Meet Julie

Welcome to Doggedly Devoted! My name is Julie Abel and my mission is to provide compassionate, loving pet care to your pets when you can’t be together. I am proudly “owned” by my “wonder mutts” Frankie, Ozzie and Silas – so I personally know the importance of good, reliable and trustworthy pet care!

In my former life, I was a busy professional in Los Angeles who frequently traveled. Just like my current clients, I had frequent and ongoing need for pet sitting and dog walking services. Over the years my fur kids and I crossed paths with pet sitters of all types: those who exceeded my expectations, some who were just “okay” and still others who just didn’t care.

When I moved to Prescott, I discovered there was an urgent need for a reliable, full-service pet sitting company. While pet sitters were certainly doing there best, it just wasn’t up to my standard of care. Like most pet parents, I wanted the comfort and reassurance of knowing my kids were not only being treated kindly but actually truly loved and cared for. It wasn’t long before I combined by management skills with my inherent love of animals. In 2003 I launched a new career to deliver professional pet care, 365-days a year, that I am proud to call my own. The birth of “Doggedly Devoted: Compassionate pet care when you can’t be there,” delivers the exacting standards of care that I demand for my own pets – and I have never looked back!

I invite you to explore Doggedly Devoted and most importantly, peruse our client testimonials. From routine care to “feeding the three-legged javelina down the road…cuz we feel sorry for him” I’ve been pleased and honored to be of service to my many clients. Please contact us today – we’d be happy to care for your pets!

Why Hire A Professional Pet Sitter

We’ve all done it, asked a friend or family member to take care of our pets while we go on vacation – not a worry in the world because we are comfortable with someone we know and trust. After all, what could go wrong? A LOT! And I found out the hard way.

My friend, I’ll call her “Sue”, knew a lot about dogs and loved my “wondermutts.” I left detailed instructions about everything from feeding and medicating to sleeping and playing. We agreed that if anything questionable happened, Sue would call me immediately. I also let my veterinarian know that Sue could bring the dogs in if she thought they needed medical attention.

I returned home to an unimaginable disaster – with both by of pets and home. I listened to numerous voice mails from neighbors complaining about barking at 3:00am. Sue knew the dogs should be in with her, behind a closed door, in the bedroom at night. I also discovered the back screen door shredded and the floors inside the house had dried diarrhea all over them. Sue claimed to know nothing. Things “went fine” she said. (Had she even spent time with them?) She was supposed to “move in” for the week, but there was little evidence of that.

The stress and anxiety my pets went through was unforgivable. It took days for everyone to get back to normal and to clean and repair things around the house.

Not to mention a friendship was ruined forever.

Professional pet sitters, on the other hand, are just that – they perform professional pet care services for a living. They are committed to continuing education, are members of numerous professional associations that impart literally decades of cumulative experience, they are bonded and insured and in short, they know what they’re doing. When it’s Christmas Eve they’re not wondering whether to stay and have another eggnog and piece of pie – they’re already out making their rounds so that you can enjoy your time with family and friends.