Pet Care Team

Meet our dedicated pet care team. Each is an experienced pet caregiver and life-long pet lover. Furry, hairy, feathered, scaly, hoven – we love ’em all and enjoy taking great care of them when you are away.

CAROL

Area: South Hill, Puyallup
Specialties: pet sitting and boarding pets in her home

I love working with dogs, cats, and all types of pets as well as meeting new people; many of our clients have become good friends. Right now, I have no pets of my own so pet sitting and boarding gives me tremendous joy. My home has a large fenced backyard and I treat every dog as if he or she was my own. I joined the team in 2008. I love being part of the Kelly’s Creature Comforts team; we have the same passion for pets and customer service.

KELLY

Area: Buckley
Specialties: dogs, cats, horses, chickens, fish, birds – you name it.

Founded Kelly’s Creature Comforts in 2001

I love animals and always have. As a kid, I had all kinds of pets – caterpillars, guinea pigs, fish, frogs and, of course, cats and dogs. I was thrilled to be a junior handler showing our collies in conformation. Over the years, I have owned parrots, dogs, cats, and horses.

My first jobs were in the pet industry; first, at a pet store for eight years then for two years at a veterinary clinic. As I got older I thought I should do something more “grownup” so I became a computer programmer for many years. I realized I couldn’t imagine living my life in an office so I explored my career options in the pet care industry. I decided on pet sitting. Pet sitting was a fairly new industry when I started in 2001 so I worked my regular job while building my pet sitting business on the side. After seven years I began adding employees.

My goal has always been to help as many people as I could by employing amazing people who care for our amazing clients! Our dog resort opened in 2019, adding to our ability to provide the different kinds of care needed by our client’s pets. I continually look for ways to make it better for our employees and our clients; caring for pets is truly my life’s passion!

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to volunteering for several great local organizations. I did outreach for Tacoma Humane Society, helped Auburn Valley Humane Society get their walk program in place, and volunteered as a family farm docent at Woodland Park Zoo.

MIKE

Areas: Ruston, Tacoma (north of 6th Ave.)
Specialties: pet sitting, exercise, and farm calls

I’ve always been an animal lover.  Got my first dog Rocky (Shephard-Lab mix) when I was 6.  And so it began… a never ending menagerie of dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, fish, tortoise, etc.  Robin and I have finally scaled down to only 2 dogs and 2 cats in our home here in Ruston.  We are fortunate to live just 3 blocks from Point Defiance and the Zoo.

Growing up in the Midwest, I lived near animal farms and horse farms, and always found ways to help out while I was in school.  I even worked as a divot-fixer at the polo matches my uncle managed. Following college, I began my career as a school teacher near Chicago (Bears / Cubs fan here). During the summers, I worked with a dog trainer for the Chicago police K-9 units – I learned a lot!

It’s been my great pleasure to serve Kelly’s Creature Comforts customers and their pets since 2017.  I’m comfortable with pretty much any species, breed or size. I love the huggable ones and can handle the challenging ones.  More than one at a time… happy to help!  The care and safety of your pets is always my #1 concern.

I am a bit of a photo bug and enjoy taking pics and vids of your pets to share with you while I am caring for them.  It’s a real treat when clients share their family (pets, too) photos with me when I’m not sitting or walking with them.  Makes me feel like I’m part of it.

If you would like to meet and see if you think I could be a good fit for your pets and you’re scheduling needs, please get in touch with Kelly’s to arrange a visit.

NADINE

Areas: Bonnie Lake, Buckley, Northeast Lake Tapps
Specialties: dogs, cats, and horses

When I was a year old, my dad put me on a horse.  I’ve been in love with horses ever since and am passionate about caring for and working with animals of all kinds. I’ve had dogs and cats and currently have two horses, Salena, a 27 year old paint, pinto, Arabian mare, she’s been my heartbeat, and Hustler, an 8 year old paint.

In 2010, after working in the corporate world and as a volunteer EMT, light search and rescue, and neighborhood preparation trainer for FEMA, I became permanently disabled as a result of several significant health challenges, I love working with Kelly’s Creature Comforts. It enables me to care for animals and is flexible enough that I can work around the constraints of my disability. Kelly is amazing to work with. When I’m not caring for beloved pets, my husband and I ride our Harley Davidson’s; mine’s a three-wheeler, due to my disability.  We love to travel and if I could take my horse with me on my trike, I would be in heaven!

PEGGY

Areas: Lake Tapps/Lakeland Hills
Specialties: pet sitting, exercise and farm calls

I enjoy interacting with all animals. I grew up with one dog in the house. When I left home, I acquired exotic birds, tarantulas, fish, a boa, a goat, dogs, horses and a donkey. My first real employment was at a veterinary clinic. I felt right at home with all of the variety of patients that needed medical attention. Now I have fun caring for my Boxers and a rescue Chihuahua who keeps the Boxers in line and all of my client’s babies. The world is a much better place because of animals! I’ve been working with Kelly’s Creature Comforts since 2019.

SHARON

Areas: Buckley, Bonnie Lake, Lake Tapps, and Lakeland Hills
Specialties: dog walking, pet sitting, dog day care, and pet boarding

My brother was allergic to fur and feathers so we grew up with unconventional pets. We had fish, turtles, lizards, and even a caimen (relative of the alligator). Although they were fun pets, they were hard to snuggle with!  Eventually, we got dogs and cats and that led me to want to be a vet. Like many young girls, I always had a desire to work with animals in some manner. Even though that dream never came true, I found the next best thing … working for Kelly’s Creature Comforts where I get to care for variety of animals – dogs, cats, birds, turtles, lizards, fish, sheep, horses, chickens and turkeys!  Some of my client’s dogs stay with me while their humans go on vacation or business trips.  When I have “house guests” we have lots of fun playing fetch, doing zoomies around the pasture, and on warm summer days, playing in our doggie pool! In addition to scaly and slithery pets, I have had a parrot, parakeet, cats, dogs and chickens. I cannot imagine not having a pet in my home – I love them all – furry, feathered, and scaly – be it my pet or yours!

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