The Story of Inner Puppy

Mary’s path to becoming a Canine Massage Practitioner in Denver, Colorado

Mary with her long-time friends, Teddy & Mattie

From as far back as I can remember animals have always been a big part of my life.  I always knew that someday I would work with animals in some capacity, but I had no idea what that would involve.

As a kid I grew up with two dogs and many cats, but it wasn’t until I moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado in the early 90’s that my dream of working with animals became a reality. One of my first jobs in Glenwood was working as a stable hand, making minimum wage on an Arabian Horse Ranch caring for 17 horses. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! I was hired with absolutely no experience and learned so much about horses from that job.

In 1995, I began to pursue a long time passion: working with llamas!  With the generous help of my employers at the time, I started Lunch with a Llama: for three summers I spent my days trekking with llamas, taking tourists on three-hour lunch trips into the mountains.  Lunch with a Llama was a dream job as well, but I was only able to do it during the summer while working at an independent bookstore the rest of the year.

Mary's graduation from canine massage practitioner training

Teddy on Graduation Day

One day in 2003, I was pulling my car into the driveway when I had this gigantic revelation: I needed to quit my full time job, go to canine massage school and become a canine massage practitioner!  That is exactly what I did: one month later, with my dog Teddy as copilot, I drove across country to attend the PetMassage™ canine massage school in Toledo, Ohio.   To this day, I believe Teddy came into my life to set me on my path to work with animals.  This was very apparent on graduation day when I looked down to see her beaming so bright with a “WE DID IT” smile on her face!  She was so proud of us that day!

I remember one day in class my teacher Jonathan saying “You know, all that we are really doing here is bringing out the inner puppy in our dogs through massage.”  When I got back to Colorado I started my mobile canine business and named it “Inner Puppy Canine Massage.”

In 2005 my husband and I moved to Denver, and Inner Puppy Canine Massage had to find a new home.  I took this opportunity to take some additional classes and learn new modalities.  I took Healing Touch for Animals™ from Carol Komitor.

That same year I happened to read an article in 5280 magazine by Lisa Speaker, founder of the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage. I was intrigued with what the school had to offer.  I ended up taking all of their courses and was eventually asked to teach there; between 2006 and 2008, I taught canine therapeutic massage and canine & equine sports massage.

In 2009, I returned my focus exclusively to my mobile massage business.  I feel so blessed to be doing what I love, working with animals and improving the quality of their lives through massage.