The Extended Dogue Shop Team
To keep true to our mission statement, the Dogue Shop works with various people to present science-based quality conferences, seminars, and workshops. We try to satisfy professionals and non-professional needs for people who wish to continue their education; therefore, the topics you will find in the Dogue' Event section illustrate the diversity of our collaborators' skill set.
Think Outside the Box is another concept we continuously try to incorporate in our classes. Consequently, you will find Avant-guard events that not only challenge your knowledge, they will also stimulate your thought process. An example of our innovative workshops is the social-cognitive learning series. The study of social-cognitive learning theory (SCT) in animals is not new science. The research on SCT dates back to the 1950s. Thirteen years ago, the Dogue Shop innovated and incorporated SCT to its teaching programs, classes, and other animal learning events.
The following contributors are highly trained in their respected fields, please take a moment to read their profile before you register to an event. Should you have questions, you can contact the person directly or e-mail us for more information.
We hope to see you soon at one of our events.
Samantha’s involvement with animals came later in life than most who build their careers around them.
At the age of 30, she lost her first cat Minnie, to chronic kidney disease, a disease that affects many older cats. Losing her BFF, Best Feline Friend, made her think that her animal days were over. Only 6 months later Samantha rescued a cat from the alley in Verdun. This was the start of a new chapter for this cat lover. Fast forward 8 years later to the present day, Samantha is the owner of West Island Cats a Personalised Cat sitting Company, Furry Friends First Aid and is, of course, a proud pet parent to her home crew.
Samantha’s entrepreneurial life is never slow as she manages a team of almost 20 cat sitters across Montreal. As Samantha personally experienced what it was like to have a pet with an illness, she wanted her staff to be as educated as possible in order to give peace of mind to all of West Island Cats’ customers. Samantha became certified as an Instructor with Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet first aid in September 2017 and was the first to bring the world renowned Pet First Aid course to Quebec. Her goal was not only to train her staff but to also teach her customers and the general public how to be the best pet parent possible.
As an added effort to help the animal community, Samantha and her team at West Island Cats hold an annual shelter build to construct homes for stray cats. Samantha and her team fundraise for materials, volunteer their time to build these shelters and every dollar raised from the sale of the constructed shelters is donated to help local rescues in and around Montreal.
Although Samantha considers herself an Enthusiastic Feline Femme, her dog Reska has brought a different kind of joy to her life. Reska is a three-legged northern rescue from Matawan, Qc. She was found malnourished with a belly full of worms and with a shattered rear leg. This tough little girl endured more pain in the first 2 months of her life than most of us will ever experience. Reska has not only shown Samantha the true meaning of perseverance but has also opened Samantha’s world to experience the love of a dog through a cat lady’s eyes.