dogger is a friendly and professional dog walking and pet sitting service based in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and founded by Ian Burgess and Basia Fabian in 2015. Using GPS based technology, we provide the most on-time, friendly, and reliable walking and sitting service for your little family-members.
All of our dog walkers and caregivers are bonded, insured and certified in Pet First Aid & CPR.
We are in the business of walking with your beloved pet, not just walking your animal!
Ian "Top Dog" Burgess
Founder - Hailing from Canada where he was raised on ice chips, pine needles and hockey, Ian has been a lifelong dog and cat owner. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario, Ian came to NYC and had a 20 year career in the financial industry. In addition, Ian was a trained and certified foster parent to injured, newborn, and difficult dogs and cats for the NYC ASPCA for over 10 years. In this capacity, Ian specialized in preparing and rehabilitating dogs and cats for adoption. The idea for a top-notch dog walking business was always in the back of his mind throughout these years, and is now finally being brought to fruition!
Ian lives in Park Slope with his partner Basia and their pack of 5 kids. He loves games and grizzly bears.
Basia "To the Rescue" Fabian
Co-founder and in-house Pet First Aid and CPR instructor. Certified to teach by PET TECH, where she received extensive training in providing and teaching pet emergency care, Basia ensures all of the dogger staff know how to administer pet first aid and CPR.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania a hundred years ago, Basia spent 20 years doing what she thought was right – corporate jobs for big companies such as Barnes&Noble and Ralph Lauren. But there was never enough time to spend with her rescue dogs Chita, Coco, or Lisa. (Or her children for that matter). And thus a year after her partner Ian started dogger, she happily jumped right in! She's now happier than she's ever been. (And fitter).
Ben “The Law” Cruz
dogger’s very first hire back in 2015, Ben is a man of many many talents. He’s a master handler of our more challenging pooches, in-house legal expert and resident comic. When not helping out with the dogger pack (both walking and boarding dogs), Ben is studying the law and performing on the comedy club circuit around NYC. We wish we could multi-task so much!
Raised in South Bend, Indiana, Ben was one of those applicants where we pretty much knew in the first 5 minutes that we would offer him the job. He's reliable, amiable, capable, respectful, and smart. We really scored with him, and the business couldn’t have taken off the way it did without him!
Molly "The Creative" Dean
Hailing from alligator-ridden Florida, Molly learned how to wrestle gators at a young age, so of course she knows how to handle all dogs! A comics artist and graphics designer, Molly recently traded in the corporate world for the freer happier pastures of working with dogs.
Molly left the confines of an office life, but she definitely brought the professionalism. She writes the funniest and most creative emails we’ve ever seen. Her attention to detail, thoughtfulness, and customer service shine through in all of her communications, and clients love to hear how their dog's day went and get her pictures. The dogs just love her. Finding Molly was a huge score for us!
Trudi “The Pro” Rosenblum
A true New York City native, Trudi has been a dog walker for 13 years. Think of how many miles she must have walked by now! People pay good money to get that kind of exercise, but for us it’s an awesome lifestyle.
In a prior life, Trudi was a magazine journalist, but after having kids she decided she was happiest being out and about having fun with dogs and cats (just like us!) Currently she lives in Windsor Terrace with her family, and knows the layout of those crazy streets better than anyone else in Brooklyn. We’re so excited to have her joining the dogger family! She’s a real pet professional and we’re so lucky to have her!
Grace "Puppy Mama" Jones
Grace grew up with a myriad of dogs in the wilds of Arlington, Virginia. A recent graduate of NYU with a psychology degree, Grace missed being around dogs so much she decided to join the dogger pack. And now she’s our resident puppy-mama! She applies scientific and clinical knowledge to the delivery of psychological services to puppy, tween, teenage, and generally ”challenging” dogs, in the social context.
Not only that, but she also delivers cuddles, kisses, scratchies, and tickles to fuzzy wuzzy tummies and flop floppity ears. And she’s great at it! The puppies love it and take their cuteness to whole new levels. And we love that!
Taylor "The Dancer" Argenbright
Fate smiled down on us and gave us Taylor just when we needed her most. Having recently moved here from Florida in the summer of ‘16, Taylor leaped into a full walking schedule within record time. She averaged about 100 miles per day in the 100 degree heat this summer. Across 5 different neighborhoods, and using every mode of transportation from train to Citibike to foot. It was amazing and we literally would have died without her.
A talented and classically trained dancer, Taylor has that magical quality of being able to hypnotize the small anxious doggies, the ones who hide under beds and have little freak outs about going out. Though the big scary dogs love her too! We are graced by her presence. She also makes spectacular dream catchers!
Jenni "The Inspiration" Sheppard
Being around Jenni is like spending time in the summer sunshine. She’s always so lovely and warm and radiant! We just love her awesome energy and the dogs can’t get enough of her good vibes.
After spending 20 years as an Entomologist (a research scientist who studies insects), Jenni decided that what she really wanted to do was to pursue her dream of becoming a yoga therapist. And, to spend more time with dogs! Not just her own dog Sydney (who’s also a dogger client) – but with more dogs in general. So now she’s living that dream, helping others as a yoga instructor and therapist, a doggie mama, and a sunny addition to the dogger team. We’re so inspired and glad to have her!
Nick is way cooler than us, in that awesome Chuck Norris way. His mere presence calms the most ferocious hounds, over-caffeinated puppies, and fire breathing beasts. So it’s just fantastic that we can send him to even the most dangerous dog dens and know he’ll sedate them with just one look.
He’s a super talented musician, a trained opera singer, and a published author. He dresses real smart and all dogs immediately want to better themselves upon meeting him. You can get his novella “Calliope, Suspended” here: http://notentirelyunlike.storenvy.com/products/19525813-calliope-suspended.
Maggie "The Rocker" Toth
Maggie is cooler than us, that's for sure. She's a bassist in a rock band, just back from a whirlwind world tour. She can also bike from (her native) Park Slope to Brooklyn Heights in less than 7 minutes, so she might actually be a super hero in disguise. Some of her dogs have mentioned to us that they saw her flying like Superman, but we thought they were kidding. But maybe not!
PHONE: +1 929-324-0364
HQ: 382 13th street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215