Black Women In Business: Kitty Leigh, The Revolutionary Dog Walker
January 7, 2017
If you spend a decent amount of time on social media, you’re probably pretty familiar with the type of people who spend half of their time talking about what they’re going to do, and the other half not doing a damn thing. Unfortunately, when your timeline is flooded with these types of people, it can be hard to distinguish between real and fake. However, when I heard, Kitty Leigh, a friend and former co-worker, was writing a book – I knew she was serious.
See, Kitty ain’t your average. She challenges the way things are, and is all about fighting to educate people on topics such as race and feminism. She’s strong willed and independent, and she isn’t here for the games. Let’s be real, we all know someone who constantly complains about having to work for ‘the man’ (most of us probably ARE that person), but very few people are willing to actually do something about it – Kitty is definitely one of the few. A couple of years ago she left the comfort of a job to strike out on her own as a dog walker in some of New York City’s richest neighborhoods. She has that grit and grind mentality that makes people resilient and successful.
As I watched Kitty post about her book, The Revolutionary Dog Walker on social media, I couldn’t wait to read it. Not only was I excited about the book itself (who wouldn’t be with a title like that?!), but I was impressed with the level of care she was taking with the whole project. The story of a woman of color working as a dog walker in the Upper East Side was intriguing to me. As a pet owner, I don’t even want to walk my own damn dog half of the time, so you know I was trying to see what could drive someone to walk other people’s dogs full-time, especially in the snow.
When I received the book a few months ago, I was immediately impressed. The cover art was AMAZING. I know, I know, we’ve all been told not to judge a book by its cover, but I was sure as hell judging, and the odds were definitely in her favor. The story itself was equally as impressive. Kitty kept is SO real. I’m talkin’ good, bad, ugly, and everything in between. She didn’t hold back on ANYTHING. Race and class play a huge part in the life of this dog walker, and she doesn’t ignore it. Her story, which is part memoir and part tell-all, is bold, entertaining, and fresh. Once you get to know Kitty Leigh, you’ll love her.
Not only is Kitty an independent dog walker and a revolutionary, but she can now add author to her resume. If you want to purchase a copy of The Revolutionary Dog Walker, contact Kitty Leigh on Instagram.
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