Pick any point along the timeline that is my life and I can assure you that you will find something that has to do with dogs. From being that child that begged for a dog every Christmas, to being that person sitting in the corner at parties making best friends with the resident Shih Tzu, to throwing the frisbee around with my current dog, Chanel, I have always loved dogs. Every. Single. One.
Along with that, I've always had a love for the outdoors. I did the camp counsellor thing, the canoe trip leader thing, the hiking guide thing-- the list goes on. But the problem was I could only ever do those types of activities on the weekends, or during summer vacations. On top of that, after the adventures were over, I would always head back to the proverbial desks of my life and think fondly of my more adventurous pursuits.
As I started getting older, the question of "what I wanted to do with my life" became more and more pressing. After years of contemplation, a university degree, and a few different career paths, I came to a realization- I didn't want to have to schedule what I loved doing around my career. Rather, I wanted it to make it my career-- and that's how Rad Rover was born.
I spent a lot of time and creating a business model that not only meshed with my lifestyle, but that was designed with the absolute best interests of my clients and their pets in mind. There is so much love, passion and dedication behind what Rad Rover offers, that I really can't imagine doing anything else!
I have always had a deep connection to the animal kingdom. I grew up in Manitoba and have always had a fascination with animal behaviour.
After completing a BSc (Hons) in Zoology my love of dogs took my career in a new direction. I began working with dogs in 2017 and decided to pursue a career working with dogs in place of graduate school.
My collie/heeler cross, Yama, inspired me to start a business helping others understand how to efficiently communicate with their fur-babies. When I’m not out hiking with pups or running dog training with my new business Malleable Mutts, you can find Yama and I at the agility track working on our skills.
Working as a Pack Leader with Rad Rover gives me the opportunity to love on all the Rad fur-babies. This unique role also allows me to grow my knowledge and expertise in dog behaviour and communication, which helps me become the handler I aspire to be.
When I was looking for work, I kept telling myself "make sure you find something that will bring you joy." I didnt want to get tired of what I was doing a short way down the road. I wanted it to stick. Then I got offered to be a part-time Pack Leader with Rad Rover and it just clicked. I get to be outdoors, I get to work on my own goals and dreams because I'm not chained to a nine-to-five. I always have an eager group of wagging tails ready to hit the trail with me, rain or shine. Best of all? I get paid to do this!
The most rewarding part of this job though, by far, is getting to know each individual dog and their unique personality. Some are total goofballs while others are serious and reserved. It's so much fun to watch them interact with one another!
I've always been an avid hiker and backpacker, and have been lucky enough to hike all throughout BC and Alberta. Give me a backpack, a Nalgene, and a worn-in pair of hiking boots, and I'll blaze a new trail somewhere with a smile on my face the whole time.
Working with Jessica at Rad Rover has put a new twist on that passion- the rewarding, exhilarating feeling of hiking with dogs! I love getting to meet new clients and their pets, and especially enjoy seeing how excited the dogs get when I pick them up. Once we've been out a few times they know to associate me with going outside, exercising, and exploring, and they can barely contain themselves. Out on the trail, it's fun to watch them run and play in that way only dogs can. And when we're finished, there is usually a substantial change in their behavior- they are more relaxed, calmer, and content. It's a nice feeling to think that we deliver dogs back to their owners like that, and that's part of what makes this job so great!