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
Today I have been reflecting on how much I love what I do and who I get to spend time with throughout my day, every day. Each of you, my furry and feathered clients (and the little rodents too!) make my days amazing ... we have wonderful conversations, some (very) funny moments, and I get to watch you grow and flourish into amazing animals as a result of the love and guidance from your human companions.
I used to work in the corporate sector for many years. While I enjoyed my work and those I worked with, I always felt like I was not following my passion which is animals. Through circumstances and a lot of hard work, I started this little company in 2006 (I can't believe it has been this many years now!) As any small business owner will attest, we start our small businesses because we have a passion, we love to work with people (and in my case animals), and we do it because we believe we can make a difference.
While I am thankful throughout the year, at this time of year I like to say a special thank you to my furry, scaly, and feathered friends and their human companions - I love that I get to spend time with your loved ones ... so thank you.
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and an amazing new year ahead ... Anne
"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does."