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I have been fortunate to do what I wanted to do since I was a little girl. Work with animals. My path has taken me down the road of veterinarian assistant for domestic and exotic pets, wildlife rehabilitation, animal rescue with different SPCA’s, dog training, grooming and now writing. There has always been one constant in this path we call life, I’ve always had at least one dog walking with me, following me or causing me to chase them. My life as a dog trainer started in the early nineteen eighties when I was asked to stay on as an apprentice after taking Quila, my shepherd cross through obedience classes. From there I started competing in obedience, conformation, agility and fly ball with Toshi, Kitt, Jake and Boo. After attaining an instructor’s certification for dog obedience, I held a variety of pet obedience classes in different places I lived. My specialization became training dogs deemed untrainable. Landing jobs in veterinary clinics kept me busy for ten years and eventually led me into pet grooming in the nineteen nineties. Combining my knowledge and skill as a dog trainer with my experience from veterinary clinics, I began to specialize in the dogs that were refused by other groomers.
I love grooming dogs and cats, and still specialize in behaviour dogs both in training and in grooming.
My husband and three children are my heroes for bandaging my fingers when my reflexes aren’t quite fast enough, holding up tails for me to shave under them and bribing with a variety of food and toys. My current Belgian Sheepdog, Skye, is my four legged wonder, who always makes me shake my head and laugh at his antics. Willow and Storm who swack me whenever I’m slow on giving them tuna, keep me grounded with their cat demands.
My current grooming shop is The Garage Grooming Shop, located in Sylvan Lake, Alberta.