Boss B*tch is a series featuring female entrepreneurs and their dogs. We're celebrating their accomplishments, and the dogs that keep them company along the way.
When she was only 22 years old, Michelle August opened the first SPINCO indoor cycling studio in Kelowna. Since then, she's opened locations all over Canada and they recently celebrated a five year anniversary. At her side, every step of the way, is her yellow Labrador Retriever named Molly. We caught up with Michelle to get tips for flying with a dog, the inside scoop on Labrador Retrievers and why a dog can help you live a healthy lifestyle.
Molly is a five-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever. I got her a month before we opened up the first SPINCO location in Kelowna. She's been on this SPINCO journey every step of the way. We just celebrated our 5 year anniversary!
I travel a lot between Kelowna and Toronto. If we're staying in Toronto for a significant amount of time, she comes with us. If it's just a quick trip, she stays with my family or close friends.
It's funny because when she's in Toronto, she's a total city dog. She won't walk on the grass around my condo — sticks to the cement. Then, when she's in Kelowna, she's instantly running around in the mud. It's like she acclimatizes to her environment.
Molly is great at travelling. We've been taking her on flights and road trips since she was a puppy. You have to make sure your dog is well trained and comfortable being in a kennel. If she wasn't good at flying, I wouldn't make her do it.
Both my boyfriend Mike and I own our own businesses, which makes it easy to look after Molly. When she's not at the cycling studio with me, she's playing in the dirt at Mike's landscaping company in Kelowna. Molly's not in that traditional 9-5 office setting.
I think it's also important to have a dog that's easygoing and well-behaved. There's no added stress with her. She's so good with people and good with other animals. She's just happy to be wherever she is, and that's such a nice energy to have around.
I knew I wanted a yellow Lab named Molly when I was 16 years old. It was just something I knew. Because I grew up with a chocolate Lab, I knew that the breed has a good temperament. They can be a bit crazy when they're a puppy, but they're never vicious at all. They're such kind-hearted dogs — almost people-like. When she first gets to the studio, she runs around saying, 'Hi' to everyone.
Dogs are great because they encourage us to get outside and be active. Sometimes you don't want to do it for yourself, but you'll do it for your dog. Molly loves going on a hike and that gets me amped to go for a hike. Plus, dogs teach you good lessons about taking care of others. I grew up always having a dog and it helped shape me into a responsible person.