Cami’s love affair with dogs started the day she was born. Her first day home from the hospital, she was greeted by Si-Beau, a fawn Shar Pei who loved to cuddle and followed Cami everywhere. Si-Beau was by Cami’s side from her first steps to her first day of school. Cami and her family lost Si-Beau in April of 1997 which, as you know, is one of the hardest parts of owning a dog.
On Christmas Day in 1997, Cami’s dad showed up with a “box of clothes to donate.” As he walked up the driveway, Cami’s older sister started squealing with glee as a small Bullmastiff puppy popped his head out from under an old t-shirt. That puppy, turned into a 140 pound hunk of a dog named Oscar, who spent 10 years practicing soccer with Cami, stole her heart, and solidified her passion for working with dogs.
In high school, unbeknownst to her parents, Cami decided to rescue a tiny, frightened Dachshund from a severe neglect situation. This little guy, is named (perhaps regrettably!?) Scruffles. This brown-eyed handsome pup still lives with Cami’s mom, step-dad, and his younger rescued four-legged sister, Mocha.
Cami pursued her Bachelor’s degree at the University of British Columbia. Growing up in Southern California, adjusting to the rainy, grey weather in Vancouver was not an easy feat. To help her adjust, Cami began fostering for HugABull, an advocacy and rescue group, which specializes in rescuing Bully breeds – mostly American Pit Bull Terriers. During the 3 years that Cami fostered these rescues, over a dozen dogs found a warm place to rest their head in her home until they found forever families. As you can see from this brief history, Cami has lived with and loved all different types of dogs.
After graduating from college, Cami decided to move forward with her longtime passion and founded A Bark Idea. Cami is an ABC certified dog trainer and spends much of her free time volunteering at shelters. Cami would love to work with you and your dog to create an understanding, everlasting bond that will result in both a happy dog and a happy owner.