Meet

mckenzie

NDW's Manager, Traveler & Pet Fanatic

McKenzie, born and raised in Nashville and currently living in small town Joelton just out side of Nashville, grew up with a huge yard and with her first dog Sadie. She's an adventurer who loves spending time in the outdoors, with her husband and with her pets. Her story will make you understand why she's so loved at NDW. You'll also find yourself just wanting to be friends with her.

Learn more about Mckenzie!

Meet Our Team of Pet Pros!

Andrea

Started at NDW: June 2018

Why did you want to work with animals? I love dogs! I knew it would be a fun and enjoyable job and I was right!

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? We always had a dog growing up and my first words were the names of our Beagles, Daisy and Gal. Since getting married, we have Vizslas and can't imagine life without them.

Where did you grow up? Tennessee

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? Running, reading, looking for where I left my coffee cup and playing with my daughter.

What is a hidden talent of yours? I'm not one to keep my talents hidden so I would say running, baking and planning fun outings for my family.

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BETHANY

Started at NDW: August 2019

Why did you want to work with animals? The unconditional love they give and that they can always put a smile on my face. Animals understand you in a way that people don't.

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I currently have 2 dogs: Walle, a lab-border collie and Tony, a boxer-pit. I've had pets all of my life! I grew up mainly with cats but my love for dogs started to blossom after I went to college.

Where did you grow up? Nashville

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? Running a branding & web design business with my husband, in the garden with my herbs or succulents, practicing yoga or chilling with my dogs!

What is a hidden talent of yours? I play goaltender in ice hockey

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Catherine

Started at NDW: August 2017

Why did you want to work with animals? I LOVE to work with animals because they ALWAYS brighten your day! You can talk to them about anything, give and receive kisses, and be outside all while “working.” 

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I’ve had a dog my whole life! When I was 16 I went to the flea market and rescued one without asking my parents. When I started college my parents kept the rescue and I rescued another because I HAD to live with a dog! 

Where did you grow up? Tupelo,Mississippi

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? I work part time teaching preschool! I’m also married with 2 boys and spend A LOT of time at the ball fields, basketball gym or golf course!

What is a hidden talent of yours? I really don’t have any hidden talents, what you see is what you get! Maybe hiding a “hot mess mom!”

Walker

CHRISTINE

Started at NDW: October 2019

Why did you want to work with animals? I've always loved working with animals and keeping them happy and safe!

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I've grown up with cats and dogs my entire life, all shelter rescues and mutts. I currently have a ten year old tuxedo cat named Zippo who I've had since I was a teenager!

Where did you grow up? Salt Lake City, Utah

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? I'm a musician, so I love to play out, play with friends, or watch local shows around town!

What is a hidden talent of yours? I can read upside down as quickly as I can read right side up!

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CONNOR

Started at NDW: November 2019

Why did you want to work with animals? They always give such a raw sense of love and appreciation! Plus I'm a sucker for a little fluff ball.

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I had many a fish but mostly grew up with my grandparents and family friends dogs, pet sitting them and hanging out at their house.  

Where did you grow up? Indianapolis, IN

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? Playing guitar for people around town, or hiking someplace about an hour east of Nashville (that's where all the good spots can be found).

What is a hidden talent of yours? I can wiggle my ears pretty well.

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KELLY

Started at NDW: August 2019

Why did you want to work with animals? I love animals! Working with animals doesn’t really feel like work. Your pets make the best coworkers! 

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I’ve always had dogs and cats. I grew up with two cats and a Pekingese. I currently have a Persian named Strong and a Boxer named Penny.

Where did you grow up? Memphis, TN

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? When I’m not at work you will find me adventuring in the world of Dungeons & Dragons.

What is a hidden talent of yours? Painting and sewing.

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Lara

Started at NDW: July 2018

Why did you want to work with animals? Pets are more like family members and I know our clients are able to work or travel at ease because they know their pets are being well taken care of by our walkers!  

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I have a 15 year old cat that I’ve had all 15 years! Her name is Nala and she is just the cutest!

Where did you grow up? Chicago, IL

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? Cheering on the Nashville Predators!!

What is a hidden talent of yours? Is the ability to binge watch TV shows a hidden talent?!

Walker

Libby

Started at NDW: May 2019

Why did you want to work with animals? The things that keep me happy are being outside, people, and animals. I spend a lot of time staring at a glowing screen for my photography work, so spending time with animals and getting outside is a surefire way to make my day.  

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I grew up with cats, dogs, fish, and horses. It's difficult to choose a favorite, but my orange and white cat, Moe, was very important to me. He saw me through elementary school, middle school, high school, and college!

Where did you grow up? Indianapolis, IN

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? I am a music photographer in Nashville. Outside of work, I like to cook, garden, run, spend time with friends, and hang out with my two cats, Rubin and Annie.

What is a hidden talent of yours? I took Russian in college. I speak very poorly, but I can read and write in Cyrillic!

Walker

LINDSEY

Started at NDW: February 2018

Why did you want to work with animals? I love being able to love and care for animals everyday!  

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I grew up with 6 dogs, 1 snake, 1 turtle, 1 rabbit and also a sugar glider! My favorite was my first dog, Goldie! She was a yellow lab.

Where did you grow up? Nashville, TN

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? I am a part time hairstylist as well as a dog walker. I also love to hangout with my family and friends. I love being outside, working out, camping, hiking, traveling, and live for adventures. I am also a home body and love watching movies and cuddling with my cat.

What is a hidden talent of yours? I am really good at ping pong!

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Morgan

Started at NDW: January 2019

Why did you want to work with animals? I used to work at an animal rescue! Working with animals is the only work I’m forever passionate about.

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I grew up with golden retrievers and labs! I’ve had my beagle for 6 years, and he is my LIFE.

Where did you grow up? Mt. Juliet, TN

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? Walking my dog, playing video games, or compulsively cleaning

What is a hidden talent of yours? I can guess the exact age of any baby!

Walker

Nina

Started at NDW: January 2019

Why did you want to work with animals? I love all animals and enjoy looking after them. I grew up with dogs and love to be outdoors walking them. Seeing happy animals makes me happy!

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I grew up with dogs. We always had at least one sometimes 2 dogs in my house. I can’t imagine a life without an animal in my house . I currently have a 9 year old small Labrador mix. Her name is Jaydee and of course she is my favorite!

Where did you grow up? Germany

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the gym, traveling or meeting up with my friends.

What is a hidden talent of yours? I can speak German and I can make a really good Italian pizza :-)

Walker

OLIVIA

Started at NDW: May 2019

Why did you want to work with animals? I have always loved animals! I love playing with them, and cuddling them, and just watching them do their own thing! 

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I have had dogs my whole life! There have been three in total and have loved them all to death!

Where did you grow up? Born in Columbus, OH, but I grew up around Franklin and Brentwood, TN.

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? I am a Nursing student at Belmont University. I love spending time with my family and my friends and going to the movies! I also really enjoy doing calligraphy in my free time. I like to be active as well, such as playing basketball!

What is a hidden talent of yours? I can make my tongue into a clover shape!

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RACHEL

Started at NDW: October 2019

Why did you want to work with animals? My life has revolved around animals for as long as I can remember. I grew up with them then decided to dedicate my college studies to them. They bring to me the purest form of joy. They remind me to stay present and to enjoy life in that very moment. They make me laugh without even trying and fill me with a sense of love I’ve not ever felt with any other person! I feel as though we could learn a lot from animals if we only took the time to listen.

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I don’t remember a time in my life I didn’t have an animal by my side! We’ve had rabbits, dogs, cats, fish, rats & even insects.

Where did you grow up? Central Illinois

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? Practicing yoga, reading, hanging out with my chinchilla, hiking, studying Italian, rock climbing, dreaming about an animal sanctuary and cooking.

What is a hidden talent of yours? No one has ever been able to beat me at Tetris! Nor does anyone ever want to play with me so if anyone is ever interested in a game of Tetris...count me in!

Walker

SIERRA

Started at NDW: May 2019

Why did you want to work with animals? I have been away from animals, especially my own dogs for 3 years now because of college. This job is the perfect opportunity for me to have a relationship with animals and develop more experience with taking care of one before getting my own dog !

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I have grown up with 4 dogs. I have an Australian Shepherd, 2 terriers, and another Terrier mix (we don’t know the full background of her)

Where did you grow up? Cincinnati, Ohio

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? I am a student at Belmont University and love to hang with my friends and family!

What is a hidden talent of yours? I am studying classical violin!

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VIctoria

Started at NDW: January 2019

Why did you want to work with animals? I believe that animals can teach humans a great deal of lessons regarding life. Whether it’s about love, loyalty, simplicity, or even happiness, we can learn so much from them! I really enjoy the connection and bond between humans and animals, it is truly one of a kind!

Did you grow up with pets or have pets of your own? I have always grown up having a dog! I currently have an 8 year old boxer pup named Shelby!

Where did you grow up? Southern California

When you aren't caring for pets, what can we find you doing? I am a third year college student at Belmont University studying music business. I am also an absolute foodie so I love trying out new restaurants and recipes!

What is a hidden talent of yours? I play the guitar and piano!

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Matt

Director of Operations