Hard to believe the end of 2013 has come and gone and now we're one day into 2014! Happy new year's everyone. It's been some time since I've written ... the spring, summer, and fall have been incredibly busy with lots of wonderful events. Unfortunately, jotting down the day to day happenings didn't happen :)
I have the most amazing customers and their furry kids that I am grateful I have an opportunity to spend time with ... they teach me every day (they also make me laugh lots with their antics and wags and licks and purrs and paws). I've posted a couple of the many many cards I received from my customers this holiday season - these are particularly funny ... hope they make you smile as much as they did me. Being all my furry customer's dog walker and cat sitter all over East Vancouver has been such a joy (can't forget the other critters like the very colourful birds, the soft chinchillas, the inquisitive rabbits, the very adorable rats, and fish, and lizards, and, and, and).
It is hard to believe my dream of my small business is now entering its 8th year! It all started with a most handsome Pomeranian named Teddy - to this day, even though he no longer lives in Vancouver, this little world traveller still let's me know what he is up to through his wonderful mom.
One highlight of 2013 I am thrilled to share with you ... my own dog, Indy, has qualified as a BC Pets and Friends volunteer visitor dog - she passed her test with flying colors and is now certified to visit elder care facilities - our facility is in Champlain Heights - we are very much looking forward to starting up early in the new year. This pet visitation program touches the lives of more than 15,000 people in over 200 long-term care facilities across the Lower Mainland. I am very grateful to be part of this volunteer organization with Indy as everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the love and comfort and nuzzles of a furry one.
Wishing all my wonderful customers and those customers I've yet to meet an amazing year ahead.
Arf'n Annie ~ Pet Nanny
I have this one most adorable little cutie-pie dog that I get to walk ... she has quite the personality. She tells me what I need to do and how to do it ... for example, if it is raining out ... she lets me know in her own special way that she has no interest in getting her paws the least bit wet. She makes me laugh - each time I know I get to see her - I look forward to what our next adventure will be.
She has many admirers in the neighbourhood and over the years, she's introduced me to many of them. There are two in particular that stick out for me ... one is this feisty and funny older lady who simply adores my fuzzy client ... she gets this wonderful grin every time she sees this gal I get to walk. I love how happy she becomes and in turn, I look forward to when both me and my furry pal get to see her as well.
The second is the neighbourhood postie who always has a treat and a scratch and a ready smile. I love that I get to meet all these wonderful individuals on my walks and that all these wonderful individuals are a part of my canine pal's life.
This adorable little dog I get to walk certainly is a charmer ... she is well loved by her human parents, her neighbours, her postie, and me. And in turn, I love that I get to experience her neighbourhood, with her neighbours, through her eyes. Another wonderful day!
Yesterday I was starting to feel stronger - my cold symptoms were decreasing ... still not 100% but getting there. The e-mails from customers wishing me well were wonderful. I have this one customer who is extraordinarily thoughtful - they adopted this wonderful dog, a rescue dog, about a year and half ago. I've had the pleasure of walking this adorable gal this whole time. When I arrived at their home yesterday to walk my pal, I found this note wishing me well beside a butter horn pastry from their neighbour. I had wonderful walk with my gal, in beautiful autumn weather ... still wearing my shorts.
"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does."