About Dog Walker Extraordinaire
Dog Walker Extraordinaire was established in 2006.
The business plan revolved around trust, sincerity and simplicity: create a service that is easy to use, build a dependable staff who cares for each animal as if it were their own, and strive to accommodate the specific needs of each client.
Dog Walker Extraordinaire has grown immensely as satisfied customers provided numerous client referrals. DWE staff are dedicated animal lovers who understand that when you’re away from home, you want your pets in the very best of care with the most responsible caretaker.
If you want to find out more about us, we encourage you to call, email, or check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and see what we are up to.
You can also visit us in person at the DWE booth at the Mar Vista Farmers Market (every Sunday 9-2!)
At DWE, we want to get to know you and your animals- if there are changes to your pet’s health or routine we would like to hear about it. Taking care of your beloved pets is a very personal and privileged task. We welcome you to become part of the DWE Family!
Meet Our Staff
Jody Rudy – Founder
Jody Rudy is the founder and owner of Dog Walker Extraordinaire. Jody has a long, deep connection with animals and is honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with companion animals and their human guardians. Originally from New York, Jody moved to Los Angeles in 1986 and spent over 10 years as a concierge for numerous luxury 5-star hotels, including Ritz Carlton & Shutters on the Beach.
In 2001, Jody left the hotel industry to form her own personal concierge company, Complete Concierge.
One of the most popular requests from her personal concierge clients was for dog walkers and pet sitters, and it was difficult to find reliable companies for her clients to use. Being an animal lover herself and having dogs all her life, it became apparent that there was a need to start a company dedicated to the care of companion animals.
The happiness and joy of being with animals every day was what she needed. She knew that there were other like-minded people who would partner with her in creating a solid company with a simple plan: Treat all animals as if they are your own, make humans feel completely at ease, and attract as many other animal guardians as possible to join her on her mission to benefit and care for all companion animals. In 2006, Dog Walker Extraordinaire was formed (DWE as it is so fondly called) and the rest is history.
Jody lives in Del Rey with her husband and 2 kids along with Golden Retriever Ziggy and Belgian Malenois, Bowie.
Specialty Care, Birds, Cat Care, Reptiles, Fish, Dogs and Cats
I was born and raised in Southern California. Having come from a family of 10 we always had 1 to 3 dogs whose presence we enjoyed daily. From the age of 12 I found a new love in birds and have had several, in addition to horses. My husband, daughter and I live with cats who we rescued 12 years ago.
Animals all of shapes and sizes have always been a core part of my life. My role as DWE Farmers Market Booth Manager gives me welcomed opportunities to continue to appreciate and interact with dogs regularly and other furry friends throughout the year.
I was born in the Philippines and grew up all over the world, close to nature and surrounded by animals. I am comfortable around all animals and respect their pack mentality. As a child, I had my own little pack of three dogs & a country hare named Smokey the Bandit. I have integrated many dogs who were once fearful or aggressive into my pack and have watched them transform.
Jody and I have been working together since the start of DWE and have experienced so much that we joke about one day writing a book!
Dog Walker, Cat Care
I began working with the amazing animals & humans of DWE immediately after Jody and I connected. The experience continues to be incredibly enriching. I get to enjoy a variety of adventures and I am always surrounded with an abundance of love and delight. Working with DWE has been incredibly rewarding in so many ways.
I love the looks of supreme elation on animals’ faces when I arrive for their walk or visit. I am honored every day to be part of such a fantastic organization, connecting with both animals and humans, and having a grand time doing it.
Pack Assistant and Office Coordinator
Besides helping to run the show at DWE I am also the Social Media Maven. I am always in search of posts that best represent DWE as well as provide information that our clients will benefit from. I was born in Santa Monica, California. One of my passions is photographing dogs and their goofy personalities.
Currently, I am participating in dog agility with Stella, my adopted Jack Russell Terrier Mix. I love all creatures big and small.
Dog Walker, Cat Care, DWE Booth Staff
I majored in music at UCLA and have been a professional singer for over 30 years, performing opera, art song recitals, cabaret & musical theater. Working with DWE and spending time with my pack of pups has been one of the happiest things I have ever experienced! I look forward to being greeted by them every day. They make my heart sing!
Dog Walker, House sitter, Day Sits, Cat Care, Birds, Cats, Reptiles, Fish, DWE Booth Staff
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. Some will call me the cat whisperer but in fact I like to say I am a whisperer of cats, dogs, birds and fish. I cycle from job to job and average about 45 miles per day.
Nothing is better than a beautiful walk with a canine friend or a purring feline waiting to be petted and fed.
Dog Walker, House sitter, Day Sits, Cat Care, Birds, Cats, Reptiles, Fish
I grew up in Whittier, California. My real name is Elana Araujo but most people know me as Leni spelled many different ways! I have been around animals my whole life and became a pet sitter/dog walker/cat sitter since 2008. I do not subscribe to any particular animal because I love them all!
Besides dogs and cats I care for Turtles, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and Iguanas.
My best friend is a 16 year old Shi Tzu named Lola the punk rock Chola! Working with DWE has been great and I have cared for so many wonderful animals, some very special needs, which makes me so happy that I am able to benefit them in so many ways.
DWE Booth Staff
I have lived in Los Angeles for 20 years. I grew up with a large Collie named Cinnamon who lived 17 years. My love for dogs big and small is huge and I love being around as many pups as possible so my time at the DWE booth is so fulfilling.
DWE Booth staff
While my family has always had a beloved group of cats in the house; I’ve had no shortage of dogs, horses, birds, and other fantastic animals in my life. Before I could walk I had started riding horses, and at the tender age of 4 I began volunteering at animal shelters and rescue groups to walk dogs and visit with cats in need of a home.
I’ve been working at the Farmer’s Market Booth for 4 years now and am always thrilled to take care of the wonderful dogs that come by the tent.
House Sitter, DWE Booth Staff
I have grown up around animals since being a child. I feel a real connection with dogs and cats. I was 13 when my mom started DWE and I watched as the company grew. Being able to be part of it all has been quite the learning experience for me. On a daily basis I never know how many dogs will be inside to greet me when I open the door!
Dog Walker, Cats, DWE Booth Staff
I was born and raised in Venice. My first friend was a dog named Maki. I have an amazing 10 year old cat that I live with now named Mia. Being around Cats and dogs most of my life I am very comfortable with all breeds and I have a passion for all things cats as well. After visiting the DWE booth I knew I wanted to join their team and surround myself with all these amazing animals. I am part of pack walk Tuesdays and enjoy getting to know the different personalities of all the dogs we take out. I absolutely love my job, and seeing all the
wonderful animals always makes my day.
Dog Walker, House Sitter, Cat Care,
DWE Booth Staff
Deborah has been dedicated to animals on many levels most of her life, including being active in animal advocacy groups and promoting plant-based diets and lifestyles. “We protect what we love so becoming an animal guardian become an obvious choice when I chose semi-retirement.