Amanda Garrow: Owner and Lead Trainer
Growing up, I always wanted to work with animals. In 2013 I graduated from Ambrose University College with my Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biology and a Minor in Psychology with the hopes of being a Veterinarian. This didn't work out, and my friend at the time suggested that I apply to be a dog trainer. I worked 10 years as the Area Dog Trainer at a large retail corporation. During that time I achieved my Dog Trainer Accreditation, and ABCDT certification. In March 2021 I started Tiarific Canine. In October 2021, I achieved one of the highest designations you can achieve as a professional dog trainer, my CPDT.
My obsession with dogs started at a young age. When I was 10 we got our first family dog, a black Labrador Retriever, named Tyson. In 2010 I rescued Tia from an owner euthanasia. She had lived the last year in a garage without any human or dog contact so did not trust anyone or anything. I worked tirelessly with her, and by the end of her life she lived with another dog and loved people; she's the main reason why I became a dog trainer. In January 2022 I had to send my Sadie girl over the Rainbow Bridge due to lymphoma. She was my demo dog for over 8 years and I miss her so much.
Currently at home I have a fluffy corgi named Mika. I also am a proud mom to my 6 year old son Brett.
I spend my spare time volunteering with several rescue organizations in the city: BARCS and Parachutes for Pets.
I am a CPDT-KA certified dog trainer, proud member of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), AFFA (Alberta Force Free Alliance). I have my ABCDT (Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer Certification).
Animal Caretaker Calgary South
Howdy, my name is Sarah!
My parents always welcomed a pet into our lives. They believed that a home is not a home without a pet. I grew up primarily with cats, then began working with dogs and finally as an adult adopting my fur babies.
Outlaw; a long haired domestic was my first “grown up” pet, he was a farm cat rescue that had lost him mom in a farm incident. He was wild and young, but truly became the most wonderful family member. As I moved into a new property, I decided he needed a fur friend and then welcomed Harley, a Pitbull, into our lives. Having grown up with friends and family’s dogs all around us, I was beyond excited to expand my fur kids! Harley was 13 weeks when I brought her home and to say that I was grateful for her is an understatement. The love of a sneaky cat, who snuggled my head at night, and then a wiggly puppy who snuggled my feet completed my home.
At this time I began my journey of working with animals, as a kennel tech here in Calgary and pet sitter. I advanced into the front end care, set up clients, as well as learned to work alongside veterinarians.
As the years went on we had some sad fur family changes and the rainbow bridge helped them find rest. My own personal life changed. I became a step mother and married my wonderful husband. We decided that we wanted to keep our home full of fur love. Consequently we rescued Dublin in 2014. He is our one eyed Pitbull; he lost his eye as a result of early life infection but has since grown and thrived with us. His love is never ending and only expands my belief in how puppy love can effect us in the most positive ways.
I subsequently moved into the Management side of running a doggy daycare here in Calgary. This brought my skills of animal knowledge, first aid, nutrition and the desire to aid each dog in its social world based individual needs to the forefront. I have always believed that each dog, cat, and critter needs to be loved and cared for in their own unique ways as much as possible. I worked with a variety of dogs who needed specific skills/tools to aid in their socialization, as well as just providing one on one care for our senior fur friends when needed.
I have worked with Amanda first hand in my early years as a kennel tech. I found that my knowledge only grew working with colleagues and professionals within the animal care field. I am enthusiastic to be part of the Tiarific Canine team. I believe that each of your animals deserve the same love and affection that I feel within my own home.
Im excited be your pets home away from home when you need!
Animal Caretaker Calgary North
My name is Amy, and I am a dogaholic. The obsession began at an early age, and has since only grown stronger. I truly can’t see any part of my future as not having some sort of fur baby by my side to take care of and spend my days with! Life is just so much better with a pet to share it with and smother with love, in my humble opinion.
When I was just 5, and my younger sister Mel was 3, our parents so bravely and generously brought home our first dog - a pure bread Tibetan Terrier whom me fondly named “Tucker”. Growing up with cats, we quickly learned that a dog in the household requires a special kind of care. They become a member of the family before you can even blink! We loved and cherished him to the ripe age of 16, when I learned the hard way just how it is to lose a loved one. We miss you, Tuck! (I know he’s enjoying all the treats past the rainbow bridge)
In 2012 I began my journey working with dogs by starting right in the deep end - as a Kennel Technician in one of Canada’s largest vet owned facilities. From the start, no matter how much information was thrust in my direction, and attention to detail was required, and how much the job evolved every day, I knew right away that I had found my calling. There truly is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone’s cherished family pet every morning, tail-wagging, toe-tapping, the happiest smile; I knew I was doing something meaningful. More importantly, I knew the friends I was making (fur & without fur) were for life. Since beginning this journey, I have gained memories and also lots of experience in dog-handling, training, socializing, animal-wellness, and first aid training. I wouldn’t trade any of the experience for all the money in the world.
Now in 2021, I live happily with my dog “Tater-Tot” - a Chihuahua/Italian Greyhound adopted in 2013c with a rambunctious and hard-to-please personality - full time, and part time babysitting my Dad’s special boy “Nixon” - a Standard Pit/Boxer mix with plenty of surprise special needs, who fell into our lives after a Facebook rehoming gone awry. Even though I love these babies with everything I have, I still have plenty more to give, and they are happy to share their momma with your special fur-babies ♡
I can’t wait to meet them and start this new journey together!
Calgary Dog Rescue
Cat Check Ins
Full Time Animal Caretaker (Calgary South)
Hi My name is Melanie!
Like most people I have had animals most of my life and growing up. My first passion was Cats, I LOVED Cats as a kid and between both my parents homes I had 5 total to give all my squishy love to.
We got our first dog, a purebred Husky named Yukon when I was about 11 or 12 years old and he got a sister named Isis a couple years later. This is where I learned most of my patience with animals as Huskies are super stubborn but doing puppy obedience training with all of our dogs helped greatly with learning cues, understanding body language and gaining confidence in myself as a handler.
As an adult I got my first very own Cat named Roxy and my husband and I love Boxers and Pitbulls - what a treat, these family lovers are! Currently we have a senior rescue Pitbull named Marley, a senior rescue Pomeranian named Bean AND 2 Rabbits - a house full of fur babies.
Outside of our 4 legged babies I really enjoy cinematic adventures (movies) and going for walks so this role is perfect for me.
Hi there, I’m Hunter!
My adoration for animals started when I was young, with my grandparents’ border collie. We got our own dog when I was 8 and ended up with three more along the way, so I’m no stranger to a home full of pets to love!
In 2010, I began volunteering at a dog daycare facility as an animal caretaker, which would a few years later become my first full-time job. In that time, I worked with all sorts of personalities and temperaments. This led me not only to become quite patient, but also gain an understanding of how dogs will react in a number of different situations. This, paired with the at-home training of four dogs grew my confidence with handling animals as well as effectively communicating with other pet owners.
Now I live with two bassets who expect the world and nothing less – but I can’t seem to get enough!
I look forward to helping you meet your pet care needs!
Calgary Dog Walker
Hey hi, my name is Skyler.
My love for animals started at a young age; my family always had pets. From the cocker spaniel my grandparents had, to the cats. My moment of falling in love with animals didn’t happen until my mom brought home a farm kitten for me when I was in grade 4! She ended up having kittens a few years later and I kept one which was my companion for 16 years! She was my everything! She followed me around, slept with me, and as soon as I came home, she would reach her arms up for me to pick her up. We were a pair, and I loved her. I would say I am still more of a cat person, as I am obsessed with them, but have not been able to bring myself to get a new one since her passing.
I also grew up with dogs, we had the loveliest black lab, who was an absolute angel. With my two current dogs, the blind Pitbull who is the most loving, yet needy guy, and the energetic fluffball that is the Great Pyrenees, they have taught me that patience and positive reinforcement goes a long way with creating that lifelong bond with your animals.
I have lots of time, love, and patience to give to your animals and I can’t want to meet them!
Calgary Dog Walking
My love of animals started at a young age where I was only allowed caged or tanked animals, and upgraded to unlimited cats and dogs as soon as I moved out. I luckily have enough self restraint to only adopt 2 dogs and 2 senior cats so far, but have fostered well over 200 dogs and cats in various rescue organizations since 2012! During this time, I have met and rehabilitated all sorts of personalities and have found my passion in caring for those who are shy, have medical needs (especially seniors!), or those who just need the extra love to be the happiest fur companion they can be.
When I'm not tending to my dogs & cats & fosters, you can find me volunteering in animal rescue, playing as many sports as I can (I love ball hockey, paddling, foosball and wall climbing at the moment!), browsing the internet for cat memes, or renovating my house to be more pet friendly!
Looking forward to helping you care for your fubabies soon!
Hi, I'm Klara
I'm originally from Sweden and finally got my permanent residency in Canada by spring of 2021. I am excited to now fully call Calgary home as I love the outdoors here, the people and how dog friendly the city is.
Animals have always been my main interest and passion, ask my parents! This eventually culminated in a Bachelor Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and I'm very dedicated to these topics, both on a smaller and larger scale.
I enjoy working with and learning from all species of animals, but my life has and still does, mainly revolve around horses. I have always had dogs and cats though, and currently share my life with Kaya, who I adopted from Cochrane and Area Humane Society as a puppy. She has now grown into a wonderful (but still slightly crazy!) young dog and she's a huge part of my day-to-day life.
In addition to my BSc I have taken many, many more animal related courses throughout my life, on topics such as Animal Emotions and Positive Reinforcement Training.
I have worked professionally with everything from ocean snails (they have very complex and interesting behaviours!) to cows and am now eager to have a chance to get to know some of you and your pets.
Calgary Dog Caretaker
Hello everyone, my name is Vikki!
Growing up in a family with many siblings we had just as many animals. Ever since I remember myself, my siblings and I had been around animals showing them our love and care. My parents helped my siblings and I to care for the animals we had at home and told us that “Animals share with us the most important memories”.
Through the years I got the chance to adopt my dogs and show them my love and care.
Currently I share my home with two dogs Max the Rottweiler, Fluffy the Pomeranian and a cat which I named him Jack Daniels. Both are adorable and charming while they get along and take care of each other. I love watching them grow and I grow with them.
I have a lot of love to offer to your animals. I look forward to meeting you and providing you with the help you need!