- 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.
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 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).
Cindy 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. Cindy is furthering her education with animal science classes and she is involved with various rescue and shelter foster programs.
She enjoys caring for dogs until they find their forever home. She is also the proud parent of 2 dogs of her own.
Cindy 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 the Puddle in October 2017. A lover of dogs her whole life, Jessica is very comfortable handling and assisting dogs in the pool. She has the ability to make our swimmers feel comfortable and safe while in the water. With continuing education in biology and nutrition, Jessica spent 5 years working in the veterinary field as
a vet tech. Her experience and expertise in nutrition has been a valuable asset
to our team. When she's not in the pool, Jessica helps our clients navigate the mysterious world of pet food labels, ingredients and calories so they can make educated choices for their
Jess is 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 dog mom to Lola (above) and Roxxie.
Crystal joined our team in August 2020. She began her career in the animal field working as a Veterinary Assistant. She later decided to begin a pet care service for in-home visits, and soon developed a long list of loyal clientele. She continues that service today, when she's not at the Puddle.
For several years, prior to having her daughter, she trained as a canine swim coach and swam dogs of all breeds and sizes from beginners to advanced. She is excited to be back in the pool, and we are equally as excited to have her a part of our team! Crystal's ongoing interests and education include online training in Dog Language, Knowing Dogs 101 with The Dog Gurus.
Crystal is certified in Canine CPR and First Aid. Inline with her love of senior pups, she and her family share their household with two very special chihuahuas 14.5yrs and 9yrs old.
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!
Rosie and her husband, Mark have owned and operated their small, independent printing business
for nearly 21 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, IL