Meet Kate Griffin, Certified Canine Swim Coach

Kate is the owner and swim coach. She loves dogs and has had dogs her entire life. She's had the idea of opening an indoor pool for dogs since 2009. During that time, she had an old and arthritic labrador, Sophie. After trying different pain meds and acupuncture she drove Sophie to Portland to meet with a canine physical therapist. The therapist told her one of the best things she could do for Sophie was to get her swimming… in warm water. This was early April and we all know how cold the waters are in Maine.

In order to learn more about dogs' anatomy and different ailments and conditions, she became certified as a Veterinary Assistant and worked under Dr. Jim Laurita and Dr. Stacey Contakos at The Camden Hospital for Animals for 2.5 years. During this time, she knew she wanted to help dogs feel better. She continued researching the benefits of warm water swimming and saw the need for something like this here in midcoast Maine. In June of 2014, she became a graduate of La Paw Spa's Aquatic Training Program Level One & Two.  In April/May 2016, Kate went out to British Columbia for more extensive training with Greyfriars from the U.K.  She is certified in canine CPR & first aid. She is a member of the Association of Canine Water Therapy (ACWT). She also currently serves on the Executive Board of Trustees for P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center in Camden/Rockport. 

Kate is a native Mainer and is a graduate of both Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A.) and the University of Maine (M.A.T.). She taught K-8 French for many years in the midcoast community.