Sheila – Owner and ‘Head Honcho’

Hey there my name is Sheila, I own and operate Doggytopia. In May of 2017 I decided to expand my small “empire” and I purchased Doggytopia from its original owner.  Doggytopia opened its door in the Fall of 2002 and was the first dog daycare in Kelowna.

Running a dog daycare was nothing new for me as I opened the doors to The Spotted Spa in the fall of 2003, Kelowna’s second dog daycare (first outdoor dog daycare) and first boarding facility to offer free play.  I have never regretted a minute of it since. Okay, honestly there has been the odd minute here and there…I can’t lie.

So I am proud to say that I now own both the first and second dog daycare in the Okanagan and the first boarding kennel to let pups play together.

A bit about me……I left college in Ontario with a diploma in Architectural Technology and started my career designing engineered floor systems for a structural engineering company in Langley. Shortly after moving to Kelowna I started working for a local veterinary clinic in the hopes of acquiring more hands on experience with dogs “at their worst” and also began construction of the first Spotted Spa. Then, after a one month trip to Europe, I opened the doors to my dream on September 20, 2003.

When I first decided that I wanted to open a dog daycare and eventually expand to a kennel I wanted to incorporate my Dalmatian, Bacardi, in to the name of the business. So needless to say that is how I came up with The Spotted Spa Retreat. In my logo it is actually the side of Bacardi that was used to make the spot pattern. So even though he left me for the Rainbow Bridge in the Spring of 2007 he is always with us at the Spa.

On any given day of the week I may be driving the K9 Shuttle, greeting guests at either facility, tending to the never-ending yard or paperwork involved in running a business. Outside of playing with all your pups I have a small hobby which consists of horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, chickens, cows and peacocks….so if you ever visit our sister location, The Spotted Spa, watch out for all the critters!

Jessica K – ‘Assistant to Head Honcho’

Hello! My name is Jessica, I am the manager of Doggytopia. I was born in Vancouver and moved to Summerland at the young age of 4, and spent most of my life there. Ever since I was younger, my family said I had a passion for animals. After graduating high school I took 3 years off to travel and experience the world! In doing so I realized animals were my true passion. My 6-year-old husky, Lucy and my rescue cat Rick are my family; I love them to absolute bits. On the odd day that i’m not at Doggytopia, i’m either spending time with friends or somewhere outdoors! I also travel around B.C. working for a photography company; photography is another one of my passions. June of 2017 I graduated from The Centre Of Arts and Technology with my Veterinary Assistant Diploma; through that I gained so much knowledge in all aspects of animals, whether it be nutrition, dental, or animal anatomy. I also earned my Pet First Aid. Shortly after I was offered a position at Doggytopia and have been loving it ever since!

Looking forward to meeting you and your furry friends!

Sabrina – ‘Little Honcho’

My name is Sabrina, and I was born and raised in beautiful Kelowna. I have two cats plus a stray lovingly name Gerard Butler. I as well have a senior dog and my partner in crime Koda who I take everywhere with me – from a week long camping trip, to a float down the channel, to a hike up Big White in the snow. As a kid I’ve always had a passion for animal welfare, believing one day I would grow up to be a veterinarian. After graduating high school I’ve come to realize that my true calling is for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. In 2016 I attended the Veterinary Hospital Assistant program here in Kelowna to learn the fundamentals for feline/canine care. Working at Doggytopia is my first step in a better understanding of behaviours and different personalities of the canine kingdom. I love coming to work everyday to slobbery kisses and wagging tails!

Mary – ‘Little Honcho’

I have worked with both exotic and domestic animals and I love them all equally. My first family pet was a dog named Penny, followed by Sid the cat and Peter rabbit, followed by two cats and a dog. I love to travel and exploring new places.

In March of 2013 I moved to Spokane for a year to take a Zoo Keeping program, in which I worked with many exotic animals – including tigers! I graduated from the program in 2014 and moved back to Canada and worked for the SPCA for two years. I decided it was time for my next adventure and moved to Kelowna!

I’m currently working at both Doggytopia and The Kangaroo Farm. It has been a pleasure getting to know all the dogs and their families here at Doggytopia!

Jessica V – ‘Little Honcho’

Hi! I’m Jessica! Dogs have always been a huge part of my life. I grew up in Lake Country on a farm with dogs – two chow-cross brothers who looked after things outside and always at least one small breed inside. My first dog that was completely mine, Tigger, solidified my love for animals. He was an outgoing Maltese and just passed away in 2016. I’ve had guinea pigs, ferrets, dogs, cats, and also love horses, especially minis. Right now our home is shared with Bella the Pug, Palo the Chihuahua, and Melvin the Bernese Mountain Dog.

My career in pet care began when I was 15. I worked in the fish department at Petcetera in Kelowna and soon became a groomer. I continued on when the store became PetSmart and was there for a total of ten years. I am so pleased that Sheila and the group at Doggytopia & Spotted Spa have invited me to their pack. I run my own business called The Dog Groomery inside Doggytopia and offer grooming services for all dog breeds. I also work with the daycare staff. I love my job!

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Sarah – ‘Little Honcho’

Hi my name is Sarah and have have resided in Kelowna since 2004. I happen to own an amazing dog named Gemma, she is a heeler mix that is less then a year old. I also have a cat named JJ i swear he is more dog then cat. They happen to be the best of friends they even sleep and eat together. I have always had a love to animals and this just happens to be one of the best jobs if you do! I love working with each and every dog individually, you get to know their personalities and their needs. I have gotten the pleasure of at both locations, Doggytopia (downtown) and The Spotted Spa (Airport Area). I am fully certified in Canine First Aid. I have learned lots already since i’ve started here, from how to trim nails to analyzing behaviour!

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Caitlin – ‘Little Honcho’

Hi there! My name is Caitlin. I was born and raised in the raised in the Okanagan. Growing up on a farm in the small town of Peachland, I developed a great love and understanding of animals. Currently I have two cats and a horse, but hope to join the canine community one day soon! I look forward to working with you and your fur-babies!

Lea – ‘Little Honcho’

Hi! My names Lea. I was born in Halifax but grew up in Kelowna. I am very grateful to be apart of the Spotted Spa and Doggytopia team. Growing up I always had dogs in my home, i’ve always loved my four-legged friends so being able to work with them makes me a very happy person. I always wake up with a smile on my face knowing i’m going to have a great day. The best part is I get to bring my little angel to work with me everyday. Harlee is a 2 year old mini golden doodle and my pride and joy.

When i’m not at work you can usually find Harlee and I hanging out with friends, going camping and dirtbiking or just soaking up everything Kelowna has to offer.

The Spotted Spa and Doggytopia are beautiful places to work with great people and amazing animals, I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies!