This month we are turning the spotlight on a very inspirational member of our client family, Kate Goshorn! We have loved getting to know her and her family this year, and look forward to many more years of watching her canine grow.
Born and raised on a cattle and sheep ranch in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Kate has been an avid animal lover since her infant years. “My very first word was “horse” so they have been a big influence my whole life. Event just hanging out with them is so fulfilling, we have the best conversations.”
Her passion for riding, grooming, and playing, and her deep connection with animals has shaped her being more than anything else. “All of my choices in life have been due to animals. I got my veterinary technicians degree because of them. I worked as biologist in Colorado because of them and I was a licensed wildlife rehabilitator because of them. They have brought me joy, purpose and happiness. “
Kate spent most of her adult years in her home-state-at-heart, Colorado, deepening her knowledge of nature and all of its inhabitants. There, she met her husband, Mark, and in 2010, the two of them move to the Verde Valley, so that he could take a position with the local Forest Service. Kate didn’t stray far from this path when she accepted a management position at the Arizona Natural History Association, located at the Red Rock Ranger Station. “Our association partners with the Forest Service and provides education and interpretative service for them.”
Kate and Mark’s home environment is as teaming with nature as their work lives. They share their home with three cats, Cooper, Blaze, and Jester. “Both Blaze and Cooper came to the vet Clinic Cottonwood I used to work for and Jester is a Colorado kitty. Blaze was supposed to be my barn cat, but he soon discovered the comfort of being an indoor cat.”
They share their property with three horse that Kate spends much of her free time with. “ I show dressage, so all three of our horses are warmbloods. Tess is my 17 year-old mare and she is retired from riding. She, in 2016, gave me Bam Bam who is only 2 now but is my future competition horse. And we have Jack, who is my current riding horse.”
In addition to horses, they also keep four chickens. “ Our chickens don’t have names, but I can identify each one of them. They would like to be house chickens but my husband says no on that idea.”
The newest addition to Kate and Mark’s family is Freya, their black lab puppy. “Freya was a bit of a surprise to us. We were on a waiting list with Daisy Mountain Labs and were really far down on the list. I thought it would be fall before we would get a puppy, but the stars aligned and she came to us in February.”
I have heard stories about puppies, and particularly labs, who have eaten people’s walls, torn up carpet, destroyed couches and so on. But thanks to Hillside, Freya has never show any of those tendencies. “
We have Freya to thank for bringing Kate and Mark into the Hillside family’s lives. Since early spring, they have taken full advantage of our daycare packages. “Day care has been amazing for both Freya and us. She loves to go and wrestle with friends and then come home and crash. She has never destroyed anything in the house, does not rip up her toys or dig in the yard. I know it is because she goes to day care and gets out all of that destructive energy there. I have heard stories about puppies, and particularly labs, who have eaten people’s walls, torn up carpet, destroyed couches and so on. But thanks to Hillside, Freya has never show any of those tendencies. “
Freya has really captured the hearts of everyone in the Hillside Family. We love to see her and her family, and the feeling is mutual! “I love that Hillside is a small family operation. Everyone is so friendly and nice, and they all know Freya. I know she gets the best care there possible too which gives us peace of mind.”
Kaila Haas - Passionate animal lover and fan of the Hillside Canine Resort & Spa family!