Hi, I’m Kathleen Crisley, Principal and Owner of Canine Catering Ltd in Christchurch New Zealand.
I have been a dog person all my life. Reading Dick and Jane books in the first grade, I always wondered why Jane had to have the cat as a pet!
From December 2003 to July 2014 I was Doggy Mom to Daisy, a Pointer who was re-homed with me. She was my heart dog – and my inspiration. I had lost my previous dog, Ebony, to cancer quite suddenly the previous October and out of the blue I got this email from an acquaintance:
“Dear Kathleen, A lovely, gentle, abandoned 3 yr old speyed, black and white Pointer [English] bitch is desperately needing a permanent home. I have had you in mind and am wondering if you are ready for another dog? Daisy is yours if you want her. Contact …”
Daisy joined me on 23 December 2003 to start our new life together. She had some intolerances to food and so I began baking dog treats for her to save her exposure to preservatives and other unnecessary additives. In 2007, I launched Canine Catering Ltd to sell my treats to other dog owners in New Zealand.
I started to issue a monthly newsletter for customers and realised that I was connecting to a large body of information that should be shared amongst dog owners. For 9 months I wrote a monthly column for a website in New Zealand but the owners of that site closed it down and I decided to launch this blog so I can maintain control over content.
During my time in operating Canine Catering, I have also traveled to the United States three times for hands-on training in canine massage and I’ve been practising as a canine massage therapist since 2009. I hold certifications in Canine Therapeutic Massage, Canine Sports Massage, and Senior Canine Massage. I was also pleased to be able to study Pet Nutrition at Colorado State University. I used my growing body of knowledge and hands-on expertise to manage Daisy’s health conditions as she entered the senior and geriatric phases of her life.
I maintain active networks for advice on a range of issues; this is one way that I keep abreast of current developments in the dog care industry. I typically travel to the United States at least once each year for professional development and I’ve trained at places like the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.
I write a monthly column – The Canine Corner – for NZ Dog World magazine, the magazine of the New Zealand Kennel Club. You must subscribe to this magazine to read my columns – but when the columns are older I will then mount them on this blog (as I own copyright to them). When I have more information for an article than I can manage in a column, I also post complementary information on this blog.
I am a member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork and the NZ Institute of Management. I support a range of animal charities with donations and with support for their fundraising efforts. I am also a home-checker for Greyhounds as Pets to enable ex-racing greyhounds to find suitable homes. In October 2014, I adopted Izzy from Greyhounds as Pets.
I welcome your feedback on this blog and any of the issues that I cover in it. You can contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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