June 28, 2009

Back in 2006, I was taking a 100-hour course in Animal Acupressure in Northern California. The instructor highly recommended that her students, and anyone serious or passionate about holistic animal care, subscribe to The Whole Dog Journal. I took her advice and was immediately hooked! In 2007, during a 682-hour Canine Massage Course that included a module in Canine Nutrition, I received the same recommendation….suscribe to The Whole Dog Journal.

Among much valuable information about natural dog care and training, The Whole Dog Journal also dedicates much time and effort researching homemade, raw, natural, whole food, holistic and healthy options currently available to address your dog’s nutritional needs. I noticed one name that kept popping up time and time again was, you guessed it, the honest kitchen! The more I read, the more I respected and recommended the honest kitchen to friends and clients. I began to see the honest kitchen foods in ever quality holistic and natural pet food store in town. In a relatively recent article, the November 2008, Editor Nancy Kerns describes the honest kitchen as “a quality standard that is unmatched in the industry”. By the time I read this, I was already in whole-hearted agreement. I said to myself, “Wow, wouldn’t it be great if I could work with a company like this?”

I have been working with animals professionally since 2003. I began with an animal hospital in Jackson, Wyoming, taking care of their boarding guests in their ABKA Accredited boarding facility. This is where I got my first glimpse of holistic care and nutrition for dogs and cats and my passion grew from there. I pursued education in Animal Acupressure followed by training in therapeutic Canine Massage. In 2006, I began a professional dog walking and pet sitting career. Soon after, I added my new skills and passion for Canine Massage and healing work to my services. In 2007, I took my knowledge to New Zealand, where I provided care for many Kiwi dogs and cats. While in New Zealand, I took an Holistic Health for Animals short course as a refresher and to compare the New Zealand standards to what I had learned back home in the U.S. (Unfortunately, the honest kitchen is not yet available in New Zealand.)

After over a year in New Zealand, I have returned to my hometown and have been offered the awesome opportunity to join the honest kitchen team here in San Diego! As you can imagine, I am more than excited! I am the newest member of the great Customer Service team and will be available part-time to help answer your questions and provide guidance. Please bear with me as I learn the ropes and get to know my new family and all of you, our new and long-time loyal clients. If I am not able to provide an answer to your inquiry, I promise I will find someone who will! I look forward to meeting you, either on the phone, via email or in person at one of our event booths here in San Diego!

Cheers!

Katherine “Kat” PennickKat & Tike

Me & my Kiwi farm dog friend, Tike, enjoying a day at the beach on New Zealand’s South Island, 2008