Little Furry Things Staff

Jill Seward, CCS, UW-AAB, CPDT-KA

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 caregivers. She is proud of their excellent service and invests time into training them, 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 – 13 and Cheddar – 7, and teaches agility at Ahimsa Dog Training. The only non-dog-related 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, CPDT-KA

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

Anne S.

Dog Walker

Anne grew up in Edmonds and had a variety of animals including horses, cats, rabbits and parakeets! She began walking her friend’s dogs after her retirement from the corporate finance world in 2014. Anne loves getting outside to spend time walking dogs. She has lived in Queen Anne for 19 years with her husband and 14-year-old son. In her free time, she likes to hike, exercise and attend her son’s sports events. Anne also likes to support Seattle’s homeless shelters by making sandwiches with her church group.

Favorite Breed: All kinds of dogs and cats!

Carol G.

Cat Specialist

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 art 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 more than five years and finds the relationships we have with our pets to be truly profound.

Special Qualifications: Certified in Pet First Aid

Favorite Breed: The breeds depicted in George Booth and Edward Gorey cartoons!

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!

Emily P.

Cat Specialist

Since childhood, Emily has been called a cat whisperer. She has owned cats her entire life, including cranky seniors, bottle-fed orphaned kittens, hyperactive Bengals and mellow love muffins. Emily enjoys studying their unique personalities and mysterious ways. Dreams of being a cat veterinarian gave way to an artistic path in life. After graduating from art school in 2014, Emily and her husband left Florida and moved to Seattle. Living without cats for the first time, she quickly took up cat sitting all over the Seattle-metro area in addition to her job as a sign artist. She gained numerous faithful clients over the years and learned many lessons from the wonderful kitties she has had the privilege to know and love. She is now owned by two crazy Somali cats and looks forward to meeting many more furry friends! She especially enjoys working with elderly cats, kittens and high-energy breeds.

Favorite Breed: Fat orange tabbies, Abyssinians, Somalis, Bengals, Ragdolls

Erica M.

Cat Specialist, Dog Walker

Erica rescued her first cat, Rumple, from an abandoned house outside of Murray St. Univ. where Erica completed her undergrad and grad degrees. They have been inseparable ever since and have traveled the country together. In 2014 they embarked on their first extended car ride from Louisville, KY to Austin, TX. In May 2016 they set out for an even longer adventure, leaving Austin and moving to Seattle.  Although Erica is a self-proclaimed cat lady, she has also rescued a German Shepherd puppy who lives back in Kentucky with her family where he has plenty of room to roam. She also rescued a black-lab mix – Storm – that she gets to bring to work with her (at Amazon). Rumple and Storm are the best of friends and love to play and cuddle! Erica has always loved animals, growing up watching Steve Irwin and Animal Planet, she hoped to one day have an opportunity to care and help animals like her idols on TV. She is very excited to finally have that opportunity and work with LFT to uphold the high standard of care and love that makes LFT great!

Favorite Breed: All types of dogs and cats, but especially Calicos, Torties, German Shepherds, Huskies and Labs.

Jamey C.

Cat Specialist

Jamey grew up in the Southeast, surrounded by animals of all kinds – including monkeys (yes, monkeys!). At a young age, she started pet sitting and house sitting with her mother. It was during those experiences that Jamey learned to care for other’s pets responsibly and with compassion. She has called the Pacific Northwest home since 2005. Jamey pet sits regularly and is currently ‘owned’ by two cats, Keepers and The Major, who adopted her in 2005 and 2017, respectively.

Favorite Breed: All!

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, Janey 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. Janey also plays with her pups in obedience, rally, lure coursing and nosework.


Favorite Breed: The Working Group

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-proclaimed 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 of painting murals for a special needs group home company, Jesse’s finally making her passion for pets a career by caring for the furry friends of LFT.

Special Qualifications: Certified in Pet First Aid, DogTec Certified Dog Walker 2017

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

Kathy R.

Dog Walker, Cat Specialist

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, but they also 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. 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!

Lisa K.

Cat Specialist

Lisa has never known life without a pet. Her current pet is Darby, a very lazy pointer/lab mix, who teaches her to slow down and enjoy each moment. An important lesson for her, as she has been a busy middle school teacher for 28 years. When she is not busy teaching or hanging out with her dog, she enjoys spending time with her two teenage “kids,” performing in community theatre, reading and baking. She finds that taking care of pets during the summer and on her breaks is a wonderful change of pace; one that is rewarding and rejuvenating for her.

Favorite Breed: Mutts!

Lisa S.

Dog Walker, Cat Specialist

Lisa grew up in a pet-friendly household. Her mom welcomed any and all animal buddies that Lisa brought home including a pair of African geese, a piebald horse, a gopher snake and too many of the rodent kind to count. Her happiest hours were spent with animals, including a cock-a-poo mutt, and her assorted Siamese and Persian cats. Lisa enjoys hiking in the beautiful Pacific NW, gardening and working on numerous house projects which never seem to get finished. She always looks forward to sharing her time, love and respect with all the wonderful new animal friends she meets while working with LFT.

Favorite Breed: All dog and cat breeds are favorites! But there is a special place in Lisa's heart for cock-a-poo mutts and crazy calico cats!

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 has also volunteered on a sea turtle preservation in Costa Rica. Maureen currently lives with four chickens and two cats, Luna (gray tabby) and Falufel (black long hair.) She also has two chihuahuas, one of which is a geriatric rescue. She is a 2015 graduate of Antioch University with a Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Environmental Science. Maureen is 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. When not caring for animals, Maureen loves dancing, gardening, creating comics and other creative endeavors.

Special Qualifications: Certified in Pet First Aid

Favorite Breed: Maureen has a soft spot for older dogs, but loves them all!

Megan D.

Dog Walker

Megan grew up in eastern Washington, but has called Seattle home since 2008. Megan started pet sitting and dog walking during their Masters program in Public Administration. Dog walking was the best job they could have imagined while in school. They enjoyed it so much, that they continued after graduation and now have 4 years of pet care under their belt. When they are not walking dogs, they are volunteering or working for local LGBTQ nonprofits, mainly managing volunteers. When it’s time to relax, Megan likes to curl up with their two-year-old pit mix, Winston John Oliver Woofington Wigglebottom, or Winny for short.

Favorite Breed: Megan has a soft spot for Pits, Border Collies and Schnauzers - but is a fan of ALL dogs!

Rachel C.

Dog Walker

Rachel grew up with cats and dogs during her childhood in northern California. Her childhood dog was a shar-pei/pit bull mix so she’s always had a soft spot for those wrinkly dogs. After moving to Seattle, she adopted her border collie, Charlie, and has become even more obsessed with animals! She looks for any excuse to sign Charlie up for a new training class! Rachel is equally obsessed with gymnastics and has been coaching and judging competitive gymnastics for several years.

Favorite Breed: All!

Rachelle H.

Cat Specialist, Dog Walker

Rachelle has been an animal lover her whole life. She grew up in a small town west of Olympia where her family valued cats and dogs as members of the household. Rachelle quickly became the “crazy cat lady” of her friend group, even though she never thought of loving cats a bunch as crazy! One thing that really drew her to cats (other than being insanely stylish without even trying) was their mysterious nature, and she enjoyed studying some of their most interesting behaviors. Rachelle has 2 cats and recently adopted 2 dogs from the streets of India, where she spent months volunteering with animal recovery farms. Working with animals is her passion and she believes that she was put on this planet to care for them. They are a constant reminder to Rachelle to live in the present moment. She one day hopes to have her own animal recovery center and sanctuary so she can rescue many more animals, along with space to house travelers coming through the area. Rachelle is excited to meet some new fur friends through LFT!

Favorite Breed: All!

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 and friends’ animals, Robin has finally made the change to caring for animals full-time. Over the years, she has lived with Doberman Pinschers, Pit bulls, a Saint Bernard and an Australian Shepherd. She often helps friends and neighbors with cat and dog care, which once included hosting her neighbor’s Chow and six newborn puppies for two months. Robin was the main parent caregiver for an assortment of critters at her son’s school, where she helped with 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, Robin enjoys watching movies, reading, gardening and backpacking with her family.

Special Qualifications: Certified in Pet First Aid, DogTec Certified Dog Walker 2017

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

Samantha P.

Cat Specialist, Dog Walker

Seattle area native Samantha grew up surrounded by animals. Her family took in stray cats and dogs and tended to feral cat colonies in their neighborhood. Samantha’s passion for animals stayed with her into adulthood. She now cares for her own dogs and cats, in addition to fostering dogs for the Seattle Animal Shelter. Samantha’s hobbies include enjoying the outdoors, being physically active and trying new restaurants.

Favorite Breed: All!

Stefanie B.

Dog Walker, Cat Specialist

Stefanie lives in Edmonds with her husband and their three beloved senior pets. One of her greatest joys is taking her dog Kobe (Norwegian Elkhound) out to explore the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Stefanie also dotes on her two former shelter cats, Coco (seal point ragdoll) and Halo (gray DSH tuxedo). After a decade of working various gigs in Seattle’s tech industry, she feels lucky to now spend her days as a caregiver for LFT. In her spare time, Stefanie enjoys reading, baking and learning web design.


Special Qualifications: Certified in Pet First Aid, DogTec Certified Dog Walker 2017

Favorite Breed: Norwegian Elkhounds, Dachsunds, Samoyeds, Bulldogs