Meet the Ruffin' It Team!
Erin Clarke - Owner
Erin has always loved dogs; this began at a young age when she would spend hours running around with the neighbour's pups in Prince Edward County. From there her love of dogs grew through interacting with eccentric barn dogs at the stables where her various horses were boarded.
One dog, Buddy (a gorgeous Shepherd/Rough Collie), was the one that changed it all. Erin began to take care of Buddy as her elderly neighbours grew less able. This unexpected experience started her off on the journey she is firmly on the path of today.
After working in the Toronto commercial canine industry for several years In November 2015 she launched Ruffin' It.
Launching her own business allowed Erin to work with the demographic of dogs she is passionate about: rescues, reactive and fearful/fear aggressive dogs.
Erin is bonded, insured and holds a permit with the City of Toronto. She is certified in Pet CPR and First Aid and has a certificate from Duke University in Dog Emotion and Dog Cognition. She continues her education through participation in seminars and classes, both online and in person. Erin is also working towards certification as a Professional Dog Trainer and is committed to positive and force-free training methods.
She currently lives in Leslieville with her rescue Labrador/Shepherd mix Alice and her two cats, Dori and Luna.
Byron Clarke - Owner
After supporting his wife Erin for years as she founded and ran Ruffin It Byron thought about his own work life and what made him fulfilled, reflecting on his relationship with his own pup Alice. As he puts it:
The world can be such a chaotic place but as soon as I see her running up to me when I get home it all falls away. Her enthusiasm and joy are contagious and taking care of her is very fulfilling. Even if things in life aren't always easy, I can make her happy and that makes me happy too. The fact I'm able to do the same for our client's furry friends is incredibly rewarding and a huge privilege.
Byron has been walking and boarding dogs of every size and breed for over 3 years and subscribes to the Ruffin' It philosophy of smaller group sizes and the willingness and ability to work with behavioral issues, always within the framework of positive training.
He is bonded, insured and has Pet First Aid Training and CPR. He and is currently studying to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and has a certificate in dog cognition from Duke University.
Megan Vasquez - Walker
Megan is a life long dog lover and wanted a job where she could be outside and get extra exercise. Her favorite part of the job is when she walks into a client’s home and her pup is already there waiting and excited to go on their adventure for the day.
"It really makes me see that I make a difference in their life/day!" she says
One of her fondest memories was the bond she made while caring for her roommates elderly beagle Annie.
Outside of dog walking she loves to spend her time drawing, thrifting at second-hand shops and cooking yummy dishes with a focus on spice! (the more the better :)
Megan is bonded, insured and has Pet First Aid training and CPR. She is also looking into the possibility of becoming a dog trainer as she finds canine behaviour fascinating.