ABOUT OUR PAWLOSOPHY TEAM!

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

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 in the S&P 500 and the CME in the Eurodollar Pit.

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 in the hunter jumper circuit 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.

Turk (Turkey) and Bartleby were named after the main characters in Herman Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener".

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 competing in dressage in Region 2 with her horse Sasha Bellatrix, an Andalusian cross.

Alexis is also a former 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 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! Alexis enjoys live music, cooking, reading comic books, hiking, camping, fishing and dancing ballet.

ALANNA K.

Alanna was born in Chicago. She grew up with dogs, fish, and birds. For five years she worked at camps nature center in lake Geneva Wisconsin teaching campers about the correct ways on identifying body language cues animals express when they are happy and are reaching threshold. She graduated from Concordia University Chicago with a Bacherlor's degree in History. In her spare time she enjoys learning about ancient Egypt and taking care of her rabbit Houdini.

ANDIE B.

Andie is originally from West Virginia, and moved to Chicago 6 years ago to attend graduate school for psychology. From a young age, Andie has been surrounded by dogs and cats at home as well as horses, goats, and more on her grandparents' farm. Her main man is a 9-year-old lazy loveable pit bull mix named Milo. Andie is a licensed Psychotherapist and spends her free time fencing, weightlifting, and knitting.

ANGELA O.

Angela's professional experiences as the owner of a pet/house-sitting business for 13 years, a human resources manager, as well as her work as an Arizona realtor, taught her how to be highly organized, communicative, trustworthy, and focused on the needs of her clients. She also gained relevant knowledge of how to run her future businesses while earning her BHS in Healthcare Administration at Florida Atlantic University. Angela has called Chicago her home since 2015. Outside of her pet sitting and real estate clients, Angela enjoys working out, walking her dogs, riding her horse, discovering amazing food, and traveling abroad with her husband.

ANGELICA D.

Angelica grew up with dogs in her home. She was part of the team that founded a dog and cat rescue where she fostered dogs and handled marketing. Angelica has gotten to spend more time with cats the past few years and has really become fond of cats as well as dogs. Animals naturally tend to like and feel comfortable with her. Angelica educates dog and cat parents about nutrition while demonstrating premium, certified humane raised, sustainable, dog and cat food in specialty pet supply stores.

CHRISTOPHER C.

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 them, cats seems to naturally gravitate to him! In his spare time he enjoys reading and trail riding with his horse Dulce Marie.

CHRIS G.

Chris is from a small town outside of Detroit. He grew up on a farm raising chickens and always had at least one dog and one cat. After high school, he moved to Canada to play junior hockey which lead to the opportunity to become a 2 sport college athlete here in Chicago. Chris currently plays hockey and golf for Robert Morris University. He has always had a love for all types of animals and enjoys building strong bonds with them. The animals in his life are not just pets but instead they are family to him!

DAN H.

Daniel is a member of our administrative team. Daniel got his first dog when he was 9 years old. 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 P.

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 M.

Emily is a member of our administrative team and 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 2 Great Danes of her own, Odin and Olive! 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 is a very talented artist and 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

HEIDI R.

Heidi was born and raised in Chicago and has enjoyed animals throughout my life. She currently majoring in biology at Northeastern Illinois University with a goal to enter into veterinary medicine. Before joining our Pawlosophy Team, she worked in a vet clinic for 5 years . She am a proud owner of a French bulldog named Samby. In her spare time I love to exercise, read, and paint.

JEFF S.

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.

JENNIFER N.

Jennifer is a voice performance major at Northeastern Illinois University. She loves classical music, metal, pop and a bit of country. There are 2 things she loves more than anything, music and animals. She has had the same dog for the last 17 years, Tommy, and he is still going strong! All of her dogs were rescued; 2 from Peru and 1 from Canada. Pudding is my recent rescue from Peru destined to come home with her! Aside from her love for animals, she is currently in a post-hardcore melodic rock band, Blind Message. They have plated locally in Bada Brew and The Mutiny, and hope to play bigger venues soon and record their first single.

JOCELYN G.

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

KYLE Y.

Kyle grew up in rural Illinois on a farm. He has been an avid animal lover from the start and his family raises exotic animals. He is currently in the process of obtaining his graduate degree in mental health counseling. During his free time he enjoys immersing himself in amateur ornithology, bike riding, and reading as many books as he can.

LAURA K.

Laura has been an animal lover since birth. Growing up, she had a canine best friend, in addition to a few fish, bird, and rabbit companions over the years. Her career path has allowed her to work with some fun species such as river otters, screech owls, beluga whales, and white-tailed deer, but she's never strayed too far from domestic pets! She currently lives on the northwest side of Chicago where she is owned by two cats & works full-time at an animal shelter, caring for numerous cats, rabbits, and dogs.

LELA P.

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.

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 T.

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

ROB Z.

Robert was born in Chicago. He went to St. Benedict’s for grade school and Lane Tech for high school. He enjoys music and likes to play the drums and the bass. He loves working with animals and hopes to do so for a long time.

TESSA Z.

Tesssa is originally from a small town and Texas where every household in her family had a dog or two. Her dog was her best friend growing up and an important part of her family. She is currently a student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

CHRISTINA M.

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