Cathy is a professional elementary teacher with a Masters Degree in Education. Over the past 17 years she has taught for both the Okanagan School District and the North Vancouver School District, in British Columbia, as well as, owned and operated a dog safety business Keep Your Dog Safe, as a Dogsafe Canine First Aid Authorized Instructor. After relocating to Ontario in the summer of 2018 to be closer to family, Cathy decided to focus mainly on canine safety and bite prevention education. With her experience as an educator, and her love and passion as a canine first aid instructor, SafeK9 was started on January 31, 2019, in Victoria Harbour, ON. SafeK9 has since grown into their new facility just outside Midland.
Cathy shares her life with an 11 year old fawn pug named Midge, and a 2 year old Labrador named Silas. Her love of dogs began in childhood, however, it wasn’t until she had her own dog after graduating from university, that she realized what her life had been missing. In the fall of 2002, an 8 week old English Labrador won her heart. She called him Randall. Dill, for short. Her love and passion for teaching fellow humans about dog safety flourished after attending a Dogsafe Canine First Aid course in 2010, followed shortly after by successfully completing the Dogsafe Authorized Instructor Program in the summer of 2011.
Cathy looks forward to sharing her love of dogs and her passion for teaching K9 First Aid, in her local community in Simcoe County in Ontario.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Dogsafe Canine First Aid Certification, 2010
Dogsafe Canine First Aid Authorized Instructor Certification, 2011
Doggone Safe 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 First Aid & Bite Prevention, 2019.
ASSISTANT MANAGER AND LEAD DOG HUGGER
Born and raised in Midland, my first dog came into my life the week I was born, and my love for canine companions only grew from there. Connecting with dogs has always come naturally for me and I feel truly blessed to be able to include my passion into a career. There is no greater feeling to me than seeing a challenged dog overcome its challenges and learn to live their best life!
My main man, and dog Eddie, is a shining example! We spent the past year hiking with Tiny Tay Pack Hikes (off-leash hikes specializing in dog reactivity and fear, based in Tiny, Ontario), to work on his socialization challenges. With consistency and socialization work, and the additional support of the SK9 Essential oil Copaiba Eddie is able to join me daily at SafeK9 Professional Dog Services.
When I’m not enjoying my time with my dog friends alongside Cathy at SafeK9, I own Sincerely Yours - Sincerely Dog - a small business creating quirky wares for dog lovers, as well as personalized bandanas and collar accessories for your canine companions. Over the summer months, I travel around to vendor events hosted by agility clubs and the dog community throughout Ontario customizing bandanas on the spot and selling a variety of handmade items. The highlight of these events is truly making new fur-friends!
I’d love for you to follow me on social media at https://www.facebook.com/SincerelyYoursMidland/ or go directly to my etsy store to shop for that special dog or dog lover in your life. https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SincerelyDog