Summer Vacation: it’s not too late to find a pet sitter!

If you’re thinking of heading out on the trail and worried about what to do with Fluffy or Fido or your gaggle of goats and two retired ponies or what-have-you, fear not! You need not worry about whether bears prefer Persians to Siamese; go ahead and leave all those worries behind, along with your pets….

Dog Walking and Walk/Running in Nepean

See? Right there, you can see the effectiveness of our Nepean-based dog walk/run service. Buddy is a six year old Springer Spaniel and when he’s not absolutely flat on the carpet as in the above photo, he’s a 60 lb bundle of energy that demands working off. He is, in fact, why I started a…

Hobocoaster on the Move to Ottawa!

Hobocoaster Pet-Sitting is living up to its name. Having taken a bus (for SEVEN DAYS) across Canada, we are now based in Ottawa, Ontario for the winter. Bring on the freezing rain! Bring on the clients! Once I’ve got a bus pass, I’ll even be available for a walking or dog-running service.

Mug Shots OR This Ain’t a Dating Site

Occasionally I get an inquiry about my pet/farm/house-sitting services that includes an unusual request: a recent photograph of myself. I’ve never taken one of those jobs, never responded with a photo, and never really felt bad about it, because frankly they creep me right out. Maybe these people out there on the interwebs asking me…

Ethics, Nutrition, and Not Killing Your Pets

This is a story that has been circulating for years. Why? Because it happens every damn year, that’s why. Vegans picking carnivorous pets and trying to raise them on a vegan diet.   Long, long ago in the 90’s when I was working for Greenpeace there were of course several vegans and vegetarians there, and…

New Flyers! Print ’em out, share ’em around!

Preeeee-senting: Our new, improved flyers! These PDF beauties are ready to print out four to a page and stick up at your local vet’s, feed store, pet shop, grooming boutique,¬†Starbucks (with permission), church, grocery store, or community bulletin board. I’ve got two weeks before my next booking and I’d like to spend some of that…

Signs of Security: Practical Considerations for Pet-Sitters

On Facebook today, a very wise (and suddenly wiser today) friend of mine posted about a recent burglary at her place while she was traveling. She had someone come in to look after the animals while she was away, of course, but the place was burgled while the farm-sitter was off the premises, looking after…

It’s S.A.D.

Not Seasonal Affective Disorder, that deprived-of-light-and-will-to-live feeling so common on the raincoast of North America. This is the Speech Articulating Device, and it bridges the gap between human and canine communications in an all too real way. Observe: I can see a market arising for Border Collies as algebra tutors, possibly even replacing tenured professors…