Today I opened my Facebook to this adorable (and fantastically talented) dog walking business sign created by my eight year old niece, Ella. I love it!
This was the perfect thing to see on a rainy cloudy day like today ... looking forward to the sun and long days now that it is daylight savings time.
Have a good week everyone!
From a recent e-mail I received ... please take a moment to read and more importantly, keep your eyes open if you see this sweet little guy ...
LEVI is still MISSING! Can you all SHARE AGAIN and ask your friends to RE-SHARE! And ask people to JOIN the Find Levi Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/136088879892916/
778-847-7045. PUT THIS IN YOUR PHONE!!!
IF YOU THINK YOU SEE HIM TAKE A PICTURE!
Most people with dogs love for people to say HI to the dog!
Approach the person he is with, get close enough to see him well.
Is he Small, 12-14" high body, Head maybe to your knee ~18"?
Look at his face, Levi's markings are very unique!
Does he have 2 Brown Eyes? Does he have a Full Curly White-ish Tail?
Is he Mostly Black and White?
Then CALL 778-847-7045.
Then Follow him if you can afford the time till i get there. PLEASE.
My beloved Mini Australian Shepherd is MISSING, since Dec. 18! We don't know if he is still lost alone, or more probably someone has kept him! Keep your eyes peeled for him EVERYWHERE, with someone.
He is Small, 17 lbs, has 2 Brown Eyes and a Full Fluffy Tail (white-ish color). He is a Blue Merle, which means mottled Black and White, wih Brown only in his face and back legs.
This weekend was absolutely beautiful - but still a little cold. We took our gal to the river in North Vancouver on Saturday - so many dogs were out with their human parents - running around, sticks in mouths, tails wagging!
There is something about the water that makes our gal positively wired - she runs in circles and barks and can't wait to immerse herself - she doesn't seem to notice how cold the water still is. She is mesmerized by all the rocks, and sticks, and trees, and smells in the air. She could stay at the river all day if we let her.
Today we headed over to Queen Elizabeth Park for a romp around the trees. We are blessed with so many beautiful parks in Vancouver ... so it was a good day with our dog, lots of sun, and the chill in the soon to be spring air. Have a good week!
This is Elsa and I last summer - she loves giving kisses - We've had the pleasure of walking Elsa since she found her forever family a little over 18 months ago. When I said goodbye to her on Thursday after our walk, I would never have thought it was going to be the last time I was going to see this beautiful soul.
I was sitting at our kitchen table with my partner mid-day on Sunday - our gal Indy was outside enjoying the sun ... nose in the air, taking in all the smells of the coming spring when our phone rang.
I answered it immediately - upon hearing the news, my heart sank, and tears started rolling down my face. Elsa's parents had to make the brave decision that all of us who love our dogs, cats, and critters, dread, but know that it is inevitable. What we don't expect, ever, is that this heartbreaking decision is made when our loved one is only two years old.
For Elsa's brief life, she was surrounded by so much love, kindness and consistency ... she had the best human parents any dog could ask for. I am grateful that I got to share part of Elsa's life with her and get to know her human parents. As a dog walker, especially because I focus on one-on-one dog walking, there is lots of talking and attention - I get to know each of my doggy clients individually and love them all so much ... so when we lose one, a little piece of me goes with them.
Rest in peace sweet girl ... I wish you an unending supply of carrots and celery and pools and beaches and lots of other doggy friends to play with.
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
Recently, a friend sent me a link to a letter written by Fiona Apple to her fans regarding the cancellation of her tour so that she could remain at home with her beloved dog, Janet, through Janet's final journey. I have to admit, I had never heard of Fiona Apple until now, let alone any kind of familiarity with her music; however, her letter to her fans brought me to tears.
Our animal companions give of themselves completely, unconditionally, and with unbounded enthusiasm. It is hard to describe the absolute joy created within this bond. At the same time, we know that the time we have is finite and far too brief. I have had the honour of being present in the months, weeks, and days leading up to both my own furry kids' transitions but also those of some of my customers beloved pets.
There is no way to describe what it feels like, before, during, and after our loved ones transition - there is the knowing look and gentle touch from those who have been there before. From the moment we bring our loved once home from where ever we find eachother ... we know what awaits, yet wouldn't trade a single moment of the joy we share with our furry pals.
Here is Fiona's letter - it is worth the read.
I recently took this one day course at Langara focusing on animal behaviour and energy-based communication. It was extremely interesting. I don't know if it actually works but I do believe if you send love and light out through energy, our animals are incredibly intuitive and pick up on our energy. The class was filled with individuals who dearly love their animals - their stories and their commitment to their animal friends was so inspiring.
So I decided to focus my energy on this one canine pal of mine that has recently started having medical issues. Other than this recent onset, this two year old is exceptionally healthy. As we were practicing our energy communication, I was sending love and white light and healing through energy to this one special gal. The next day I told her humans companions about the course and that I was sending this love and white light to their gal, but that I was quite new at it, and she might have missed it. I am sure they were smiling when I told them of my attempts at this type of communication - they went on to share that they believe that she got it. I'd like to believe that she did too.
At the end of the day, I believe our animal companions can definitely pick up on our energy and they are infinitely more intuitive than we give them credit for. Besides, who wouldn't want to be the recipient of much love and white light every now and again?
"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does."