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 staff goes through a rigorous onboarding 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 staff, groomers, and shelter staff.
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.”
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.”
Client Services Manager
Moose is a latte lover, devoted dog owner, and outdoors enthusiast. Hailing from Los Angeles, Moose brought her pup and husband up to Portland a few years back with ambitions of adventure and an outlet for her creative passions in photography and woodworking. She has been an animal fanatic her entire life having owned cats, fish, hermit crabs, hamsters and dogs since childhood. She is full of energy, jokes, and a keen love for all creatures. She loves to make and create and eat. She joined Hot Diggity! after leaving a long history of working in live music entertainment and is so stoked to be a part of this pet-friendly team of incredible individuals.
Life Motto: “Eat, learn, and make something new every day.”
Client Services Manager
Lys moved from Indiana to Portland in 2017 with her partner and has been in love with the area ever since. Being an artist and a lover of plants, animals, and adventure, she knew this was the right move for her. Throughout her life she has worked with animals of all sizes and shapes, from poisonous frogs to draft horses. In her free time she likes to go exploring with her dog, take photos of plants to sketch for her science illustration portfolio and try new pizza places. She also loves to visit the coast whenever she gets the chance to catch a glimpse of the whales and other wonderful sea dwelling creatures.
Life Motto: “Adapt to the changing tides.”
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
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
Client Services 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
Marketing + Outreach
Marico grew up in the wilds of Southern Oregon alongside the North Umpqua River, migrated to Portland for studies in photography and marketing, and continues returning for the incredible food, the artists and makers, and the green spaces and the ocean. In addition to her work in marketing, she is a professional photographer and educator. A pet lover since childhood, Marico’s efforts supporting rescue dogs in Mexico through Amigos de Animales feel 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
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.
Sunnyside / Laurelhurst / Kerns / Hollywood
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.
Linwood / Lewelling / Sellwood / Ardenwald
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, but Alex takes such good care of her. We’re very grateful that he is so good to her and with her!” – Katie C.
Downtown / Pearl District / Old Town / Goose Hollow
Marie 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. Marie 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 traveling 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 Marie! Now we can travel again without any worries!” – Jen B.
Downtown / Pearl District / Slabtown / Nobb Hill
Born and raised here in Portland, Donovan loves going on outdoor adventures in the Pacific NW. He had the pleasure of growing up with a variety of animals ranging from cats and dogs to birds and snakes. During his downtime you can usually find Donovan deep in a forest, outside rock climbing, practicing archery, or sewing. After a career in sales training and management, he joined Hot Diggity for more rewarding, self-fulfilling work, complimenting his love for animals of all kinds!
“I first want to say that Donovan was exceptional. I’m very happy with the overall experience, and the animals were happy and taken care of when we got home which is the important part! I’m looking forward to the upcoming drop-ins I have scheduled for our cat and am very happy to have found a company I trust.” – Sara H.
Downtown / Goose Hollow / University / Alphabet District
Anna grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, where she was constantly surrounded by dogs, rabbits, chickens, and horses. From saving frogs stranded in pools to helping turtles cross the road, her passion for animals is unrivaled. When she’s not caring for your furry friends, she enjoys hiking, exploring the outdoors and relaxing with her feline friend, Frido.
“Anna is wonderful! Great communication and I love the daily updates and pictures. Mocha is always happy when I get home, so I know she’s been taken care of while I’m gone.” – Helen V.
Kings Heights / Nob Hill / West Hills / Northwest
After growing up in the northeast and then living in the south and midwest – Diane finally made it to the west coast! She grew up around all kinds of animals – cats, dogs, rodents, lizards, horses, cows, and more…and she loves them all! Diane has volunteered at an aquarium and worked at a humane society in addition to pet sitting and dog walking. Family, friends, clients and co-workers call her an animal whisperer. When she isn’t loving on animals as if they are all her family, you can find her exploring nature and traveling the world.
“Diane is awesome. She sent tons of pictures of and texted if things were even just mildly amiss (lights off/plants knocked over). Luna was happy when I got home, so she did a great job. Thank you!” – Rachel R.
Goose Hollow / Pearl District / Nob Hill / NW 23rd / University
Alicia grew up with a dusty farm in Arizona, with chickens, horses, birds, and a whole lot of dogs. Animals have always been in her life and she has a sweet spot for the pups! Alicia loves to get out and enjoy the PNW, enjoying activities such as kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, and paddle boarding. Currently, Alicia is a graduate student at UO Portland, studying Historic Preservation. She is a self-described huge nerd for old buildings and hopes to pursue a future with the National Parks Service as a Historical Architect.
“We want to thank Alicia SOOOO MUCH for excellent, top-notch pet care during our trip. She is the BEST!” – Kristin S.
Willamette Heights / Slabtown / Arlington Heights / Nob Hill / Pearl District
Erica grew up in Connecticut with a Newfoundland and eight cats through her childhood and teen years. She had three chow chows in her 20s and 30s while living in Maine. She is a voiceover talent and a podcaster, the manager of a community garden, and loves hiking, swimming, photography, learning about nutrition and using essential oils. Of course, she also loves animals and cares for all of the dogs and cats she meets with love and kindness.
“Thank you so much to everyone for taking such great care of our pups (and our house!) while we were gone. While they were definitely excited to see us, they weren’t nearly as crazy as usual…which means they had a great time with Erica. Thank you so much for giving us all of the updates and most of all, the pictures. It was so comforting to know that Dax was in good hands while we were away. Thank you so much again for everything!” – Mike R.
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.
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.
On-Call Manager / Washington Square / Highland / Vose / Whitford / Raleigh Hills
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 canceled 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 / Tryon Creek / Carson Heights / Villa Ridge
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.
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.
On-Call Manager / 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.
Hillsboro / Beaverton / Arbor Roses / Reedville
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 five-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 so we didn’t ever have to worry. I sure appreciate the photos and the loving care she gave Kali.” – Stacey S.
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.
Northwest Hills / Bethany / Beaverton
Jamie is a Portland native who has been enjoying, playing, and taking care of Portland-area pets for nearly a decade! She loves capturing the funniest (and sweetest) moments of your pets’ expressions through pictures & video, and reassuring you that your babies are in the best of hands. Animals remind her each day how to be a better human, and Jamie considers taking care of them truly a privilege.
“Jamie was AMAZING! I honestly cannot say enough about how wonderful, thoughtful, and professional she was. She took amazing care of our cats and wonderful care of our home. She sent so many lovely photos with our updates, and I could tell that she really paid attention to all the notes I’d left about caring for the cats (there were a LOT, too). I’m so glad we chose to use Hot Diggity! for our trip. We will definitely be repeat customers, and we are especially thankful for Jamie!” – Winx G.
Since she was young, Mikaela has always loved and wanted to work with animals. Animals are her life and she always knew from day one that whatever she did in the future, it would involve sharing love and caring for animals. One of the reasons why Mikaela loves Portland so much is because of how pet-friendly and especially dog-friendly it is here. She also loves the beautiful rainy weather! In her free time, Mikaela enjoys playing video games and spending time with her family.
“Mikaela was awesome! We are so glad she took such good care of our crazy little critter!” – Mike M.
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.
Multnomah / Garden Home / Raleigh Hills / Riverwood / Dunthorpe
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. 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!
“Thank you to Ryannon! I loved the photos she took and I appreciated her taking such good care of Bella. She definitely loves to stay close, and I’m glad she snuggled in again during your visit.” – Leila S.
Beaverton / Washington Square / Hazeldale / Aloha
While Leslie’s college degree may say “Theatre,” their heart says “Animals and Theatre – but mostly animals.” From cats, rabbits, dogs, and alpacas to snakes, bearded dragons, birds and tarantulas, there are very few critters that Leslie won’t snuggle against their face! Between owning a lot of different animals, and years of retail pet care and Veterinary Technician experience, Leslie has a ton of knowledge and experience with a vast amount of animals. Leslie currently lives with a spoiled crew of cats and rabbits. In their free time, Leslie usually has a cat (or two or three or four) in their lap while drinking cheap Japanese wine and watching cheesy ghost hunting shows. Leslie’s pets mean the world to them, they understand the comfort pets provide and the deep bond people share with their pets. Leslie will treat every fur kiddo as if they were their own.
“We’re so grateful to Leslie for her visit. Her photos are GREAT! She really has a knack for them. Honestly, that’s one of the best pictures of our pup that we ever got! Thanks again, the gang hopes to see you again soon.” – Avory G.
Bridlemile / Healy Heights / Council Crest / Green 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.
Hillsdale / West Hills / Multnomah / West Haven-Sylvan
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.
“Thank you for taking such good care of Ted! He looks very happy and it’s such a relief to know he’s in good hands while I’m at work. Macin is the best!” – Jess E.
Tanasbourne / Orenco Station / Hillsboro / Cedar Hills
Shinea’s family had pets since she was a baby and she has always felt deeply connected with animals. She grew up in the Portland Metro Area and studied psychology and photography at PSU. After trying her hand in restaurants and sales, it became clear that working with animals is her true passion. The opportunity to create bonds with animals every day is a dream come true for Shinea.
“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.
Tualatin / Neighbors Southwest / King City / Bull Mountain / Sexton Mountain
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 are new to the PDX area and needed someone to watch our cat while we went back home for a wedding. Being new is hard because we didn’t know anyone and had to rely solely on online reviews. Most places only cater to dogs but we have a sassy, antisocial cat who hates attention. Killian was amazing and totally got that our cat was moody and didn’t necessarily need loving on. He updated us every day with photos and how she acted upon arrival. We especially appreciated that he went back a second time on the 4th of July to turn on calming music because I was concerned about the loudness of the fireworks.” – Courtney M.
Arnold Creek / Mt. Park / Lake Forest / West Lake / Holly Orchard
From a very young age, Alyssa 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.
“We are home and everyone is happy and in good spirits! Thank you, so so so much for taking such amazing care of the fur kids and the house!” – Hilary J.
Forest Park / Somerset West / North Bethany / West Haven-Sylan
Camille could prattle on about her time growing up with pets or her somewhat excessive dog breed knowledge, or she could tell you about her swashbuckling overseas adventures working as a part-time assassin for charity, but that tale might be too long for an introductory bio. Instead, she’d like to mention she has a 1st-degree black belt, an avid interest in rock climbing, and a healthy thirst to try new things. And, of course, she’s an experienced animal lover (she works for Hot Diggity! after all). Camille has previously worked as a swim instructor, spa attendant, rock wall belayer and continually as a freelance illustrator.
“Camille made my life so much easier with my husband off at officer training! I don’t need to worry about my pup when I know Camille will take care of her. The TLC she gets before, during, and after her walk is very reassuring. Not only does she get exercise, she gets to hang with one of her favorite humans when you come by.” – Jennifer L.
West Hills / Beaverton / Cedar Mills / Oak Hill
Bethany was born and raised in Arcadia, California. Growing up, she always had Huskies and German Shepherds 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 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. 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’m so grateful for Bethany and the cute pictures she sends. It’s great that I can travel for biz and know that they are in great hands.” – Susan W.
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.
South Burlingame / Carson Heights / Collinsview / Markham
Dawn was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where she found her love of taking care of animals after becoming a foster mom for kittens at the age of 16. Dawn is a certified vet assistant and works as a Veterinary Technician. When she’s not in the clinic she’s caring for animals with Hot Diggity!
“Dawn is awesome. She goes above and beyond to provide great service and care for my pets. She also communicates well and I appreciate the information and pictures that she sends to me while I’m away. She’s a rockstar!” – Gina W.
Milwaukie / Sellwood / Waverly Heights / South Waterfront / Homestead
Merle has raised a wide variety of dogs for many decades with great attention to a positive and grounded experience for them through care, love, a safe presence and plenty of fun activities every day. She loves dogs and dogs love her stable, centered personality. She wants your pets to be happy, healthy and at ease, striving to bring love and attention that makes up for your absence – as if that’s possible!
“Thank you, Merle! Your notes were a joy to receive and we knew our fur babies were in good hands with you. Thanks for taking such great care of our girls.” – Emily A.
Oak Hills / Bethany / Beaverton / Rock Creek
Tonia is a Texan born and raised and has deeply loved, spoiled, and pet sat for animals of all kinds, from kittens to English mastiffs, for 20 plus years. Pets are just like children to her and she is sure to love on, and take the absolute sweetest, very best care of your pet just as if it were her very own! Her family bred boxer dogs, which means she literally grew up with puppies in her crib. She has also had her very own boxer baby dog for her entire life. She loves being active outdoors as much as possible, and she always begins her day with an eight-mile run. Words truly cannot explain how deeply she loves dogs, cats, and all animals of all shapes and sizes!
“Tonia was great! She and the rest of the team were extremely helpful, putting me at ease knowing that our nuggets were going to have their last visit before we got home. I cannot thank your team enough!” – Summer K.
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.
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
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.
Happy Valley / Milwaukie / Gladstone / Sunnyside
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.
On-Call Manager / Laurelhurst / Sunnyside / Buckman / Kerns
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.
Foster-Powell / Woodstock / Reed / Brentwood / Holgate
Lauren knew from a very young age that she has a passion for animals. Growing up she had dogs, cats, snakes, lizards, hamsters, and horses. She aspires to have her own sanctuary one day. She now cares for her German Shepherd, Kolo, and her roommate’s cat, Milo. When not out on adventures with them, she would love to have adventures with your fur babies.
“Lauren was excellent! I appreciate her concern for the kitties, especially the one who kept hiding from her! She also kept my potted plants alive!” – Aliza A.
Hollywood / Burnside / North Tabor / Rose City Park
Robert moved to Portland from Philadelphia five years ago after falling in love with Oregon. Before working with Hot Diggity! he spent time pet sitting dogs, cats and horses for friends. Robert loves hiking and backpacking and looks for any excuse to be in nature. After years working in sales, he is excited to dedicate more time to his passion: working with companion animals.
“Way to go above and beyond caring for our girls and our home. I cannot thank Robert enough for the obviously evident care and dedication. You remove so many concerns when I travel. Thank you again for the above and beyond care you continue to give to the trouble twins.” – John G.
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.
Albina / Overlook / Piedmont / Vernon / Alberta
A Portland transplant since 2017, Lottie has seen many Pacific Northwest adventures. Lottie has always been an animal lover growing up with farm animals as well as dogs and cats. This translated well to a more urban setting with her two loving dogs of very different magnitudes (Trent the greyhound, and Wookie the Chihuahua). She’s also an experienced RN who is well versed to respond to stressful situations and is dedicated to spending more time outside on a day-to-day basis.
“Lottie is fantastic! I feel like I know them even if we’ve never met. The photos and observant notes keep us calm and confident our pup is being taken care of. The photos always bring smiles to our faces. Our daughter is away at college LOVES getting them in her inbox every day!” – Beth G.
Argay / Roseway / Madison South / Hazelwood
Garrett is an artist who splits his time between theatre and walking dogs. He grew up with several pets, including a cat, a dog, and several guinea pigs. While he doesn’t have any pets currently he loves meeting new animals! Currently, Garrett is involved with theatre throughout Portland and is working on his skills in acting, tech, and writing. When he is not doing work in the theatre, he enjoys spending time with friends, going to see shows, and drinking coffee. He hopes to go live overseas again and do anthropological research.
“Garrett has been a rock star. He has been so sweet with our kitties – even our scared little one that hides from him – I love the texts he sends and always feel like litter/water (and love) are taken care of 100%.” – Leslie K.
Arbor Lodge / Overlook / Mississippi / Alberta / NE Broadway
From Texas to Oklahoma to New York and finally to Oregon, Jennifer has always had a love for furry critters. She made the trek to Portland in 2016 to pursue a video editing position and started volunteering with Family Dogs New Life animal shelter to get her doggie fix. Now as a member of the Hot Diggity! team Jennifer gets to live out her dream of hanging with animal friends all the time to fill the void of not having a pup of her own. When she isn’t taking care of animals, Jennifer enjoys hiking, reading, and working on local documentaries.
“Jennifer 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
“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.
Sunnyside / Buckman / Richmond / Hosford-Abernathy
Alanna, her partner, and their three cat-children (Reptar, Bubbles and Leonardo) road-tripped from Florida to Portland in 2017 seeking growth and acceptance. She’s studying Plant Biology at PSU and is passionate about empowering minority youth through garden-based education. Alanna has empathized with animals since she can remember and takes pride in her ability to connect with, respect, and care for all beings. In her free time, she enjoys getting lost in the wilderness, fighting for human and animal rights, volunteering at animal sanctuaries and slinging organic veggies at the Beaverton farmers market.
“Thank you, Alanna, for all the love and care you gave to Lucy, Lucky, Alice and Prince. I can’t tell you how much the whole family enjoyed receiving your updates with pictures. You captured some great photos that we will cherish. Our babies could not have been in better hands. They were so well taken care of that they didn’t miss us as much which means so much to me and my family. We look forward to working with you again.” – Kristen M.
Kerns / Kenton / Piedmont / Woodlawn / Concordia
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 am overjoyed by Haya’s excellent care. Her photos meant the world to me. I am grateful my sweet little girl is getting so much love while we’re away.” – Susan C.
Laurelhurst / Division / Hawthorne / Mt. Tabor
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 / Vernon / Lombard
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!
“The team taking care of our dog was very communicative and we appreciate the updates via email from each visit. I was impressed that although we had a different sitter partway through the visit, Sara T. was completely up to date on everything.” – Vali P.
Irvington / Sullivan’s Gulch / Grant Park / Convention Center / Lloyd District
Julia is a lifelong Portlander and has been working with dogs since she was 17. The first dog she house-sat for was a lovable old beagle and she’s been working with many breeds and ages and sizes of dogs and cats ever since. Currently, Julia is studying sociology at PSU when she’s not spending time with your sweet pets!
“We got home and everything and our pets were in order. Thank you so much! Julia and Hot Diggity! really ease the stress of worrying about our pets and the house, plants and our cars.” – Rocky T.
Harmony Point / Foster-Powell / Lents
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!
“The dogs were so chill when we got home. Truly the mark of great puppy care! We’re so grateful to Corbin for taking care of our precious pups! It’s clear they felt safe and happy in his care.” – Kathy B.
Alberta / Boise / Woodlawn / Concordia
Alex grew up on the beaches of New Jersey and made her way to Oregon two years ago in search of greenery and mountains. From a young age, she’s felt nourished by the boundless love of animals in her life. Alex is eager to be on a new path that combines these interests and gives her the opportunity to meet new four-legged friends! In Alex’s free time she can be found listening to records and caring for her houseplants in her tiny home, sipping on coffee somewhere with friends, lounging in parks, and summiting mountains.
“Alex knows Pearl’s uniqueness. She comments on changes in her health, mood, attitude, etc. Alex sends great pics of Pearl and obviously cares for my dog. She takes the time and is genuinely interested and we are fortunate to have her.” – Tiffany J.
Milwaukie / Happy Valley / Clackamas / Oak Grove / Johnson City
A native of Colorado, Greg recently moved to Portland to explore new horizons. A life-long animal lover and experienced pet dad, Greg has swapped professions from the cubicle to the leash. Hot Diggity! provides Greg the opportunity to explore the beauty of his new hometown and to meet furry friends. In his free time, you can find Greg camping, reading, playing music and cheering on his beloved Denver Broncos.
“Otter had a great time with Greg, he was super calm and relaxed still when I got home. I’m glad he got to play with Scooby and Yeti, they’re great buds who love romping around (loudly) together!” – Cassie D.
Buckman / Brooklyn / South Tabor / Richmond
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.
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.
Richmond / Sunnyside / Laurelhurst / Mt. Tabor
“Sidnee, while Indy and Olly were definitely happy to see us, and we’ve enjoyed many reunited cuddles, I must admit that I think they already miss you, too! At any rate, you’ve got new friends for life, because they were not desperate for affection as they have been with previous pet sitters…so we know they were snuggled with and loved on to the max. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for that, and for tidying up as you did. We so appreciated coming back to loved and cozy pups, and a welcoming home.” – Jen C.
Lents / Harmony / Oak Grove
Jeremy grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, where he romped through the woods with his golden retrievers. He obtained an MFA in 2011 and spent several years traveling and writing before settling in his adopted home of Portland. Jeremy is a published short story writer, essayist, and poet. In addition to caring for pets, he teaches writing and literature to children.
“Jeremy is amazing, and I have always had an extremely positive experience with all of my pet sitters. He provides great attention to detail in making sure they have all their needs met. Keep up the fantastic work! Makes leaving not so difficult knowing my guys are in great hands. Thank you for giving me peace of mind when I am traveling!” – Heather P.
University Park / Portsmouth / Overlook / Arbor Lodge
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.
Creston-Kenilworth / Woodstock / Errol Heights / Reed
Georgia is a desert dweller at heart with a love for the vast expanses of the outdoor, used to running through the Arizona desert with her Huskies and German Shepherds. Since moving to Portland to pursue her degree in Graphic Design, her head has been up in the clouds with the discovery of new environments and all the opportunities this beautiful city has to offer. An outdoor enthusiast and artist, Georgia spends most of her time designing urban gardens and studying permaculture. When she isn’t hanging out with Hot Diggity! pets large and small, she is lost in a book, painting or spending time with her own cats, Smokey and Arya Stark.
“This most recent pet sit with Georgia was one of the very best experiences I have had with any pet/house sitters! The communication provided through Hot Diggity!’s platforms is awesome and so helpful for worrying pet parents! I felt that I always knew how my pup was doing and it gave me GREAT peace of mind to see pics of her each day of the sit. In addition, when I got back my home was just as I left it – so nice! You all at Hot Diggity! are a valued part of my circle! Thanks so much!” – Karen B.
Gresham / Troutdale / Rockwood
Originally from the busy city of Las Vegas, Ashly is best known as an “old soul” with a love of art, music, nature and adventure. She and her two pups now happily call Oregon home, though they still love traveling all over the west coast. When not hanging with the pups and kitties of Hot Diggity!, Ashly works in the industrial metal industry and studies social sciences.
“This is the first time I have been away from them and not stressed out about their well being! Ashly texted me ahead of time to inquire about instructions and sent updates and cute photo every day. So great to see everyone was happy while I was gone.” – Anne M.
Centennial / Powell Butte / Happy Valley
Hailing from the frozen tundra of Minnesota, Chelsy is a small farm town girl and the proud aunt to a 10-year-old yellow lab named Ruby. New to Portland, Chelsy has been enjoying the coastal and mountain views, architecture, and of course the weather. With no personal pets of her own, she looks forward to receiving all the love from other people’s fur babies. When she isn’t ogling at animals you can find her checking out historic buildings, chasing waterfalls, and finding the best food Portland has to offer.
“Chelsy was excellent! I appreciate her concern for the kitties, especially the one who kept hiding from her! She also kept my potted plants alive!” – Jessica A.