Meet the Team
Andrea - Owner
After 26 years as an owner driver courier in 2015 my partner said, “What would you really like to do with your life? What is your passion? Make it happen”. I was like wow, what an opportunity and I knew what it was - Dogs!
In 2016 I started studying full time doing a three-year Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Management and Welfare. I had not studied since high school, it was hard and I loved it. Being around intellectual people who were passionate about the same things as me; was motivating and inspirational.
The year I graduated I continued studying doing the The New Zealand Certificate in Canine Training and Behaviour. While doing this certificate part of the paper was to work in a dog related industry role during the year and, this is how I ended up working and then owning K9 to 5 Doggie Daycare.
My goal is simple, to help dogs and their owners live their best possible life. We all love our dogs and want to do the best by them. If I can help owners understand their dogs wants and needs to make their lives easier, even a little bit, then I am succeeding at life, and so are they!
Aimee - Daycare Attendant
Aimee has been with K9 to 5 since November 2016 and has completed her Pet First Aid & CPR Certificate.
With over 3 years full time experience within the dog daycare environment, Aimee understands the importance of matching dogs to their appropriate groups based around their age, size and energy levels.
Aimee has exceptional perception of the dogs individual personalities. As a result of this, dogs friendships with each other are ongoing and strong as bonds are created and encouraged and you can certainly see the amazing bonds between Aimee and the dogs.
Devon - Daycare Attendant
Devon has been lucky enough to work with dogs for the last four years and at K9 to 5 since 2018. She loves everything about her job even though she is always covered in hair and slobber. One of her favourite parts of the job is watching the dogs develop close and special relationships with their other doggie classmates.
Devon has a 3-year-old mixed breed named Lunar and would love to have another 1, 2 or 5 dogs if her partner would agree.
Devon has completed her Pet First Aid & CPR Certificate and is passionate about learning and growing with the industry. Devon has the wonderful ability of noticing any changes to a dogs physical or mental behaviour and checking in with the owners that they are aware of it and if all is ok which is appreciated by all.
Emily - Daycare Attendant
Emily has been working in the animal industry since 2012 in a variety of jobs with dogs being her main focus. Emily began her science degree in Animal Management and Welfare which is where we met (Andrea), in 2016. During our 3 years of studying together we had often spoken of working together. After we graduated and I was fortunate to be able to purchase K9 to 5 in September 2019, Emily was the first person I wanted on board.
Emily enjoys her time with dogs and has a 10-year-old Löwchen named Oscar who waits for her to get home everyday but is no longer bothered by all the beautiful smells of the other pups.
One of her favourite parts of working at K9 to 5 is the loving greetings she always gets by the pups and seeing how happy they are to come in and see us. The smooches and tail wags melt her heart.
Emily is very patient and calming with the dogs and the response she gets from them is a credit to her kind nature. Emily is looking forward to working with our amazing team in the year ahead and of course, with the best dogs out west.