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 & Overnight Stays, 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 loving on her dog.
Cathy is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

  • 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 Professional Dog Services

  • Creator and Instructor, SafeK9 First Aid & SafeK9 Bite Prevention, 2019

  • Owner and Manager, SafeK9 Kennel Free Dogcare, 2019

Cathy is first aid certified.
Cathy is a part of the Aqua dogs world diving league.


SafeK9 was nominated for the Mirror Readers Choice Awards in 2021.
Cathy is a member of Pet Sitters International.
Amanda loving on her pup.



I have always had a love for animals, specifically dogs. My parents got me my first dog, a jack russell terrier, at 6 years old. I grew up with that dog and experienced life with her until I was 21 years old.


I currently have one jack russell named Roxy, and 2 birds named Lucy and Bobo. Growing up, I also spent a lot of my time helping my grandparents on their farm taking care of the cows and horses.


Some of my interests include cuddling my animals, and singing and playing guitar. I have recently graduated the pre-health sciences program at Georgian College and have been accepted into the veterinary technician program there as well.


I am looking forward to meeting all of your pups and loving on them while they are in our care!