Meet our dog walkers

Joey Patchan

Joey has been a member of Brighter Days since 2015. He’s enjoyed working in the pet care field and walking dogs for the past 5 years. Joey spent most of his childhood in Herndon, Virginia, the highlight of which was his parents acquiescing to his demands for a pet. They adopted a lovable mutt who […]

Syn Hong

Syn joined Brighter Days in January of 2016. They hail from Taiwan by way of New York and Baltimore, and have loved dogs ever since the day their mother said they couldn’t have one (she caved eventually!). They currently live in northwest with a house full of rad humans and one rad pup. When not […]

Devin Miller

Devin joined Brighter Days in January of 2007 after a two-year dog-walking stint with another agency.  He enjoys biking, yelling, the outdoors, shouting, and spur-of-the-moment travel. Devin owns a welsh terrier that walks on two legs and talks like a human.  You should hear these two conversate! Learning impeccable manners and style from his owner, […]

Benji Rivera

Born in Puerto Rico, the son of a veterinarian, Benji has been around animals his entire life. In his 20s he decided to leave home to try his luck and explore, after graduating from business school, he landed a job dog walking and fell in love with the pet care industry. After three years of […]

Andy Gale

Andy Gale works in the rapidly expanding Petworth neighborhood, where he, his partner and two children reside. He hails, just across the river, from Arlington, VA and began dog walking in Mt. Pleasant when he moved to the District in 2002. In the years between then and now, Andy has also worked for DC indie […]

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Jeremy Weyl

  Jeremy joined the Brighter Days team in spring of 2013. Before moving to DC in 2011 for a fellowship as a global justice organizer, he lived in Worcester, MA studying international and community development. In Worcester, he worked with high school youth on environmental justice issues. Before heading up to New England, he grew […]

Jordan Oeste

Jordan is a lifelong dog aficionado who has been with Brighter Days since spring 2013. Previously, she spent three years working as an animal caretaker at the Washington Humane Society (now the Humane Rescue Alliance), where she cultivated knowledge and skills in companion animal behavior, training and health. Jordan is proud to be part of […]

Billups Allen

Billups Allen is a lifelong dog owner and dog lover. He began walking dogs in Washington D.C. with Andy Gale in 2002. After returning to school and graduating from the University of Arizona, he resumed dog walking in Brooklyn, New York for Mobile Mutts Dog Walking and Pet Sitting. He joined Brighter Days in 2014 […]