studied for a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Natal before
working in the United States. After returning to South Africa, she
worked in public relations for television and newspaper publications
to help fund further studies in the field of animal behaviour.
Her passion to work full time with animals took her along various
routes – a cat rescue sanctuary, domestic and wildlife
rehabilitation, penguin rescue, and she helped set up training
programmes at a dog school where she was the only qualified animal
In 2010 Mari launched her own company, GoodPet Trading, which
focuses on every aspect of dog and other domestic animal
interaction. She has a holistic approach and works closely with
other experts in the field who are committed to gaining and sharing
Mari has diplomas for Bird, Cat, Dog and Horse Behaviour, as well as
Advanced Dog Behaviour and Animal Assisted Activity. She has focused
much attention on teaching people to handle dogs and has completed
with honours various instructor courses.
She has been asked to testify in court as an expert witness on
errant dog behaviour.
She is currently furthering her studies as a T-Touch Practitioner,
which is recognized worldwide. This art increases communication
skills and deepens the relationship between animals and people
through a gentle method of bodywork and movement exercises that
positively influences behaviour, performance and well-being.
Mari is an accredited member of SABCAP (South African Board for
Companion Animal professionals) where she is a committee member. She
is also an accredited handler for Paws For People which uses dogs to
assist with rehabilitation of chronically ill patients.
She is particularly interested in the link between human psychology
and animal behaviour and has encouraged others to explore the
fascinating scientific study of animal behaviour via her GoodPet
website (www.goodpet.co.za) and group on Facebook.
Her greatest passion is to see committed people producing results
while doing what they enjoy. She shares space in Durban with a
Boerbul, snakes, tortoises, fish, frogs and a few human beings whom
she is trying to persuade to behave more like animals!
Besides her love for animals she is also an accomplished dancer and
has taken part in various shows such as Shall We Dance at the Durban