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 πŸ’—



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




Thursday, September 19, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Senior Doberman Project




Image result for old doberman dog


Did you know there are special needs senior Dobermans in need?

There is nothing to compare to the dignity of a senior male Doberman.  And, those who through very unfortunate circumstances, have ended up in rescue, retain that dignity as they await adoption into a final loving home.  

Their final loving home.

A chance for kisses and cuddles, soft bed and stuffed toys.  Maybe a dog brother or sister to walk with.  

To go to sleep with kindness and wake up with kindness.


Just a place to rest their head and to be loved just once. 

Just once.

Their last chance, last time, last hope.  

Before the crossing of the Rainbow Bridge.

At the Senior Doberman Project, from Alabama to Texas they currently have too many Senior Dobermans in rescue for me to count (I kept crying when I was counting) 30 of those are senior male Dobermans. THIRTY!

The goal of this blog is to bring some awareness to these senior Doberman gentleman who are in the direst need of homes.  

Dire need.  

If you can sponsor, donate or foster that would be great!

If not, could you spread the word about these senior gentlemen to anyone you know who may be able to help?

If you can, and this is really important, just hold one of these senior gentlemen in your heart? 

For just for a minute and wish them good luck, love and kindness. 

Perhaps say a little prayer for one more chance.

If you can help or just want to read about the Senior Doberman Project, here is their contact information:

Senior Doberman Project 



Sabrina and I will say a special little prayer for you tonite.  

Sleep well Sweet Dobies!




Lee and Sabrina πŸ’”



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

Monday, September 9, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Dog Day Afternoon Chesterman Beach, Tofino














I recently spent the long weekend with family at the beautiful Wickaninnish Inn located on the very special and mesmerizing Chesterman Beach in Tofino, British Columbia.

While I am not really an advocate of off-leash dogs and these dogs were not supposed to be off-leash. I have to say I have never met a more diverse, friendly and polite group of dogs.  

Ever.
  
The people were pretty nice too!

I highly recommend a stay at the "Wick" for a special occasion.  To relax, recuperate, recover, rediscover and re-fuel.  This was one holiday that I will never forget. 

And, they are very dog friendly.  





Lee and Sabrina πŸ’—


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




Thursday, August 22, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Unique Wedding Gift Idea for New Pup Parent's Wedding



Pretty Puppy Wedding Basket



Have you been invited to the wedding of a couple this fall who has everything, including a puppy?

Have they been registered, but you just don't want to be a wedding gift sheep?πŸ‘πŸ

Do you know that anyone with a dog, still needs stuff, especially if it is a puppy?

The basket pictured above is perfect for new puppy parents getting married.  I actually made this one for a little girlie puppy.

Here is what you can put into a basket for a super fun wedding gift, that most likely, no promises, no one else will think of.

1.  Bottle of wine with dog motif  (very important) 

1. (alt) Excellent organic coffee and two dog themed mugs

2.  Dog collar and matching 6 foot leash

3.  Bottle of puppy shampoo (preferably cruelty free or vegan)

4.  Puppy Kong or Puppy Cuz

5.  Training Treats

6.  $20 gift card (or more) for pet supply shop

7.  Puppy sitting or training gift certificate

8.  Biodegradable poo bags

9.  Puppy book for training help

10.  Brush or comb


Make this a fun thing for you to do.  

Be sure to put in a business card of an experienced pet sitter. 

I hope you enjoy making this fun basket!



Have a wonderful weekend everyone and take care!



Lee and Sabrina πŸ’—


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


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Grief is really just LOVE!

Here is a little bit about the three dogs that changed my life. 

Brought so much into my life - took so much when they left.

I loved all three. They were all very special in their own way. 


Madeline. My heart dog, raised from a pup, went to the bridge just before her 10th birthday.  We had been preparing for a fun family road trip holiday with her and Roman, when she tripped and somersaulted and injured her spinal cord. Put to sleep in our home by the very kind Dr. Kaler.  Devastated. An amazing human to canine connection.  Devoted to each other. "Joined at the hip". We were inseparable.  Love you always and forever M!


Madeline and her Dobie-Popsicle



Roman.  Sweet, slow, big and very kind. One of the funniest dogs I have ever met. Loved by all the kids in our neighbourhood.  He too went to the bridge just before his 10th birthday.  Roman had not been well and we were taking him to the vet as he seemed to be retaining water.  He passed in the yard before the appointment.  Congestive heart failure. Sudden cardiac event. We knew this was coming so it allowed for some level of preparation but it does not change how painful losing him was. Roman's passing was a case of don't know what you have until it's gone.  Miss you tons Romie!


Romie suntanning



Chase.  Gorgeous.  Stunning.  One of the most beautiful Dobermans I have ever seen and probably will ever see.  Came from a highly recommended breeder out of Beaverton, Oregon. Personally referred. Chase was aggressive, very sick with autoimmune disease and full of rage. Afraid of light and allergic to everything. I spent a year and a half trying to save him, with many professionals local and out of town. Trying to save him from himself.  He became dangerous. Dangerous to me, to himself, to the world.  Really dangerous.  Chase went to the bridge at 2.5 years old. I never told anyone this, but I was sick to my stomach for  days after he passed.  Sick with guilt - because I felt I failed him.  I loved him so much.  We had an incredible bond that I could not explain. We bonded on the first day we met. He needed me and I needed him.  During all this time, his Breeder ignored us and the deeply and very troubled Chase. In the end, to this day, not a word from her.  This is still very raw. Trying not to think about this does not work as memories wait and wait. Like wolves at the door. 


Chase


This is a little poem someone sent me when Chase passed - it helps to read it.  


Grief is really just LOVE!

It is all the love you want to give but you cannot.

All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes,

the lump in your throat,

and that hollow part in your chest.

Grief is just love with no place to go.




If you happen to be grieving the loss of a pet, I hope this poem can in some small way help you with your loss as it does for me. Even today as I write this blog. 



Lee and Sabrina πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”



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

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Move over Marie Kondo - Dog Closets for Real Life

Long before Marie Kondo/KonMari method and organizing and tidying became such a trendy topic that it became a best selling book subject and a hit show on Netflix, many of us were already tidy, neat and very organized.  


I don't know if, I learned that from parents or I just understood being tidy and organized was what everyone was.  As it turns out, not everyone is tidy, or organized.  That's OK for them.  For me, I will always remain highly organized, even when it comes to my dogs.





I can certainly appreciate that not everyone has an extra closet to turn into a dog closet, but if you do or you just have a cabinet it is a fun and helpful way to manage all your dog stuff.

On the right-hand side:

1.  Toys and treats on top shelf (and dog beer)

2.  Books and extras, like photos, decor and fun items

3.  House collars for tags and safety/night collars

4.  Canisters for food

5.  Baskets for towels, poo bags and first aid items 

On the left-hand side:

1.  Back-packs, blankets, training equipment

2.  Jackets, thunder jammies, leashes and harnesses

3.  Food, bowls, supplements

4.  Bin for medication and extra food and miscellaneous items  (for naughty or curious dogs, I recommend medication always to be contained in Mason jars for safety).


Before this closet was established, while still organized, there were dog items in the hallway, in the mudroom, at the foyer.  

Having everything in one place makes having a very busy life and a very busy pack a whole lot easier.

Marie Kondo, if you want to do a segment on organizing for dogs, call me.  lol



Lee and Sabrina πŸ’—

ps:  Today's blog is dedicated to one of my most favourite clients - Jackson.  Miss you big guy! 

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


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Five (5) Fast Facts about Greyhounds





Greyhounds are known as 45 MPH couch potatoes and the fastest dog in the world



Greyhounds are chill, they love to run a bit, but they love to sleep. Alot!



Greyhounds have a hard time sitting and can look a bit awkward when sitting



Greyhounds make fast friends, are sweet, clean and shed very little


They love to 'roach' when they feel at home and safe πŸ’™


If you think you would like one of these cute and very well made Greyhound Sock Dogs you can purchase one for charity through the American Lurcher Rescue Project Inc., (ALP). 

They are the perfect little gift for yourself or that special someone who has either a Lurcher or a Greyhound.  

ALP has an amazing summer auction on right now.  The items are beautiful, are making money to help Lurchers in desperate need, which is for a good cause.  

Please help ALP out if you can, pick up a cool item, spread the word, or just look.  

Even that is fun and helps the greater good.

You may even end up with Greyhound Sock Dog or a real live Lurcher.  





Lee and SabrinaπŸ’—


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




Thursday, July 4, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: My Top 3 Dog Shampoos




Is your dog itchy, shedding and just plan old smelly? 

Does he have some bumps or hives?  

Driving himself and your family crazy? 

Keeping you up at night?

If so, I have three of my favourite shampoos that I have used on dogs with both very sensitive skin and environmental allergies.


1.  Earthbath Line:  I have used several formulas of this dog shampoo line over the past 15 years and my very favourite is the 2-in-1 Mango Tango Conditioning Shampoo.  It is gentle on the skin and smells really yummy.  I have not experienced any dry or itchy skin on any of the dogs that were bathed with this.  They carry many formulas, even a puppy and unscented version. This company claims its products are cruelty free and made in the USA. ⭐⭐⭐⭐



2.  Vet's Best Shampoo:  Hot Spot Formula claims to sooth irritated skin with this no sting formula.  Fast acting. My experience was that it calms the skin and stops the itching quickly. Very limited ingredients, just five. Very little drying of the skin.  Not for nursing or pregnant mommy dogs.  This company also claims its products are made in the USA.  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



3.  Vet's Best Shampoo: Allergy Itch Relief Formula claims to wash away allergens and soothes skin.  My experience was that it calms the skin and the dog irritation level very fast. Contains oats though, which can be an allergen to dogs. This shampoo was a life saver last summer when my hive covered dog was suffering from flea and grass allergy. While he was not a scratcher, this shampoo kept his hives from becoming infected and helped to clear them up. I was able to safely use this shampoo twice a week to help relieve the intense suffering.  This company also claims its products are made in the USA.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



These shampoos may be purchased at your local pet supply shop or on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com.  I like to have all three of these on hand.  

It is important to note, that I did seek vet assistance and spent a great deal of money on shampoos and sprays that only worsened the skin issue by drying it out and causing more hair loss. They smelled bad and the ingredients were scary and hard to pronounce.  One recommended shampoo had been banned in the state of California for poisoning the ground water.  Yikes!

I like to use the Earthbath Mango Tango Conditioning Shampoo in the winter months.  Smells terrific.

For the late spring to early fall I rely on both the Hot Spot Formula and Allergy Itch Formula for dust, pollen, grass and flea irritation issues.  If your dog has a flea allergy, both these formulas should help. Strong odor, but does the trick.

It is nice just for an outside doggy foot bath too!

Always remember to spot check on sensitive dogs, just in case.




Lee and Sabrina πŸ’—

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







Sunday, June 23, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Hot Dog? Chill out and Try Cooling Bandana!



Sabrina looking cool!


Sabrina, our amazing little firecracker of a Needlenose just celebrated her first milestone anniversary with us.  

We never thought, after 15 years of Dobermans that we would ever fall in love with another breed.  Well, Sabrina has quietly and politely crept into our two hearts. πŸ’•

My sister sent Sabrina some wonderful presents to help celebrate her arrival and one of the presents is a Zephyr Cooling Bandana from RC Pets.

It is lightweight, very pretty and Sabrina has already tested it out.  

I don't follow the directions precisely.

What I do is I rinse the bandana in cool water.  

Ring it out.  

Then pop it into a plastic bag and toss into the fridge.  

As soon as we get home from our walk and I have checked Sabrina for fleas and ticks and given her a quick nose to tail examination I put the nice cool bandana on her.  She loves it.

Have a great summer and stay cool!



Lee and Sabrina πŸ’—


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


Monday, June 10, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Questions to Ask Potential Pet Sitter





It seems everyday there are new types of pet sitters and new pet sitting directories.  Research indicates most of these pet sitting directories have been created through venture capitalists and call the Silicon Valley home.  Pricing is well below market and while the reviews of the sitters seem stellar, if you dig deep and look into these directories and review them, you can find some very disturbing reviews with regard to pet loss. I never know whether to trust reviews these days.  Good or bad.   

Two words.  Be careful.  OK, three words.  Be very careful.


So with that in mind, I have put together 10 questions for you to ask or discuss with your potential (or your existing) pet sitter.  Food for thought, at the very least.


There are no right or no wrong answers here.  It is up to you as the home owner and pet parent to decide, if the answers are good enough for you. And, for your pet.


1.  How much professional liability insurance do you carry?  It is OK to ask to see their policy.  After all, you are leaving your pet, your home and your finances in this person's hands.


2.  Have you had a claim?  They may have had a claim, it may have been something that was not their fault.  Ask them to tell you the story.  If you don't like the answer it is OK to end the interview right then and there.


3.  Are you bonded or can you be bonded?  The only answer here is yes.


4.  Have you ever made an error so great that you lost or injured a pet or damaged a home?  Ask them to tell you the story.  If you don't like the answer, again, it is OK to end the interview right then and there.


5.  What is your experience with dogs, cats, rabbits?  (Whatever applies to your pet)


6.  If you are hiring a dog walker, ask them what they would do if, when walking your dog, they were charged by a big, snarling, off leash dog.  


7.  If your dog will be transported by vehicle to walking sites, how long will he or she be left in a vehicle?  And, will he or she be protected from other dogs in the vehicle?


8.  What experience or training do you have in pet first aid? All pet sitters should have an idea what to do.  Most important though, for any pet sitter to understand is that Pet First Aid is not a replacement for veterinarian expertise and care 


9.  Do you have an extreme weather or emergency plan?


10.  Last but not least. And very important. Have you ever sub-contracted a pet sitting job to another pet sitter without the client's knowledge/permission?



There is a pet sitter for every pet and for every pet parent.  It is very important to find the right pet sitter for your comfort level and your peace of mind. Choosing the right pet sitter could also mean life or death for your pet. 


It is not just about the insurance or the experience.  It is also about the pet sitter's integrity, professionalism and genuine care for the safety of the pet. 

Are they a responsible person?

Can the pet sitter follow your instructions? 



Don't just consider an animal lover.  Hire a SMART professional pet sitter who is in the business of caring for pets to the very best of their ability, maintaining their reputation as a top pet sitter and making a good honest living doing so.  All while being an animal lover and advocate.



And, just don't rely on references and testimonials, that is the easy way out.  Ask the tough questions and see their insurance policy and ask about claim history.  You be the judge not someone you never met claiming this pet sitter is amazing.  Fake reviews are rampant.  Buyer Beware.


Safety First.  Always.  Love and Affection is important.  But, nothing ever is more important that the safety of a pet and a pet's home.



Lee and Sabrina πŸ’—


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





Sunday, June 2, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Signature Pet Services Welcomes Sabrina the Ex-Racing Greyhound to our Pack!








My family is so thrilled and grateful to have been able to adopt the sweet and lovely Greyhound Sabrina.   She was previously Angie.  Angie from Alabama.   

Sabrina is an ex-racing Greyhound from Florida via Alabama.  Yes, that is correct.  After a grueling travel schedule that took Sabrina from Birmingham, Alabama to Seattle, Washington she travelled on from there to our home on the Saanich Peninsula in British Columbia.  

Sabrina has gone from living the life of a small Greyhound girlie in the not-so-nice world of American Greyhound racing to a warm and kind home, complete with a family devoted to her health and well-being. 

Sabrina is cute, funny, sweet, polite and clean and tidy as a cat.  Although it is safe to say, cats beware as this is a very fast ex-racing Greyhound who won 16 of her last 17 races. She will catch you as she probably tops out at 47 miles an hour.  Now that is fast!

Sabrina is a leaner and loves everyone.  And, I mean everyone!

She has already brought so much joy to our home and to our lives.  Sabrina has stolen our hearts and it is like she has lived with us for years, even though she just arrived.

If you are in need of a clean and tidy, sweet and smart dog, I highly recommend the Greyhound breed.  The best place to begin your search for either an ex-racing Grey or a rescued Grey is Greyhound Pets Inc.  They are located in the Seattle area of Washington. And, they are the real deal when it comes to Greyhound adoption services.  There are some links to them in my April posts that you will find helpful in getting to their website or their facebook page.  

And, Happy Birthday to me and what a greyt birthday gift Sabrina is!

Have a greyt day everyone!


Luv

Lee and Sabrina πŸ’—


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


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Signature Dog Blog: Tongue out Tuesday

  

Tongue out Tuesday  #tongueouttuesday


Enjoy!

Roman
Roman



Haida


Roman and Stewart


Maggie


Another Maggie


Greyhounds have the best Tongue out Tuesday shot


Happy Tongue out Tuesday!



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



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!


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