Kelsey Sowell

Hello! I'm Kelsey, proud owner and operator of Homeward Hound Seattle.

Since 2012 I’ve been wrangling pups off-leash, and I love the daily challenges and rewards of working with dogs in such an environment. One of my favorite things about being at the head of a pack is getting to know each dog as an individual. It’s fantastic to learn about what makes them happy, their quirks, their habits and routines. Being so familiar with each unique personality allows me to tailor my daily experience to the needs of each dog. Using a positive reinforcement-based approach, I’m able to cultivate an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect; this amounts to lots of treats, ball throwing and belly scratches! I feel lucky every day to be relied upon to care for each wonderful fur baby.  

With over 7 years of experience as pack leader, you can expect nothing but the best care and attention for your pup. Their safety and happiness are my highest priorities.

I’m licensed, insured, and pet first aid and CPR certified. I also have a BFA in photography, so I can guarantee you some excellent shots of your favorite pooch!

When I’m not hanging with my pack, I love spending time with my boys Jim and Darwin the Wonder Dog.


"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace."                       - Milan Kundera


Darwin the Wonder Dog

This is my right hand man Darwin, AKA my partner in crime. Found via Petfinder and adopted in July of 2014, I first saw this handsome little man in the parking lot of the Summit Pancake house in Snoqualmie, and I knew it was love.  He's generally pretty unhelpful, but he is ridiculously cute and is always happy and down to play! 

Darwin loves treats, marrow bones, burying said marrow bones under my pillow, rolling in the grass after a good swim, long walks on the beach, chasing squirrels, aggressive snuggling, binge watching Bob's Burgers, his Darwin's dinner (and not in the Soylent Green kind of way), pretzels and belly scratches at Fremont Brewing, his Mor Mor and Mor Far, and of course his Uncle Jim. 

You can find Darwin by my side, day or night. He's a good boy.