Monday, 24 April 2017

Why I Recommend Pet ID Tags and Micro-chips

Dear Pet People,

On Friday, while doing errands (that's code, actually, for getting coffee while browsing for new toys that Jake and Coral might like), I stumbled upon a tricky and unfortunate situation: a beautiful, well socialized and well cared for golden doodle had found his way into my local Shoppers Drug Mart. I guess he was out of conditioner. 

Joking aside, he was obviously lost, and was being cared for by a very kind cashier. The dog had been there for almost an hour and while he seemed no worse for wear, I'm positive his family must have been crazy with worry for him. He was wearing a collar, but did not have an id tag. I offered to take him to the vet so he could be scanned for a microchip in hopes of getting him back home quickly, but staff had already called Animal Control and were waiting for them to pick him up and take him to the shelter.

While I'm glad our town has a safe place for lost pets and pets who need homes, shelters can be a very stressful environment - and I felt badly that we couldn't reunite this dog and his family immediately.
An identification tag would have allowed staff to call this dog's family and he could have gone home right away. 

While a microchip is a permanent form of identification, it can take time to get a lost animal to a location that can scan for a micro-chip and then make the call to the family. This is why I always recommend that pets be both micro-chipped and have a pet id tag, with up to date contact information, attached to the collar.

Enjoy your pets,


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Coral's Gotcha Day

Dear Pet People,

We recently celebrated Coral's one year Gotcha Day anniversary, and we all can't believe we've had her for a full year! It feels as if she has been part of our family all along. Coral is a total cuddle bug, she's playful and smart and full of spunk. Jake thinks she is the best thing ever.

Having two dogs has continued to be complete joy, and I'm saying this even after a night of heavy rain that has turned our backyard into a mud pit. Golden Retrievers and mud seem to go together like peas and carrots!

We celebrated Coral's day with sweet potato cookies, a long, lingering walk through the nature trails, and lots of love, belly rubs and kisses.

Coral definitely knew she was a pretty big deal on Gotcha Day and pranced from person to person at home and in the neighbourhood, as if to share that something exciting was happening!

We've chosen a really cute new collar for sweet Coral - but it's big debut will need to wait until closer to the end of muddy season! Stayed tuned!

Enjoy your pets!


Friday, 4 November 2016

Dear Pet People,

This is the weekend we turn our clocks back one hour. Many people relish the idea of an extra hour of sleep, but for those of us who share our lives with dogs, that extra hour of sleep is probably non-existent! Since dogs don't tell time, they expect to wake up, potty, eat and exercise according to their own internal clocks.

Jake and Coral are go-with-the-flow type of dogs, so adjusting to the time change will likely be a non-issue for them. As well, our daily potty, feed, walk schedule tends to be somewhat approximate - breakfast is between 7 and 7:30, for example. This is an approach that allows for small, stress-free blips in their routines. 

However, some dogs may feel a bit confused to wake up, walk and be fed earlier than normal.  If you have a dog that does not cope well with change, is anxious or suffers from separation anxiety, a gradual time adjustment of their routines over the course of a week is something many animal experts recommend.

Some pet parents find that evening walks are a little more challenging - the world looks different in the dark!

Now that it gets darker earlier in the evening, you may want to consider adding some type of illumination to your dog during your evening walk. carries two styles of glow-in-the-dark designer pet id tags.

 glow-in-the-dark bone id tag

 glow-in-the-dark star id tag

These beautiful and durable id tags are designed by K9 by Igloo and imported from England. Both tags are as functional as they are pretty; perfect for the dogs who light up your life!

Enjoy your pets,


Friday, 28 October 2016

Easy, DIY Pet Halloween Costumes

Dear Pet People,

Halloween is just a few days away, and I don't have my dogs' costumes sorted out yet! Jake and Coral are not fans of costumes, silly hats or cute bandannas. Occasionally I have been able to tie a festive scarf around Jake's neck for a few minutes - just long enough to snap a few pictures. Coral, meanwhile, was very unimpressed with her birthday girl bandanna when she turned the big 3 back in August!

With that in mind, I decided not to spend money on costumes for my dogs this year and went searching for some inspiration for cute, simple and easy-to-wear costumes for dogs.

If your pup will tolerate something around his neck, this "Business Man" tie looks fun and easy.

I am loving this Harry Potter scarf and cape costume!

Superhero capes can be made quite easily by attaching some ties to a piece of fabric. Hot glue a few embellishments to the cape, and presto, you've got a costume!

Look how easily your dog or cat could be a ty beanie baby!

Your pretty girl would look adorable in this flower costume (my dogs would never wear this hat, though). I would simply hot glue petal shaped felt cut outs to a ribbon to make a flower collar.

With a bit of luck, I'll be able to get a couple of pictures of Jake and Coral in their costumes over the weekend. Look for them on's facebook and Instagram pages!

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy your pets,


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Coral's Official Introduction: What It's Like Having Two Dogs

Dear Pet People,

If you follow on Facebook or Instagram, then you know that we welcomed a second dog into the family a number of months ago.

We already had Jake, a two year old golden retriever, and now, our family includes Coral!

Coral wearing her Glitter Daisy ID tag from

Coral is the most wonderful little lady! She is loving, gentle, smart and extra cuddly.  She wakes up in a great mood every morning and does the cutest little shoulder roll and half somersault in the grass!

Coral was two years old when she joined the family.  She and Jake have celebrated their birthdays, so we now have two three year old golden retrievers. Think about that for a minute!

Coral and Jake. Notice how Jake is looking at Coral!

For years I knew I wanted to have two dogs in the family, but there's a lot to consider when deciding to get one dog - and even more to consider when thinking of adding dog number two.  

Prospective pet parents need to carefully consider a number of important factors: time, space, wear and tear on the house, financial commitment, and age, size and temperaments of both dogs. 

Since Jake is a large, active boy who loves to wrestle and play hard, I felt sure that a young, active girl would be a good match.  We were really lucky that Jake and Coral hit it off from the first minute they met. In the six months that we've had two dogs, I can say that I have not regretted my decision even once.  I love having two dogs!

Jake and Coral. Jake is wearing a Canadian Flag ID tag from

Considering a Second Dog? My Experiences So Far...
  • Watching Jake and Coral play together is a complete joy. The whole family is entertained endlessly watching them wrestle and play together.
  • I already had to feed, potty, groom and train one dog, so now I just care for two dogs at the same time.
  • Jake was already a decent leash walker when Coral came home. This is a very important consideration, because I need to walk both dogs at the same time. It wasn't easy at first, but all three of us got the hang of it eventually!
  • Jake is a happier boy now. He was happy before Coral, but he is the type of dog who needed another dog in the family.
  • On a daily basis Coral and Jake are much more active as a pair because they wrestle and play at various times in the day. I think they are healthier because of the extra exercise.
  • The yard is a mess! Jake and Coral love to play in the backyard, and this has taken a huge toll on the  "grass" (a term I use loosely).
  • I have not felt a change in the bond at all between Jake and the family since the addition of Coral. The more, the merrier!
  • Going places with two dogs is a bit trickier now. Prior to Coral I used to take Jake on my own to dog friendly stores. At this point I need the help of another family member to shop with both dogs.
  • Coral and Jake's snugly moments give me the warm fuzzies!
Coral and Jake
"More" is a word that often comes to mind when I think about our life now as home to two large dogs: more hair, more dirt, more poo, more fun, more adorable moments, more love!

Enjoy your pets,


Friday, 16 September 2016

Visiting the Apple Orchard With Your Dog? Read These Tips

Dear Pet People,

A visit to the apple orchard is an annual tradition for many of us. Including our dogs in the outing can be a great, memory making experience. While it's smart to check beforehand, many orchards are pet friendly and welcome well mannered and leashed dogs. 

September and October are usually weather friendly for dogs - with the daytime temperatures being neither too hot nor too cold. It's a great opportunity for dogs to spend time with their family, and perhaps even make new friends. As well, the photo opportunities are endless, with blue skies and apple trees as the backdrop, so be prepared to capture great pictures.

Since some orchards are also home to farm animals who might be stressed by a close up visit from an unfamiliar dog, it's considerate to keep your dog by your side and well away from resident animals.

With apples come wasps and bees and they seem to be very bothersome during the fall season. A bee sting is painful, and some dogs are allergic to bee stings. 

This is something I learned the hard way when my own dog, Jake, once picked up an apple that had a wasp attached. Jake received a nasty sting inside his mouth. Keep an eye on any fallen apples your dog decides to grab and make sure wasps and bees are not attached!

Apples are a safe and healthy treat for dogs. They can be baked into dog cookies or served sliced and stuffed into a Kong with some peanut butter.

Every time your dog joins you on an outing - especially to unfamiliar places, it's important to make sure they have proper identification attached. All pets should wear an id tag on their collars with up to date phone and contact information engraved on the tag. has a fantastic selection of custom id tags!

Apples, fresh air and your dog - it's a winning combination!

Enjoy your pets,


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Spotlight on Sparkle: Pet I.D. Tags

Dear Pet People,

A pet i.d. tag is an important and functional part of your pet's supply gear, but that doesn't mean it can't be pretty and showcase your pet's unique personality. Your pet's identification tag can be a fun and stylish accessory that accents the colour of their fur or co-ordinates with their collar.

Some of our most popular styles of tags at are the glitter bone tags from K9 by Igloo. These high quality, durable tags are made from stainless steel and filled with glitter enamel and are available in seven different colours to suit every style conscious dog. 

purple glitter bone id tag

pink glitter bone id tag

The glitter bone dog tags can be custom engraved with two lines of text and are best suited for medium and small dogs and puppies.

I have seen the dark blue glitter bones on white dogs and think they look fantastic! 
dark blue id tag

As well, the red glitter bones are a perfect choice for the Christmas season, making a custom engraved id tag a wonderful dog gift.

red glitter id tag

Every dog with a sparkling personality will enjoy wearing these adorable and unique identification tags!

Enjoy your pets,