The Sitters was founded in 2003 by Jill W. Edson. Jill’s passion for animals began as a young child. She has loved and adopted various combinations of pets all her life including large, medium, and small dogs; cats; guinea pigs, rabbits and mice; small birds; turtles, fresh water fish and African dwarf frogs. Jill also has been in love with horses since she was too small to reach the stirrups!
Today Jill has one dog (Chow-Lab Mix), and a large handsome brown & gray British Shorthair tabby cat…both adopted from the Tacoma Humane Society.
When preparing to graduate from high school, Jill wanted to be a veterinarian. At the time, the University of Wisconsin had a large animal program that upon interview let Jill know that she was “just too small” to do that type of work. Instead, Jill earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, and worked as a Registered Nurse for many years. Next, Jill completed a Master’s in Business Administration with a double major in Marketing and International Business.
Owning and operating The Sitters, a professional pet and house sitting business, for the last thirteen years is Jill’s final and favorite career. This one is inspired by her love for animals, and satisfies her life-long desire to work in their service.
The Sitters is not only a successful small independent business…but one that she truly loves.
Some of my earliest memories include caring for and enjoying the company of animals. Pets have always been part of my family. Now that I’m grown with a family of my own, my husband Jim and I call our pets our children. We share our home with shelter dogs Blixa & Rudy, and former foster rabbits Leon & Gomez. We recently designed a wildlife habitat on our Browns Point property, providing food and shelter for native songbirds, owls, squirrels, and an occasional opossum family. We hope to add a bat house to our habitat!
After 13 years as a Medical Social Worker and Certified Therapy Dog Team Leader, I found a natural transition from healthcare to animal care. Volunteer opportunities at the Tacoma Humane Society, Wolf Haven, South Sound Critter Care, and Point Defiance Zoo prepared me for this exciting and very rewarding career with The Sitters.
When I’m not sitting for your pets and caring for your home, you can find me kayaking throughout the beautiful Puget Sound , rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife, and enjoying the company of raptors, reptiles and other wild animals at Point Defiance Zoo’s Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater. Caring for animals is what makes me, me!
I have always been drawn to animals, but when our dog Frodo–a somewhat intense miniature Rat Terrier–came into my life I became interested in learning more about positive training and animal behavior. I regularly attend animal behavior seminars, Tellington T-Touch© seminars, and am currently taking Nose Work classes with one of my dogs, training in the dog sport of scent detection. I am a Northwest Regional Coordinator for New Rattitude Rat Terrier Rescue, a nationwide, non-profit rescue group. In that role, I mentor volunteers, evaluate potential foster dogs needing rescue and help a team of foster parents solve problems relating to health and behavioral issues of their foster dogs. Over the past 10 years, my family has fostered over 100 dogs, so I’m experienced working with a wide range of pet temperaments. I have a real heart for skittish and fearful dogs and often foster dogs needing behavioral rehabilitation due to lack of socialization. My husband and I have resided in the area for about 20 years and share our home with our three Rat Terriers and a foster dog. Being a pet sitter for The Sitters allows me to enjoy caring for pets in their own homes...which for me is one of the greatest pleasures!
Gold and angel fish, hamsters, parakeets, canaries, polliwogs, and Kemmie McFergus(a collie/shepherd mix), were part of my family when I was growing up. Dogs and barn cats and chickens and ducks lived on my uncle’s dairy (50 head of Holstein) farm, where we visited many summers.Gabriella (a sweet, sleek black cat) adopted me when I was a teacher of some great (multiply-handicapped) students. She and I were joined by Theo, a shepherd/Rhodesian mix, and then by Flora, a Rhodesian/hound mix. I went on to teach Sp. Ed. preschool and then kindergarten, and now am retired. My retirement companions are Amanda and Tadashi (dogs from the Humane Society), and Emma and Juniper (Tortie cats). I’m enjoying the opportunity to meet, feed, walk, play with, and otherwise care for the animals you live with and love.
Hi, my name is Kayla. After leaving my awesome career as a veterinary assistant I wanted something which gives me the freedom of working when my pet clients need me. Plus, caring for them in their own homes is much more fun than caring for them in the clinic!
I recently married my amazing husband, Garth, who owns a successful real estate firm called Park Place Properties. I`m hoping to start a family someday and having the flexibility of pet sitting assignments works for me and my extremely busy husband!
We have two beautiful fur babies. Kimber is yellow Labrador Retriever. She`s a sweet, spontaneous girl who LOVES playing ball. And, when her paws hit the sand she goes nuts! We also have a Snowshoe Siamese kitty named Bro. He`s a lover boy and a talker. He enjoys getting his nails trimmed and following me into every room. He also is a master at getting into mischief!
Growing up I was an only child, so we adopted multiple pets throughout the years. When in high school, I volunteered at Regional Pet Services of King County (which is the animal shelter in Kent). Later I worked in two veterinary clinics. I received veterinary assistant training, learned about feline and canine diseases, prepared pets for their vet exams, helped with procedures, kennel areas, and administered some medications. I`ve always loved animals!
Being a pet sitter is so interesting and brings something new every day. I`m delighted to be your sitter and I promise to be the best Auntie to your pets!