I’ve had pets my whole life. Growing up we had several dogs, cats, rabbits & ducks, and even lambs for a time. My grandparents even had a pair of pet skunks and a woodchuck at one point! I loved horseback riding at the local stable and visiting the calves at the dairy farm. As an adult, being a military family (now retired) we were more limited, but our dogs and cats have always been a part of our family.
I have experience with the young and old ones, the well and not-so-well. In our house, we’ve dealt with allergies, auto-immune disorders, Addison’s disease, arthritis, hip dysplasia, cancer(s), kidney disease, UTIs, surgeries, physical therapy, alternative therapies, the list goes on. I understand the level of care and gentle handling they require.
I know you’ve heard it before… it all started in my childhood. When it comes to living with dogs, for me it did. Dogs often outnumbered people in my house at any given time and I loved it. Our house was full and they were my best friends. Growing up my parents showed Salukis, my dad hunted with Brittanys, we lure coursed on the weekends, we groomed, exercised and played. It was great.
As an adult, I owned Friendly Grove Boarding while starting my massage training at the Northwest School of Animal Massage. After selling the boarding kennel, I worked in animal rehabilitation treating dogs recovering from surgery, geriatric dogs that needed an extra boost, service dogs doing valuable work, and agility dogs who want to keep going. I feel lucky to do what I absolutely love doing, working with dogs
I am a Canine Massage Therapist certified in Maintenance, Performance, and Rehabilitative Massage. I know how important your pet is to you and welcome the opportunity to care for them when you are away.
Dana offers massage, therapeutic exercise, nutritional therapy and more through The Holistic Dog.