Kim and Bella

Meet Kim, the owner

Our story began when I moved to a new neighborhood and couldn’t find a dog walker for my dog, Bella. The recommended dog walkers were either over booked or offered all day outings with off-leash walks, not ideal for my reactive, senior dog.

I knew there was a need for leashed one-on-one walks. I also knew I wanted to build a service company that I would use and trust with my own furbaby.

I believe that education is key. Before forming an LLC I closely studied the pet industry and worked directly with a pet business coach. I am a member of Pet Sitters International and the National Association of Pet Professionals and earned certificates for Fear Free practices, Karen Pryor Clicker Training Foundations, Pet CPR and First Aid.

Company Evolution

The original company was founded by Kendra in 1991. When Kendra retired in 2011 her sitter Jule took over. When Jule retired in 2017 Kim took over and here we are today!


Before owning Patriotic Paws Dog Walking Kim worked for 15 years in non-profit management. She holds BA degrees in political science and psychology and an MBA in marketing.   Go Syracuse!

The team is comprised of knowledgeable, dedicated pet sitting and dog walking professionals. We put our hearts into our work.

Sitters and walkers are thoroughly vetted and we hire less than 2% of applicants.

Meet Bella!

Bella is an 13 year old cocker spaniel. She loves treats, sniffing around on walks instead of walking, and sleeping on the hardwood floor next to her cozy bed.  Bella was adopted from a military family when they were unable to keep her.

The Company Name

The company name was inspired by Bella and myself coming from military families. Also, we live in the nation’s capital where most people are passionate and dedicated to serving.

We Are Active in the Community

Patriotic Paws Dog Walking is a small locally-owned business. We are not a national franchise or mobile app platform. We are connected to, and give back to, our community.


The logo features Fifi the Cavalier and Hunter the Cocker.  The dogs were intentionally drawn with “human-like” features because pets are family.

The logo includes a star on Fifi’s necklace to represent the capital city. The dogs are fashionable because they like to walk around Georgetown.

Join Our Team


Spending quality time with a pet is good for us! Pets can improve our moods, offer companionship, help us destress, make us laugh, and help us get our exercise in!

At Patriotic Paws Dog Walking we encourage all experienced dog walkers and overnight pet sitters to apply.

[email protected] 202-854-1776