Dog Gone Walking & Pet Care LLC

Mike Goodwin
Owner

Born and raised in Alexandria, Mike has had the pleasure to give back to the community he has been a lifelong resident of as the proud owner of Dog Gone Walking since 2017. Knowing that his love and care for pets comes naturally and being the son of a pet care business owner since 1993, along with a business opportunity to make working with pets a career, Mike decided in 2017 that it was the perfect time for him to take on the challenges and rewards of owning a pet care company. Without the hassle of catering to corporate demands with little reward anymore, Mike now gets to happily lead the Dog Gone Walking team in achieving its goal of providing quality pet care to ensure that the daily lives of its clients are "just a little bit easier each day."

Both a people and pet person at heart, being owner of Dog Gone Walking allows Mike to exhibit these skills to ensure the needs of all clients and staff, but most importantly the pets, are properly met each and every day. Since taking over in 2017, Mike has come to realize how fortunate he was to take a leap of faith on his love for pets and decision to be owner of Dog Gone Walking. From his time growing up with his first dog Crystal the chihuahua for nineteen years to currently adoring his two rescue dogs Kelly and Chewtoy, Mike could not be happier that he now also gets to extend his heart, time, and energy into all the new Dog Gone Walking pets that are now also part of his furry family!

Beth Mazur
Manager & Founder (Former Owner of DGW)

Beth grew up in Vero Beach, Florida and graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Undergraduate education was not the end of Beth's school years as she continued attempting to seek out the career field of her dreams. Sitting behind a desk while looking out her window she always envisioned herself working outside. It wasn't until July 2010 that one of the doctors that Beth worked for mentioned that he could see her running her own pet care business; knowing how physically active she was, her keen sense of business and her love for animals that she possessed. At first Beth thought this idea was ludicrous, until one day everything fell into place when one of the patients asked Beth to start walking her two dogs after work. From there, the rest came naturally; meeting people while walking dogs as well as obtaining additional business through colleagues.  Beth quit her job and officially started working full time for herself and her wonderful clients.  

As Beth continues to commit herself  to your pet's personalized care, she handles all walker scheduling, acts as one of the primary backup walkers, and is the direct contact for all of the clients. Currently, Beth is maintaining and striving to make her employees, as well as her clients, more knowledgable in the well being of the pets we care for and have come to adore.

Brittany Leckey
Pet Care Professional

A Virginia resident all her life, Brittany has always been someone truly fascinated and captivated by dogs.  The care and attention she displays towards these animals has been part of her make-up since her early childhood.  Even after growing up with dogs, working with all different types of dogs the last six years, and currently being a proud owner of a Pit Bull and Yellow Lab, Brittany continues to take it upon herself to learn the details and particulars of dog behavior and their individual characteristics to a great extent.

The passion and commitment to ensuring all animals are fully understood and given the proper care they deserve has allowed Brittany to become a valuable member of Dog Gone Walking's team since 2012.  Since joining Dog Gone Walking, Brittany has served not only as a dog walker but also as staff liaison tasked with such duties as instructing and supporting our other team members to ensure the quality of care our clients deserve from our Paw-fessionals exceeds their expectations.   When not spending time with our clients or team members, Brittany enjoys spending time with her family and friends, or possibly even enjoying a game of softball or basketball.

Nick Gurick
Pet Care Professional

Nick is from rural Pennsylvania and grew up with many pets over the years, including several beagles.  He moved to Virginia and worked for the Department of Agriculture creating school lunch budgets.  He has since retired, but remains active in The Knights Of Columbus where he helps with church services, community yard sales and handing out canned goods.  His daughter is has two mixed breed pups that he helps out almost daily!  Nick has worked for Dog Gone Walking since 2013.

David Whalen
Pet Care Professional

Growing up in Springfield, Illinois, David and his family always had a variety of dogs and cats. After his move to the area later in life, David was dog-less until he rescued Skylar, a Shepherd mix. After he and his wife then decided to foster dogs, it was through this process David came to find his second dog, Maybel, a 3-legged pit-bull. Since 2014, David has been a pet care provider with Dog Gone Walking and his clients have nothing but positive things to say about him and his relationship with their pets. Always wanting to take care of our furry friends, David also works for another pet care company doing overnights in their facility.

Shannon Ray
Pet Care Professional

Shannon grew up in Alabama with various pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish.  Her brother even had pet mice at one time.  The only time Shannon has not had a dog was while she was living in a college dorm.  Currently, she has one dog, two cats and three birds as well as three children and a husband who are in need of care.  Shannon says this is the perfect job for a mother who is a dog lover.  She gets many laughs from “her” dogs antics and plenty of exercise—what could be better?  Shannon has worked for Dog Gone Walking since 2015.

Heidi
Pet Care Professional

Heidi enjoys being active, volunteering in her community, and spending time playing and hiking with her dogs. Heidi is originally from Chicago, where she began her teaching career over 20 years ago.  She moved to Washington, DC with her husband and daughter in 1998 where her husband pursued a job with the federal government. Through their various tours with the State Department and FAA, northern Virginia has been the home they returned to and raised their children.  Before her daughters were in school, Heidi cared for pets for neighbors and friends and enjoyed bringing their first dog into their own home as well.  Her 12 year old Yorkie/Perkinese mix now shares his time with their 7 year old boxer. Heidi, her family, and dogs take full advantage of the various outdoor spaces in the area. Heidi is excited to be part of Dog Gone Walking's team that allows her to spend time with pets and be outdoors for a large portion of her day.

Sally
Pet Care Professional

Ever since Sally was born in Washington, D.C., she has spent her life surrounded by furry friends and has called many dogs her pets. Her fond memories of her childhood dogs Goldie and Teddy, to the two black labs Buddy and Rascal she had, Sally is a lover of animals and takes extreme pleasure in being able to care for other dogs as if they are her own. 

Growing up and living in Maryland and the northern Virginia area until 2000, Sally began a family and then moved to Georgia when her two children were little. Recently, with her two children now grown and in college, she has moved back to the area to be closer to her family. Dog Gone Walking is happy that she has moved back to the area, as we and her clients are happy to have such an animal lover be part of our team.

Jeannine Dugan
Pet Care Professional

Jeannine is a Native Texan!   She and her husband Tim relocated from Houston to Alexandria in 2017 for his job.  Leaving behind a desk job in the oil & gas industry, Jeannine is thrilled to be working around animals and spending time outdoors with them.  She loves dogs and is excited to be part of our team of caring pet professionals.  She has grown up with all sorts of animals---cats, dogs, rabbits and even reptiles!  Jeannine has experience with all ages and breeds; puppies to seniors, pedigreed to rescues.  Currently, she and her husband have a 2 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Luna, and two Tuxedo cats, Freddy and Peanut who think they are dogs!  They are expecting a new fur baby in January and can't wait to meet their new Cavalier pup. 

Jeannine has three children; her eldest is a Naval Architect and lives/works in Alexandria. Her middle son studies Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin; and youngest daughter studies Social Entrepreneurship & Marketing at Belmont University in Nashville.  Jeannine is an avid cyclist and staunch Caps fan!  Other hobbies include travel, fishing, hiking and all things outdoors.  She has been with DGW since 2018.  

Jeff Goodwin
Pet Care Professional

Jeff was born and raised in Alexandria, and as a lifelong resident of the area he has continuously given back to this community, especially through care for the area's pets and animals. At a young age, he was introduced to pet care due to his mother owning her own pet care business. Since then, he has felt the need to give back in various ways. Most recently, Jeff has volunteered for Metro Cats, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing non-lethal ways to control the feral cat population. In the spring, he will help locate and catch feral cats so that they may be neutered and returned to their "home" in which a caretaker can then look out for them. Jeff began volunteering for Metro Cats because a house he moved into had a feral cat colony that was out control, but with his help the feral cat colony is now under control and the cats are much happier.   

Jeff also participates in National Night Out which helps bridge community partnerships focused on safety awareness between law enforcement agencies and neighborhood watch organizations. He also spent ten years as a security and loss prevention specialist for Target, where he eventually was a lead district investigator that was responsible for the identification and resolution of shortages for 81 stores and was the contact for all federal and state agencies that needed video and point of sale evidence. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys playing his guitar, riding his motorcycle, working on his car, and most importantly enjoying his time with his three pets, his cat Marley and his two chihuahua's Rocky and Rosi.

Amber Roberson
Pet Care Professional

Born and raised in Virginia. Amber has always had endless love for animals. Amber grew up with a German Shepherd and German Shepherd mix who her family rescued. She also taken in a variety different of animals that she found wondering the streets or that were abandoned. Amber became a pet care provider for Dog Gone Walking in January of 2018 because of her love & passion she has for pets and also because not too long ago she lost one of her dogs that she very much loved. With Dog Gone Walking she is able to connect with all of the pets she cares for while enjoying their company and learning about their needs for a variety of pets.

Amy
Pet Care Professional

Amy is from North Carolina where she grew up around dogs, cats and rabbits.  Amy's husband's Air Force career brought us to Northern Virginia.  Before becoming a dog walker, Amy served the military community by volunteering with different organizations.  She has three boys and one Labrador retriever named Dallas.  Amy started working for Dog Gone Walking in 2018.

Steven Humiston
Pet Care Professional

Steven was born and raised in Idaho, but recently moved to Northern Virginia as a change of pace.  He grew up surrounded by all types of pets, including cats, dogs, snakes, rats, lizards, and ferrets.  Steven has also worked at a local animal shelter in Idaho, and ended up taking home two dogs in two weeks!  He currently does not have any pets but walking dogs with Dog Gone Walking since 2017 helps him get his daily puppy fix.  He wanted to start dog walking because he loves dogs, and wanted to do something that would let him work with dogs and be outdoors. 

Deb McKeeman
Pet Care Professional

Deb is a native of Northern Virginia and considers herself a proper political junkie.  She has grown up with many different animals, worked with Dog Gone Walking since 2013, and is currently the proud owner of two Manikin Finches, Billy and Bob.  In her free time, she likes to explore new and different cuisines, travel the world, and read.  She also expresses herself artistically by creating personalized stained glass windows.

When she is not walking pups, taking care of cats or making beautiful glass pieces, Deb works in computer network administration, with a degree from George Mason University.

Kortney
Pet Care Professional