Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Please Take a Moment to Think About "Giving Tuesday"


In the spirit of Giving Tuesday and seeing as December is a time for kindness and for giving, I thought I would list four very deserving adoption/rescue groups that could sure use your help this holiday season.  If you have an extra $10 or $25, every bit helps.  

Here are the four groups, in no particular order but all very important to me and close to my heart.

Head to Doberman Rescue Ontario to learn about sweet Finn and how you can help!


https://www.facebook.com/DobermanRescueOntario/
Meet Finn on Facebook

The Doberman Rescue Ontario group helps unwanted, neglected or abandoned Dobermans have a real second chance at the life that they deserve. Like Finn pictured above. This amazing Doberman rescue group in Ontario, Canada takes in about 100 Dobermans a year.  Wow!  Check out their beautiful Dobermans available for adoption and their fun on-line facebook auction.  





Team Inch rescues Sight hounds from the South Korean meat markets and city pound and gets them to North America for their forever homes. Check out their happy ending stories, they will warm your heart.


Team Inch Sighthound Rescue





This is the very painfully skinny Angie from Alabama who became my very own lovely Sabrina 💗 from Vancouver Island, BC. Pictured here at Greyhound Pets Inc. (known as GPI) in Washington, on her first day, during her first stuffie encounter, ever. Sabrina turned out to be a most amazing creature, lovely, funny, sweet.  And, she has put on a good 10lbs already.  

Sabrina at GPI (Adoption Group where Sabrina came from)


Sabrina now




Minnesota Doberman Rescue (MDR) who saves and supports unwanted Dobermans and their pups. These two little ones named Drogon and Theon are survivors of Parvo. Good luck little ones. And these two lucky puppies have grown into stunning Dobermans.

MDR Facebook

I hope you can find it in your heart to help out one or two or all of these very noble groups.  

Spread the word, share their story, help if you can.

Volunteer, foster, adopt or just keep them in your heart. It all helps.  

Every little bit of kindness helps.

Thank you everyone for your kindness and support!

Merry Christmas!





Lee and Sabrina 💝




Signature Pet Services is a by-appointment-only pet sitting company serving the very beautiful Saanich Peninsula in British Columbia. 


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Chase the Doberman RIP One Year Later


This week marks the one year anniversary of the passing of our beautiful yet deeply troubled 2.5 year-old Doberman boy.  His name was Chase.  And, we loved him truly, deeply and dearly, in spite of the danger we lived with in trying to save this beautiful boy from himself.

Chase was not a rescue, he came to our home as a one-year-old 'return' from a highly regarded Doberman breeder out of the Portland area of Oregon.  Referred to us by a Doberman Breeder in the Vancouver, BC area.  We paid a considerable amount of money for him and then spent much of our savings trying to save and help him.  

I should mention, that Chase was sold to us as a service dog. This was the first of the many painful lies uncovered during our short time with Chase. There are just too many lies to mention. Turned out he had no leash manners and chased cars with such rage that he put himself and me in danger every time we were out.  We even wondered if he had ever had any training or been on a leash. Chase was the least likely dog on the planet to be a service dog. He was so light sensitive you could not even have a flashlight on around him and he seemed to be only comfortable in the dark and every noise made him very upset and crazy-like.

We had him for about one and a half years.  And during that time he brought so much joy and love into our home. Sadly, he also brought fear, terror and violent behaviours.  

Chase made three steps forward and ten steps back.  We would have a month of improvement.  We began to hope. Then the next day he would lash out, bite, attack, growl and dangerously mutilate himself. No trainer, no animal behaviour specialist, no veterinarian, no veterinarian behaviourist could save him.  Trust me when I say, no expense was spared.

For the record, Chase was our third Doberman, so we were experienced with Dobermans.  In addition to seeking help from the professionals, we also sought help from both the woman who referred us and the woman who was Chase's breeder.

Neither one of these people were interested in helping Chase or us.  They both knew that they had gotten us to purchase a Doberman with very serious physical and mental health issues.  And, they probably knew nothing would help him.  Most of all they showed us they did not care about Chase or the very special Doberman breed.  

I remember speaking to Chase's breeder after he had attacked his pet sitter and we wanted him returned to her. Her response was, "Oh, I don't know anything about training".  She started hysterically crying and put her boyfriend on the phone and basically forced us into keeping him, which we did.  Our mistake we did not stand up for ourselves.  We felt so guilty wanting to return him.

We also now know that they targeted us knowing we were still grieving the loss of our two beloved Dobermans. They got together to 'off load' a dangerous dog on two unsuspecting grieving people. Our barriers were down and we openly trusted them both.  We were being preyed upon and did not even know it. Not yet anyways.

Over a short period of time, Chase had become increasingly dangerous to himself, to others and to us.  Our veterinarian was scared for our safety. Can you imagine that?

After exhausting all professionals and ourselves, it was decided the best thing to do for Chase and for public safety was to do an in-home euthanization. It was a terrible day, one I will never forget.  Even with massive does of oral sedation, my husband and I had to muzzle and forcefully restrain Chase.  He was so full of rage that day, we were so worried he was going to seriously harm Dr Lesley who had come for the in-home visit.  We were also worried she would not be able to get close enough to do her job. She would administer an injection and then had to quickly get behind the door to protect herself.  When things calmed down, she would administer another injection. Time seemed to go by so slow. It was like what was happening was not even real. Here we were holding our beloved Chase while he was raging on and being prepared to die at the same time. After many injections, Dr Lesley was able to administer the lethal injection.  Chase was finally free from himself and the world he was unable to accept or live in.  I went to the bathroom and vomited.

Dr Lesley could very well be the calmest and most courageous veterinarian ever.

In the end, after Chase's passing, his breeder never called us back, never wrote us back, never responded back to us.  Never said a SINGLE word. Never sent a card, note, text or email. Never inquired how we were, especially after Chase's most recent display of rage against one of us in particular. 

It was as if we never existed, that Chase never existed.  But all three of us existed and suffered and one of us died. Two of us remained in shock and devastated. And, angry.

Have you even been treated as though you don't exist?  Let me tell you it hurts and sticks with you.

We will always love Chase, and while these two individuals have moved on from the destruction they caused our family - we will never forget them and what they did to us.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  And, be very careful when dealing with any breeder, of any dog, of any breed, any town, province or state.  Even, if you know them, you have a history with them, and they have a "so called" good reputation.  

Be very careful, as your life, your health and your finances may be placed at great risk.


Our first Selfie - Chase was my world!



Always, 

Lee 


Signature Pet Services is a by-appointment-only pet sitting company serving the very beautiful Saanich Peninsula in British Columbia. 



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Honouring Dogs of War

War Dogs by Roger J. Robicheau

I am an American War dog
I obey orders from my brave handler

My job is to find, save, help and comfort
I try to do the best I can

Being faithful is everything to me
Staying alert, I must always be

When my name is called out
proudly I stand to serve with love

I so try to do what is asked of me
If I die on duty, please remember 

I am an American War Dog
and my brave handler is my best friend

God gave me a life to love and give
and to be there when there is need

The time may come for my duty to end
and I will proudly be a K9 Corps Veteran

It will be hard for me to stop serving
I'll want to continue but know I cannot

Remember those like me who don't go to war
Many have duties that are so very important

I am an American War Dog
and I have the Best Friend in the World



Butch stands guard as Private First Class Rez P. Hester sleeps. 
Butch is with the 7th War Dog Platoon, 25th Regiment, Iwo Jima. 




Lee and Sabrina 💔

ps:  This amazing photo courtesy of  The Warfare History Network

Signature Pet Services is a by-appointment-only pet sitting company serving the very beautiful Saanich Peninsula in British Columbia. 


Friday, October 25, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Signature Pet Services wishes you a Happy Halloween





Watch out for the grim reaper (AKA Roman) on Halloween Night...he may kiss you to death.  Although, one reader sent me an email that Roman looks more like he is dressed up as Ghandi ... and another said a ghost.  I think they are both right!


Halloween is a fun change in the daily routine for all family members except pets. Pets don’t care for change and can become nervous and/or aggressive with the increased number of people and vehicles in their territories. Add the potentially hazardous mix of decorations and Halloween candy within the pet’s reach, and it could prove to be a fatal mix unless precautions are taken to keep pets safe on Halloween.




Pets allowed to remain loose on Halloween can be injured or cause injury. An unconfined pet may run out outside and into the path of oncoming traffic when the home’s door is opened to give trick or treaters candy. 

On the other hand, an unconfined pet (dogs specifically) may feel that children wearing Halloween costumes are territorial risks and bite a child. 




Black cats and Halloween go together, which makes black cats at high risk for being stolen from their owners on Halloween.

Happy Halloween everyone and keep those pets inside!

Boo!


Lee and Sabrina 👻

ps:  This post is for you Romie, I sure miss you and wish now that I had appreciated your gentle manner more.  


Signature Pet Services is a by-appointment-only pet sitting company serving the very beautiful Saanich Peninsula in British Columbia. 



Sunday, October 13, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Three Dog Bakery




Pupcakes from Three Dog Bakery



Are you heading to the lower mainland this week perhaps for a family gathering?  In particular, either Vancouver or Port Moody?


Are you looking for a really cool little shop for your dog, that we simply don't have here on the Saanich Peninsula?


Are you taking your beloved pup with you, if so he will love it.


Or, are you having to leave him or her at home simply because he or she does not travel well or this is a business trip?


And, you are feeling guilty.  Are you feeling guilty?  Well don't be.  Just make sure you have a few minutes put aside to hit one of the two Three Dog Bakery locations.  The stuff is so yummy looking that you will want to be a dog.  OK not really.


But you will want to look at getting getting a Blueberry Pot Pie, Dog Taco or one or many of the special Pupcakes.  


They even have S'mores.  For dog.  Not human.  


One of my favourite things to do for my dog is to purchase a custom cake with his or her name on it.  So fun.


Just think you can go to a bakery and not have to worry about counting calories. And, your dog will love you for it!


Just click on the link for everything you need to know.

The Three Dog Bakery Location Info


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Lee and Sabrina 💗



Signature Pet Services is a by-appointment-only pet sitting company serving the very beautiful Saanich Peninsula in British Columbia.