About Beloved Canine
Beloved Canine is Chicago's premier canine massage and pet sitting business dedicated to senior and differently-abled pets and their people. As a licensed massage therapist, I know that massage and bodywork can have a profound affect on the overall well-being of humans and animals alike. I founded Beloved Canine in 2011 after my two senior pugs, Lucy and Ethel, became paralyzed. Working with Lucy and Ethel opened my eyes to the disparity of services available to senior and differently-abled pets in Chicago. Beloved Canine believes that all pets, no matter their physical condition, can live whole and happy lives given the right support.
Please note, massage and other bodywork modalities are not considered a substitute for veterinary care. They are a complementary form of health care. Beloved Canine recommends routine veterinary care for your dog or cat. If your pet has any symptoms of injury or disease, please consult with your veterinarian before starting any massage program.
I don't remember a time when there hasn't been a dog living in my house. My childhood dog, Fluffy, gave birth to a litter of tiny husky mixes right under my bunk bed. I've befriended street dogs in Costa Rica and Kazakhstan and it's safe to say I know the names of my neighbor dogs better than I know the names of their human companions. What can I say? I am a dog lover of the first order. And if you give me the opportunity to work with your dog, I promise to give him or her my utmost love and attention.
I founded Beloved Canine in direct response to my own experience as a parent to differently-abled dogs. When our two pugs, Ethel and Lucy, began to develop mobility issues, I wanted to help them be more comfortable. As a licensed massage therapist, I was already aware of the restorative power of basic massage techniques applied to humans. I later enrolled in a certification program to apply my massage therapy skills to canines and the rest is history. My approach to massage therapy is simple: I listen to your dog or cat's body and use a blend of therapeutic modalities to facilitate healing and overall well-being. Drawing from my training in massage therapy for human clients, I use Swedish massage techniques, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, aromatherapy, Reiki and other western and non-western bodywork techniques. But, most importantly, I get to know your pet and work with them so that the massage session is beneficial and, hopefully, enjoyable for him or her.
What began initially as a canine massage business has very naturally expanded to pet care services. I know all too well how challenging it can be to find a caregiver equipped to provide specialized care. Maybe your dog or cat requires bladder expression, subcutaneous fluids or a complicated medication regimen. Maybe your senior animal can hardly move and prefers to be watched in the comfort of his own living room. I get it. I've been there. Let me tell you right now that I will do everything possible to make your pet comfortable and happy while you are out of town. I treat each of my clients as one of my own beloved. It's true.
I am a graduate of the New School for Massage, Bodywork and Healing and completed a 200-hour canine massage certification program in September 2011. I am a Nationally Certified Canine Massage Therapist through NBCAAM. I am also a Reiki practitioner. I have been a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) since 2008. I have a B.A. from the University of Montana and an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts. I live in Chicago's Portage Park neighborhood and am grateful every day to share my life with my partner, Sue, and our handsome, blind senior pug, Apollo, our wild and crazy young pug, Miette, and our cats, Anouk, Remy, Jack, Rei, and Lucia. In addition to our pugs and cats, Sue and I take care of a sizable crew of foster cats each year. We currently foster cats with Lulu's Locker Rescue. We are also avid monarch butterfly guardians and our garden is a registered Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch.