A cute young white with tan smudges English Bulldog with an underbite looking at the camera with his brow eyes

Mission Statement | Cindy Wold, Owner | Staff

Mission Statement

A Dog’s Life provides superior facilities and dedicated staff that, through the process of play, develop a dog’s social skills and manners while also nurturing each dog’s individualized physical and mental needs.

Lady with short brown hair wearing jeans and a turquoise shirt is lying on prone with chin on hands. Black and white springer spaniel, Luci sitting on lady’s back looking at the camera

Cindy Wold, Owner

Cindy created A Dog’s Life because she knew that there was so much more to dog care and ownership than merely loving them. It is our job, as their owners, to respect them as the species they are and provide for all their needs; physical, mental and social. With a background in Biology, Nursing and Dog Training, Cindy has become an expert in bridging the gap between human and canine to foster the best family-dog relationship. Leading to this stage of her life has been a busy, rewarding journey.

  • Born in Riverside, Ca, moved to Seminole, FL in 1973 and to Vero Beach in 1984
  • Began working in the medical field during High School in St. Petersburg, FL as an aide in the Labor/Delivery/Newborn Nursery Dept. Later to become a Sterile Supply Tech wrapping, processing and sterilizing surgical instruments for the hospital’s Operating Rooms
  • Studied Biology at High Point University in High Point, NC
  • Earned her Registered Nursing Degree from then, Indian River Community College with a 3.8 GPA in 1988
  • Registered Nurse since 1988 specializing in Urology, Oncology and IV Therapy
  • Founding Member of Vero Beach Agility Club
  • Past Member of The Humane Society of VB/IRC Advisory Council
  • Began Dog Training in 1992
  • Opened A Dog’s Life, Vero Beach’s First Dog Daycare in 2000
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator since 2004
  • Donated over 250 hours of Therapy Dog visits in Nursing Homes, Schools and with Special Needs children with 3 different dogs Jenny (Labrador Retriever), Gabby (Golden Retriever) and Luci (English Springer Spaniel)
  • Earned over 60 AKC Performance Titles (Obedience, Rally, Agility and Hunting) including 10 Agility Champion Titles with Jenny, Gabby, Luci and Pink (Golden Retriever)
  • Qualified for the AKC National Agility Championships 12 consecutive years
  • Earned National Ranking with 3 dogs in Agility; Jenny and Luci in the top 10 dogs in their breeds respectively
The same lady, in pink shirt kneeling beside black and white springer spaniel, Luci flanked by two female agility one holding red, white and blue rosette award ribbon and white PVC autograph bar.
The same lady, in pink shirt kneeling beside black and white springer spaniel, Luci flanked by two female agility one holding red, white and blue rosette award ribbon and white PVC autograph bar.
The same lady sitting beside two-year-old golden retriever, Pink in setting with a mottled green and black background and holding pink-colored PVC autograph bar with large rosette award ribbon hanging from one end-setting in a professional portrait

Our Staff

A Dog’s Life focuses on providing a place for dogs to play, exercise, and safely spend the day in the company of other dogs. Because dogs are pack animals, they thrive on interacting with members of their own species. However, healthy interaction among canines requires a certain amount of social skill training, which can help keep dogs healthy, while preventing or resolving any behavior issues that exist. At A Dog’s Life, our staff works to ensure all canine interactions provide the most beneficial experience for both our dogs and their owners.

Vignette photo of 24 year old Katelyn with brown eyes and dark brown hair pulled back into a ponytail holding her Tri-Black Sheltie, Niko.

Katelyn Washburn

Operations Manager, Caretaker, Random Treat Dispenser

Katelyn was born in Connecticut and moved to Vero Beach at age 5. She met Cindy at age 9 when she and her family were adding a cute little Yellow Lab puppy to their family. They stayed in touch while she learned lots and lots about life with her Labrador. She was constantly at "The Center" pestering Cindy about getting the Most Fun job in the world, playing with dogs. Finally, the time was right and in 2013 she left her job working with children to join our Dog’s Life family. She keeps very busy entertaining the dogs and fixing anything that breaks. The dogs all know that she carries bits of yumminess and can be found handing them out to good boys and girls. She shares her life with Niko, her Shetland Sheepdog, the family’s 3 other dogs and 2 Kitties.

 
 

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