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.
OPERATIONS & MARKETING
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.”
Client Services & Administration
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
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
Senior Office Administrator
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
Scheduling and Office Administrator
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
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.
Scheduling and Office Administrator
look here for the low down on Nicci!
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.
Senior Office Administrator and Marketing
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.
Lake Oswego / Tigard / King City
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.
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
Nick is 22 years old and has grown up in Oregon is whole life. There hasn’t ever been a time in which he hasn’t had a pet of some sort! Whether it was a bird, lizard, turtle, dog, or cat he’s loved and cared for them all!
“Nick was awesome. He sent great photos and updates through the portal and was very prompt to respond to texts. Love how much he seemed to enjoy hanging with our crew. House was clean when we arrived and laundry started. Superb! Thanks again for accommodating our emergency situation and extending Carmen’s stay. Very scary time for us, but Nick and the office staff made us feel comfortable about our pets and our home. Grateful for your help.” – Brian B.
Downtown / Pearl District / Slabtown / Nobb Hill
Kimberly is an esthetician, but also has a passion for pets! She is always excited to be able to help you by caring for your pets, especially while you are away. Your babies will be in great care just as if they were her own. Getting know each & every one’s needs, personally, is her #1 priority.
“Our cats really seemed to love Kimberly, including our typically shy cat, Azriel! The house was clean and we would love to have her again in the future if possible!” – Moushumi G.
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.
Willamette Heights / Slabtown / Arlington Heights / Nob Hill / Pearl District
A natural born wanderer and animal enthusiast, Tori was born in Boston, but raised in the Bay Area in California before moving to North Carolina at the age of 16. After wandering around the world for a few years, she settled down in Portland. Tori has spent a lot of her time caring after animals and others alike, whether she is watching a friends companion or nursing sick stray pups she sees around while she travels. After recently moving to the Portland area, she decided to get involved in the animal-loving community and watch after the ones that need some love while their parents and friends are away! When she isn’t playing with animals, she is usually practicing yoga, reading or hiking or wandering around the city!
“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 Tori!” – 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.
Northwest Hills / Bethany / Forest Hights
Having grown up in the northeast, lived in the south, and midwest – Diane has finally made it to the west coast! Less snow is great! She grew up around all kinds of animals – cats, dogs, rodents, lizards, horses, cows, and more….. She loves them all! She volunteered at an aquarium, worked as a pet sitter before, and even at a humane society! Most family, friends, and 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, traveling the world, or working on her very own business online!
“This was Diane’s first time sitting for our kitties and she did an amazing job! Our younger male cat is very shy and usually hides from new sitters, but came right out for Diane and even begged for snuggles and pets from her. Both cats were happy and healthy when we returned.” – Angela F.
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.
Lake Oswego / Tryon Creek / Carson Heights / Villa Ridge
Originally hailing from Texas, Emily moved to Oregon to attend college at Oregon State University. There she majored in Zoology, mainly studying animal behavior, as well as meeting her beloved husband, Bryan, while on campus. She graduated in June 2019 with her Bachelor’s in Zoology and moved to Tigard in search for ways to work with animals. Emily is incredibly passionate about animal care and behavior, striving to ensure all animals experience a full, enriching life. When she’s not comfy at home with her two cats, Tom and Tess, Emily loves to rock-climb, hike, and go-kart with her husband.
“Emily was amazing. This was our first time needing to request house sitting for our aging pup, you made it easy! ” – 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.
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.
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.
Hillsdale / Council Crest / Multnomah Village
Maya is a native Oregonian, having been born and raised in the Portland area. A pet lover from birth, Maya grew up with a loyal family dog, 2 cats who lived to be 17 years old, and various bunnies, chickens and adopted critters. She started pet sitting and dog walking for family and friends as soon as she was old enough, and in her numerous nanny jobs over the years she always takes as good of care of the family pets as she does the children. Maya is currently attending school with the goal of becoming a naturopath. She enjoys gardening, backpacking, kayaking and, of course, her kitty Joon.
“Thanks to Maya for taking such good care of our girls and our house. I’ve been telling people what wonderful pet sitters you are!” – Sandie C.
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 absolutely perfect. She charmed our most anxious fur baby in less than 24 hours. We plan on requesting her in the future!” – Candace Nutt
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.
Council Crest / Hillsdale / SW Portland
Rayleen was born in Oregon, and has lived in the Portland-metro area for most of her life. Recently, Rayleen closed a long chapter of working in Oregon politics, and will be returning to school in the Fall for her second graduate degree: a Creative Writing MFA. In the meantime, the most enjoyable thing she can think to do is hang out with your animals! She will be walking for us part-time in southwest Portland. Rayleen loves writing, dancing, and learning to play the guitar. She can frequently be found on her yoga mat, in the audience at one of the region’s brilliant performing arts offerings, or curled up with a book.
“Rayleen went above and beyond when she came to care for my dogs! She spent a lot of time with the pups and they were very grateful. ” – Leila S.
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.
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.
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.
Sylvan / Northwest Heights / Cedar Mill
Doug was born and raised in Chicago but has recently moved to Portland after backpacking in Asia for 6 months. Doug loves all dogs and animals but is currently thinking about getting a Dachshund, Corgi, or Basset Hound. In his spare time he likes to rock climb, slackline, surf, skateboard, snowboard, skydive, and freedive.
“The dogs were so chill when we got home. Truly the mark of great puppy care! Of course they were really really happy to have us back and showed it by snuggling with us at least twice as hard as usual. We’re so grateful to Doug for taking care of our precious pups! It’s clear they felt safe and happy in her care.” – Kim B.
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.
Hillsdale / Glencullen / Southwest Portland / Bridlemile
Charis has always had a special tender connection with animals. She grew up in Colorado riding horses and spending LOTS of time with all kinds of fur babies. There, she started her own pet sitting business and volunteered at the local humane society. In 2017 she moved to Oregon and immediately fell in love with the landscape and being so close to the coast. She has been waitressing for years and loves interacting with people, but decided to pursue her true passion with Hot Diggity! She spends time outside any chance she gets, so combining her love for animals and the outdoors makes this her dream job! She and her husband have one fur baby, a funny kitty named Scrump, and are anxious to someday have their own little zoo of animals. In her free time, Charis loves reading (especially outside!), cooking, taking trips to the beach, and slow dancing to classics from Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald.
“Charis 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.
Beaverton / Villa Ridge / Crestwood / Bradley Corner / Progress
Laura is a born-and-raised Portlander who recently returned home after a few years spent in college and traveling around Europe. Raised in a family of animal lovers, Laura has worked with animals of all sizes and feels that every furry friend deserves patience, love, and a good belly rub! After getting an IT degree at a 4-year university, Laura discovered that she needed to follow her passions in life and pursue a different path. She is beyond excited to be a part of Hot Diggity! and spend her time doing what she loves: taking care of animals in this beautiful city! When she isn’t pampering pets, you can find her taking a hike in the forest, skiing at Timberline, singing in a pub, or playing games with her roommates.
“Laura is wonderful! Great communication and I love the daily updates and pictures. My cats are always happy when I get home, so I know she’s taken great care of my girls while I’m away.” – Vera H.
Tigard / Bonita / Metzger / Fanno Creek / Woodard Park
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.
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
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.
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.
Irvington / Alameda / Grant Park
“Jesica was wonderful! I received pictures of my pets while I was gone. I was comfortable being away from them because I knew she was taking such great care of them. She is an attentive and responsible pet sitter. Great job as usual!!” –Jennifer S.
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
Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Sam is a no stranger to the great outdoors and getting all the exercise he can get. Growing up with four dogs and three cats, he now has three of his own furry friends he cares for and loves with his partner, Alek. He has a passion for photography which he has been practicing for the past 5 years and has mastered the art of animal portraiture.
“Way to go above and beyond caring for our girls and our home. I cannot thank Sam 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.
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.
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.
Eliot / Boise / Irvington / Lloyd District
Heather grew up in the flatlands of Arkansas eager to leave and explore. So she did, after undergrad, and has lived in France, Colorado, and now Portland for the past 5 years. She loves dogs but has never felt her life was predictable enough to have her own. She cherishes the time she gets to spend with your pets and loves the flexibility of the job as she continues to travel and pursue music, French, and Sign Language interpreting.–
“Our pup loves Heather and he knows she is part of the family. We truly appreciate your entire team, thank you for your exceptional service and care.” – Marshall 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.
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.
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.
Grant Park / Irvington / Hollywood
“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.
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.
Oregon City / Gladstone / Milwaukie
Brendall Gant moved from Utah a year and a half ago to Portland with her fiance and 3 year old cat, Megumi. Since living here she has also adopted another cat named Sekitan. She is currently starting to volunteer at Audubon in the hopes of becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator specializing in bats. She is also currently a student at Full Sail University studying Creative Writing for Entertainment to also study screenwriting and finish the novels she has been working on since middle school.
“Thank you thank you! Brendall was wonderful! It was so nice to have our pets in good hands and I know Ruby can be tough to get to know so I appreciate you seeing her good side. We are headed out of town next month and will be booking again soon.” – Erica W.
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 / 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.
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.
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.
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.
“I just wanted to write to praise the great job that Alanna did with Sugar while I was out of town. It’s so hard to leave and I always worry but I was getting frequent updates and photos this time and felt that Sugar was having a blast. She also takes great pics and she wore Sugar out. I came home to a happy and tired dog. Perfect. ” – Pam G.
Alberta / Boise / Alameda / Humboldt
Angelo is the proud owner of two big, crazy adventure pups. When he’s not hanging with his canine friends, you might find Angelo on a trail run in the Gorge, practicing jiu jitsu at his gym in SE Portland, or snapping photos of nature and wildlife. Although, more often than not, his dogs are along for the ride. Angelo loves to see dogs be dogs, and often brings his pups to the family property in Washington to swim, chase, hunt, dig, and explore the forest. Having recently moved from Southern California, he has fallen in love with everything the Northwest has to offer. Mountains, rivers, forests, and rain! Often described as having the personality and energy of a puppy, Angelo finds comfort in spending time with his kindred four legged friends.
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
“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.