Joanna was born and bred in Edinburgh and moved out to East Lothian when she was 15 years old with her parents, who live in Pencaitland.
She has three wonderful children, Finlay 18, who’s now studying at Edinburgh University, Eilidh 16 and Avalon 5, Stella their much loved Flat-Coated Retriever, who’s now 12 and their two cats Spike & Rocky 10, as well as our three hens, Lou Lou, Coco & Speckles.
When Joanna was unable to find quality care for her own doggie, Stella, she assumed that there must be other dog lovers like her out there who were also searching for suitable dog care.
So in June 2004 she took the plunge and launched Doggie Daycare.
In October 2004 Joanna successfully completed a residential ‘Canine Communication’ course run by Jan Fennell “the dog listener’ in Lincolnshire, England.
Joanna continues to study canine communication techniques using audio visual aids, books and also gains practical experience on a daily basis.
Prior to establishing Doggie Daycare, Joanna worked as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse in Edinburgh’s Sick Children’s Hospital where she worked for 16 years, 12 of them within the Intensive Care and High Dependency Units. She’s still in touch with her former nursing friends and enjoys meeting up with them for a catch-up and a giggle.
Doggie Daycare is very much as family affair with everyone helping out and enjoying being with the doggies in their care.
Joanna has never regretted her decision to leave nursing and feels very fortunate to be living the life she loves.