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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Operations Team

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.


North Seattle Team

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Recently new to Seattle, but born and bred to be a professional pet lover and caretaker. I have always been surrounded by pets of all kinds. Spending my toddler days following my mom around in the veterinarian office and my dad to his pet sitting clients houses. Then shortly after, my dad’s pet store business where I started my first job! I have been enjoying the company and caring for cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, donkeys, chickens, snakes, guinea pigs, turtles, and probably a few others that I forgot to mention, because like me, my family understands the importance of caring for our communities animal families.

Since moving to Seattle away from the pet business and into pet care it has been a delight and honor to get to know each animal family!


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 :)”



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

Jessica made her way to the Seattle area from Phoenix, AZ to finish a Master’s in Museology (Museum studies) at University of Washington, which she completed this last June. She has also studied Anthropology and French at Northern Arizona University for her undergrad degree. The best part about working as a pet care provider is meeting so many wonderful pets with their wildly unique personalities, and she loves the companionship that they provide their families. She grew up with a dog in the house, so has been taking caring of animals for almost her entire life. Before joining the Hot Diggity team she also worked   with animals through Rover.

Because she doesn’t currently have a pet of her own gardening has become her hobby, filling her home with plants (approximately 50 total at the moment), and Crafting- from sewing to drawing, she loves just using her free time to practice some creativity.

Magnolia, Queen Anne & Downtown Seattle Team

A happy shiba inu smiles at the camera. He wants a dog walker!

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Queen Anne, Magnolia & South Lake Union

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Belltown, First Hill, South Lake Union, Downtown & Columbia City

Originally from Woodinville Washington, James as lived in a couple different places around the Eastside, but loves the Seattle area and has no plans to move.  James has been an animal lover his whole life, his family has owned dogs and cats since before he was born. James has owned a small zoo himself, including  fish, guinea pigs, rats, and a gecko! And he just got a new puppy this November.  James started dog walking after leaving the restaurant industry, and has found that he is much more interested, and happier taking care of animals than he ever was cooking food. Dog walking has piqued an interest to potentially become an obedience trainer!

When he isn’t walking dogs, he love video games. James is also a musician ( playing the drums for 17 years).  He is also an amateur Tie-Dye artist.

Capital Hill, Lake South Union, EastLake, Central District, First District and Surrounding Areas



 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, Eastlake and surrounding Areas

Katrina moved from the California Bay Area to complete her graduate work at the University of Washington in the field of music and choral conducting.  She lives by the motto Work hard, play hard  and if pressed would say she values loyalty and kindness above all.  She loves working with her furry Hot Diggity clients because of their unwavering love and unending joy for life! She has been walking dogs and pet sitting on and off since 2010.  When she is not studying, attending classes, or walking dogs she loves to cook, swim and enjoy music.

West Seattle, Beacon Hill & Columbia City Seattle Team

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West Seattle, White Center & North Burien

Gracie is a Chicago transplant who left the windy city to study PR and Advertising at Chapman University in Southern California.  She relocated to the Seattle area to be closer to family.  Gracie grew up around all kinds of critters, horses, dogs, cats, reptiles, you name it.  She loves being around them because they live by their instincts.  Eventually she hopes to become a dog trainer.  A confident and humorous person by nature she loves watching trashy reality tv, finding new music, and photography!

A happy shiba inu smiles at the camera. He wants a dog walker!


White Center, W. Seattle, Columbia City and Beacon Hill

Rita is a recent transplant from San Francisco, California. Prior to joining the Hot Diggity Team she volunteered at a dog rescue center. She has been a foster parent for several different breeds. She enjoys taking dogs out for adventures, to dog parks, beaches, malls, and hiking while fostering. She also has experience with smaller animals like hamsters, hens, rabbits (bunnies), small birds, baby corn, and milk snakes.