Meet the Team

A little about our Pet Sitters

Qualified!  Tressie made the decision to hire all pet sitters as Employees, rather than Independent Contractors, which allows her to give them unlimited training to support consistency in terrific service for you! Each pet sitter gets hands on training so they can cater to your pets needs to the best of their abilities.

Your pet sitters are Happy! They get to spend their days and nights with the most awesome pets on the planet!  As Employees, we’re able to give our sitters greater financial support.  As part of this, Lucy’s Pet Care is a certified employer of the Durham Living Wage Project, which means we pay our sitters even above-and-beyond the Standard Living Wage rates.  Having happy pet sitters leads to greater retention and consistency, which is of benefit for you and your pets. You and your pets will be able to establish a life-long relationship with you pet sitter.

Insurance:  All sitters are covered with pet sitters’ insurance and are bonded with Kennel Pro.  They are also protected with Workers’ Compensation through Travelers insurance. In addition, all sitters have passed criminal background checks.

Support Sitters:  Does Your Pet Sitter have a Safety Net?  Once you become a client, you will meet your designated/preferred sitter. Your preferred pet sitter is hand-picked especially for you – to best match the particular needs and personality of your pets. Since we work as a team, if there’s ever a time when your primary sitter isn’t available for a requested set of dates, we always have a back-up sitter on hand and ready. This means that another of our pet sitters can step-in to make sure there’s never a break in care for your pets. And, Tressie keeps a copy of your key on file in case of emergency, so we’ll always be able to reach your animals. We keep your records up-to-date in our secure web-based system, so we always know the current schedule of care for your pets.

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Tressie Courtney (Owner)  “I was born and raised in California but in a very rural area. I’ve always had animals growing up and I was active in 4-H and FFA; raising chickens, sheep, turkeys, pigs and rabbits. After high school, I attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where I studied Animal Science. While attending college, I was working full time as a dog trainer at Petsmart. After college, I decided to move to the East Coast where I started my own dog training business training pet and service dogs (which I still actively do). I have been in the pet industry for about 15 years now, which I do feel is my calling. I have ran/managed a doggie daycare/boarding facility in Florida, I managed/ran a training department for a local breeder where I was above 30 trainers, which has then led me to Lucy’s Pet Care! I own a whippet and a greyhound and then I also have 2 working malinois that I actively compete in the sport PSA.

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Lucy’s Pet Care offers pet sitting and dog walking services in Durham, North Carolina