Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Signature Dog Blog: Happy St Patrick's Day to the Flying Irish Greyhounds (FIG)

On this special date of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, I would like to give a shout out to FIG.

What is FIG you ask?

FIG is Flying Irish Greyhounds, an Irish charity operated by volunteers who work tirelessly to find forever homes with real people and families for unwanted ex-racing Greyhounds abandoned (and worse) by their owners who raced them.

FIG began in 2014 and also in that year they began working with the Seattle-based Greyhound Pets Inc. (GPI), to help facilitate the rehoming of the Irish ex-racers.  Airlines began to offer free flights and the idea of Flying Irish Greyhounds began.

The amazing Moira of GPI

Even Canada got in on the act

Way to go Canada!

Do the Irish not like Greyhounds?

This may just be a case of education.  Or lack thereof.  Perhaps the Irish only association is with the Greyhound  in their colourful muzzles running around a racetrack at breakneck speed.  They simply don't see them as pets or even dogs.

I refuse to show a real Grey being exploited

January 2017

FIG began doing Meet and Greets to raise awareness and encourage local people and families to adopt or consider a future adoption.  The best way to assess a Greyhound's suitability is to simply meet one.  They are a very special breed, sweet, kind, quiet and oh so soft to pet.  And I promise you they smell so nice too.

Rich Skipworth Greyhound art

Meet and Greet

FIG Meet and Greet in Ireland

If you have the chance, check out FIG.  They are amazing and are doing amazing things to help the ex-racing Irish Greyhound who is in very grave danger at this very moment.  Here is  their facebook page.   FIG facebook

Please read, educate yourself and share the plight of these beautiful and innocent dogs. You can adopt, donate or even buy some FIG swag.  Help in any way you can. Even if you just keep them in your heart - every little bit helps.  ๐Ÿ’š

If you are looking to adopt an Irish Greyhound check out GPI's facebook page as they are local contact for these dogs.  They are arriving at GPI all the time.  Here is their facebook page.  GPI facebook

Lee and Sabrina ๐Ÿ€

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

Friday, February 7, 2020

Signature Dog Blogger: Happy Valentines Day Cookies for your Sweetie

Just in time for Valentines Day or anytime you want to show your dog or puppy your love for them, that is of course after a great dog walk, dog hike on Horth Hill looking for our very special new neighbours or even a positive training session. 

These dog cookies are not only fun to make - but also make great gifts for the dog lover on Valentines Day. 

Wrap them up in some parchment paper and tie with some pink twine (for the girlies) or place inside a nice old jar and tie with a piece of red twine (for the boys) and you have a sweet gift to go. This recipe makes about 30 dog cookies (depending on your cookie cutter size) and half this of course if you double them up to make sandwiches. 

Usually, I prefer to leave them as singles as they keep longer, but this Valentines Day I am making a special batch for my Greyhound girlie and will spread the insides of the sandwiches with a bit of cream cheese mixed up with minced (unsweetened) cranberries. Sabrina has been especially good and she deserves something extra yummy!

  • Preheat oven to 350ยบ
  • Prepare cookie sheet with a non-stick spray or parchment paper

INGREDIENTS AND SUPPLIES (use organic whenever possible)

  • 1 cup flour (rice or wheat)
  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh finely minced or grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 unsweetened/unflavoured yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 large egg
  • If making sweetheart sandwiches you will need:
  • Light cream cheese
  • Finely minced unsweetened cranberries


  • Toss all the dry ingredients into one bowl, mix and put aside (not cranberries)
  • Put all the other ingredients into a bowl and mix well
  • Add dry ingredients and mix up until you have a dough (not too much)
  • Once well blended into a ball, lightly flour your work space and knead the ball of dough a few times. Roll out to no more than 1/4 inch in thickness and then cut into heart shapes. Be sure to press hard to have a clean cut!
  • Place onto prepared baking sheet
  • Baking time is approximate based on your oven and the size of your dog cookies but you can estimate about 12 to 15 minutes or just as soon as the dog cookies are looking all golden brown and yummy
  • For sweetheart sandwiches - just mix up a bit of cream cheese with your already minced cranberries and spread the underside of the dog cookie and match up with the underside of another dog cookie. Make sure they are completely cooled down though. Love will soon be in the air in your kitchen.

Happy Valentines Day Sabrina!

Love mommy ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“

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

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

A Greyhound's New Year Resolutions for 2020

Work on my image, whatever that is ...

Relax more and take more ME time

Fart less, and try not to act like it was me who done it. It was me.

Stop asking my mom "does my bum look fat to you?" and appreciate my body

Be a Greyhound goodwill ambassador and help other Greys find kind homes

Listen to my mom more, especially when she is complaining about my dad

Just be myself and be greytful for my new life

Happy New Year Everyone!

Lee and Sabrina ๐Ÿ’—

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

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!

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 ๐Ÿ’— 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 ๐Ÿ’

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!



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