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. 


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.