At Chicago Pet Sitters we strive for our sitters to feel like they are a part of a big family, and we want to give you the chance to see just how amazing our staff is. Once a month we will be shining a spotlight on each of our team members to help introduce you to the people we cherish every day!
This months walker spotlight is on: Rachel C.
Rachel has been working with Chicago Pet Sitters for four years, and when she is not walking dogs or visiting cats, she is auditioning and performing in plays. She is also a mom to two adorable kitties, Link and Zelda.
Red! My hair is red, my dining room is painted red, and I also wore a red wedding dress.
This is a hard one, because I pretty much love all food! I especially love finding fun and interesting restaurants and trying signature dishes.
Coffee or tea?
What is your favorite movie?
This is also very hard to say! I’m a big movie buff! I love horror movies and also do a horror movie podcast: Midnight Horror (available on iTunes now). But, because I’m an actor, I really love to see all the movies I can.
What is your favorite breed of dog and why?
Corgis!! They are just the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Plus they are low maintenance which is perfect for my lifestyle — I cannot wait to own one someday. A close second is huskies; they look like wolves and are extremely loyal. Although, if I could own a Dire Wolf (from Game of Thrones) that’d be ok too.
Where did you live before Chicago and what brought you to the city?
I was born in Atlanta, GA, but have lived in Nashville, TN for most of my life. What brought me to the city was acting. The theatre and film scene in Chicago is incredible, and I have really grown as an artist since I moved here.
What is one of your favorite things about the city?
The theatre and film opportunities are definitely #1 on my list, but I also love the beautiful lake, which I live right by. The culture is unique and beautiful here as well. Chicago is big city with a small town feel, as they say.
Your favorite hangout spot / restaurant in the city?
Favorite hangout spot would have to be the Davis theatre/Carbon Arc Bar. (I told you I love movies!) My friends and I play trivia there, plus the food is amazing and the theatre itself is gorgeous. It’s definitely my favorite place to see movies!
What is something about you that might surprise people when they find out?
Besides all the acting I do, my husband and I also have our own podcast company. Called Evil Kitten Productions, we have a lot of great content. If anyone is interested in listening, our most recent podcasts can be found on iTunes:
Neon Nights: The Arcane Files of Jack Tracer
Project Nova (coming this summer!)
When you aren’t walking dogs or visiting with cats, how do you like to spend your time?
Lots of auditioning and rehearsals for plays, performing those plays, writing and recording for our podcasts, going to the movies, watching Game of Thrones (or any of the HBO/Netflix shows), having board game parties, and cuddling on the couch with my husband and 2 cats! When the weather is nice, taking long walks by the lakeside.
What is your favorite thing about being a dog walker with Chicago Pet Sitters?
I love that I get to spend my day with the sweetest doggies! Instead of being stressed about reports and deadlines or dealing with awful customers, I get to love on happy puppies.
What is one of the oddest thing you find yourself saying to the dogs you walk?
I’ll mimic the dog’s bark/cat’s meow back to them. And yes…they do look at me like I’m weird.
What do you think is your best quality as a dog walker?
About 99.9% of the time, I can always get any dog or cat to like me. Even if they are shy or scared of new people, I usually win them over every time, and we become fast friends.
What is something you strive to accomplish while with your dog clients?
Again, having them trust and love me enough to where they are always super excited to see me!
What has been your proudest moment working with Chicago Pet Sitters?
Once I was walking to one of my houses for an early morning dog walk, and I saw a dog running around the neighborhood alone. I recognized the dog and knew which house he belonged to because I had seen him in the front yard a couple times. Thankfully, I was able to lure the dog to me so I could leash him, and I took him back home. When the owner answered the door, he said “Wow, I didn’t even know he had gotten out!” I was able to reunite this dog with his family before anything went really wrong!