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 for our open dog walking jobs. 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 worked for PugetPets for several years. Her husband recently retired so they moved to Oregon, and although Camilla no longer walks dogs for us, she has stayed on to write wonderful blogs for our web page! Check out her postings on our blog page!
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.
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.
Leti is an experienced dog walker and pet sitter. Leti’s dad is a canine police officer , so Leti grew up with trained and in-training police dogs. She has a passion for all animals and a very gentle touch. She is one of our most requested dog sitters for overnights.
Eileen is a Seattle native, and as she puts it, loves to walk and has never minded the rain! She has always had her own animals, and has been the care person for several family members’ pets. She is also a Foster parent, a natural caretaker. She enjoys doing dog walks while the kids are in school.
Katy moved here from Maine where she was a professional dog walker and also worked at a dog boarding facility. She is very thorough and works hard, and she loves her PugetPets’ dogs. She also does cat visits for us, and she enjoys doing several overnight services each month. She is highly requested as a sitter.
Kinzie helps PugetPets out as a substitute walker and cat sitter. She has her own clients, and her own dogs. She recently had a special needs dog.
Kellie has always had her own dogs and has a lot of experience walking, she has walked dogs for several years.
Lilly worked for the Humane Society and managed a boarding facility in another city. She has come on to PugetPets staff in a semi-management position. She has her regular dog walk clients, and also helps with client meetings and other administrative tasks, and helps owner Kelly with daily management.
Lucas grew up with dogs and has a real knack for making friends with the pups. We call him the Dog Whisperer, because he won over Cagney on his first meeting with her. Cagney takes a very long time to warm to new people, but immediately greeted Lucas with a tail wag and a lick! Lucas is our specialty dog walker for a high-end building where he does walks for several clients.
Camden grew up with Labradors as pets and he is great with all dog breeds but knows the big dog breeds well. His grandfather was a veterinarian in Spokane and Camden spent many hours helping out at his clinic, walking dogs and helping with other pet care.
Lowen is one of our staff who does a lot of overnight sitting services for PugetPets. She is caring and thorough in her care for the pets and her care for the owner’s homes.
Contact us today to learn more about our team and schedule a pet service.