Hot Diggity! believes everyone deserves the love of a pet. We believe in treating our clients as we would treat ourselves, our friends, and our family. We believe our walkers and sitters are the best in the business and we strive to uphold a safe, respectful, fun, desirable place to work. Read on to meet our team of dedicated, Hot Diggity! pet care professionals.
OPERATIONS & MARKETING
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, 3 cats (Isis, 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.
TEAM LEAD / MARKETING
N. Seattle/Queen Anne/Downtown/Capitol Hill Floater and Team Lead
A native of Seattle, Jessica has traveled the country but has always called Seattle home. She worked retail for 22 years before joining the team at Hot Diggity. For 11 of those years she specialized in opening new stores, but eventually she realized it was not what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. It has always been her dream to work with animals because they are so full of love and life. As she put it, “They need me as much as I need them”. When Jessica is not walking dogs or playing with cats she is reading, crocheting, or taking pictures outdoors.
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.
Floater/North Seattle to Capitol Hill
Tamara comes from the wide open spaces of Cheyenne, Wyoming. She found her way to Seattle because she wanted to work helping people improve their lives. She also studied to be a veterinarian assistant in college. Tamara LOVES just hanging out with dogs, watching them play and interact. She is without reservation an animal lover, and finds that they help her stay in the moment. She also love taking pictures and capturing those moments in time.
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.
Laurelhurst, University, Ravenna, 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
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.”
Ballard, Phinney Hill, Wallingford, Fremont, Greenlake areas
Magnolia, Queen Anne, Ballard, Greenlake and surrounding areas
A native of Seattle, Rachel dance and English literature/creative writing at the University of Washington. She is a kindhearted person who loves to explore her creative side whenever possible. Rachel grew up with pets all her life and would often pet sit for friends and family while in high school, so she started her career as a professional pet sitter very early in life. What she loves best about animals? That they have no judgement and can shower strangers with love. They are also just plain adorable to be around.
When she is not playing with cats or walking dogs she is either dancing, enjoying music (writing, listening or playing) and writing.
Rachel’s life Moto: As long as you are learning you are still growing.
N.W. Seattle, Shoreline, Lake City and Northgate areas
Mayra is originally from Ventura, California, but she left the California coast for Seattle to be closer to family, the mountains and to be in a place that is so pet friendly. While in college Mayra studied nursing, and you can see that would be a good fit given her loving, caring nature. She has been working with animals from a very young age, when she would rescue strays and reunite lost pets with their owners. If there is one thing that she loves the most about pets it is their unconditional love. When she isn’t taking care of her Hot Diggity clients you can find her snowboarding, or gardening or playing with her dog Opie.
Mayra’s Life Moto: Live hard, love hard
Queen Anne, Downtown, Lake South Union
Gabriella is originally from Delaware but moved to Seattle in 2014 to experience the amazing culture of Seattle. She studied political science in college but chose not to pursue a career in that field. Her friends would say she is hard-working and intelligent. I love animals because they know exactly who you are and you don’t have to prove anything to them except that you love them. In her spare time she loves drinking coffee and meeting new people.
Lower Queen Anne, South Lake Union & Downtown
Mikayla was born in Bethesda, Maryland but grew up in Maple Valley, Washington all my life. She is currently enrolled at Cornish College of the Arts in the pursuit of a BFA in musical theatre. She hopes to one day perform and direct her own shows, or to teach children how to do so.
Mikayla has been working with animals since she was 6 or 7 years old! Her mother owns her own dog business, Divinity Amstaffs, and as far back as she can remember she has been helping out in some way with puppies and dogs. The best thing about dogs and cats is that every single one of them has their own personality, and that this job is basically a way to make more friends who just happen to not be human! When Mikayla isn’t studying or walking dogs she is often reading, or writing, or singing, or out for a run.
Mikayla’s life motto: Do what you love, or sit around all day and think about what you love… your choice 😉
Capitol Hill, First Hill, Madrona, Leschi, Central District
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.
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.
West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Columbia City
Kyle was born in Vancouver, WA, and moved to Pennsylvania as a teenager. Ever an adventurer, he embarked on a cross country road trip recently and ended up settling in Seattle. Kyle was raised to have love and compassion for animals by his grandfather who is a Veterinarian. Kyle was so inspired that he joined the vet field himself as a technician in 2015. In addition to his vet tech training Kyle as studied social work and animation in college.
When he isn’t walking dogs Kyle’s other hobbies include song writing and animation.
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.
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.