We understand that you, as a pet owner and home owner, are putting your trust in us to care for your fur child and your property, which is why the team at In The Doghouse always strives to be professional, responsible, and communicative. We know we will never be as good as “mom and dad” but that doesn’t stop us from trying our best to make your pet at ease with lots of love, cuddles, and fun. While you are away on vacation, work, or play, you can rest easy knowing you will receive text and photos updates of your pet from our team of bonded and insured sitters. Of course, a meeting is always set up prior to the stay in order to ensure that you and your pet are comfortable with your sitter.

Meet Our Team

Regina Palamar, Founder

Regina started her pet sitting business at the age of 11 and hasn’t looked back since. Her passion for pets has led her to work at a veterinary clinic, an independently-owned pet store, a doggy daycare, and a grooming salon. Inspired by the local entrepreneurs of Ottawa and her love of four-legged friends, Regina opened up In The Doghouse in September 2015 with the goal of building a dynamic and caring team of pet care providers within an already fantastic community of pet lovers. Like most animal lovers, Regina doesn’t take herself too seriously but understands that hard work, communication, and passion are the key ingredients for success in any field of life. Aside from all things pet-related, Regina likes large cups of coffee and a good book. Fun fact: she dislikes carbonated drinks.

Kathryn, Assistant Manager

Kathryn might just be one of the hardest working people we know, which is why you can trust that she will work hard to take excellent care of your pet. With years of experience in the pet care and veterinary industry, Kathryn is a wonderful pet care provider. Kathryn is our Assistant Manager, dog walker and pet sitter extraordinaire. She services the Centrepointe/ West-end area. Fun Fact: Kathryn likes dinosaurs and knitting, and she dislikes long software updates.

Alex & Kiyomi, Team Members


Alex has been loving and walking large-breed dogs since she was a kid, and as a result she has a major soft spot for bigger dogs. But that doesn’t mean that she isn’t a fan of all pets, big or small. When Alex isn’t caring for pets in the Hintonburg and Westboro neighbourhoods she is working as a freelance writer and editor. Fun fact: Alex loves hoola hooping and lemon loaf and is not a fan of squeaking noises.

Black, yellow, or chocolate; Kiyomi is a die-hard lab lover. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t besties with the other cats and dogs of Ottawa. With years of experience in owning and caring for pets, you can be sure that Kiyomi will take wonderful care of your fur babies. Kiyomi services the Old Ottawa South/East & Centretown neighbourhoods, and is a fan of music from the early 2000s. Fun fact: Kiyomi dislikes long lineups at the grocery store.

Joanne, Team Member

Joanne is a literal dog whisperer who has won over the hearts of even the most shy dogs, and we are lucky to have her on our team. Joanne walks dogs in the Glebe and Old Ottawa South and can often be found touring the neighbourhood with her faithful Dachshund, Gertie. While she might not be a fan of inclement weather (after all, her office is the outdoors) Joanne likes to spend her free time sewing.

Anne, Team Member

Giddy-up, Anne is our resident horse expert! She is also a gifted and caring pet care professional who provides pet sitting and house sitting services to Ottawa’s West End, as well as dog walking in Barrhaven, Centrepoint and City View. Anne absolutely loves horses (obvi!) and left turn signals. Fun fact: Anne dislikes weak coffee.

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YOU, New Team Member

Are you a self-professed pet lover who doesn’t have any pets of your own? In The Doghouse is growing and we are always looking for new team members to add to our already fun and dynamic crew. The ideal candidate owns their own vehicle (although this isn’t 100% necessary), is comfortable living in other parts of the city for long stretches of time, and/or is happy to host a furry friend in their own home. General pet know-how and excellent people skills are a must!

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What we can do for you

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House Sitting + Pet Sitting

Everyone deserves a staycation every now and then, including your pet. This is the perfect package for the literal scaredy cat or for those pets who don’t adjust well to change, and who prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home.

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It’s time for Fluffy to pack a suit case, because she’s going on vacation! Boarding your pet in one of our homes is a wonderful option for the free-spirited, couch surfing types who can turn any house into a home.

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Walking + Drop in Visits

Maybe you work a 9-5 job, or need to take a full day for some shop-til-you-drop retail therapy, but are worried Skipper won’t last the day without a walk. Perhaps you have some independent kitties at home who don’t need extensive care but sure as heck need their litter changed once a day. If so, then these services will speak to you.

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