Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Spend Your Easter with A Greyhound



Please remember that April is still national Adopt A Greyhound Month.  


There is always time to adopt a Greyhound but why not adopt one now and spend your Easter Holiday with your new best friend.

This may be the perfect time to adopt one of these sweet and gentle dogs into your home.  

Thousands of Greyhounds are being cared for by adoption groups all over the world while they await their new family and forever home.



www.goldengreyhounds.com



gap.grv.org.au



talesandtails.com

Happy Easter Everyone!


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Friday, April 12, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Ziggy the Greyhound is Looking for His Person

Ziggy is a beautiful young male Greyhound.  

He originally heralds from Ireland where he was a racer.  He is sweet and on the unsure side and just needs to find "his person" and the right home for him.  

Ziggy would most likely do well in a home with another more established dog.  I noted from his new video, that he is food motivated, which may make training easier for his new family.  I also hear Ziggy loves cheese.  He may enjoy some fun games and training to help him with his confidence.  

Like any young male dog he just needs the right situation to encourage him to grow and blossom into an excellent companion.  

To find out more about Ziggy, head to Greyhound Pets Inc. for more up-to-date and accurate information regarding this lovely young boy.  



Dirtie Dog Photoggraphy


To find out more about the very gifted photographer, Marika of Dirtie Dog Photography, who captured this stunning picture of Ziggy, I have provided her website link below.

Marika, creator of Dirtie Dog Photography



If you are in the Pacific Northwest and you know of anyone looking for a dog like Ziggy, please share this blog with them.  I have provided more information below about him and the amazing adoption group where he lives outside of Seattle, Washington. 


Ziggy is also available to sponsor.  I am currently sponsoring him until he finds his forever home and His person. It makes me feel good and helps me deal with my grief of losing Chase last year.   

Thank you to everyone who may be able to help Ziggy find "his person".

Lee Wyllie

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



Monday, April 1, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: April is Adopt A Greyhound Month



Greyhound Pets Inc.

Artwork courtesy of GPI


Are you lonely?


  • are you looking for a sweet, kind, super smart, and elegant special someone?



  • do you imagine yourself walking down the street with a stunning tall drink of water?



  • do you have some extra time on your hands to cuddle on the couch while you watch Netflix or read your favourite novel?

if so, please consider The Greyhound


For more information on these greyt dogs, you can check out the following website and facebook page for Greyhound Pets Inc.  

www.greyhoundpetsinc.org

www.facebook.com/Greyhound-Pets-Inc




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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Have we finally said good bye to Winter on the West Coast?


 



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Monday, March 18, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: RIP Chase my Beloved Dobie Boy

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Chase born 05/15/2016
left for Rainbow Bridge 12/04/2018



Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.  

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush.

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there. I did not die.

author - Mary Elizabeth Frye

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Dedicated to my very sick and very troubled and very very loved boy Chase. Run free, run fast you are free at last my love.

An extra big thank you to Dr Lesley who took care of Chase and made sure that he got to the Rainbow Bridge safely.

Closure is coming, bit by tiny bit, by tiny bit.


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



Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Custom Dog Jammies Made By Meadowcat



Custom fleeces for large dogs, made by hand and with love in Minnesota, USA.  They are made by owner and designer Nicole Wheatley of Made by Meadowcat.  That statement simply does not say enough.


These fleeces are beautiful, flawless and soft and they fit to  perfection.  Of course they do, they are custom made by an artisan.


An easy to follow measuring guide is provided, you get to pick your perfect fleece and within a couple of weeks you get a very special gift for your very special pooch.  

I am an authority of these custom fleeces, we actually call them jammies in our house. There are six pairs of Made by Meadowcat jammies here.

Nicole's coordinates:  made by meadowcat facebook page

And of course here come the photos of her beautiful creations.  The model is pretty handsome too, Chase my beloved Doberman boy.



Chase in brand new Minions



Favourite green dragon and favourite green jammies



Our Mr Incredible

And, a very special thank you to Made by Meadowcat for sending these little bundles of soft fleece and joy during a very stressful and sad time when we were trying to save the life of our dear boy Chase.  They were a great comfort to him and he wore his special spaceman jammies on the day he travelled to the Rainbow Bridge to be with Roman and Madeline.  


Chase loved his custom jammies and I will always remember that about him.  How he loved to wear them and hated to take them off.  "Jammies" a magic word in our house.  Two words made Chase come to us faster than a speeding bullet - his name being called and the word Jammies.  

He was our Mr incredible and we loved him no matter what.




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




Monday, December 14, 2015

Signature Dog Blog: Love Lost, Lost Love or Just Lost...

It has been a year of loss for me and it is still two more weeks before I will be happy to say goodbye to the year that was perhaps my most challenging. Certainly, it was the year of multiple and very painful soul scorching losses for me. 

If it was just one loss, maybe it would be easier but as the losses mounted it just became too too much.  Stop I say but they kept coming.

One of the many losses I am enduring this year and will probably continue to endure is the loss of my most beloved dog Madeline.  

Some of my losses I saw coming (if you will) this one I did not.  There was little time to prepare as always the case with the tragedy of a sudden and unexpected loss, lots of time after to reflect, however, not helpful.  

Of course, in dealing with loss my best defense has always been of stoicism.  Just bury the grief and carry on.  Well not this time, the cumulative grief in my life came down around me this summer and brought me to my knees.  Forget about trying to avoid grief as I have been forced into it.  I am currently in a state of grief complete with a shattered heart.

As part of my grief work, I have among many things chose a few books to guide me.  In particular I relied upon the classic, On Grief and Grieving by the late Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler.

While I won't get into the heart of the book, I will say that one of the suggestions in the book was to pen a letter to a lost loved one.  

So, being the weird dog crazy person I am - I wrote a letter to Madeline who passed this May. It is an emotional based letter based on the exercise suggested in On Grief and Grieving.


Madeline and Lee - Butchart Gardens 

Dear Madeline:

I know that you are a dog and that you cannot read but know that I need to try to get this out of my mind and into my heart.

I am lost without you.  Perhaps, I should just admit that I am lost.  I have lost my love and I am just plain old lost.  

You were the most loved dog ever - I love you and miss you every minute of every day and still I cannot believe you are gone forever.  

Our home is without joy and fun and all the cuteness and laughter since you have been gone.  I keep seeing you running around the corner coming to me doing your famous wiggle dance and feeling your happiness every single day.  I am so heartbroken that you are gone and I feel so sad and so guilty and responsible for your fall.  And, what followed.

Please forgive me lovey - I miss you and will continue to miss you everyday.  Christmas is almost here and I won't be buying you a gift and stuffing your stocking - and I am so sorry for that and that you won't be here with us.

I have Miss Kermit by my night stand and say good night to her for you each night when I go to bed.  I hope that you can hear me everyday when I say "love you baby girl"  "miss you maamaa".  It is just so painful that I simply do not know what to do.

I have been looking at Doberman websites and Doberman Rescue Sites looking for a black and rust girl that looks like you - I have finally stopped that as it hurt too much. Besides, no one is a beautiful as you!

I know that you are one in a million and that I will never replace you and that you are never coming back - I am so sorry I could not help you or save your life.

Love you always and miss you forever

Mommy

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