Sunday, November 13, 2016

Santa PAWS is Coming to Town!

On November 26th and 27th Vancouver animal lovers can share in the true spirit of Christmas with their pets as they visit Santa and enjoy all the treats of a holiday wonderland.

Love on a Leash Trusted Dog Care Services, Vancouver's premier overnight dog care company, along with Tisol Pet Supply & Nutrition, are presenting a canine friendly dog fundraiser. Santa Paws is Coming to Town on Saturday and Sunday, November 26th and 27th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Tisol Pet Supply & Nutrition Store on Grandview Highway in Vancouver. 

Vancouver Pet photographer, RubyC, has graciously donated her time and will be on hand taking professional portraits of beloved pets with Santa Claus himself, amid a winter wonderland backdrop, complete with festive holiday décor and a pooch friendly Santa on his red and gold throne. 

Both days will feature delectable holiday baked goods courtesy of Siegel’s Bagels along with hot mulled cider for the humans and lots of doggy treats and socialization for the pooches while raising funds and awareness for local animal organization: Dhana Metta Rescue Society.

Proceeds from this pooch friendly holiday celebration will be donated to Dhana Metta Rescue Society to help create a brighter future for abandoned, abused, injured & homeless animals. This group works tirelessly to help find homes for these pets and to provide medical assistance to animals in need, helping to ensure these pets are able to live out their lives in a happy, loving, safe environment that all animals deserve.

This year’s event will feature a professional holiday-themed Santa photo station with thanks to RubyC Photography and a fabulous raffle, goodies to sip and savor, and special gift bags for the first 50 dogs photographed each day. 

We are excited about this 4th annual event which is sure to be a success at Tisol Pet Nutrition & Supply Store ~ 3033 Grandview Highway in Vancouver, B.C.’s leading pet supply company with 9 locations.

Santa Photos will be available at $20 per photo (+ gst).  Dogs are welcome, naturally, but must be under the control of their owner at all times.  The first 50 photos purchased each day will receive a Love on a Leash/Tisol Gift Bag including the latest copy of Modern Dog Magazine, treats and special goodies, with 25 special bags, each day, receiving a $25 gift card redeemable at Season's in the Park or The Teahouse in Stanley Park Restaurants, courtesy of The Sequoia Restaurant Group.
 
Love on a Leash Trusted Dog Care Services is Vancouver's premier in-home overnight dog care company and has a history of hosting successful dog-friendly events.  With community support & sponsorship, we are pleased to have helped give back to the pet-loving community by raising and donating much needed funds for animal charities. 

We hope to see Vancouver's enthusiastic dog loving population out to support this 2 day fun-filled, dog friendly "mix and mingle" all for a great cause...dogs!

Contact:
Tammy Preast~Alpha Dog 

Love on a Leash Trusted Dog Care Services ~ 778-552-1301 ~ info@loveonaleash.ca

Tisol Pet Supply & Nutrition ~ 604-436-3001 ~ pv7103@petvalu.net

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Story of Finnigan Preast-Campbell

Finnigan Preast-Campbell
(November 11th, 1998-September 25th, 2016)

Where to start?

We said goodbye to our beloved little Bichon Frise, boy, Finnigan today, just 47 days before he would have turned 18. It seemed somehow fitting to say goodbye today because it was St. Francis of Assisi’s annual Blessing of the Animals at St Wesley’s United Church. We‘ve attended many times over the years, but last year felt extra special because he was so old and the minister was so loving and compassionate to him, and to me, when I started to cry. I knew then that our days together were numbered.

And I guess I already knew that the day we adopted him, on November 7th, 2009 just two days before his 11th birthday.  We never dreamed he’d be with us for 7 years or how much happiness, sunshine & light he’d bring us once he got healthy, felt safe & secure, and loved by us.

His name was Fingili, which is Persian for love. Obviously someone had loved him for some of his life, but he was in sad, neglected shape when we came upon him.  Grossly overweight, he’d just had many decayed teeth removed and was a drooling mess. He’d also had numerous pre-cancerous moles taken off so he was full of shaved spots and stitches. His soft fur was bedraggled looking and he just seemed so in need of some love. And love him we did.
We had a 14 year old Bichon gal named Casey at that time. Adding a Finnigan to the family seemed apropos. He loved her, she tolerated him. At first he was so overweight he could barely keep up with her, but as the days passed, and we continued to walk and build up his stamina, the pounds melted away and he became a healthy 16 pound guy. For two wonderful years we were blessed with the Mr. Dressup duo of Casey and Finnigan. They were good company for each other…he irritated her as his playful, happy little man personality bloomed, but she put up with him and his attempts to engage her in play. She had no interest in him and his tiny squeaky toys, but he tried nevertheless. 

When we lost Casey at Christmas in 2011, Finnigan was 13 years old. We were all so lost without her. She was the alpha and he lost his walking buddy. It didn’t take long for us to realize we needed another gal and just two months later, on February 7th, 2012, a 9 year old Bichon gal named Pixie came from Chicago to join our family.  Pixie and Finnigan became a strong bonded pair and he bloomed with a new gal in the family. We all did.

These two were great friends and became the eyes and ears for one another as Pixie lost her hearing shortly after she came to us and Finnigan started to lose his eyesight around that time, too. They spent their days walking with me each morning to my neighborhood café for my daily latte, curled up on the red chair in the window waiting for us to come home, enjoying the warm, sunny winters in Palm Springs, riding on the backs of our bikes in their little seats, and boating beautiful B.C. during the summers aboard our boat, the aptly named “FInnigan’s Wake”. We had so many adventures together.
When you adopt seniors you know your days together might be compromised by their age and health but none of us were prepared to say goodbye to Pixie just three short years later, on February 26th, 2015, from cancer. I believe this was even harder on Finnigan than us, because his companion who he walked with, whose lead he followed to “show him the way” was gone. It was devastating. Here we were, trying to prepare ourselves for the fact that our senior guy, who was 16.5 years old at the time, was likely getting close to the end of his life, and instead, we lose our younger gal who was just 12. Clearly Finnigan wasn’t ready to go anywhere without us!
We found out, about a year ago, that his back legs were developing major atrophy when he started to stumble a lot when he walked. His heart was very healthy, but his legs were becoming weaker. Still, we all soldiered on, just slower and for shorter distances. His eyesight was poor then, but he could still see mostly just light and dark and shadows. Although he’d slowed down through 2015, he was still happy, quite healthy, and just the sweetest, cuddliest, little monkey you could imagine. It was a sad day for us last year when his eyesight became poor enough that we noticed he couldn’t play with his toys anymore.

With those little back legs becoming weaker, and his eyesight becoming ever less, the crazy thing is that he could still go up the stairs in our house each morning, part of his daily routine, until the end of February this year! After that time, he would attempt to come up, and when he couldn’t complete what he was determined to do, he’d bark at us until we came and carried him up. We were all trained!
Of course this story leaves out so many endearing details about his life, his likes, his amazingly happy personality. How we’d make a “gun” with our fingers and shout bang at him and he’d fall over onto his side, but how he could never play dead because he was just too happy and excited for the treat awaiting him when he pulled off his trick, so he’d really just fall over and pop right back up. How he’d beg for food by sitting up on his butt and frantically wave his paws at us, in perfect unison, and then let out an ear piercing shriek if he was not rewarded with a tidbit or two. Or how he’d try to hang way out the window when we were in the car because he LOVED the wind in his face. Or how he always slept on one of the pillows above our heads and every morning, really, really early, he’d crawl under the covers and curl up against my husband’s body and sleep tucked into him. Or how he’d jump up on the dining room chairs when we were eating, plop his butt down on the chair and place his paws on the table, awaiting what he thought should be his own suppertime… or how he’d climb up on the furniture and drape his arm over the armrest while more or less sitting upright as if to say, “Yes, I appreciate the furniture and all the comforts it has to offer.” Or how happy he was to be in his little seat on the back of our bikes as we rode around town. Or how he’d bring his teeny squeaky toys over to us again and again to play with him. Or how he’d try to crawl into Casey or Pixie’s bed with them and make them furious, because he wanted a snuggle, even though they weren’t interested in snuggling with him. Or how excited he’d get when daddy came home every night and he’d greet him at the door with a lick and then tear into the kitchen because he knew it also meant suppertime. Or how he’d let us do anything to him – dress him up in silly costumes – whatever we wanted to do, he was up for it  because he was just that kinda’ easy going little man. So many memories that I can’t even mention them all here.

So here we are. Over a year and a half later after saying goodbye to our beloved Pixie, and now he’s letting us know that he’s tired. His hind legs get weaker as the days go by, his appetite has decreased over the past month (and eating was his favorite thing on the planet. We could tell the time of day by Finnigan’s meal clock!) and he sleeps most of the time. Some nights he can be unsettled and restless for several hours during the evening.  Even with all of that progressing, he is still a happy, sweet little guy. So soft & fluffy. He still looks like a little bear cub & not the old man that he is, until you notice that his big brown eyes have turned a milky blue as his cataracts have advanced.  Our little man loves to have his chin scratched and to have his ears massaged. He is less sure of himself in the house these days, so doesn’t really like being on the furniture anymore, but when he’s sleepy he still loves a good pillow nest on the bed. When our two Bichon gals, Tilly and Lily, bark with excitement and happiness when we come home, he wakes up and comes to the door to bark with excitement and happiness, too, even if we’re not sure that he really has a clue about what’s going on.

If we are lucky enough, most days he still happily greets us with a bit of a tail wag and a lick on the hand or all over our faces, just like he used to do every morning when he woke up on our bed, and every time we came home. I still walk through the door every day, look for him and say, “Hey little buddy.” He responds to that by stumbling over, with his funny gaited walk, and letting us cuddle him. Then he wants his treat!

There wasn’t a person who met Finnigan that didn’t fall in love with him…friends, relatives, neighbors, his facebook peeps…he was known as the little guy with the smile.  There are too many “Finnigan Fans” to mention them all, but you know who you are!

What can I say to help people move forward and adopt a senior? You will not be disappointed if you do. Your days with them may be shorter than if you adopt a younger dog, but every one of those days will be so full of love and sunshine that you can’t imagine not having them in your life! Please remember that life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

My darling boy, Finnigan, each day with you was a gift. You have been a precious bundle of fluff that made our lives happier & fuller with you in it, and made us better people by teaching us that unconditional love comes to us in all ages. We are thankful that we adopted you, but more thankful that you adopted us.

Your heart is pure and your soul is free. We will always love you and never forget you.  I expect that your Bichon sisters, Casey and Pixie, will be waiting for you and that some day we will all meet again.  R.I.P. Mr. Man, our special guy Mr. Figgliggy.

Goodnight little Prince.

Love you forever,  Mommy and Daddy David


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Editor’s Note -- from Tammy

Happy Holidays and special thanks for your support this past year.

Philanthropy makes the heart grow! I have been blessed with wonderful rescue dogs throughout my life… six years ago we adopted Mr. Figgliggy “aka Finnigan,” who turned 17 years old on November 11th.

Sadly, we lost our sweet 12-year-old, sunshine gal, Pixie, from cancer at the end of February this year, just three short years after we adopted her on February 7th, 2012. Both Finnigan and Pixie helped heal our broken hearts after our beloved senior gal Casey passed away at Christmas in 2011. I miss Pixie terribly but know that she had three fabulous years with us and lived out her final years in an affectionate, playful and loving home with us.

Since saying goodbye to Pixie left such a huge, painful hole in my heart, I moved forward and adopted two more Bichon Frise gals in the Spring – six-year-old Lilly and seven-year-old Tilly! We are blessed with so much dog love in our house. Please know that you will never regret adopting an older dog. They have so much love to give and years of life to share with you. ‘Tis the season to make a donation to a rescue organization near and dear to your heart.

It’s so important to support organizations that save dogs from kill shelters and abusive or neglectful homes and work to help rehabilitate them so they can be adopted by loving, caring families. All dogs deserve to live out their lives in a safe environment with love and affection. This year we have added Thank Dog I Am Out Dog Rescue Society to our list of charities to support. Many of these groups, such as Paws for Hope, also work tirelessly to stop the retail sale of animals in pet stores, all of which come from puppy mills.

Shelters and groups do such wonderful, heartwarming work and are in need of your help. Donations of dog food, blankets and towels are always needed and if you can find it in your heart, and your wallet, to make a cash donation, it will be gratefully accepted.

If you are looking for an organization to support and want a recommendation, please call or e-mail us for further information and suggestions.

Happy holidays -- give your doggies a big hug and kiss and tell them how much you love them every day.

Cheers,
Tammy Preast -- Alpha Dog
Love on a Leash Trusted Dog Care Services

Thanks for Visiting Santa Paws!

As always, Santa Paws Comes to Town was a lot of fun. It was wonderful to see familiar faces come back year after year because they love our seasonal display plus the quality of our photos, and our totally pawsh doggy gift bags chock full of goodies thanks to Tisol Pet Supply & Nutrition, Love on a Leash Trusted Dog Care, Modern Dog magazine and The Sequoia Restaurant Group. Siegel’s Bagels provided lots of goodies for the humans to enjoy along with their hot mulled cider and RubyC and her amazing team at Modern Romance Photography really did a fabulous job with their on-site photography and printing of the photos. 


Volunteers went above and beyond the call of duty, taking great care of the hundreds of dogs, six cats, five bunnies and a hedgehog who came through to help us celebrate the true meaning of the holiday this year... GIVING! Our own adorable 17-year-old Bichon guy, Finnigan, even made it out to see Santa again this year and we donated $1,000 to Thank Dog I Am Out Dog Rescue Society today.

The eight raffle prize winners were:

Debbi & JiaJia
Tisol Gift Baskets
  • Teisha Focker and Max the Golden Doodle
  • Bruce & Pat Cox & Ralph the ShebaInu Mix
  • Tony Castellanos & Tigi the Cat
  • Debbi King and JiaJia the Sheltie 
  • Cindy Padgham and Koma-Inu the ChowChow
  • Jesse Roberts and Cartman and Lucy the Greyhounds


Love on a Leash Grand Prize Winners:
  • Sabrina Cornish Shartau and Liam the Terrier cross (at right) won the $260 small dog basket donated by Love on a Leash
  • Doreen Lang and Sam the Golden retriever mix and Molly the Border Collie mix won the $350 large dog basket donated courtesy by Love on a Leash


See all the fun on our Facebook page where you’ll see all the photos by Modern Romance who just knocked it right out of the park. This is a very sharp and professional outfit. They are an award-winning, full-time photo and video studio based in Vancouver, BC. “A team of passionate photographers and videographers; we shoot in photojournalist style with a traditional touch and love to capture anything from pets to weddings.”

Ruby is a photographer who loves dogs. Cedric loves them too, along with all kinds of other animals, and bugs. Both are avid scuba divers who love the aquatic flora and fauna. Having trained with military dogs, worked at a pet store, and volunteered for animal-welfare activities, they then embarked on the exciting and fulfilling world of pets and animal photography.

They not only have the patience of working with animals, but also an understanding of developing a connection with them, and capturing their special moments in a good light.


Together with their devoted team, keen instincts, and an impeccable eye(s) for detail, they will ensure that you and your beloved pets look fabulous.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Holiday Dog Cookie Recipe: Salivatin’ Cinnamon Apple Nips

“Now the furry little apple of your eye will have yet another reason to love you.”  From Cooking the Three Dog Bakery Way by Mark Beckloff & Dan Dye, Broadway Books, New York.

Apples and whole oats are sweetened with a touch of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon will definitely get your pooch’s full ears-up attention.  They make a great reward for your pup just for being so darn cute!

Salivatin’ Cinnamon Apple Nips
1 cup all-purpose flour1 cup quick rolled oats1 tsp. baking powder1 tsp. cinnamon½ cup canola oil1/3 cup honey2 eggs1 cup cored & diced apple 
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease two baking sheets with nonstick vegetable spray.

Stir together the flour, oats, baking powder & cinnamon in a bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, stir together the oil and honey until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and stir to form a smooth dough.  Fold in the apples.

Drop the dough by the rounded teaspoonful, 1.5 inches apart, on the baking sheets.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden.

Cool to room temperature before serving.


Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or wrap well and freeze for up to two months.  (Thaw before serving.)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Holiday Season Tips From A Professional Pet Sitter

Tis the Season when we dog sitters become inundated with last minute requests for pet sitting. Please keep pet sitting requirements in mind when you are making your vacation plans. I highly recommend you book peak vacation times (Christmas, Spring Break, Easter, etc.) as far in advance as possible to ensure your favorite sitter is available to care for your pooch.

Before you go away on your next business trip or family vacation, remember to speak to your family vet and forward an “Absent Owner Consent” form or ensure you have filled out the one we keep on file at Love on a Leash. In the event of an emergency your wishes will be met and your pet will receive proper care administered immediately.

  • The following list helps ensure your dog receives the best of care while you are away:
  • Ensure all your dog’s daily requirements will be met – food, water, medication, walks, kisses and hugs.
  • Inform your family vet you are away and who your pet sitter will be.
  • Discuss your pet’s current health concerns with your vet & your wishes regarding the care of your pet while you are away.
  • Ensure your pet-sitter has the following information:  your contact information, vet contact details, pet emergency preferences, and adequate supply of medications & full disclosure of your dog’s health history & concerns, plus financial information for emergencies.

Remember that all pet sitters are not the same. Ask for references and credentials. Ideally your pet sitter should be licensed with the city they are working in, as well as bonded and insured. Your pet sitter should be certified in pet first aid and belong to a professional organization such as Pet Sitter’s International or the All Canadian Pet Sitters Network. Also, your sitter should have a web site posting information and rates in a professional and concise manner.              

As an accredited pet sitter, I can tell you that we take our job seriously and will do everything in our power to ensure your dog’s stay with us is as comfortable, safe, fun & loving as possible for your dog.

At Love on a Leash we truly adore our doggy clients and they love us right back!  Drop by our web site to see what our customers are saying.

All I Want for Christmas... Great Gifts for Your Dog this Christmas

Who can resist an adorable little sweater or coat for their dogs? And don’t all dogs adore treats? This Christmas I will give my kidlets sweaters and coats (really for me) and treats and toys (really for them) from a variety of wonderful retailers in Vancouver and around the Lower Mainland who offer such a fabulous selection of fun, adorable and unique things for your pooch.


1) A new dog bed is always the perfect gift. Bowser dog beds, available at Bowwow Haus and Tisol, are super stylish and contemporary beds made of upholstery-grade micro-velevet fabrics in dozens of fabric options. Durable, comfortable, completely washable and best of all, Canadian made! Another option for stylish, snuggly, well made dogs beds is Bailey & Bella, also available at Tisol locations.

2)  “RC Dog Boots Pawks,” “Canada Pooch Wellies” and “Paws” booties to protect your dog’s precious paws. When it gets cold, these little boots save your precious doggys’ feet from the salt and chemicals used to de-ice the sidewalks. “Paws” reusable and disposable booties look like balloons, and do the job of protecting tender tootsies as do Pawks designed for both indoor and outdoor use by RC Pets. Pawks are doggy socks with non-slip pads for better traction indoors, ideal for older pets who scramble on hardwood, while their Sport Pawks are meant for  outdoor use and are rubber coated for traction & protection. Tisol and Bowow Haus both carry a selection of this doggy footwear.

3) Slip a most “pupular” peanut butter personalized stocking cookie, wrapped and ready to go with a gift tag, into your dog’s stocking. Three Dog Bakery has been capturing the hearts and tummies of people and their canine companions since 1989. All baked goods are carefully crafted to ensure the best quality for your loyal friend. They are known for fresh-baked personalized celebration cakes, as well as a variety of gourmet goodies in the display case, plus packaged dog treats and cookies like Roll Over Rewards, Classic Cremes, Be-gals & Biscuits to name a few, sure to make your dog sit up & beg. This dog bakery always gets two paws up! Locations in Vancouver and Port Moody.

4) Barking Babies in Yaletown has the best selection of “High Fashion-Haute Couture” coats and sweaters in the city. For the ooh-La-La and wow factor head over to Barking Babies for cashmere sweaters by Louis Dog, around the world fashion ensembles by Touchdog, leather jackets by Hip Doggy and NHL Sports Jerseys. If you are out in the Fraser Valley, pop by Waldo & Tubbs in Fort Langley for a great selection of holiday print sweaters for your pooch by Tug’O’War. Their “tacky” holiday sweaters are truly adorable! Looking for more affordable sweater options for your pooch this season? Check out Tisol’s Grandview Highway location.

5) Ellen Ho, of Hong Photography, has made a name for herself as one of Vancouver’s premier pet photographers because she is amazing at capturing your beloved dog on film! Ellen not only has a huge soft spot in her heart for dogs, but she is also a certified trainer and a pet sitter, too, and would love to help you capture your beloved pooch as an everlasting keepsake. Gift certificates are available. Contact her at ellenho@hong-photography.com

6) Vancouver company, RC Pet Products, carried at Tisol & BowWow Haus
Stores throughout Vancouver, manufacture one of the best selections of functional and stylish canine outerwear for dogs of all sizes. Puffy vests and raincoats protect your pet from inclement weather while looking great with styles aptly called “West Coast Rainwear,” “Yaletown Slicker” and “Robson Rainwear” and many are fleece lined or PVC coated and are waterproof which is mandatory on the West Coast. We are partial to their newest fabric, Pink Buffalo Plaid! Their matching leashes and collars come in a spectacular assortment of eye catching colors and patterns which are fun, fashionable and affordable. While shopping at Tisol, you can stock up on their excellent assortment of packaged treats and goodies to stuff your dogs’ stocking at reasonable prices!

7) Dogs love squeeky toys and Lambchop is still one of the favorites out there. Tisol amd Bowwow Haus have plush versions of “Lambchop” Toys. Bigger dogs need tougher toys – try the Kong Brand of toys guaranteed to survive your dog’s rough play, available at Tisol. Plush puzzle toys that engage your dog's natural instincts to search, stalk and capture are de rigueur. Find a selection of these toys available at Bowwow Haus and help challenge and develop your dog’s problem solving skills while keeping them entertained for hours. Pork, beef or chicken sandwich anyone?  Bowwow Haus Broadway has a great selection of cute toys waiting to stuff your pooches holiday stocking. Finally, award-winning, durable PrideBites dog toys come in a variety of fun designs & they float, making them an ideal toy for dogs who love water. Available at Bowwow Haus on East Broadway.

8) Fruitables “Love life Together.” Calorie Smart Dog Treats are 100 per cent natural containing delicious, healthy ingredients like pumpkin, banana, apple, cranberry, organic oatmeal, pearl barley, cinnamon and molasses, plus their newest line of amazing jerky style treats, too. Blue Dane Treats is another Canadian company highly regarded by dog aficionados. All treats at Bowwow Haus Broadway are corn, soy & wheat free with most treats in stock sourced locally. The Tucker Chicken Breast Jerky is new to them and already a big hit with the pooches. A great little stocking stuffer for your pooch. These treats are available at Woof, Tisol, Bowwow Haus and Barking Babies in Vancouver & Uptown Dawg Spa in Port Moody.

9) Designed especially for dogs, Vancouver designed & manufactured, ZUKA Pooch collar jewellery uses only the best quality Swarovski crystals, Czech glass and pewter components. ZUKA Pooch Charms are available in two styles, paw print or clusters of cute doggy charms, and are purely fun for the fashionista in your pooch. These delightful sparkly collar charms sell for $10. ZUKA Pooch is for the dog about town, one who loves to stand out and be noticed.

10) One last doggy jacket we can highly recommend as a big favorite is Teckelklub’s designs. Easy to put on, great quality and made locally here in Vancouver. Jackets are fully waterproof and the fleeces are cuddly warm for the cold and wet days of West Coast winter.

Santa Paws is Coming to Town!


Love on a Leash Trusted Dog Care is pleased to host a dog-friendly fundraiser with net proceeds donated to Thank Dog I Am Out, Saturday & Sunday, Dec 5th and 6th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Tisol on Grandview Highway.

Renowned pet photographer, RubyC, of Modern Romance Photography will be on hand to capture professional portraits of beloved pets with Santa Claus himself, amid a winter wonderland backdrop, complete with festive holiday décor and a pooch friendly Santa on his throne.

The two days will feature delectable baked goods and mulled cider for the humans and lots of doggy treats and socialization for the pooches while raising funds & awareness for this amazing local animal rescue organization.  Special gift bags to the first 75 photos each day, a raffle with great prizes to help raise funds, and lots of “mixing and  mingling” to get you into the holiday spirit. $20.

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pet


The holidays are a joyous time. Sadly it can also be a dangerous time for our pets. A little preparation can go a long way to making your home holiday ready for your canine pals.

The biggest safety hazard consistently witnessed by pet sitters during the holidays is a pet’s access to dangerous materials in the home that can be easily ingested. Other hazards are electrical appliances left on in the home, a pet’s access to dangerous plants, holiday food and decorations and issues related to weather.

Here are some of the most frequently recommended holiday cautions for pets:

Holiday treats, such as rich, fatty scraps, bones from pork and poultry, alcoholic beverages, chocolate and other sweets and candies can be harmful or toxic to pets.
Pine tree water can be poisonous, so be sure to cover open tree stand bases. The tree should be secure to the wall with strong wire or twine because a toppling tree can cause serious injuries to dogs and cats.
Keep these poisonous holiday plants away from pets: the berries of the mistletoe, holly, hibiscus, Christmas roses and the poinsettia.
Many holiday decorations are hazardous to pets. If decorations are not pet-friendly, keep them, as well as lights, out of a pet’s reach.  House fires increase considerably during holidays.
Remember, the most common pet-related emergency that occurs over the holidays is the consumption of human pharmaceuticals. Make sure all prescription and non-prescription drugs are safely stored.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

What to Look for in a Dog Care Provider: Tips From A Professional Pet Sitter

A pet sitter is an invaluable contact in a dog lover’s life. Not just anyone is qualified to care for your precious pooch. Your dog is a living being and looking after him or her is not anywhere near the same as looking after someone’s home or garden or plants while they are away. This is something we keep near the top of our minds at all times at Love on a Leash. Your pets -- our clients! -- are precious. And as with many areas, not all dog-related services are on the market. We visited some, then put together some information on what to look for in a dog sitter and basic qualifications every pet sitter should have under their belt.
Please keep pet sitting requirements in mind when you are making your vacation plans. The good pet services fill up fast! I highly recommend you book peak vacation times (Christmas, Spring Break, Easter, Long Weekends, etc.) as far in advance as possible to ensure your favorite sitter is available to care for your pooch!

Before you go away on your next business trip or family vacation, remember to speak to your family vet and forward an “Absent Owner Consent” form or ensure you have filled out the one we keep on file at Love on a Leash.  In the event of an emergency your wishes will be met and your pet will receive proper care administered immediately.

In addition, the following list will help ensure your dog receives the best of care while you are away:
• Ensure all your dog’s daily requirements will be met – food, water, medication, walks, kisses & hugs.
• Inform your family vet you are away and who your pet sitter will be.
• Discuss your pet’s current health concerns with your vet & your wishes regarding the care of your pet while you are away.
• Make sure your pet-sitter has the following information:  your contact information, vet contact details, pet emergency preferences, adequate supply of medications and full disclosure of your dog’s health history and concerns, plus financial information for emergencies.

Remember that all pet sitters are not the same.  Ask for references and credentials.  Ideally your pet sitter should be licensed with the city they are working in, as well as bonded & insured.  Your pet sitter should be certified in pet first aid and belong to a professional organization such as Pet Sitter’s International or the All Canadian Pet Sitters Network and your sitter should have a website posting information and rates in a professional and concise manner.    
           
As an accredited pet sitter, I can tell you that we take our job seriously and do everything in our power to ensure your dog’s stay with us is as comfortable, safe, fun and loving as possible for your dog.

At Love on a Leash we truly adore our doggy clients and they love us right back!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pet Safety Guide

Though I certainly love MY pets more than bottled water and coffee combined, I have to admit I was a little surprised to read it goes way, way beyond me. From Expertise.com:
In total, Americans spend more than $50 billion per year on pets, mostly on food and health costs. That’s more money than what’s spent on coffee and bottled water combined! In the midst of all that care and cost, many pet owners don’t think to look to the risks that exist for their pets in their own home. If you love your pet enough to invest in their care in so many other quarters, you shouldn’t let the space they spend their days be the thing that could cause them harm.
With that in mind, Expertise.com has created an extensive Pet Safety Guide. Check it out for advice to keep your furry friend out of harms way.

The Expertise.com Pet Safety Guide is here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Santa Paws is Coming to Town!

Love on a Leash Trusted Dog Care Services is counting down the days until Santa Paws Comes to Town...

Share in the true spirit of Christmas with your pets as they visit Santa and enjoy all the treats of a holiday wonderland.  Bring your pooches out to have their pictures professionally photographed with Santa on his holiday throne, by renowned pet photographer, Ellen Ho, at our dog friendly fundraiser, benefitting Paws for Hope Animal Foundation.

Sip on hot mulled cider & nibble on yummy baked goods, enjoy fabulous raffle prizes, and  amazing gift bags for the first 75 photos taken each day.  Come mix and mingle with your beloved dog...all for a great cause!

Tisol Pet Nutrition & Supply Store, 3033 Grandview Highway location, in Vancouver,  Sat. & Sun., Dec 6th and 7th - 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.  $20.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hot Time in a Cool Town!

It looks like it’s going to be a stellar summer! And while, with that, comes plenty of reason for rejoicing, those of us who are owned by canine companions have reason to be anxious, as well. Dogs are much more prone to heatstroke than many people think. But it’s well worth preventing because, once you’ve seen it, you’ll never want to have your pooch experience it again!

Of course, never (ever, ever) leave your dog unattended in a car, but even when you're out together on a hot day, keep an eye out for the following signs:

• Heavy panting • Elevated body temperature  • Excessive thirst Weakness, collapse • Glazed eyes Increased pulse and heartbeat • Vomiting, bloody diarrhea • Seizures • Bright or dark red tongue, gums • Excessive drooling • Staggering • Unconsciousness

With all the warnings out of the way, there are lots of fun things you can do with your pooch to embrace those dog days of summer. Every dog enjoys a day at the lake or the beach, where there is plenty of opportunity to splash around in the cooling water.

The beach a little too out of the way? It's easy to transform your backyard into a canine watermark. A child’s plastic pool is a lot of dog’s idea of summer heaven. For added fun, choose toys that can be filled with water and frozen, offering fun refreshment over a number of hours.

Many cities now show movies outside on large screens during the summer. In most cases, your dog will be welcome.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Fostering Option

If you really would love a dog in your life but don’t feel quite ready to make a full commitment, fostering might be a terrific option to explore.

When you foster a dog, you work with a rescue organization or shelter and care for a dog in your home for a predetermined amount of time or until a forever home is found. The dog’s life improves because of you. And, likewise, your own life is improved by a very special relationship with an animal in need.

It’s one of those wonderful win-win situations. The dog gets experience in a home environment while getting socialized with humans and other pets, better preparing it for its forever home.

The dog will have more opportunity to exercise, since the foster human may have a backyard and should provide regular walks, which may not be provided at the shelter.

Since you’ll get to know the dog, you can provide invaluable insight to potential adopters, helping ensure he or she gets a home that’s a better match.

Puppies who are too young to be adopted have a chance to grow up and be with their mother before being adopted.

Dogs recovering from illness or injuries can get the attention they need.

Dogs stressed by a shelter environment have an opportunity for more comfortable living quarters.

A space is opened up at the shelter or rescue, allowing the staff to save the life of one more dog.

If you’re considering adopting, fostering can be an opportunity to see how a dog can fit in your life before making a commitment. But it’s important to be aware that it’s still a serious responsibility to take on, though a rewarding one.


All Paws Massage

I just can’t say too much about Marta Banat’s All Paws Massage. My dogs have been enjoying massages and it was a wonderful and relaxing experience for them. It made me want one! 

Marta’s words on the subject are the most eloquent, so I think  I'll just let you tell herself:

Like us, our companion animals an greatly benefit from a variety of bodywork modalities. 

Massage is a wonderful compliment to a holistic approach to pet care. It serves as a preventative measure by maintaining function and mobility already present, or as a way to bring relief to areas of discomfort. Massage facilitates the connection between body, mind and spirit, supporting an overall state of well-being.

All Paws Massage is a service dedicated to providing companion animals with the benefits of massage and Reiki, with the added convenience of having the trained practitioner come to your home.  

If your dog or cat suffers from muscle tension or soreness, arthritis, stress or anxiety, this approach is non-invasive and works on the whole body system.

All Paws Massage incorporates a variety of bodywork modalities. During a typical massage session the practitioner draws upon the benefits of Swedish massage techniques, TTouch, acupressure and energy work all with the intention to guide your pet towards a state physical and mental well-being.

Marta Banat is the founder and practitioner behind All Paws Massage. She first learned about the benefits of massage and energy work while searching for holistic approaches to manage her dog’s epilepsy. Inspired by the improvement in her own dog, Marta decided to train at NorthWest School of Animal Massage and open her practice to other pet parents. 

Call 604-700-4107 or e-mail for more information or an appointment. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Workshop Offers Hope for Unwanted Dogs in B.C.

Paws for Hope has announced a unique workshop intended to help reduce the number of dogs surrendered to animal shelters in B.C.

On July 6th, certified professional dog trainer, Shelagh Begg, will address the most common behavioural problems for dog guardians, shelter workers and animal rescue professionals.

Paws for Hope Animal Foundation, a Vancouver-based charity committed to more sustainable companion animal protection in B.C., is sponsoring this second event in their annual speaker series, following on the heels of their successful “Compassion Fatigue Seminar” back in February.

In this workshop Begg will review and address the most common canine behavioural problems in hopes of helping keep more dogs at home and out of B.C.’s overcrowded shelters.

“Unwanted behaviour is one of the top reasons dogs are surrendered to shelters, behaviour that often can be easily corrected with the appropriate information and guidance,” said Kathy Powelson, Executive Director of Paws for Hope. “In our quest to build more sustainable companion animal care and protection in the province and keep as many dogs and their guardians together, we believe it’s important to offer the public and existing animal care workers an affordable course covering the tips and tools they need to understand and help as many dogs as possible.”

The workshop is open to any interested person or team and will be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 1pm to 3pm at Dizine Canine Training Centre, 1730 Vernon Drive, Vancouver. Tickets are $30 each. More information here.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Year, New Day

2013 was such an amazing year for Love on a Leash and so many of our friends and clients. We wish you the best of luck in the New Year and thank you for your continued support!

One of the highlights of our year came quite near the end when so many of you came out supported the inaugural Love on a Leash Trusted Dog Care’s “Santa Paws is Coming to Town” Fundraiser held on December 14th and 15th at Tisol Pet Supply & Nutrition on Grandview Highway in Vancouver. 

The event was created this year specifically to support Paws for Hope and Rescue a Boxer, and to create an enjoyable day out for dog lovers and their beloved dogs! Santa paws is Coming to Town was a huge success with over 150 dogs and two cats coming by for a visit with Santa.

To those who came out, we were thrilled to receive your support for this year’s festive event. The donations given helped ensure an enjoyable afternoon for our guests, providing the opportunity for dog lovers to sip on mulled cider and nibble on delectable baked goodies, to win great raffle prizes, as well as take home generous gift bags and, of course, to help raise much needed funds for Paws for Hope and Rescue a Boxer.

Feedback from our guests was overwhelmingly positive, especially regarding the professional “Off-Leash Photography” Santa Photos taken with a very dog-friendly Santa on his magnificent holiday throne from Can/Am Importique, complete with a beautifully decorated Christmas tree backdrop thanks to Greenscape Design, from the mix’n’mingle mulled cider and holiday baked goodies buffet thanks to Siegel’s Bagels, to the fabulous gift bags courtesy of Tisol, Modern Dog Magazine, the Sequoia Restaurant Group and Love on a Leash Dog Trusted Care Services.

Also,  the winners of the gift baskets generously donated by Love on a Leash Trusted Dog Care and Tisol Pet Supply & Nutrition were:
  • Romeo the Boxer & Yoshi the Bugg  (Riina Cooke)
  • Chewie & Lovey the Boxers   (Jennifer Kaiser)
  • Lexi the Rottie Mix  (Karina Franzke)
  • Xena the Staffordshire Bull Terrier  (Sukhpaul Parmar)
  • SoCo the Toy Australian Shepherd  (Darlene Tam)
  • Bear the Bull Mastiff & Puppy the Chihuahua (Jamie Lee family)
  • Molly the Border Collie Mix and Tor the Malamute Mix  (Doreen Lang)
  • Reid the Doxie  (Laura Lopez)
  • Trax the Golden Retriever  (Mandy Hochbaum)
  • Ginger the Cockapoo  (Randi Gardner)
  • Winston Wilbur & Sam Cooper the Pugs  (Lise Atchley)
To see photos of the winner and the day, see the Santa Paws is Coming to Town event album on our Facebook page.

The entire two days received “two paws up” from all those who attended. The location could not have been more perfect. Thank you for your support of this years’ event. Plans are well underway for further doggy events in 2014 and we hope you will consider supporting us again!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Santa Paws is Coming to Town!

Love on a Leash Trusted Dog Care is hosting a dog-friendly fundraiser with net proceeds donated to Paws for Hope and Rescue a Boxer.

The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, Dec 14th and 15th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Tisol on Grandview Highway.

Renowned pet photographer, Angie Wojciechowska, of Off-Leash Photography will be on hand to capture professional portraits of beloved pets with Santa Claus himself, amid a winter wonderland backdrop, complete with festive holiday décor and a pooch friendly Santa on his throne.

The two days will feature delectable baked goods and mulled cider for the humans and lots of doggy treats and socialization for the pooches while raising funds and awareness for two local animal organizations.

Special gift bags to the first 50 photos each day, a raffle with great prizes to help raise funds, and lots of “mixing and mingling” to get you into the holiday spirit. $20.

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pet

The biggest safety hazard consistently witnessed by petsitters during the holidays is a pet’s access to dangerous materials in the home that can be easily ingested.
Other hazards noted were electrical appliances left on in the home, a pet’s access to dangerous plants, holiday food and decorations and issues related to weather.
Some of the most frequently recommended cautions are:
Holiday treats, such as rich, fatty scraps, bones from pork and poultry, alcoholic beverages, chocolate and other sweets and candies can be harmful or toxic to pets.
Pine tree water can be poisonous, so be sure to cover open tree stand bases. The tree should be secure to the wall with strong wire or twine because a toppling tree can cause serious injuries to dogs and cats.
Keep these poisonous holiday plants away from pets: the berries of the mistletoe, holly, hibiscus, Christmas roses and the poinsettia.
Many holiday decorations are hazardous to pets. If decorations are not pet-friendly, keep them, as well as lights, out of a pet’s reach.  House fires increase considerably during holidays.
Remember, the most common pet-related emergency that occurs over the holidays is the consumption of human pharmaceuticals. Make sure all prescription and non-prescription drugs are safely stored.


Six Holiday Foods Your Dog Should Never, Ever Eat

Make sure you keep heartache out of the season of joy. While there are some wonderful and yummy festive treats available for your dog, there are several foods associated with the holidays that you should never let your pooch eat. Even if your dog begs and tells you with every fibre in his being that this food is okay, in this instance it’s important to remember that you know better and keep these foods well and truly away!

1. Cooked Meat and Bones
This is an easy one to overlook. After all, dogs are meateaters, right? Wouldn’t they be eating meat and bones in the wild? Wrong! While they would be finding raw bones, cooked ones are not part of the natural dog’s diet. Cooked bones can splinter and can cause internal damage. While many meats associated with the holidays are too rich for the average dog whose system is used to being fed commercial dog food.

2. Nutmeg
While it would take a lot of nutmeg to actually kill your dog, little is known about why nutmeg is so very toxic to canines. And since this spice is found in so many human holiday treats, this is one to be aware of.

3. Onions
This is another one that ends up being in a whole lot of holiday foods. Equally dangerous to dogs cooked or raw, your dog must avoid them at all times of the year!

4. Raw Bread Dough
While the dough itself isn’t toxic, the yeast can expand and cause all kinds of intestinal distress in your pet. Yes: even death. Keep your dog away from pizza and bread-making activities!

5. Sage
Sage is another one that isn’t necessarily toxic in the dangerous sense but should still be avoided. It contains essential oils that might cause some stomach upset for your pooch. It can also cause central nervous system depression. Better to avoid it than take chances.

6. Grapes
Okay: grapes are not a holiday food, but they are so bad for your dog and this is one of the lesser known ones, that we thought we’d reiterate. Never, ever, ever let your dogs have grapes! They are entirely indigestible to canine stomachs.

Have a happy and healthy holiday!



Thursday, December 5, 2013

The 12 Days of CHRISTMAS…. Great Gifts for your Dog this Holiday Season!

Who can resist an adorable little sweater or coat for their dogs, plus all dogs adore treats -- what dog doesn’t?

This Christmas I will give my kidlets sweaters and coats (really for me) and treats and toys (really for them) from a variety of wonderful retailers in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland who offer such a fabulous selection of fun, adorable & unique things for your pooch!

1) Three Dog Bakery carries bath products that are fur-tas-tic, including products by Fresh Dog, Dermagic, Earthbath and Buddy Wash. The smells are delicious (lots of peppermint, oatmeal and vanilla), the products are fabulous and the prices are great, too! There are also dental products to keep your dog’s teeth sparkling and breath fresh, by Kissable Dental, are also available at Three Dog Bakery in Vancouver & Port Moody.

2) A new dog bed is always the perfect gift.  Bowser dog beds, available at Bowwow Haus, are super stylish and contemporary beds made of upholstery grade fabrics in dozens of fabric options. Durable, comfortable, completely washable and best of all, Canadian made! Self warming, round, comfy sleeper beds by K&H are fashionable and super snuggly for your pooch and available at a Tisol location.

3) “Muttlucks” and “Paws” booties to protect your dog’s precious paws. With winter creeping up on us, these little boots save doggys’ feet from the salt and chemicals used to de-ice the sidewalks. The “Paws” reusable disposable booties, which look like balloons, are available at Barking Babies. Other paw-saving bootie types and styles are available online and at various locations throughout Vancouver and the lower mainland.

4) Slip a most “pupular” peanut butter personalized stocking cookie, wrapped and ready to go with a gift tag, into your dog’s stocking. Three Dog Bakery has been capturing the hearts & tummies of people and their canine companions since 1989. All baked goods are carefully crafted to ensure the best quality for your loyal friend. This outfit is known for fresh-baked personalized celebration cakes, as well as dog treats and cookies, but they also carry great packaged specialties like Puppermint Mocha, Snickerdoodles and Star Wafers 2-pack gift sets. This dog bakery always gets two paws up!

5) Barking Babies in Yaletown has the best selection of “High Fashion-Haute Couture” coats and sweaters like no one else in this city! For the ooh-La-La and wow factor head over to Barking Babies for cashmere sweaters by Louis Dog, around the world fashion ensembles by Touchdog, leather jackets by Hip Doggy and NHL Sports Jerseys.

6) Professional Pet Portraits by Angie Wojciechowska, of Off-leash Photography, who has made a name for herself as Vancouver’s premier pet photographer. She is amazing at capturing your beloved dog on film! Angie has a huge soft spot in her heart for dogs and cats and would love to help you capture your beloved pooch as an everlasting keepsake. From personal experience, I promise that you will never regret spending the time and money to have professional photos taken of your dog. The photos I hold closest to my heart, two years after my own gal passed away, were taken by Angie. Gift certificates are available.  Contact her at angie@offleashphotography.com

7) RC Pet Products, carried at Tisol Stores throughout Vancouver, manufacture the best selection of functional & stylish canine outerwear.  The coats and raincoats protect your pet from inclement weather while looking great with styles aptly titled “West Coast Rainwear,” “Yaletown Slicker” and “Robson Rainwear.” Many are fleece-lined or PVC-coated and are waterproof which is mandatory on the west coast. Their matching leashes and collars come in a spectacular assortment of eye catching colors and patterns which are fun, fashionable and affordable.  Tisol also carries an excellent assortment of packaged treats and goodies to stuff your dogs’ stockings at reasonable prices!

8) TOYS. TOYS, TOYS!! We love the retro dog toys available these days. Tisol and Bowwow Haus have plush versions of “Where’s Waldo,” “Lambchop” and “Mr. Bill” Squeaky Toys. Bigger dogs need tougher toys. Try the Kong Brand of toys guaranteed to survive your dog’s rough play available at Tisol. Plush puzzle toys that engage your dog's natural instincts to search, stalk and capture are de rigueur. Find a selection of these toys at Bowwow Haus and help challenge and develop your dog’s problem-solving skills while keeping them entertained for hours! Finally, award-winning, durable PrideBites dog toys come in a variety of fun designs & they float, making them an ideal toy for dogs who love water...available at Bowwow Haus on East Broadway.

9) Fruitables “Love life Together,” Calorie Smart Dog Treats are 100% natural and contain delicious, healthy ingredients like pumpkin, banana, apple, cranberry, organic oatmeal, pearl barley, cinnamon and molasses. A great little stocking stuffer for your pooch, these are available at Woof, Tisol, Bowwow Haus and Barking Babies in Vancouver and Uptown Dawg Spa in Port Moody.

10) Lampe Berger Products, invented in Paris in 1898 to purify the air in hospitals, still remain the best in fragrance and purification for your indoor environment (read: doggy smells) using its patented catalytic diffusion system. These lovely lamps and fragrances are available in many styles and scents to complement any home! A perfect holiday hostess gift and available exclusively at Bowwow Haus’ West Broadway location.

11) Created especially for dogs, Vancouver designed and manufactured, ZUKA Pooch collar jewellery uses only the best quality Swarovski crystals, Czech glass and pewter components.  ZUKA Pooch Charms are available in two styles, flower and paw print,  and are purely fun for the fashionista in your pooch. These delightful sparkly collar charms sell for $10 with $2 from every sale to be donated to Vancouver animal charity, Paws for Hope. ZUKA Pooch is for the dog about town, one who loves to stand out and be noticed. They are available at Love on a Leash's Santa Paws is Coming to Town Event at Tisol Grandview on Dec 14th and 15th or via http://www.zuka-art.com/

12) Bruno spike dog food bowls.  These gorgeous cast aluminum bowls come in two sizes (small and large) and feature removable stainless steel inserts for easy cleaning, and will compliment the décor in every home! Available at Bowwow Haus on East Broadway.