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…

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…

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…

Who’s a good boy? PACER!

“Pacer is my hero,” said Roberts, who plans to return to trail-running as soon as possible. “He’ll put a chase on a bear or a moose to allow me to continue to run safely. He’s a great running partner.” Not just idle words. Reid Roberts’ border collie Pacer and he were out for a run…

The Gap: nothing to do with reasonably-priced casual wear

No, I mean MY gap, ie the time between my last gig, which ended January 13, and my next gig, which begins February 16. I’ve got, and you will know this if you’ve been following me so far, no gig right now. Which means, no money, and couch-surfing my imposing self at friends’ houses. Which,…

Pet-Sitter Available in BC After November 7

The holiday bookings have begun, so it’s time to start thinking about your holiday plans and your pet’s plans as well. I’m booked in Vancouver up to and including November 7, but after that I’m available for pet- and house-sitting on Vancouver Island, in Vancouver, the Okanagan, Powell River, and other locations, depending on transportation…

On the Road Again: as of October

Well, tonight I’m writing from the cosy confines of a cottage-like houseboat tucked away under the Second Narrows bridge in North Vancouver. Thanks to Rainpocalypse, it’s moving around so much that both dogs are seasick and went to bed without so much as looking at their dinners. Thankfully, although I suffered from that excruciating ailment…