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If you have never met Kim at “The Coach” then there’s at least a good chance you might have seen her dog. Photo: Erin Smith.

Kawartha Lakes Vignette: Kim Wagg

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Kim Wagg loves her job as a bartender at Lindsay’s Coach and Horses. “I love my customers and coworkers and the owners,” she says of the job she has had for five years.

If you have never met Kim at “The Coach” then there’s at least a good chance you might have seen her dog. Kim produces performance videos of her German Shepard dog, Chevy.

One of the most popular ones was of Chevy using an inside toilet to do her business; another shows Chevy cleaning the house. Those videos have a combined 90 million views making Chevy one of the most famous residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Upon meeting Kim you might not realize that she has been fighting multiple sclerosis (MS) for over eight years now.

“For some people like me it’s an invisible disease. It affects me more than people can see,” explains Kim. The disease is both a motivator and and an impediment for Kim. “For a goal-oriented person like me, it helps me focus on my plans — but sometimes it makes me have to modify those goals and plans,” she says.

Kim, who is a certified dog trainer, first got Chevy to be a therapy dog to help her with her MS. It was clearly evident to Kim that Chevy’s intelligence and personality was such that she would want to keep learning, so Kim began ‘performance’ (or as some people call it ‘trick’) training. The results are nothing short of spectacular and you can link to all the videos here at or follow her on Instagram here.

Born and raised in Lindsay, Kim is married to her husband, Shaun, and they have two sons. “I was born here. I love the City of Kawartha Lakes — it’s a great place to raise a family,” she says.

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A graduate of the University of Toronto, Trevor Hutchinson is a songwriter, writer and bookkeeper. He serves as Contributing Editor at The Lindsay Advocate. He lives with his fiancee and their five kids in Glenarm, Kawartha Lakes.

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