Jeff and Sarah Rothschild live in Federal Hill with their two kids. They met in 2007 when Jeff needed a new walker for his Federal Hill-based dog walking business, Luv My Pet, and hired Sarah. They were both coming out of relationships. At the time, Sarah was in graduate school at Towson University for professional writing.
Sarah, who focuses on comedy screenwriting, found a lot of natural comedy in dog walking and all the crazy things that can happen on the job. She would keep a notebook with her and jot down all the funny circumstances she encountered.
By 2010, her and Jeff were in a relationship and she completed her first screenplay Dog Walker, a romantic comedy based “very loosely” on their lives according to Sarah. She submitted the script in the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition and made it to the final 200 out of thousands of submissions. This led to her signing with Verve Talent and Literary Agency.
Dog Walker was purchased in 2012 by ABC Family for a television movie, but when the option ran out to produce the movie, it was returned to Sarah. The script however was recently purchased by Clint Eastwood’s daughter Alison Eastwood, who will be producing an independent film alongside Stefanie Epstein. The two are currently fundraising and filming is expected to begin next year in Atlanta.
“I’m super excited,” Sarah told SouthBMore.com. “It’s been in the works for a long time, and Hollywood can move at a slow pace, but I’m really happy it is moving forward with Alison.”
While she won’t be directly involved with production, Sarah is hoping to watch some of the filming and noted that she can’t wait to see her script come to life on the big screen.
Though the film will be shot in Atlanta, Sarah told SouthBMore.com that there will be some references to Baltimore that locals will probably pick up on.
Sarah, now a full-time writer, has written many scripts. She hopes to sell more of them and see more in production as she gains more experience and notoriety in the film industry.
Since completing Dog Walker, Sarah has been hired by Disney and Universal, and sold a couple other scripts in between. She also has some current projects in motion that she can’t talk about quite yet. While continuing to live in Baltimore, Sarah often has calls and pitches with companies in Los Angeles and has visited the West Coast city several times this year.
Sarah has retired from dog walking, but Jeff and Luv My Pet’s 13 team members keep busy walking 140 dogs a day around Baltimore.