I have been surrounded by animals my entire life. All have been influential and helped me develop my love for our canine friends.
I am originally from Fergus, Ontario. Born and raised a farm girl. I grew up with livestock, participating in 4-H and completing my post secondary in Agriculture. I have my Bachelor’s in Agribusiness and a general Agriculture diploma. I worked in the field for a bit, but the animals were always calling my name. I joined Brandy in 2014 to relocate and grow DDG and haven’t looked back.
I have three of my own dogs who have joined me since I have relocated to Alberta. currently, Tess, a rescue JRT who is 12, Baxter, a rescue Lhasa Apso x who is about 9, Penny who is around 6 and you will see her around the salon quite often! I always have fosters around the house as well, that my whole family enjoy! My favourite fosters are for the senior rescue or ones that are harder to place because of their overwhelming shyness. My dogs and my many fosters have taught me invaluable lessons about patience, trust building, and training. I have been certified in positive reinforcement clicker training and enjoy using it to create a bond with the dogs. Previous employment has allowed me to learn various training techniques that have been extremely helpful.
From shut down shy dogs, to ones that need a little extra training to get them ready for their forever homes, I enjoy every one. It’s hard not to have a house full! I love to work with these furry friends because you get to interact with so many different personalities and establish trust with them. You see the transformation of many of the dogs through the time you spend with them.
Brandy and I have worked hard to grow DDG to what it is today. We are extremely proud of our salon and look to accommodate everyone and their furry friends that walk through our door. I look forward to meeting you and caring for all your canine needs!
I want to begin by saying that I love my job! Going into my 4th year at DDG continues to be fun, entertaining, educational & rewarding.
I was raised for the first 20 yrs of my life on a farm near Dauphin, MB. I have 2 siblings and we had many different animals to care for over the years (cattle, horses, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, bunnies, dogs & cats). I was a tomboy at heart and always preferred to be outside with the animals. We had some unique animals over the years… a baby calf that nursed from a nanny goat, a 3 legged Doberman Pincher & piglet that were best friends, a golden retriever & a lamb that were best friends and a husky x timber wolf (amazing and true).
Graduating high school I planned to become a graphic artist but life had other plans for me…
I met my husband Danny and chose to drive truck with him across North America for the next 20 yrs! We got our 1st dog Brandy (Min-Pin) from Chilliwack, BC. 4 yrs later we got our 2nd dog Buddy (Pom x American Eskimo) from our trucker friends in Seven Sisters, MB. This is when I started to think about becoming a groomer… Learning to groom Buddy properly while out on the road was a must and thankfully our groomer in Lac du Bonnet, MB was kind enough to show me proper brushing technique!
6 yrs later and a move to Alberta I decided I needed to try a career change and found Alberta School of Dog Grooming in Leduc, AB. Graduated in August of 2014 but had to pay for it so back in the truck I went for 7 more months. Then our Buddy got very sick & life threw me a bone, DDG!
While nursing our dog back to health I found my furever home with Downward Dog Grooming! I was rusty to say the least & joined DDG in the midst of a company move from their old salon to beautiful new shop on main street in Airdrie. I believe I made the right choice & in very short time I was back into the swing of things bathing & grooming full time with awesome bosses!
What I love about DDG:
They have a groomer for every type of dog (puppies, dogs large or small, the elderly and sick).
They accommodate their staff's family life and are extremely flexible
I’d have to say I love grooming every type of dog but my heart goes to the very large breeds because of growing up on the farm.
Hope to see you and your dog soon at DDG!
I am a Certified Professional Dog Groomer with over 15 years of experience in the industry and a lifetime of experience with animals from guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, dogs to horses. I currently have 6 rescue dogs of my own and 2 rescue cats. I am a certified yoga instructor but it is my love for animals, the peace it brings me to groom and my love of yoga that Downward Dog Grooming was born in 2010.
Prior to DDG I worked in some Calgary salons, continued my education and got a feel for where I fit in the grooming world. Before opening the salon in Airdrie with Julia, I had been operating as a private in home mobile groomer, mostly by referral, under the trade name Downward Dog Grooming and loving every minute of it. I started with a few elderly clients who couldn't get out, then senior dogs whose parents were no longer comfortable taking them to a groomer or their groomers found them too fragile/hard to handle, plus other dog clients with special needs from back injuries, missing legs, blindness or other medical conditions. Most days were long and challenging but 100% worth every minute. While I won't be continuing this mobile service most of my clients have chosen to follow me from all over Calgary, Dewinton, Bearspaw to Airdrie because of the trust and bond I have built with them and their dogs. My new focus has been building a team with Julia that you can trust here in Airdrie to serve the community’s needs.
I continue to offer appointments for your special case. We will fit them in on a quieter day and do everything we can to make their visit stress free and enjoyable. We operate by appointment only and we try to get our clients in and out in a timely fashion. At times it can be loud and overwhelming for some dogs. We will try to meet your dog’s needs and create the best atmosphere for their visit. This goes for dog aggressive as well. We offer special times to come in that is safe for everyone involved.
We believe grooming is not "just a trade" that anyone can pick up. Grooming takes knowledge of the industry, a passion for animal health and welfare, patience, a lot of patience, creativity and compassion. A groomer’s success depends on keeping you and your pet healthy, happy and safe. Choosing a groomer should not be taken lightly. We work hard to build trust, respect and maintain a good standing relationship with you and your dogs. I look forward to working with you!
My passion ever since I can remember has been animals and in particular dogs. Growing up I had many different breeds of dogs, shetland sheepdog, chihuahuas, staffordshire bull terrier and bloodhound, Just to name a few. My dream was to become a veterinarian, but life doesn't always go directly as planned. I received my veterinary medical office assistant diploma in 2010 from Excel career college in Courtenay BC. After graduation I began a 6 year long career working in different veterinary hospitals in BC and after moving back to my home town, Calgary. There were many hard stressful days at the hospitals, I decided it was time for a career change and found an amazing new home at DDG. I joined the downward dog team in June 2017, and can't wait to see what the future holds for me here. I currently have 5 dogs, Rio, Skye, Romeo, Buck,(Chihuahuas) and Whiskey Rose (Staffordshire bull terrier) and a kitten named Chevy. I plan to learn all I can working with the amazing Downward Dog crew and eventually become a full groomer in the future.