I'm pleased to offer cat-sitting services (in your home) in the Grandview-Woodland area of beautiful Vancouver, BC.
For my entire life, I have been around kitties. In fact, I have two lovely kitties sharing their lives with me at this very moment. I can't even imagine a life without them. I'm an animal lover to the core and I will treat your baby/babies as if they were my own.
I'm available every day of the week to come and visit your pet while you are away (be it a short trip out of the city or longer-term).
Daily services include (but are not limited to):
Feeding & watering your furry friend(s)
A sparkling clean litter box
Playing and/or grooming (I can even trim their nails if you'd like!)
Turning on/off lights, changing blinds/curtain positions, bringing in mail, watering plants, etc.
One 1/2-hour visit per day - $15
One 1-hour visit per day - $25
Have a different time request? Just let me know what it is and we will work something out!
If you're interested or have any questions, please send me an email: kitty_in_the_rain at mail dot com
Gertie has been found!
She has a badly broken right hind leg, and she was hiding under some stairs in an alley along Granville & 7th.
She's at the hospital, getting fixed up. She may have been hit by a car. But her Mom & Dad are with her, and boy are they happy to have her back.
Thank you all for your concern!
Selling Luxury Products in a Dogs World
by: Hedy Woodrow
One of the fastest growing industries in the United States today is the pet industry. The industry as a whole has increased 20% over the past 5 years and is projected continued growth in the upcoming years. Over the past 10 years, the pet industry has grown to a $34 billion dollar industry. This exceeds what we spend on candy and toys. The candy industry has become a $25 billion dollar industry while the toys are a $20 billion dollar industry.
Pet owners are now professional couples who are opting for pets versus children, retired couples and empty nesters. All with disposable income to spend on their furry little friend.
The fastest growing category with the most opportunity for growth is luxury for pets. After all, now we can get a massage for our pets, an aromatherapy spa treatment, doggy day care is a must in the city and you can even have them picked up by a Rolls Royce to take them for their weekly manicure pawdicure. Even luxury hotels are now offering special menus for our furry companions.
For pet retailers, it is important to understand what the expectations are of the luxury client. Who is the luxury client and what is it that they have come to expect?
The luxury client shops at Chanel, Gucci, Luis Vuitton, Prada and Neiman Marcus to name a few. She stays in 4 and 5 star hotels. She eats at the finest restaurants. She wears designer and she shops designer boutiques because of the experience. She is not price resistent. So what is the experience that she expects you ask?
1. Know her name when she enters the store. Make sure that you and your staff know and understand her lifestyle. She expects service and expects to be waited on.
2. The luxury client expects to work with knowledgable fashion oriented sales associates that understand how to sell a luxury product and are knowledgable in features, advantages and benefits. These sales associates also have an appreciation for luxury items and often purchase for themselves. Associates such as these are seen as credible sources to these clients.
3. Luxury is about an experience. The experience takes them away from their everyday world. The experience may include a glass of champagne or wine, cheese and crackers or tea and scones. A beautiful scent and soothing music as they enter into the environment helps to enhance the experience.
4. Merchandising a luxury product involves a clean presentation of the merchandise that is dust free and featured beautifully in the boutique. Lighting that highlights the product is critical to enhancing the shopping experience.
5. Follow through and communication with the client is paramount. This would include a thank you note after she purchases or stops by the store. Calling her when new product arrives. Calling her on her birthday, knowing important events in her life such as her anniversary, knowing the name of her husband and children. All are about the personal attention and care that you and your team provide.
Most importantly, understand what designer products mean in the pet world. A handbag pet carrier for example should have an average price point of $600.00+. .designerpaws.com features carriers made of 100% Italian leather and are handmade. In pet clothing, an average price point of over $150.00, and pet beds should be at an average price point of over $400.00. Too many vendors are promoting designer products which in reality are poor in quality and construction and are priced well below a designer price point. Be cautious of what you carry in your store that is featured as designer as this can very well turn away the client that you are looking to attract. Most importantly, staff your store with people that understand how to attract, sell and grow a luxury client base.
good site. I like it! 7 Key Steps to Adopting the Perfect Dog
Sorry about the lack of well, anything happening here. I've been a very lazy mod. I found something that I thought I'd share with my fellow canadian animal lovers though:
"On Friday, February 24, 2006, at 18:55 hrs, a Toronto Police Mounted Unit was deliberately, according to witnesses at the scene, struck by an irate driver who then fled the scene, leaving the officer and the horse in the roadway. The officer suffered neck, back and rib injuries, and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The horse, "Brigadier", a seven year-old Belgian-cross horse, suffering from massive traumatic injuries, had to be shot and killed by an officer at the scene for humanitarian reasons. The driver was arrested and charged with Dangerous Operation Causing Bodily Harm and Fail to Stop at the Scene of an Accident Causing Bodily Harm. No additional charges have yet to be laid.
In Canada there is no mention of Police Service Animals anywhere in the Criminal Code of Canada, therefore purposefully killing a police dog, horse or other active member police animal comes with NO additional charges, unlike many States and Countries that do protect their Police Service Animals. Letters have been written to the Canadian Federal Government, including the Prime Minister’s office, regarding a proposal to amend the Criminal Code of Canada giving Police Service Animals the much needed protection they require, under the law. The proposed amendment was nicknamed "BRIGADIER’S LAW" and is a very important issue. It is imperative for every Canadian to realize the importance and critical function Police Service Animals provide on a daily basis; from Search and Rescue, Community Oriented Policing, Public Safety and of course building a bridge between the community and the police."
You can sign the petition here: http://www.torontohumanesociety.com/brigs_law.html
I've already tried craigslist.. thought maybe I'd find a bird lover here..
I have two Cockatiels I'd like to rehome. Their age is unknown, but they shouldn't be any older than 10. They were originally with a neglectful owner, ended up in my cousin's care (who is one of those people who should never be allowed to have animals), and then came to me. I'd keep them but I already have three of my own. I don't have the room (or the money) for two more permanent residents.( MoreCollapse )
i just moved to vancouver (well, burnaby) towards the end of the summer and i'm looking to get a kitten! i would like to adopt from someplace like the spca or an animal hospital, as opposed to a pet store. i've already found some places online and through the phone book, but most of the places charge upwards of $100 as an adoption fee. is this the standard practice?
also, i want to take in a squirrel. any ideas for places/people that i could contact?
Hello everyone :D I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada and I am selling my;
Laguna Power Clear 15 W 3000 G UV sterilizer - retail $269.99
Laguna 3000 G Bio Filter Pond Filter - retail ?
I am selling both for $200 CAD
If any of you guys out there are thinking of starting a pond, now is your chance! This is a steal :D I got a new combo filter/UV sterilizer for Christmas, and don't need these anymore.
Shipping won't be too much because they are relatively light.
so, i went out of town and while my best friend was cat sitting isobel the great puked 15 times. NOT COOl. hence, it's time for a vet.
but... i've been to two vets in burnaby -- south bby vet hospital (on kingsway near gilley) and metrotown animal hospital (on royal oak at rumble) -- and wasn't really impressed with either of them.
recommendations for vets in burnaby please!!
(xposted to vancouver
Does anyone out there besides me find this kind of odd? I really don't see how this could possibly be a *good* thing!
"eBay has now joined the ‘Breeders Club’.
If you click on a city at KIJIJI, choose animals, then breeding,
you can access a whole new network of breeders offering and
looking for studs and bitches. (all breeds of cats and dogs)
One requirement for a stud match – ‘Ladies must be healthy and in heat’.
Another listing brags that the girl ‘has had all of her vaccinations’. And yes, there are Newfs offered for sale on this site.
To be fair, there was a small sampling of legitimate breeders
listing with Championships and CKC registrations, but I’m thinking this
service is not targeting that market." Taken from Newf-LWebsite here