STEFANIE VANDERHORST

Owner    •    Pack Leader

"My first career goal was to be a dog walker, my parent's would always laugh when I said that." 
Stefanie would beg her parent's for a dog growing up and when she got her first dog, a Bernese Mountain Dog mix named Ajax, she knew dogs would be a life long career and obsession. Her second dog Sammy, a stubborn Bichon mix lead her to many training classes and eventually being hired as a daycare manager and dog trainer at an open concept facility. There she grew her skills as a trainer by teaching and assisting in beginners classes through advanced levels, tricks and early socializing classes and managed up to 80 dogs a day in the open concept daycare/kennel. With 4 years of experience there and her education though North Island College with the Animal Care Aide program in 2013 she knew she was ready to start her own business in the Comox Valley when plans to relocate to the Okanagan changed.

Since starting in March 2017, Run a Mutt has grown beyond her wildest dreams. Originally being just House Sitting, Stefanie began offering pack hikes to her house sitting dogs and that quickly expanded to the off leash pack hikes today that are offered to everyone's "Mutts". 

In her free time Stefanie enjoy's being a member of the North Island Flyball Club with her dogs Willow and Echo, agility with TailBlazers Agility, and continuing to move forward and build on her experience as a dog handler and business owner through continuing education to offer the most relevant skills.

 

ANGELA

Pack Leader

All her life Angela has been involved in the canine world. As a child she volunteered with shelter dogs at Paw Pleasers, worked in a busy pet retail store and worked at a popular dog daycare/kennel managing lots of energetic dogs. In 2016 she and her Labrador Retreiver Lucca became a Therapy Dog team for St. Johns Ambulance working in a local elementary school and hospital, and in 2017 became the organizer for the St. John's Therapy Dog Divison; Comox Valley chapter. She is also active in scent detection with her other Lab's Gryffin and Sam and currently holds a championship and is 1 search away from Master Champion.


Her experience in dog training and pet first aid is a wonderful asset to Run a Mutt. Angela also has her own dog photography business which is very popular with clients, "Muddy Paws Photography and Custom Designs". Her work can be seen at: https://www.facebook.com/muddypawscustomdesigns/

"Being out with the dogs is my zen." - Angela

 

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