Hello! My name is Christine Ash. I am a dog walker for One Leg Up. I joined OLU because I couldn’t turn down the chance to walk and play with dogs on a regular basis. I am a pretty laid back, easygoing person and not much can rattle me. I am a DMV native, born and raised in District Heights, MD. My favorite movie is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, my favorite artist currently is Tierra Whack and my favorite podcast is Seek Treatment with Cat & Pat. I see One Leg Up as a stepping stone toward my ultimate goal of working as a Software Developer and finishing my Bachelors. Outside of walking doggies, you can find me either coding, playing video games, lifting weights or playing with my Chihuahua, Ricky.
Hi, I’m Diana Gutierrez, I’ve started working for One Leg Up as a dog park attendant since November. It’s been a wonderful time getting to know all the dogs and playing and taking care of them. I’m shy when meeting new people but I always welcome the company. I’m usually at the dog park helping out with playgroup, but I also help around with anything I can. Pets are something my parents wouldn’t allow me to have as a child, so meeting and getting to work dogs attracted me to One Leg Up. When dogs arrive at the park they’re so full of energy that affects everyone around them to play and chase. Being able to work with and influence them to have their best playtime is a great feeling. Top 3 favorite sports are baseball, volleyball and swimming. I’m currently in university, planning to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. When I’m not working, I usually collecting vinyls, practicing my painting, and baking sweets. I’m a foodie, I enjoy going around trying, and exploring new dishes.
Hello, I’m Emily Eadie, and I am a One Leg Up pinch-sitter! I originally came in as a full-time walker, but when I got an offer for another job in my field, Krissy was awesome enough to move me to the night shift! When I’m not petsitting with your furry friends, I’m busy writing, reading, volunteering and playing ukelele. I like to make up fun little ditties about pets when I walk and play with them, and I love taking them out for walks and exploring the neighborhoods!
Hi my name is Julius Davis I am one the dog walkers for the evening shift I am a dmv native born and raised in upper marlboro,md I love dogs which is one things that attracted me to this job to me dogs help people get through things when your sad your dog is there to cheer you up they are there when your happy and just bring so much joy out of us .. I love to travel I plan to do more travelling in 2020.. I love to sing I actually want to become a famous artist one day definitely working towards that dream.
Hello my name is Jules, which is a nickname for Julia. A friend of mine gave it to me in high school, and I ended up loving it. I’m a musician, painter, and photographer. I love the arts especially some good old rock and roll. Some of my favorite artists include Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Jimi Hendrix. I enjoy sharing music with others and I’m a regular at Takoma Park’s open mike nights. At One Leg Up I’m known as a Renaissance woman, meaning I do a little bit of everything including dog walking, play group attendant, bathing, nail grinding, and sometimes I’m an Uber driver for the puppies. I have a deep love for animals and I’m passionate about caring for them. Nothing makes me happier than seeing your dog smile and I love bonding with the fur babies. I personally have four cats I love, and two family dogs. I am committed to living in the moment, and look forward to living my best life, finding happiness and fulfillment in all that I try. A favorite quote of mine comes from Mary Oliver’s poem The Summer Day “Tell me, what is your plan to do, With your one wild and precious life?”
Playgroup Attendant & Sub Walker
Yenifer (Yeni) Cisneros
Hello my name is Yenifer but I go by Yeni. I was born in El Salvador and I used to have a lot of dogs back home so I've had a love for dogs ever since I could remember. I'm a play group attendant and occasionally a dog walker. Working for One Leg Up has been great because I get to meet and play with these adorable dogs. I'm a quiet, patient and understanding person. Outside of work I enjoy playing sports and video games, I also have a love for music.
Shaheed (Shyy) Rajah
Hi, my name is Shyy. I got the name “Shyy” from the first part of my real name Shaheed. I’m known for a variety of things like my music and my drawings/paintings but I’m known mainly by my BIG personality. I’m currently a driver for One Leg Up. I love driving, being on the road gives me a feeling like no other and I absolutely love dogs so to be able to drive and spend some time with my little furry friends, it turns the job into a dream for me. I love working with the team at One Leg Up because we all move together as one no matter how separated we are. The energy is amazing and spirits stay high even in rough times, that’s what makes being apart of the team special.
My name is Sasha and I have been working at One Leg Up since June 2019. I’m a laid back kind of guy that likes to stay focused on the task at hand, while also trying to have fun and keep things light. At One Leg Up, I am primarily a dog walker. On the job, I love developing relationships with all the dogs I walk while also getting exercise and visiting different neighborhoods around the DC area. Outside of dog walking, I just graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Environmental Politics and Policy. I also grew up in Takoma Park and I am a big DC sports fan, mainly for the Washington Nationals. I played baseball in highschool at Blair High School and these days I like to play softball in a local adult league. I also play basketball with my friends a lot. I also really enjoy making videos. I began making videos when I used to film my friends and me skateboarding in middle school and highschool. Now I mainly make videos that promote fighting climate change and inspire people to take action.
Lexus (Lexi) Willett
My real name is Lexus (yes like the car) but I go by Lexi. I was born and spent the beginning of my life in Southern Illinois but also lived in Georgia, South Korea, Virginia and now Maryland. I’ve had a lot of different pets in my 21 years of life such as fish, cats, dogs, reptiles, and rodents. I can’t remember a time, even during all the moves, where my family and I didn’t have pets. During high school I worked as a kennel assistant at a vet in my small hometown and I knew from then on that I wanted to work with animals. I learned so much over the couple of years that I worked there and my passion for animal care kept growing! When I’m not with your pets, I love to travel and attend music festivals in my free time. In my 5 years of experience, I've been a pet care associate at PetSmart, then started dog walking in Virginia. I got an amazing opportunity to work at NIH as an animal caretaker and learning more about animal science. Now I am a dog walker (again) with the One Leg Up crew and couldn’t feel more at home!
Admin & Sub Walker
I was named after my great-grandmother ‘Jewel’. She was a kind soul and loved to sing and bring love everywhere she went. The women in my family decided to pay tribute to her by naming their daughters after her. So, I have cousins with the name Jewel as well. I am known for my bubbly personality and contagious laugh. I value being honest and considerate for all those I interact with. Currently, I do many things for One Leg Up including: Admin work, Training new hires, sub dog walker, sub playgroup attendant, and various other managerial tasks. I started working with the company because of my love for animals. I feel so privileged to enjoy my work and value all of my team members because it truly is a group effort. My favorite things to watch include Grey’s anatomy, any romantic comedies, and courtroom dramas. My Ultimate dream in life is to perform on stage on a daily basis in both musical theatre and as an individual vocal artist. My love for animals will always be in my heart and that is why I am truly grateful for this opportunity to work with them in this capacity.
I am one of the Doggy bus drivers, taking your sweet pups to playgroup. I love animals and take care of your pup as best I can. I'm a cautious overthinker that tries to avoid any and all negative scenarios. I meditate daily to unwind and relax and I don't know how to otherwise (and yes it is great). I love singing and will often sing to my pups on the way to playgroup. If I'm not singing all the way to playgroup, then I'm listening to an audiobook or documentary on different legends and mythologies from around the world. I dream of becoming a singer and voice actor someday. But in the meantime, I'll be practicing on your dog. I absolutely love the tender moments produced when around dogs, such as when they rest their head in your lap, or shove their head in the palm of your hand for pets, or when you first open the door and they start wagging their tails away. Absolutely precious.
Admin & Dog Walker
Arielle (Elle) Chinquee
My name comes from my mother’s love for mermaids and her wanting to keep the ending of her name (Imelle) in my name. Most just call me Elle but Arielle is also fine. I do dog walking as well as admin work for One Leg Up. Every now and then I also attend playgroup. Two of my favorite things are fur babies and music. I enjoy walking (and occasionally dancing with) your dogs with a fun playlist on to sing to them.There are days where the only words I’ve spoken out loud are to dogs. I also have my own pup, named Buddy. He’s a senior beagle mix that’s more cat than dog at times. When I’m not spending time with your pups or mine, I like to go to concerts. In 2019, I attended about 20 concerts. I hope to go to more in 2020 and do some traveling for the sake of following good music. It’s so refreshing working with a team full of good spirited animal lovers. It’s hard to have a bad day at work when you’re around a good team and some cool pups.
Hello. My name is Bryan Casey. I do a little bit of everything for One Leg Up, but am mostly a Play Group guy. I was born and raised in Takoma Park (an unfortunately long time ago) and have been with the team since November 2018. I’ve always had pets of my own around, but have learned so much more about animals since coming to the team.
Playgroup & Dog Walker
My name is Asher Kain, I've worked with One Leg Up since the winter of 2014. I love animals and have never once been without a pet, I always stay surrounded by them, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to work with OLU. I am mainly a walker and playgroup attendant, while also working on the weekends where I get to play with the boarding dogs! Outside of OLU I spend a lot of time with my own dog, Zig, and enjoy writing and playing video games. I’m currently in school for computer science, and hope to design my own game in the near future. Getting to work with such loving animals in a friendly environment, while pursuing my secondary passion, is nothing short of perfection.