All About The Ranch

Just 20 minutes from West Vancouver, it's "camp for dogs" here!

Our Ranchers

Everyone who works at the Dog Ranch is a thoroughly trained dog handler and cleaner, and all staff are educated and overseen by the management team of Karen (owner), Steve and Heather (managers.) The Handlers are also guided by an Operation Manual and Employee Handbook covering all aspects of caring for dogs. Handlers, Trainers, and Groomers all have up to date qualifications.

Karen Munro

Karen Munro

Owner and Managing Director

Karen’s 20-year entrepreneurial business career in Toronto and Vancouver has always been paired with her love of dogs and being outdoors. As owner, managing director and co-creator of the Dog Ranch, she is responsible for all Ranch operations and overall canine and human satisfaction. Karen can jump into almost any role, and is tireless in her efforts to ensure the Dog Ranch delivers the highest quality, totally dog-centred boarding services in Greater Vancouver and Bowen Island. On Bowen, Karen and the Dog Ranch are enthusiastic participants in all kinds of community activities; the Ranch has made many friends on the Island, the North Shore and in Greater Vancouver.

Steve Livaja

Steve Livaja

General Manager

Steve is a long-time Bowen Islander and, after a career in the city, took the big leap to get out from behind a desk and work on Bowen full-time. He has recently jumped in feet first to helping Karen oversee the Dog Ranch as General Manager, after spending the previous 2 years part time as a valued member of the Dog Ranch dog-handling team as well as overseeing the endless building and property work. Steve has a never-ending enthusiasm for our dogs, and they clearly adore him.

Heather Doherty

Manager and Social Media Director

Heather is a former “Bowener” living on Bowen for six years prior to moving back home to Toronto last year, but sure enough once you’ve made Bowen Island your home it’s impossible to leave and so she’s back with her two dogs Drake and Happy. Heather comes to us after a long career in the hospitality industry which included a stint in Dubai! She’s happy to trade human guests for doggie guests and is loving being back on Bowen and working at the Dog Ranch, helping KAren oversee the day-to-day admin and management needs. 

Carey Bolduc

Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Head Dog Handler

Meet Carey Bolduc of #CareyTrainsMe and owner of Carey’s Dog Walk and Play. Carey is an Accredited Petsmart trainer and has trained hundreds of dogs. Carey’s expertise goes way beyond teaching the basics to huggable, loveable puppies. Carey is a specialist in board and train and has been successfully providing positive results for over four years. Prior to dog training, Carey has been involved with many train the trainer courses and has mastered how people and canines communicate and learn. You will find Carey to be a fun-loving and supportive trainer who is ready to train owners as well as their pups. 

Carey is accredited through Dr. Dunbar’s Science-based Reactive Dog Training Program as well as Crucial Concepts in Dog Behaviour and Training, SIRIUS Dog Trainer Academy, Treatment & Prevention of Dog Aggression, Say Yes! Dog Training Recallers Program, Susan Garrett, Separation Anxiety – Mission Possible, Malena DiMartini, Professional Dog Walker Certificate, Langara College with Dr. Rebecca Ledger, Advanced Dog Behaviour, Keeping Dogs Safe, Difficult Dog Behaviour, Typical Dog Behaviour, Cooperative Dog Training, Canine Behaviour Training Diploma Course – Centre of Excellence, Certified Dognition Evaluator, Doggone Safe Raw food and canine behaviour, Pet first aid Walks ‘N’ Wags.

Professional Associations

Member, Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers

Member, Pet Professional Guild, Doggone Safe,

Fear Free Homes

Yoko Sakai

Certified Professional Dog Trainer

A born teacher and dog lover, Yoko Sakai is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and launched her own dog training business Bow Wow Academy and is now partnering with the Bowen Island Dog Ranch offering our training class program specializing in positive reinforcement methods.

Yoko has trained thousands of dogs privately and was Wagzone’s Dog Trainer in North Vancouver, where she offered multiple levels of Obedience and Agility classes, and also worked with reactive dogs. Yoko achieved her Professional Dog Trainer designation through Georgina Bradley (CPDT-KA-DTP) at DogStars Professional Dog Trainers Program in Vancouver, and has become accredited through Dr. Dunbar’s Science-based Reactive Dog Training Program. She has recently been accredited in Susan Garret’s “IYC method”, and continues to keep current at seminars and is constantly brushing up her skills.

Her goal is to help more canine friends and their humans build happier and safer lives together.

Alex Whiteside

Lead Handler/Facilities Manager

Alex now a Bowen Islander came to Bowen Island from Vancouver Island 10 years ago.  Making her mark in the community with her vast experience in Creative Arts & Cosmetology and now with her passion for animals.  She can be seen enjoying our beautiful island with Ducky & Ziggy.  We are very excited to have her here to help us lead our crew and provide the best care we can for your beloved pets!

Maurice Beasant

VIP Shuttle Driver (VIP = Very Important Pup!)

Maurice has joined the Bowen Island Dog Ranch Team as our new VIP (Very Important Pup) Shuttle driver. Maurice grew up with dogs and loves them unconditionally.  After recently retiring from Mercedes-Benz North Vancouver as Senior Sales Consultant, he has decided to devote his energy to spending more time with the great dogs that come to the Ranch. Maurice is fully committed to making sure each little “VIP” is handled with care and courtesy to make the trip to the Ranch as happy as the stay at the Ranch.

Brylie Guilfoyle

Brylie Guilfoyle

Senior Dog Handler

One-half of an awesome sister-duo, Brylie has joined her sister, Megan,  on the dog handling team as a part-timer. When Brylie is on-site, she’s a major pooch-magnet here, and the dogs bask in her endless happy energy. Add that to a first-class work ethic, and we have an excellent new addition to the Dog Ranch family.

Isobel White

Senior Dog Handler

Isobel discovered the Dog Ranch through her dog, Ollie, when he was a puppy. Isobel’s dedication to caring for dogs is inspiring and she looks forward to a career in the Veterinary field. We are thrilled to work with such a devoted, longtime dog lover, and admire her dedication and the quality in her every task.

Sean Pike

Junior Handler

Tara Tyler

Senior Handler

Allison Couchman

Junior Handler

Willow Gilbert

Senior Dog Handler

Willow, a Bowen Islander, has been with the Dog Ranch throughout most of her high school career, and we can always count on her lovely and calming influence on all the precious pups she cares for here. Willow is heading into the veterinary field, so we are doubly lucky that she is continuing to work with us every week while continuing her education in animal medicine.

Tim Waters

Business Consultant

Quite simply, the Ranch wouldn’t exist without Tim! He assisted Karen through the original business plan, and helps design all aspects of the Ranch buildings, systems, landscaping and administration. In short, he is an invaluable advisor to Karen, bringing tremendous expertise, professionalism and valued friendship.


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