I’m Katie and I’m the owner of Water Dog Spa. I’ve been working as a Small Animal Massage Practitioner in and around Seattle since 2016. The black dog in the picture is my boy Rocco and he got me into all of this. As he got older, I saw his mobility decline, walks became harder for him and less frequent for both of us. We all know it is important to move, and that bodies in motion tend to stay in motion.
I needed to find a way to keep him active without pain. He loved to swim so I searched to find a way to let my boy swim in the Pacific Northwest in the fall and winter. I found Hydrotherapy and our whole lives changed for the better. I watched him gain strength and cardiovascular health his quality of life returned no longer a depressed and ailing dog, Rocco was wagging his tail, joining me on walks again, his appetite came back, and the light returned to his eyes. I knew I wanted in and so that is just what I did.
I became a Small Animal Massage Practitioner, trained at the Northwest School of Animal Massage, and got my SAMP certification. I have taken additional classes and got additional certifications with focus on rehabilitation and conditioning, I offer trigger point massage, cranial sacral therapy and recently added Cold Laser Treatment to my practice. I have taught puppies how to swim, rehabilitated dogs post surgery or illness, helped dogs learn to walk again after brain surgery, conditioned dogs for show and sport and been privileged enough to give hospice care for elderly dogs. Best of all I get to kiss dogs noses every day.
Read about the dogs I work with here.