THE OWNER

THE HUMANS @ MOUNTAIN PAWS

Hello and thanks for checking out Mountain Paws! I'm Tasha. I've had a lifelong love & passion for dogs and the outdoors. In 1998, I noticed that there was a lot missing in the dog care service industry in Vancouver; quality, small group dog walks, and customized, small group, in-home boarding that offered a high level of professionalism. With this knowledge I combined my two passions and made a career for myself. 22 years and 3 successful dog care businesses later we moved across the Province and settled in Rossland, BC where I started Mountain Paws. We now reside in Castlegar, BC but still serve Rossland and Trail.

I intrinsically love caring and advocating for dogs and have years of invaluable hands on experience working with dogs. I have Dog First Aid certificates, training certificates & experience, behavioral studies, diet courses and back country travel & guiding experience as well as a diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management, Also having Wilderness Rescue & Occupational First Aid Level 3 has taught me to operate my businesses in a *safety first* manner. Respecting the environment as well as other trail users are also important factors in running my business with integrity! 

THE HUMANS @ MOUNTAIN PAWS

THE OWNER

Hello and thanks for checking out Mountain Paws! I'm Tasha. I've had a lifelong love & passion for dogs and the outdoors. In 1998, I noticed that there was a lot missing in the dog care service industry in Vancouver; quality, small group dog walks, and customized, small group, in-home boarding that offered a high level of professionalism. With this knowledge I combined my two passions and made a career for myself. 20 years and 3 still thriving dog care businesses later we moved across the Province and settled in Rossland, BC where I started Mountain Paws. We now reside in Castlegar, BC but still offer dog walking in Rossland, Trail Fruitvale and of course Castlegar.

I intrinsically love caring and advocating for dogs and have years of invaluable hands on experience working with dogs. I have Dog First Aid certificates, training certificates & experience, behavioral studies, diet courses, back country travel & guiding experience as well as a diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management. Also having Wilderness Rescue & Occupational First Aid Level 3 has taught me to operate my businesses in a *safety first* manner. Respecting the environment as well as other trail users are also important factors in running my business with integrity! 

THE DOG LOVIN' DREAM TEAM

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to work on an animal sanctuary in Asia. My love for animals run deep, but elephants, dogs and horses are my favorite, and to live amongst them while helping better their lives would be another dream come true. I am incredibly excited to be working with the Mountain Paws Team!

Meet LAINEY; A loving, patient dog aunty & pack leader extraordinaire!  She was born and raised on a farm in Beausejour, outside of Winnipeg. For 19 years she care for and tended to  cows, horses, dogs and cats. Her love for animals naturally bloomed. Lainey has a particular fondness for ‘human’s best friend’, is an outgoing and responsible young lady who is a natural fit for Mountain Paws! Living in Rossland for the last 6 years she adopted an even more active lifestyle and has been walking friend’s dogs as well as volunteering at the BCSPCA. DogSafe 1st Aid certification is to come! “One of my dreams is

CARISSA; A Rossland home owner and lover of adventures in the mountains with dogs! She can usually be found spending her free time outside with her own furballs Rox + Dug. Growing up in the city, there was never a shortage of animals in the house to love, and some of her fondest memories include raising and caring for them. Having two dogs of her own has taught her the importance of dog safety on the trails; paying attention to the heat, access to water, difficulty of the terrain and activity of wildlife in the area. A natural born leader, she has experience dog walking on a smaller scale during her time in the city, and with the SPCA in Alberta - with a hands on Dog First Aid course next on the list! Her professional, yet fun-loving demeanor and active lifestyle absolutely compliment the Mountain Paws team! Carissa will be working only very part time and filling in for holidays, sick days, etc...

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JANNEH is a Castlegar native who grew up on acreage exploring mountains, trails, creeks, and rivers. She is always excited for a new adventure with her big Pyrenes-Akita-X babies, Rooster & Whiskey. She has been surrounded by kitties, dogs, horses, bunnies, cows & birds her whole life. In joining Mountain Paws Janneh is following her dream to work with & train dogs. Janneh is also an artist who finds inspiration from animals and nature. She is studying at Selkirk College part time for another year to further her skills in photography and other digital media’s.

Hi, I'm TRACEY, and I'm excited to be joining the Mountain Paws team!! I met Tasha a few years ago, while hiking with my dog, and was impressed by the way she managed the dogs in her care.   I began thinking then how fortunate she was to be making her living doing this. Fast forward a few years, and now I get to combine my love for dogs with my love of being outside. And it's a bonus working with Tasha, and her amazing team. I have loved, owned and trained dogs all of my life, mostly my own German Shepherds, and sometimes for other people.   

 

My background includes working with children, especially preschoolers with various challenges, which taught me to make learning fun.   The same principles apply to training dogs, cats, and horses, etc. (Even cows!) Envision the behavior you desire, position yourself and the dog for success, always end on a positive note, try to catch them doing the right thing, and praise them for it!  I look forward to meeting all of our clients and working with their furry best friends.  Blessings, Tracey. 

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TESTIMONIALS

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