Little Furry Things Staff

Jill Seward, CCS, UW-AAB

Owner, Puppy and Adult Dog Training Specialist

Love of animals truly brings people together! Founder Jill turned her enthusiasm for her own dogs into a full time occupation, and has enjoyed building her team of animal caregivers. She is proud of the excellent service they provide, and invests time into training them and ensuring they continue to provide top notch quality pet care.

When not in the office or field for LFT, she can be seen at local seminars, dog training classes, and on the dog agility field. She trains and competes with her dogs, Elly – 9 and Cheddar – 4, and teaches agility at the Ahimsa Dog Training. The only non related dog activity she has is training her cats….and her husband of course, although that is mainly maintenance at this point.

She graduated valedictorian from the Seattle School of Canine Studies in 2009 (CCS) and obtained an applied animal behavior certificate from the University of Washington in 2015, (UW-AAB).

Special Qualifications: Certified in Pet First Aid, CCS, UW-AAB

Favorite Breed: Mutts, Terriers, Aussies, and Cattle Dogs (RED!)


Alix B.

Dog Walker, Cat Specialist

Alix grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and got her BA in Religious Studies from Oberlin College in 2010. After graduating, she spent 2011 sailing a Wauquiez Pilot Saloon from Ensenada, Mexico to Maple Bay, Canada. She has also lived in Austin, Baltimore, Boston, and Kentucky. Before college, she grew up with many family pets and temporary rescues, including a Persian named White Cat, a tabby named Tiger, and a corgi named Marilyn (after Marilyn Monroe, of course). In high school, she picked out a loyal German Shepherd named after Elke Sommers, the German equivalent of Marilyn. Her mother taught her the magical way with animals: kindness and patience. Alix loves discovering new creatures and expanding her pet-care knowledge with Little Furry Things. In her spare time, Alix likes to write, practice guitar, and makes the best breakfast sandwiches.

 

Special Qualifications: Team member since April 2015

Favorite Breed: German Shepherds and Corgis; mutts are great too!


Carol G.

Cat Specialist, Senior

Animals were a fundamental part of Carol’s life growing up in a rural suburb of Philadelphia. In her home she always had a cat, and all were named Tigger.  Carol completed graduate programs in both fine arts and theology, and moved to Seattle in 1985. After working in both nonprofit and private sectors for a number of years, Carol has increasingly shifted her focus to caring for the wonderful creatures who keep us human – our cats and dogs. She is especially devoted to kitten and cat care.  Carol has been with LFT for over two years and finds the relationships we have with our pets to be truly profound.

Special Qualifications: Certified in Pet First Aid, Team member since 10/2013

Favorite Breed: Any creature depicted in George Booth & Edward Gorey cartoons!


Cassandra M.

Cat Specialist

Cassandra was a young girl in elementary school when she coaxed her first cat home and boldly told her parents he would not be leaving. Her parents relented and that kitty stuck around for 16 years. She has not been without a cat (or two!) since. Cassandra earned a Criminal Law degree, worked as a dispatcher and worked in the IT field for many years. She recently earned a Cisco Data Network Certificate from Seattle College. She’s spent many hours volunteering for feline rescue and has cat sitted for many friends over the years. Her lifelong dream has been that of becoming a Cat Sitting professional. Her friends will confirm that when they are visiting between condos, it is Cassandra who barely crosses the threshold before she has a cat in her lap, even the shy ones. She spends her time with her two wonderful kitties Tazy Bear and Paddy Bear, designing jewelry, reading, working puzzles, spending time with friends and volunteering at the rescue. “Do I believe in love at first sight? Absolutely! Because I fall in love with every cat I meet!”, says Cassandra.

Special Qualifications: certified in Pet First Aid

Favorite Breed: any rescue!


Crescent S.

Office Manager

Early on, Crescent learned to appreciate the woods and riverbanks of the rural southeastern U.S. where she grew up. Native wildlife and a childhood filled with pets started her on the path of a life shared with animals. University trained as a horticulturist, Crescent worked many years in public and private gardens in the south and southwest U.S. She is now thrilled to work with the excellent people at LFT, helping to facilitate the work of staff caregivers and trainers. Now on the west coast, Crescent resides with her human family, a small flock of hens and a rascally mini Blue Heeler who has a lot to say.

Favorite Breed: each and every genetic combo!


Guy S.

Dog Walker

Guy has loved caring for animals from a young age. He grew up in North Carolina and was known at the Montessori School he attended as the animal lover and the one who always cared for the classroom pet. Throughout high school he volunteered regularly at pet shelters and cared for his sweet Schnauzer, Fritz. In college, his career shifted towards the culinary arts, but he’s always found a way to include animal care in his free time or at his job – he was a Sous Chef at a farm-to-table restaurant where he raised pigs. He also cared for goats, pigs, and various poultry breeds at Green Mountain Girls farm. Guy relocated to Seattle in September of 2016 and is excited to share his new home with his pug-buddy Fred.

 

Favorite Breed: Wheaton Terriers, Portuguese Water Dogs, Terrier mixes, Pit Bulls and little fluff ball Pomeranians


Janey W.

Dog Walk Scheduler

Janey is a native Seattleite and has lived all around the city. As a toddler, a black lab slept in her crib. At the age of 5 she begged to keep a small orange kitten who then lived with her for the next 20 years. Growing up she lived with more labs, a poodle, a beagle, several mixed breed dogs, rabbits, chickens, and a horse. As an adult she has shared her life with a beautiful mixed breed dog, several boxers, and two more very long lived cats. Janey adores animals and has never lived without a pet. She is passionate about positive training methods and learning about canine behavior. She enjoys training her dogs and has competed in agility trials since 2000. She also plays with her pups in obedience, rally, lure coursing and nosework.

 

Favorite Breed: the Working Group


Jessie F.

Dog Walker, Training Specialist, Senior

Since she was very little, Jessie dreamed of working with animals. She has spent time volunteering with organizations such as ADI (Assistance Dog Institute) and Changing Rein (Equine-assisted therapy).

Even as a child, she was the kind of person who could enter a home and immediately bond with any and all animals inside. It was commonplace to be warned, “Oh, my dog isn’t friendly…” only to find the dog already curled up on Jessie’s lap! It was while she was getting her BA in Psychology that Jessie got serious about animal behavior and training. Since 2011, Jessie has been working as a dog trainer in one capacity or another. Now with LFT, she is putting her educations and good humor to work caring for all the dogs and cats in her care. Currently, Jessie has no pets of her own, so she loves having a job that allows her to dote on so many wonderful animals.

Favorite breeds: Gordon Setters, English Labrador Retrievers, Pit Bulls, French Bulldogs and all cats (especially the talkative ones!)

Favorite Breed: Gordon Setters, English Labrador Retrievers, Pit Bulls, French Bulldogs and all cats (especially the talkative ones!)


Jesse Z.

Dog Walker, Cat Specialist

Jesse has been an avid animal lover her whole life. From the time she could crawl she was chasing after everything with four (or more) legs. Young Jesse enjoyed catching snakes, kissing frogs, putting her hair in pigtails and pretending to be a puppy until her parents finally gave in and brought home a real dog – Sasha – a lab/golden mix. Her house was the go-to home for animals in need of shelter. Whether it was bottle feeding an abandoned runt of the litter, an orange and white Maine Coon ironically named Sher Khan who grew to become a 25 lb behemoth, helping neighbors raise surprise puppies, or pet sitting every dog and cat in the neighborhood – Jesse was always at hand to help. When she was 9 – Jesse began volunteering in numerous animal shelters – walking dogs, socializing cats, and caring for critters of all kinds. This self acclaimed daughter of Wisconsin and cheese head moved to Seattle with her human and their rascal tabby – Jetpack – to be in the stunning mountain and sea surrounded city. After nearly a decade painting murals for a special needs group home company – she’s finally making her passion for pets a career by caring for the furry friends of LFT.

Favorite breeds: Any and all – big or small, especially mystery mutts (particularly a border collie terrier mix named Sherman), retrievers and Manx and Maine Coons

Favorite Breed: Any and all - big or small, especially mutts (particularly a border collie terrier mix named Sherman), retrievers and Manx and Maine Coons


Kathy R.

Dog Walker, Cat Specialist, Senior

Kathy has been a lifelong pet lover and caregiver. She attributes her pet loving personality to her parents. Not only did her family have their own dogs, they often became a foster family to neighborhood strays. Following her family’s tradition, Kathy took in a stray kitten with the intention of fostering him until finding a loving home. Knux, the street kitten, has not left Kathy’s side since his paws first stepped into her home over a year ago. Kathy has previous experience as a doggy daycare attendant, professional dog walker and pet sitter. When not providing pet care or creating new toys for Knux to destroy, Kathy enjoys outdoor adventures, film and photography.

Favorite Breed: Pit Bulls and muttly rescues!


Maureen L.

Dog Walker, Cat Specialist

Maureen has been working in animal care since 2001, covering a range of positions such as Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer at PAWS, vet assistant at small animal practices, including an emergency vet hospital, dog walker, and handler at doggie daycares. She also volunteered on a sea turtle preservation project in Costa Rica. She currently own two cats, Luna the gray tabby, and Falufel, the black long hair, and also has 3 chihuahuas, 2 of which are geriatric rescues. She is a 2015 graduate of Antioch University, with a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts with a focus on Environmental Science; and is also the mama of a precocious young son, Finn. Working with animals is one of the most rewarding things she has done because there is so much room for growth and learning, and dogs are especially fascinating in their similarities to humans. She has a soft spot for older dogs, but loves them all. When not caring for animals Maureen loves dancing, gardening, creating comics, and other creative endeavors.

Special Qualifications: Certified in Pet First Aid

Favorite Breed: Grey muzzled dogs


Michelle B.

Cat Specialist

Like most of our caregivers – Michelle’s love for animals began at an early age. She grew up nurturing cats, dogs and several pocket pets. Today she is the proud parent of one kitty and one guinea pig. She loves to take in abandoned animals. The several years running that Michelle has spent volunteering at a Shoreline cat shelter is a natural fit for her. There she is able to foster her love for the kitties while learning more about feline behavior. She cherishes the time she is able to spend with the dogs of her friends and family and is always happy to take a walk with a canine buddy. 

Favorite breed: French Bulldogs and any cat!

Favorite Breed: French Bulldogs and any cat!!


Michelle G.

Cat Specialist

Michelle has been a cat lover from the time she was born, starting with her childhood Siamese cat and now her cats Milo, Mika and Allie. Michelle has lived in the Seattle area her entire life and is thankful to have grown up in such a beautiful place. She has worked in the legal industry for over 16 years and love her job. Her hobbies include spending time with her friends and family, going to movies and comedy shows, having game nights, and traveling. During the summer you’ll find her on the deck with her husband and cats enjoying the sunshine and beautiful sunsets. In the evenings, her favorite place to be is on the couch with a cat curled up on her lap. She truly loves caring for her cats and is happy to provide the same love and care to the cats of fellow pet parents.

 

Favorite Breed: loves all her furry friends equally


Rebecca T.

Dog Walker, Cat Specialist

Rebecca’s life with animals truly began when she convinced her parents to let her adopt Cooper, an 8 year old Golden/Border Collie mix in 2009. After college, she decided to start working toward a life with all animals, encompassing health, wellness, and entertainment. Her long term goal is to have the resources and capabilities to rescue and rehabilitate as many lives as possible with a foundation built on force free positive reinforcement and bonding through trust. She has acquired 3 years of hands on experience working for dog daycares in Cleveland, OH and Tacoma, WA, as a professional pet care provider for dogs and cats in Washington D.C., and is currently working toward Dog Trainer Certification in Seattle, WA.

 

Favorite Breed: Rebecca fell in love with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at a daycare. This was the first dog to make her understand the desire of being a mother. Of course she is always partial to Golden Retriever or Border Collie mixes!


Robin R.

Field Manager, Dog Walker, Cat Specialist

Robin has lived in her home in the Central District for 20 years with her spouse and twelve year old son. They live with six chickens, a bevy of quail, two indoor and five semi-feral outdoor cats and four fish. She loves all animals and grew up in the country with dogs, cats, cattle and horses.  She has worked professionally for many years as a baker and pastry chef since graduating with a BA in Urban Studies. After a lifetime of caring for her own animals and friends’ animals, she has finally made the change to caring for animals full-time. Over the years, she has lived with Doberman Pinchers, Pit bulls, a Saint Bernard and an Australian Shepherd.  She often helps friends and neighbors with cat and dog care along with other animals including hosting her neighbor’s Chow and six newborn puppies for two months.  She was the main parent caregiver for an assortment of critters at her son’s school–chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, frogs and a bearded dragon. She has done extensive work in her neighborhood with feral cats including coordinating spaying/neutering and finding homes for adoptable kittens. When not caring for her own and others animals she enjoys watching movies, reading, gardening and backpacking with her family.

Special Qualifications: certified in Pet First Aid, Team member since Jan 2015

Favorite Breed: All! Every animal has its own unique personality and beauty.


Samantha L.

Dog Walker, Cat Specialist

Samantha grew up nurturing rescues in her native New York, volunteering for local animal shelters and working at a kennel while still in high school. She graduated from Gallaudet University with double majors in Graphic Design and Photography, and for the next half decade, continued to work with animals as a pet sitter, dog walker, and overnight sitter. Samantha moved to Seattle in 2015, and continues her work caring for animals in the Emerald City. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, photography and the arts. She lives at home with two fellow humans and four awesome dogs. www.samileeliddickstudio.com

 

Favorite Breed: French Bulldog, Australian Shepherd and Hounds!


Stefanie B.

Dog Walker, Cat Specialist

Stefanie lives in Edmonds with her husband and three beloved “fur babies”. One of her greatest joys is taking her dog, Kobe, a Norwegian Elkhound, for long walks while exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Stefanie adopted her two cats, Coco (a seal point Himalayan) and Halo (a gray tuxedo), from a shelter in Kirkland in 2007. After graduating with a BA in Communications, she spent 10 years working various jobs in Seattle’s tech industry. In 2016, Stefanie decided to go back to school to pursue a web design certificate from Bellevue College. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking and swimming. 

 

Special Qualifications: certified in Pet First Aid

Favorite Breed: Norwegian Elkhounds, Dachsunds, Samoyeds, Bulldogs