May 2014. Julia Duke has retired.

We will take down the site later this year.

About The Privileged Pet

Julia Duke, proprietor of The Privileged Pet, cares for your pets as if they were her own. A Nashville native, Julia started her pet-sitting and home-sitting business on a part-time basis in 1992 while working as a marketing and business development executive. She retired from the corporate world in 1997 to take her  business full-time. With excellent references and more than 20 years of experience, Julia offers clients the assurance that their pets and homes are in good hands while they're away from home.

Photo of Julia Duke with her own Privileged Pets,

rescues Tater Tot and Buzz Lightyear.

Photo by Renee Rome.



Nashville Paw Magazine Readers' Choice Award

Best Pet Sitter -- 5 consecutive years!

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011


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Customer Comments | In the News

My Pet Rescue, Desperate House Cats

"As a pet owner myself with five cats and a rescued Great Pyrenees, I know how important it is to have the peace of mind that your pets are loved and cared for while you are away for the day ... or the week. My little clients are as happy to see me as I am to see them! From my comprehensive interview with their human families, I know the intricacies of each pet's schedule, needs and special treats. 

As a business owner, I take all of my responsibilities very seriously, and my commitment to customer service and satisfaction is unparalleled. When you come home, you'll find your pets are happy and your home is just as you left it!"

- Julia Duke, Proprietor


Shelter and rescued pets deserve a privileged life, too!

Our Nashville-area animal shelters and rescue societies do an amazing job of rescuing thousands of lost or homeless dogs and cats each month. But sadly, only a small number of those pets are adopted into loving homes. To help reduce the number of unwanted pets:

  • Please consider adopting your next pet from a shelter or rescue organization.

  • Remember to check the local shelter if your pet escapes from home.

  • Spay and neuter your pets.

My passion is rescuing animals from the shelter and finding them homes. Please do not hesitate to call on me if I may help you find a wonderful pet. I also have a year-round bedding drive for the shelters if you have any blankets, sheets or pet beds that you would like to donate.

My Pet Rescue: Desperate House Cats

Foster homes needed!

Desperate House Cats Shelter Rescue, previously TPP Rescue, is a volunteer effort of The Privileged Pet that has successfully placed approximately 500 cats from Middle Tennessee shelters. We are a small rescue and focus only on saving animals from euthanasia at local shelters. Our goal is to provide you with a wonderful family member, and provide the kitty with a privileged home in which to live happily ever after.  Please View All of Our Adoptable Pets on Petfinder


Links to animal shelters and pet rescues that I work with and recommend:

Williamson County Animal Control [Our pick!]

Kimbers Kritters

Critter Cavalry

Now I'm Home

Cheatham County Shelter

Rutherford County P.A.W.S.

Bowling Green Humane Society

Humane Assoc. of Wilson County

All rescues and shelters on Petfinder:

Thank you!!!

Customer Comments:

"Whenever we were out of town, we didn't worry at all about how the boys, Louis and Nicky -- and the two new kitties, Billy and Jane -- were being looked after. We knew they were being well loved and cared for.  I couldn't imagine anyone else taking care of them. I'm certain that we missed them a lot more than they missed us. Thanks for looking after our home and our sweet aminals."

- Reed Trickett, Trickett Honda

"I can't tell you the peace of mind it gives me when Julia is with Boo, our golden retriever that Julia found for us; Tuggger, our new King Charles Spaniel; and Sassie and Samantha, our two Himalayans. We have depended on Julia for years to care for our home and our four-legged children."

- Jennifer Frist

"I consider Julia part of the family, and a very important part. I couldn't do all I do professionally without Julia to take care of my dog. Not only can I rely on her rain, sleet or snow to walk Dodi every day, she has even taken him to the vet when he gets sick during the day.

It is such a relief to know that Dodi is taken care of by such a loving person. Working with Julia adds to the quality of my life, as well as my dogs."

- Beverly Keel, Universal Music Group Nashville

"We always feel very secure leaving our home in the care of Julia while we are out of town. For several years, she has made it possible for us to have peace of mind while we are gone."

- Kaye and Bob Frensley, The Superdealer
"I am very particular in my referrals and I have been referring Julia for the past 10 years. She is my top referral. In all that time, I have never had one complaint, only raves of how wonderful she and her services are."

- Chris Achord, The Cat Shoppe

"I have the pleasure of being Julia's original client. Nineteen years ago, we moved to a new neighborhood with our aging dog, Molly. Julia cared for Molly and looked after our home. After Molly died, we brought home a young puppy named Lucy. Lucy was one feisty dog for all of her 13 1/2 years, and Julia loved and cared for her through every stage -- from the early puppy wildness to her last year of serious health issues, with an extensive pill regimen.  Today, our former shelter dog, Henry, enjoys his visits with his Aunt Julia. She is a such an important and cherished member of our extended family!"

- Anita Bailey, Bailey Marketing Strategies

"I cannot say enough wonderful things about Julia Duke as an animal lover and friend. She brings compassion and love to each of her four-legged "clients."  My husband, Clifton, and I have trusted her with two of our pets over the years and it is my pleasure to recommend her without hesitation. We never worry when we leave town whether for a weekend a few hours away or a vacation on the other side of the world, because we know our cat, Maddie, could not be in better hands! 

Julia's loyalty and honesty are two of the things we love most about her. There have been many times when the weather made driving around town dangerous, but Julia has often put the well-being of her charges ahead of herself. It seems most people would rather find a shortcut or take the easy way out these days, but I have never known Julia to shirk her responsibilities. That kind of dependability is hard to find and is certainly to be commended!

If you are looking for someone who is dependable and trustworthy to care for your pet you need look no further than Julia Duke and The Privileged Pet."

- Debbie Hunt, Marketing Consultant The NewsChannel 5 Network

"It is so great to have someone like Julia Duke take care of your pets when you have to leave them home alone. You can go on a business trip or vacation and never have to worry about the care they get in your absence. Julia is extremely responsible and always inquires about my dogs even when I am in town! Most importantly, you know your pets are being loved. I think my yellow and black labs may like Julia better than me. Could be the treats she always seems to have on hand...

- Dru Anderson, Corporate Communications

"We meet the very best people because of our pets. We have known Julia Duke for more than 10 years and cannot imagine getting along without her. She has become part of our family, and our dog and five cats love her as much as we do. Julia is thoughtful, caring, absolutely dependable and impeccably honest. The quality of our lives would suffer greatly without her."

- Dr. Richard and Suzi Oldham, Retired, Baptist Hospital Pathology

"Julia has been pet-sitting for us for 10 years now. She is like a guardian angel for our beloved pets and our home when we're away. Julia's devotion to her clients, the 4-legged ones AND their owners, is beyond compare.

A couple of years ago, when we were already in the midst of a major family crisis, we found out our precious 14 year old cocker spaniel, P.J., was gravely ill. Julia offered to accompany me on the heartbreaking trip to the vet that would ultimately take P.J. out of his pain. I COULD NOT have done this without her. I will be forever grateful.

On a happier note, we are now the proud owners of 2 adorable kitty-cats name Milo and Oreo. We can leave town confident that they are happy and safe in Julia's care! It's also a relief to know Julia is watching out for plants, deliveries, power outages, you name it!! She is one-of-a-kind and we are blessed to know her."

- Janet Runkle Wall, Southern Living At Home

"Ms. Julia was sent from heaven to us! It is so comforting to know I can leave Betsi Ross with Ms. Julia and know that she will be loved and taken care of. Julia pet sits for us in both our Nashville and California homes, and I never worry about Betsi when she is with our angel, Julia! Betsi gets so excited when Ms. Julia drives up. She knows she will have a fun day!"

- Ed and Kim Karrels, Old Natchez Country Club

“I can concentrate on my job everyday knowing that little Riley is looking forward to “Aunt Julia’s” arrival and playtime. She always goes beyond the call of duty in her tasks and is a treasured friend to our family!  We don’t know what we would do without her!"

- Terri Merryman-Frio, Professor, David Lipscomb University

 Alan Frio, WSMV Anchor

Julia Duke is a person to be respected and admired.  She has combined her love of animals with her enterprising career as your pet's best friend and yours.  At this time in our lives my husband Neil and I do not have pets, therefore I cannot speak of Julia's ability as others may; what I can speak of is Julia as a person of integrity and high moral character.  Never have we encountered a person more dedicated and passionate about an animal's welfare than Julia.  She cares and it shows in her every action.  Every pet should be so lucky to have Julia in its life."

- Nan Nelson Parrish, Nashville Community Volunteer & Animal Rights Advocate 
"Julia is the best and really loves everyone's pets. She is fabulous about exercising them, cuddling them, and also taking care of the house, paper and mail."

- Valerie Anderson, Caldwell Travel



In the News:


Julia Duke hosts Desperate House Cats Rescue Party

Volunteers with Julia Duke's Desperate House Cats Rescue were honored at their annual holiday party. Desperate House Cats takes in cats from shelters and fosters them in homes until they are adopted.  The News. January 6, 2011.

Julia Duke hosts Desperate House Cats Rescue Party

Julia Duke's cat rescue service, Desperate House Cats, celebrated a year of exceptional foster care and adoptions for numerous cats rescued from shelters. Foster and adoptive "parents" were honored at the holiday party, held at Outback Restaurant. The News. December 17, 2009.

The Privileged Pet named a Readers Choice winner by Nashville PAW Magazine

The Privileged Pet won second place in Nashville Paw Magazine’s 2009 Readers Choice Awards for “Best Pet Sitter/Dog Walker” and “Best Pet Sitting / Dog Walking Company” categories!  Look for the full list in the October 09 issue.

Homes for the Holidays Cat Adoption at The Lipman Group Sotheby's

The News

December 11, 2008


Felines find new homes at group's adoption event

The Tennessean

August 1, 2008


Friday the 13th Cat Adoption

The News

June 12 2008


The Privileged Pet Cat Rescue Party, hosted by Linda Davis

The News

May 8, 2008


Christmas adoption party finds homes for felines

The News

December 27, 2007


Corporate Adoptions Prove Positive for Privileged Pets!

December 18, 2007


Pet Adoption Party

Davidson A.M.

December 14, 2007


The Privileged Pet Wins "Best Petsitter" & "Best Petsitting Service"

Nashville Paw Magazine. Readers Choice Awards

August-September, 2007


HCA Pet Adoption Event Places Several Cats, Dogs

The Tennessean

August 3, 2007



Furry Friends Find Loving Homes

HCA Newsletter

July, 2007


Animal rescuers have hands full as Nashville enters 'kitten season'

Green Hills News

July  12, 2007


To boost adoptions, HCA goes to the dogs...and cats

Green Hills News

June 28, 2007



Critter Calvary Party

The News

March 15, 2007



Books help explain pet's unique personality

The Tennessean

November 10, 2006


Critter Cavalry Picnic

Green Hills News

October 26, 2006


Emotional Rescue: Julia Duke reaches out to pets who are not so privileged.

Nashville Lifestyles

May 2006


Julia Duke hosts Animal Rescue Party

Green Hills News

April 20, 2006






Julia Duke considers pet sitting a privilege

Nashville Lifestyles

May, 2004Nashville Lifestyles - The Privileged Pet


Pet sitter trades 'ruff' job for one she loves

The Tennessean

Sunday, March 23, 2003The Tennessean - The Privileged Pet



Julia Duke: For the love of all things furry

The City Paper

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

The City Paper - The Privileged Pet


5 Ways to Impress Your Pets

The Tennessean, Williamson A.M.

Thursday, November 21, 2002


5 Ways to Cater to Canines

The Tennessean, Williamson A.M.

Thursday, March 28, 2002