: He/She sure as hell better be committed, conscientious, able to survive blizzards*, and love Mr. Barkypants as his/her own. Using this (perhaps slightly unreasonable) standard, I interviewed many, many dog walkers before I found Walks With Zara Chicago Dog Wlalkers, a dog walking company that Russell and his business partner own and operate. Though I haven't yet had to put them to the blizzard test*, it is clear that Russell is an excellent dog walker and human being.

I feel strongly about not having just any random person walk Mr. Barkypants: I've witnessed how some walkers who work at larger operations treat (or rather mistreat) the 5-10 dogs they walk at once. Sadly, it doesn't seem uncommon for some dog walkers, on the north-side at least, to roughly yank leashes or yell and scream at dogs, or to refuse to stop walking to allow one of their charges to use the little dog's room, or to tie dogs up to a post in the park while the walker enjoys a cigarette and long chat with his friends. I am confident that Russell does NOT do this; Mr. Barkypants would probably behave very differently with him than he does.

Interestingly, though Mr. Barkypants isn't terribly fond of strangers and he is particularly non-fond of strangers who are male and who wear hats, he took to the hat-wearing Russell like he took to liver treats from the first or second walk on. Russell has a gentle, quiet, calm, non-domineering manner with dogs (and humans, really). He isn't embarrassed about speaking to dogs in goofy voices -- a talent I quite appreciate. Moreover, wrt his human dealings, too, Russell is prompt and as honest as Abe: He lets us know when he isn't able to walk a full hour (because of severe weather or sickness) and deducts from his pay despite our asking him to take the full amount.

Rates, by the way, are extremely reasonable for Chicago dog walking, especially since Mr. Barkypants gets Russell all to himself on walks.

According to their website, Russell is bonded and insured as a dog walker and is a member of the Association of pet sitters. I can speak with knowledge about Russell's excellent credentials as a dog walker. He *will* treat your dogs with respect and patience -- or at least I'm pretty sure they will based on how they've treated my first born son. I can't recommend him enough.

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Entrusting Mr. Barkypants, my first-born son, to a dog walker is akin to how I imagine it might feel to someday entrust a less furry child of mine to a nanny: He/She sure as hell better be committed, conscientious, able to survive blizzards*, and love Mr. Barkypants as his/her own. Using this (perhaps slightly unreasonable) standard, I interviewed many, many dog walkers before I found Walks With Zara Chicago Dog Wlalkers, a dog walking company that Russell and his business partner own and operate. Though I haven't yet had to put them to the blizzard test*, it is clear that Russell is an excellent dog walker and human being.

I feel strongly about not having just any random person walk Mr. Barkypants: I've witnessed how some walkers who work at larger operations treat (or rather mistreat) the 5-10 dogs they walk at once. Sadly, it doesn't seem uncommon for some dog walkers, on the north-side at least, to roughly yank leashes or yell and scream at dogs, or to refuse to stop walking to allow one of their charges to use the little dog's room, or to tie dogs up to a post in the park while the walker enjoys a cigarette and long chat with his friends. I am confident that Russell does NOT do this; Mr. Barkypants would probably behave very differently with him than he does.

Interestingly, though Mr. Barkypants isn't terribly fond of strangers and he is particularly non-fond of strangers who are male and who wear hats, he took to the hat-wearing Russell like he took to liver treats from the first or second walk on. Russell has a gentle, quiet, calm, non-domineering manner with dogs (and humans, really). He isn't embarrassed about speaking to dogs in goofy voices -- a talent I quite appreciate. Moreover, wrt his human dealings, too, Russell is prompt and as honest as Abe: He lets us know when he isn't able to walk a full hour (because of severe weather or sickness) and deducts from his pay despite our asking him to take the full amount.

Rates, by the way, are extremely reasonable for Chicago dog walking, especially since Mr. Barkypants gets Russell all to himself on walks.

According to their website, Russell is bonded and insured as a dog walker and is a member of the Association of pet sitters. I can speak with knowledge about Russell's excellent credentials as a dog walker. He *will* treat your dogs with respect and patience -- or at least I'm pretty sure they will based on how they've treated my first born son. I can't recommend him enough.

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Happy Dogs My two have had the best & have been super happy with their walker. I know because, they stopped wrecking the place while I was at school and are usually asleep in the spare bedroom when I get home. I really liked their walker and the way my dogs were never let down, once. They have been very honest and nice and unfortunately I'm leaving for Seattle and will have to go through getting another walker when I'm there....wish I didn't have to, I wish Walks With Zara Dog Walkers could come with us! Thank you for being so great with Emily & Foo.

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Happy Dogs My two have had the best & have been super happy with their walker. I know because, they stopped wrecking the place while I was at school and are usually asleep in the spare bedroom when I get home. I really liked their walker and the way my dogs were never let down, once. They have been very honest and nice and unfortunately I'm leaving for Seattle and will have to go through getting another walker when I'm there....wish I didn't have to, I wish Walks With Zara Dog Walkers could come with us! Thank you for being so great with Emily & Foo.

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Always dependable dog lovers Walks With Zara has cared for my black lab his entire life and has done so in a manner demonstrating they are truly committed to their clients. I work for the Mercantile Exchange, which often involves demanding hours and lots of travel. Walks With Zara is always just an email or phone call away if I need to schedule additional walks or even overnight care. Russell, the owner of Walks With Zara knows my dog's personality extremely well. He also has very helpful suggestions for training, veterinary care, and country boarding. Also, Walks With Zara's walkers are very consistent, allowing my dog to see the same face every day. It's easy to tell they really enjoy the dogs. Call Walks With Zara - you won't be disappointed

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Always dependable dog lovers Walks With Zara has cared for my black lab his entire life and has done so in a manner demonstrating they are truly committed to their clients. I work for the Mercantile Exchange, which often involves demanding hours and lots of travel. Walks With Zara is always just an email or phone call away if I need to schedule additional walks or even overnight care. Russell, the owner of Walks With Zara knows my dog's personality extremely well. He also has very helpful suggestions for training, veterinary care, and country boarding. Also, Walks With Zara's walkers are very consistent, allowing my dog to see the same face every day. It's easy to tell they really enjoy the dogs. Call Walks With Zara - you won't be disappointed

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My generally fussy mongrel, Mork, was very impressed by is dog walkers and the other guys and gals at Walks With Zara. Overall, this is the best deal in town for canines and their owners. Highly recommended !!!!!!

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My generally fussy mongrel, Mork, was very impressed by is dog walkers and the other guys and gals at Walks With Zara. Overall, this is the best deal in town for canines and their owners. Highly recommended !!!!!!

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These guys have walked our two dobermans for 2 years and we have had no issues. I would highly recommend WWZ to anyone who wants good customer service and a professional, reliable dog walking service.

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These guys have walked our two dobermans for 2 years and we have had no issues. I would highly recommend WWZ to anyone who wants good customer service and a professional, reliable dog walking service.

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We recently added a puppy to our family. Jordan, our walker, has been wonderful with her. We feel so thankful to have found someone who is good with both our "old" dog and our new one! Thank you (again) guys!??

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We recently added a puppy to our family. Jordan, our walker, has been wonderful with her. We feel so thankful to have found someone who is good with both our "old" dog and our new one! Thank you (again) guys!??

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Having a rescue Irish Setter with some issues prior to my ownership, I was worried about having just anyone excercise him when I work late. All worries were cast aside. The service is awesome. I love having the peace of mind that my pet is being exercised and socialized when I am pressed for time. These guys are the best and most trustworthy. And having a doctorate in education, I am very selective.??

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Having a rescue Irish Setter with some issues prior to my ownership, I was worried about having just anyone excercise him when I work late. All worries were cast aside. The service is awesome. I love having the peace of mind that my pet is being exercised and socialized when I am pressed for time. These guys are the best and most trustworthy. And having a doctorate in education, I am very selective.??

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I've had Walks With Zara as my dog walking service for nearly two years. I have two older dogs, 15-year-old Norwich Terriers. One is nearly blind. And both are very shy and quiet animals. My dog walkers (first Sean and now Adam) are so gentle and kind to them. People in my building (staff and other residents) always comment on their sweet demeanor and patience. I highly recommend Walks with Zara dog walkers for people who want the absolute best care and attention for their pets.??

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I've had Walks With Zara as my dog walking service for nearly two years. I have two older dogs, 15-year-old Norwich Terriers. One is nearly blind. And both are very shy and quiet animals. My dog walkers (first Sean and now Adam) are so gentle and kind to them. People in my building (staff and other residents) always comment on their sweet demeanor and patience. I highly recommend Walks with Zara dog walkers for people who want the absolute best care and attention for their pets.??

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Except from me, my dog Wolfie has never been so happy or given such great care as he has received from Walks With Zara. My walker has become a friend to both man and dog!

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Except from me, my dog Wolfie has never been so happy or given such great care as he has received from Walks With Zara. My walker has become a friend to both man and dog!

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These guys are the best dog walkers my yellow lab has ever had. Their inexhaustible efforts is perfect for his boundless energy. No more worries about who will look after the dog on very busy work days or protracted business trips. These guys are the answer Thanks so much!??

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These guys are the best dog walkers my yellow lab has ever had. Their inexhaustible efforts is perfect for his boundless energy. No more worries about who will look after the dog on very busy work days or protracted business trips. These guys are the answer Thanks so much!??

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