Gabriel Riesco, Founder
Gabriel (“Gabe”) Riesco is founder of City Dog Strut. Hop on the way back machine with us and head all the way to Spain. It’s here in the mountains where you’ll find a young Gabe, growing up alongside his family’s pack of Mastiff Sheepdogs.
It’s here where he developed powerful early bonds with dogs and developed his belief that our pet friends are here to remind us to stay connected with nature. It’s a strong connection that fosters energy awareness, self control, trust, respect, patience, and unconditional loyalty and integrity — all principles that Gabe applies to his dog training and walking sessions.
Gabe comes to America
Gabe studied philosophy at UNED in Madrid before moving to Boston and completing a degree at Berklee College of Music. He arrived in New York City shortly after and embarked on a jazz career while staying connected to his canine roots. He developed quite a following in the South Brooklyn canine community where he became known as an experienced dog handler, trainer, and behaviorist who focused on a balanced relationship between owner and dog.
The support he got from the community inspired him to start and grow City Dog Strut to what it is today. In his non-Strutting time, Gabriel can be found moonlighting at various haunts throughout the city (trust us: for more than his loyal canine friends) and spends time in Brooklyn with his wife Katie, his two sons Mateo and Sebastian and their adorable dog Ralphie.
You can also rest with peace of mind. Gabe is also Cat and Dog First Aid Certified by the American Red Cross.
Info on how to reach Gabe is here.
CITY DOG STRUT WALKERS
City Dog Strut also wouldn’t be possible without proper sole leather donations from this great team of handlers.
Felipe Beltrán is a lifelong pet owner and animal lover. Since he was a kid he has been around dogs, cats, birds, turtles and even Jutias — all living in his house in Cuba. He is a musician and composer and you can see him performing live music all around Brooklyn and Manhattan. He lives in Brooklyn and enjoys spending time outdoors running, hiking and biking around Prospect Park.
Nicholas is a lifelong animal lover. While growing up in Massachusetts he was always around dogs. He now lives in Brooklyn and is getting experience strutting the pooches and aims to eventually become a dog trainer.
Jake has a great passion for caring for animals. Growing up in New Jersey he would often take neighbor´s dogs with him on his daily jogs in the park. After moving to Brooklyn, Jake continued his love for working with animals by walking and dog sitting around his neighborhood. Jake has two adopted cats and is enjoying his career working with, caring for and helping animals. We are proud to have him as part of our City Dog Strut Team!
Dany Espinal :
Before Dany joined City Dog Strut he already had 6 years of experience handling dogs and training them with basic obedience at a doggy day care. His goal is to become a Veterinarian at some point. Meanwhile he wants to be surrounded and working with dogs as much as he can. His true passion and expertise it´s been a great asset to City Dog Strut. In his free time he enjoys playing and coaching baseball to kids.
Arin is a Sound Engineer professional who loves animals in general and dogs in particular. He loves outdoors activities and thought that walking dogs during the day would be the perfect fit for his evening/night shifts as an engineer. He was born and raise in Turkey and at some point in his life he decided to move with his wife to NYC and join the music and dog community!!