About Dog Dot Cat

Photo by Jeff Salmore

Photo by Jeff Salmore


Having been raised an army brat, Diana loves the small town feel of Capitol Hill and, long ago, adopted it as her own hometown.  Trapped inside for many years teaching piano, she is thrilled to now be outside walking dogs with the city as her backdrop.   Monday through Friday, Diana can be found with her mid-day dogs, covering all corners of the Capitol Hill region, from the Library of Congress to Congressional Cemetery and from Union Station to the Anacostia River.

Diana discovered dog walking as a profession after watching the movie, In Her Shoes, the story of a successful NYC lawyer who turns dog walker after experiencing an existential crisis. 

Diana actually thought the whole dog walking thing had been a Hollywood invention.  Then her daughter, Magic, started walking dogs professionally!  Suddenly realizing that pet sitting was an actual profession, Diana immediately set out to create the perfect new line of work for herself, one where she was able to combine her love for animals with the beautiful outdoors. 



Magic is a native Washingtonian who, over the years, has shared her heart with a plethora of animals starting with Misty and Tiffany, her two Chihuahuas that she adored throughout her childhood.  She shared her room with a hamster named Squeaker who had a rig of multi-colored tunnels that went to the ceiling, rats, and five aquariums of mice since Georgette turned out to be George!

Beginning in 1988 and for ten years thereafter, Magic attended St. Peter’s Interparish School on Capitol Hill.  Little did she know, back then, that Dog Dot Cat would find its start on those same childhood stomping grounds.  She has fond memories of growing up on the Hill and is very happy to be creating fun memories with the many unique dogs and cats whom she now lovingly cares for, in addition to several cats and dogs she has rescued along the way.

Magic earned a B.S. degree in speech language pathology from the University of the District of Columbia.  Ironically, by the time she graduated in 2012, she had come to realize that she already found her passion caring for the needs of her clients and their dogs and cats, each with an endearing personality of their own.

Note from the Owners

Hello to all of you, current and potential clients and friends,

What sets us apart from other pet care businesses in the Capitol Hill/ Washington DC area is that we have lived in the neighborhood for nearly 40 years, and know the community and our folks.  We provide the best pet care and flexible schedule for your lifestyle with consistent service and representation from our business that can offer you peace of mind at a reasonable price.  If you’re happy, that makes our day!

Dog Dot Cat was established in 2007 and has maintained a hands on approach as a small local business to maintain the interpersonal relationship with our clients, their pets and to keep the community spirit.  

We love taking pictures of our dogs and cats, their adventures, moments and expressions.  When clients are away, picture updates gain warm feedback and  posting on community mediums like our website, Instagram, Facebook and Yelp are sure to convey the affection of our dogs and cats.

We try to make our dog-walking as scenic and pleasurable as we can! The dogs love visiting places like RFK auxiliary field, the National Arboretum, Congressional Cemetery and several local large parks. The smells are extra inviting, and the sights and space are really exciting!

Our priority is to safeguard the two most important things in your life, your pets and your home, so please reach out to us through our website or directly through telephone or email.

Thank you,

Magic & Diana

the Pack Leaders of Dog Dot Cat