Press and Testimonials


Cookie enjoys getting pet by her dog walker

“HDD has been so helpful to us! This is the first and only place we’ve used since moving to Portland nearly 10 years ago. I had beloved pet sitters in the town we moved from and was really nervous about finding someone here in the ‘Big City’. I was impressed from the first phone call, then the initial meeting with my pet sitter, and so on. Each sitter assigned to us has been professional and compassionate. The office team is awesome and super helpful. I recommend Hot Diggity! often and have appreciated the kindness of everyone, especially when my husband was laid off (and the owner gave us some complimentary walks). If I were super wealthy I would help fund you! Thank you so much for all the hard work!”

–Renee K., client since 2009  

“Hot Diggity! is like fine wine, they just keep getting better with age!”

–Scotti C., client since 2009

A happy dog on a walk in a Portland neighborhood with his dog walker
Bear and Brigetta are two dogs who love Hot Diggity's dog walking service in Portland

“I love the pictures, notes and comments that come to my email from my dog walker after every walk. Even though I haven’t met each of my pet sitters, the portal messages help me build a personal relationship with each of them.”

–Lori K., client since 2014

“Your genuine love for Toby and Pooch is touching. During my recent trips to the hospital your team continued to serve us despite being behind on my payments. Thank you so much for your care.”

–Craig H., client since 2015

Toby pants while on a walk with his dog walker in Portland
Kaia looks up at her dog walker on the streets of Portland

“I absolutely love what you have done with the client portal. The communication is great: seeing photos and messages in real-time confirms the walk and makes my day to see my pets happy faces! It makes scheduling and paying so easy. Nothing gets forgotten and I know within a few days we’re paid in full. I love the automation.”  

–Michelle T., client since 2010

“Amazing team! Great communication! I would never trust anybody else.”

Danielle S., client since 2015

Loki plays in the grass with his dog sitter and dog walker
Penny looks up lovingly to their dog sitter at home in Portland instead of at a dog boarding facility

“Thank you for being such amazing pet sitters and treating my animals as your own. We love you guys and will be customers forever.”

Rosemarie C., client since 2012

“We really love the service we get from Matt and the special care he has made to bond with our shy dog, Vera. Our other dog, Conrad, has a GI condition and Matt has made certain to keep him out of things in the yard he shouldn’t eat. Consistency is important to us, and while we know it is sometimes not possible, thank you for doing your best with that for us. Once we move to Milwaukee (and lose Matt), we are hopeful we will find another walker through Hot Diggity! who will be able to establish the same trusting bond with our pups.  It is reassuring that we’ll be able to continue with Hot Diggity!, even though it means starting fresh with a new walker. You have given us great confidence and trust in the care you provide. We are 110% satisfied with your service on every level.”

–Debra F., client since 2016

Conrad is a cute dog who loves his dog walker in Portland
Linus, a cute cocker spaniel, enjoys going on fall walks with his dog walker

“I really like seeing a picture of my dog on a walk!  It’s fun to see my buddy while I’m at work, comforting to know my pet sitter was there, and reassures me correct dog had on the correct harness, etc. I’m very happy with all the walkers I’ve had”

Sandy L., client since 2016

“I used them to walk my dog when I broke my arm a few years ago. They were so kind and consistent. My dog was stoked every time they came to see her. I was always impressed with their service.

I am now using Hot Diggity! again because of a busy schedule and a second dog. It is even better than I remember! They send me pictures and summaries after every walk, which make me feel much more connected to my dogs and less guilty about being so busy. Our dog walker, Alex, gives them treats and takes them out in the backyard if they didn’t go during the walk. They are also much better on a leash now than they were before he started showing up, so I think he might even be training them. And it is far more affordable to do this with 2 dogs than it is to take them to daycare.

I would highly recommend this service!”

— Ella S., client since 2015

Two dogs go on a walk with their dog walker in Portland
Anthony the cat hangs out with his cat sitter in Portland, Oregon

“I’m so happy your service exists here in Portland… don’t know what we would do if we had to go back to random sitters… thanks again!”

— Anthony T., client since 2015

“We started using Hot Diggity! regularly last winter/spring for midday potty breaks for our two Chihuahuas during the week, and sometimes if we’re gone for long periods on weekend days. They were recommended by friends who use them periodically, and we’re so grateful to have found them! They have always been able to get someone over here for our pups, even a few times when we’ve had to make REALLY last minute requests and changes. We rotated through a few different walkers when we first got on board, but I think they do their best to send the same person each time. We now have a steady guy (which really helps our shy girl) and both of our dogs seem to have really bonded with him judging from the pictures he sends. I love the emails he sends us with a little note about what occurred during the visit, along with a picture or two. It give us great peace of mind knowing that someone trustworthy is coming to give our little ones their potty break and lots of loves! Makes it much easier going to work knowing they will be looked in on by Matt while we’re gone. Great company and great service!”

— Deb F., client since 2016

Cute dog Vera looks out the window with her dog walker and pet sitter
A dog looks around a wide field while on a walk with their dog walker in a Portland neighborhood

“My poor dog made a mess during the storm my dog sitter went above and beyond to clean it up and also gave me a heads up that he got sick!!!!”

— Mary T., client since 2014

“We just wanted to let everyone know that Stefani at Hot Diggity! in Portland is amazing!  

We have a dog reactive dog, Molly, who is also very shy when meeting new people.  On her first visit, Stefani was already able to pet Molly for short periods and was able to get her to sit, lie down, and go to her crate.  Stefani’s demeanor was so calm, she immediately put our dog at ease.  

Since we started having Stefani dog sit when we travel, our shy Molly has become so much less shy about having new people come to the house!  Molly had such a great time playing with and getting pets from our last in town visitor and we have Stefani to thank for it.  Hot Diggity is also very understanding about always sending Stefani to our house unless they contact us first if a substitution is needed.  

Pet sitting with Stefani at Hot Diggity! has been such an asset in our lives!  We highly recommend!”

— Nicci W., client since 2016

A cat sits happily in a hammock while being watched by their cat sitter
A senior dog happily lays on his dog bed, happy to be home with his pet sitter instead of at a dog boarding facility

“We are very happy with Whitney.  She takes excellent care of our dog when we are away and ensures our house is secure the entire time.  I also really appreciate the frequency and level of communication.  She’s a star!”

— Caroline C., client since 2016

“I’ve been using Hot Diggity! for a year and a half now.  These good folks are reliable … which is my most important criteria.  Even the couple of times when I’ve screwed up and neglected to put the key in the lockbox, they have persisted in reaching me to find an alternate way in.   I always recommend them to anyone who asks me about pet-sitting.   

As a side note …. when I found myself in need of a regular pet visitor, I went back and forth about whether to hire a service, or an individual pet walker.  I finally decided to go the route of a service, to avoid the situation where my one-and-only pet visitor was ill, or wanted to go out of town, etc.  I’m glad I went this route; and I’m glad to be using Hot Diggity!”

— Kathryn E., client since 2013

Cute dogs gather together for their dog walker
An elderly senior dog named Penny is pet by his dog sitter

“Stephanie is amazing. We’ve never met her but feel like she’s part of the family. Whenever she’s our sitter, we don’t even worry. We know she’ll care for our pets just as we would (if not better!). When we come back from a trip, our pets don’t even care that we’re home, that’s how well she takes care of them.”

Rosemarie C., client since 2012

“The Hot Diggity! team is amazing. I mainly get to work with Belinda as my cat sitter and she is awesome. Takes great pictures to let me know my cats are ok and gives them a ton of great care. They’re really warmed up to her too which I really love.”

— JD H., client since 2016

A cat plays with their cat sitter
A dog plays ball with their dog walker

“Sarah and Stefani are fantastic. We’ve going on a longer vacation this Spring than we usually take, because we feel so confident that our pets are well cared while we are away.

Thanks so much for being so consistently reliable and awesome.”

Elisa M., client since 2012

“My cat loves Starla!  I think she wants me to go out of town more often.”

— Kris T., client since 2011

A cat rolls over to be pet by their cat sitter

“I have used their cat sitting service SO many times in the past year and I honestly couldn’t be happier.  I was in NYC for a month for work and one of my kitties was literally on death’s door just a few days prior to my departure – we spent 2 days at Dove Lewis worried sick about her.  She’s a pretty aggressive cat, which added to my worry.  Brittany was SO thoughtful during my time away – she gave me constant updates and definitely put my mind at ease.  All of my other trips away and the coinciding pet sitting visits have gone very, very well – I’m a loyalist to Hot Diggity! and have recommended you guys to all of my friends. thank you again!”

Elise A., client since 2014

“I recently went out of town for 2 days and needed a dog sitter for my dog Jackson.  Jax is a rescue that I adopted 6 months ago and this would be the first time that I would have left him for a trip out of town.  He has a cone on his head from a hotspot and I was nervous about his care and possible anxiety from being left behind, so I definitely didn’t want to put him in a dog boarding facility.

In came Starla from Hot Diggity to squelch my concern. She met me and Jackson in our home prior to the trip, learned his routine and put me at ease.  While I was out of town, she sent updates and pictures of a happy dog to further increase my confidence in his care.  

I returned home to a happy, well cared for dog and a commitment to use Hot Diggity again.  I highly recommend this service!”

Lisa A., client since 2010

“I use Hot Diggity! for their dog walking. Their best feature are their people, who are concerned about the welfare for their 4-legged client and his owner. They are are fantastic at communicating and my mind is always at ease that they’ll let me know if something comes up. If you’re considering using a dog walker, I initially went with Hot Diggity! because I couldn’t find anyone else who had a back-up system in case the primary dog walker cannot make it. You can trust these folks.”

Alisa O., client since 2012

Recent Press

Hot Diggity! was named a 2018 winner! “Handpicked top 3 best dog walkers in Portland, Oregon. 50-Point Inspection includes customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and their general excellence. You deserve the best!”
– Three Best Rated

Thanks to our clients’ love and support, we were voted the #1 Best Dog Walkers in the Willamette Week Best of Portland contest! We’re so grateful to all of our Hot Diggity! family and we’re so happy to be able to provide you with certified award-winning service.

In 2017 Hot Diggity! was named a 2017 American Express Card Member Favorite!

Hot Diggity! has won a coveted Spot Magazine Top Dog award yet again for Best Dog Walker/Pet Sitter 2017. This follows our previous Spot Magazine Top Dog awards from 2015, 2012, 2011, and 2009.

– Spot Magazine

See our great dog walking and pet sitting reviews on Angie's List!

Hot Diggity! Dog Walking + Pet Sitting has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews local service companies.

– Angie’s List

“Begun in Southeast Portland in 2000, this full-service, in-home pet-sitting empire now extends to Austin, Las Vegas, and Seattle. But they still need just 72 hours’ notice to reserve time for your pal.”
– Portland Monthly

Portland monthly
Spot Magazine gave Hot Diggity! several awards over the years for our stellar pet care, dog walking, pet sitting, and cat sitting services in Portland, Oregon

“Doesn’t their name just sound like fun? Dependable. Personable. Friendly. Oh, and guaranteed availability for established clientele. What more could you ask for? Hot Diggity is out and about walking and caring for clients in Portland, Lake Oswego, Clackamas, West Linn, Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Vancouver, and beyond (waay beyond: they’ve got clients in Austin, TX!). The menu lists many services, including, to name just a few: dog walking, running, pet sitting (drop-in care up to four times per day), house-sitting, family-style pet boarding, pet taxi, and even housekeeping. Ten years and counting in business, Hot Diggity is licensed, bonded, insured, is experienced in pet first aid, and is a Portland Metro pet community staple. Learn more at”
– Spot Magazine