Tanya Turgeon


Tanya Turgeon

From the moment I entered this world I have loved dogs. At the age of 10 I was finally allowed to adopt my first rescue—a 10 pound terrier mix named Spunky. He had a lot of dislikes (baths, cars, dogs, boys, vets…) but he did love learning tricks! Our relationship seemed to confirm my life-long dream to become a veterinarian. 

Fast-forward 16 years. I did not become a veterinarian but I did continue to learn tricks! —in the form of juggling, stilt walking, and other circus skills. After performing at a theme park and on cruise ships I took my performing career to NYC. 6 months later a rescue pitbull landed in my lap and I never looked back. What was supposed to be a foster situation became a forever one and it changed my life forever. My love of dogs grew exponentially through Elsie, who would be my best friend, family, and mentor for nearly a decade. Through her I was inspired to volunteer at Animal Care Centers for two years helping shelter dogs.

When Elsie passed away I was heartbroken but adopted another pittie one month later. Gracie had a rough past but she absolutely loves training and learning tricks, which inspired me to want to learn more and pursue my love of dogs in a professional way. I’m super grateful for the opportunity to work and learn with the Who's Walking Who team! When I’m not with dogs, I continue to perform and teach circus skills in NYC and beyond.