Meet the Seattle Team

Hot Diggity! believes everyone deserves the love of a pet. We believe in treating our clients as we would treat ourselves, our friends, and our family. We believe our walkers and sitters are the best in the business and we strive to uphold a safe, respectful, fun, desirable place to work. Read on to meet our team of dedicated, Hot Diggity! pet care professionals.


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Operations Manager

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 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.


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 Team Lead/Queen Anne & Magnolia

Molly was born in Atlanta, GA, went to middle school in Whitefish, MT, and moved to Seattle to go to high school.  She now calls Seattle home and has no intention of leaving.   She is a person of eclectic tastes and interests having studied music, audio production, singing, and sculpture, in addition to working with animals.

Molly grew up with dogs and started working at the Humane Society when she was in high school. She has been pet sitting for most of her adult career. If you asked her what she loves about working with Hot Diggity! clients she would tell you that every animal has such a different personality, she loves getting to know them all!

When she isn’t walking dogs and playing with cats, she loves crafting, knitting, embroidery, and sculpture.



Marketing and Outreach
Downtown, Belltown, Capitol Hill

Michael is a true animal lover. Coming from a house filled with dogs, his father being a dog trainer, and owning two sweet pups of his own, Michael has been surrounded by furry (and feathery) friends his whole life! A recent transplant to Seattle from New York City, Michael has traded Central Park for walking around Seattle’s urban sprawl and local hikes on trails just outside of the city. In addition to loving dogs both big and small, friends have called him the “cat whisperer” as his calming, gentle nature matches very well with felines. As a vegan, Michael loves to visit farm sanctuaries and spend time with ducks, turkeys, chickens, cows, sheep, goats, and especially pigs! When Michael isn’t walking dogs, you’ll find him fulfilling his role as Artistic Director of his own theatre company, Play Your* Part, acting on stage or in film, or behind the scenes directing the action.



North Seattle, including Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, Phinney Ridge and Greenlake areas

Melanie Long is from Western Washington. She is currently studying health care and believes that the journey is the destination. Her friends describe her as funny, adventurous, caring, and loving. She feels like animals teach us so much about love. They make every day brighter and are all unique and wonderful in their own way. Melanie has always had animals since she was little. She grew up on a small farm with chickens, ducks, goats, rabbits, horses, dogs, and cats. Melanie loves being outdoors! She enjoys hiking in the mountains, being on or in the water (swimming, sailing), travel, photography, hanging out with her kitty, Abby, and spending time with family and friends.



Ballard & West Seattle

Carla is a lifelong Seattlite who studied Humanities and Business Administration in college. Independent, spontaneous and loyal, she says that the best thing about animals is their capacity to love- yet each is unique! It is fun getting to know their different personalities and catering their care to fit what works for them! Pet sitting just comes naturally to Carla, she has always been the go-to person for pet sitting for all of my friends and neighbors. When she is not out and about walking does she loves to take trips to the local beach and woods for walks, meeting up with friends for happy hour, and riding her motorcycle. She lives by the motto “Always treat others how you would like to be treated, including all the animals :)”



Shoreline, Greenwood, Crown Hill, Maple Leaf, and Greenlake areas

Noah is a Seattle Native who cultivated a love of animals from an early age. He started working with animals when he was 12 years old, assisting his mom with her pest control company that primarily used bedbug scent detection dogs. He loves how animals allow us to bring a small taste of nature into our own home. A family becomes a pack when you introduce a puppy, and this creates so many opportunities to learn from one another as you both grow.  Considered to be friendly, easy going and yet very passionate about everything he does, Noah has studied architecture and is working on a degree in that field. When he isn’t out walking dogs he is hiking, painting or gardening.

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Northgate, Lake City

Angela is originally from Tacoma WA, but she has made N. Seattle her home.  She has always wanted to be pet care industry and particularly loves working with dogs.  She has always had animals in her life and started working with rescues 15 years ago.  She brings a passion and caring to her work.  She is a big Seahawk fan and when she is not walking dogs she enjoys sports and traveling.

Her motto: Love without judgement



Shoreline, Greenwood, Crown Hill, Maple Leaf, and Greenlake areas

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Laurelhurst, University, Ravenna, Northgate, Lake City

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Ballard,  Sunset Hill, Blue Ridge, Crown Hill, Greenwood and surrounding areas

Alyssa Mills was born and raised outside of Boston and attended the UMass Amherst where she studied Environmental Conservation. She loves working with animals because of their honesty, humor and genuine gratitude for small things like walks or belly rubs. She started working with animals almost two years ago at a doggy daycare/walking company in Boston but has been around dogs her whole life. She is a very outdoor oriented person and loves to go camping/hiking in new places. She also loves to cook! Her favorite meal to make is usually breakfast foods like omelets or waffles and always with coffee!


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Greater Seattle Area

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University, Fremont, Greenlake, Ravenna and surround area

Hannah hails from Saint Petersburg, Florida.  Growing up she was a serious ballet dancer, so she moved to Europe to pursue dance for 3 years before coming back to the U.S. for college. She is currently working on her master’s in Medical Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Washington.

Hannah is an avid outdoors-woman who loves hiking, mountaineering, skiing, camping, and kayaking.

She has been pet sitting for most of her life for friends and family and loves the way project pure emotions. “They don’t care who you are or where you come from; they just unconditionally love and appreciate you.”

Hannah’s life motto is, “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.”

Grace Helmcke


Northgate, Ravenna, Wedgwood, Windermere, University
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Grace lives by the motto “be kind, you never know what battles others might be fighting.  Born in Everett, WA, she studied Theater performance and enjoys playing tennis, studying voices and dialects and occasional indulges in Netflix.  She has been pet sitting and dog walking for friends for years, and loves how open and trusting animals are.



Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard & Fremont

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Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, Fremont and surrounding areas

Naomi is a Western Washington native. She was lucky enough to grow up on a quiet cul-de-sac where her neighbors often let their dogs roam about. Her very first friend was her neighbor’s Golden Retriever, Babe. Growing up, her family had two dogs, seven cats, gerbils, hamsters, mice, a degu, a frog, tropical and freshwater fish tanks, and a crawdad she lovingly thought of as a rare blue lobster.

She has always had a genuine connection with animals and is often trusted by family pets who don’t like many people outside of their circle. She worked at a veterinary clinic her senior year of high school. Her primary duties included walking the dogs being boarded there and helping the veterinary assistants with administering medication.

She has nannied for the better part of ten years. Taking care of furry family members often accompanies her duties. She has done overnight pet sitting for handfuls of families with wonderful dogs, cats, fish, and chickens.

She recently graduated from the Seattle Film Institute with her degree in filmmaking. She has a thirteen-year-old Russian Blue named Shadow, who is the best friend she could possibly ask for.



Lower Queen Anne, Downtown, Lake South Union and Denny Triangle

Jessica Smith is an Arkansas native but moved here from Lexington, Kentucky. She moved to Seattle for a fresh start with her partner who had already lived here for several years. She studied environmental science, English, and biology in college and currently use that degree in my remote position as an environmental consultant. Her life motto is: It is what it is. Her friends describe her as organized, adventurous, and quiet. She loves animals because they love you unconditionally! Jessica grew up surrounded by many different kinds of animals, but her first real job was working in the thoroughbred industry with yearlings in Kentucky! Jessica loves cross stitching, horse racing, and writing above all else!



Belltown, First Hill, South Lake Union & Downtown

  New to Washington but not to dog walking, Emily has eight years of experience working professionally with dogs and has loved every minute of it! She will often say”Meeting new dogs always feels like making new friends” and she will never get tired of the unique personality each new dog brings. She especially enjoys engaging with the dog she’s walking. “It’s kind of an art to allow for a good sniff at something while keeping the exercise element in a walk.”  She has always believed that keeping a positive running dialogue makes a dog smile—which allows her to snap some really cute shots of the pup too.  Born and raised in Colorado on a ranch, she grew up with at least two dogs in the house at all times, so crouching on the floor and getting dog hair and slobber all over is nothing new.

She has two dogs of her own, who she spends every free moment either jogging or snuggling with.



 Capitol Hill, First Hill, Madrona, Central District and surround areas

Kelly Jacobi is originally from southern California but now lives in Kirkland. Her family moved to Washington, so she joined them for a change in scenery. Kelly studied psychology and believes random act of kindness can go a long way. She loves how animals each have their own personality. Her friends would describe her as humble, caring, and funny. Kelly enjoys going to hockey games and kayaking. This is her first job working with animals, but she has always had pets. When she was a young child, Kelly had three cats, and currently has two little goofball dogs named Chewy and Gilbert.

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Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill to Columbia City and areas in between

Hayley was born in Thousand Oaks, CA and moved to central Massachusetts at age 6.  She attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa where she studied sociology and art history. She was part of a volunteer service program that brought me to Seattle. I worked in fundraising at a local nonprofit. After my volunteer year, she was hired on by the nonprofit and continued to do fundraising and grant writing work for 2 years.  Prior to joining the Hot Diggity team she worked at a doggie daycare the summer after graduating college. “I loved getting to be outdoors playing with dogs all day and developing relationships with the dogs who would come regularly!”  Dogs (and cats) are so sweet, cuddly, and pure of heart.

When she isn’t walking dogs and cuddling with cats Hayley loves to paint, embroidery, or take walks by Lake Washington.

Hayley’s life motto-“It is in your own self-interest to find a way to be very tender” -Jenny Holzer

Rebecca Towns


 Capitol Hill, First Hill, Madrona, Central District and surround areas

Rebecca first started working with animals in 2009 when she convinced her parents to let her rescue Cooper (pictured) from the local shelter where she grew up in Maryland. During this time she also found her first summer job before college as a dog walker in DC. While studying Photography and Video in Cleveland she made the decision to pursue a career working with dogs. Since then she has gained a lot of experience out in the field, pet sitting, and working in dog day cares. She has earned certifications in dog training, dog walking, Pet First Aid/CPR, and she is dedicated to continued education.
Her hobbies/interests are music, weight lifting and calisthenics, math and personal finance.
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Capitol Hill, East Lake

I am a pet lover, no matter the breed or size and would love to come play, walk, run with, or just hang out with your pet! I am very physically active, so working with larger animals is no problem and I am happy to give those hyperactive dogs extra exercise with long runs! I have owned senior dogs and cats in the past and have a soft spot for those older animals.

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Rachel B.

N. Beacon Hill, Beacon Hill, Columbia City, Mt. Baker, Rainier Valley

For 22 long Midwestern winters Rachel dreamed of trading in her parka for a light raincoat, and after completing her degree in psychology and art therapy in her exotic homeland of Ohio she decided it was time to make that dream a reality. She spent three good years working in direct service with Seattle’s low-to-no income population and is now going on her second year providing the city’s animal population with love and affection! She believes that the purpose of a human life is to love whoever is around to be loved, and that education is liberation. When she’s not making goofy faces at area pups you can find Rachel taking photos, drawings, over-sized macrame monstrosities, hiking, reading, and running in tiny circles with her two-year-old rabbit son, Louie.

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West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Columbia City

Imaj is a Seattle native, having lived her whole life in the area.  She attended South Seattle Community College where she studying psychology! Eventually she would like to be a child psychologist.

She lives by the motto “be happy when times get tough” and her friends will tell you she is kind, loyal and a little bit weird.
She loves working with pets and has had them her whole life. She feels that animals are amazing because they can understand respond to the things we say and they always give love. “It’s the best feeling to have a pet that can love you”

When she is not walking dogs she is practicing her drawing skills, she  likes to read as well as dancing when she has free time!

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West Seattle, Columbia City, Burien, N. Renton

Jack moved from Utah to Seattle specifically because he loves dogs and there are so many here. He has been working with animals since 2003 at Petsmart. Jack went on to study art and animal behavior in school and has a certification as an animal behaviorist. Jack lives by the motto – Work hard, play hard. His family would tell you he is loyal, genuinely kind and honest. To Jack, animals are family, always there when you need them. When he isn’t out walking dogs he is hiking, camping, play video games, or hanging out with his one year old daughter.



West Seattle

Rebecca (Beks) started life in Montgomery, Alabama, then moved to D.C. When she was 20. She moved to the Seattle area because she is in the U.S Coast Guard and is stationed here.  Prior to joining the Coast Guard she studied Business Management. Beks has been around animals all her life, from the moment she came home from the hospital, but she started working as a pet sitter about 11 years ago.  She loves how warm and furry they are, and how they love you no matter what.

Her life motto? Smile at everyone you see because you never know what they are going through or how much they need you see your happiness at that moment in time.

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