Good to Know Stories of Caledon

The Dogmother: Offering Nature Walks That Keep Tails Waggin’

Cassandra seated with dog
Written by Patti Foley

~ Contributed photos ~

Puppy love.

And, truth be told, feline affection as well.

Cassandra Sabatino has an abundance of both. This love of four-legged creatures played a big role in developing a small business that is a natural fit for her.

“I have loved every creature for as long as I can remember” she admits with a smile. “Squirrels, dogs, cats…I have a lifelong repertoire of caring for creatures.”

When Cassandra got her first corporate job, she found that she still needed a little more cash to make ends meet. Her decision to start providing care for her friends’ pets on the weekends was an easy one. And it was a decision that bloomed into a business. Cassandra is founder of The Dogmother.

For pet owners the happiness and well-being of their fur babies is paramount. The Dogmother provides services that allow pets to explore, exercise, bond and socialize. This supports their cognitive function, mental health, and attitude. Further, it allows them to use and exercise their senses, reduces anxiety and can improve overall wellbeing and sleep.

In a world where long days at work have become a frequent reality Cassandra’s service can give owners a sense of ease that their devoted pets are in a safe and happy environment and getting the vital exercise that they need.  It also can give them back some free time during busy weekdays.

Five years ago, Cassandra and her husband chose to leave the city and move to Caledon to enjoy the peace and quiet the town has to offer.

“It also allowed me to be closer to family who have been long time residents of Bolton. I really enjoy the vast variety of nature trails, the Humber River, and being able to support local businesses in a small town. There is so much to do and after five years I still haven’t even explored it all.”

Those trails are a perfect fit for Cassandra and her four-legged clients for whom she provides leashed nature-based walking. The walks are provided in a choice of private or group settings. Urban walks can be done instead if the owner prefers.

Cassandra on lawn with 2 dogsThe Dogmother also provides drop-in visiting service for both dogs and cats. She can provide care and administer medications for senior pets.

Cassandra’s business has seen consistent growth, and she now has 12 years of hands-on experience. She is pet first aid certified, insured and bonded.  As well she has specialized in senior pet care over the past six years.

 She welcomes all breeds, large and small. “From Great Danes to Chihuahuas” she smiles.

“Relationships start with a meet and greet with our furry client and their owner” says Cassandra, explaining the the process. “At this time, we review their routine, complete intake forms, review the clients needs and allow some time to become familiar with one another. This allows for personalized care and routine.”

Access to the home, in the case of absent owner, can be provided by door code or key. Length of walks and visits starts at 30 to 60 minutes. Dogs heading out for nature walks can expect to be out for one to two hours to allow for driving time. Group walks, usually two to three dogs, start at $30. Owners provide their dog’s leash or harness, treats, and bags.

Hours of service: Typically, Monday to Friday 10am-5pm; however, there can be some flexibility depending on the clients needs.

“I love meeting new clients and then seeing how happy they are with the personalized attention and care I offer” says Cassandra in closing.

She invites you to reach out to her by email info@thedogmother.ca or phone or text 437-988-DOGS (3647)

Visit her website or Facebook or Instagram

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About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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