Meet the Dog Jogs Team

Nikki – Owner (she/her)

Nikki is a Child and Youth Care Counsellor by trade — and works with high-risk youth throughout the city of Edmonton. It’s important to Nikki to look beyond the statistics and assumptions people make about at-risk youth. She takes a flexible, responsive approach to meeting the needs of her youth clients because no two young people are having the exact same experience.

So she tailors her approach to their unique needs and empowers them with the coping skills they need to be resilient when confronting tough situations. Similarly, Nikki ensures that Dog Jogs tailors its services to the unique needs of her four-legged clients and their families.

“I thought I just wanted to run. Then I thought I just wanted to run with dogs, but deep down there was much more to it!”

Nikki’s dog, Koda, was suffering from pretty severe separation anxiety and developing a routine based on exercise was the most impactful tool she found. Running and walking Koda beyond the typical vet recommendations changed Koda’s life — and Nikki’s life as well. Coming and going, and being away from the house used to cause great stress for Koda and Nikki, but after they started running together, that stress went away.

After seeing what a difference this made to her life, Nikki knew that other people could benefit as well!

Nikki enjoys running races, from 5-KMs to half-marathons, but she loves running with her furry friends best of all. She’s also a ball hockey player, hiker, camper, and enjoys cooking (and eating) and travelling.

Steph – Owner (she/her)

Steph didn’t grow up with pets (because her parents said no), but she has always been a friend to many dogs! She’s a dedicated athlete who plays soccer and ball hockey, and while she always ran hard while playing those sports, she didn’t consider herself to be a runner.

And then she started running with Nikki and Koda! Running became a de-stress tool for Steph and also inspired her to stop smoking. Plus she loves the sweet running apparel and shoes she gets to wear all the time now! She’s also very calm and is great with nervous dogs because her relaxed energy helps comfort and settle them.

Steph likes to travel — whether she’s backpacking around Europe or relaxing in Mexico, she’s always eager to sample the local food and then try to replicate the recipes back home.

Reina- Office Manager & Certified Dog Trainer Dip.CBST (she/her)

Reina is a martial arts student with a background in dance. She is currently an assistant instructor for a childrens’ martial arts class, where she helps students reach their goals and overcome obstacles. It’s an amazing sight to see their enthusiastic faces learn or try something new and succeed.

When Reina is not busy working, she can be found in some small nook crafting, or traveling and exploring Alberta and beyond. She loves hiking new trails throughout our rocky mountains and in new countries and regions while traveling. New Zealand is her next travel destination! Reina would love to just spend weeks on end running and hiking the entire country!

Reina has fond memories of visiting her grandparents’ farm. She rode horses, played with the barn cats and kittens, and best of all, played with their border collies. Reina and the dogs would run all throughout the pastures and property playing, what in her mind as a child, was a fantastic epic game of chase. Ever since then she has been looking forward to a time when she could surround herself with furry four-legged friends! That’s is why she became a dog jogger and now a foster parent for Barrhead Animal Rescue.

She loves to put on her Lululemon clothing and Adidas running shoes to go for a jog or hike through the river valley with her energetic husky-mix dog!

Reina has done many Dog Jogs Instagram takeover- check them out

Brittney (aka Fish) – Dog Jogger & Admin Staff(she/her)

Brittney has spent most of her life alternating between living in Alberta and Saskatchewan. While she was in Saskatchewan Brittney attended the University of Regina and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology. Since graduating Brittney has been working in Edmonton and her hobbies include reading, playing soccer, longboarding, and spending time with all the animals she can!

One of Brittney’s favourite animal memories was the time she was taking a video of her sister’s Golden Retriever puppy. He was running around not paying attention and with a teddy bear in his mouth… he ran straight into a tree! Luckily no trees or puppies were harmed in the making of the now hilarious video. 

It’s no doubt that Brittney lives a busy life, so keeping to-do lists helps her stay on track. She finds a lot of joy in crossing off items on a to-do list, and seeing something that needs to be crossed off motivates Brittney to complete the task. When Brittney is heading out for a jog she gears up in her Asics runners, Adidas shorts, and a Nike shirt! If she could run anywhere in the world Brittney would have to choose Hana, Hawaii because of the stunning views. 

Whether she’s heading out for a warm drink, lunch, or ice cream, Brittney likes to shop local! Her favourite local spots are Remedy Cafe for a chai, Made by Marcus for a sweet treat, and Farrow for delicious sandwiches and cronuts. 

 

Ashley – Head Dog Jogger (she/her)

Ashley has an Arts Degree from the UofA as well as her Residential Interiors Diploma. She is currently working as an Interior Decorator and is absolutely loving it! Ashley spends as much time as she can outside, especially with her two dogs. Some of her other interests include traveling, hiking, hitting different coffee shops, and watching cheesy horror movies. 

Picking up her first dog Winston is one of Ashley’s fondest animal memories. Winston was being fostered with his mom and littermates, and when Ashley are her partner drove out 90 minutes to meet them, they were not planning on taking one home right away! Of course, as soon as Ashley picked up Winston there was no way they were leaving without him. They had to pick up every single thing you need for a new puppy because they were definitely not prepared! 

Ashley stays motivated by leading by example.  She hates to disappoint people so Ashley is driven to always put her best foot forward. Having multiple pockets is something that is essential to any garment in Ashley’s running wardrobe, she needs lots of easy access spaces to store her phone, poop bags, and treats! Her favourite animal movies are the Lion King and Homeward bound, and her favourite coffee spot is Roasti. Ashley and her party of pockets would be happy running anywhere in the world that is near the beach or the mountains.

Ashley’s worked for Dog Jogs for a long time- check out all her stories here

Sarah – Dog Jogger (she/her)

Sarah is a fourth-year Radiation Therapy student at the University of Alberta. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who has more hobbies than free time; Some of these hobbies include reading, art, Dungeons and Dragons, and karate. Sarah has two pets at home, her 15-year-old border collie named Emily, and her orange house cat named Moxie. Sarah adores her pets, and she wanted to become a Dog Jogger because she couldn’t imagine a better way to make friends and stay active!

One of Sarah’s favourite animal memories is the time she went to pick up Emily from the shelter. Not only did Emily poop in front of her cage, but she also puked on Sarah on the car ride home! Even though things got a little messy, Sarah knew from that moment on they were destined to be best buds.

Heavy metal and caffeine are essential to keeping Sarah motivated. If she is feeling like a caffeine boost you might find her at Dirtbag Cafe! When Sarah is getting ready for a run she makes sure to bring her running pack, which is where she keeps extra dog bags and snacks. Sarah’s go-to animal movie is Hachi, and if she could run anywhere in the world, Sarah would go to Okinawa, Japan!

Josephine – Dog Jogger (she/her)

Josephine is originally from Montreal, where she was trained in classical ballet. She has the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in the Cecchetti method of ballet! Josephine has danced professionally, teaching and choreographing for over 20 years! Some of her hobbies include camping, yoga, and long walks with her four-legged friends. 

It’s hard to choose a favourite animal-related memory for Josephine, there are just too many to pick from! One of her more recent memories is when her pup Moonie met horses for the first time. The horses loved Moonie and the feeling was mutual, they all became best buds.

Josephine is motivated by yoga, animals, and life in general. If she could run anywhere in the world she would run by a nice beach, and Josephine’s favourite animal movie is Turner and Hooch. It doesn’t make her cry, which is a rare happening for her when watching an animal movie!  

Willow – Head Dog Jogger & Virtual Assistant (she/her)

Willow grew up in Edmonton and is currently studying Paleontology at the University of Alberta. She loves the outdoors and running on the trails. When she’s not in school or jogging with your pups you would find Willow crocheting, hanging out with her pals, and watching nature documentaries, preferably narrated by David Attenborough. 

One of her favourite animal memories is of her childhood chihuahua, Sparky. Despite his small stature, he had the most epic zoomies and Willow remembers fondly all the times they ran around together. He was the cutest little ball of energy. Willow is not too picky when it comes to her running gear. When she is out with your pups she likes to have her hands-free leash and her little running backpack filled with lots of treats, poop bags, and water. If she could run anywhere in the world she would go to Anchorage, Alaska. Chilly-weather running is (in Willow’s humble opinion), the best!

Willow’s favourite animal-related movie is Fantastic Mr. Fox and her favourite yeg restaurant is Otto!

Rebecca – Dog Jogger (she/her)

Rebecca grew up with and has taken care of dogs her whole life. She enjoys exploring, being outside, and animals! Rebecca loves to draw and is a digital artist and freelancer, but before that she trained in aerial dance and parkour! She’s always been an avid jogger; running is Rebecca’s favourite way to clear her head and keep her endurance up.

When Rebecca gets ready for bed she always asks her dog if she wants to cuddle, and of course, she immediately will come up and rest next to her. As a dog mom that is her favourite time of day and those evenings are collectively her favourite animal memory! 

Rebecca is motivated by living a meaningful life, which drives her to do certain types of work. She believes in learning about the skills and passions she already possesses and using them to contribute to her community. When she’s out for a run Rebecca always has her running backpack, which is much lighter and less clunky than a regular bag. If she could run anywhere in the world, Rebecca would go to Iceland or New Zealand for the beautiful nature. Her go-to animal movie is Balto, and Rebecca’s favourite restaurant is OEB Breakfast Co.

 

Hannah – Dog Jogger (she/her)

Hannah is a bubbly and energetic animal lover who recently graduated with a Human Resources Management diploma from MacEwan University. She has loads of hobbies, including painting, cooking, knitting, regularly rearranging furniture, and even getting paid to stream video games! Hannah has a black kitten and a German Shepherd Husky who bear many nicknames, and who she absolutely adores. 

One of Hannah’s favourite animal memories was when she adopted her dog, Oliver. She had randomly opened Facebook swap and buy and saw an ad for a sweet nameless puppy with juvenile cellulitis. The people who met up with Hannah gave her the puppy and left as quickly as they could. Hannah took Oliver home and he got a bath, lots of treats, and so many cuddles. Oliver is the best boy Hannah could have ever asked for! 

When a task involves animals, Hannah has absolutely no trouble staying motivated! Hannah loves compression clothing for her runs and is a big fan of Under Amour. Her favourite animal movie is How to Train Your Dragon, and if she could run anywhere in the world she would go to Whitehorse, Yukon. Fun fact, Hannah was born there! 

Dallyn – Dog Jogger (she/her)

Dallyn is Canadian and loves camping, travelling, eating, and of course animals! She also attended CDI College and has a Veterinary Health Care Assistant Diploma. Dallyn used to love catching frogs in the creeks and swamps surrounding her childhood home, and now these are some of her favourite animal-related memories! 

When Dallyn is faced with a task, she stays motivated by imagining how good it will feel when the task is complete. She also tries to make everything she does more exciting for herself so she stays interested! Her favourite brands for running gear are Nike and Lululemon, and if Dallyn could run anywhere in the world she would go to Singapore. Her favourite animal movie is Zootopia because of the hilarious sloths, and like a true Canadian her favourite spot for a coffee is Tim Hortons! 

Diana – Dog Jogger (they/she/he)

Diana comes from a trade background. They have been in the Alberta Carpenters Union since they were 18 as a scaffolder but moved to Kamloops BC to pursue a Police and Security Diploma. Diana switched from that to psychology to sociology to political science, but they couldn’t make up their mind so they ended up back full-time in the trades. Diana’s hobbies include rollerskating, slacklining, surfing, and chilling in their hammock with their guitar. 

Diana’s favourite animal memories are of their old dog Koby. He was the type of dog that just knew when something was wrong. When Diana was younger they used to get terrible migraines, and Koby always knew. 

Motivation is no problem for Diana as long as they have their music! It truly sets the vibe for their day. Diana loves Under Armour for their running gear and if they could run anywhere in the world they would go to the red sand beaches of Greece, or the black sand beaches of Iceland. 

Three of Diana’s favourite animal movies are Zootopia, The Secret Life of Pets, and Fantastic Mr.Fox. Diana usually makes their coffee from home but if they feel like going to a coffee shop, they will hit up Remedy or Second Cup.

Teagan – Dog Jogger (she/her)

Teagan is originally from Lethbridge and is currently a student in Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. She loves being outdoors and training for triathlons! Some of her hobbies include baking, painting, and watching true crime documentaries. 

When Teagan was little she had a chocolate lab named Turk. He was the sweetest dog! At Halloween, her family would dress him up as a pumpkin and he would go trick-or-treating with Teagan. Sometimes people would even have dog treats at the door for him! These are some of her fondest animal memories. 

When it comes to motivation, Teagan finds it from within. She is very self-motivated when it comes to training, and she also is fueled by a little bit of sisterly competition. They both have an app to see who is further ahead on training for the week, which is über motivating for Teagan! You won’t see Teagan on the trails without her Lululemon leggings, Under Armour hat, Nike runners, and most importantly, her Apple Watch! 

If she could run anywhere in the world Teagan would pack her bags for Amsterdam. Her favourite animal movie is 101 Dalmations and her favourite restaurant is Earls!

Gloria – Dog Jogger (she/her)

Gloria is an energetic animal lover who is happiest when she is moving her body! Before becoming a Dog Jogger she worked in many different fields like child and youth care, medical office administration, and hospitality. When the pandemic hit she did a lot of reflection and realized she is most passionate about being active and with animals. When she is not getting her sweat on, Gloria enjoys reading, cooking, napping in between her two dogs, and PC gaming! 

Gloria’s favourite animal memory is the time she first held her dog Khalessi. She was the size of a potato and kept burrowing against Gloria’s neck for comfort. Now she is a sassy senior who still tries to burrow despite her grown-up size! Gloria’s motivation comes from stepping back and seeing the big picture while still embracing the little victories. When it’s time for a run Gloria grabs her New Balance shoes. 

If she could run anywhere in the world Gloria would go to Norway, Denmark, or Sweden because she is a cold-weather gal! Her go-to beverage is plain tea, although in the summertime Gloria loves a good iced latte from Second Cup.