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.