Melanie Lodenquai – Owner

My entire life I’ve known that my true calling was working with animals! Growing up, we always had cats, and I rode horses for awhile, but didn’t get my first dog, Sasha- a Schnauzer/Pomeranian mix, until I was in High School. When she was just over a year, we started having various health problems with her, and found out from the Holistic Veterinarian that she has wheat allergies. Thus began my personal mission to learn more about caring for my pets in all aspects.

I took a grooming course in 2004, and then groomed professionally for more than 4 years. As a groomer I realized just how many dogs out there have food related health issues, and continued to research the concept of “natural nutrition” in pets, and how low quality foods are linked to so many of the pet health issues we see and hear about everyday. From grooming I branched out into a combination of dog psychology based training, and nutritional consults. I worked for a few different pet food related businesses, and even spent a year working for a distributor of natural pet products. All my various jobs, and years of experience in the pet industry eventually led me to realize I needed to be in a situation where I could work for myself, as well as offer guidance and education to people struggling to sort out issues with their own pets.

I bought my Tail Blazers West Edmonton location in July 2010 and am now living my dream of owning my own business while helping to improve the lives of pets and their people! My pet family now includes a purebred Pomeranian named Tessie, a Great Dane cross named Bobbi and a Maine Coon cat named Catty, along with the ‘original’ pet love of my life, Sasha (who is now nearly 16 years old! Hurray for raw diets!). They have all had some minor health or digestive issues that have been quickly and easily resolved through proper diet and supplementation! I love what I do, and look forward to many more years of helping animals be healthier and happier!

Karlee Mitchell
My name is Karlee Mitchell, and I started working at Tail Blazers at the end of June 2011.  I have a 4 year old Tabby Maine Coon X named Baby, a 2 year old Havanese named TJ and a 4 year old Rottweiler named Odie! Next September I plan on going to NAIT for the Animal Health Technologist program!  In my spare time I enjoy riding and caring for horses, and I would love to specialize in working with horses after I graduate.  My job at Tail Blazers allows me to work with animals, and expand my knowledge and experience with various health issues that we see so often in our pets, which will prove beneficial as I pursue my education at NAIT!


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