Why I Do What I Do...
Throughout my entire life I have been drawn to animals for their spirit, their devotion, and their unconditional love. I am thankful to have
been surrounded by a wonderful husband, and several cats and dogs for many years. These special beings are our most precious teachers. We
have only to listen...
You often hear stories of an animal companion opening a place in your heart that may never have been touched before - A special soul who's
purpose on this earth is to guide your life in a different direction. For me, that driving force was my dog, C.J.
Adopted from a shelter at about the age of five, our wonderful Border Collie/Sheltie-mix turned our lives upside-down. No longer would we be
allowed a couch-potato existence. We were to be kept busy going to the park, playing tug-o-war, going on walks, planning dog-friendly
adventures, etc. But this was not to last forever...
When C.J. was about eleven, he started showing signs of severe Osteoarthritis. He was slowing down due to the severe pain in his joints and
had less interest in playing games or going on walks. He moved slowly and would frequently limp.
Passing through Redmond one afternoon, I noticed a sign for the Northwest School of Animal Massage (NWSAM). I started thinking that massage
might be a wonderful way to aid C.J.'s comfort as he aged. And that was the beginning of my journey...
During the course of my training as a Small Animal Massage Practitioner (SAMP), I fell in love with the idea of becoming a professional in the
field. While attending the Port Townsend School of Massage to become a Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP) (for humans), C.J.'s health began
to decline rapidly. Massage was no longer giving him as much relief from his pain, and his liver enzymes began to elevate as a result of his
daily pain meds. I had to find another way to help him.
After much research, I came across warm water therapy for canines. My first day in the water with C.J. convinced me that this was what I was
meant to do. The look of ultimate relaxation and contentment in his eyes told me that he was experiencing relief from the severe pain in his
joints. It was a look that simply said "Ahhhh...". (And this was coming from a dog who would never go in the water past his ankles!)
Looking back over our many years together, my favorite moments spent with C.J. were in the water. He was my greatest teacher and my inspiration
for Doggone Day Spaw. This company is his legacy, and I am honored to continue helping others in his memory.
Thanks to C.J., there is a special place in my heart for geriatric canines and those with mobility issues. It is my personal goal to improve
and help maintain a rich quality of life for each animal entrusted to my care.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress
can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
~ Mahatma Ghandi