Our team of compassionate, dedicated, and trustworthy pet experts are here to help you with your dog walking and pet sitting needs.
Owner: Kelly Viergutz
Kelly is a certified veterinary technician.
She graduated from the vet tech program at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, Colorado and did her internship at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, considered one of the top three veterinary teaching hospitals in the US.
After working as a vet tech in local hospitals, Kelly joined Puget Pets in 2007 doing all pet services and then expanded her duties in the areas of hiring and service quality. In 2012, Kelly took on the ownership and leadership of PugetPets.
She puts her unique combination of skills to work for the benefit of the clients (two and four legged!), the staff, and the community. Kelly has one dog, two cats and one rather independent chicken.
Operations: Sandy Stewart
Sandy joined PugetPets in September 2012.
She has over 35 years experience as an accountant and administrative assistant. Her responsibilities at PugetPets include the accounting and much of the scheduling and administrative work. She also helps fill in on occasional dog walks and pet sits. A life-long pet owner and animal advocate, she currently has two cats.
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Pet Care Staff
Our staff is knowledgeable, personally dedicated to the individual needs of your pet and willing to go above and beyond to provide the best service. Our selection process is rigorous. Candidates respond to initial interview questions. The most promising are invited for a two-hour, in-person interview. This session covers topics that include home security, elder pet care, puppy and kitten care, medication administration, customer service and pet first aid.
Top candidates are invited for an “Assessment Day”, where we observe the candidate care for our “assessment pets” – wonderful animals with very challenging behaviors. The few candidates who meet our standards are, as a final step, thoroughly background checked by a professional investigative firm. Once on staff, PugetPets’ owner Kelly spends time on walks and visits with them, helping them get comfortable with their dog walk clients and routines.
Kristi K. Kristi is one of our pet sitting specialists. During the day she works in an office environment, but she spends many nights doing overnight stays for our clients’ dogs. She is very reliable and organized, and thoroughly enjoys her pet sitting duties.
Camilla has been working professionally with animals since 2007. That year, she started at a local dog jogging company, specializing in high-energy runs for dogs both large and small. She recently completed her studies at Bastyr University, specializing in hypnotherapy. Camilla is thrilled to balance her therapy work with her dog walking at PugetPets.
By profession, Stacy is Human Resources Manager for a leading Seattle landscape architecture firm. At PugetPets she has another identity as well: “Super Pet Sitter.” Stacy built on her years of involvement with animal rescue, and began pet sitting in 2003. She has routinely received rave reviews for the quality of her care, especially for multi-pet households and special needs animals.
Jen comes to Puget Pets with quite an interesting background in working with animals. She has loved and owned pets, as well as traveling. She lived in Hawaii, in South Africa for two years and also in the San Juans. While on her world adventures, she has worked at wildlife sanctuaries and an animal rehab clinic as well as a few zoos. She has also been a kennel assistant.
Jen has a lot of experience with many types of animals and their care, grooming, and meds as well as dog walking. Jen has enjoyed continuing her life-long love of critters while on staff at Puget Pets.
Linda is a long-time animal lover who specializes in horses, large dogs and elderly and rescue dogs. She has taken in to her home many rescue dogs and elderly dogs. She worked for 15 years as the kennel manager for a local vet hospital. Her duties included morning and evening care, feeding, grooming and medicine administration for the patients (dogs, cats and other small critters), as well as daily walks for the dogs. Her PugetPets dogs love her!
Jey is an enthusiastic addition to the Puget Pets staff. She has always had her own pets; she enjoys working with dogs and cats and being outdoors. Jey is certified in dog training, and works at that as well as her time with PugetPets. She loves to tackle the furry kids with issues or behavior problems, and working with new puppies.
Steve has done a lot of volunteer work at the Humane Society caring for pets and doing walks. He also worked for a local pet store that specializes in pet nutrition. He helped customers put together nutritional diets as well as special-needs diets. He loves critters and enjoys his outside time walking our furry Puget Pets clients! He also does many of our in-home pet services for cats, as well as overnights. He has a lot of experience administering medicines to our furry kids that need extra attention.
Anna has several years’ experience in the pet industry. She is a professional pet stylist by trade, having worked in two salons in the Seattle-Tacoma area. She also has experience with pet sitting, including overnights and a few long-term assignments. She stays busy as a dog walker at PugetPets.
Retired from his position as Seattle transportation planner, Bob stays active walking the streets of his hometown as a part-time dog walker for PugetPets. He has raised and trained Shelties for over 20 years. An advocate for animal welfare, he has also been involved with animal rescue for more than 10 years.
Prior to joining PugetPets, BJ worked for 6 years at Interbay Animal Hospital, in charge of the boarding animals. She cared for post-surgical as well as boarded pets, administering meds, feeding and exercising them. BJ has a commanding yet calm manner and is often one of PugetPets go to staff when we have a dog with anxiety or behavioral issues.
Ky is a real go-getter, he has a lot of positive energy. He had experience with dog walking and pet sitting before moving to Seattle and joining PugetPets and has fit in well with our clientele.
Katie is very energetic and hard working. She walks dogs for PugetPets and then works a night job several nights a week. Having had her own dogs growing up, and training them, gave her a love and respect for animals. She has past experience as a volunteer at a local animal shelter and also a veterinary clinic.
Casey is working on her Master’s Degree, so she helps as a substitute walker for PugetPets, and also does cat visits and overnights for us. Her family raised Labradors so she has had exposure and experience with all facets of breeding and raising and caring for dogs.
Matt is attending one of the universities in Seattle, and while working on his degree, he does substitute walks and cat visits for PugetPets. He also is one of our super overnight sitters. He works sometimes as well as a part-time nanny.
Nancy walks dogs part-time for PugetPets in north Seattle. She usually rides her bike to her walks, so she gets a lot of exercise, to keep up with an energetic lab and a puppy!
Contact us today to learn more about our team and schedule a pet service.