About Us

About Distinctive Pet Care

Animal Lovers!!
Bonded & Insured!
(background investigation passed
on all pet sitters)
Certified, Professional Pet Sitter
(what does this mean?)
Member of PSI and NAPPS
Pet CPR & First Aid Trained
365 Days Per Year Since 1995!!

Contractors working for an APP business
(our sitters are employees, which is better for you!)
A Friend,
Family Member or Neighbor
(tell us what you need, we do it! and we will never ask you to watch our pets!)
A “Dump & Run” Service
(we like to get to know your pets by spending appropriate time with them!)
A Temporary ‘Hobby’ Created
Due to the Economy
We’ve chosen this as our job!

References, Associations & Mission

Would you like references?

All of our sitters are PetTECH
Pet First Aid & CPR Trained!

 Distinctive Pet Care Mission:

To offer an alternative to pet care that not only offers benefits to pets and their owners but creates a relationship based on trust and education to teach pet owners to be the best they can be!


Meet Our Staff

Dawn pet tech first aid littleton co
This is Dawn Olson, CPPS, CMPTI, owner, and operator of DPC, and one of her pets, Hopi, a Siamese mix. Dawn moved to Colorado in 1987 from Juneau, AK to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. After graduating with an Associated Degree in Applied Science, and passing the state exam she began her career as a Certified Veterinary Technician. After several negative experiences with pet boarding, she decided to launch Distinctive Pet Care in 1995, and it became her full-time job in nine months, hiring her first sitter one year later. Wanting to have more influence in the Littleton pet community she purchased the Ken Caryl Laund-Ur-Mutt in 2005 which was renamed The Ken Caryl Pet Spa in 2013. She is committed to helping pet owners learn the most practical and best ways to enjoy their pets and give them the best care and pet information possible.

**In March of 2011, Dawn became a certified American Red Cross Pet First Aid Instructor. In March of 2012, Dawn became a Canine Colors Facilitator and a PetTech Certified Instructor.** In December of 2013 Dawn became a Master PetTech Instructor.  In September 2015 Dawn completed a 100-hour course in Canine Nutrition.  In June 2019, Dawn completed the Pet Nutrition course through Dogs Naturally University. In 2022, Dawn completed another dog nutrition course by The Science Dog.

In 2019, Dawn started Creating Forever Dogs, dog behavior & training, and then found a Littleton facility in 2020 called Colorado Pet Education to provide all different types of education & services.  Check out our event calendar for information!


Kathy M, Associate Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter Littleton ColoradoKathy started with Distinctive Pet Care in August 2016. Prior to joining Distinctive Pet Care, Kathy worked as a geophysical analyst in the oil and gas industry. When she left her oil and gas industry position, she knew it was time for a change. Since she grew up with cats and dogs and enjoyed pet sitting for neighbors, she decided it was time to focus on what she enjoys – taking care of furry family members. Kathy supports Warrior Canine Connection, Morris Animal Foundation, and Canine Companions for Independence. She lives in Littleton and is pictured here with her 12-year-old fur kid Cody. Kathy enjoys hiking, golfing, kayaking, and mountain biking in Grand Lake in her free time.

Kathy used our services when Cody was a puppy and was interested in joining our team when she left her previous career.  Cody has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and she now has a new Labrador named Coal.

Kathy completed her Pet Tech First Aid and CPR training in August 2016 and renewed in 2019.


Cathy T (aka Cat), Associate Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter Littleton Colorado

Cathy joined DPC in September 2016, after recognizing that she wanted to spend her days caring for animals. She has worn many hats since moving to Colorado from Nebraska in 1996, but most recently was a graphic designer and proofreader for 15 years. Cathy has a BS degree in Psychology with a minor in Gerontology, and an AAS degree in Multimedia and Graphic Design. She is a lifelong fan of animals big and small and grew up with a dog, a bird, and several tanks full of fish. In her 20s, she started adopting rabbits, then added cats, chinchillas, and guinea pigs to the mix. At one point, there were 17 critters living under her roof! Cathy first began pet sitting for friends and family approximately 10 years ago and worked at two doggie daycares in the metro area. She is very excited to devote her time to caring for animals regularly, and can’t wait to meet your furry (or feathery, or scaly) family!

Cathy completed her Pet Tech Pet First Aid & CPR training in October 2016.



Teri B., Associate Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter Littleton Colorado

Teri is a Colorado native who grew up with a small dog, cats, and bunnies. She had an aunt and uncle who owned a ranch in South Dakota, where she spent a part of many Summers around their cows, horses, and pigs. She started pet sitting for friends and family when she moved back to Colorado after attending college in Nebraska and began to adopt and help stray animals as soon as she had her own apartment.

Over the years, many of her pets needed medications at one point or another, and she learned to stay relaxed, focused, and calm when administering all types – from pills to injections, to sub-q fluids. She (and her family) knew from a very early age that she had an enormous love for all living creatures, as she would bring everything from a hurt toad to an injured baby raccoon back home to nurse back to health. Needless to say, limits had to be set when her mom came home to find Teri caring for an injured bat in the garage.

More recently in Teri’s journey with animals, she has done volunteer work at the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley and completed a dog training certification course in 2018. Teri has always been drawn to working with animals in some capacity, so she is very excited to have the opportunity to do this through Distinctive Pet Care. When she has free time, she enjoys camping and hiking, or just relaxing with a good book or Netflix. She is married and currently has two cats – Chuck and Scarlet.

Teri joined Distinctive Pet Care in September 2019.  Teri completed her training in Pet First Aid & CPR in January 2020.

Leah K., Associate Pet Sitter

Leah joined DPC in July 2022 after moving from Washington State to Colorado to be closer to family.

She worked for many years as a zoo professional caring for a wide variety of animals from black-tipped reef sharks to African penguins to clouded leopards. She has a BS in Biology and an MA in Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution with a focus on Environmental Policy.

Leah has loved many pets of her own over the years, including many dogs and cats, ferrets, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, snakes, and tarantulas. She is experienced working and caring for horses and considers mucking stalls to be about as much fun as a girl could have.

Leah started pet sitting to return to her passion for working with animals and best get to know her new home within the Littleton and wider Denver communities. She is looking forward to meeting you and your amazing animal friends very soon!

Zallianna P., Associate Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter Littleton ColoradoI’m Zallianna, a Colorado native who has a lifelong passion for animals. From volunteering with Street Petz to interning at vet clinics, my journey has been all about caring for our furry, scaly, and feathered friends. My love for animals grew into my adulthood and my career.

When I started volunteering with Street Petz at the age of 10, we would hand out necessities to homeless pets and I shadowed the Veterinarians during vaccinations. I continued my animal journey by volunteering at Safe Place for Pets, a cat shelter for terminally ill owners. I then landed an internship at a vet clinic which turned into a job as a kennel tech/vet assistant. From there forward I kept growing my experience with animal care, working at dog daycares and pet sitting. I have experience working with all different types of animals. In addition to cats and dogs, I have also worked with birds, sugar gliders, reptiles, ferrets, and small rodents.

I want to immerse myself in animal care and have started taking a couple of college classes in animal biology, where we studied some animal anatomy. My goal is to go back to college and get a biology degree to pursue my dream of becoming a wildlife biologist.

Currently, my animal family includes a border collie/lab mix named Berry, who is my hiking buddy, and Gus a shih-tzu, who loves cuddles and naps. I can’t wait to meet and spend time with your animal family!

Zallianna joined Distinctive Pet Care in the summer of 2023.  She has experience giving medications including injections, such as insulin.  Zallianna was certified in Pet First Aid & CPR in August 2023.

Zallianna is excited to form trusting relationships with the dogs and cats that she cares for and is looking forward to caring for your pets!


Chloe F., Associate Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter Littleton ColoradoChloe joined Distinctive Pet Care in the Spring of 2024. Here is some information she finds important for you to know about her!

I am a Colorado native and have spent my whole life in Colorado but I have traveled to almost all of the 50 states except four which are on my list to visit.    I’ve always had an interest in animals since I was young, when I wanted to be a Vet growing up and I have had many kinds of animals from reptiles (lizards and snakes) to dogs and cats.  Growing up, I spent my time riding horses with Westernaires on the weekends and learning how to care for them.

I’m currently enrolled at Red Rocks Community College where I’m pursuing a degree in Zoology and Environmental Science. My goal is to become a Zookeeper and/or travel around the world helping animals.  I attend online classes which gives me the perfect schedule to be a pet caregiver!

My animal family includes my rottweiler named Cassidy, whom I have had since she was 6 weeks old.   She is now ten and still thinks she’s a puppy, with her favorite things being to sit in your lap and play in the sprinklers.  My dog is an important member of my life and I look forward to loving yours and making sure they are cared for as if they are my own.

I enjoy learning and meeting new people and look forward to meeting you and your furry family!

Chloe became Pet First Aid & CPR certified in May 2024.

Dorie G., Associate Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter Littleton ColoradoDorie joined Distinctive Pet Care in the spring of 2024 and has lived in the Ken Caryl area for over 35 years.  Since retiring from their family business in 2023, Dorie has found more free time and is drawn back to her passion for animal welfare & care and is also available to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Her grandparents were ranchers in the Steamboat Springs area, so she has had experience with horses, cattle, and sheep. This upbringing instilled a deep appreciation for wildlife and a strong advocacy for the preservation and management of our country’s wild horse population.

Our current pet family includes 2 dogs, both from rescues, with one having special needs. Over the years being an animal lover I have had many pets including dogs, cats, birds, small furries, and reptiles.

Having previously worked as a vet tech with a local veterinarian, Dorie learned many skills that range from administrative duties to assisting with diagnostics, surgeries, and treatments.  Dorie has volunteered as a home foster for local rescue organizations for over 10 years for different pets ranging from moms with newborn litters to senior-age pets, that require specific medical care needs.  She volunteers at local adoption events and has experience with administering medications & injections.

Dorie understands how important it is to put your trust into the hands of another in your absence and she looks forward to meeting you and your pet family!

Dorie became Pet First Aid & CPR certified in May 2024.

About Us May 29, 2012