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About Annie Lever

I grew up in Michigan with great lakes chocked full of fish, crisp clean fresh air and a rustic cabin nestled among the white birch and majestic pine trees that seemed to reach the big blue sky. As a child it came as no surprise that I was drawn to the beauty of the great outdoors. When I was young, my dad found a Newfoundland black puppy in a city park that we took home and named Mr. Ballenger. Instantly I was smitten.

I would dash home from school at the sound of the bell to chase and tumble with my Mr. B. At night he would even curl up with me under my sheets. He made me feel safe. He was more than just a dog, but rather a friend who created feelings of security and comfort whenever I needed him.

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Over 20 years of running a successful business has given me the opportunity to meet people with amazing stories plus the ability to have a job where I enjoy daily the company of some of the most personable animals out there. In 1994, I followed my childhood passion and created Dog Gone Fitness. I’ve had the opportunity to love, walk, nurture, and home care over 495 dogs of every size, breed, temperament and personality. I love that every day I am invited to share my love of outdoors with these precious animals.

My mother used to tell me that happiness is like making a cake. It’s a precise combination of love, humility, gratitude, and respect along with the values and traditions of being of service to others. This has become my mantra for living a wonderful life.

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Bob grew up in Oregon and learned that hard work can and will pay off for you. His grandparents owned a berry farm and he spent many long hours picking berries and pulling weeds! Bob grew up surrounded by pets. In his youth he had dogs, rabbits, ferret, turtles, tortoises, ducks, rats, mice, gerbils, lizards, guinea pigs, and 14 tanks of tropical fish. His mom was a good sport!  

During his spare time, Bob enjoys any activity outdoors—fishing, scuba diving, running, swimming, biking, and kayaking. He has competed in many races and finishing the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon is one of his more memorable events. The man does not sit still! His dream is to fish all over the world but for now he is satisfied with west coast fishing trips, or cheering on his daughters in their chosen activities. Bob earned his MBA from Portland State University before moving to California. Before joining me Bob was the owner and operator of two successful construction companies. He says that he will take dogs over employees any day.

Bob and I are proud of our community and do all we can to ensure it continues to thrive. Every Christmas we adopt a family through our church and I served 4 years on the Board of Directors of the Barrington Dog Park, a great place to let the dogs run around and go crazy. Bob and I donate often to their cause as well as the West LA Animal Shelter.

Our Staff

Candice Clark

Hiking with dogs allows me to combine three loves; nature, canines, and exercise. It all began five years ago when Dog Gone Fitness offered me a position to join the team, spending my mornings with our pack has been an amazing adventure ever since! In case it’s not obvious, I love what I do! Applying my Masters degree in Psychology and 12 years of motherhood, I approach working with dogs like I do humans. My objective is to allow pups to maintain their unique nature while modifying unacceptable behaviors (i.e. disobedience and any poor social skills). Preferring off leash excursions, I enjoy observing dogs running free and playing. Our outings give dogs the invaluable opportunity to be part of a pack for a few hours. Sniffing, climbing, running, getting positive enforcement, and cuddling is the heart of our good mornings.

Katie

Katie is an East Coast native and moved to LA in January of 2020 to follow her passion in music. Growing up with huskies she had no choice but to be active with her pups and it grew her love for the outdoors and hiking with dogs. All four years of college she worked in Boston as a dog walker and sitter for a local company. When she moved home in 2016 after receiving her MBA at Endicott, she opened her own pet service business and had clients all over Connecticut. She has over 10 years experience working with animals of all breeds and temperaments. It was only natural that moving to the west coast that she would look for a job within the pet industry. After researching the dog walking community in LA she found Dog Gone Fitness and knew that the business Annie and Bob have established for over 25 years would be the perfect fit for her. She joined the Dog Gone Fitness team in February and could not be happier to be a part of such a wonderful team of dog lovers. She's hard to miss with her green Volkswagen convertible filled with dogs driving down Sunset Boulevard!

Bethany

Hi! I'm Bethany. I've been in the animal care field for about 15 years. After receiving my BS in Biology, I was an animal keeper helping with conservation work and animal rescues. I recently transitioned to vet tech work, specifically animal rehabilitation. My dream job, now, is to continue to make a difference in animal's lives in my neighborhood by putting to use all that I have learned throughout my career. Being a California native, I can’t get enough of his amazing weather and beautiful scenery, so to be able to combine this with my love of animals is amazing. I’m so glad to be a part of the Dog Gone Fitness family and to be able to see all of the happy dogs on the trails!

Sam Miller

Sam, a Midwest naitive grew up alongside two chocolate labs, a collie and eventually the two Shetland sheepdogs featured in Sam’s photo. Sam has been caring for and walking dogs all his life. As a kid, Sam started his own dog walking business to support his hobby of baseball. Sam’s athleticism and endurance was, and continues to be the perfect combination so all dogs experience an engaging, yet tiresome walk.

Sam began walking dogs for Wag! when he moved to Chicago in 2018. During his time with their company he went through training, learned skills regarding walking techniques, what to do in emergency situations and has walked dogs of a variety of ages and breeds. Sam moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2019 to pursue his passion for landscape photography and shortly after launched his online fine art print shop. He heard about Dog Gone Fitness from his friend Katie and as an avid hiker and lover of dogs, Sam couldn’t imagine a better opportunity to get his puppy fix. When your dogs go on a hike with Sam not only will they get the best workout, some cute puppy pics will definitely be coming your way.

Darius

Darius has always had an affinity with dogs and DNA testing revealed his ancestors to be among the first to breed dogs from wolves in the Ural mountains before the previous ice age. Darius has been with Dog Gone Fitness for several years and is stoked to be a part of a company that truly cares for the animals health at all levels. He says “Dogs are so full of love, they want to give it and receive it. The hiking experience involves an important social aspect for the dogs and I enjoy seeing them grow together”.  

Tate

Hello! My name is Tate and I am originally from the low country in South Carolina. I was raised surfing, boating, fishing and spending as much time as possible in the sun and sand. I grew up with family dogs my whole life, and rescued two of my own while I was in college earning a degree in Entertainment Management. I signed a record deal right out of school and spent 3 years touring the US & Canada as the lead singer in a pop/rock band. I was flying to Los Angeles multiple times a year to record music in the studio and film music videos, which resulted in me missing my pups a whole bunch. My fiancé and I decided to move out here with our two dogs so we wouldn’t have to spend that time apart anymore. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better job than to hang out with pups all day long. It has been more than a pleasure spending my mornings hiking with my new fur friends. I love getting to know each and every dog and their individual and unique personalities. Dogs truly are man’s best friend, and i’m lucky to have made several best friends with Dog Gone Fitness.

Amanda

Amanda grew up in Chicago alongside a sassy Toy Poodle/Shih Tzu mix named Cocoa. To escape the cold weather, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her art (called Janky Dood) and meet other creative people alike. Being a lover of dogs and the outdoors, joining the DGF crew was a no brainer. Amanda loves hiking the dogs and seeing their cute, happy faces every morning.

Kali

I moved to LA from New York 6 years ago and have always worked in the fast paced world of fashion and events. Through that crazy journey I learned one thing is for sure: I much prefer dogs over people! The dogs get SO excited when they see me arrive every morning, but little do they know they brighten my day just as much (plus they are great listeners when I want to chat). As Mark Twain once said, "The more I learn about people, the more I love my dog,"....and well, he's not far off! 
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