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 support staff and 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, 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! Her first dog joined the 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, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, started as a foster. Desi was found abandoned in a building on the west side of Chicago. After fostering him for 8 months 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 and a member of the Luxe Equestrian Dressage Team based in St. Charles IL. Alexis competes in Region 2 with her horses Sasha Bellatrix, an Andalusian cross, and Imperator Furiosa, a Gypsy Vanner.

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 promotes R+ based training methods with companion animals and regularly attends clinics and conferences to stay current in her knowledge base. She has attended animal training and behavior related clinics and workshops with Jean Donaldson, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Alexandra Kurland, and Dr. Susan Friedman and Chirag Patel. She practices clicker training with all her animal companions; dogs, cats and horses! In her free time Alexis enjoys live music, cooking, reading, collecting 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.

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.

ANN M.

Ann is originally from Dayton, Ohio, and moved to Chicago three years ago to pursue a Master's degree in Psychology. Much of her background is working as support staff in residential units, assisting both deaf adolescents with behavioral difficulties, and Intellectually disabled Adults. Currently she interns at a local psychiatric hospital with adolescents and children. When she was younger, she loved spending her time pet sitting dogs and cats for friends and neighbors. During college she adopted two Guinea pigs and has an avid lover of them since then. In her free time she often runs races, indulges in Netflix marathons, and on sunny days you'll find her riding her motorcycle or exploring various places around Chicago!

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.

CYNTHIA S.

Cynthia is a retired professional chef originally from Pittsburgh. She relocated to Chicago in May 2017. Growing up, she loved spending time with animals and attended K-9 classes with a trainer named William Kelly in New Jersey during the early 80's. Training was used for private clients who were having their dogs trained to protect their homes. More recently she worked with rescue groups in Allegheny, Lawrence and Beaver counties and also drove the Land pilot for Pittsburgh Aviation animal rescue. Her real passion is working with animals! She has never been without a dog! He favorites have been her three labs (black, chocolate and yellow), Sue and Louise and Abby. Louise, a Hurricane Katrina rescue, is still with her and is 15 now.

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

ERIN M-R.

Erin was raised in Evanston and has lived in Chicago for almost a year. She grew up around a variety of animals- including cats, dogs, birds, fish, turtles, hamsters, gerbils and fancy rats. She started working as a petsitter/dog walker 7 years ago, and has 2 cats of her own. Erin is experienced with puppies, senior dogs and cats, and animals with special needs. In her spare time she enjoys nature walks, camping, reading and playing with her cats :) Erin's number one passion is animals!

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.

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

JOHANNA K.

Johanna was born and raised on a farm in central Illinois. She grew up with all kinds of animals her whole life. She had three dogs and plenty of barn cats to keep her company! She's been caring for animals since she was a kid and has a passion for it. She graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Acting. She moved to Chicago in 2018 to start her acting career and was lucky enough to start working with Pawlosophy. She currently has a 2 year old, 140 lb, boxer/mastiff mix named Griffin back home on the farm and her fat cat Gnash in the city with her!

JOE M.

Joe was born in Wisconsin and grew up in the Milwaukee area. He was kept company by two energetic dogs with bright personalities as well as many cats. His family fostered cats, giving him experience caring for special needs animals. While attending UW-Madison, he obtained a philosophy degree, spent a year working in a neuroscience laboratory centered around Generalized Anxiety Disorder and PTSD, and served young children for two years building language, literacy, and social skills. He is very happy to care for pets and enjoys all four seasons.

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.

LAURIE A.

Laurie was born and raised in Chicago. Since she was an infant her parents had a love for animals that they wanted her to grow up with. There was never a time in her life where she didnt have a pet. She's had cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, snakes, fish, degus, lizards, and even a tarantula. When she was 10 her parents taught her how to raise a litter of kittens after they lost their mother. In between taking care of her pets, she was a dancer and played basketball. She lived in Glendale Heights for a few years-where she developed a love for rescuing cats and dogs and finding them homes. Laurie and her partner volunteered together and now have 7 pets together (6 of which are cats and 1 a guinea pig). During her free time she loves to play Dead Space on xbox, cuddle her best bud Charlie the cat, clean, and hangout with her little brother.

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.

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.

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