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About Us

vision statement:

To be the most respected pet care company in Snohomish County by being the primary authority in ways for pet owners to live a happy life with their furry baby.

mission statement:

Tailored Pet Service exists to provide quality care for pets through dog walking, pet sitting and training plus to provide pet owners knowledgeable recommendations on living a happy life with their furry baby. We accomplish this goal by:
• making every training experience fun and effective while keeping in mind that it needs to work seamlessly with clients’ daily lives
• educating humans on dog behavior and provide them tools to help their dogs live in our human world for the safety of household and community
• going the extra mile (“premium” service) to provide a customized approach to dog walking, private dog training and pet sitting clients
• volunteering at animal rescues by providing free community educational seminars and fundraising hours.

Company VALUES (F.O.C.U.S.)

1. FUN/HUMOR: caring for pets is serious; however, it still leaves room for laughter and fun while providing service
2. ONGOING EDUCATION: share formal education and experience with the community so they can build loving relationships with their furry companions
3. COLLABORATION: belong to a network of pet industry colleagues and allied animal professions so we have a wide range of resources for our clients and community.
4. UPLIFT THE PROFESSION: conduct business as professionals with integrity, honesty, and transparency so the community can expect more from the pet care and dog training professions
5. SUPPORT: volunteer with pet-related charity organizations such as and shelters and rescues

OUR PROFESSIONAL PET NANNY TEAM

All our pet nannies complete an extensive interview process, pass a federal background check and join the team as employees plus are continually trained while working for us. You can rely on us to provide you with quality service or receive a 100% refund if dissatisfied.

Owner-Antigone and Director of Love and Fun-Chance
FOUNDER/OWNER & DIRECTOR OF LOVE AND FUN

Antigone Killingstad

If you are not familiar with the play by the same name, my name is pronounced “an-tig-uh-nee” or click here to listen to it pronounced on dictionary.com. My name means “in place of a mother” in Greek which describes perfectly the reason I started TAILored Pet Services. I know pets are important family members and I wanted to provide a motherly substitute to the furry babies in my care. 

Born and raised in Western Washington, my love for animals evolved at a young age. I began informally pet sitting for friends and neighbors at age 10 (40 years ago). Growing up, my house was always filled with dogs and walking them became part of the normal family routine!

I worked in the newspaper industry for ten years before deciding I wanted to help make a difference in the lives of others. In 2004, I began working with numerous local non-profit organizations: Providence Hospice & Home Care, Village Theatre, the Snohomish County Center for Battered Women (now named Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County), Housing Hope and Cocoon House. After 5 years of working with agencies helping homeless people, I realized I wanted to work with animals so I traded my slacks/loafers for jeans/sneakers and started a dog walking and pet services company. I continue to make a difference in my community by taking part in events to support animal welfare organizations like the Animal Rescue Foundation of Everett, NOAH, Save A Mutt and Old Dog Haven.

MEET THE TEAM

Our Pet Nannies are the heart of Tailored Pet Services (TPS). Because of their importance to our company, TPS is dedicated to finding and hiring the best professional team members.

Ashley, Dog Walker In 98201/98203

Ashley

Everett 98201/98203 dog walker

Meet Ashley!

Ashley began at Tailored Pet Services as a dog walker and pet sitter in July 2022. After a year of walking and watching dogs (and cats), they’re hoping to add dog training to their skills to better work with a variety of dogs; from puppies to more serious cases, Ashley is always up for the challenge of learning how to understand dogs and help them be their best self. They have a quiet, calm and patient nature that is well suited to working with animals of all kinds. While they don’t have any dogs of their own, Ashley currently has one cat and grew up with a wide range of animals, from dogs and cats, to horses, birds, and reptiles. Over the years, Ashley has done a lot of informal/volunteer pet sitting for family and friends. After trying on a variety of jobs, they are thrilled to be working with animals in a more professional capacity. They love that this job allows them to spend time with individual dogs and go with them on walks, since they all have different quirks and personalities. Ashley is looking forward to getting to know you and your pet(s) to help you live your best lives. We are looking forward to great things from Ashley in the future as they continue to gain experience and we are delighted that they are part of our team!

Certified Dog Trainer Cathy, conducting class at dog school

Cathy

Certified Dog Trainer

Meet Cathy!

Cathy is very passionate about training and caring for dogs. She entered the field of dog training after studying at the internationally recognized Animal Behavior College (ABC).

Since completing her education at ABC, Cathy has gone on to pursue impressive credentials as a dog trainer. She is currently a member of the Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Evaluator as well as the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Aside from being a highly educated and well-credentialed dog trainer, Cathy also has considerable experience to draw from.

Early on, she spent plenty of time observing and learning while caring for dogs in a daycare environment. Later, she expanded her knowledge while caring for future service dogs. She leveraged this learning to become a more effective volunteer. Cathy has worked with the Animal Friends of the Valley in Wildomar California, the Carolina Boxer Rescue, and Rescue Ranch, both in North Carolina.

For Cathy, dog training is not simply a career. It is a calling that is at the center of her life.

Cathy’s main role within the TAILored Pet Services team involves working closely with both puppies and adult dogs. If your pet dog has some undesirable habits, Cathy will teach them to drop those.

Don’t worry about your pet being subjected to harsh training methods. Cathy only uses methods that rely on positive reinforcement. You can count on her to treat your dog as if they were her own pet.

We are thrilled to be working with Cathy. We are sure that your pets will enjoy training with her as well!

Chantelle, dog walker

Chantelle

Everett 98208, Mill Creek/Bothell 98012 dog walker

Meet Chantelle!

She was born and raised in the PNW but spent the last 13 years traveling in the US and eventually the world. She thrives on the constant change, new place/people/work. But even in the midst of constant change, she believes you’ll always find your way to the things you love. For her, those things include hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, canyoneering, kayaking and DOGS!

Over the years, she has hiked 1000s of miles in 26 states, spent 130+ nights in the backcountry and summited 26 mountains. In between, she found time to volunteer at many Humane Societies where she felt the work as rewarding as any summit. While living in Thailand, she also volunteered with a small group of people focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, sterilization and vaccination of the many stray dogs and cats in the city.

After traveling solo for so long, she’s acutely aware of just how important our bonded relationship (both 2 and 4 legged) are to us. She recently moved back to the PNW with the sole focus of rebuilding a foundation based on those relationships and firmly planting herself in positions to express her loves/passions.

How does Tailored Pet Services fit into her plan? She’s excited and truly honored to spend her time combining everything she loves into one opportunity. She does not take this responsibility lightly and promises your pets will be more than well taken care of. She looks forward to easing the stresses in both her human and furry clients’ lives.

Back[up dog walker Darcy with Jimmy, furry client

Darcy

Back-up dog walker

Meet Darcy!

Growing up, I was told to stay away from dogs so I began to explore the idea of owning a dog as an adult. When I moved to Bend Oregon, I discovered the absolute joys of a dog friendly community. I did some dog sitting and then leapt in to adopting my first dog, Chloe, a Great Dane pup with a heart larger than she was. After we both went through training lol, my enjoyment of dogs expanded to many other breeds. I pet sat for friends who owned Jack Rusells, Chow, Dalmation, Chihuahua and fostered a Rott/Pit mix.

In 2014 when I moved to Washington I decided to leave the full-time office scene (my career background in banking) and worked as a zipline tour guide on Camano Island. I enjoy the Pacific Northwest and choose to “work” outside whenever possible, even in the rain. I like being on the move and having variety in my day.

When I am not talking about houses (I am a seasonal Real Estate Agent), you will find me in my raingarden, or boating with my family. If I had it all to do over, I would live on a ranch with all varieties of animals but for now, sharing time with other peoples’ pets to enrich their day is pure contentment.

Dog Walker Jennifer with Everett dog walking client Lily

Jennifer

Cat Nanny and Overnight Sitter

Meet Jennifer

From her earliest memories, the rhythm of her life has been punctuated by the soft padding of paws and the comforting rumble of purrs. Animals, especially dogs and cats, have woven themselves into the very fabric of her being. This is the story of a woman who understands the language of fur and feathers, a woman whose heart beats in unison with the creatures of the wild and the domesticated alike.

Born into a household teeming with life, she learned from a young age to “speak” to animals. Her father, a hunter, entrusted her with the delicate task of handling his prized hounds, while her mother, a breeder, taught her the subtle art of reading a show dog’s soul. This understanding went beyond mere commands; it was a symphony of unspoken communication, a dance of respect and trust.

Not merely a child of observation, she actively sought knowledge. Devouring books on cat genetics and behavior, she absorbed the wisdom of Davis University, transforming herself into a feline whisperer. Veterinarians became her mentors, patiently opening the doors to the mysteries of animal health, teaching her to recognize illness, administer first aid, and even dabble in the intricacies of wildlife rehabilitation.

From the delicate touch of grooming a Persian kitten to the rough and tumble field cuts of Golden Retrievers, she mastered the art of making fur shine. Her canvas wasn’t just the pelts of pampered show dogs, but the bodies of working animals, each stroke a silent conversation, a language of love and understanding. Today, her loyal clients, including a retired veterinarian and her Tibetan Terriers, stand testament to her unwavering dedication.

But for her, it’s more than a profession; it’s a purpose. Sharing her knowledge, becoming the voice for the voiceless, advocating for the vulnerable — these are the true melodies of her soul. From the wise Siamese, Tic-Tac, who miraculously navigated her way back home after a harrowing journey, to the countless creatures who have found solace in her care, each story is a testament to the profound bond that ties her to the animal kingdom.

This is not just a biography; it’s a love letter to all things furry and feathered. It’s the chronicle of a woman who lives, breathes, and dreams animals. It’s the ode to a life woven into the symphony of paws and purrs, a life forever tethered to the heartbeat of the wild.

John, Dog Walker

John

Walker: North Everett

Meet John

John Austin was born and raised in Northern California. From an early age, his family always had a dog or cat as a family pet. First was an African Basenji named Buta, who loved to escape to tour the neighborhood then a Black Lab named Raider, who loved to play mud football with John and his brothers followed by different breeds of cats, a Beagle mix Tootsie who loved to climb our 4ft cyclone fence to escape and a Dachshund Fraser, who loved to chase squirrels up trees. His family and relatives always enjoy dogs and cats as lifelong family members.
 

During his 20-year career in the United States Coast Guard, he and his family spent time in Kansas, California, Georgia, and he, his wife of 42 years and their two sons Carter and Brett, settled in Washington State in 1999, first in Port Angels, then in 1996 in Lynnwood. During their tour of the states, they adopted several dogs and cats along the way enjoying their playfulness and unconditional love.
 

John then embarked on a second career as a Field Service Techician for 25 years in the Pacific Northwest. His family continues to enjoy cats as members of their family. Now entering semi-retirement, John has embarked on his ambition to become a professional pet care service provider. His love of pets of all types help feed his soul daily with their feel goods, individual personality, playfulness and unconditional love. John also recognizes the importance of daily exercise to help keep the body and mind healthy and he believes this is true both humans and pet companions. He feels the Pacific Northwest is quite a beautiful place to do that.
 

Johns’s wife Debra, often refers to him as “Dr Doolittle, or Dog or Cat whisperer” only the pets themselves know for sure. All John knows, is he loves to be around them and help care for their wellbeing. John and his wife love taking their cat JoJo on trips with them in their RV and she loves the outdoors with them.
 

John is excited to start working with, and learning everything he can from the team of professionals at Tailored Pet Services, meeting regular clients and helping to look after their fur babies.
 

John loves all types of team and individual sports, both playing and spectating. He has completed the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (200 Miles) 3 times. He enjoys traveling locally and beyond, especially in their RV, discovering beautiful new places of the country, with JoJo along for the ride.
Dog Walker Megan with dog walking client Chuck

Megan

Dog Walker: Everett, Lake Stevens

Meet Megan!

Megan grew up in Snohomish County, Washington, and has always had a love for dogs. She has been working with dogs of all breeds and sizes for the past twenty years. Her favorite walks are those that take her under the trees and into the woods, with her dogs by her side.

Megan is a passionate dog walker and trainer. She has a deep understanding of canine behavior and is able to help dogs of all ages and abilities learn new skills and overcome challenges.

Currently, Megan lives in Marysville, Washington, with her own pack of dogs, consisting of some elderly Shih Tzu mixes and two Hungarian Pulik.

Megan’s love for dogs began at a young age. Her first pets were a Siamese cat named Rambo and a German Shepherd named Porscha. She remembers taking Porscha to the park by herself when she was just four years old. Even though some adults were concerned, Porscha was well-trained and always listened to her.

Megan’s passion for dogs led her to participate in Dog 4H when she was younger. She competed in many shows and competitions with her small dogs, and she also had the opportunity to handle larger dogs throughout the course of the program.

Megan has always been the go-to person for her friends and family who are having problems with their dogs, and has done freelance behavior and consultation work to help dogs in her community.

Megan believes that the best thing that can be done for a dog is to get them out and moving in the world around them, using positive experiences to foster confidence in strange and new environments. A regular walk with plenty of sniffing can do as much for a dog as a vigorous session of high-intensity exercise, when they are exposed to new things, especially with someone they trust.

Megan is dedicated to helping dogs and their owners live happy and fulfilling lives. She is always looking for new ways to help dogs in need, and she is always willing to share her knowledge and experience with others.

 

Patricia, back-up dog walker

Patricia

Overnight Sitter

Meet Patricia!

Patricia grew up in a military family moving every two years – the one constant, and best friend, was her dog, Topsy. The relationship was the start of a lifelong love of pets!

During her studies, and career, in higher education at a major university back east, there was never a shortage of animals to keep her life balanced.

After starting a family of her own, Patricia passed down her love of animals to her three children and a house full of rescued kittens, their own dog, cats, parakeets and fish became the norm.

Patricia’s daughter became a professional dog trainer and, pretty soon, there were plenty of grand pups to help train. It’s been wonderful to have the benefit of a professionally trained handler to pass on the loving wisdom that make the owner/pet relationship one of fulfillment and purpose.

Along with her growing love for her walking buddies, woof woof, she also spends time with her grand dogs training to run agility courses. The communication between a dog and its handler while running agility courses is a wonder to behold, requiring both trust and skill.

Chocolate Lab, Tucker, snuggles into the lap of his human companion, Skye, for a well-deserved cuddle break.

Skye

Dog Walker: Mill/Creek Bothell & Snohomish

Meet Skye!

Growing up and living in the Pacific Northwest, especially on a small farm in Snohomish, has nurtured my deep love for animals. From horses and goats to chickens, cats, and even an adorable pitbull named Lily, I’ve been surrounded by furry (and feathery) friends my entire life.

My passion for animals started young, with the heartwarming memory of my first dog bounding into my arms from his kennel. Since then, I’ve cared for all kinds of animals – big and small, furry and not so furry. From classic companions like cats and dogs to more unique friends like chinchillas, sugar gliders, and even snakes, I’ve developed a diverse skillset in animal care..

Helping animals and ensuring their well-being is more than just a job for me; it’s a personal mission. That’s why I’m excited to offer my services to care for your beloved furry family members. With my experience and unwavering compassion, I promise to treat your pets like the cherished companions they are.

Shianne (Edmonds and Lynnwood dog walker) enjoying sunshine with furry client Waffles

Shianne

Walker: Everett, Lynnwood, Mukilteo

Meet Shianne!

From a tender age, Shianne’s heart beat with a fervent love for animals, igniting a passion that would shape her life’s journey. Her childhood days were marked by a relentless desire for a furry companion, much to the chagrin of her parents, who weren’t quite as enamored with the idea. Undeterred, she would eagerly attempt to bring home a menagerie of creatures, from slithering snakes to hopping frogs, in a quest to satiate her boundless affection for all living beings.

Born into a nomadic lifestyle due to her father’s military career, Shianne’s roots spread across the diverse landscapes of Illinois, Florida, Montana, Guam, and eventually anchored in Washington in 2013. It was amidst these transient horizons that she found solace and companionship in the form of her family’s first dog, the aptly named Precious. Together, they roamed the sprawling yards of Illinois and Florida, with Precious faithfully trailing Shianne and her brothers in playful pursuit. Drawing inspiration from the pages of countless books, Shianne embarked on a journey of canine education, delighting in teaching Precious an array of tricks that enriched their bond.

As the years unfolded, Shianne’s canine family grew to include Blue, a spirited husky/American Staffordshire mix, and Remington, a noble German Shepherd, both of whom she lovingly guides and trains to this day. Fuelled by her innate connection with dogs, Shianne’s path led her to the Everett Animal Shelter, where she dedicated her time to volunteering and honing her skills as a dog trainer. Her commitment and expertise blossomed as she pursued formal certification through the esteemed Animal Behavior College, paving the way for a career dedicated to fostering harmonious relationships between pets and their devoted owners.

Prior to joining the esteemed team at TAILored Pet Services, Shianne embarked on a transformative journey alongside a force-free dog trainer, further enriching her understanding of canine behavior and positive reinforcement techniques. Armed with a wealth of experience and a profound empathy for furry companions, she endeavors to empower pet parents with the knowledge and tools necessary to nurture a bond grounded in trust, respect, and unwavering love.

With each wagging tail and affectionate nuzzle, Shianne’s passion for enhancing the lives of pets and their families grows stronger. Now, as she eagerly anticipates her role with the TAILored Pet Services team, she is filled with a sense of excitement and purpose. Inspired by the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded professionals and expand her horizons in the realm of pet care, Shianne is poised to embark on a new chapter filled with boundless possibilities, where her dedication to enriching the lives of furry companions and their devoted owners will continue to flourish.