Walker Spotlight: Larkin S.

April 22, 2019


We love our walkers at Windy City Paws, and this month we want to introduce to you to Larkin, who has been with us for a year!

Where are you from?
Ashland Oregon.

How did you end up in Chicago?
I was in New York City studying dramaturgy, and we decided we wanted to begin the trek back west. My husband has always wanted to live here and it’s a great theater town. We’ve been here for three years now, and we love it!

What is your favorite pastime?
Although I haven’t done it for the past few years, I love to go car camping with my extended family (including everyone’s dogs). We even take them in the kayak with us! We compete to see who can make the most delicious meals while drinking G n’ Ts or a cold beer.

What is your hidden talent?
I can make anything out of duct tape. 

Do you have pets? If so, what kind and what are their names? Tell us about their personalities.
I have two cats. Their names are Piper and Max. We rescued them when we lived in New York. Max is an elegant black cat. He likes to think he is an engineer while he tries to free his friend ball without the use of thumbs. He also enjoys running up and down our long hallway while throwing knot (fleece given to us by the shelter-prized possession) or one of his many mice for himself. He is a bashful goofball who loves all things food. Piper is a grey and white athletically built cat. She is a fierce huntress who can stun a fly and eat it with one bat of her paw. When hunting Greenies, you always know when she has caught her prey by the satisfying crunch she makes. She also enjoys setting traps with her belly and bossing her brother (Max) around. 

If you were a dog, what breed would you be and why?
I would probably be a border collie of some sort because I’m good at herding people and my family would tell you that I’m too smart for my own good sometimes.

If dogs could run for public office, which breed do you think would make the best president?
I don’t think it would be any one breed in particular, sort of a, of the dogs for the dogs sort of thing. A compilation of the best qualities.

Why did you decide to become a dog walker?
I’ve always loved dogs and was looking to find an active job that would provide balance to my work as a freelance Dramaturg.

What’s the weirdest thing about being a dog walker?
I think the weirdest thing about being a dog walker is becoming part of the family without meeting the owners and then running into them when you’re not on the job 🙂

What would people never guess is part of your job as a dog walker?
Learning the habits of the dogs and owners as well as keeping an eye on the safety of the property.

What is your biggest pet peeve while walking dogs?
I think my biggest pet peeve while walking dogs is when cyclist decide to ride their bikes on the sidewalks. 

What’s the best part about being a dog walker?
Getting to spend time with each of the wonderful dogs on my route.

Thank you so much for all of your hard work Larkin! If you would like to learn more about Larkin and our other fantastic dog walkers, visit our website!