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Christmas Charity Donations

Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas

 

Best Friends Dog Walking & Pet Resort is looking at helping out some local charities again this year for Christmas.

We will be focusing on the animals.  If you would like to donate it would be greatly appreciated by us and all of the animals.

The following is a general list of goods that will help out.  Or if you wish to give money we can put it towards buying more things. 

  • Small cat beds
  • Cat toys, Scratching posts
  • Towels and small to medium sized Blankets
  • Cat canned food and kitten food
  • Cat treats
  • Clumping kitty litter and Non clumping
  • Non coloured dry dog and cat food ( Science Diet, Medi-Cal or Royal Canin preferred)
  • Puppy food
  • Dog treats
  • Leashes and Dog Collars (all sizes)
  • Dog Toys / Soccer Balls / Squeaky Toys / small stuffed Toys
  • Pet Carriers
  • Dog bowls and Cat bowls for food and water
  • Small animal food for Hamsters, Guinea pigs, rabbits or budgies

And anything else you can think of would be greatly appreciated.

We will be collecting up until Sunday December 21st so that we can get it all organized and delivered in time for Christmas. We can arrange to pick it up at your home (locally) or you can drop it by our home. If you are doing money donations we can accept e-transfers, PayPal, cash or cheque. We will keep you posted as to what charities will benefit from everyone’s generosity. Our email address is bestfriendsdogwalking@sympatico.ca

Perry and I would like to thank you for your continued trust in us for taking care of your furry family. 

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Award Nomination

Perry & I are grateful to be nominated for the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Award. We attended the Presentations on Thursday November 27, 2014. Thank you to Luce for coming at 6am to look after the Pet Resort so we could both attend this event together. Its pretty rare that Perry & I actually get to go someplace at the same time. LOL Thank you to Jessica, Lauren, Emily, Luce and Bev for all that you do with the business and your love for the animals. And of course to my parents who have helped us out SO many times as our business was growing and continues to grow. We could not have done it without you. And to Perry’s family for understanding why all the functions are always held at our place…… Also to our amazing clients both 2 legged and 4 legged; thank you for placing your trust in us. We truly have the best job in the world. The Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation will be held February 20th, 2015 In Niagara Falls so we will keep you posted.  Either way it is just an honor to be nominated. Niagara Entrepreneur Award

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Halloween Safety Tips for your Pets

Chloe & Super Eddie all ready for Halloween

No Scaredy-Cats Allowed

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a downright nightmare. Forgo the stress and dangers this year by following these 10 easy tips.

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.

All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

2. Don’t leave pets out in the yard on Halloween.

Surprisingly, vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless.

3. Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for their candy. This, of course, is scary for our furry friends. Dogs are especially territorial and may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters. Putting your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will also prevent them from darting outside into the night … a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.

4. Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween.

Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.

5. Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.

Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can induce gastrointestinal upset should your pets ingest them in large quantities. Intestinal blockage can even occur if large pieces are swallowed. And speaking of pumpkins …

6. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.

Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.

7. Keep wires and electric light cords out of reach.

If chewed, your pet could cut him or herself on shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

8. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it.

If you do decide that Fido or Kitty needs a costume, make sure it isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict movement, hearing, or the ability to breathe or bark and meow. 

9. Try on pet costumes before the big night.

If they seem distressed, allergic, or show abnormal behavior, consider letting them go in their “birthday suit”. Festive bandanas usually work for party poopers, too.

10. IDs, please!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date, even if your pet does have one of those fancy-schmancy embedded microchips.

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Canines for Compassion Walk-A-Thon ** Sunday, October 5th, 2014 @ 10:00am

Join us on Sunday October 5th for the second annual Canines for Compassion walk-a-thon, in support of Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers, a wonderful organization that provides visiting volunteers to families dealing with terminal or life threatening illness. Registration begins at 10:00 AM, with the walk starting at 10:30 AM. The start and finish will be at The Dog Spot in Grimsby. There will be a 2km route, and also a 5km route.

We are proud to be one of the Sponsors again this year for the event.

We encourage you to pledge or come out and participate with your “Best Friend”.

Attached is the link with all of the information and pledge forms.

http://rosecottagevolunteers.com/UpcomingEvents.html

Canines for Compassion 2nd Annual Walk-A-Thon

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Canines for Compassion Walk-A-Thon ** Saturday, October 19th, 2013 @ 9:30am

Join us on Saturday October 19 for our first annual Canines for Compassion walk-a-thon, in support of Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers, a wonderful organization that provides visiting volunteers to families dealing with terminal or life threatening illness. Registration begins at 9:30AM, with the walk starting at 10:00AM. The start and finish will be at The Dog Spot in Grimsby. There will be a 2km route, and also a 5km route.

We are proud to be one of the Sponsors for this event.

We encourage you to pledge or come out and participate with your “Best Friend”.

Perry & I will be taking part in the walk.. If you wish to sponsor us please contact us at bestfriendsdogwalking@sympatico.ca

Attached is the link with all of the information and pledge forms.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

http://rosecottagevolunteers.com/UpcomingEvents.html

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Nature’s Recipe recalls oven baked biscuit treats

Nature’s Recipe is voluntarily recalling Nature’s Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken treats due to possible Salmonella contamination. This recall was issued on October 13, 2012 and pertains to treats produced in just one of Nature’s Recipes production facilities. No reports of pet or human contamination have been reported at this time.

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Halloween and the family pet

As Halloween approaches, both children and adults look forward to the familiar rituals associated with ‘trick or treat’, including dressing up and indulging a sweet tooth. However, the very things that make Halloween so much fun for people can represent a health hazard to some pets and cause a lot of stress to others. You can minimize your pet’s stress and maximize your whole family’s enjoyment of this fun occasion by observing the following guidelines:

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First Aid for Dogs

Emergencies come in all forms; automobile accidents, bite wounds, burns, heatstroke, poisoning, seizures, and more.

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Pet First Aid

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Why is Xylitol so dangerous for dogs and cats?

 Dr. Dana Brooks, an internist at Seattle Veterinary Specialists in Kirkland, reports an increased number of dogs and cats being treated at its emergency clinic — in one case the dog died — from eating xylitol, an artificial sweetener used as a sugar substitute in foods, including sugar-free gum, sugar-free mints, chewable vitamins, tooth paste and oral-care products. Xylitol is also available in a granulated form at your local grocery store for baking and beverage sweeteners.

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