About us

Owner of SafeK9, Cathy

about

Cathy

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
Safe K9 First Aid Certified
The Mirror Reader's Choice Nominee
Sniffspot private dog parks
PSI Pet Sitters International Member

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.

Cathy

Congrats to Cathy from the College of integrated canine professionals
Amanda, SafeK9 crew supervisor

about

Amanda

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!

Shawnna Jupp

about

Shawnna

Crew Volunteer

Hi, I’m Shawnna Jupp. I am a wife and a mother of 2 grown children and 3 senior pugs. In my free time, you will find me exploring Ontario on my motorcycle or cheering my son on at his hockey games. After 17 years as the manager of a PetValu retail store, I left to start on a new career path. Missing all the extra dog love and wanting to continue to serve the dog community, I started volunteering at SafeK9 to help with the end-of-the-day cleaning and supervising the dog guests waiting for pick up. So grateful to be a part of the SafeK9 team!