Halfmoon Bay. Amanda Garrow
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Halfmoon Bay. Amanda Garrow
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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 pet trainer.  I have worked the last 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.

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.

Currently at home I have 2 dogs. A fluffy corgi named Mika, and a German Shepherd rescue mix named Sadie. I also am a proud mom to my 5 year old son named Brett. 

I spend my spare time volunteering with several rescue organizations in the city: Pawsitive Match, BARCS, Parachutes for Pets, and Megan's Rescue Efforts Society.

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).

 
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Sarah McQuinn

Full TIme 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! 

 
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Amy Westman

Full Time Caretaker Calgary North

Hi friends!

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!

 
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Sam Wong

Animal Caretaker

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! 

 
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Nicole Porter

Animal Caretaker

Hi! I’m Nicole 


Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved animals. I’ve grown up with them my entire life. My first dog was a black lab named Casey.

I currently have a toy poodle mix who I rescued 5 years ago. I was searching the web looking for dogs to adopt and as soon as I saw his picture, I knew he was mine. We had an instant and special connection from the moment we met and I’m so glad I found him. 

I have my Bachelors of Business Administration and majored in finance. On my spare time I love hanging out with animals, hiking, doing arts and crafts, reading and traveling. 

I have experience with all types of animals including cats, dogs, bunnies and reptiles. I’m excited to be working with you and cannot wait to meet your furbabies!

 
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