About the author
Our site was created out of our overwhelming love for dogs! We are constantly researching, reviewing and experimenting with new products, concepts and ideas regarding the overall well-being of our canine partners. Our life's mission is to educate the dog consumer so that you may make healthier choices for your beloved pet so that they experience a happy, healthy, joyous life! Anything you want to know about dogs you will without a doubt find here. We are All That Dog and much more!
My name is Elle and I have owned dogs my entire life. I knew as a young child that I was destined to work with animals. As a child I volunteered at local shelters in my area as a dog walker and a kennel technician. I have always had an overwhelming desire to save every stray dog that I encountered, much to the dismay of my family.
My rewarding career began in 1998 when I attended Diamond Cut Dog Grooming school in Medina, Ohio and became a Certified Dog Groomer. After grooming dogs for 3 years in pet shops and grooming salons, I came to the conclusion that, many of the dogs, as sweet and loving as they were, needed to learn some basic manners to improve the quality of their lives as well as their owners. I decided to enroll in dog training school and attended National K9 School for Dog Trainers located in Columbus, Ohio. Upon graduation, I became a certified professional dog trainer qualified to instruct in a number of areas including, Basic and Advanced Obedience, Tracking, Personal Protection, Police K9, Puppy Development, Utility and Handicap Assistance. I am also an evaluator for AKC Star Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, Community & Urban Canine classes and testing.
In 2001, this Chicago born yankee, her husband and our 4 dogs, relocated to the southern United States and decided to establish my own dog grooming, training and boarding facility, so in 2005 K9 Country Spa & Resort LLC was born.
After examining the skin and coats of hundreds of dogs over the years, I began to notice a common denominator. Poor nutrition, mainly the result of commercial dog food and lack of consumer education. So for the next 10 years, I researched and experimented on both my dogs and the boarding kennel guests, experimenting with everything from homemade and raw dog food to aromatherapy, homeopathy, essential oils, flower essences, herbs and supplements, dedicated to improving the lives of man's best friend. All the dogs that board at K9 Country are served healthy, homemade dog food and treats daily, enjoy aromatherapy and massage in the spa and frolick in the play areas overlooking the beautiful, manmade lake.
Shortly after opening the resort, I volunteered and joined my local kennel club. That is where I discovered dog sports and was instantly hooked on competition. I fell in love with Agility, Rally-O, Scent Detection, Obedience, Nose-work and Barn-Hunt.You name it - we love it!! I have titled dogs in Rally and Agility and continue to compete in these venues while having fun and bonding with my dogs.
So, I truly hope you enjoy the site and receive as much joy and knowledge viewing it as I have enjoyed creating it!
Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” —Dean Koontz (author, Whispers)
I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” —Gilda Radner (comedienne)