About Us!

Hi there. I am Tamara Pavesi, the owner of Hot Dawg Pet Care. I am a 40+ year Whatcom County resident and a passionate animal advocate. I also enjoy creating mixed media art and freelance graphic design.

I have been heavily involved in volunteerism since the age of 10, working with developmentally disabled and seniors. I currently volunteer with several non-profit organizations throughout Washington State.  I have worked with Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Lions Camp Horizon.  I have been fostering and rehoming pets in need for over 10 years, working with nearly a dozen animal welfare organizations from Seattle and Eastern Washington to Canada.

I have been a professional pet sitter on the Southside of Bellingham, WA for over 8 years. I opened Hot Dawg Pet Care in December 2013 to continue my professional pet sitting services, after my mentor and employer, Bobbie Ruth, closed Placid Pets to open Radiant Heart After Care for Pets.  I have experience caring for cats, dogs, birds, pigs, rats and mice, aquariums, chickens, and horses. I am comfortable and experienced in caring for medical needs pets and am certified in pet CPR and First Aid. I have also been through dozens of dog training classes through Tails A Wagging, Cedarwoods Canine School, Building the Bond, Green Paws LLC, Michael the Dog Guy, Thinking Dog, and continue to attend informative seminars on animal behavior.

I have worked with many types of dogs, of all ages including reactive dogs, leash and fence aggression, food and toy guarding, dogs from hoarding situations and with abusive pasts, as well as unsocialized, fearful, aggressive and feral dogs. I have also rehomed several cats, some semi-feral, using humane traps supplied by We Snip to get them fixed, vaccinated, and adopted. I advocate for all animals and offer a plethera of resources regarding cruelty free products, living a compassionate lifestyle, and providing information on pet overpopulation, as well as offering referrals on training, grooming, veterinary services, and additional pet resources.

I am the administrator for the Rehoming/Adopting Pets in Whatcom County, Animal Rights in Action: Whatcom & Skagit and GO VEGAN! NW WA Facebook pages, as well as co-founder of Bellingham Veg Fest , Vice-President of Farm Haven Rescue, am on the Dog Task Force for the City of Bellingham, and served on the Board of Directors of a local non-profit, all volunteer dog rescue for 3 years.

I love animals and am ecstatic to be able to have my own pet care business, where I can utilize my professionalism, experience and education.

I offer pet sitting in your home, and daily or weekly dog walking. I have just added overnight pet care in your home, to my services offered. Meet our other sitters here!AHS photo shoot

Visit my FAQ page for more details on my services and policies and Contact Me to set up a meet and greet!

Thank you for your support!






Hello! My name is Andrea and I am a senior at Western Washington University. My major is Kinesiology with an emphasis on pre-health care and my plan is to focus on nursing when I graduate. I grew up in Walla Walla in a very busy household, with two very high energy german short hairs and a little pug that tries to keep up. As a kid my two sisters and I would house any kind of animals our parents would allow from parakeets, frogs, hamsters, fish to walking stick bugs. We would occasionally have injured animals that my sister would find like an owl or bunnies and try to find homes for them. I am passionate about care taking, not only in the medical field but for animals as well. I believe that empathy and compassion is the best way to form relationships. In my free time I love to be active. You can find me doing yoga, going on hikes, or playing volleyball. I love to cook and bake and find creative ways to incorporate vegan ingredients into my meals. I’m excited to meet you and get to know your furry friends!

2 thoughts on “About Us!

  1. My neighbor told me about the poodle you found. Do you still have the dog? Is it a male, about how big, about how old?
    I am not on face book.
    I am looking for a poodle.


    • Hi Kim. I’m sorry I just saw this. He is male around 30 lbs, could be 25. His 30 day stray hold was up on the 11th and Rescued Hearts Northwest are rehoming him if you would like to fill out an application for “Scooter” through their website, although he may have already been adopted.


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