Who Will Be Walking My Dog?

Meet the Upward Dog Walkers

Lori Theis

Lori Theis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington. Lori is also a Small Animal Massage Practitioner (SAMP) licensed by the Washington State Department of Health.

Lori’s interest in helping dog owners dealing with behavior issues started in 2011 when she took over one of Seattle’s first dog walking companies – Urban Dog Walker. Lori changed the name to Upward Dog Walker as a nod to her passion as a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor, and from there became a full time advocate and consultant for strengthening relationships between dogs and their owners through modern ethological methods.

Lori works closely with municipal and state leadership in developing policies and regulations that advance the well being of dogs and the dog walking profession as a whole.


Tom Moffat

Tom is a co-field supervisor for Upward Dog Walker and a lover of all animals. Tom has years of experience on the other end of the leash and receives requests from all over King County for his quiet expertise with reactive dogs. Before Upward Dog Walker, Tom prided himself as a “Cat Man” and so continues to don that furry hat when feline friends need playtime and house-keeping services. Tom believes animals deserve to be respected for the individuals they are and is grateful for the infinite lessons they provide him each and every day.

Graham joined Upward Dog Walker in May 2016. Originally from Dover, England, Graham’s relationship with dogs began in the sheep country of southern Wales where he witnessed professional shepherds working with Collies in a seemingly effortless way. This demonstration of the bond between human and dog and the idea of teamwork and positive training carries through to the dogs Graham walks every day with Upward Dog Walker and to his own dog: a Border Collie/Kelpie mix. Graham enjoys training his herding dog with stock where he witnesses breed behavior as it was intended and finds it a rewarding and lovely day out. Cheers!


Barb Hall

Barb Hall has owned and loved dogs as long as she can remember. Barb has mostly owned small dogs but walks and cares for larger breeds as well. Foremost, Barb is a lover of all dogs and uses a gentle, caring approach. Barb’s motto:

“Walking and caring for dogs is the best way to go through life no matter what age!”

 


Alex McDowell

Alex is a newcomer to Seattle, having recently relocated here in 2016. He is originally from Missoula, MT where he received bachelor’s degrees from the University of Montana in Music and Music Education.

Alex has been around the company of dogs and other household animals since he was young boy. Between his family and friends, he has had the pleasure of interacting with dogs of all kinds and sizes, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes. Alex has always enjoyed the caring and loving nature of dogs. He loves being able to spend his days outdoors with our furry friends. During his free time Alex enjoys outdoor recreation; such as hiking, biking, and snowboarding. Alex also has an exciting freelance music performing and teaching career here in Seattle.


Graham Gittens

Graham joined Upward Dog Walker in May 2016. Originally from Dover, England, Graham’s relationship with dogs began in the sheep country of southern Wales where he witnessed professional shepherds working with Collies in a seemingly effortless way. This demonstration of the bond between human and dog and the idea of teamwork and positive training carries through to the dogs Graham walks every day with Upward Dog Walker and to his own dog: a Border Collie/Kelpie mix. Graham enjoys training his herding dog with stock where he witnesses breed behavior as it was intended and finds it a rewarding and lovely day out. Cheers!


Megan Besst

Megan has been walking with UDW for 6 months but has over 10 years of experience working with companion animals in animal hospital and farm settings. She is passionate about cracking “tough” dogs and makes it her goal to become best friends with each of her walking buddies.

Megan lives in Everett with two dogs of her own (a rat terrier and a catahoula leopard dog mix), three mischievous cats, and her soon-to-be wife, Lauren. She is honored to be invited into the homes of her Upward Dog Walker friends and looks forward to walking them each and every time!