Owner/SafeK9 First Aid Instructor
qualifications & experience
- Dogsafe Canine First Aid Certification, 2010
- Dogsafe Canine First Aid Authorized Instructor Certification, 2011
- Owned and Operated Keep Your Dog Safe – K9 First Aid & Bite Prevention, 2011-2018
- Dog Trainer Walk into Excellence Conference, 2014
- Animal Anatomy & Physiology Instructor Veterinary Hospital Assistant program, Centre for Arts and Technology, 2014
- Dog Daycare Attendant Watson’s Hound Lounge, 2014
- Pet Food Consultant, Bosley’s Pet Foods, 2013
- Owner and Operator, SafeK9 Education & Dog Care Centre
- Creator and Instructor, SafeK9 First Aid & SafeK9 Bite Prevention, 2019
I love dogs. While an elementary school teacher in British Columbia, I decided to become a dog guardian for the first time, and it changed my life forever! There’s no other soul like that of a dog. They are teachers of patience, living in the moment, and forgiving quickly. Dogs offer an unconditional love and bond like no other.
I discovered dog daycare when I was working long hours as a teacher. I felt guilty leaving my dogs in a crate for 9 plus hours a day, and I was often too tired to give them the exercise they needed every night. So, I registered them for dog daycare 2 days a week at a kennel type boarding facility. It was there that I learned about Canine First Aid and decided to become certified. I felt empowered knowing that I had prepared myself to prevent and handle many k9 emergencies and illnesses. I needed first
aid training to teach kids, why not to save my dogs’ lives in an emergency? I loved the course so much I became a Dogsafe Authorized Instructor in 2011. I left the Dogsafe network in 2018 and have since created my own course SafeK9 First Aid!
Returning to my family roots in Ontario in 2018, I took the leap, followed my new found passion, and changed my career path. I found the perfect location for my vision, and expanded my SafeK9 First Aid business to include Kennel Free Dog Daycare, Bite Prevention Workshops, SK9 Essentials – EOs & Pets, Dock Diving, and host of Sniffspot – SafeK9 Private Dog Park & Trail.
I share my life with a young fawn Pug named Cardi, and an adult yellow Labrador named Silas. Both attend
daycare regularly and enjoy socializing and snugging with all of our dog guests!
I look forward to loving and caring for your dogs as my own, and supporting you all in the care, health, and happiness of your beloved family members.
Canine Crew Manager
I have had a love for animals my entire life, and always knew I’d end up working with them. Growing up, I loved to spend a lot of my time helping my grandparents on their farm by taking care of the cows, horses, and cats. I had two beloved Jack Russell Terrier’s named Roxy and Chelsea, since passed, and two birds named Lucy and Bobo. I have recently found a new companion in my new jack russell terrier puppy named Milo.
I have worked at SafeK9 for just over a year now and have loved building relationships with the dog guests and their guardians. I graduated from the pre-health sciences program at Georgian College and completed a year of the vet tech program. To my surprise I developed a keen interest in dog behaviour and plan to continue my education in that direction in the future. A learner and teacher at heart, I enjoy sharing my knowledge to help people build even stronger bonds with their dogs!
In my spare time I enjoy cuddling my animals, singing, and playing guitar. I have experience working in veterinary clinics and I am also certified in SafeK9 first aid. I can’t wait to meet your dogs and love them as my own!
My entire life I have spent surrounded by dogs. My very first memory is of me as a toddler sitting in front of the Christmas tree. I was petting both our golden retriever and our german shepherd with me wedged in between. I met my heart dog Hannah, a little jack russell terrier, when I was 23 and fell head over heals in love with her. I was blessed to have my sweet Hannah by my side for 18 years. I share my life with my partner Tony and our 2 adorable blue heelers, Luna and Cassiopeia. They are my moon and stars! I joined the SafeK9 team to provide active supervision and individual enrichment sessions to the dog guests in our care. I am a mixed media artist and enjoy contributing to our specialized daycare program and events.