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!