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Today is August 16, 2021. I started working from home part-time dog grooming around this time last year. It was after Leandra closed her shop, Maddie’s Dog Grooming and Boutique, in Stouffville. I was sad that she was closing and I felt hesitant about working from home. There were some pros and cons I worked … Continue reading Covid Lesson – Less is more
I’ve heard some good and bad stories about dog parks so here’s my two cents on Off Leash Dog Parks Off leash dog parks should be a great place for socializing dogs, I’m sure that is and was the intention when dog owners petitioned to have a dog park in their town. It takes a … Continue reading My thoughts on Dog Parks
I never thought I’d be recommending a harness. I’ve been against harnesses for the longest time. To me, a harness is meant for pulling a sled so I never saw the usefulness of one for walking until I started using this one. My first harness for Smokey, a few years back, was by Canine Equipment … Continue reading My fave harness
I’m writing this on August 3, 2020. I think it’s important to mention because if you’re alive at this time reading this, we’re going through a pandemic and people are getting covid-19 four legged companions. I’ve been asked by a handful of people in the last month whether I know of a good and reputable … Continue reading Do I know a good and reputable breeder?
I’ve been reminiscing lately about how my dog journey began and how I was launched into being a Dog Walker and Dog Groomer. After a medical diagnosis in 2011, life and perspective changed for me and it made me think how I wanted to spend my time with however many days on earth I may … Continue reading Pets Get Physical – Doggy Daycare and Boarding
Here are some tips on potty training/house breaking that I’ve used on new dogs that come to stay at my house. Before settling into my place, I take the new dog out for a nice long walk with my boys and allow ample opportunities to make poop and pee outside. I like to tell my … Continue reading Welcome new dog, be house broken quicky!
Bolt and Smokey have each had an encounter with our friendly neighbourhood skunk this year. Both times happened at night and in our front yard around garbage day. Bolt is a happy-go-lucky dog and he is curious, one evening after our walk around the block, I let his leash drop and told him to “go … Continue reading Skunk!
I love my XPOWER dryer. My first XPOWER dryer was purchased in 2013-ish. I liked it because it was compact, easy to transport, quiet and powerful. It has been discontinued this year but I really liked it, it worked well other than the hose wearing out a bit; it was amazing. I passed it on … Continue reading Pet Dryer – XPOWER
I am asked this question frequently, “How often should I give my dog a bath?” My answer has changed over the years. It used to be “once a year” because that’s what I read once a long time ago. Something about over bathing a dog will dry out their needed natural dog oils. Jael was … Continue reading How often should I bathe my dog?
I’ve had a few dogs in my life. Total number of dogs I’ve had from a puppy (age about 8 weeks) is four. I am not proud of owning the first three puppies because I was not able to keep them. This is my personal story and opinion, I hope you’ll read it and take … Continue reading Puppy vs. adopting an older dog
Smokey came from my friend’s family. His previous name was Harley Davidson. His owner, Grace and Peter Kim are Salvation Army Officers and they are very kind and Christian. They have three funny and beautiful children. Their youngest had very vivid dreams when she was young. One morning she told her mom that she went … Continue reading All dogs go to heaven
Here’s the wall of Fame. Dogs who have run Stouffville with me. Running with Jack and Cali: Running with Reggie: Reggie (Visla), he is a great coach, his walk is my jogging pace. Every time I stopped, he would look at me, see if I was ok, then sped up as to say, “c’mon! Move … Continue reading Running Stouffville!
Update August 2020 I worked quietly for Leandra at the back of her Maddie’s Dog Grooming & Boutique shop for three years part-time and loved it. I would give her my availability, show up and groom the dogs she booked in for me. We had a lovely arrangement, I was appreciative to groom and she … Continue reading Part-time Groomer at Maddie’s!
I used to think City Licenses for pets were just another tax and money grab. But it makes sense, register your pet and make sure they can make their way back home if they ever get lost. I tag my dogs and keep them close when I’m out walking. If you are from the Stouffville … Continue reading Stouffville Pet License
I’ve owned three Dyson Vacuums so far. Here’s my review. The original Purple Animal Dyson from around 2006-2012. It worked well picking up my Pit Bull’s short hair but there was a distinct smelly dog smell coming from it before we stopped using it in 2013. We bought another Dyson around 2013, the orange one … Continue reading Dysons
I used to live in Vaughan, ON. There are amazing trails just north of Vaughan but what really ticked me off were people on bikes that had no concept of sharing the trail with me and my dogs. I’ve been wanting to vent about it for so long. Here goes my letter to bikers out … Continue reading Dear bikers on public trails
I live in Canada and our winters are weird. I grew up in the Toronto area and I have to say, our winters have gotten weirder and weirder as I’ve gotten older. This past week we had the strangest weather. After a snow storm a couple of weeks ago, we had spells of mild weather … Continue reading YakTrax
Today I had an interesting conversation with a dog owner who feeds her dog a raw diet. She told me that her dog’s food costs approximately $60 (in Canadian, I’m in Canada) a month and buys meat for no more than $2 per pound. I fed Bolt and Dutch (my foster dog) a raw diet … Continue reading Raw food for dogs
Bolt and Smokey can testify that Dog Rocks are magic rocks that work. I keep the rocks in a pitcher, add water, then pour the water into their bowls. I do this instead of leaving the rocks in their bowls because Bolt was a chicken and didn’t want to drink with the rocks inside his water bowl! … Continue reading Dog Rocks
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In 2013, I got Bolt from Kijiji. It was a good experience because I was able to email the owner and ask a lot of questions. I was also able to get a lot of background information on him. But I caution that I took what the previous owner told me with a grain of … Continue reading Dog Training Part 2, Bolt
There are a lot of Dog Trainers and training methods out there. My suggestion to you is to do your research — find out what your preferences are, look at all the options, then see what you are most comfortable with. I am a Certified, No Limitations, Sit Means Sit, eCollar dog trainer, but I use so … Continue reading Dog Training Part 1, Jael
I’ve never had a dog that was scared of thunder, but I hear from a lot of dog owners that their dogs hate thunder and lightning. I love lightning. I remember when I was a teenager we lived in an old house with big trees in the backyard. There were several summer nights where I’d … Continue reading Thunder Buddy
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What are some basic commands to teach your dog? How about “Come.” That command is a really good one. If your dog knows how to come to you, you can have them go away from you and one day be off leash. “Come” is so useful. How about “Sit.” Sit means put your butt down and … Continue reading Basic Safety Commands
Some dog owners love to pick up their dogs or pet their dogs when their dog barks or acts fearful. Trust me, if your dog is acting aggressive, fearful, or actually any behaviour that you don’t want, then remember that when they act that way, it is not the time to pet or touch your … Continue reading Fear? Don’t Touch!
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Okay, what is balls jealousy? A dog that is jealous of another dog because it has a tennis ball? NO!! HAhahaha… “Balls Jealousy” is a term I made up for the vibe that intact male dogs give off to neutered male dogs. I’ve encountered this more than a dozen times at Pets Get Physical (a doggy … Continue reading Balls Jealousy
I bought an extendileash or Flex Leash for my Lab Puppy when I was 9 years old. I think that’s when my hatred for these leashes began. If my puppy reached the end of it, I had no strength to pull him towards me. The Flex Leash would pop out of my hand, and there … Continue reading Rant on Extendileash / Flex Leashes
Close your eyes and imagine that you walk on your hands and feet. Now imagine that you overgrew your nails and that your palms and the bottoms of your feet barely touch the ground. GEEZ! HOW PAINFUL! When I see dogs with really long nails, it bothers me. Some nails grow so long that they curl … Continue reading Nails – Let’s Clip Them!
When reading the title, you may think this post will be about depressed dogs. Nope, I’m not getting into that topic, maybe another day. Today, I wanted to rant about Depression. Ever feel sad and think a dog will make it better? Yes, this is about depression that you or I have felt. I’ve gone through bouts of … Continue reading Dogs and Depression
I’ve been a big fan of Cesar Millan for years and years. But I would have to say, I didn’t really understand how he had his magic and power over dogs until 2014. I agreed with all he said, but I had issues training dogs the way he did. Finally, pack leadership and dog psychology … Continue reading Cesar Milan – in a nutshell
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