About Catherine

I’ve loved animals my whole life.

Growing up as the youngest in a family of 8 children, someone was always bringing home a kitten or stray dog. We did our best to convince my Mom that we should keep all of them. Sometimes it worked but most of the time we had to find them another good home.

My sister, Francina, adopted my first pup and brought him home for me. I begged my Mom to keep him. He was white with some black speckles and I named him, Sugar, because I thought he was the sweetest thing I had ever seen. I was 5 years old at the time and I couldn’t imagine life without dogs. I still can’t and that’s what has brought me on this amazing journey…

Throughout my life, I have always volunteered with animals but my professional life & business travel, limited my time to have my own creatures at home. Finally, in 1998 I took a job, which didn’t require travel. While shopping for golf shoes one day, I ended up in a store that was having pet adoptions. Little did I know, that day would change my life, forever.

That day, I met Jake.

Jake was a 7-week old, Lab/bull terrier puppy that had a runny nose and needed a home. I wasn’t actually looking for a dog that day but since I wasn’t traveling for work and I did have a house with a fenced yard, Jake & I decided it was meant to be. That would prove to be a huge understatement since over the next 12 years, Jake went on to teach me more than I could ever imagine.

Jake taught me so much about compassion, love and acceptance. He showed me what it feels like to care for another life with all the passion in the world. Without Jake to guide the way, I would not have taken the path I’ve been on. The path of knowledge that has taught me so much about life, love, health, communication, healing touch, patience and so much more!
 Jake was a teacher, a peacemaker, a soft guy, a great snuggler, and a calm soul. He lived with love in his heart and shared that carefully with others. When we said good-bye to him in 2010, I knew that his teaching would continue through my work with other dogs.

In 2000, I moved to the Northwest to be with my amazing husband. At the time, I thought it was a huge bonus that he also lived with the most handsome Golden Retriever I had ever seen. Woody was a majestic old soul. He and I became fast friends when we met in 1999 and when I moved in with Jake, it didn’t take long before the two of them were snuggling together in the same dog bed. Woody helped Jake to mature and gain confidence. They were best buddies!

In 2005, I traveled to the Icelandic Horse Farm in Vernon, BC, to learn more about Icelandic horses. On that weekend, I was introduced to the Tellington TTouch method for training and communicating with animal. I met Benni that weekend, a chestnut gelding that would also prove to be an amazing teacher. Benni joined our family in January of 2006 and continues to bring joy to me each & every day!

Over the next several years, I focused on learning all I could about animals and their needs. I completed the 2-year Tellington TTouch program and became a Certified TTouch Practitioner. I took courses and became certified in Canine First Aide. I extensively studied (and continue to do so) the Bach Flower Essences, which are natural remedies to help animals with emotional issues that can relate to behavioral problems.

I attended as many seminars as possible and read as many books as I could get my hands on by well-respected animal experts such as Patricia McConnell, Suzanne Clothier, Jean Donaldson, Gwen Bailey, Karen Pryor, Dr. Ian Dunbar and Dr. Sophia Yin.

All of this aimed at helping animals by understanding their point of view and how they think & feel & communicate.

In 2011, I was asked to help teach a week-long TTouch practitioner course at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. This was absolutely a life-changing experience. If you ever get a chance to visit Best Friends, you’ll see what I mean. Spending time there will all the various animals and seeing the possibilities for each them, gave me an even greater drive to educate others and continue helping animals live balanced and happy lives.

These days, my hours are filled with helping dogs that have a myriad of issues. TTouch and positive reinforcement can help with so many challenges we face with all of our animals. I also live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. If you haven’t been to Point Roberts, WA, I invite you to come and enjoy the magic that is all around…on the beaches & in the forest trails. My husband and I try to enjoy some little piece of Pt. Roberts each day. We go for hikes with our two dogs – Fred & Riley and Benni & I go for rides through the forest trails or on the beach. We also try to get out on the ocean with our paddleboards, as much as possible.

Enjoying nature & animals is my passion!

I hope I get the chance to meet you and your special furry creature soon.

Check out this article about Catherine on Canada.com