Meet the Hot Diggity! Vancouver 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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Co-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, 4 cats (Apollo, 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.

Hunter, the founder and head of Hot Diggity! Dog Walking and Pet Sitting in Portland, Oregon


Co-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.”

Cat sitter turned Marketing Coordinator, Miriam!


Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

Fresh out of college with a degree in Economics, Miriam is a Portland native, dog owner, tea lover, and artist. Before joining Hot Diggity!’s marketing team she also worked as a cat sitter from time to time and grew up with cats. She currently owns an adorable trouble-maker of a labradoodle whose chief obsession is a strong game of fetch whilst conquering the most expansive dog parks in Oregon. When her hands aren’t busy tossing toys to her pooch, you can find her spreading the word about Hot Diggity! through a variety of mediums: digital, print, community outreach and events. Outside of work, Miriam spends a good deal of time listening to podcasts, watching Star Trek, and drawing. You can find her work on Instagram and on her website.

Life Motto: “Qapla’!”




NW Vancouver / Salmon Creek / Orchards 

Carmen moved to Vancouver from Spokane, WA to support her husband’s blossoming music career.  She has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration and is a certified dog trainer.

To say that Carmen is an animal lover, doesn’t do her justice.  As she explains it “I love taking full advantage of the possibility to communicate and coexist with other species and I like to think of it as learning a whole different language by figuring out the best way to communicate. I love learning how smart animals are and how they think and survive.”  Carmen started volunteering at the local Humane Society at the age of 14, performing personality assessments on new dogs. That is when she found her passion of working with dogs and helping them find the perfect home.  When she isn’t training dogs, or hiking with her two dogs she loves barrel racing.

Carmen’s motto “A smile goes a long way”



Hazel Dell / Fort Vancouver / Downtown Vancouver / Uptown Vancouver / Minnehaha

Erica grew up all over the country, but has called the Pacific Northwest home for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Hot Diggity Team she studied Massage at the Cedar Mountain Center For Massage. Erica embodies high energy and a passion for justice, when not working she is actively engaged with many nonprofit organizations, making a difference in the world.  She has an animal lover from an early age.  Her first pet was Tiny Tim, the turtle. Years later she graduated to Dalmatians, when I was 14.  The best thing about have animals in your life is that they remind us what is important, how to be in the moment and to experience unconditional love.

Erica’s life motto? Treat others as you wish to be treated.

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Paola!


Cascade Park/ Northeast Portland

After years of pet 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 everyday. It’s clear that Paola loves doggies and the work she does!” -Amber M.

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Aaron


Downtown /Uptown/Fort Vancouver

Aaron lives a life of adventure. He enjoys spending time outdoors the most doing activities such as hiking, camping, snowboarding, and exploring the northwest while capturing his experiences through photography. Growing up around animals and having a big heart for all sorts of furry friends, Aaron quickly found a joy in pet sitting, hanging with sweet kittens, and walking dogs of all shapes and sizes. Working with Hot Diggity! is a perfect match.

“Aaron, Thanks so much for everything — Homer seems super chill and totally happy to have been home all this time! Thanks for keeping the house in order and for the delicious brownies, too! What an awesome bonus!” -Ben B.

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Dannielle!


Minnehaha/Mill Plain

Dannielle is an Oregonian who grew up on a ranch outside of Forest Grove with dogs, horses, cows, and chickens. After a six-year stint in Seattle where she met her husband, Dannielle moved right back to her beloved home state of Oregon. A pet sitter since age twelve, Dannielle’s longest pet sit was for a full year as her client served time in the military. An avid traveler, concert-goer, and adventure-seeker, Dannielle loves all animals and cherishes the opportunity to be a voice for them!

“My pets were so relaxed and happy when I came home. Dannielle did excellent work. I really appreciated and enjoyed all the lovely photos she took. I share them with my friends and folks I meet all the time.” -Heidi G.

Portland Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Tess



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.

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