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March 24, 2009

Roxy’s Transformation

Filed under: Personal, Rescue — myminizoo @ 1:11 am

I knew it was over the minute I saw her picture. “Blue eyed sheltie mix for only $50“, the ad boasted. But what a sad, sad excuse of a dog. She was chained to a dog house in the middle of winter. She was incredibly dirty and unkempt looking….but yet I could see the potential in her eyes. Her owners were getting rid of her as she was “too big to keep in the house”. They had gotten a toy dog for the house and then decided that they didn’t want two dogs.

I finally convinced Mike to go take a look at her ( I knew once I got him there he wouldnt be able to say no ūüôā ) We drove for nearly two hours and when we arrived there she was, chained to the front porch. I must admit I wasnt very impressed when I first¬†saw her. She was skinny, scruffy and scrawny. Next to Tulip, all perfectly groomed, she looked like a street urchin. But, I took her off her chain, looped my leash around her kneck as all she had was¬†a small length of rope in place of a collar, and took her out to run around. She was so excited and happy to be off the chain and started running with Tulip right away. It was her happy go lucky personality, and her complete lack of gile for the human race, despite the way she was treated that finally won me over!

And the rest, as they say, is history!


 This was Roxy only 7 months ago!


Above : Roxy just after we got her…isn’t she a sight for sore eyes?


Roxy Today


What a difference some love and good food makes!


Running happy and free at last!


December 6, 2008

Remembering Zeffie

Filed under: Personal — myminizoo @ 3:02 pm



Sadly, my childhood dog, Zeffie passed away this weekend at my parents home. She was 13 years old. I was very saddened by the news. Zeffie was my first dog, the dog I first trained and the dog that really sparked my interest in dogs. She was a determined Siberian Husky with a mind of her own, but also a soft side. She showed up on our doorstep when I was about 11 and refused to leave. She seemed to know that this was were she wanted to be. We placed lost dog ads and posters, but to no avail. It looked like she was there to stay. She was my dog until I left for Montreal about 4 years ago. I felt the change from country to city life would be much for her as she was getting older. She lived a happy free life roaming my parents farm, and I didnt want to take that away from her.

I have many happy memories of her life. She was an a dog with a unique personality. She was quite independent, but would occasionally come over for a pet and put her head on you. She was a challenge to train, you couldnt force her to do anything, she had a mind of her own. That is, until I discovered treats! She promptly learned how to speak, play dead and spin in addition to all the normal commands. We used to go on long walks together, and she would always be about 20 feet ahead doing her own thing. The best memory I have is when I tried to train her to carry a pack on hikes. When we came to the first hill she stopped at the bottom and barked, refusing to come up!

Though its hard to let her go, I am happy that she is at peace now.¬†¬†I know she lived the best life, and died quietly in her bed. You can’t ask for much more.

 I will never forget her.

November 21, 2008

AM Routine

Filed under: Humor, Personal — Tags: , , , — myminizoo @ 3:01 am


We¬†had a visitor the other day. They seem to be few and far between, hmmm I wonder why! It just got me thinking how bizarre our lifestyle must seem to an outsider. It’s so pet-centric, that we must appear to be mildly insane. The craziest time of day, hands down, is the morning. It also happens to be the time that I am the most fragile, as I am really not a morning person. It goes something like this.

6:30 am- Sencha starts his morning meowing shtick. If I want to sleep in for another hour or so, I let him meow, but if I am getting up soon it sort of functions as a really annoying alarm clock.

6:45 am -Alaska starts trying to open the door by standing up and jiggling the knob, a trick he recently picked up (yay)

7:00 am- The alarm rings. I hit Mike so he hits snooze.

7:05 am- The dogs, woken up by the alarm come over in an attempt to get us up. They proceed to lick anything that is in reach. Toes, fingers, mouth, whatever.

7:10- When that doesn’t work they start to wrestle with eachother, running around the bedroom tackling eachother.

7:15- Eventually we wake up. One of us usually comments ” The natives are restless, time to get up.”

7:20- As soon as we open the door the cats freak out, meowing and trying to trip me on my way into the kitchen

7:25- YUM, nothing like the smell of fresh chicken liver first thing in the morning, or the slimey feeling of raw chicken pieces

7:30- As the cats devour their breakfasts, we get ready to go outside. I place Roxy in¬†her crate so she doesn’t pee on the floor¬†( sometimes she just can’t wait) Once in there she whines at an incredibly high pitched¬†frequency until we are ready to go.¬†Hats, mits, boots, coat? Check. poo bags and treats? Check. Two very excited dogs? Check.

7:35- We head out on our usual hour long am walk in the bitter cold. It’s better if you stay moving!

8:35- Everyone is happy, fed and exercised, and we get ready to face the day. I need COFFEE!

November 12, 2008

The Gang

Filed under: Personal, Pets — myminizoo @ 10:31 pm

Some of you may know my zoo, but for those of you who are a bit fuzzy¬†( I know I know, its hard to keep track) here’s a refresher.

Name: Tulip
Breed: Shetland Sheepdog                                     mont-royal-0151

Age: 4 years

From: Animatch Rescue in Montreal, QC

Tricks : play dead, paw, sit up, bow, under, go around, spin, turn, touch, up, round

Cutest Habit- Sleeping in the middle of the floor on her back completely spread eagle

Most annoying habit- barking when she hears noises in the apartment



Name: Roxy                                     roxy-3-016

Breed: Sheltie mix

Age: 1 Year and a bit

From: Some people that didnt want her anymore

Tricks: spin, turn, bow, paw, high five, up

Cutest Habit: She knows she’s not allowed to jump¬†

so she stands up on her hind legs in front of you

Most annoying habit: Insasiable lover of squirrels

becomes totally deaf when she sees one! 






Name: Sencha                                 sencha                                           

Age: 2 Years

From: SPCA Montreal

Cutest Habit: Comes up to you and gives

you kisses

Most annoying Habit: Meowing and meowing









Name: Alaska                                     various-pete-058

Age: 1 year

From: I raised him from a kitten

along with his 4 brothers and sister

Cutest Habit: Purrs for everything,

loves to be can do

anything to him!

Most annoying habit: His farts can

clear the room in 30 seconds flat!

November 11, 2008

The Dream

Filed under: Personal — myminizoo @ 4:17 pm


I’ve always¬†known I wanted to work with animals. Depending on the day I think of it as a blessing or a curse!¬†This is because¬†its difficult to know what to do as there are so many options. I’ve thought of doing training, boarding,¬†grooming, vet tech, and opening a dog business.¬†Recently I’ve¬†developed¬†the¬†dog business¬†idea a bit more.

¬†¬†So, I’ve put it in the 10 year plan to move¬†to the country and start a dog camp and training center. I’ve thought a lot about what people are looking for in a kennel when they have to leave their dogs, and also what I would look for if I had to leave my two. So here’s the pitch, let me know what you think.

The Concept: A free range boarding facility. A camp for your dog. Somewhere where your dog could run or play all day, instead of spending all day in a cage, as in traditional boarding facilities. This could be marketed as a getaway for city dogs, and it would be a big draw for owners of dogs that live in apartments, as it would offer the chance for their dog to run free in the country


dog-camp-boarding-kennel-picture21I would have a barn or similar type structure with pens all the way around the interior.¬†Each pen would have a raised bed, ( kinda like a cot), with a¬†fleece mat.¬†The pens would not be made of chainlink but propably plexiglass, so they don’t look like jail cells! The dogs would only be caged for eating and sleeping. The rest of the day they would have full access to the outdoor area. The outdoor area would be at least 3 acres, it would include lots of trees for shade and a pond for swimming. As well I would want some ramps and big tunnels for them to play on. I would also have a seperate area with runs for dogs that were having issues and needed a time out from the large playgroup.

Clientel- All dogs would have to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and very social. They would all be prescreened for dog aggression. Only friendly sociable dogs would be accepted.

I would also offer a shuttle service to and from the nearest city. I would have a drop point, meet all the owners, load up all the dogs in individual crates and head back. If there were two runs a day, I could also market it as a daycare, and city dogs could just come in for the day.





dog_bath2I would offer basic grooming services to start ( brush, nails, baths) maybe adding in cuts as the business was more established. Free baths would be offere to dogs staying a week or more in boarding.

Training classes offered while the dog boards, on an individual basis, or group. Also agility classes.

I have lots more ideas…but I’ll spare you¬†all the¬†gory details for now!

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