Otters, a Butterfly, and Shostakovich

I dunno about you, but for me it’s been that kind of a day, though peppered with small joys. This video is one of them. Turn your sound up. This morning I've learned that the Otters See a Butterfly video is significantly improved by the addition of some Shostakovich. pic.twitter.com/txyhxyM1Ju — Tom Peck (@tompeck) July…

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.

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…

Cat Friends Around the Internet

This GIF, this GIF is just All The Things. Well, along with these photosets of our Facebook friend EmbassyCat, who lives in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks. The one man on Earth who cannot forseeably use our services in the near future, although there is hope. Remember: Informeowtion wants to…

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…