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!
I am currently Doggy Mom to Daisy, a Pointer who was re-homed with me in December 2003. 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 twice 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 and Canine Sports Massage from the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage. I was also pleased to be able to study Pet Nutrition at Colorado State University.
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.
In May and June 2012, I again traveled to the United States for professional development. I became certified in Pet CPR and First Aid and I undertook an internship in pain management at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. I was also pleased to be able to work on elderly and special needs dogs at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary 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 NZ Companion Animal Council, the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork, and the NZ Institute of Management. I’ve also been a sponsor of a guide dog puppy through the Royal NZ Foundation for the Blind for too many years than I can remember. I also support the Hearing Dogs charity and WSPA.
I welcome your feedback on this blog and any of the issues that I cover in it. Enjoy my blog about everything dog!