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 – Client Support & Dog Jogger (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

Ashley – 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 about 90 minutes away, and when Ashley and her partner went out to meet the dogs 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

Cecile – Dog Jogger (she/her/they/them)

As an ex-varsity hockey and soccer player, Cancun native and Banff transplant, and also a yoga enthusiast, movement is very much a central part of Cecile’s life. Since stepping away from competitive sports Cecile has enjoyed slowing down and rediscovering her joy of movement through gentler practices such as yoga, meditation, and natural movement training. Some of Cecile’s passions include permaculture, urban sketching, and anything DIY. On her off days, you can find Cecile diving into a new book, fixing something, or spending time outside playing in the dirt. Cecile has an abundant amount of curiosity for the world and a deep love for animals. She cannot wait to further explore the world with your dogs one trail run at a time! 

Cecile’s fondest animal memory is the time she met her first dog. She was completely overjoyed by the sight of her little chocolate lab mix pup who had the brightest blue eyes. To this day Cecile develops a deep connection with all animals she meets, she never forgets them! To keep motivated Cecile likes to spring out of bed first thing in the morning to give her the momentum she needs to start her day off right! 

When running, Cecile likes to have a high-quality pair of merino wool socks. If she could run anywhere in the world Cecile would choose Oslo, Norway because of the vast green spaces. Those views would knock her wool socks right off! How to Train Your Dragon is Cecile’s favourite animal movie, and if Cecile was going out for dinner you’d find her at Huma or Tres Carnales. 

Ever wonder how Cecile starts her day before she heads out with the pups- check it out

Dani – Dog Jogger (they/them)

Dani is currently enrolled at the University of Alberta taking a Bachelor of Science in Animal Health and is majoring in Companion and Performance Animals. Dani loves their program and hopes to travel far and wide for work once they graduate. Dani has many groovy hobbies like crocheting, hiking, and DIYing clothes and furniture. When they are not exploring the river valley for the best reading spots Dani might be listening to true crime podcasts or hanging out with their hairless guinea pig named Morrissey. Morrissey happens to double as a lovable companion and alarm clock, he always lets Dani know when it’s time to wake up and feed him breakfast! 

Dani’s family cat Midnight has always been very intuitive when it came to Dani’s emotions and would follow them around the house and curl up on their lap if they came home upset. One of Dani’s favourite memories of Midnight is the way she would hide on top of the refrigerator and stealthily jump from the fridge to Dani’s lap on the nearby couch. Although Midnight gave Dani a handful of frights, they always appreciated the cuddles! 

Making lists in their notebook helps keep Dani motivated throughout the day, they like to keep track of what they need and want to get done. Dani is not super picky about running gear, right now they enjoy hitting the trails with their Nike runners and bike shorts, which are perfect for stashing lots of dog treats! Homeward Bound is an animal movie that has a very special place in Dani’s heart from when they were a kid, and if Dani were to run anywhere in the world they would have to choose anywhere near a body of water – New Zealand and Lisbon Portugal are on their running bucket list! An iced caramel latte with oat milk from Cafe Sole and sunflowers are two things that put a big smile on Dani’s face.

Dani takes you on a day in the life of a dog jogger here

Sarah – Dog Jogger (she/her)

Born and raised in Edmonton, Sarah is currently in the Master of Counselling program through City University studying to be a therapist. Sarah loves to explore the vibrant restaurant scene in Edmonton and is a huge foodie. When she’s not trying new delicious foods Sarah loves to play sports like basketball and soccer, which she’s been involved in since she was a kid. With Sarah’s adventurous spirit and love of learning it’s no surprise she is an avid traveller and a fairly extroverted gal. Sarah loves dogs and one of her favourite outings is a trip to the dog park. 

Sarah’s fondest animal memories are the times she spent with her Aunt’s Maltese named Casper. Although Sarah didn’t have her own dog growing up, she took care of Casper often when her Aunt was off travelling, Sarah and Casper were an inseparable pair. Casper lived a life full of happiness and love and passed away almost a decade ago, however, Sarah remembers their bond as if it were yesterday and believes that her love of dogs was born through her times with sweet Casper. 

Sarah gets her motivation from many sources in her life. She finds daily motivation through her innate passion to help others, spread kindness, and make the world a better place for future generations. Sarah practices radical self-care and is fairly disciplined when it comes to her routines and prioritizes doing things that help her feel energized and inspired. Some of these activities include exercise, meditation, journaling, and spiritual practices. Sarah is surrounded by a very supportive circle of family friends like her nephews who are a major source of motivation for her! 

Sarah likes to run with her trusty pair of New Balance runners which she ran in for a marathon! They are the perfect fit. Sarah likes to track her runs with her Apple Watch and hopes to one day complete a Disney marathon, or the original marathon in Greece! Sarah’s favourite animal movie is Hachi: A Dog’s Tale and when she feels like a Chai, Sarah heads over to Remedy Cafe.

Follow Sarah on a day of being a Dog Jogger here

Kim – Dog Jogger (she/her/they/them)

Kim is an incredibly creative person and has a passion for learning and trying new things. She finds joy in all kinds of media like writing, dance, photography, and painting just to name a few. Kim has a life filled with joy and has four amazing children and four fabulous furbabies. She loves to spend time being active and outside, she fills her time with bike rides, bird watching, and completing obstacle races which Kim thinks are a blast! Kim believes her best education comes from the learnings and teachings offered by the diverse range of lives with whom she’s spent time. 

When asked about her favourite animal memory, Kim recalls the time she was licked by a goat on her cousin’s farm! Kim’s ability to motivate herself is driven by her desire to bring moments of joy and hope into other’s lives. When she is headed out for a run Kim always takes her Vibram barefoot running shoes. If Kim could run anywhere, she would run the Istanbul Marathon which is the only marathon in the world whose course spans two continents. Kim’s oldest child’s first steps were on the Bosphorus Bridge, which is the first place where the Istanbul marathon crosses from Asia to Europe. It would be really special to Kim to have that connection! 

Kim is a big fan of garage sales and loves giving all her serendipitous finds a new home. If Kim is feeling like a chocolate bar she’ll go in for a Crispy Crunch, and her favourite animal-related movies are Planet Earth and Happy Feet! 

Kim loves all the animals- she shares some video of her own furbabies

Jackie – Dog Jogger (she/her)

 Jackie was born and raised in Edmonton while her whole family is from Ecuador. She’s completed a diploma in the Police and Investigations program at MacEwan University and is now on her way to crushing a criminology degree! Jackie dreams of being a police officer with the Edmonton Police Service, specifically in the K-9 unit. In her spare time, Jackie adores camping, going biking in the mud, and knitting. 

One of Jackie’s favourite animal memories was the time she was bit by a donkey at the corn maze. The donkey wasn’t happy with Jackie when she ran out of treats and the bite left a bruise on her wrist for a month. That donkey…what an ass! 

When she’s out jogging Jackie always brings her headphones and her favourite running shoes. Jackie uses lots of music to keep herself motivated! If she could run and rock out to her tunes anywhere in the world she would choose Stanley Park in Vancouver so she could run along the water. 

Jackie’s favourite animal flick is Beverly Hills Chihuahua and if she was out and about Jackie would stop for bubble tea at Boba Island in Chinatown. 

Find out more about Jackie here

Brittney – Dog Jogger (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. 

 

Sam – Dog Jogger (she/her)

Sam moved to Edmonton 3 years ago to experience the Personal Fitness Training program at NAIT in person and has since been certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist. Sam is passionate about helping people move better and improve their quality of life. You would likely catch Sam out on the trails running with her dog on a daily basis, she truly just loves being outside! Other regular hobbies include biking, hiking, camping, and singing. Sam’s dog is only 6 months old but they have already gone on so many adventures together!

Sam has so many good memories with animals. One of her favourites, and the reason Sam got her own dog, was the time she spent taking care of her brother’s roommate’s dog while she was in Saskatoon for a month. She trained the little guy how to walk and once they were comfortable the two of them started going for runs together, it made both of them so happy! 

Having coffee and getting outside for a walk or a run is how Sam keeps herself motivated. Her day is off without these things! Sam loves to track all of her workouts and steps on her trusty apple watch, and is a self proclaimed sucker for Lululemon. It is actually one of Sam’s goals to run a marathon along the Great Wall of China! This gal’s favourite restaurant is The Moth Cafe, and when she feels like a good cry she watches the movie Hatchi, it makes her teary every time! 

 

Alyssa – Dog Jogger (she/her)

Alyssa is currently studying at NAIT in the Emergency Medical Responder program and will be furthering her education to complete Paramedic schooling. Alyssa grew up in the Edmonton area and has had 9 dogs throughout the years, but she loves animals of all kinds! Hockey is something that Alyssa loves to both play and watch, she’s played for a total of twelve years! 

For the majority of her childhood Alyssa had an Alaskan Malamute and a Cairn Terrier who adored one another and got along so well. One of Alyssa’s favourite memories with these pups are all the times they would walk her down the driveway when she was hopping on the bus to go to school. When Alyssa got home both pups would be waiting at the end of the driveway! 

Alyssa loves to workout, and seeing her progress over time is something that really motivates her to stick to her fitness goals. In a school setting Alyssa stays motivated by surrounding herself with people who have similar interests to her and are driven to succeed. Gymshark and Lululemon are Alyssa’s go-to places for running attire. As for her shoes, Alyssa prefers Nike and Adidas. If Alyssa could run anywhere in the world she would choose Vancouver, and her favourite animal movie is Marley and Me. Although Alyssa is not a big coffee fan, she still likes going to Starbucks for a black tea peach refresher! 

 

Daniel – Dog Jogger (He/Him) * photo coming soon*

Daniel, or Dan, has had a passion for soccer from an early age, both playing and watching. One of his favourite pastimes is practicing soccer alone at a few of his top-rated fields throughout Edmonton. Daniel absolutely loves camping, backpacking, hiking, and all things outdoors, but he’s still afraid of bugs! Daniel learned intermediate Mandarin during his Business degree and did a work practicum in banking in 2013. Dan has worked in banking ever since graduating 6 years ago, but he’s recently decided to pivot into something new. 

Growing up, Daniel had a huge Alaskan Malamute named Tasha, which in his mind looked like a giant 120 pound Pomeranian. Tasha would come barrelling towards him to say hello whenever Dan came into the backyard, and he has fond memories of going straight to the back gate when he would get home in anticipation of another Tasha tackle! 

Continuously learning and improving is what keeps Dan motivated in life. He finds that when stagnation sets in and he is not being challenged or putting himself into uncomfortable situations, life can become boring and monotonous. For running gear, Daniel loves to take a trip to the Nike outlet. It’s also imperative that Daniel has some good Bluetooth headphones so that he can jam out on his runs! If Daniel could run anywhere in the world he would go to Reykjavik, Iceland, and his favourite snack is chocolate-covered almonds. 

 

Kleio – Dog Jogger (she/her) *photo coming soon*

Kleio is living in Edmonton studying Human Geography and Planning, but she is originally from BC! She loves to paddle board, go for nature walks, and binge watch TV series. Kleio is an avid gardener, but she’s pretty sure the plants she has killed would disagree. 

When Kleio was little, her dog would come with her class on field trips. The class adored him, he would make sure everyone was okay by running up and down the line and checking in on all of Kleio’s classmates. Once he finished his rounds he would come back to hang out with Kleio. This is one of Kleio’s fondest animal memories.

Staying motivated is no problem for Kleio, as long as she has a cup of joe! Kleio isn’t picky about running gear, but it is imperative that she has a solid pair of running shoes. She thinks if your feet hurt then the rest of you will too! Art of Racing in the Rain is Kleio’s favourite animal movie, however she thinks the book is far superior to the film. If she could run anywhere in the world, you would find Kleio running along the river in London. When Kleio is feeling like a tea she heads over to Block 1912, and her favourite blizzard from DQ is cookie dough! 

 

Danahe – Dog Jogger (she/her) *photo coming soon*

Danahe is going into her second level of EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) at NAIT and is on the path towards becoming a Paramedic. She has also recently discovered her passion for refinishing furniture and crocheting. These activities are great de-stressors for Danahe! 

Danahe has been around dogs her entire life, so it’s hard for her to pick just one favourite pup-related memory. Something she has really enjoyed doing recently with her own dog Meeka is longboarding, they have really gotten into the groove of it! Meeka will run up front while Danahe rides behind her, and nothing beats seeing Meeka’s beaming smile. 

When it comes to running attire Danahe is not super picky, but one thing that is non-negotiable for her and running with pups is a good hands-free leash. Her favourite animal movie is Marmaduke, and if Danahe could run (or take Meeka for a longboard) anywhere in the world she would choose Greece for the unbeatable views. Danahe loves to hit Remedy to get her tea or coffee fix, but if she has the option she will always opt for apple cider. 

 

 

Chantelle – Dog Jogger (she/her) *photo coming soon*

Meet Chantelle! She grew up in Fort Saskatchewan, and is the second of four daughters! She studied Kinesiology at the UofA and has been in the Fitness Industry for the last 11 years teaching a variety of group classes and Personal Training. Growing up Chantelle was a dancer and loved to sing, she still does these things now but it’s mainly with her 5-year-old son in their living room! Chantelle loves yoga, going out with her friends and laughing until her belly hurts, and exploring the Edmonton river valley.

Chantelle’s favourite animal memory is getting a past partner’s new puppy, named Bear. Bear had Canine Parvovirus (CPV) and watching her pull through taught Chantelle so much about resilience and letting go. To stay motivated, Chantelle prays, meditates, cleans, and practices gratitude. A clean space always gets her where she needs to be to move forward in her day.

As a child, Chantelle loved the movie “All Dogs go to Heaven”, and she still believes they do. When she’s getting geared up to hit the trails for a run, Chantelle makes sure to wear moisture-wicking fabrics, her double-sided socks, and her trusty Asics runners. If Chantelle could run anywhere in the world she would choose Auckland, NZ, and one of her favourite foods is a good charcuterie board!

Jodie – Dog Jogger (she/her)

Jodie is a small-town Alberta girl. She loves the quiet of nature and travelling to the mountains whenever she can. When she is at home her family loves to spend their time in the river valley hiking or mountain biking. Jodie’s family fosters for HART, and they have their own pets as well, so their household is always busy! When Jodie is not dog jogging you might find her in her garage working on a project or doing a demo for her home renovation business.

Jodie’s favourite pet memory is the time she took her dog Daisy to Jasper. They hiked, swam, and mountain biked for a beautiful week. To stay motivated, Jodie writes down her plans and schedule. Having this on paper helps her get things done. Jodie doesn’t hit the trails without her Brooks runners, and she would love to run in Rome because the post-run meal would be the best ever!

One of Jodie’s favourite animal movies is Homeward Bound. She isn’t a shopper but she likes to explore different grocery stores, and her favourite snack is chips and salsa, or better yet nachos!

Shannon- Dog Jogger (she/her)

Shannon has had a colourful journey, painted by wide-ranging travels, experiences, jobs, and connections. She graduated from the NAIT Alternative Energy Technologies program in 2013 and has since worked on organic farms until recently. Shannon loves to be outdoors and connect with the environment. She is in her bliss when she has her hands in the soil, feet on a trail, or taking ice-cold dips!

One of her favourite memories was when Shannon’s family had a bunny, Oreo, and a golden retriever named Sobi. Sobi was entranced by Oreo and would lay down with her nose touching the bars of Oreo’s cage. Sometimes Oreo would slowly make her way over to Sobi until they were nose to nose! Shannon stays motivated by creating the conditions that will most likely allow her to do the thing. If Shannon needs motivation for physical activity, she just puts her gear on and then her alter ego, Shannonator, takes over. She is then ready to rumble!

When it comes to running in the frigid winter temperatures, Shannon always has her trusty Buff tucked into her jacket and covering her nose. If she could run anywhere in the world, Shannon would pick Waitomo, New Zealand. Shannon’s favourite animal movie is Bambi, and she loves a good chai latte with oat milk from Remedy Cafe.