L-R: River and Rover, Eddy and Layla, Neaka
I know Christmas is long gone, but the snowy weather this week has made me nostalgic, so it
was only fitting to put up some of the Pictures With Santa. The day was a huge success, and
great fun to be a part of. All the dogs did exceptionally well, especially considering we were
asking them to sit quietly on a bench next to a man in a big red suit, hat and beard. In the area
they usually play in. With lots of expensive camera equipment around. And a strange man
taking pictures. Thanks to Stefany's dad for being our photographer, and to Andrew our
volunteer for being Santa for the day (ssshhh, don't tell the dogs, they thought it was the real
Santa). As it was so popular and, more importantly, a huge success, we will be looking to do it
again next year. We'll see you there!
Along with the renovations, another new addition to the daycare is the option to pay by
credit card or debit! Yes we know, we are very behind the times, but we liked the old school
vibe of cash and cheques. Please note, there is a transaction fee of $3 for any transaction
over $50. We still accept cash and cheques (we will take your money in pretty much any
form - have to pay for the reno's somehow :)
Hilary has only been with us for a short time, but has decided to go back to school, so
unfortunately leaves us this month. Rachael starts with us this week, and we are excited for
you all to meet her. Her bio will be in the next newsletter!
We have some new videos up on Youtube this week so be sure to check them out!
Everyone Needs A Pal For A Pillow
When people come to see the daycare, they are always surprised how well the dogs get on -
that they are willing to share the bed, play nicely and, well, let another dog use them as a
L: Sullivan rests his weary pug head on his sister Lucy, while Ratu rests his on his bro Paw Paw.
M: Not only is Lucy perfect pillow size for a puggle, she's also wearing a sweater for added
comfort. How considerate!
R: Sheldon is the new addition to Stefany's family. Sheldon either doesn't realise, or doesn't
care, that Neo can be veeerry grumpy about his personal space. Turns out, Sheldon is one of
the lucky few to have a Free Pass to using Neo as a pillow ;)
A Bed Full Of Brittany's
It's very rare we have six dogs of the same breed at daycare on the same day. When it
happened, I had the smart idea of getting a picture of all of them together. What I didn't take
into consideration is that one of them is 4 months old and never stops moving. And that they
are dogs, not stuffed toys that I can set in place and work my magic. It wasn't quite the breeze
of a task I was expecting.
Step One: Grab a ball. Surely that will get their attention. This works for four of them. Megan
however is standing by the door - 'Lady. It's cold. There's a bed in there. Open the door'.
Buckley is the blur in the background.
Step Two: Decide the bed would be an easier option. Place Brittany's on bed. Almost perfect.
Except Buckley has jumped off to investigate something far more interesting.
Step Three: Place the puppy on the bed behind the other dogs, so it takes him longer to figure
out how to get off. By this point, the rest of the Brittany's are thoroughly bored with the
process, and have chosen to completely ignore me. Oh well.
Larna's Life in the Dog House
On December 23rd with two coolers, two pillows, one suitcase, two juicers and tooth brush
and tooth paste I moved into the daycare to care for the boarding dogs. This was to be our trial
run for the newly created Cozy Cabin Sleep Space. Although the cabin wasn't totally finished
there was panelling on the walls, insulation, lighting and heating...I mean what more could a
girl or for that matter a dog want?
It didn't take long to settle into a nice little routine. Wake up call by dogs whenever they
decided, (they actually let me sleep in one day until 8:00am!)breakfast , daycare play time,
Larna clean up daycare time, Larna lunch, out and about for walks at Macdonald Beach and
Kennedy dog park, Larna recovery time (which meant "let's all sit in the office and sleep while
Larna watches a movie), dinner (second favourite part of the day for numerous dogs), more
clean up time and finally bed time. At bedtime the dogs would follow me from one end of the
daycare to the next while I turned off lights and checked doors. When we got to the final door
they knew it was cabin time! Everyone ran across to the cabin trying to be the first in the door
to get their favourite sleep space. Once every was in and settled I would read in bed for an
hour and then lights out followed by what was a remarkably quiet sleep most nights. Of course
there was the occasional body slam from one Border Collie...and yes I mean, jump on the bed
and slam into Larna with all my weight. He almost pushed me off the bed once!
I finally packed up my suitcase and juicers and went home on January 6th. It was very
successful in my opinion and I think if you ask the dogs they would agree. I did miss my
husband (he made me put that in there) but other than that, the system works! We look
forward to expanding the sleepover program so let all your friends know...the Cozy Cabin
Sleep Space is open for overnight adventures! I should point out the adventures are for their
dogs not them.
A big thanks to Nicki who did an overnight on Christmas so I could be with my family, Megan
who covered my New Year's Eve so I could dance with my husband, Lisa Baker(one of our
customers who does Foster care for Turtle Gardens) who came in for a few hours one night
and Katy who came one morning for a few hours (she paid me to say that!). They allowed me
to balance my wonderful dog time with people time.
This Month In Pictures
1 When they aren't running around playing like crazy, there's nothing your furkids like doing
more than cuddling up with each other and us. If we are lucky enough to score a spot on the
bed with them, we'd better make sure we fit as many of them as possible on with us. Here's 12
of us! ("Saaarrraaahhhhh! Go get me a drink. I don't want to move and disturb everyone").
2 "Lady. Move. We want".
3 Cooper decides that the towel pile is not for folding, it's there to give him a better view
4 Teagan decides it's a pillow pile
5 The Bostons stick together
6 If there's no space on the bed, the bench will have to suffice
Georgia Doodle - A Sad Farewell
I just wanted to say a sad farewell to Georgia labradoodle, who had been coming to daycare for
years and was often spotted on the outdoors bench, keeping an eye on all the cheeky youngsters
running around like crazy. Georgia passed away late last year at only six years old, and is
missed very much by her family and all of us. Our thoughts are with you both.
That's all for this month
On behalf of the Playful Paws Posse
Larna, Katy, Sarah, Nicki, Stefany, Megan, Emma and Rachael