As the only child at home, Shelley grew up with dogs at her side as her constant companions. Being the daughter of an Ontario Provincial Police Officer in the small towns of North Western Ontario, police dogs were
part and parcel of her family life. Due to her isolation both geographically and her father’s occupation she learned as a young child that dogs could be many things to humans. They were friend, protector and loyal companion. As a very young woman Shelley moved to Winnipeg, got married and started her family. Raising her two children with their wonderful father was a privilege. Once her kids were in school Shelley embarked on her quest for a fulfilling career.
The next twenty or so years of her life were spent involved in the music business and briefly on the periphery of Winnipeg’s burgeoning film industry, It became more and more apparent that the front row seats and back stage passes to concerts brought her little personal satisfaction and the film sets and movie stars even less so. Glamorous maybe, but not life changing for anyone, including herself.
That was all to change quite drastically with a phone call and request from her daughter Jana-Rai for much needed help with her “special needs weim”. They still laugh out loud at that perception, as Hailo was just an ordinary puppy doing what puppies do. Their subsequent search for help led them to the life changing revelation that their own needs reflected those of countless others. That combined with their desire to start a family business was the advent of Urban Canine.
If hard work could be defined as fulfillment, Shelley got her wish. The learning curve for her and J.R. was steep and sometimes fraught with trials and tribulations. But the joy derived from this rewarding work was unprecedented in her life. Watching her daughter thrive on the challenges as she educated herself in “everything dog” was nothing short of amazing and becoming the student to this young teacher with her insatiable thirst for knowledge was inspiring.
Shelley was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2008 which naturally shifted her focus to fight for her life. With out the unwavering support of her partner/daughter Jana Rai and all of the” her girls” to back her she could not have left her business for two months and endured many more months of treatment without a second thought. These amazing women had her back and she eventually conquered her enemy, returning to a business that was not only intact but thriving. A year and a half later found her in Salmon Arm B.C. taking an intensive three week course in Dog Obedience training. Again she was covered and all was well due to the hard work of her team, J.R. and company.
I'm a life long Edmonton Oilers fan, for several years I invested in season tickets.
It is truly an honour to be a member of such an amazing team at Urban Canine.
Gardening relaxes me, hard rock music energizes me.
My family means more to me then words can express.
I'm allergic to carrots and several kinds of fruits.
My dogs teach me that love and patience are always rewarded.
I think it's tragic that kindness is so profoundly undervalued in society.
In fourth grade, I was one of the tallest kids in my class. I'm five foot one.
I believe the world would be a better place if the common goal was respect, not merely tolerance.
I appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
I have seen every episode of The Office.
The #1 thing on my bucket list is to dive with Whale Sharks.
I named my dog when I was 5, after Ashley Olsen naturaly.
I have played soccer for 16 years, and don't plan on stopping anytime soon!
I've dived the Great Barrier Reef.
My favorite band is The Sheepdogs (partially because of their name, I'll admit.)
I sleep best in a hammock.
I've gone skydiving from 14,000 feet! I screamed a lot, but it was incredible and I'd do it again.
Cupcakes and nachos are the way to win me over.
My dog is my best friend and I'm so thankful I got to grow up with her by my side.
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My favourite movie is Pan's Labyrinth, but I'm always on the lookout for something even better.
My elbows are slightly double-jointed.
I'm really good at Minesweeper
I'm better at baking in a stone oven than a regular one, though I'm not saying I'm particularly great at either.
Daffodils are one of my favourite flowers.
I love theatre and acting, which hopefully explains all the funny voices I use when talking to the dogs.
I somehow never really learned how to ice skate.
One time I laughed so hard that I slammed my forehead into my drink, shattering the glass.
I am firmly against putting pineapple on pizza.
I love my cat, Brad, with all my heart.
All of our staff is fully certified in Pet CPR and First Aid !
Daycare Attendant/Nap time Supervisor
I was born in Pinatan, BC and lived there until I was about 6.
I have never seen the Ocean.
I have a huge interest in all things canine. Especially nutrition, fitness, grooming, psychology and training.
I am absolutely terrified of heights!
I love oriental cat breeds. My favourite is the Apple-Head (Modern) Siamese.
I am really good at reading peoples emotions and body language.
I love genetics and one day want to be a dog breeder and breed working dogs (Service, Search and Rescue and Therapy)but have yet to find "my" breed.
I do not have a green thumb. I have killed weeds (Dandelions) by trying to grow them!
Working with animals runs in the family. My Aunt and Great Grandmother are dog breeders, my Dad a retired vet-tech, my Grandma used to run a stable.
I went to my first concert when I was 19.
Daycare Attendant / Training Assistant
My first adopted pet was a ferret and I've owned up to 5 at a time.
I've lived in Winnipeg my whole life, but have moved over a dozen times.
I'm a Disney fanatic and own all the classics.
I love camping and have been on multiple canoe trips.
I have fostered over 40 animals for The Winnipeg Humane Society.
I used to play trumpet and was part of my school Jazz Band.
Thanks to French Immersion I'm nearly bilingual.
I was a certified lifeguard and taught swimming lessons.
My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am!
I play drums in an indie rock band.
I play chaser and beater on a muggle quidditch team. The Winnipeg Whomping Willows.
I volunteer at the bike dump as a mechanic. I love working with my hands and teaching others what I know.
I have a small black feline trouble maker named "Mouse."
I make a mean tuna casserole.
I secretly want a perm.
My name is German and pronounced yawn-a.
I have a dog paw tattoo on my left ankle.
I love cycling! It's my favourite form of exercise and transportation.
Dogs make me smile more then anything else.
I have always had a dog growing up, and even now I have 3 dogs.
I am in school for Psychiatric nursing.
I am more of a dog person than a people person.
I rode and worked with horses for 11 years.
I wish I could drop out of school and work here for the rest of my life.
I have lots of tattoos and quite a few piercings but I am horrified of needles from a doctor and refuse to get them.
I have swam with Sharks in Hawaii.
My favourite place to be in the world is in/around the mountains or ocean.
I am absolutely horrified of spiders and have never killed one because I'm to scared to go remotely close to them, I always make someone else do it.
I have never met a dog that has more attitude than my dog does (only with me!)
General Manager & Head Trainer
My favourite place in the world is with my family.
I believe that dog's aren't our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.
I'm a classical and jazz trained performance pianist.
I enjoy trying new foods and wines.
My family and friends never let me forget who I am.
I love math, logic problems and puzzles.
I try to read at least one new book a month.
My favorite song is "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire.
My balance comes from Yoga.
Let the beauty we love be what we do - Rumi