With more than 20 years of personal experience with sitting for animals of friends and relatives, as well as five years professionally through various channels, Amy is a genuine caretaker with an Associate’s degree in psychology. Her degree enabled her to work with seniors doing hospice and Alzheimer’s care, as well as with children as an ABA therapist for kids with autism and Down’s syndrome. Additionally, she spent five years as an elementary school volunteer.
She has a teenage son and a nephew now in his 20s that she raised for a number of years, and prides herself on being a good mom who is reliable, personable, empathetic, and a good listener who treats all she meets with equal respect. She enjoys hanging out with family, watching movies, swimming, and barbecuing.
Amy has a particular affinity for dogs (she says “love seems like an understatement”), although she of course takes care of a wide variety of animals, including (so far!) dogs, cats, birds, fish, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, and turtles – but she does prefer to avoid spending time with mice.
The animals in her personal family, dating back to when Amy was 11 years old, once included her first dog, a Dalmatian named Apollo – who she calls “the BEST dog!”, and rescued former dogs, Bailey & Callie. She shares custody of rescued dogs Brucey & Penny and shares her home full-time with rescued dogs Piper, Baxter, and Dixie. She believes in animal rescue and would someday love to open an animal rescue of her own.
To stay current with her areas of interest, Amy reads animal-related articles and watches animal-related television programming, and additionally continues to read materials related to autism and Alzheimer’s. She is a strong believer in conducting business in an organized, courteous, and professional manner, and brings a calm energy into her encounters with the animals in her care.
Justin (aka JC) is an exceptional sitter with a deep love for animals and a talent for capturing their beauty through photography. With a tech-savvy approach and a keen eye for detail, JC excels in documenting precious moments with pets. Communication is one of his strengths, and he enjoys engaging in conversations about subjects that ignite his interest.
While cats hold a special place in JC's heart, he appreciates the unique personalities of all animals. His own talkative and sociable cat has deepened his admiration for feline companions. JC firmly believes that those who claim not to like cats simply haven't had the pleasure of meeting the right one yet. However, his love for animals extends to diverse species, and he finds comfort in their remarkable ability to love unconditionally.
JC's passion for animals started early in life, and he has gained experience in pet sitting for dogs, cats, and smaller animals such as guinea pigs, hamsters, and bunnies. Walking three large dogs simultaneously was a rewarding experience that he thoroughly enjoyed. Animals have been a constant presence in JC's life, and he considers his two cats, Finnick and Bellamy, along with his beloved Golden Retriever, Kylan, as his children. Additionally, his mother's Golden Retriever, Dani, and her lab/beagle mix, Baelfire, hold a special place in his heart.
Volunteering at an animal shelter during his time in Illinois instilled a deep sense of compassion in JC. Although he was young at the time, he and his mother provided attention and affection to the shelter animals, nurturing his future in caring for animals.
During leisure time, JC finds joy in the company of his animal companions, immersing himself in favorite television programs and interactive video games that allow him to shape his own path. He also enjoys reading manga and series books, while educational videos about animal care deepen his knowledge in the field.
Maintaining a calm demeanor and avoiding self-criticism are principles JC lives by. With ambitions of pursuing a PhD in forensic psychiatry and becoming a correctional therapist, he balances his drive with a mindful approach. Kindness, respect, and authenticity are values he upholds, cultivating an environment where people feel comfortable being their true selves. JC's creativity shines through his sketches, drawings, and photography, reflecting his artistic and expressive personality.
JC's friendly and considerate nature, combined with his adventurous spirit, make him a remarkable sitter. His genuine love for animals and dedication to providing exceptional care ensure that pets entrusted to him receive the utmost attention and affection. With JC by their side, clients can have peace of mind, knowing that their beloved companions are in capable and compassionate hands.
Experienced and compassionate, Cece has dedicated her career to the welfare of animals. With a journey that began at age 15, she has worked in animal clinics and shelters as a veterinary technician, gaining invaluable knowledge and hands-on experience. Her love for animals knows no bounds, with a particular affinity for cats, reptiles, and horses.
Cece's passion for animal care extends beyond her professional endeavors. Her genuine concern for animals often leads her to bring in strays, providing them with a safe and nurturing environment. Walking dogs of any breed and size comes naturally to her, as she is comfortable and confident in handling these beloved companions.
Within shelter settings, Cece worked with adoptable dogs, helping them develop manners and skills to find loving homes. Her ability to read animal body language allows her to create positive interactions based on patience and trust. She firmly believes that such qualities are paramount to fostering harmonious relationships with animals.
Cece has been involved in volunteer work, fundraising for shelters, and dedicating time at a horse ranch. Her experience spans a wide range of animal species, large and small. Throughout her life, Cece has cared for dogs, cats, gerbils, guinea pigs, turtles, rabbits, and even a snake. She currently shares her life with Lola, an elderly dog, and Jeffrey, a cat, both of whom made the journey from her previous home in the Midwest to her current home in Arizona.
Cece enjoys engaging in hobbies in the great outdoors. Camping, exploring mountains, horseback riding, and water activities bring her solace. Her creative side is expressed through photography, cooking, woodworking, and repurposing old furniture.
Efficiency and punctuality are core values for Cece. She approaches her responsibilities with care, dependability, and resourcefulness. Her keen attention to detail ensures that every aspect of her work is executed with precision.
In her interactions with animals, Cece firmly believes in using positive reinforcement techniques. She recognizes the importance of finding the best "currency" for each animal to build relationships and foster trust. She also enjoys educating others on building better relationships with their own animals through positive, compassionate methods.
Cece's passion for the environment and biodiversity concerns drives her to also educate others on these important issues. Her "live-and-let-live" philosophy guides her interactions with the world, promoting harmony and respect for all living beings.
On a personal level, Cece is a loving parent to two nearly grown children. She also shares a close bond with her mother and values her friendships, reflecting her loyalty and commitment to nurturing deep, genuine connections. With her dedication to animal welfare and loyalty, Cece is an outstanding sitter who leaves a positive impact on animals and humans alike.
Kiani is compassionate and dedicated, covering drop-in visits in the North Phoenix area around the 85032 zip code. Her passion for helping others is the driving force behind her work, bringing her immense joy in playing with and being around animals while finding deep satisfaction in assisting and supporting their owners.
Although Kiani has a special affinity for dogs, having gained extensive experience with them, she is open to learning and getting to know all types of animals, except for snakes and insects, which she prefers to avoid.
Prior to joining Crystal the Pet Nanny, her pet-sitting and dog-walking experience was primarily personal, taking care of her own dogs and her grandmother's elderly dog. Her grandmother now has a young and energetic shepherd-husky mix named Snowflake, whom Kiani adores and enjoys spending time with.
Growing up, Kiani formed a strong bond with pit bulls. From her earliest memories of a pit bull companion when she was very young to the one that became part of her life at the age of 10, these dogs hold a special place in her heart. While her grandmother technically owned the third pit bull, Kiani actively participated in raising and caring for the dog, solidifying their close relationship.
In addition to her love for animals, Kiani is currently pursuing her education at Glendale Community College, laying the foundation for her future Bachelor's Degree in forensic science. Her ultimate goal is to become a forensic pathologist and find fulfillment in a career she is passionate about. Building a family and owning a beautiful house are dreams she holds close to her heart, driving her determination to succeed.
Kiani's strong work ethic, determination, and nurturing nature extend beyond her pet-sitting role. She maintains close relationships with her neuro-divergent brother, school-aged nephew, and disabled boyfriend, actively providing care and support to them. Her boyfriend serves as a great source of inspiration, with his resilience, strength, faith, and hope. Kiani is passionate about fighting for equality and advocates for black lives, proudly embracing her own journey as an extraordinary woman of action. Believing in her own abilities, she strives for excellence in everything she does.
In her leisure time, Kiani seeks thrills through activities such as riding all-terrain vehicles and visiting amusement parks. Music plays a significant role in her life, and she enjoys a wide range of genres. Reading is another passion, particularly young adult novels like the “Dork Diaries” series and stories highlighting the unique experiences of young black girls.
Entrusting your beloved animal companions to Kiani's care, you can be confident that they will receive the utmost attention and compassion. With her nurturing personality, determination to succeed, and unwavering commitment to her responsibilities, Kiani will ensure the well-being and happiness of your animal companions.
Meet Cassie, your reliable and punctual sitter who has a true passion for animals. Currently pursuing a business major at Mesa Community College, Cassie has mastered the art of balancing her studies and work responsibilities. She possesses excellent communication skills, which aid her in effectively caring for both animals and their people.
With her certification in CPR for humans, dogs, and cats, Cassie ensures the safety and well-being of the animals under her care. While she particularly adores dogs and is adept at handling large and energetic breeds, she is also open to learning about caring for more exotic animals. Although reptilian or invertebrate creatures might make her slightly nervous, her willingness to expand her knowledge demonstrates her commitment to providing the best care possible.
Prior to joining our team, Cassie gained valuable experience by sitting for friends and family. Her exceptional service garnered referrals, attesting to her reliability and trustworthiness. Additionally, she has a volunteer heart and spirit, having actively participated in pet adoption events and also various community service activities during her high school years.
Cassie is also a part-time teacher at a local baking school, where she imparts her knowledge and expertise to aspiring bakers. Her dedication to her craft is evident as she not only teaches, but also sells her own delectable baked goods from home, and she enjoys continuing to learn about the craft of pastry-making.
In her personal life, Cassie enjoys playing the piano and creating music, allowing her creative side to flourish. She grew up with a Shih Tzu named Cookie and a Pitbull mix named Coco, which instilled in her a profound love for dogs and honed her caregiving skills. Presently, she cherishes Luna, her self-described “super-duper cute” Pitbull mix, walking her daily – except when her family pitches in to take care of Luna during those times Cassie needs to focus on her clients’ animals.
Cassie's personal values are grounded in loyalty, kindness, and honesty, which she wholeheartedly extends to both human and non-human animals. She is a self-motivated individual who excels in her work, studies, and personal life. Attention to detail is paramount to Cassie, and she demonstrates her love through attentive and dedicated service.
With Cassie as your sitter, you can trust that your beloved pets will receive exceptional care in a professional, organized, and compassionate manner. She is committed to creating a nurturing and safe environment for your furry friends, ensuring their happiness and well-being while you're away.
Canadian-born Jennifer has a deep affinity for cats, but small dogs and guinea pigs also hold a special place in her heart. While she finds satisfaction in caring for small backyard farms, creatures like spiders, snakes, and most insects do not resonate with her.
Before joining the team with Crystal the Pet Nanny, Jennifer spent approximately a year exploring the world of pet sitting, drawing from her own experience caring for her beloved cat. She gained dog walking experience by taking care of her mother's dog. As a teenager, she had the opportunity to shadow a family veterinarian and volunteered at a bird sanctuary, where she lovingly tended to owls and quail.
In her spare time, Jennifer indulges in various creative pursuits, such as drawing, painting, and photography. She finds joy in attending comic cons and exploring museums. Nature trekking and visiting state parks are also among her favorite activities. Besides animal care, Jennifer has experience in administrative work, including administrative assisting and data entry.
While growing up, Jennifer shared her home with cats, and even during her transition to the United States with her parents and brother, dogs became part of their family at different points. Currently, she is the human mom to a sweet and shy cat named Daisy.
Jennifer believes that one must be fully engaged to achieve success, and she takes inspiration from Steve Jobs, emphasizing the importance of loving the work one does. Seeking a change of pace from administrative and data entry work, and a better work-life balance, she aspires to own her own business, ideally shared with her partner. Above all, she values happiness and refuses to settle for unsatisfying work.
A lifelong learner, Jennifer is always eager to acquire new knowledge and skills. She is intrigued by the idea of hosting her own podcast from the comfort of her home. Kindness, loyalty, and a caring nature define her personality, and she appreciates the support her boyfriend provides, which has made a significant difference in her life.
In the realm of content consumption, Jennifer's interests lie in the mysterious and captivating. She delves into true crime, paranormal phenomena, and UFO-related content, and she also enjoys biographical literature.
Jennifer's attention to detail, preference for quality over quantity, and her compassionate nature make her an exceptional sitter. Her enthusiasm for engaging work and her commitment to finding happiness in her endeavors make her an asset to the animal care industry.
Tracy's journey as a sitter began with about 5 years of professional experience as an independent contractor for another company. During this time, she honed her skills in walking dogs and administering medications, making her an invaluable asset to our team.
Her love for animals traces back to her childhood, where she frequently brought home classroom animals, including guinea pigs, a bearded dragon, a rabbit, and a frog. Animals have always brought her immense joy, and this passion continues to drive her dedication to caring for them.
Tracy holds her family in high regard, describing them as a "huge Italian family." Despite living several states away in Texas, she keeps her extended family close to her heart. Perhaps this deep connection to family is what fuels her creative side, as she loves expressing herself through cooking and growing food in her own fruitful garden.
Honesty, professionalism, punctuality, reliability, and maintaining her integrity are all values dear to Tracy's heart. In times of difficulty, she draws on her sense of humor and calm, positive nature to navigate through challenges. When she commits to a job, she gives her all, leaving no room for anything less than her best effort.
Tracy's free-spirited and open-minded nature aligns perfectly with her love for outdoor and active pursuits. Biking, hiking, kayaking, camping, and paddle boarding are among her favorite outdoor activities. Road trips, especially those that allow her to explore Arizona's diverse landscapes, fill her with inspiration and wonder. Dancing to music, especially during her beloved Zumba sessions, brings her immense joy and energy. When seeking quieter moments, Tracy finds solace in consuming movies, podcasts, and reading material.
While she loves all animals, dogs hold a special place in Tracy's heart. She finds them healing and comforting, and her own dog, Lucy, is her cherished companion on adventures and hikes. Their shared love for the outdoors deepens their bond.
Tracy's dedication to the world of animal care extends to her active participation in online discussions and forums. These interactions enrich her knowledge and passion for animal sitting, constantly fueling her desire to learn and grow in the field.
Tracy's extensive experience, love for animals, strong values, and zest for life make her an exceptional sitter. With her caring nature and passion for outdoor activities, she provides a nurturing and adventurous environment for the animals she cares for. As a valued member of our team, Tracy's dedication and positive spirit shine through in every interaction, leaving a lasting impact on the animals she meets.
PLEASE NOTE: All sitters are fully vetted including full background checks for your safety and peace of mind.