Sasha & her hiking bestie, Jones
Deirdre has been working with companion animals professionally for over 10 years, but has been caring for her own and others' pets for over 30 years. Deirdre is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Certified Feline Behaviour Specialist and Fear Free Certified Professional who frequently attends classes and seminars on dog behaviour and training and cat behaviour.
Deirdre's pet services career was inspired by her love of animals, but further motivated by her own difficulty in finding quality pet care when she went out of town. It wasn't until her own fearful dog, Diesel, came along that Deirdre decided to dive further into training and behaviour services. Watching him blossom from terrified of everyone & almost everything to actually enjoying social situations has been truly stunning and Deirdre wants more dogs & their owners to experience the same.
In 2018, Deirdre joined Citadel Canine Society as a Service Dog Trainer. She's extremely excited to be working with first responders and military veterans with PTSD to improve their lives through animal assistance. Deirdre also volunteers her time with Little Paws Rescue as a behaviour consultant, trainer and occasional foster.
When Deirdre isn't surrounded by dogs or under a cat pile, you can find her running the roads of New West training for her next race or firmly planted on her couch relaxing with her own furry family.
Sassi Pet Services is a local pet services company founded by lifelong New Westminster resident Deirdre Ashley, CPDT-KA, CFBS. Sassi is the parent company of Swim, Bark, Run! Dog Walking & Training and Got Cattitude? Feline Behaviour & Care.
Deirdre brings over 10 years of professional pet care experience to the company. She feels strongly about keeping a close personal relationship with her clients (both companion animal and human) so she has not taken on any employees. This gives you the peace of mind of always knowing who your pet is with and lets Deirdre get to know your pet's behaviour intimately.
Sassi Pet Services' signature service is group off leash adventures for dogs based in New West & Burnaby, but is also highly regarded for several other services: private dog walking, dog & cat overnights and cat visits, as well as dog training and cat behaviour.
Why "Sassi"? Sassi was the nickname of Deirdre's first client, Sasha. She was a full-time hiker, regular overnighter and her family even adopted one of Deirdre's foster cats, Stanley. Sasha wasn't just a client dog of Deirdre's, she was family. After Sassi passed unexpectedly in 2016, Deirdre decided to honour her memory by re-branding and naming the company after her.
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