Our Team


I'm Scott, the owner of Take Paws. I am a Dog Behavioral Psychologist. I also do in home boarding for dogs at my house.  While your dogs are with me they are treated and cared for like family. I have lived and worked with dogs my whole life. This work is my passion and my calling.  I have a sidekick Bernese Mountain Dog named Bodhi.


Angela is a Take Paws dog walker, pet sitter, and manager. Angela’s love for animals has been apparent all throughout her life. In the past decade, she and her husband have fostered two dogs through a local rescue group. This experience was invaluable. Currently, Angela volunteers with Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, which is quickly turning into a national organization as Lost Dogs of America! LDoW works with owners, rescue groups, and humane societies to reunite dogs who have been lost with their owners. Angela lives with her husband and their dog, Ginger, in Madison. 


Katie is a dog walker, pet sitter, and manager. She grew up in a family that always welcomed strays and rescues, and she has carried that trait into her own home. She is the proud mama of two dogs and three kitties.  Her love and compassion for all animals lead her to this position, and she couldn’t be happier to have this opportunity to do what she loves. She lives in Madison.


Jane is a Take Paws dog walker and pet sitter who came to us from Corporate America several years ago. With two active boys, she was missing too many activities working all the time. But staying home all day long was not the right fit either. Dog walking turned out to be the perfect job! Jane has two pets of her own: Stormy, a 10-year-old black cat, and Rusty, a 6-year-old Goldendoodle. They always make her feel better after a stressful day. Jane also volunteers at the Humane Society as a Feline Friend. She lives with her family in Sun Prairie.


Karan is a Take Paws dog walker and pet sitter who initially needed a “fur fix” after her 15 year-old dog passed away. She appreciates that she gets to spend part of her day with all the different breeds and personalities that dogs come in! She currently lives with a very handsome orange Tabby named Mr. Pumpkin who is training her about the cat world. In her other life, she is a yoga teacher at the Yoga Co-Op, instructing humans on the art of the downward facing dog pose (among others). Karan lives in Madison.


Lynn is a Take Paws dog walker and pet sitter who, believe it or not, has a twelve-pack of Yorkies! These family members, as she knows them to be, have taught her invaluable lessons on patience, calm energy, consistency, and love. As the years passed and her pack grew, Lynn realized her calling was working with animals. She believes in approaching each dog with calm and assertive energy, and while cats are inherently different, she’s found calm energy works with them, too. She believes a well-behaved dog is a happy and healthy dog, and that learning together helps strengthen the bond between dogs and their owners. Lynn lives in Madison.


Sage is a Take Paws dog walker and pet sitter who was a middle school teacher for 32 years before  joining the Take Paws team. She wanted her next job to combine her love of animals and the outdoors, and she had been a Take Paws client, so she knew who to ask! Sage loves working with such amazing dogs, cats, and their phenomenal owners. She has been with Take Paws since 2015 and enjoys every day on the job–is this really a job? Sage lives in Madison.


Laryssa is a Take Paws dog walker, sitter, and boarder who does this job not because she needs to (she also works evening shifts at St. Mary’s), but because she loves the work. She has loved animals since childhood on a farm. In addition to working with Take Paws, Laryssa volunteers as a driver for Mobile Mutts Rescue, an organization that transports dogs from high-kill shelters, typically in areas of the South where she says there is an urgent overpopulation of homeless dogs. She is an animal lover and advocate through and through. Laryssa lives in Madison.


Susan is a Take Paws dog walker and pet sitter who knew one thing when she left her previous job doing clerical computer work:  she didn’t want to work in an office environment any more. She decided to branch off into something she actually loved: dogs. She has always had dogs, and they’ve been a constant love in her life. She found the right opportunity when her job search brought her to Take Paws.  She lives with her husband, their grandson, Kaleb, and three pets: Smokey, their 16-year-old Shih Tzu; Beamer, a 6-year-old lab-husky mix, and Little Man the cat. Susan lives outside of Madison.


Kathy is a lifelong animal lover and recent animal rescuer. She started out as a Take Paws client and over time become a part-time pet sitter as well. Kathy has worked with cats and dogs with a variety of behavioral and medical challenges, and her passion for and patience with animals shines through every interaction she has. Kathy lives in Madison with four beloved dogs and four cats. 


Troy is a Take Paws dog walker who is also a Personal (human) Trainer and long-distance runner. Animals have always been a huge part of his life; in particular, he’s consistently lived and worked with large breed dogs and currently has a Chow Chow and an Akita. Troy lives in the country with his wife, dogs, multiple cats, and chickens, and he fosters senior dogs for Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin.  


Janeen is a Take Paws dog walker and pet sitter whose passion for animals has guided her entire life. Janeen had an office job for over 35 years that was going nowhere and left her unsatisfied. That was when she decided to make a change. She found Take Paws, where she gets to work with amazing pets and people. Janeen is a volunteer and member of the Behavior Modification Team at the Dane County Humane Society. She lives with her family in Madison.


Ryan is a Take Paws dog walker and pet sitter who has lived around the Madison area his whole life. After getting a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, he realized fully that dogs are his true passion and pursued a job that allowed him to work with them every day. He is a good-natured and patient guy who truly adores the dogs in his care. He has two Aussie Shepards named Grizzy and Cooper and all have a happy new home outside of Madison.


Sedate is a Take Paws dog walker and pet sitter who has been with the company for years and is incredibly dedicated to and knowledgeable about animals. She is a total horse, dog, and cat person, and loves any pastime that allows her access to animals and the outdoors. She is also a science teacher, traveler, and overall rockstar. She lives in Madison.

Emily K.

Emily is a Take Paws dog walker and pet sitter who has been around animals her entire life. From showing horses all around the country to working and caring for homeless animals at a shelter and vet clinic, her passion for animals has guided her professional and personal life. She has a three year old miniature dachshund at home, named Jorma, who is very special needs... But is spoiled beyond belief! She also has a horse named Berkeley who lives close to home. She loves being around animals every day! She lives in Madison.


Annie is a Take Paws dog walker and pet sitter who loves being active! Jean, Minnie and Kody are Labradors that keep her busy, but she still has plenty of energy left for your fur babies. Annie's roots are in the east-side of Madison, but she also calls Sun Prairie home. Her hobbies include triathlons and photography, so you can expect great pics of your kids when she is your caretaker. As a client of Take Paws herself, Annie knew the professional organization and care Take Paws offered, and she is happy to be part of the team extending that same level of excellent care and service to others. 

Emily S.

Emily is a Take Paws dog walker and pet sitter who has worked with children and pets for as long as she can remember. She worked in childcare for years before joining the Take Paws team. Now she splits her working time between caring for children and dogs while also running her own cleaning service! She is light-hearted, reliable, and compassionate. She lives in Madison.



Mike is a Take Paws walker and animal lover. He is incredible with all dogs and is very patient and understands how to take great care of every dog no matter their disposition or size. Big or small...Mike can handle them all. Mike has years of experience volunteering with the Humane Society. He and his buddy Ocho enjoy their life in Madison and look forward to their walks.


Sarah is a Take Paws backup walker and cat sitter. Animals have always been her passion. As a child, Sarah often frightened her parents by approaching strange dogs at any chance. When she was old enough, she became the preferred pet sitter on her block. Since her twenties, she and her husband have fostered and found homes for twenty three cats and kittens. She lives in Madison with her 13- and 9-year-old kids, a 9-year-old Schnoodle, an 11-year-old Poodle mix, and three cats.


I'm Caitlin--the other owner of Take Paws! Most of the photos of me from childhood include some poor dog I had dressed up or was lying on top of. I have been an animal lover and advocate my entire life. Little did I know we would grow to be one of the largest dog walking companies in Madison, Wisconsin! I am honored and humbled to have led this company for the greater part of a decade. I live in Madison with my partner and our dog, Memphis. 

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