Kelsey Sowell

Hi. I'm Kelsey, proud owner and operator of Homeward Hound since 2012!

Like most bad movies, and some good ones, it started out with two friends, a summer road trip, and a love of all things dog.  There was probably beer around a campfire involved in there somewhere. Since then, and with A LOT of help from my wonderful family and friends, Homeward Hound has evolved into a terrific career for me, and an outstanding resource for dog lovers across the city.  

This is a job that I love, and it makes me happy! And with the exception of that one day when my glasses slipped off my face and into a fresh pile of dog poo, every day is awesome. That day though, that day was rough…

One of my favorite things about being in charge 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.

I believe in handling my pack with a positive reinforcement based approach, building on a mutual trust, and using just the right amount of discipline when necessary. This amounts to lots of treats, ball throwing and belly scratches!

I’m First Aid and Pet CPR certified, and insured with Pet Sitters Associates. 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. You can sometimes find me tucked up with a delicious beer and a good book or my beat up moleskine.   

"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.