Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Canadian Flag I.D. Tags For Dogs

Dear Pet People,

Would you and your furry friend like to show your love for Canada?

Our new Canadian Flag i.d. tags for dogs have arrived!

Canadian Flag dog i.d. tag from's Canadian Flag i.d. tags are about the size of a twoonie which is ideal for most sizes of dogs.  The tags are painted with vibrant red and white enamel paint and then coated with clear epoxy to increase the tag's durability.

Our Canadian Flag tags can accommodate three lines of engraving. 

A Canadian Flag i.d. tag for your favourite pup is perfect not only for Canada Day, it's an eye-catching style to wear every day! 

My 6 month old golden retriever puppy, Jake, has grown out of his puppy collar and tag and we now have him in an Up Country bandana dog collar and a co-coordinating Canadian Flag id tag.

Bandana dog collar available from

The red and white colours look absolutely gorgeous against Jake's cream and golden fur!  I've gotten many compliments on Jake and his tag and collar set! 

A neighbour loved our Canadian Flag i.d. tags so much that she ordered one for her (human) son to use as a backpack pull!

For more Flag i.d. tags for your pets, visit our online pet boutique

Enjoy your pets,


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Designer Dog Collars: Practical and Pretty

Dear Pet People,

One of the first purchases you need to make when you adopt a new puppy or dog is a collar.  A dog collar is an essential part of your dog's kit; a collar is needed for training, safety and for identification.

Bee Collar by Up Country

Your dog's collar can also be a fun fashion statement!

There is a huge assortment of styles, colours, patterns, designs, fabrications, and buckle types when it comes to collars.  You'll likely hear the words "martingale, slip, quick release buckles, leather, nylon, leather alternatives, reflective, D-ring" when you begin to shop for your puppy or dog's collar.

Whichever type of collar you choose, you will want to ensure that the collar is the proper weight, length and width for your dog.

Gridlock Collar by Up Country

Puppies need a lightweight, thin collar while larger, mature dogs need something heavier to match their strength and neck size.  You may be surprised at how quickly your puppy outgrows his or her first collar!

Red Reflective Collar by Red Dingo

Once you have selected the type of collar that will be the most practical for your pet, you can focus on pretty! carries high quality designer dog collars from Up Country and Red Dingo in the latest, most fashionable designs.

Whether your dog is a little bit country ....

Bandana Collar Up Country

... or a little bit rock and roll ...

Bella Floral Collar by Up Country has a collar to match your dog's unique personality!

Up Country Dog Collars From

Up Country's ribbon dog collars are made from high-tensile strength nylon webbing which is stain and fray resistant.  Their quick release buckles are Coast Guard approved for high weight hold.  Up Country dog collars are really the ideal combination of practical and pretty!

We know you will love Red Dingo's line of reflective dog collars - perfect for those evening strolls with your dog! 

Black Reflective Collar by Red Dingo

Red Dingo reflective dog collars are made with premium nylon webbing, solid stainless-steel D-rings and their trademarked buckle bone side release buckle. Our Red Dingo collars are available in 5 fashionable colours to complement your dog's coat.

Blue Reflective Collar by Red Dingo

Once you have chosen the best collar for your dog, it's important to periodically check the fit of the collar. The collar shouldn't be too tight or too loose and it shouldn't rub or irritated your dog's skin.  Also inspect the collar and buckle for signs wear and to ensure that the buckle is functionally properly.

Have fun shopping!

Enjoy your pets,


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Glitter I.D. Tags For Pets

Dear Pet People,

Does your pet have a glittering personality? Choosing a pet id tag that matches your pet's special sparkle is a lot of fun! specializes in all sorts of glitter id tags for your dogs and cats.

Particularly popular are our glitter bone id tags. Two new gorgeous colours of glitter bones are now available - lime green and sky blue

These designer pet id tags look adorable on puppies and small dogs and are the perfect combination of practical and pretty!  The tags allow for two lines of custom engraving to help your furbaby return home should she ever become lost.  

As well as lime green and sky blue, the tags are also available in red, brilliant blue, purple, pink and glow-in-the-dark.

How can you choose just one!

If a girly heart is what you want, has two sizes of pink glitter heart disc tags.

The small pink glitter heart tag is ideal for toy breeds and puppies, while the larger disc tag will suit most other sizes of dogs.  The heart tag is also a great choice for cats!

Puppies grow quickly! It's common to start out with a puppy tag and then choose a larger id tag when you also need to replace your puppy's collar. It's best to choose a puppy tag that is fairly small and lightweight while your puppy gets used to wearing his collar and tag. 

Our tiny glitter bone disc tags come in pink and blue and make an adorable choice for puppy's first tag.

An id tag would also make a great "welcome to the family" gift for new pet parents!

Wearing an id tag is necessary - have fun and choose one that shows the neighbourhood that you think your pet is glitterific!

Enjoy your pets,


Sunday, 7 July 2013

Meet Jake!

Dear Pet People,

Meet Jake!

We think he's pretty adorable!

Three weeks ago this little guy joined our family and now we can't imagine life without him!

Jake's favourite things are digging, chewing sticks, playing with his toys, attacking the dogwood branches, playing with the garden hose, cuddling and meeting new people.

This year, Jake helped his kids study for their final exams.

Jake is really excited about starting puppy kindergarten!

I will post more Jake updates as he grows - which seems to be happening right before our eyes! 

Enjoy your pets,


Monday, 24 June 2013

Fireworks And Dogs: 6 Tips To Keep Them Calm And Safe

Dear Pet People,

School is almost out, summer is officially here and Canada Day is just around the corner!  Canada Day (July 1st) festivities take place in towns and cities across Canada and often include parades, BBQs, kiddie events and, of course, evening fireworks.

Most people enjoy a spectacular display of fireworks!  Dogs .... not so much...

While some dogs could care less about the loud pops and bangs from fireworks, many dogs are frightened by those unfamiliar sounds.  Some dogs may bolt through doors or windows in reaction to the sounds of fireworks. 

Here are some tips to keep your dog safe and calm this Canada Day.

1. Keep your pet indoors when you know that fireworks will be going off.  
2. Keep the t.v. or radio on to provide some soothing background noise.

3. Keep doors, windows and backyard gates closed in case your dog becomes scared and tries to escape.  This is especially important if you are travelling with your dog and are away from home.

4. Be sure that your dog is wearing a collar, id tag and is micro-chipped in case he or she does escape from your care.

Canada Flag dog collar from

5. Some pet owners have found that a product called Thundershirt comforts a dog who experiences anxiety due to fireworks or thunder.

6. If this is your dog's first experience with fireworks, try to prepare in advance and remember that over comforting a dog who shows some fear may, in fact, reinforce that fear.

Wishing you and your pets a wonderful Canada Day!

Enjoy your pets,


Thursday, 13 June 2013

New Puppy Supplies

Dear Pet People,

At long last, our new puppy is coming home this weekend!  

Getting ready for him is quite like getting ready for a newborn baby. I've read some puppy training and development books, puppy-proofed the house and the backyard, organized supplies, booked the initial vet appointment, enrolled for puppy kindergarten and shopped for supplies.  
Shopping for supplies has been lots of fun!  

Here's a run-down of some of the things we've bought so far:

New puppy is going to be crate-trained, and because he's going to be a big guy, we bought an extra-large crate with a divider panel that can grow with him.  For now we will use some old blankets or towels for bedding - something that can easily be washed in case of accidents.

I got these stainless steel food and water bowls from a local store.

I find that stainless steel is very durable and I like the rubber grip on the bottom to stop the bowls from sliding while the dog eats or drinks.

Bitter Apple spray was on my shopping list.

Bitter Apple spray is supposed to prevent dogs from chewing on things he shouldn't be chewing on.  I've heard that for some dogs, Bitter Apple is merely a condiment - so we'll have to see how well it works!

Apparently the key to getting your puppy to chew on appropriate toys is to have a variety of items available to satisfy your puppy's urge to chew, so Nylabones went into my shopping cart.

I also love Kongs and bought the puppy version of this great toy.

I was first introduced to the Chewber dog toy at the All About Pets Show in Toronto, and decided to try the puppy Chewber toy.  It feels durable and yet has enough "give" that it seems like something a puppy would enjoy chewing.

Fetch toys were also on my shopping list.  I wouldn't leave this mesh ball toy alone with my dog because it doesn't feel like it could withstand my puppy's shark-like teeth, but it looks fun to chase after.

Cuddly toys are nice for puppies, too, so we picked up this stuffed goose toy.  

This goose toy comes with a squeaker inside, so puppy will only get to play with it under close supervision - the squeaker could become dislodged and possibly eaten (think obstruction) or choked on.

For now, we bought a lightweight basic nylon leash, but we decided to give our puppy a fancy collar.  The Gridlock collar by Up Country is a favourite of mine and will look amazing on our puppy!

Up Country collar from

This will be puppy's first id tag - it's cute, durable but still light enough for a puppy to wear:

Treats are a must for training and snacking!  I've stocked up on Northern Biscuits.

Zuke's dog training treats are a new product for me, but a friend who is a professional dog trainer gives them to her dog, so we'll give them a try.

Finally, I love these collapsible water/food dishes:

They squish flat for travel, have a clip to attach to a leash, backpack or handbag and are a great way to give your dog fresh water while you're on a walk.

There will more things to buy as puppy grows, but for now I think we are well-stocked! 

Enjoy your pets,


FYI - This blog is part of and a supplier of dog collars, accessories and pet id tags.  We are not affiliated with all of the suppliers mentioned in this post.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Scenes From Woofstock 2013

Dear Pet People,

Did you make it to Woofstock this weekend?  We did and we've got some pictures to share!  

Woofstock is North America's largest outdoor festival for dogs and their owners.  This year over 300,000 dog lovers attended the 2 day free-admission fur-lovers festival!

Woofstock is held in Toronto's historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and features "wiener dog races", dog fashion shows, doggie high tea, canine games, tricks and agility demonstrations and a plethora of vendors. 

The best thing about Woofstock are the dogs!  

Big dogs and small dogs.

Who says a Doberman can't have pretty toes!

Check out these fashion forward friends.

Yes, that is a mohawk ...

... and yes, this dog is pink! I'm sure it's temporary!

Dogs with big tongues ...

... and small tongues.

 This booth was a favourite - free treats!

Water-loving dogs enjoyed splashing and cooling off in the fountain.

We can't wait to go again next year!

Enjoy your pets,


Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Name Game: Choosing a Name For Our New Puppy

Dear Pet People,

We are about to add a new puppy member to the family!  These are exciting times and there are lots of decisions that need to be made: crates, collars, toys, beds, food, grooming equipment ....  

A sweet puppy

Most importantly, our new little guy needs a name.

We see a lot of dog names in our custom engraved dog id tag business!  I have to compliment our customers on their name choices for their furry family members, because, geesh it's hard to find the perfect name for our new dog.

"Happy" would be a great choice for this cute girl!

Some pet owners choose names that are traditionally used for people: Bella, Charlie and Jack.  Many people also seem to like names that reflect an aspect of their dog's personality: Chewie, Chaser, Howler, Princess.  Some owners opt for creative and original names for their pets and name their dogs after French poets, British beer, movie or t.v. characters.  Then, of course, names that reflect the dog's physical appearance are popular: Snowy, Shadow, Tiny, Moose.

What would you call this cutie?

We're looking for a name that will be suit both a roly poly puppy and a dignified adult; a name that's a combination of friendly, cool, cute and smart. A name that's neither too common nor too out of the ordinary. See.... it's harder than seems!

We still have a few weeks before ----- comes home. I'll keep you posted!

Enjoy your pets,