Hot Diggity! believes everyone deserves the love of a pet. We believe in treating our clients as we would treat ourselves, our friends, and our family. We believe our walkers and sitters are the best in the business and we strive to uphold a safe, respectful, fun, desirable place to work. Read on to meet our team of dedicated, Hot Diggity! pet care professionals.
OPERATIONS & MARKETING
Director of Operations
Hunter is the captain of the ship here at Hot Diggity! A born and bred Portlander, with more than 17 years in the pet care industry, Hunter loves guiding a thriving pet care business in the city he loves. With a creative spirit, a love of our western wilds, and a knack for business, Hunter can be found about town in our movie theaters scripting his next film; sipping a fine wine and furthering his sommelier certification; or heading to the gorge to breathe in the beauty and the cedar. You might also catch him hitting the streets with Twinkle, the newest rescue pup to the Hot Diggity! family.
Life Motto: “Thoughts make things possible, words give them form. Think it, Say it, Create it.”
Westside Operations Manager
Stephanie B. is a true, old-fashioned, born-and-raised Oregonian. After a long career in retail management, Stephanie decided it was time to pursue a new adventure and joined the Hot Diggity! Crew here in Portland. She made rounds as a pet care provider, HR specialist, and now manages the Westside team. When she’s not wrangling the Hot Diggity! schedule or romping through fields with her favorite furry clients, Stephanie can be found snuggling her 12 year old American Staffy, Rook, scooting around town with her husband on their Honda Ruckus and Honda Grom (wicked cool scooters!), or catching the newest epic of Star Wars. Vroom! Vroom!
Life Motto: “Keep the shiny side up.”
Eastside Operations Manager
Growing up in the Pacific NW, Elizabeth developed lasting love for animals, the great outdoors, and mastering new handicrafts. She has worked as a professional pet sitter all over the country (from California to Vermont) but it’s the story of alpaca-sitting while working a small organic dairy that frequently graces her dinner table when relaying a memory. After a few years working alongside Hot Diggity! as a pet care provider and part-time admin in Portland, Elizabeth was promoted to Hot Diggity’s Eastside Operations Manager. Now, she works remotely while fulfilling a lifelong dream of running her own homestead on the coast of Maine. In her free time, you can find her building gardens, exploring the woods with her White German Shepherd, Canis Lupus, sewing dresses from her own design, exploring rummage sales, and studying astrology and herbal healing practices.
Life Motto: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” -Anais Nin
Kim is one of the rare Oregonians in Portland – born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. Growing up, her family always had pets: cats, dogs, chinchillas, guinea pigs, rats, turtles, salamanders, you name it, she probably had it. Right before her 21st birthday, Kim and a few girlfriends decided they were ready to move away from home and try life in the big city of Portland. Eleven years later she now considers Portland home. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Science, focusing in Chemistry at Portland State University, she worked as a part time veterinary technician, where she was yet again reminded of her passion, and deep care of animals and their wellbeing. After graduating college and working in the medical field for 5 years, she found herself itching for a career change and found her way to Hot Diggity! Kim is extremely happy to be working along side people who care for animals just as much as she does. Recently she developed a love for rabbits, and is the proud parent to her 1-year-old Flemish Giant, Leonard. Kim now dreams of one day having a rabbitat full of rescue rabbits.
Life Motto: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” –Mae West
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
Fresh out of college with a degree in Economics, Miriam is a Portland native, dog owner, tea lover, and artist. Before joining Hot Diggity!’s marketing team she also worked as a cat sitter from time to time and grew up with cats. She currently owns an adorable trouble-maker of a labradoodle whose chief obsession is a strong game of fetch whilst conquering the most expansive dog parks in Oregon. When her hands aren’t busy tossing toys to her pooch, you can find her spreading the word about Hot Diggity! through a variety of mediums: digital, print, community outreach and events. Outside of work, Miriam spends a good deal of time listening to podcasts, watching Star Trek, and drawing. You can find her work on Instagram and on her website.
Life Motto: “Qapla’!”
Director of Marketing
Marico grew up in the wilds of Southern Oregon alongside the North Umpqua River, migrated to Portland for studies in photography and marketing, and stayed because “Portland has the best food, great people, and access to nature, the ocean, and art.” A pet lover since childhood, Marico’s efforts supporting rescue dogs in Mexico through Amigos de Animales felt especially rewarding. When she’s not working on community outreach projects with Hot Diggity, you can find her exploring with her camera, trying a new recipe, or engrossed in a good book.
Life Motto: “When in doubt, Just Dance!”
PET CARE PROVIDERS
Forest Pack Hike Leaders
Southeast / Northeast Portland
After years of dog and cat sitting for friends and caring for her Bernese Mountain Dog, Sammy, Paola loves to treat pets like a part of her family. Since moving to Portland, her love for animals and nature led to a position with Hot Diggity! and volunteering at the Wildlife Care Center at Audubon Society of Portland. She feels happiest backpacking, traveling, studying ecology and conservation, and caring for your beautiful pets!
“I’ve really appreciated Paola taking Wolfgang on walks, staying with him, playing with him, and giving him delicious treats over this past year. He told me that he loves her visits with him and he looks forward to them everyday. It’s clear that Paola loves doggies and being a dog walker!” -Amber M.
Hollywood / Grant Park / Roseway
A California native coming up on a decade in the Beaver State, Ben firmly believes his purpose on this earth is to be a companion to all the creatures of this planet. From the littlest kitten to the biggest Dane they all get the same love from Ben. There isn’t much that Ben hasn’t seen after working at an animal hospital, dog boarding facilities, and doggie daycares. Regardless of the situation, Ben is always down to jump in and help out when it comes to the safety and care of your animals. He’s even chosen to not have pets of his own so he can spend more time with yours!
“Ben was so great with our dog and a really nice guy. This was our first time hiring a dog walker and his demeanor and skill with Stella really put us at ease.” -Anna G.
Southeast / Sellwood / Woodstock
Alex is a jazz pianist and aspiring programmer who loves going on hikes and hanging out with dogs and cats. He moved from New York City in 2013 where he was privileged enough to work with many canine companions (and some cool cats as well). When he’s not around SE Portland keeping dogs fit, you can bet he’s out in the Columbia Gorge hiking the steepest, highest trails he can find. While he doesn’t own any pets at the moment (*shakes fist at landlord*), he finds that spending all day with many delightful pets is the next best thing to keeping a clandestine cat or a dog in disguise. Alex also loves house/pet sitting, good food + good beer, going on outdoor adventures, and playing music with his jazz combo around town.
“Our girl is a sassy lady who thinks she can walk herself. Ha! But Alex takes such good care of her. We’re so grateful that he is so good to her and with her!” -Katie C.
Downtown / Pearl District / South Waterfront
Aaron lives a life of adventure. He enjoys spending time outdoors the most doing activities such as hiking, camping, snowboarding, and exploring the northwest while capturing his experiences through photography. Growing up around animals and having a big heart for all sorts of furry friends, Aaron quickly found a joy in pet sitting, hanging with sweet kittens, and walking dogs of all shapes and sizes. Working with Hot Diggity! is a perfect match.
“Aaron, Thanks so much for everything — Homer seems super chill and totally happy to have been home all this time! Thanks for keeping the house in order and for the delicious brownies, too! What an awesome bonus!” -Ben B.
On-Call Manager / Downtown / Pearl District / South Waterfront
In 2013, Zoe put all of her things in a car and drove from Indiana to Portland, which was probably the best decision of her life. She’s been wrangling creatures ever since and loves cruising around downtown and southeast on her bicycle to see her favorite dogs and cats (and chickens!). Outside of work, Zoe studies at Portland State University and will someday be a dentist. In her free time, she enjoys playing rugby, learning ballet, and devouring nonfiction literature in her shared home with a pile of roommates and their three cats: Disco, Billiards, and Spike.
“Zoe takes excellent care of my baby. It’s absolutely incredible to return to a clean house, daily pictures, updates, and a very relaxed and happy pup. Highly recommended!” -Molly M.
Downtown / Pearl District / South Waterfront
Belinda is the mother of an excellent teenage boy. Herself raised by two charming cats who taught her about how connected everything in the world is (well, her parents taught her a thing or two as well…), Belinda cherishes plants, animals, and all types of weather. Throughout her life, Belinda has had the good fortune to live in a number of interesting places such as Portugal, Japan, and Germany. Now she has ever-so-happily landed in what she calls “the best place on earth” and is staying put. You can find Belinda walking in downtown, taking portrait-worthy pictures of clients’ pets, and always remembering to stop and smell the flowers.
“Belinda, you’re an important part of why NaNa & Rioli are such happy girls…I might be ‘a crazy dog mom’ but I fully believe they would let me know if they didn’t absolutely love you. The pictures are gorgeous, as always.” -Kirsten M.
Downtown / Pearl District / South Waterfront
Iris grew up in the mountains of Vermont surrounded by 5 dogs (it sounds insane but imagine woods and fields galore), countless goldfish, and a turtle named General Tso. Iris loves meeting all of the dogs around town and makes sure to care for them as if they were her own. She is a textile artist and cyclocross racer as well, which is the most dog friendly sport there is!
“We just moved to the Portland area and haven’t been travelling at all because we weren’t able to find anyone we trusted with our dogs. We are so happy to have found Hot Diggity! and Iris! Now we can travel again without any worries!” – Jen B.
Downtown / Pearl District / South Waterfront
Jaime has been lucky enough to have had a menagerie of pets from a young age varying from: chickens, dogs, ducks, horses, cats, and rabbits. However, due to an inconvenient current living situation (re: strict management company), the need for creature comforts must only be found through daily dog walks and pet sits! When not jogging in the rain with enthusiastic pups or snuggling attention-starved kitties; Jaime enjoys studying psychology, writing screenplays and terrible poetry, and going coastal whenever possible. Also an avid traveler, Jaime loves to trade off taking care of your pets while you are overseas and going away to faraway lands as well. If you see someone in full rain gear and a floral baseball cap walking around east Portland with a dog, both wearing big goofy grins, then that’s probably Jaime!
“Had THE MOST satisfying dog sitting experience with Hot Diggity! As a relatively new owner of a 2 year old rescue pup (and new dog owner in general), I was nervous about leaving my pooch Harry at home alone overnight while I went to the coast to celebrate a pal’s impending wedding. Jaime was super great with her and sent three detailed updates about how she was faring between when I left in the afternoon and returned in the morning. Would recommend this service to absolutely anybody and everybody.” – Lily J.
Downtown / Northwest / Southwest
Chris has grown up with animals in his home since he was born. Living with dogs and cats almost all his life, it is virtually impossible for him not to like animals. Chris loves having the opportunity to connect with animals of all types through working with Hot Diggity!, and thoroughly enjoys the work he gets to do. Chris’s education ranges from environmental studies to addictions counseling, and he has a strong passion for helping others however he can. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading, exercising, spending time with his partner, side-hustling, and eating good food.
“Thank you so much for taking such great care of Pip!” – Diane F.
Taylor moved to Portland after leaving NYC for a 4 month road trip of the West Coast. She has always loved animals and currently has a Chocolate Lab pup named Bear. Being able to spend time with animals is Taylor’s favorite way to spend her time. Outside of work Taylor likes to travel, people watch, and read books.
“Taylor really went the extra mile with my boy Charlie. Thank you so much!” – Lauren D.
NW Hills / Bethany / Beaverton
Working with Hot Diggity! is a perfect fit for an animal lover like Whitney! She has had cats, turtles, dogs, reptiles, birds, and fish throughout her life, and was particularly fond of rabbits in the 4th grade. Whitney is always excited to meet a new Hot Diggity! (human) client, but it’s the pets that really make her light up. Since moving from California she misses her four family pups a ton, but dog walking and pet sitting is filling that void. Her modest goal? To meet every dog in Portland!
“Whitney takes such good care of our Duchess. We’re so grateful for all her care. She is always in great spirits when we get home. In fact, we actually wonder if she looks disappointed that we’re not Whitney! And we also appreciate that we always come home to a clean house. We don’t often encounter people who go above and beyond like Whitney.” -Caroline C.
On-Call Manager / SW Portland / West Slope / Raleigh Hills
You’d never guess, but as a child Erin was afraid of dogs! All that changed when her aunt raised the sweetest and gentlest Great Dane ever. After befriending the pony-sized lapdog, it was hard to be intimidated by the smaller dogs she met, and soon her lifelong love for all things canine began! Erin is blessed to have a spunky little Border Collie mix named Mia, who might just be the love of her life (the hubby understands). When she isn’t walking dogs, teaching Mia new tricks, or romping at the dog park, you can find Erin indulging her obsession for all things vintage, retro, and mid-century.
“Erin was fantastic! She was dependable, her communication was great, and we loved the pictures. Erin even took extra time with our shy rescue. It was wonderful to be so relaxed on vacation and not have to worry about our pets at all.” -Colleen T.
A lifelong animal lover with a soft spot for special-needs and senior furbabies, Stefani has been professionally caring for dogs for a decade now. Before joining Hot Diggity! she worked for several years at doggie daycares where she was sad to see some dogs receiving less attention than others. She loves working with Hot Diggity! more than working at the doggie daycares because she can give each dog the personal touch and love they deserve. Besides going on wild adventures with her adorable Australian Shepherd, this Oregon native loves traveling, motorcycle riding, and enjoying all that fantastic Oregon has to offer.
“Our flight got cancelled while we were out of the country and we had to extend our service for another day. Luckily Stefani was great and it was easy to schedule the additional day. I always feel so lucky knowing Stefani is watching our kitties. She is the best!!!” -Greg B.
Lake Oswego / West Linn / SW Hills
A fine artist adept at realism, Janna started walking dogs after quitting her day job as a graphic designer; she couldn’t be happier to spend so much time outside caring for people’s pets. Trading screen time for exercise and animal care rejuvenated her art practice; she started making collages and has since amassed a huge body of work, which has been shown in Seattle and Portland. You can see Janna’s work at her website or follow her on instagram @janna_dorothy. When she’s not in her studio cutting up old books, she loves to bake, make preserves, do yoga, and sing. Janna is thankful to be trusted with caring for Portland’s best friends on a daily basis.
“Really impressive service, from the website on down! Janna was so professional and yet it was obvious that she was a ‘dog person.’ Rookie absolutely loved her!” -Anne C.
On-Call Manager / SW Portland / West Slope / Garden Home
Lauren’s been an animal enthusiast since attending Oregon Humane Society summer camps as a child. She began her business ventures in the pet industry at age 10 by walking a neighbor’s African barkless dog named Abby after school. Before Hot Diggity!, Lauren worked as a veterinary receptionist for two hospitals in Portland and spent years working at a local boarding kennel. She loves her one and only, Winnie, the dog-park-fanatic Chihuahua. Lauren looks forward to meeting you and your pets!
“Lauren took such good care of Toby and Watson! They’re always so happy to see her.” – Maxine T.
SW Portland / Garden Home / Raleigh Hills
Sarah grew up loving animals of all kinds. Her childhood hobbies included teaching her family dog how to waltz and the cat to fetch. She also mushed dogs in junior races while growing up in Alaska – think Iditarod with only two to three dogs and a small Sarah at the back of the sled. Working for Hot Diggity! has been a dream for her since she gets paid to be your dog’s friend or cat’s playtime and cuddle buddy. While not walking dogs, Sarah spends her time studying computer mapping at PCC, growing as much food as she can in her garden, caring for her mom, and spending quality time with her husband in the forests near Portland.
“Sarah is fantastic. We’re going on a longer vacation than we usually take because we feel so confident that she’ll take excellent care of our pets while we’re away. Thank you so much for being so consistently reliable and awesome!” -Elisa M.
Hillsboro / Orenco Station / Cedar Mill
Dannielle is an Oregonian who grew up on a ranch outside of Forest Grove with dogs, horses, cows, and chickens. After a six-year stint in Seattle where she met her husband, Dannielle moved right back to her beloved home state of Oregon. A pet sitter since age twelve, Dannielle’s longest pet sit was for a full year as her client served time in the military. An avid traveler, concert-goer, and adventure-seeker, Dannielle loves all animals and cherishes the opportunity to be a voice for them!
“My pets were so relaxed and happy when I came home. Dannielle did excellent work. I really appreciated and enjoyed all the lovely photos she took. I share them with my friends and folks I meet all the time.” -Heidi G.
Formerly a Special Ed teacher and stay-at-home mom to three awesome daughters, Tess has joined the Hot Diggity! team after a cross-country move from Maryland. When not caring for pets you may find Tess with her family, hiking, paddle boarding, at an outdoor concert venue or hanging with her 6 year old standard poodle, Indie, who’s both a great running partner and the very best foot warmer for winter Netflix binges. Tess is also an avid readers and podcast aficionado, so don’t be surprised when you see her with headphones on. Tess, a lifelong animal lover says, “Dog walking has been a great fit for my ‘staying active’ goals!”
“Another AMAZING visit with Tess. Our pups and home are so well taken care of and we are 100000000% happy to have Hot Diggity! and Tess in our home when we are gone. If you have met us, you know we are a little crazy about our dogs and won’t leave them with “just anyone”. Tess is always a rock star and our other sitters have been great as well! We LOVE HD PDX!!” – Kelly B.
Cedar Hill / Sexton Mountain / Amberglen / Aloha
Licia is a reading, writing, dog-loving yogi hailing from Hillsboro after 19 years of living in Minnesota. Licia has been raised around dogs her entire life and took a particular interest in studying wolves and canine behavior in her adolescent years. She currently lives with two dogs of her own: Hemi, a four year old pit-mix, and Koa, a Shar Pei-mix puppy. In Minnesota, Licia’s collegiate studies began, and in December 2016 through PCC, she received her Associate of Art Oregon Transfer Degree. Her future includes sticking around Hot Diggity!, becoming a dog trainer, animal behaviorist, and perhaps becoming an author! Licia’s love for animals stems from how commonly misunderstood they are, the strain in their relationship with humans, and a deep love for their unique personalities.
“Licia was amazing! She always sent us such thoughtful updates. I sure appreciate the photos and the loving care she gave Koa.” – Stacey S.
Cedar Mill / NW Heights / Somerset West / South Beaverton
Jenni is happy to return to her hometown of Beaverton after studying technical theater in London and working both in Scotland and California for many years. She’s always loved animals, having grown up with a cocker spaniel and two cats. In California she adopted Sunny, a ginger kitty, from the Humane Society and they shared 18 1/2 years together. Now, she and her roommate co-parent a dwarf bunny named Sofie. Jenni absolutely loves all animals and just feels a natural happiness and calmness when around fur babies. A pet sitter for the past 20 years, Jenni feels an instant bond with dogs and cats. In her free time Jenni is a fan of Formula 1 racing, art glass fusing, and spending time with her new nephew George! In three words, Jenni could be described as loyal, caring and easy going.
“After their walk I was so pleased to see that my boys were given pleanty of love, including some brushing. I don’t get to spend as much time as I’d like to with them, so I’m happy to see that they are getting such great quality time with Jenni.” -Elisabeth M.
Beaverton / Orenco Station / Hillsboro
One day in Minnesota, Lana realized she was really, really, cold, so she packed up her cat, two boys and husband and moved to the greener pastures of Oregon. In 2014 she adopted a bald Brittany puppy named Emmet who dives under the piano and howls at the top of his lungs while she gives piano lessons to the budding musicians of Beaverton. Lana previously worked as a vet assistant and especially liked caring for the boarding pets, giving them extra doses of affection while their parents were away. While her chef husband cooks and plots his next restaurant, she enjoys making her daily dog walking rounds to Hot Diggity! families. She loves dreaming big with her husband, restaurant-hopping downtown, hiking in the woods, watching movies, and baking chocolate chip cookies for her boys.
“Lana did a great job taking special care of our kitties during very nasty winter weather. We realize how stressful getting around town during winter storms is and really appreciate her being here. She really went above and beyond for the kitties and us.” -Sara H.
Lacie is a New Orleans native who moved to the Portland area in 2016. As a small girl, she thought that vets healed animals through love and encouragement and was deeply disappointed when she found out that wasn’t the case. Needless to say, she eventually found that she could still work and care for animals through Hot Diggity! In addition to professionally caring for animals, Lacie is an illustrative artist who specializes in pet portraits and line work, honing her skills through years of teaching art. She hopes to become a tattoo artist and create meaningful artwork that she’s proud of. Visit her on Etsy!
“I want to thank you for providing me and my pets a wonderful super-sitter in Lacie. Not only did she take wonderful care of my girls, she provided me with lovely (and hilarious) photos to help my homesickness!” – Heidi G.
Beaverton / Tigard / Cedar Hills
A recent transplant to Portland, Mahea loves getting to know her new home better through the eyes of local animals. She has been a passionate animal lover since she can remember, and is so happy to spend more time in their presence! She is currently owned by a ginger tabby (nicknamed appropriately by her housemate as “our furry overlord”). Mahea’s background is predominantly in caregiving and community inclusion for people of all ages and abilities, and she is excited to balance her time between humans and a variety of other species (such adorable dogs and cuddly snakes)!
“We really appreciated Mahea taking such good care of our Remy!” – Laura C.
West Linn / Lake Oswego / Tigard
Aubrey has always been surrounded by animals, having grown up on small farms in both the Sierra Nevada and Santa Cruz Mountains where her family had a petting zoo business. They had rambunctious llamas, chickens trained to do tricks, and circus tents in their backyard! In her spare time she loves to hike and explore remote areas, garden, read/write extensively, and watch a ridiculous amount of tv with her three lovely cats: Eshe, Hermione and Stash.
“We are so incredibly grateful to Aubrey for her diligent and generous hard work to ensure the safety of our home! Knowing she was so on top of everything allowed us to relax with ease during our time away. It’s amazing the amount of pace that brought. We are beyond grateful for her generous work!” -Lindsay B.
Southwest Hills / Garden Home / Hillsdale
A yogi, husband, DJ, adventure-seeker, and animal lover; Derek shares his passion for animal care with the rest of the gang here at Hot Diggity. After finally making the move from San Diego, Derek and his wife set up shop in SW Portland and are preparing to start building their first tiny home. Their first addition to the fur-family started with the rescue of a pup roaming the streets of Tijuana, he’s a “lab/terrier mix” named Casper (he’s 2 years old, white and born around Halloween.) They have plans to add a lot more once they have enough land, including: Pigs, Cats, Goats, Chickens, and Sheep. When he’s not heating up the dance floor, he’s taking care of the best dogs and cats in Portland! Derek is an old soul who will treat your pets as they are his own.
“Derek and the rest of the Hot Diggity! team really are the best pet sitters in Portland!” – Alison J.
Northwest Hills / Bethany / Beaverton
Bethany was born and raised in Arcadia, California. Growing up, she always had Huskies and German Shepard’s in her home as well as cats, parakeets and fish. It’s always been a priority of her’s to take care of all animals with as much love and care as she does with her own. Bethany has always had a passion for animals for as long as she can remember and knew she wanted to stay connected with them as she got older. The main reason why she loves what she does is because there’s no better feeling than having one’s love and care immediately reciprocated every single time. Fun facts about Bethany: she’s never been out of the country, she can play piano by ear, and she loves doing laundry.
“I had to find a dog walker for my energetic furkid when I broke my leg, so glad I found Bethany!” – Anna D.
Ryannon grew up exploring the beaches and redwoods in her hometown of Santa Cruz, CA and decided to move to the beautiful PNW Spring of 2015 to pursue more opportunities. She has two very friendly black kitties of her own but she loves all animals and is excited to help care for pets and give clients that peace of mind we all deserve when it comes to our animal family members. She has experience with many types of animals, from reptiles and birds to goats and horses. In her free time Ryannon loves to read novels, create art, watch Netflix and play video games. She also enjoys being outdoors and relishes the idea of leaving her old medical office desk job behind and getting a daily dose of the incredible nature our gorgeous home has to offer all while spending time with happy pets!
“Ryannon was great! We’re so grateful for all her help.” – Lucy D.
Macin is a naturally born animal enthusiast. From the time she can remember, Macin has been caring for both wild and domestic animals for most of her childhood leading into her adult years. Macin’s love and compassion for all things alive led her to rescue her greatest best friend of the last five years, Autumn, an adorable short-haired German shepherd/husky mix. Other than brisk walks and “catch”, their favorite thing to do together is hike around Oregon’s beautiful wildlands and forests. She also has a beautiful marble bengal cat, Tigger, who is just as curious about hiking the outdoors. When she isn’t adventuring with her fur-babies, you can find her at home making art or cooking delicious food for family and friends.
“Macin has been a dream. She has taken such great care of my Lulu.” – Komal M.
Alex is a fifth generation Oregonian who loves running, hiking, improv comedy and making music. Alex has always cared for animals in his family or friend circle and loves the opportunity to make it a part of his career. Always working on several personal or volunteer projects, Alex hopes to make the world a better place and knows Portland is a great place to start.
“Alex did a great job with my girls. It was a real relief to know Hot Diggity! was there for me while I was away from home unexpectedly.” – Martin J.
SE Portland / Sellwood / Woodstock
Jay originally hails from the faraway planet of Florida and is now enjoying all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. As a college student, Jay volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation center and worked part-time as a cat caregiver at a shelter on the gulf coast. He now spends his time walking for Hot Diggity! (dream job) and working from home as a freelance illustrator. Jay loves to eat, travel, browse through curio shops, and take photos of wildlife. He currently lives with his beloved pit/lab mix, Bella, who accompanies him almost everywhere.
“This will be short & sweet…Thanks, Jay for making our first dog walker experience SO great!” -Aubrey M.
NE Portland / Irvington / Alberta
Stephanie was born and raised in Chicago, IL where she worked for many years as a fashion photographer. Along the way, clothing design, personal training and yoga instruction were added to her resume. In 2014, inspired by a desire to be closer to nature and to live in a more relaxed city, she moved to Portland–it’s been everything she hoped! Volunteering with the Pixie Project reminded her how much she loves working with animals, and subsequently started working alongside Hot Diggity!. When not caring for your pets, Stephanie loves exploring all that is new to her in Oregon: hiking, learning the guitar, nature photography, yoga, rainbow hair colors, and hanging with her own two sweet kitties.
“Spectacular. Stephanie and everyone else at Hot Diggity! was kind, punctual, reliable, easy to work with, organized, and adapable. She took care of my dog while she was recovering from a medical issue and I had to travel for work. I thought about cancelling my trip, but knowing that Stephanie and the Hot Diggity! Team were on it gave me peace of mind and made all the difference.” –Nadia W.
Growing up in the suburbs of windy Chicago, Shaina was always surrounded by an assortment of animals. From cats and dogs to rabbits, hamsters, and birds, she has always enjoyed the connection and companionship that animals so easily offer. A very upbeat and optimistic person, Shaina has a passion for seeing beauty in all things. Taking care of Hot Diggity! pets is a new way for her to celebrate the beauty in life. Pets of all kinds are such pure creatures with limitless capacities for love. The world is always brighter after spending a fantastic day caring for them. Beyond her love of animals, Shaina has also been focusing on her amazing photography for the past 10 years as another way to explore her passion for seeing beauty in life.
“Shaina is so amazing. I’m so glad I found Hot Diggity and her!” -Rebecca S.
Sullivan’s Gulch / Alberta / Williams
Since Jocelynn moved to Portland in 2015, she’s been an enthusiastic member of the Hot Diggity! family. She loves that she gets to work with her furry best friends and wonderful human crew everyday! Some of her most rewarding days involve giving cats and dogs extra cuddles while making sure they get quality exercise–if you recently saw someone dancing down the street with a happy dog on-leash, it was probably her! Currently pursuing a career in massage therapy, Jocelynn is thankful to still be able to work with animals and spend lots of time outdoors. Jocelynn looks forward to making more four-legged friends!
“When we came home our dog was in such a happy mood and overall seemed like he was so much less stressed out than the last vacation we took when a friend was dropping by to watch him. It’s so great to know that he’s got new friends like Jocelynn to play with him and give him pets while we’re out of town. Hot Diggity! is the best!” -Verity K.
Matt is a proud Portland native and huge Blazer fan since birth! Growing up Matt was surrounded by pets of all shapes and sizes. He’s had cats, dogs, birds, fish, snakes, and even rats. This guy is more than ready to care for every Portland pet that needs it! Dogs, and specifically German Shepherds hold a special place in his heart, but never fear; Matt loves all Hot Diggity! pets and is always at the ready to give them the love and exercise they need to be happy.
“Matt is wonderful. One time we ended up arriving very late to the airport and Matt checked in with me to make sure that the pups were taken care of. I really appreciate all his hard work and how much he cares.” -Jennifer B.
Growing up with two rescued cats and two dogs, Alissa loves to be surrounded by animals. Her greatest goal in life is to meet, rescue, and love as many sweet animals as possible which makes Hot Diggity! a fantastic place for her to be. She is also an advocate for animal rights and dreams of a day when there will be no unwanted pets in shelters. Her four family dogs still live back in Massachusetts, but she is happy to give all her love to Hot Diggity! pets while waiting to find a place of her own where she can bring her pets. Alissa also loves the great outdoors and when she isn’t greeting a dog on the sidewalk she is teaching Yoga classes, hiking, exploring Portland, drinking tea, or reading.
“Everyone looked very well cared for when I returned. I really appreciated that Alissa even took out the trash and that so much laundry was done! That was amazing!” -Nicole J.
Hailing from Chicago and Los Angeles, Steven is happy to now call Portland his new home. Growing up, Steven had two dogs which prepared him for taking excellent care of all the Hot Diggity! pets he now interacts with. His favorite routes are the ones that take him and his charges to one of the many awesome dog parks in town. Some pets take longer than others to warm up to a new face, but Steven has shown time and time again that he has the patience and gentle touch to get shy pets to open up and trust him. In addition to playing with dogs, Steven enjoys exploring his new city, going on hikes, planning adventures, and just generally enjoying the beautiful Pacific NW environment.
“Steven did an excellent job with my JayJay. He communicated with me daily and home home was nice and tidy upon my arrival.” -Carmen R.
Happy Valley / Milwaukie / Gladstone
Holly has been working in animal care for most of their life. Their favorite part of working with Hot Diggity! is of course the animals, but also the great company values. Some of Holly’s favorite Hot Diggity! pets are Winston an English Mastiff, Molly a Boston Terrier, and too many others to list! But don’t worry, Holly gives every Hot Diggity! pet all the love and care they need to thrive and be happy while waiting for their family to come home. Outside of Hot Diggity! Holly is a real adventurer. Hiking, fishing, and kayaking are just some of the ways that Holly enjoys what the great Oregon outdoors has to offer. Holly also has some super adorable fur-children of their own, and is a truly fantastic writer.
“This was our first time using Hot Diggity! to watch our dogs while we were gone. Holly did a fantastic job! They gave us regular updates and pictures and when we returned everything was just as we’d left it. Our dogs were relaxed and happy and bonded with Holly. We were very comfortable leaving our home and pets in their care. Will definitely be using Hot Diggity! every time we need a pet sitter!” -Anne C.
Gladstone / Milwaukie / Happy Valley / Clackamas
An animal-loving illustrator, southern born but northwest raised, Jennifer is never happier than when she is surrounded with animals. She has spent her 23 years of life working with every type of animal she could get her hands on – reptiles, rodents, livestock, dogs, cats, birds, etc. She has two trouble-maker kitties and a feisty old horse who has been her teammate and companion for the last decade. When Jennifer isn’t fawning over the adorable cats and dogs of Portland she is most likely doing something artsy! She loves to illustrate animal/pet portraits, and photograph horse shows. Jennifer is completely at home with Hot Diggity! and is working to do pet portrait illustrations on the side.
“Benny and Darby were both happy, content, and very well cared for by Jennifer. We appreciate it!!” -Lisa S.
Haya is a recent Portland transplant from Minneapolis, MN. When she’s not walking dogs, she is probably hanging out with her own lil weirdo, Bernice. She is currently working her way through all of the Fast & Furious franchise (RIP Paul Walker). You are most likely to find her buying La Croix at Costco or sitting on her porch. Haya will also rarely hear you when you call out to her because she is busy listening to podcasts and paying attention to your dogs, but if you get her attention it’s always a good time.
“I was worried about finding a reliable and trustworthy dog walker in Portland after I moved here recently. Haya has been an absolute star though! Really takes a load off my mind knowing Honey and Bear are happy while I’m work.” – Joe R.
Originally from New York City, Hillary is a Nature Photographer and Ecologist who has lived in the mountains of Oregon for almost 20 years. Portland has been her cultural hub and creative place to gather with other artists & friends. She moved back to Portland with her dog Nellie and cat Zooey in 2017 and joyfully works part time for Hot Diggity. As a child, Hillary loved watching nature documentaries and wanted to be a veterinarian but decided to study Zoology & Photography instead as that was more suited to her lifestyle. She has traveled the world with her camera as a nature, aerial, and underwater photographer. While living in the mountains she rehabilitated orphaned wildlife until they were old enough to wander off by themselves into the forest. She is currently working on her own creative fine art photography projects and a series of handmade books.
“Good cat sitters might be reasonably easy to find, but great cat sitters like Hillary come far and few in between. She did great!” -Evan T.
St. Johns / North Portland
Sara was born in Little Rock Arkansas where she spent a lot of time outdoors hiking and climbing. She went to school in Salt Lake City where she studied Electrical Engineering. While there she loved to ski and long board. She moved to Portland to become an energy engineer and worked for a non-profit for about 4 years. She recently had a switch in career to focus more time outdoors and with animals. She is also training in a form of sound therapy called preventative vibrational medicine. She has also been trained to work on animals with the sound therapy. In her spare time she plays piano, synth, and sings. She is currently working on recording an album. She loves to hike, camp, go to local shows, walk dogs, do yoga and go to karaoke and laser tag!
“Sara did such a great job with my sweet cats. Thank you so much!” – Robert L.
Having many pets as a child- from dogs to mice to insects- loving and caring for animals was instilled in Heather from a very young age. As a dog walker in Philadelphia, Heather developed lasting bonds with her furry friends and their families. Looking for more, Heather decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, leading to a degree in veterinary technology. Since moving to Portland, Heather decided to utilize her knowledge and skills to help provide the best care for your pet. She is looking forward to caring for all of the beautiful pets she’ll meet as a team member with Hot Diggity! When Heather isn’t caring for your pets, you can find her out in the woods hiking, reading up on the latest science news, working on an illustration or learning about photography, or relaxing with a good book or movie.
“I’m forever grateful to Heather for taking care of Bonnie and Clyde while I’m busy at work!” – Martha S.
From a very young age Lauren was drawn to animals. At age 4 her parents surprised her with her very own kitten who she loved until he was the happy old age of 19. Throughout that time other bunnies, kitties and puppies joined the family so she was always surrounded by furry friends, until she moved to Portland in 2014 from Los Angeles. In Portland she made friends with all the neighborhood cats while running her own photography business from home. When she is not taking pictures, she enjoys hiking, doing arts n crafts, and cuddling with her Hot Diggity! dogs.
“Lauren M. is really fantastic. My cats were so calm when I got home after Lauren took care of them. I don’t think they even noticed I left!” – Zachary D.
Growing up in the Bay Area, Laura was always surrounded by her family cats and dogs. Big and small she loved them all, but recently made the move from sunny California to verdant Portland. Walking dogs with Hot Diggity! has been a great way for her to explore all that the city has to offer. What better way to get to know a new town than by walking dogs around? She currently just has one cat named Milo who runs both her and her roommate’s lives. When she’s not cuddling up with him or playing with Hot Diggity! dogs she is hard at work running her own online soy candle business or having fun writing books.
“Thank you so much to Hot Diggity! for sending us Laura. She’s beyond perfect and has become fast friends with Molly.” -Nicci W.
Outer Northeast / Eastside Floater
Corbin is originally from Southern California, and moved up to Portland in 2013 after graduating from Cosmetology school. Since moving up he has gotten married and added two chihuahua mixes, Ginger and Pepper, to his family. In his spare time he writes, finds new places to eat, and dives deep into animated shows. He has always loved animals and grew up hanging out with hamsters, horses, dogs, cats, birds, and turtles. Four years ago he began dog-sitting professionally, and recently began dedicating his life entirely to caring for other people’s furry family members. Hot Diggity has been helping him live his dream!
“Corbin is a great cat sitter!” – Lacy T.
Ayal is a lifelong musician who found Hot Diggity! while pursuing a life in which he has the freedom to devote himself to his art. Hot Diggity has given him this with the added bonus of getting to hang out with a whole bunch of cute critters. When he is not creating music, he enjoys exploring all that the Pacific northwest has to offer with his pooch, Aria, or snuggling with some readings on the meaning of existence with his little kitties, Jerry and George.
“Ayal was awesome. He had excellent communication and we loved the photos he took. Thank you so much for always putting our minds at ease on vacation. Our animals warmed up to him right away and didn’t seem to miss us at all when we got back.” -Brian B.
North Portland / St. Johns / Northeast
From Alaska to Arkansas, Kaylee has found herself naming Portland as home base since 2012. Moving to Portland for Culinary school, she’s graduated the Art Institutes with a degree in Baking & Pastry. After 5 years in a kitchen, she has realized that that environment isn’t meant for her and needed a change of pace. Dog walking! Growing up mostly with cats, she still has a love for all manner of furry, feathered, or scaly friends. She enjoys the outdoors in any weather and loves to take her motorcycle out on rides solo or with friends. Her other hobbies include pole dancing, hand made crafting, taking long hikes in Forest Park with her boyfriend and hanging out with her cat, named Kevin. Future plans include possibly going back to school to become an English teacher or work in theater prop production. Until then, she hopes to grow with Hot Diggity and have a long lasting relationship with her fellow walkers, the clients, and every beloved, furry family member that she may come across.
“Kaylee was great with my pets and great as a house sitter!” – Laura W.
Gresham / Troutdale / Northeast
Before she moved to Oregon and started working with Hot Diggity!, Cassidy used to travel around the country in a converted camper with her boyfriend and her doggo. She’s always loved working with children and pets, especially dogs. Cassidy recognizes that everyone’s pets are extremely special to them and it humbles her to be trusted with the responsibility of their care. She loves learning about each pet as an individual and learning to speak a little more of their language everyday. Outside of Hot Diggity! Cassidy rock climbs nearly every day or is off learning new programming languages and upping her coding skills.
“I will be forever grateful to Cassidy for the great care she gave our cats. She dealt with them in such a loving and caring way. Then she sent us great photos of them, their conditions and their activities. Nothing but superlatives for Cassidy!” -Bill Z.