Catherine Reed and her Canine Wellbeing Centre
Catherine’s journey started when her Springer Spaniel, Bracken, fell on an iced lake and developed intermittent lameness. Rather than mask his pain with prescribed medication, Catherine wanted to find a way to relieve his discomfort. This is when she first came across Canine Massage Therapy.
Catherine attended a ‘Beginners Guide to Canine Massage’, with Natalie Lenton of the Canine Massage Therapy Centre and began to see positive improvement in Bracken’s comfort. As a complete novice and with no experience in massage or its benefits the outcomes were impressive.
At this time, Catherine was looking to return to work after a period taken as a full-time mum. After some research, Catherine applied for a two year Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Program; a rigorous and extensive course, provided by the Canine Massage Therapy Centre but externally accredited by Lantra.
Since finishing the course, Catherine has not only started her own business helping to improve the lives of many dogs through Clinical Canine Massage, but has found a passion for developing her skills. As a member of the Canine Massage Guild, Catherine pledges to a minimum of 25 hours per year of Continuing Professional Development. However, often finds herself actually doing far more!
In 2019, Catherine became a Reiki Master and regularly uses Reiki with dogs that has had a brilliant response. Further hopes of becoming a Canine Conditioning Coach have begun as Catharine is currently working through the instructor program with the Canine Conditioning Academy.
The passion Catherine shows for using scientifically proven methods of holistic canine care is abundantly clear. The pride she takes in her work to improve the quality of life for each and every dog who comes into her care really stands out.
The treatment business began from home and used an online shop linked through her website selling mainly to existing customers, providing herbal products, joint supplements and natural treats. Catherine had a view to expand and enable her to help more dogs. She saw an ad that a small, local premises had become available. It was love at first sight; Catherine knew the modest sized unit was perfect for her vision. It could combine her treatment area and have a retail presence in the local community.
Unfortunately, as a newly single mum with no full time salary, Catherine knew she would be unable to borrow funds for her enterprise in the traditional way. After communication with other local entrepreneurs and further research, Catherine found Purple Shoots. Once her initial application was in the process was easy. Promptly, meetings were arranged, the lease agreed, and signed.
Catherine very proudly opened The Canine Wellbeing Centre on the 1st of October.
See more about Catherine’s work:
Through her website- https://caninewellbeingwales.co.uk/