About Us!

We are pleased to announce that Hot Dawg Pet Care
has been selected as
The Best of Bellingham 2020
Pet Sitting and Exercise Services! Thank you all for your support!

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 10 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 founder of Ahimsa Microsanctuary, where ALL Hot Dawg Pet Care proceeds go to and I am co-founder of Bellingham Veg Fest. I have also served on the Board of Directors of a local non-profit, all volunteer dog rescue for 3 years, and as Vice-President of a Farm Sanctuary for a year and a half.

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.

We offer pet sitting in your home, and daily or weekly dog walking.

Visit my FAQ page for more details on my services and policies and Contact Me to set up a new client meeting!

Thank you for your support! 

AHS photo shoot



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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