Meet the Team!
Hi there, thanks for visiting our meet the sitters page! My name is Britton Danton, I am the owner and operator of Walk! ATX Pet Care. On this page, you’ll get to know Austin’s most elite team of pet care professionals. Our staff will go to any length to ensure your dog’s mental and physical well-being. After all – a tired dog is a happy dog!
Britton Danton – Owner & Operator
I like to say that this business chose me. All my life I have felt such a natural connection with animals, and I’ve grown up walking, bathing, and housesitting for them. I feel complete when my dog pack is around – when they’re happy, I’m happy! Throughout the years, I have studied and explored canine behavior in depth in order to try and understand their thought process. My goal is to see things from their perspective in order to provide them with the most fulfilling life possible. Walk! ATX was established in the spring of 2008, 8 years ago, when I started walking multiple dogs each day in my neighborhood while working full time at a local groom shop. Everyone always had great things to say about the fun, nurturing companionship I had to offer their pets – as well as the professional and interactive experience I offered to them as an owner. Pet care has always been a full-time job for me, and today my work even follows me home, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have three dogs of my own: Rusko, Stella, and Harlee. Rusko is a 6-year-old Aussie who has been with me since puppyhood. We have grown together so much, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the countless lessons he has taught me as a dog owner and just as a human. Stella is our little golden child. She is daddy’s girl and my little helper on the job. Harlee is our newest addition to the family. She’s a one year old Great Dane who thinks she is a chihuahua! Her favorite activities include napping with the cats (and snoring), and romping at the park with her brother and sister. We take our career seriously, but we like to have fun in the process! The company consists of me and 12 of the very best pet care professionals I’ve ever met. I trust our team implicitly to treat all animals with love and respect, and to uphold the highest standards of professionalism in pet care. It is my pleasure to introduce to you our all-star team of sitters.
Hannah Lee Mencher
I graduated from College of the Atlantic with a B.A. in Human Ecology; focus is Music and Early Childhood Education. I am from Austin originally, but I spent most of my life growing up on Peaks Island, Maine. My hobbies include writing songs with guitar and harmonica, practicing yoga, and snowboarding. I have always had beloved pets in my home including a German Shepherd (Marty), a Husky (Kashmir), 2 cats (Davey and Moxie), canary birds Phillipo, Julia, and Harry Potter), 2 labs (Natasha and Sadi), a lizard (Greeny), and a beta fish (Takahasha). Dogs have always been my favorite animal. Running, playing, swimming, and walking – it is always better with a dog. I have graduated from puppy and dog training obedience classes, and I am so grateful to have a full-time job where I get to be with animals all day! Any questions or concerns you may have about your pet, please feel free to ask me, or Britton, or anyone else on the Walk ATX team, and I know we will be happy to help you find the answer! This is my favorite job I have ever had and I am looking forward to spending time with your 4 legged friends!
Growing up in Tomball, TX, back when it was a small town, I was always surrounded by different animals– we had a goat named Bill, ducks, hens, geese, hamsters, parrots and plenty of dogs and cats. I’ve always felt I had a connection to animals and am so thrilled to be able to work with them on a daily basis. In addition to caring for animals, I work as a deep tissue massage therapist here in Austin, TX, and have been practicing since 2010. In my spare time, I enjoy spending the day at the Greenbelt, cooking just about anything, and hanging out at home with my boyfriend, pug, and cat.
Growing up in the Piney Woods of East Texas, my family and I have had all sorts of animals. So when I moved to Austin, I felt blessed to come across Walk! ATX. Along with taking care of furry friends, I work as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. My hobbies include playing outside, biking around the city, poloroid pictures, aquariums, root beer floats, and hanging out with your pets! It’s so wonderful to have a job I truly love, working and connection with pets and clients, as well as working with Britton and the Walk! ATX staff. Genuine, great people, and so happy to be a part of the team.
While being raised in El Paso Texas, I was surrounded by a wide variety of animals, dogs being my absolute favorite. I used to get into trouble for always sneaking outside to try and live with the dogs. Dogs remind us of how simple life can be. I went to Texas A&M at College Station for two years, and ended up graduating from UT Austin with a philosophy degree. I’m an INFP so spending time with dogs is great for me. I spend my time writing and performing music, tending to the business side of music, reading, watching film, spending time with my girlfriend, and running. And of course, spending time with your pups 🙂
If I ever go to a party, I’ll be by the dog (or cat). I’m Ashlen and Austin is a new city to me. Philadelphia is my home city & where my work with dogs began. I’ve worked in daycare & boarding facilities, a shelter and now I’ve been welcomed to the pack here at Walk! ATX. My whole life I have been surrounded by animals, mostly dogs. I’m their best friend, and honestly, they’re mine! Your fuzzy family members will be well cared for & with as many updates as you need! Surrounded by pets as much as possible, I enjoy hiking, coffee, live music of the rock persuasion, art(in many wonderful forms & mediums) and Star Wars.
I’ve lived in Austin for 7 years now and truly LOVE it! With all the outdoor activities, pet friendly accommodations and fitness minded people i feel at home. I love the outdoors and i have two awesome pups of my own (Odion 12yrs, and Indie 6 yrs) so we go hiking quite a bit. My days are filled with teaching fitness classes, hiking/spending time with my pups, and gardening. WalkATX is perfect for me because it combines all the things i love and gives me a chance to help others.
Anne Marie Steinbach
Mother of Canines. Knight of the Fang. Saver of Puppies. Hi! All playing around aside… My name is Anne Marie and I love dogs. I really love my job and every dog I care for. Prior to this I have been a care giver for elderly, children, and the blind. Service and care is where I’ve always been drawn to. I look forward to meeting your fur babies and taking them on a quest for a healthy and happy life.
I moved to Austin, TX from Northern Virginia in January 2016. Growing up, we always had dogs. My parents had to buy me a double bed in kindergarten because there wasn’t enough room for me and both our big dogs on that tiny twin. Moving down here was a challenging shift because I don’t have any fuzzy friends around me, so walking dogs helps me fill that hole! I also work at a vegan restaurant in Tarrytown, the Beer Plant. Most of my working life has been spent working with children in varying capacities, from teaching gymnastics to working with special needs. Some of my hobbies are running, biking, hiking, and snowboarding when the weather is right. I’m so excited to get to know you and your pups! 🙂
I’ve been working for Walk! ATX Pet Care for the past 3 years. It’s a job that I truly enjoy going to every day. Before Walk! ATX I had been a manager of a restaurant, bartender, waiter, lifeguard and ran a food trailer with a friend. Out of all those occupations, I find true joy in walking dogs. I’m currently taking business classes to try and help out the business where I can with hands on schooling knowledge. I attended A&M and am now at ACC working on a business degree. I fly fish, fish, wakeboard, kayak, snowboard, and work out as my major hobbies but I love any outdoor activity. My Fiancé and I have a goal to see every National Park in the United States. I also spend 2 months out of the year in Alaska as a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay. Hope you have enjoyed the little bit of background info and random facts about me.
I have lived in Austin for many years and consider myself an Austin transplant. I moved to Philadelphia to complete my degree but Austin kept calling my name and I came back as soon as I could. My hobbies include road and mountain biking at the many Austin bike parks as well as hiking the local trails with my Dalmatian puppy. I also enjoy the vibrant music and art scene here in Austin. Why I wanted to be a dog walker: My puppy is my life. When I’m away from her I worry about her being bored, lonely, sad, and feeling unloved. I want to relieve that worry for other dog owners. The owners will be confident that their furry loved ones are being taken care of by someone who cares deeply about their pets.
I was born in Santa Cruz, California but I consider Austin, as my home town. Growing up, we always had all sorts of pets in our house from dogs to chickens. I have been living with animals for my entire life! When I found Walk! ATX I was very excited to be able to work with and care for animals. I spend my free time outside fly fishing, kayaking, and hiking. Currently, I have a chocolate lab that loves to accompany me on anything I do! I take her with me anytime I can. I just recently graduated from Westlake High School in Austin and plan on studying Environmental Science at The University of Texas at Austin.
Born and raised in Round Rock, TX, I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t own a pet. Growing up on 5 acres, we had plenty of space for animals. I grew up around dogs, cats, and horses and had a desire to work with animals from before I was in elementary school. Other than pet sitting, in the past I have volunteered at animal shelters and worked at a veterinarian clinic. I also obtained my Veterinarian Technician Certification in 2011. I have a Business Degree from Baylor University but am currently studying for my Personal Training Certification. In my free time, I enjoy running, traveling, cooking, and hanging out with my 8 year old Great Dane, Cobalt. Being a pet owner is an absolutely amazing experience and I recommend it to many people. I’m very excited to be a part of the Walk! ATX team and really get to know you and your adorable pets.
I moved from Houston, TX to Austin in the summer of 2016, and couldn’t be more excited to be here! Growing up I have always had multiple dogs in the house, so I’m thrilled that I was able to find a job where I can be with dogs everyday! I love animals so much and have such a passion for them. When I’m not taking care of your fur babies, I am a dance teacher. Growing up, I lived and breathed dance. I was a professional dancer for Royal Caribbean International at one point in my life. I currently teach at two studios in Southwest Austin. Moving to Austin has been one of the best decisions of my life. I absolutely love that the majority of places and events are dog-friendly, so it only made since that I adopt some dogs of my own. I have two dogs named Oliver and Chica, who are my world. Both are red-haired mixes. Some of my favorite hobbies are hiking, hanging out with my dogs, cooking, practicing dance and yoga, painting, listening to music, and rollerblading. I can’t wait to meet your pets!
Growing up in Florida, one of my first memories is carrying around a stuffed toy husky 24/7 in hopes that one day I’d have a real pup. By age six, my dreams came to life in the form of an incredible Yorkiepoo named Ren that I cared for for sixteen years. Leaving him to move to New York was heartbreaking, so when I wasn’t going to school for acting I was walking dogs and pet sitting to soothe my animal soul. Dog walking is the greatest job I could ask for. The unabashed joy I see on a pup’s face after a hearty walk absolutely melts me, and all that time walking allows me to soak up the sun and explore the city! Triple win! When I’m not fawning over dogs I’m trying to put that degree to good use through theatre, writing, making music with my roommate, and trying to muster up the courage to join the roller derby scene! I’m so excited to be a part of the Walk! ATX team. Britton and the others tend tirelessly to the safety, health and happiness of every pup in their care, and it shows. Can’t wait to meet your pups so I can make their day and they can make mine!
Greetings fellow Austin dog owners! My name is Lucas Boyd and I am a proud member of the Walk ATX team. Since as early as I can remember I have loved animals, and I got my first dog at the age of 10. Since then, I have been a proud dog owner of many awesome pups! I am honestly not sure what my life would be like if it weren’t for the company of my own two dogs, and I am so honored to be able to deal with dogs on a day to day basis and care for them as I would my own! I moved to Austin, Texas about 5 years ago and graduated from St. Edward’s University. After graduation I was confronted with the challenge that all people face, what do I want to do with my life? After graduating and taking a 9-5 job, I soon realized that it is important to do what you love in life and to live a good quality of life. It didn’t take much time for me to figure out my true happiness revolves around the loving and caring for animals. Soon I found myself as a member of the Walk ATX team and I am so thrilled to be apart of such an amazing company and have such a lovely group of dogs! Cheers Austin dog owners and I look forward to loving and caring for your pup!
Hi there! I’m Madeleine (Maddie for short), I was born in Austin and raised in Houston, Tx. Growing up as an only child my best friend was my Rhodesian Ridgeback, Max. I absolutely love dogs and all animals which is what inspired me to become a vegetarian 12 years ago. I received a bachelor of science degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and am now working on my Graduate degree in Educational Psychology: School Counseling at UT. I love Austin and look forward to spending time with your sweet pups in this beautiful city!
Moving to Austin in 2012 from Dallas, I developed a deep love for hiking in nature, and spending time at Zilker park with my pup. I graduated from St. Edward’s University with a photography degree. Most of my photographs include local landscapes and portraiture (specializing not only on human subjects, but canines as well!) I love capturing these furry companions of ours on film. I have considered myself an “animal whisperer” since I was 4 years old as my connection with them first developed. I cannot remember a time when I did not have a loving, loyal pet by my side. Growing up with my blue heeler, Alyssa, I vowed to always have a furry friend to care for – since so many strays need a forever home. I’ve volunteered at Austin Pets Alive, and fostered dogs in the past. My hobbies include yoga, camping, rock climbing and swimming (anything that gets me outdoors and active). I am so grateful for Walk ATX! as it provides me with the most rewarding job of making sure our furry friends of Austin are well cared for, and get their daily exercise in!
Hello there! I moved to Austin in 2011 to attend St. Edward’s University and haven’t left ever since! I was born and raised in Dallas, so I’m true Texan! Before Walk ATX! I got my bachelor’s in communication, and typically take on social media roles. However, dogs (like most cuddly animals) are so very important to me, so when I was offered the opportunity to be a dog walker, I gladly took the chance. It hardly ever feels like “work,” but instead – a chance to meet some of Austin’s best furry friends!
Hey y’all, Piper here, northside dog walker with Walk! ATX. As a jewelry consultant-turned line cook and part time pet professional, I am a girl of many trades. I like to keep it interesting! While I have held many positions, I have always had the same goal in my mind: to eventually work directly with animals, helping them live the life our furry friends all deserve. I’m so excited to use this opportunity to interact and learn from your beautiful pets. I think dogs often understand humans on a much deeper level than we assume is possible. I love developing relationships with all different dog personalities, and will always protect any animal’s life I have the pleasure of spending time with.