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Nicole – Founder & Dog Walker

Nicole Diehl-O’Hara is a lifelong animal lover and pet owner.  Throughout her life, she has owned and cared for dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits and various other “furry friends”!  At the age of 10, Nicole’s career riding and training horses began.  She competed in many horse shows in Europe. Because her love of animals went beyond horses, she chose to complete an internship volunteering for Tierheim Buxtehude (German SPCA).

After visiting a terminally ill patient in the Chester County Hospital with Gibson, her Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Nicole devoted her free time to train him as a Therapy Dog. After months of training, Gibson and Nicole earned their certification as Therapy Dog and Therapy Dog Handler. This enabled them to serve the elderly, the ill and teach children how to approach and handle dogs. Gibson and Nicole also acquired several certifications from basic to advance dog training as well as agility and trust enhancement training.

Eventhough Nicole’s professional background is in Marketing & Sales as well as International Business, Nicole feels that running Chester County Dog Walkers is truly her “dream job”! Owning such an amazing dog walking and pet sitting company gives her the opportunity to be involved with pets on a day-to day basis.  She understands how important pets are to their owners, and is dedicated to ensuring that Chester County Dog Walkers provides the highest level of pet care services.

Dog Behavior Certificate

Certificate of Participation

Amy – Manager & Dog Walker

After graduating from Harcum College in 1994 with an Associate’s Degree in Animal Management and completing a 4 month Internship at the Cincinnati Zoo, Amy began her career as a Veterinary Technician. She always wanted to dedicate her life to working with animals. Although she has been down a few business paths, she always has been involved with animal care.

 She worked as a Veterinary Technician for almost 20 years before joining Chester County Dog Walkers in August 2013 where she truly enjoys all of our client’s pets! Amy also earned her Certification in Dog Training in 2008 from the Animal Behavioral College and is currently working as a Pet Trainer (part-time) as well as a Food Representative for Iams and Eukanuba pet foods. At home she shares her life with 2 Welsh Corgis, Alexa (Cardigan) and Skeeter (Pembroke), a cat named Puddy and 2 betta fish Argo and Alton. 

 Dog Trainer Certificate

Nikki – Dog Walker (West Chester)

Nikki has lived in Chester County her entire life.  She grew up in Downingtown and now lives in Thorndale with her husband, three young children, and their golden retriever, Bella, and cat, George.  Nikki has been an animal lover all of her life.  She is a big supporter for fostering and fostered herself three pit bull puppies in her home for five months until they were all adopted.  It was a wonderful experience for her whole family and she looks forward to fostering again in the future.  Nikki is very excited to be a part of the Chester County Dog Walkers team.

Katrina – Dog Walker (Coatesville area & Overnights)

Katrina grew up with animals her whole life, and loves to take care of her grandma’s pup. She always had a special place in her heart for dogs and any other critters and it shows. Her laid back and quiet personality makes the most shy dogs social and the most hyper ones calm. Katrina loves the outdoors and is looking forward to meet you and your pet.

Sam – Dog Walker (Downingtown, Coatesville area)

Sam joins Chester County Dog Walkers after her career in the beauty industry and is finally pursuing her dream to work with animals. Sam is the proud owner of Zoe her Chihuahua and her cat Zelda, which are spoiled to the maximum. Sam is a veteran when it comes to dog walking and pet sitting. Before moving to the Coatesville area, Sam headed up CCDW in West Chester and is missed by all her W.C. clients. She is now available to take care of our futty clients in the Coatesville area.

Divina – Dog Walker (Coatesville/Downingtown area)

 Divina has a great passion for all things living. She was born and raised in Bergen County NJ and has cared for and owned all types of animals including dogs, cats, rodents, reptiles, birds, and most farm animals. As a student in high school she pet sat for her orchestra teacher and family members. Divina volunteers at a farm called Terra Optima Farm up in Maine during the summers. She cleans, feeds, and gives water to animals from donkeys to pigs. Her love for animals is noticeable with every interaction. When not working she’s caring for her own adopted dog, a Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog named Harold and 2 cats named Mia and Bella. She is more than excited to work with your furry kids!

Rob Wheat – Dog Walker (West Chester & Coatesville area & Overnights)

Rob worked more than 30+ years as a certified vet tech and loved to go to work every day. He is now retired and loves the daily interactions with his furry friends. Rob’s level of experience with all kinds of K-9 personalities came from handling different dogs every day. He loved caring for his furry patients and now loves taking them for walks.

Jessica Byrd

Jessica is a lifelong animal lover. She has never met an animal who she didn’t love, or who didn’t love her. Known to friends and family as “The Animal Whisperer” from a young age, she has cared for countless furry, scaly and feathered critters. Growing up on a 12-acre horse farm, she was allowed to have any pet she wanted. As a result, she has experience with just about everything. She currently has horses, a sheep and goat, rabbits, dogs, cats, several species of exotic birds, geckos, chickens and she breeds domesticated ducks as a hobby. She has spent the last 3 years training her off the track thoroughbred Manny and road tripping with her English Springer Spaniel Finny. Jessica has an Associates degree in Biology from Delaware County Community College.

Chrissy Ali – Dog Walker (Coatesville area)

Chrissy Ali has an innate sensitivity to dogs and all four legged friends. Although she holds a degree in fine art and has close to a decade of working in a museum setting, she also has many years of experience in caring for animals by pet sitting, supporting local animal charities and being a lifelong dog owner. She is a Chester county native and counts herself as fortunate to still live in the area with her husband and two wonderfully curious children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, volunteering, and can also be observed walking and/or talking to her five pets; two rescued black cats and three labs, one of which is also a rescue. She enjoys being in nature and is excited to be a part of Chester County Dog Walkers.

Daisy – Dog Walker (Chester County area)

Lifelong Chester County resident and animal lover, Daisy is joining the Chester County Dog Walkers team as a pet sitter, dog walker and vacation backup walker!  She is the proud owner of a Pitt Bull named Vivien and loves all kinds of animals, no exception. She is currently caring for two stray kittens and is always helping animals. Her kind and patient personality is loved by dogs and any other critter. Daisy decided to devote her nights, weekends and holidays to caring for other people’s pets in the comfort of their own homes, giving as many families as possible the freedom to travel guilt-free.

Daisy prides herself on providing top-notch overnight care with so much pampering that the pet thinks he is the one who went on vacation.