Amber Mack (Founder & President)
I am a native New Yorker, who moved to Brooklyn in 2004. After graduating college with a degree in English, I worked in publishing for 7 years. In 2010 I discovered running...and everything changed.
Running became my passion while training for the 2010 New York City Marathon, with the help of Team in Training (a fantastic cancer fighting charity). A few months after completing the marathon, I left publishing and started working at Finish Line Physical Therapy (an innovative endurance-athlete focused clinic), so that I could immerse myself in the world of health and fitness, and particularly running.
Unlike my passion for running, I was born with a passion for dogs. In 2014, “Dog Runner” became my identity when I moved to Los Angeles with my husband and started working for Paws In Motion (a highly reputable dog running service). I cherished the time I spent on the trails with the Paws In Motion family and shed several tears when it was time to say goodbye to all my furry running buddies!
At the end of 2016 my husband and I moved back to Brooklyn, and immediately I felt incomplete without the dogs, trails, and the passion I had for being a dog runner in LA. After researching available dog care services in New York, I discovered that nothing quite fit the mold or high level of service that I was used to providing with Paws In Motion.
It was clear that I would have to create my own business. Using much of what I learned at Paws In Motion, and putting my own Brooklyn spin on things, in January 2017 Canine Running Company was born. As a result, a whole bunch of city dogs (and their owners) are happier for it!
My personal experience with large dogs, strong breeds, and dogs with extreme behavioral challenges, allows me to maintain confidence and calm with all dogs in any situation. This, along with my ability to completely respect and empathize with animals, (as well as humans!), is what makes it natural for me to go above and beyond for the dogs I care for (and their owners!). And although I've learned a lot from living and working with dogs, I still possess a deep curiosity and desire to know more about their behavior. Whenever possible I assist and/or observe dog training sessions with the fabulous trainer Alison Buehler, of Dharma Dog NYC , to continue my canine education.
My goal for Canine Running Company is to help spread the joy of running to all dogs while maintaining a stellar quality of service for both dog and owner!