Pawlosophy was founded by Alexis and fellow rescue volunteer. After a number of less than stellar experiences with other walking and sitting services, they decided it was time to seize the opportunity to offer the kind of unparalleled service that they expected for their own special needs pets. In fall of 2010 they started Pawlosophy: a new standard in pet care.

Pawlosophy is owned and operated by Alexis with the help of her amazing staff of wonderful caregivers!


Alexis was raised on the north side of Chicago. She has B.A.s in Geography and Physical Anthropology. Her early professional life was spent in the Financial Industry, where she worked for 10 years, mostly at the CBOE and CME.

She is passionate about development work and has served in the Peace Corps as well as participated in international development projects in several countries. She has been pet sitting since she was in high school, and has 20+ years experience caring for animals, both personally and professionally.

Alexis started riding horses at age 5, competing in local shows until her late teens. As a young girl she had hamsters and bunnies too! The first dog joined her family when she was 8, a Great Dane named Sampson. Sampson was a true “family dog,” never settling down at night until every family member was safely tucked into bed. Her second family dog was Braveheart, also a Great Dane. Bravey was a wonderful, energetic, young soul who was best friends with her first cat, a DSH named Turk. Turk and Bravey loved to chase each other around the house and cuddle up for long naps together. Bravey passed away at age 6 of Lymphoma. His condition inspired her to learn more about animal wellness and nutrition. After moving from her family home with Turk she adopted a kitty brother for him,Bartleby, from C.A.R.E, where she has volunteered since her early teens.

Alexis’s current canine companions were rescued from a rural Indiana shelter, in a desperate situation and in the process of closing its doors. They are Husky/Doberman litter-mates named Saoirse and Becks. Her third dog, Desmond, started as a foster that was found abandoned on the west side of Chicago and 8 months later she was in love and couldn't part with him!

Alexis & her husband Christopher currently reside with their rescue dogs Saoirse, Becks, Desmond and rescue cats Bartleby, Le Mieux, Herbie & Clementine on the north side of Chicago. Alexis is still an active equestrian with her horse Sasha, an Andalusian cross, and is looking forward to debuting her this show season in dressage competitions in Region 2.

Alexis is also an apprentice trainer in the School of Dog Training at Anti-Cruelty in Chicago and is a Certified Pet First Aid and CPR instructor. She continues to support rescue causes throughout the tri-state area and is an active rescue volunteer with several organizations.

Alexis also works hard to promote positive reinforcement based training methods with companion animals and regularly attends clinics and conferences to stay current in her knowledge base. She practices clicker training with her dogs, cats and horses! When Alexis isn't hanging with her husband and animals she enjoys cooking, reading comic books, hiking, camping and dancing ballet.


Anne M is a part-time sitter for Pawlosophy. Anne always loved dogs but couldn't adopt any because of allergies in the family. She did adopt a stray black cat that she claims brought her nothing but good luck and constant companionship for 21 years. Anne also likes to travel, and in 2016 she visited the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary in Rome, Italy, which is located within an archaeological site in the center of the city.


Ashlee comes to Chicago by way of Arkansas, Nevada, Texas, and Alabama. She has always been intrigued by animals of all sizes. Her first pup was a beagle mix named Angiy who was always waiting for her girl to get off the bus after school. In college, Ashlee had two hamsters and would house sit for families with dogs or cats. After getting married, Ashlee and her husband William adopted Jammer, a dachshund/cattle dog mix in Texas and completed a puppy training class. While in Texas, Ashlee had the great pleasure of working at SeaWorld, San Antonio alongside some of the best animal trainers in the world. If you have a sea lion, Ashlee has you covered. When she's not loving on animals, Ashlee can be found working the theatre as a stage manager.


Christopher is a construction professional and Alexis' husband. He mostly works for Pawlosophy doing cat sitting visits over holiday periods. While he also takes on care for dogs and has a lot of experience working and living with dogs, cats seems to naturally gravitate to him! In his spare time he enjoys reading and trail riding with his horse.


Daniel got his first dog when he was 9 years old. Since then, he has never been without dogs in his life. Daniel moved to Chicago in 2012 and started working in the pet industry shortly after that. Starting with Pawlosophy in early 2013, he has done all aspects of the care we offer. He currently lives in Antioch, IL with his wife, son, Great Dane, and Rat Terrier. Daniel currently handles evening admin support remotely


Destiny hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma and her music profession landed her in Chicago in 2008. She's very experienced in handling animals growing up with a menagerie between her friends on farms and ranches (with horses and other fun animals) and her own multi animal household. Her personal childhood pets included dogs, cats, birds, hedgehogs, Guinea pigs, rabbits, and aquarium animals such as lizards, snakes, tarantulas, and of course fish. The trainable nature of dogs narrowed her love of animals down to a big goofy chocolate lab named Bosco by the time she graduated high school. His large repertoire of tricks and personality keeps Destiny inspired to hone her ability as an amateur dog trainer and pursue further education in those efforts.

When she's not walking dogs or visiting cats, she's a very active saxophone player in the Chicago music scene. Her main band is the reggae group, Gizzae, who tours regionally and internationally and has a home base at the famous Wild Hare on Sunday nights when the band is home. She also plays with the Chicago Women in the Blues and a few fun party/dance bands around the city. She toured with JJ Cale in 2004 and is on the documentary "To Tulsa and Back" playing in a few scenes. She also freelances on other movie/documentary soundtracks. "70 acres in Chicago" (2016) is her most recent release and is working on streaming rights to be shown on Netflix!


Emily is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to building up a tolerance to the heat of the desert, she spent her time caring for animals. She grew up with a lovable yellow Labrador named Goldie and a temperamental Tonkinese cat named Chloe. She began house and pet sitting for friends, family, and acquaintances when she was about 16 years old.

She has experience with dogs ranging from Dachshunds to Great Danes. In fact, Emily currently has a goofy Great Dane of her own. Odin is new to the city life and very shy. She also has a cat named Spooky that she rescued as a stray when he was barely a month old. He has grown into a spunky little character! Her love of animals doesn’t stop at just the furry ones either! She has a pet cockatiel named Falcor and a ball python affectionately known as Bosley.

Emily spends her free time painting in a variety of mediums and designing greeting cards. She has professional experience in reproducing original artwork and embellishing prints. She enjoys painting food and animals but also exploring the organic process of abstract work. To view her portfolio, please visit: www.beetleandbirch.com


Hannah is a native Chicagoan that has an immense passion for animals; this includes a compassionate vegetarian diet. She has worked with cats and dogs for years; Hannah owns and has taken care of all types of pets including small animals -- just in case you need care for any rabbits, rats, mice, or any of your other furry buddies. Working with pets of all kinds only allows Hannah to express this lifelong passion. Hannah hopes that her professional career will one day lead her to be a veterinarian -- she can definitely be trusted with any type of care for your beloved pet.


Jeff has been on the same wavelength with animals since childhood, and they tend to be fond of him and receptive to his understanding of them, especially cats! He specializes in sitting for cats on nights and weekends, and is one of our medical care specialists, having lots of experience administering all types of medications and other medical care.


Growing up, Jocelyn always had pets from dogs, cats,and fish to guinea pigs. She has had a thing for animals since she could walk. She was lucky to have lived in a house full of furry friends, so she is really comfortable with all dogs. Her family dogs were mainly German Shepherds, Alaskan Malamutes even tiny Maltese Poodles. Her passions are animals, sports, and cars.

She attended college and began to pave her way into a nursing career; No unlike most college students she changed her mind midway through and is now looking into becoming a veterinarian technician. She wants nothing more than to spend her days working with all types of amazing animals


Lela is Pawlosophy's Operations Manager. She is not a native-Chicagoean. She was born in Nairobi, Kenya to parents working in organizational and community development for the Institute of Cultural Affairs. She spent her early childhood in different parts of Southeast Asia until finally landing in Taipei, Taiwan. She spent her summers in Chicago and parts of California with family. She returned Stateside for higher education and attended DePaul University with Sociology as her concentration.

As a child, she had a black cat named Thomas the Midnight King (Tom) who had a love/hate relationship with the world. Since the age of 16, she has been caring for fur friends of all sizes. She started with a Chesapeake Bay retriever and a Husky. Her experience with the small breeds other than cats didn't come until her early 20s with a friendly Yorkie. She started working first with family friends, graduated to friends of friends, until her interest in pet care culminated in a professional pursuit. She began with Pawlosophy in 2012 as a dog walker/pet sitter and is currently Pawlosophy's Operations Manager. She provides services for all types of dogs and loves them equally. They all think they are lap dogs anyway! Lela is also a Pet Tech Certified Pet First Aid/CPR Instructor for Pawlosophy.

Her other love is music. She works with the Chicago Studio of Professional Singing , The Floating Opera Project , and is in the swinging trio The Jewel Tones . She has won numerous music awards throughout the city and has performed around the world.


Melissa Z is a part-time overnight sitter and outside hours walker for Pawlosophy. Melissa did not have much experience caring for animals when she was young, but she has always had a love an interest in animals. Her parents only allowed her to have small pets such as hamsters and fish when she was growing up, so she formed a special love for hamsters and other small mammals. She also bonded with other family member's cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, fish, you name it and began taking on pet sitting as a hobby in high school. Friends and neighbors would ask her because they knew she would provide their pets with great care and love. Melissa now has a rabbit named Cinnabun and her two roommates have a cat and another rabbit. She has cared for many ill small animals and is comfortable administering medicine to them as well as for cats and dogs in need of extra care. She works mostly nights and weekends while maintaining her full-time job as a reporter for a construction publication.


Nicole grew up on the coast of North Carolina, and spent all of her time involved in every outdoor activity imaginable. She remember having a zoo of animals, which led to actively riding horses in numerous eventing competitions.

She pursued my BA in Commercial Photography at Columbia College Chicago. Not surprisingly,focusing her work on photographing animals in a commercial setting as well as in their natural environment.

Her free time is spent actively; riding her bike, helping animals, and constantly learning new things. Website- nmariephoto.com


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