Annie Lever in the Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
August 21, 2003

She Can Fetch $150,000

Annie Lever makes a great living walking dogs — lots of dogs — for upscale clients. The job requires both people and pooch skills

By Nora Zamichow
Times Staff Writer

As Annie Lever padded along a sun-scorched trail at Runyon Canyon, a yellow Labrador, a Gordon setter and a golden retriever sprinted ahead. A 5-pound Maltese dashed in the dust by Lever’s sneakers, and two chocolate Labradors and a pit bull mix plodded behind.

“Are they all yours?” one hiker gulped.

Not exactly.

Lever, 46, is a professional dog walker who earns $150,000 a year — enough to buy a Brentwood condominium, decorated in tones of taupe, green and cream, and a Steinway piano.

Most dog walkers don’t do as well. Lever’s clients, who live in Santa Monica, Brentwood and Bel-Air, include Hollywood moguls and movie stars.