A Little Bit 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.

How to Choose a Pet Sitter

Tressie Courtney Lucy's Pet CareTressie 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.


Lucy's Pet CareSHANNON (Daily Operations & Customer Care Manager) is a very nurturing wife and mother of two children and an adorable guinea pig named, “Genesis.”  She grew up in the mountains of Tennessee with a family horse, iguana, dogs, chickens, and birds. She knows the love, care, and commitment that takes place in the everyday life of caring for all animals. She lives with her family in South Durham and enjoys being active in family outdoor activities.

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EDWARD (Staff Supervisor and Pet Sitter) grew up in Florida in a family of animal lovers amidst a family of 4 dachshunds (Moose, Maggie, Gabby and Rudy) as well as 2 cats (Lucky and Jimmy), an iguana named Dino and a zebra finch named Willie. His only time without pets was while attending college in New Orleans. He moved to North Carolina 3 years ago and enjoys caring for his 2 hurricane rescue dogs from Florida, Boo, a terrier mix, and Sophie, a doodle mix.


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JOANNE (Pet Sitter) Growing up in Connecticut, Joanne had an array of pets – a dog, a cat, rabbits, fish, and hamsters. She moved to North Carolina to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health at UNC-CH where she also met her husband. She has lived in Durham for 28 years and is the parent to five children and four pets – a maltipoo named Polo, a labradoodle named Phoebe, and two cats named Paisley and Pax. When Joanne is not caring for pets, she is a preschool teacher in Durham.

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DAISY (Pet Sitter) moved to NC from Connecticut in 2016 after “breaking up with winter.” Before she relocated here, she visited Madrid, Israel, and Prague over the course of 2 months.  She enjoys board games, swing dancing, travel, performing improv, swimming, and parks. An avid animal lover all of her life, she is Auntie to many beloved pets.


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CLAIRE is a lifelong Durham resident and currently lives with a rescue hound mix, Russell, and a tuxedo cat, Paul. Claire enjoys baking, playing games and exploring nature in and around Durham. And with over 12 years of experience in pet sitting and experience with dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, rats, and special needs animals, Claire is ready and excited to meet your pets!