Stephen and Iming (Peter) have been partners since early 2000. Both share their love of animals, especially dogs and cats.
Stephen has a background in cabinet-making, building construction, and in later years, IT project management.
Iming is a qualified librarian and briefly worked for a tertiary institution. For the last 23 years and when not on the farm, he works in customer service for a major transport company in Melbourne.
How Geelong Canine Fitness was founded?
When living in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs, Stephen and Iming shared their home with Sebastian, a golden labrador cross, and Missy Moo, a domestic cat. Later on, Buddy, a red heeler cross joined the family before the passing of Sebastian.
Buddy, after completing dog obedience training, excelled in the flyball challenge. He loved the fast-paced relay race over jumps to retrieve a tennis ball. We travelled to many competitions around Victoria.
As time passed, we start to notice a little lameness and a few limps after each competition. So we sought advice and researched far and wide.
In 2017, the pair stumbled upon a five-acre hobby farm just outside Lara, Victoria. The double-storey home, large boarding cattery, and open space were an instant attraction, causing them to pack up their Melbourne home and move onto the farm in the heart of the growing northern suburb of Geelong.
We soon found out that there are no suitable canine rehabilitation facilities in Geelong. Buddy eventually underwent Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery followed by regular rehabilitation sessions in Whittlesea, a 4-hour return trip away. Knowing that as animals age, most owners would seek medical treatment to improve their quality of life. So the idea of establishing a canine fitness and rehabilitation business was born.