What did I tell you? I said that 2016 was going to be a year of new and exciting things. It's in writing, you can quote me on it. So, I could continue to ramble - but I would rather just talk to you about the AWESOME NEW THING #1:
When I was thinking of things I could do to make Dog's World Walking even more "professional, affordable, reliable, and adorable", the first thing I wanted to tackle was the affordable section. I mean, we are already outrageously adorable. Even though my prices are some of the lowest in the area - I wanted to offer more than just a weekly discount. Bulk pricing seemed to be the answer. Buying in bulk is always the way to go. I order my insurance that way, and also, my candy.
You can see the prices above in the screen shot, or by going to my website (http://www.dogsworldwalking.com/bulk-pricing-new.html) But I wanted to elaborate a bit more on how much of a deal each package is!
20 Walk Package
$310 for 20 walks (15.50 a walk)
This gives customers who aren't looking for every day (M-F) walks an opportunity to save. I have a handful of customers who use me 1-2x a week, and have been loyal and are regular customers - so I figured adding a bulk 20 walk package that equated to the weekly rate was a great option! It gives you the ~14% discount that the weekly customers use, but you don't need to have every day walks! This saves you $2.50 per walk (a regular walk with HST comes to $18). That's a chocolate bars worth of savings per walk! THINK OF ALL THE CANDY YOU COULD BUY!
40 Walk Package
$600 for 40 walks (15 a walk)
This package gives a great discount for both weekly customers and here and there customers. It cuts the walk to $15/walk, so you are saving between $0.50 to $3 a walk depending on how regular you are. For M-F customers, this saves you $20 every 2 months. $20 that you know you are spending anyway. Over the course of the year thats over $100 of savings! As for the less regular customers, it's obvious savings immediately - and 40 walks will go quicker than I am sure you realize. It's great savings for everyone.
60 Walk Package
$840 for 60 walks (14 a walk)
This is obviously the best value - as with most things bulk, the more you buy the better the savings. Well, duh, because what is the point in buying in bulk if it doesn't offer any sort of benefit? Anyway. This package is huge savings for the regular customers and irregular customers.
Regular M-F customers who already have a 14% discount. This adds another ~10% off! Let's put it into numbers. 60 walks is 3 months. So $840 for 3 months of walks. With the regular weekly discount, you are paying ~$930 every 3 months for 60 walks. So in just 3 months you have saved $90. Over the course of a year, you are saving about $360. You can get a flight to Cuba for that much!!
And again, for irregular customers this package is a bit high. I am sure 60 walks will be used over the course of a year, but the ~$4 savings per walk is nothing to joke about. After just 10 walks you've saved yourself $40.
I get that shelling out bulk amounts of money at a time isn't feasible for everyone, but it's a new option I am proud of offer! If you are interested, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This offer is good for everyone, both new and existing customers!
It's a Dog's World.. We're just Saving Money in it!
Sup humans! Sadie here.. My humom asked me to start blogging when I have extra time. I was like "ha.. like I EVER have time with the raging social life I lead". My mom was like "tru, you are the coolest dog ever..." (paraphrasing), but she said I could do product reviews, so obviously I said yes. I like to think I know what's what in the doggy world, and I want to make sure all the dogs are in the know so they can live lives like mine. I know, so generous.
I pulled myself off of my leopard bed (the cool thing is to not lay INSIDE the bed but to sprawl across the whole thing), and am now here typing to you humans about winter jackets.. because, even though I am all about being "cool", when it comes to winter: being warm is the coolest. Man I am funny!
So, that's good and helpful - but there are a TON of coats on the market. So I thought I would let you know about the best coat I have ever had. Because I have had a few, and since this one, my mom said she doesn't think she will ever need to buy me a new one again!
So, it all started with Rupert (what doesn't). He came to the pack one day with this ridiculous bright orange coat. Even though we kind of laughed at him for looking like a pylon.. he was SO warm. His whole body (including his neck) was covered in tight fitting fleece, with a water resistant shell. His belly was warm.. he was warm.. and I was COLD. I had a cheap jacket from homesense, and although that works great on 0 degree days, it was around -15 with the windchill and I wasn't feeling very warm, which as we know, isn't cool.
My mom started to notice a few dogs in the hood with these jackets as well, and they all looked so content and warm. So she asked a lady at the DOLA where the jacket was from, and the next day took us to Timmies on Queen Street to try them out. They are called Chilly Dogs Great White North Coats,
My mom then noticed the price.. for our 14" coats, the price was $85 each. That was a bit shocking for her. The man at the store explained that is because they are all hand made in Ottawa, and designed for Canadian winters. Fair enough.. and also - no wonder they are so warm!
According to the website (http://www.chillydogs.ca/index.php/product/index/30) they are designed for temperatures -10 degrees to -30 Celsius. Although it isn't recommended to stay out for very long with these temperatures, it helps protect us so we can play just a little bit longer and not be uncomfortable in the time we do get to enjoy the outdoors!
My mom was sold. She got Frankie the pylon colour to match our bestie Rupert, and I asked for all black. My mom said no, I needed to look like a girl. I asked for Purple.. they don't make it in purple (INSANE), so she got me pink. I must admit I do look adorable in in.
She then convinced our other best friend, Mulligan, to make his dad buy him one. Mulligan is a beagle, but he was able to get a jacket that fit perfectly too - because they are designed so brilliant. Rupert Allen is like 5x my size and weight (but hes all muscle), and his ALSO fits him perfectly. I don't think many other jackets out there can do that.
I mean, look how great we look. One - we are the most adorable squad ever. Two, we are warm.. which makes us THAT much cooler.
Winter coat shopping is hard. I hear it isn't super easy for you humans either. My mom told me that even though $85/jacket was painful to spend on a dog, she equated it to quality. Some of the best winter jackets for humans have a higher price tag. My mom spent the last few years replacing cheap winter coats, and this year finally invested - and now has the warmest coat she has ever had, and it is holding up against dog walking/the cold. So she thought it would be the same for us pups.
I am not saying this is the ONLY winter jacket out there that is good. Canada pooch sells really nice thick coats with good belly coverage, too. But this one is form fitting for all sizes, fits snug and tight so it doesn't let in those cold breezes, pretty much has a built in scarf (I refuse to call it a turtle neck), and is machine washable.... which is good for my mom, because like i would EVER do the laundry!!
What do you guys think? Like, I know we look good... but I want to hear if you have a coat that you swear by or thing is top of the line!
As my mom always says: "It's a Dog's World...", and I am just reviewing products in it!
My dogs were always on a combination of Kibble and Wet food. Usually I went with Fromm sweet potato and duck kibble, and merrick wet food (they have hilarious and awesome flavours, like "wingaling" and "thanksgiving dinner"). I felt like I was giving my dogs food they really LOVED... and they did. They gobbled it up in seconds flat. But I noticed their poo was always soft, bordering runny. And when I started dog walking, I noticed theirs just wasn't as healthy as some of the other doggy doodoos I was picking up.
Side note - how awesome is my job?
As weird and gross it is to talk about, poo is a huge indicator of health.. in humans and dogs. If a human had borderline diarrhea every day, they would go to the doctor and change something. So I decided to change my dog's diet as a first step. There was a huge raw food craze going around, and I had boarded several dogs on a raw diet. What I noticed was that their poo was SO SMALL. SO DRY. SO BEAUTIFUL (well.... for poo). I took this as an indication that they were absorbing so much of the food they were intaking, that there was very little waste left over. Compared to my dogs who had mega waste... I thought, why not. And switched them to big country raw.
I would be lying if I said they didn't LOVE it. They were getting to eat RAW MEAT. I am sure they felt like their badass wolf ancestors. And they very quickly had bowel movements that were dry and looked healthy... but, overall, I didn't like the results for one main reason: bad breath. Frankie literally began stinking up rooms because his breath was so terrible. He never had this issue before. After talking with Anita, and doing googling, I realized it was because raw food doesn't scrape or help clean their teeth.. so he had a build up of nastiness in his mouth.
With humans, mouth health is one of the ways to determine overall health. I am sure the same can be said for dogs. I decided to put them both back on kibble.
So anyway. Frankie is 4.5, Sadie is almost 3... and it took me THAT long to figure out their perfect diet. They are having great responses with the vet as well, Frankie is FINALLY shedding some weight. I found their correct diet through trial and error, which I don't totally suggest. Vets exist for a reason, and you can definitely consult them.
It's a dog's world.. It really really is.
Hi guys, Frankie here. You can call me Frank for short. Or Frankfurter for long. Or Stankles if we are close. You've probably seen me before. I am a small (but mighty) yorkie-bichon mix, have jet black hair with a little white goatee, and my mom owns Dog's World Walking. So I get to hang around the packs a lot! My mom said i HAD to include a picture (moms.. can't live with them, can't live without them), so don't make fun of me too much!
I am going to be a recurring guest blogger for her, so I guess you need to get used to me. My blogs will be called "What does the Frank say", and unlike the fox, I have more to say than just ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-tata! I will be talking often about doggy events, as well as some of my favourite hang outs in the city. Today though, I have a pretty important thing to talk about - because I just went through a little medical issue and had my mom pretty upset and worried. I wanted to share my story so that if it happens to you, you can show your human this post and maybe they won't worry and cry like my mom!
Starting on Sunday morning, I became a stress case. I wouldn't stop panting and shaking.. and my mom was very sad and worried. She took me outside, where I became more calm, but once I was back inside and just sitting around I would continue to shake and pant. It was my way of saying "MOM! something is wrong with me!".
Even though I am 4 years old and am totally in love with my mom, I have been known to act a little on the anxious side... Sorry we can't all be cool cucumbers like my sister Sadie... My mom initially thought I was being anxious because I just had a month long vacation with my Grandparents and their 4 dogs and that I was sad to be back in Toronto. With this, she went and got me a pheromone. Admittedly, it did help me feel relaxed, but it didn't help solve what was really going on with me.
After talking on the phone to some people, she told me that I was going to go see my favourite Vets in the world - Queen West Vet. When my mom told them that I was anxious, and not eating, they told her it was my way of letting her know I was in pain, and that I needed to be seen ASAP!
So my mom took me to the vet today. Sadie and Winston tagged along for moral support. The vet told my mom that when a dog is acting like I was (anxious, shaking, panting, not eating, refusing treats) that it is likely one of the following 3 things:
I am not going to tell you what happened in the back room, but I will tell you it was NOT pleasant. Turns out, my anal glands were the size of quarters. I am a small dude... They should be the size of lentils. Let's just say they took care of them... and they are not longer impacted.
I was so happy that the vet found the issue right away, because I don't want my mom worrying any longer than she needed to. When the vet told her the news she was SO happy she cried AGAIN! Who would have thought impacted anal glads would be happy news!
I am going to be in pain for a few more days, but by Friday I should be a new man. I am feeling better already though, just knowing that my mom has that peace of mind.
So anyway, guys, show this to your humans. That way if you have something wrong - and display it like I did, your humans might not worry like mine did. Thanks for reading, and I hope all your bums are healthy :)
As my mom always says, "it's a dog's world, we're just living in it!"
As per my last blog post, I recommend using PAWZ dog boots for the salt in the winter. However, I know putting them on can be a challenge. As I put on literally dozens of booties on dogs a day, I have become a pro. Here is a video showing how I do it, and how easy it can be.
Thanks to Sadie, WInston, and Frankie for being such great sports!
Alright humans. You asked, and I shall deliver - what are some tips and tricks to helping our fur babies survive the winter? As a professional dog walker, and a dog mom myself, I have seen and used many different items - and I can tell you which work, which don't, which work but I don't recommend, and all that fun stuff.
And yes, I know, why am I even bothering while we are having a TROPICAL winter here in Toronto (today was a balmy 0 degrees). I am just being realistic. And also, even if it is only cold for one day this year.. you still need to protect your dog and make sure he/she is safe.
There is a lot of information to cover, so over the next few weeks I will be releasing different posts with different topics. At the beginning of each post I will be included the chart below, which is a good guideline for understanding the appropriate time amount a dog should be allowed outside based on temperature before it becoming dangerous. Be extra careful to note that this is the WINDCHILL.
Dog's can indeed get frostbite, and this is what it looks like (thanks to famouschihuahua.com for the picture). Always check for this. If you even suspect your dog has frostbite, call your vet. Again (I see a theme forming) WHY RISK IT! Now that that's covered, let's get on to my opinion on which boots are best and why.
As you saw from the chart above, when it's cold out - you shouldn't (and your dog walker shouldn't) keep your dog out for extended periods of time. So with that in mind, I want to compare PAWZ to some of the other popular brands to just emphasize why I believe PAWZ are the smartest choice.
PAWZ are clearly the cheapest at first glance.. but some people argue that PAWZ are disposable and are not made to last, whereas the other brands are.True, this isn't an argument at all. PAWZ do deteriorate after time, sometimes within just a few uses.. but, they come in a pack of 12! If one breaks, you have more to select from. So yes, MUTTLUCKS and WELLIES are not likely to deteriorate, but you know what is likely to happen? They will fall off. You won't notice. And now you only have 3 booties. They only come in packs of 4, so now you either have to put your dog through the pain of having 1 bootless paw... or you have to buy ANOTHER 4 pack. The cost is huge. I cannot even count the number of booties I have seen go missing... and even if you think you have a good eye and will notice immediately if the boot falls off (sure you do....), if you send your dog for dog walking, especially group walking, it is nearly impossible for a dog walker to monitor each and every boot from each dog at each moment of the walk. So, if you are dead set on the higher quality booties, I still suggest you buy a pack of PAWZ for your dog to use while being walked by someone other than you.
Have you looked at a dog's front paws compared to their back paws? The front paws are circular with very little "ankle" and there isn't much of an angle to the leg (when comparing it to the picture I provided of the wellies, you can see that the design should fit the front paws). But the pack paws? They are like double as long and have a much higher angle and there is a lot more paw before it becomes leg than there is with the front paw. How could these booties adequately fit both the front paws and the back paws? I can tell you from experience... they don't. They sit awkwardly, and you can tell they aren't designed with much thought about dog paw shape in mind.
So, to summarize
To sign off.. here are a few adorable pictures of dog's world pups in booties.
It is insane to think that a year ago YESTERDAY I officially started walking dog's as Dog's World Walking. Within that year my business has grown from 3 dogs, to around 50 - and it went from being just me, to me and Anita (with the lovely Meg helping out when needed). Not only that, but a lot of things shaped and changed for Dog's World as a business. As incredible an amazing and 2015 was, I am ready to make 2016 EVEN better! And so far I have a few ideas to kick start that.
The idea that I am posting about today is, well, obviously... this blog!!!
I am a former blogger, and thought that I should take that experience and apply it to my business. This blog will be focused on the following:
So... I know you are excited. But just remember. This is only one of the new things that 2016 is bringing for Dog's World. Stay tuned and I can't wait to share more soon!
In the meantime, drop a comment below and let us know what you want to hear about!
It's A Dog's World... We're just blogging in it!