Cathy is The Puddle’s owner and swim coach. After a demanding career in advertising, Cathy followed her heart and opened a business offering healing water rehab and exercise for dogs. Her goal was to build a safe and trusting environment where owners can witness firsthand the many benefits of canine swimming as well as gain valuable information about their pet’s nutrition.
Cathy grew up in a suburb of Chicago and graduated from Illinois State University. Prior to opening The Puddle, she ran an advertising agency for 25 years. “I loved designing and running my own business, but in the later years the stress was enormous and it wasn’t fun anymore. Then, life threw me a curve-ball and I went through a challenging time. I decided life was too short to not do what I love most – working with dogs! That’s when my dream of The Puddle became a reality and it was the best decision I could have made. I’ve loved every minute of it!”
Cathy is also a graduate of the La Paw Spa’s Aquatic Training Program Level One & Two. She is certified in Canine CPR and First Aid, and by the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF). She is a member of the Association of Canine Water Therapy (ACWT).
Beth serves as swim coach, nutritional advisor and massage director. She has been involved in health and training for animals and people all her adult life. In 1994, Beth began teaching dog training and producing education seminars on dog training and nutrition. Researching fresh food diets for dogs led to her work with Steve’s Real Food for Pets as regional manager and veterinary consultant. She taught veterinarians and retailers the importance of fresh food diets. This work led to the writing and publication of See Spot Live Longer with Steve Brown.
Beth has worked in the practice of Carl DeStefano, DC, assisting him in his chiropractic work, and assisting the practice of Dena Jersild, DVM. Beth has produced seminars with Karen Becker, DVM on health topics, and co-wrote the very popular Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Dogs and Cats.
Beth’s extensive education in bodywork modalities for animals includes Acupressure, Tui na, jin shin jyutsu, Triggerpoint Myotherapy, Cranio-sacral Therapy, several Myofascial techniques, Reiki, and Qigong. She is certified in Acupressure through the AAMT and has completed all coursework at Tallgrass Animal Institute. Beth is certified in Spring Forest Qi Gong I and II, EFT level I and II, Reiki I and II, and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She is also certified in massage and rehabilitation by the Healing Oasis in Sturtevant, WI. Beth is a graduate of La Paw Spa’s Aquatic Training Program Level One & Two and is certified in Canine CPR and First Aid. She is also a member of the Association of Canine Water Therapy (ACWT) and the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB).
Cindy joined our team in May 2016 and serves as swim coach. She graduated with a degree in finance, but decided to leave her career and make her dreams come true by working with animals. She has a natural gift for putting dogs at ease when handling and working with them in the water. Her passion for animals also extends beyond the Puddle. Cindy is furthering her education with animal health science classes and she is involved with the Anderson Animal Shelter Foster Program. She enjoys caring for shelter dogs until they find their forever home. She is also the proud parent of 3 dogs of her own.
Cindy is a graduate of La Paw Spa’s Aquatic Training Program Level One & Two and is certified in Canine CPR and First Aid.