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- Since 2013 -


Pet AquaFitness & Nutrition

The Puddle is an independent canine aquatics facility with an indoor pool, self dog wash

and natural pet food store. We are located in the heart of the Fox Valley in South Elgin, IL.
We believe that your dog or cat deserves proper nutrition and exercise and

it is our goal to provide the best possible resources to achieve that.


We are committed to this community, and strive every day to provide a safe,

clean environment with excellent service and quality products.

About Us

Our Team


Cathy / Founder & Owner

"I have been an avid dog lover all my  life. It is my true belief that it is our responsibility as humans to provide our pets with the best quality of life possible. That includes great nutrition, plenty of exercise and endless love. In May 2013,

I took a leap of faith and opened The Puddle. I created this facility to be a safe and trusting environment where owners can witness firsthand the countless benefits of canine swimming. I wanted a place where they can obtain excellent information about nutrition so they can make educated decisions on what to feed their dogs and cats. I am truly lucky to wake each morning and spend the day doing what I love."


Cathy was recently awarded the 2024 Anderson Humane Animal Welfare Award for the Puddle's Share the Care program which provides shelter and rescue dogs with swim time for healing therapy or just fun exercise.


Cathy is a graduate of the La Paw Spa’s Aquatic Training Program Level One & Two. She is certified in Canine CPR and First Aid, and by the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF). And, she is a member of the Association of Canine Water Therapy (ACWT).



Cynthia joined us in May 2016. She graduated with a degree in finance,  but decided to leave her career and make her dreams come true by working with animals. She has a natural gift for putting dogs at ease when handling and working with them in the water.


Her passion for animals also extends beyond the Puddle. Cynthia is co-owner of Chicago Cardio Canine. A mobile dog gym providing year round cardio exercise for your dog. She is also the proud fur parent to four pups!

Cynthia is a graduate of La Paw Spa’s Aquatic Training Program Level One & Two and is certified in Canine CPR

and First Aid.



Jessica joined our Puddle team in October 2017. She is very comfortable handling and assisting dogs in the pool. Jess has the ability to make all of our swimmers feel comfortable and safe while in the water. With continuing education in biology and nutrition, Jessica spent five years working in the veterinary field as a vet tech and has recently completed her NAVC Pet Nutrition certification. Jess is able to provide our clients with valuable information to navigate the mysterious world of pet food labels, ingredients and calories so they can make educated choices for their pets. 


Jessica is a certified NAVC Pet Nutrition coach. She is also certified in Canine CPR and First Aid. She is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technician Assistance (NAVTA) and the Association of Canine Water Therapy (ACWT). Above all, she is a proud fur mom to Lola (above) Remi and Miranda.



Adrian joined our team in March 2021. She has acquired over 10+ years experience with dogs in the pool. Her soft nature helps make an immediate connection with every dog she meets. As of April 2024, Adrian received her  certification in Canine Massage. As a Certified Canine Massage Therapist, she provides massage sessions in the water during swim sessions, or in our office. 


An avid animal lover and rescuer, Adrian opens her heart to all things great and small. Lilly, her rescue horse, has been with her for 26 years. Every morning, Adrian gets up before the 

sun to tend to Lilly and the other horses at the barn where Lilly resides. Adrian

is also fur mom to Perry, a 10 yr old Dachshund and Patches, a 6 yr old

Dachshund mix.


Adrian is also certified in Canine CPR and First Aid. She is a member of the West Burb Weiner's Club, where they primarily raise funds for dogs with medical needs. 

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Gabby became a member of our Puddle team in August 2022 and right away we knew she was a perfect fit! Gabby has been a loyal Puddle client since March of 2017. In order to help her St. Bernard, April (above) avoid hip surgery, Gabby has brought April to swim every week since April was six months old! Now, April comes swimming with her brother, Bart,

a beautiful Newfoundland. 


Gabby is a natural in the water and she excelled in our training program. With devotion and love for all dogs, Gabby makes every pup she assists feel comfortable and safe.



Since September 2014, Rosie has handled the job of office manager, 

and all things Puddle related! She continually masters the fine art of organization, scheduling, multi-tasking, and post-it notes! We would be completely lost without her! If there's ever a question or concern, Rosie is  here for you!

In addition, Rosie and her husband, Mark have owned and operated their small, independent printing business 

for nearly 24 years. 


What Our Clients Say

"We just love everything about The Puddle! From the amazingly friendly and caring staff to the impressive cleanliness of the facility, it's always a highlight of our weekend! And our pups, Sam and Finn couldn't be happier or more confident swimmers now! Thank you!"

Amy L.   /   Sleepy Hollow

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The Puddle

Pet Aquafitness & Nutrition

1948 Gyorr Avenue

South Elgin, Illinois 60177



Tues, Wed & Fri. 10a - 6p

Thursday  10a - 7p

Saturday  9a - 4p

Closed Sunday & Monday

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