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.

OPERATIONS

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Jill

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 squirrel. 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, 2 cats (Chocolate & Rascal) and a dog named Lucky. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, an MBA and an M.Div. She is an avid kite flyer &  animal lover; in addition to running Hot Diggity! Seattle and Hot Diggity! Vancouver and Hot Diggity PDX.

Life Motto: “the impact we make by being compassionate and caring is more important then money or fame.  Money and fame comes and goes, but love is eternal.”  

Kathleen

Kathleen

Operations Team

Kathleen’s whole life has included the love of a variety of animals around her. She grew up in Arkansas surrounded by farms and wildlife. Her own home included horses, dogs, cats, a snake, 2 birds, and a ferret. She began working at vet clinics in highschool and continued through some of her college years, where her knowledge and love for these wonderful beings continued to grow. She would also pet sit on the side and sometimes bring home hospitalized animals overnight for extra care. Life eventually pushed her work into a different direction and she began working as a photographer. Her love for the outdoors, great food, city life, and wellness brought her to Portland. After settling into a few different jobs, she needed a bit of a change-up in her day and she honestly couldn’t think of a better way to spend her time than getting to enjoy and take care of pets again. When she is not working, Kathleen is taking full advantage of living on the west coast by enjoying hiking, coast trips, shows, great food, the arts, dancing, photography, hanging with her dog, and researching wellness.

PET CARE PROVIDERS

North Seattle Team

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Makaela

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!
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Carla

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 :)”

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Jasmine

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

Jasmine is a Michigander born and raised transplant from New Mexico.  She grew up with cats and dogs as well as the random abandoned or lost pets her family would find.  It seemed like lost or abandoned animals would find her family and they worked hard to find the animals homes.  Over the years Jasmine has become the go-to pet sitter for her friends and family but now that she is in Seattle she can help all of Hot Diggity’s clients with their pet needs!  She was trained to work with dogs and cats through the Humane Society of Huron Valley where her favorite activities were to work closely with abused pit bulls on their walking skills.  She is looking forward to working with all of your pets!

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Jessica

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

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Hallie

Queen Anne, Magnolia & South Lake Union

Hallie grew up in Kirkland, Washington, but moved to Seattle for college. She recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University where she received her undergraduate degree in Animal Behavioral Psychology. She has volunteered at an animal shelter working on both the cat and dog behavior teams and has had a passion to work with animals ever since she was young. She is currently taking University of Washington’s year long Applied Animal Behavior Certificate Program where she hopes to learn more about how to understand and interpret different animal behaviors. While she does not have a pet of her own, she frequently takes care of her family’s 14 year old Papillon who is Hallie’s best friend. Hallie loves all things outdoors, especially swimming, hiking, camping, and snowshoeing. Her other hobbies include sports, music, painting, cooking, and traveling.

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Katie

Floating Pet Sitter Queen Anne, Magnolia & Ballard areas

Katie grew up in Kingston, Washington. She moved to the Seattle area right after high school in 2007 and has been here ever since! She got a bachelor’s in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell and recently graduated with a Masters of Science Business Entrepreneurship from UW Seattle in June 2020.

Katie fostered a love for animals early on, growing up in a family with dogs and cats and pet sitting for neighbors since she was young. She loves to bring her enthusiasm, attention to detail, and appreciation of the small things to every walk or visit and getting to know your pet’s individual personality is her favorite part of the job! At home Katie loves spending time tending to her houseplant garden and watching scary movies with her two bunnies Bill & Laura and cat Boudica. If she’s not out walking dogs Katie can be found working as a barista furthering her career in specialty coffee.

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

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Victoria (Vee)

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

Vee (Victoria) calls SE Georgia home and Georgia is always on her mind. A traveler at heart, she has explored many places landing finally in Seattle. Her interests are very eclectic, she studied Administration of Justice and Law enforcement at the University of Alabama. Vee is an unapologetic animal lover. At the age of nine she had two rabbits and 6 dogs, taking care of all of them herself. She has always loved animals and often felt they are kindred spirits. A lover of the arts and the outdoors, Vee has a wicked sense of human and a passion for life.

Her life motto is “Non Desistas Non Exieris- Never Give Up, Never Surrender”

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Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, Eastlake and surrounding Areas

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West Seattle Team

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Tiff

West Seattle, White Center & North Burien

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Reagan

W. Seattle & White Center

Raised in Seattle, animals have always been an important part of Reagan’s life. At thirteen she started out watching the pets in her neighborhood, and throughout the years has worked many jobs in the animal industry. She finds joy in combining her love of photography and animals, trying to capture their personality in every photo.

After a long year during the course of the pandemic, Reagan has decided to return to school and pursue a degree in Social & Human services. She is passionate about helping others and promoting mental health awareness. She believes dogs are an important component to this and would like to find a way to integrate both into her life, and work.

Reagan has a soft spot for pit bulls (her favorite) and had to say goodbye to her own about 3 years ago. Currently she shares a dog with her ex-partner, a terrier mix named Kermit. He is about 10 years old and loves to sleep under the blankets in bed all day.

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Carla

West Seattle, White Center & North Burien

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 :)”

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W. Seattle & White Center

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