Archive | August, 2012

Happy National Dog Day!

26 Aug

National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.


Founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, National Dog Day was created to honor dogs more than we currently do, to give them “a day”, to show deep appreciation for our long connection to each other – for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives everyday in the most miraculous ways. National Dog Day wishes to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure – and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and ”abuse-free life”.


Pet Blessing by Buddhist lama

24 Aug

Compassion In Action – Pet Blessing

The first known pet blessing in Vancouver by a Buddhist lama!

by Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche
at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Courtyard (outside the Garden)

3 pm: Opening remarks by Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche
3:10 – 4 pm: Blessing session one
4:pm – 5 pm: Blessing session two

An extraordinary and humorous speaker, Phakchok Rinpoche is fluent in English and delivers clear and profound explanations of Buddhist philosophy.  He will be in Vancouver to provide teachings from Aug. 31 to Sept 5. Check to register or find more information.

This event is presented in partnership with Mangalashri Foundation.
Registration is required. RSVP online or call 604-662-3207 ext.209
Suggested donation: $20 or pay what you can.

Kyabgon Phakchock Rinpoche, the supreme head of the Tibetan Taklung Kagyu Buddhist lineage, will conduct the first known pet blessing in Vancouver by a Buddhist lama.

According to Buddhist thought, blessing animals can help reduce the hardships they may face in their lives, and lead to a positive rebirth.

Pet owners are urged to reserve a spot online.  For the safety of all participants, dogs must be leashed and well-behaved and small animals must be in a carrier or otherwise contained.  If the pet cannot attend the ceremony, owners can bring a photo for blessing. A portion of the suggested $20 donation will be used to help dogs-in-need in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Iguana and Dog Walk

19 Aug


Fresh air, new sights and sounds and just being together is what makes an Iguana and Dog Walk such a remarkable sight to see!  Who wants to be cooped up alone in a tank or kennel?

Walks are a beautiful way to stimulate and exercise your scaly or furry pet!

Why some dog walks are funny!

17 Aug



Dogs are natural sociable creatures who love to show affection!

In this cartoon, the amorous dog shows his love to some lucky man!

You never know what may happen on a dog walk with Cupid misfiring his arrow! 🙂


Many Benefits to hiring a dog walker

15 Aug
Dogs crave the stimulating sights, sounds and scents that only being outside can provide. You know how excited your dog gets when you get out the leash! And once they are outside you notice how your dog is transformed from a sleepy couch potato to an energized animal. The variety of stimuli outdoors can help dogs maintain mental alertness, while the great exercise helps them keep up their physical strength.

There are so many benefits to hiring a professional dog walker for both owners and their dogs. Being a dog owner, you are responsible for the health and well-being of your pet, and you would take your dog out every day if you could. However, if you don’t have the time or energy that your dog requires due to the demands of your career or family, or if you are physically unable to take your dog out for regular exercise, you may want to hire a professional dog walker. This allows you to care for your dog as well as free up some more time for yourself.

Dogs can become bored and unhappy when they are not stimulated. Bored dogs may be destructive around the home, and can cause expensive damage. Hiring a dog walker can pay off as a damage-prevention measure! Additionally, dogs are social creatures and when they go outside with a dog walker, they get to to interact with the world around them, marking their territory, sniffing around, and meeting other dogs. A good walk will satisfy its need for stimulation, companionship and exercise.

Have you had complaints from your neighbors about your dog barking all day while you are at work? The reason most dogs bark like mad is because they are bored. A half-hour minute walk could be all that is needed to keep them quiet and satisfied!

Read more here


Dog Walks are Healthy!

15 Aug

A well exercised dog on a nice long walk is a happy healthy dog! :)

Dog walking rest stop at W2 Media Cafe in Woodwards Atrium, Vancouver

14 Aug

Today was a day of precious puppies walking and playing!

We at “Crosstown Pet” were delighted to dine at our favorite neighbourhood cafe while the dogs happily socialized with one another.

Thanks to W2 Media Cafe in the Woodwards Atrium for our excellent coffee , healthy organic meals and water for our doggies!