Who We Are, where the idea came from, and where we are going
Poseidon's K9 Island L.L.C. is a family owned business in rural Iowa. Owned by Travis and Marie Appel. Marie is the face of the business working with training and swimming clients. Travis and their kids help with the other things that keep it running. We offer our clients "Simply the B.E.S.T.". Boarding, Education, Swimming and Training
Marie has been involved with dogs since she was a teenager. She started training dogs for 4-H in 1997 and grew that love to compete with a Black & Tan Coonhound in WCCHR and UKC events. That dog even won Showdog of the Year for the Foggy Bottom Coonhunters Assoc. in 2003 when she was just 19 years old.
After taking some time away for college. Marie became involved with dog swims in 2009 through her volunteer efforts with K9COLA (Citizen’s for Off-Leash Areas) and its annual fundraiser K9Splash! But that wasn’t enough. In 2011, she helped bring a dog swim to Mt. Vernon. After seeing hundreds of happy dogs and their owners for several years she realized this opportunity needed to be around more often than a couple of weeks a year.
In 2011, Marie earned an MBA through the University of Phoenix and in 2013 she used her degree and experience with dog swims to form Poseidon’s K9 Island, L.L.C. and begin the process of bringing this dream to Eastern Iowa.
In 2015, Marie was asked by family members if she could train their puppy. The 6 month old puppy spent three months with us and became potty trained and learned basic obedience commands! Most importantly, this rekindled Marie's love for training. In 2016, we had our first "official" client and Marie took over the Cedar County 4-H and FFA dog program. From there we have continued to grow. In 2017, Marie added in group classes through Kirkwood Community College. If Marie isn't teaching somewhere there is a good chance you will find her taking classes. Her philosophy is that learning never stops and new techniques are always being developed.
In 2019, our pool and dock were finally complete and we began to welcome canine swimming clients. We also bred our first litter of German Shorthaired Pointer puppies and joined the AKC's detection dog task force with its Patriotic Puppy Program. We have three GSP pups that are actively learning what it takes to be a detection dogs.