Meet the Portland Team

At Hot Diggity! 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. All of Hot Diggity!’s pet care providers go through a rigorous on-boarding process that requires no less than: three rounds of interviews, two shadow days, a national background check (criminal, civil, driving, and registered offender lists), 3 reference contacts, company orientation, and a limited-access trainee schedule for their initial month. Every person is covered by our commercial bonding and liability insurance policy (one million dollars) offered through Pet Sitters International—the pet sitting industry’s number one trade organization. Plus, all of our walkers and sitters have backgrounds in pet care, including vet techs, dog trainers, doggy daycare providers, groomers, and shelter volunteers.
Read on to meet our team of dedicated, Hot Diggity! pet care professionals.


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Director of Operations 

Born in Minnesota, Jill grew up on a small farm in the Midwest where her family raised goats, sheep, ducks, horses, and chickens. Her dad was a biology teacher and there were always interesting animals around the house including snakes, rats and once even a coyote and a flying squirel. While Jill has lived all over the United States from Florida, to Missouri, to Texas, to California, she is happy to call the state of Washington home. She has owned show dogs as well as “mutts” of all kinds. Currently she lives with her spouse and daughter, 2 cats (Chocolate & Rascal) and a dog named Lucky. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, an MBA and an M.Div. She is an avid kite flyer, animal lover, business consultant and life coach; in addition to running Hot Diggity! Seattle and Hot Diggity! Vancouver.

Life Motto: “Real living is in the striving.”

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Jocelynn


Client Services & Administration

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 every day! 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!

Life motto: “Make this life an offering.” ~Renee Sills



Office Administrator & Scheduling

Ashley has been a Portlander for nearly a decade, but grew up on the beaches of Hawaii. An animal lover from childhood, she had six rescue pups that loved to run wild on the hiking trails behind her house with her and her sister. In Portland, Ashley is the official pet sitter and godparent of most of her friend’s dogs and spends all the time she can with her furry friends! Having lived in the slow pace of the gorgeous and fragile Hawaiian islands, Ashley grew a deep appreciation for the outdoors and conserving our wild spaces. In her free time, you can usually find her teaching herself a new language, dabbling in photography, or backpacking, hiking, and trail running on all the amazing trails the Pacific Northwest has to offer!

Life Motto: “There is pleasure in the pathless woods.” ~Lord Byron

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Zoe


Scheduling Coordinator

Long-time Hot Diggity! pet parents may remember Zoe from her years as a dog walker and pet sitter downtown and in the neighborhoods of southeast Portland. Her transition into the role of scheduling coordinator has allowed her to keep an eye on all of her furry friends after leaving Portland. Zoe and her cat Margot now live in Astoria, Oregon, where she spends her time swimming, knitting, looking at cool spiders, and riding her bike.



Scheduling and Hiring Coordinator

Jessica has lived in Portland for most all of her life and has never met another city she’d rather live in. She has been a lover of all animals and bugs since a child, and spent most of her growing years climbing trees, playing in the dirt, and tumbling.  Before joining the Hot Diggity team Jessica spent her time serving the community in the health, wellness, and fitness world; managing large teams and working with small children to help build healthy lifestyle habits. Jessica’s favorite place to be is outside, and when she’s not obsessing over the HD fur babies, you can find her adventuring with her own dogs, thrift store shopping, or creating something new out of old materials.



Office Administrator

Nicci is the type of person who says hi to a dog before greeting the human attached to the other end of the leash”. Nicci graduated from Portland State University in 2015 and worked in logistics for produce distribution company before jumping at a chance to talk about pets all day instead of vegetables. When not talking about animals, Nicci enjoys spending time with them, feeding them, admiring them, and supporting local public libraries.

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Erin


Office Administrator & West Side Walker

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.



Office Administrator & Marketing

Born and raised in Minsk, Belarus, Alek arrived to Oregon in 2006 to complete her MFA in Creative Writing at Oregon State University – and fell in love with hiking the vivid green landscape and the peaceful misty winters. After a decade working in the nonprofit sector and higher education in the Portland area, Alek now applies her communications, creative writing and design background to maintain HD’s written correspondence, newsletters, and social media. 

When she isn’t coming up with goofy puns for HD’s instagram page, Alek enjoys backpacking and camping in Oregon’s wilderness, board and video games, watching football (SKOL!) and spending time with her partner, playing with her three kitties, and trying to hide her computer cables – otherwise known as “spicy hay” – from her giant cuddly bunny rabbit. 

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter and Admin, Elizabeth


Office Administrator

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



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Downtown / Southwest Portland

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Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Janna!


Goose Hollow / Pearl District / Nob Hill / NW 23rd / University

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.




Downtown / SW Portland

A transplant from McLouth, Kansas with a degree in film and psychology, Axl chose Portland so that he could exercise his desire for growth in a location that matched his ideals and one that suited his calm and collected personality – as well as a bit of a desire to leave the midwest. Axl started working with animals when he was 12, in his mother’s pet grooming business, where he learned the proper way to bathe animals and, eventually, some grooming techniques like how to properly shave a dog with double coat, trim nails, etc. Axl joined Hot Diggity with a deep appreciation for the unique companionship and understanding that animals bring to humans’ lives, the fact that they are always willing to listen and help us to feel better, as well as encourage us to think outside of ourselves and further our empathy and compassion. When he isn’t working with pets, Axl enjoys spending time with friends, watching and reading material in the horror genre, camping, and exploring ghost towns with his friends. His life motto is “homies helping homies, always” and he brings that care and helpful spirit to the pets at HD!



Downtown/Inner Northeast Portland

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Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Whitney


Northwest Hills / Bethany / Beaverton / Coleman

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. 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.




Northwest Hills / Bethany / Forest Hights

Killian is Portland-grown and has lived in the area for 28 years, loving every inch of it. He has 12 years in the animal industry, including volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society, working pet retail and being a dog trainer. He starts every day with his favorite fuel, coffee. He loves hiking and spending time with his own pack of pups when he’s not with his Hot Diggity! friends.

We specifically requested Killian because we knew he would do an amazing job of taking care of Dennis and that held true. He went above and beyond for Dennis and we felt comforted knowing he was in great hands!” – Melanie H.




Tigard / Murrayhill / Tualatin / King City

Austin is a Portland native who has always loved the green state of Oregon. The love of animals runs deep in his family from having cats and dogs at a young age. He and his sister Deanne are actually both pet care providers at Hot Diggity! During the school year Austin works as a substitute teacher, but he is very excited to bring his lifelong love of animals to a new career field. In his spare time, you might find him playing with his roommates puppy Tango or making music on his computer.

“Austin was awesome! Our cat got along great with him and he got pictures with her everyday, which was amazing and helpful to us as pet parents.” – Laura W.




Tualatin / Tigard / King City

Molly has an interest in being outdoors, specially with going on walks, hiking, and doing photography. Molly has always had a love for animals as she grew up on a farm working with all different kinds of animals, big and small! She has owned different kinds of pets, including horses, rabbits, and dogs. Currently, she only has 2 cats in her home that she helps take care of. She’s a pretty outgoing person, who is deeply caring so she always tries to go above and beyond! Especially when it comes to taking care of animals.

“Thank you so much for taking such good care of Sadie and Chauncey! We appreciate it so much and loved getting all the pictures and updates!” – Amie S.

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Dannielle!


Beaverton / 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

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Tess


Southwest Hills / Corbett / Terwilliger / Lair Hill

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.

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Steven


Bethany / Rock Creek / Forest Heights

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, sending photos and updates to let me know JayJay was doing well, and my home was clean and tidy upon my arrival.” – Carmen R.

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Jenni G!

Jenni G.

Cedar Mill / Barnes Heights / Bethany / Bonny Slope

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 plenty 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.


Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Lana


Meadow Oaks / Aloha / Witch Hazel / Tigard / Bonita

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.    



SW Portland/Johns Landing

I was born and raised in Portland and there is no other place I’d rather live! I majored in Art Practices in college and my motto has always been “Create as much as possible!”. My best friends would probably describe me as artistic, eccentric and loving. I’ve always loved and taken care of many animals, but started working in this field officially in 2019, when I joined the office staff at Hot Diggity. Since then I have transitioned into full-time pet care and it is definitely the life for me! When I’m not out walking dogs, you can often find me painting portraits or singing and playing my ukulele.



Lake Oswego / Tigard / King City

Maddie grew up in Seattle and always had a dog and several rabbits around them. Through 4-H and neighbors they also got to spend time with cats, chickens and guinea pigs. They moved to Portland in September 2017 and are currently working on a Master’s in Environmental Engineering. When not at school or spending time with animals, Maddie sings in the local Portland Lesbian Choir, revamps thrift store clothes and runs a Dungeons and Dragons game.

“I am very pleased with having Maddie taking care of my fur babies. They kept me well informed, sent loads of pictures of them to me, and left the home tidy.” – Candice J.




Forest Heights / Bethany / Cedar Mill

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Joyce relocated to Portland to purse her goal to become an Occupational Therapist. In between work and school, Joyce enjoys hiking and playing ukulele.  She has been a long time animal lover having a doberman pincher, rabbit, a few gold fish and a hamster. Back home in the Bay Area, Joyce was everyone’s go-to sitter and made sure everyone’s pets had a staycation of their own.

“Joyce 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.




Lake Oswego / Riverwood / Metzger / Marylhurst / West Linn

Paige loves dogs and has grown up with them her whole life. All different breeds, personalities, energy levels, she’s seen it all and can handle anything. She currently has two of her own; a red nose Pitbull named Sake and a Pomeranian named Boomer. She has a background in obedience training, dog grooming where she specialized in large, double coated breeds, and while growing up her family trained hunting dogs.

“Thank you so much for the photos and updates, Paige! When we got home, the dogs were happy and not the least bit stressed. Thank you for making my trip better by not having to worry about my fur babies. I will definitely call upon you again! This is the first time I have been away from them and not stressed out about their well being!” – Michelle M.



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Mary W


Mary believes working with Hot Diggity! is the job that dreams are made of. Growing up in the mountains of Asheville, NC, she has always found solace in having a sweet furry fluff or 2 to share her days with. She has always been a lover of animals, growing up with cats and dogs, riding horses and the ultimate saver of bugs when someone is about to stomp on one of them. She was the kid neighbors asked to look after their pets while they were away. It was evident early on that she developed a love for providing peace and ease to pet owners who were unable to bring their furry friends along on their travels. After receiving both an Associate in Arts and Science degrees, she worked as a Veterinary Technician for 10 years, providing love and care for her patients as well as building relationships with their owners.  She loves to hike, hug trees, explore and travel. In fact, it was these key traits that brought her and her husband, along with their own furry crew, from North Carolina to Oregon.  

Life Motto: “Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection. The lovers, the dreamers and me…”- Kermit the Frog 


A happy shiba inu smiles at the camera. He wants a dog walker!


SW Portland/Gardenhome

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Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Paola!


Richmond / Hosford-Abernathy / Buckman / Ladd’s Addition

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 every day. It’s clear that Paola loves doggies and being a dog walker!” – Amber M.




East Portland

Deanne has always loved animals of all kinds and begged her parents for a family dog at the age of 7. Deanne is a native Oregonian born and raised in the Portland area, and had dogs, cats, hamsters and fish growing up. She now has her own sweet (and crazy) kitten named Nala. She is planning on joining the Veterinary Technician Program at PCC and loves spending time with Hot Diggity! animals. In her free time, you can find her staying in cuddling with her kitten and watching cult documentaries or Harry Potter, volunteering at Cat Adoption Center, finding new IPA’s with her friends, or hiking with her parents’ dog whenever she can.

“Thank you for taking such sweet care of Shadow while we were away. I think she was a little disappointed when we got home because she couldn’t hang out with you more. We know she’s always in good hands with the Hot Diggity! crew.” – Andrea R.

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Matt


Montavilla / Mt. Tabor / Parkrose / Centennial / Foster-Powell

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 at 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.

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Alissa


Irvington / Buckman / Sunnyside / Kerns / Laurelhurst 

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.



Ladd’s Addition / Sunnyside / Clinton / Hawthorne

Kathleen’s whole life has included the love of a variety of animals around her. She grew up in Arkansas surrounded by farms and wildlife. Her own home included horses, dogs, cats, a snake, 2 birds, and a ferret. She began working at vet clinics in highschool and continued through some of her college years, where her knowledge and love for these wonderful beings continued to grow. She would also pet sit on the side and sometimes bring home hospitalized animals overnight for extra care. Life eventually pushed her work into a different direction and she began working as a photographer. Her love for the outdoors, great food, city life, and wellness brought her to Portland. After settling into a few different jobs, she needed a bit of a change-up in her day and she honestly couldn’t think of a better way to spend her time than getting to enjoy and take care of pets again. When she is not working, Kathleen is taking full advantage of living on the west coast by enjoying hiking, coast trips, shows, great food, the arts, dancing, photography, hanging with her dog, and researching wellness.

“Thank you so much for taking such care of our girls! It makes us very happy to see how much they like you. We know they’re in good hands, even when we miss them. We so appreciate Kathleen and all of the Hot Diggity! team giving them love while we’re out of town.” – Alexandria C.




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Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Stephanie J!

Stephanie J.

NE Portland / Irvington / Alberta / Alameda

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 adaptable. She took care of my dog while she was recovering from a medical issue and I had to travel for work. I thought about canceling my trip, but knowing that Stephanie and the Hot Diggity! team was on it gave me peace of mind and made all the difference.” – Nadia W.


Sara Joy

Mill Park / Glenfair / Russellville / Parkrose Heights

Sara Joy hails from SE Portland where she has lived her entire life. She grew up in the vibrant Hawthorne District, enjoying the quirky beauty and diversity of the city. A lifelong animal lover, Sara has experience with dogs of all sizes, as well as cats, birds, fish, and rodents. She loves art and photography and spending time with her pug, Archie.

“Incredible dog walking service! Sara Joy is the greatest dog walkers, she’s so careful with our dog’s aging hips. She’s always on time, spends the agreed-upon amount of time out with our dog and sends lots of smiling pictures (my favorite part)! Easy to use chat service and they’re very quick to respond and flexible. When our walker was sick for a couple days, back-up walkers came and they were equally delightful and well-informed about our dog. We’re pretty particular about who takes care of this sweet guy, and we really trust Hot Diggity!” – Gabe T.




Mount Scott / Lents / Woodstock

Meagan growing up has always had a deep love for all living things. From family pets, to random dogs she meets on the street, she has always shown nothing but love and compassion towards furry friends. At parties you can find her in the corner petting the dog or cat. From the moment she wakes up to when she falls asleep her mind is occupied with the care, treatment, and love of dogs, cats, plants, basically any living thing. At home she has a fluffy Keeshond named Claudio, who through much training and affection has learned 18 tricks, is the bestest boy, and shares the same kindness and gentleness that she radiates. No matter the animal she loves each and everyone of them equally, treating them like they were one of her own.

“I just want to thank you guys for the wonderful care of our pack while we were gone. Meagan was superb and we came home to a very clean house and happy pups. Top Notch!” – Shannon W.




Reed / Woodstock /  Ladd’s Addition / Sunnyside

International yoga teacher and musician Bibi, is grounding it back down in PDX. Originally from Denver, Colorado, after spending way too many years in Los Angeles, she migrated to Portland in 2007 for a more peacefully paced life. Moving to the PNW for it’s outdoor beauty, Bibi enjoys, hot springs, camping, kayaking, trail running, gardening, hiking and just about anything that involves being outside. A tea ceremonialist and lover of plant alchemy, you’re more likely to find her at social events talking to the animals than with the people.

Bibi was stellar. She went above and beyond and really impressed us with her thoughtfulness and extra attention to our house and pups.” – Michelle G.



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Natalie is an experienced dog enthusiast. She has owned a Giant Schnauzer named Cigan, and a Wheatendoodle named Muffin in her youth. She currently helps her parents take care of their 129lb. Shepardoodle, Mischa. When she’s not busy with her two middle school kids, or a part-time freelance graphic design business, she walks and trains dogs at the Oregon Humane Society once a week. She loves to bring dogs joy, because she believes animals make us better people. She loves to break up her day with walks, rain or shine. She looks forward to meeting your pets, and giving them a fun outlet while you’re busy.

“We are back and wanted to thank Natalie for all her time and attention to our animals! She was really great and we appreciated all the wonderful communication and photos. We will definitely love to have her again for our next trip.” – Carol B.


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A happy shiba inu smiles at the camera. He wants a dog walker!


Northeast Portland

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North Portland: Arbor Lodge, Overlook, Woodlawn

A transplant from Massachusetts whose friends would describe him as goofy, humorous, and a bit Lisa Simpson-y, Matthew’s curiosity about whether people are nicer in the Pacific Northwest (they are, says Matthew!) brought him to Portland, where his interests in filmmaking, political discourse, and vegan living could develop among like-minded folks. After getting his start working with animals at the age of 16 in a local horse stable, Matthew knew he wanted to work with animals in his adulthood as well. He is happy to have the opportunity to get to know the many wonderful pets in HD’s care!

The question is not, Can they reason?, nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being?” –

quote by Jeremy Bentham regarding animal rights.

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Portland Area


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Portland Area


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East Portland 

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Nicholas D.

St. John’s / Cathedral Park / Arbor Lodge / University of Portland / N Columbia Blvd

Nicholas is a musician, adventurer and poet. He finds himself called to the tops of mountains as often as he stays home curled up with a good book. He likes to laugh at good puns and is a warm-hearted hugger. Nicholas is currently writing a fantasy/adventure book about his housemates and their cats. He will be attending music school beginning in the fall of 2019.

“We got home and everything and our pets were in order. Thank you so much! Nicholas and Hot Diggity! really ease the stress of worrying about our pets and the house, plants and our cars.” – Rocky T.



Centennial / Gresham / Rockwood / Montavilla

Teegan‘s a bit all over the place: she’s a musician, she’s into computer programming, she’s looking to get into nursing school eventually–but when it comes to dogs, she’s singularly focused on making them feel happy and loved. She’s got two adorable chihuahua mixes with her partner, who is also part of the Hot Diggity family.

“We will totally be using your service again in the future. I now feel like I will be able to leave town and know my girls are in good hands and my house is taken care of. Thank you so much! The updates, the pics all of it was amazing. My girls were well taken care of. ” – Bruce J.


Arbor Lodge / Overlook / Mississippi / Alberta / NE Broadway

A military brat born in Austin Texas, Byron moved all over the country as a kid, ending up in Hawaii where he spent his teenage years. After eight years in the U.S. Air Force he moved to Portland in 2014 where he began his bachelors in Environmental Science at PCC and PSU. During the summer you can find him at the Columbia Slough as a volunteer on the watershed councils canoe and kayaking paddle team. Or at one of the many locations run by the Urban Farm Collective in NE Portland. Indoor hobbies include drawing, painting,writing podcasts and cooking. His experience with animals comes from growing up with many dogs and cats, as well as having cared for the pets of his neighbors, friends and coworkers over the years.

“Byron was great! Good information shared in updates and pictures that always help me know Riley is comfortable and enjoying the visits.” – Katie B.



St. Johns / Cathedral Park / Kenton / Lombard

Nicholas has been taking care of animals for over 10 years, working at the Oregon Zoo, dog daycares and boarding facilities, in wildlife sanctuaries with wolves, elephants, lions, bears, and penguins, and for four years at a dog training facility where he worked with many dogs with difficult behaviors. Nick’s experience with many different types of animals allows him to provide unique care for all of the Hot Diggity! family depending on their personality and needs – he loves them all!

“This was the BEST experience we have ever had. Nicholas was thoughtful, helpful and provided us with assurance our babies were safe and well taken care of. We used Hot Diggity! for  pet sitting for the holidays and I will be a returning customer!” – Gina B.

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