My name is Adam Barstow and I have been a dog walker for Paw Pals for about a year now. I also work at Centreville Animal Hospital where I take care of dogs and cats. I am around dogs 24/7 so I have a lot of experience working with them. I am currently in my second year at NVCC, looking to transfer to a four-year university next year. I’m hoping to become a vet so I can continue to take care of animals!
My name is Amy. I am a sophomore at West Virginia University (Go Mountaineers!) and I have a 13-year-old Miniature Pinscher named Benny. I’ve enjoyed being around dogs ever since I was born. Cats, on the other hand, have always given me the side-eye. But now, after working with Paw Pals, I have come to see how loving, sociable, and warm cats can be. Besides dog walking and pet sitting, I also volunteer with A Forever Home Rescue Foundation and the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. My favorite part about animals, especially dogs, is that each is unique. I believe no one should judge a dog by its breed, because even if a breed is known for a “specific temperament”, every dog has his or her own distinct personality.
I began going on pet visits with my mom when I was 8 and she first got into the pet care industry. So naturally, growing up around animals, I’ve come to really enjoy playing with and taking care of them. I began working as a professional pet sitter on my own in the summer of 2013, and have been helping out with Paw Pals since it’s first day in business. I think what I enjoy most about my job is that the more time I spend with the pets I regularly take care of, the more I get to see how dynamic their personalities can be.
I have had dogs as pets all my life, and even wanted to own a kennel at one time – but life changed… I went into the U.S. Air Force, met my husband, and had 3 wonderful kids. I found dog walking jobs through Mary and was able to work around my kids’ schedules, get some exercise, and make some money! I was also able to get my kids jobs dog walking and taking care of pets during their high school and college years. I love my job and I love my furry clients!
My name is Hazel Hunter and I just love dogs! I am originally from Va. Beach and have been living in Fairfax County since 1989. I have had cats and dogs my entire live and currently have a brown Labradoodle and a Chinese Shar Pei. I also keep a friend’s yellow Labrador for extended visits when her family is traveling. He has really become a part of our family. Now that my 3 kids are older and I have more free time, I am able to help Mary out with her clients. I love taking walks and playing with all of our clients’ pets. They all have such different personalities and bring a lot of joy to my life. I look forward to meeting more new friends soon!
My name is Kris. I am a life-long NOVA resident and currently live in the Clifton area with my husband and teenage son. I enjoy walking and shopping, and am partial to small dogs, especially my little Jack Russell terrier, Sophie. I’ve been with Paw Pals since the summer of 2014, and enjoy having other dogs over for Bed & Biscuit stays!