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Double The Business, Double The Bonus
May 24, 2016 at 2:48 pm 0

It takes a community to grow a business

We love what we do and we want to do it more even more. Our goal for June is to double the business we currently have at TuxedoMutt and that's why we're asking for your help. 

A huge way we've grown our business has been through the referrals we've had from happy customers. When people tell their friends about TuxedoMutt, it does so much more for us than any other form of advertising could. 

Two Dogs Water

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Makes sense right? If you have a friend who knows a lot about electronics, who do you ask and trust when it's time to buy your next TV? Have a mechanic in the family? They're probably the first person you ask when you hear a noise in your car — we want to be the first name you think of when you think of dogs.


How can you help?

Well you could yell at every person you see with a dog "HEY! HAVE YOU HEARD OF TUXEDOMUTT?!" and that would be flattering to us, but they might think you've lost your mind. 

samoyed puppy dog

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Instead, share our posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. When you hang out with your friends, mention TuxedoMutt for Dog Walking and Waste Removal and tell them to visit our website for a free and instant estimate. Of course if they'd prefer, we're more than happy to talk to them via phone or email too — there's lots of ways they can get in touch with us


Double bonus!

As our way of thanking you for sending your friends our way, we're going to Double our Refer-a-Friend Bonus for the month of June! So now you can earn even more money just for telling someone you know with a dog about TuxedoMutt — how awesome is that?!

Two Dogs One Stick

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To Refer-a-Friend you just need tell them about us and that's it. We ask every single person who contacts us where they heard about us. We'll keep track of all the referrals that you send to us and after 90 days of service with us, we'll contact you to find out how you'd like to get paid. 

So tell your friends, tell your parents, tell your cousin, your neighbour, your grandma and your doctor. Tell everyone you can about TuxedoMutt and help us double our business!


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Dog Advice
Don’t Buy a Puppy from a Pet Store
May 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm 0

How much is that doggy in the window?

The answer is: usually much more than you initially expected. Even though it can be hard to walk by those sad, cute little faces, you can end up with a lot more than you bargained for. Leaving you with the potential for an empty wallet, unhealthy dog and sometimes a broken heart. 

In the vast majority of cases, dogs (and cats) that are sold in pet stores are from puppy mills. Not sure what a puppy mill is? They're "unregulated breeding facilities owned by disreputable breeders". An article from Dogster goes on to describe them as places where "dogs are often bred far too frequently, are kept cramped together in squalor and are not socialized with humans. In addition, these these breeders do not always care about the health and strength of the breed, which often results in genetic illnesses, poor health in general and unlikable personality traits."

golden retriever puppies cage

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All of a sudden that cute puppy isn't so cute after all, huh?


A sad story about a puppy from a pet store

Cruella is the story of a dog from Guelph who was bought at a pet store in Southwestern Ontario and ended up having serious health issues. The little puppy cost her owner Susan more than $4,500 in vet bills within the first month of her being home.

In a story written by the Guelph Mercury, Susan says on the day she bought Cruella, she was at the mall looking for a television. She and her daughter walked by a pet store and decided the ever-so-cute black and white shih-tzu/poodle cross was too hard to resist.

Six days after Susan and her daughter brought home Cruella from the pet store, she had lost weight and was no longer active. She lost consciousness when she was taken outside to pee and that's when her family rushed her to the vet. 

Cruella ended up having parvovirus, a highly contagious viral disease. She spent a week at an animal hospital on intravenous and drugged up on medication until she was fully recovered.

The pet store refunded Susan her $700 when confronted about how sick their puppy got, but Susan said she'll spend the next two years repaying the $4,500 loan she took out to pay for Cruella's vet bills.  

puppy mills canada

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Canadian law and puppy mills

Quebec is Canada's puppy mill capital. According to Humane Society International, although puppy mills exist all across Canada, Quebec hosts a large portion of Canadian puppy mills due to their poor legislation and enforcement of commercial dog breeding operations. 

Fortunately, some cities across Canada are starting to pass laws that prevent the sale of cats and dogs from puppy mills. Back in 2011, the city of Toronto passed a by-law stating that cats and dogs sold in pet stores must come from shelters, humane societies or rescue groups. 

Just this year, Ottawa has set in place a new by-law (similar to the one in Toronto) which restricts the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. The stores will have to provide a certificate that indicates the source of the pet that is being sold. Pet stores that currently sell commercially bred cats and dogs will have five years to transition to the adoption-only model. Some say (myself included) that five years is too long to transition into these new laws, but at least it's a step in the right direction. 


How can I help?

  • Start by informing people you know. Let them know the dangers of buying puppies and kittens from pet stores that aren't from a rescue or humane society. Many people don't see any harm in bringing home a dog or cat they see in a shop window, but that's part of the problem.

    The reason why puppy mills continue to operate is because they continue to be profitable. I know it's hard to walk by that cute puppy saying "please take me home" but you have to remember that it's part of a bigger picture. Not only may you end up with a very sick puppy like the story of Cruella above, you're feeding an industry which profits off the systematic cruelty of animals. Google 'puppy mills' and if you're not already convinced they are horrible places, you will be.

    husky puppies pet store

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  • Show your support. There are many groups on Facebook such as People Against Puppy Mills of Ontario which you can join to keep up to date on laws and legislations as they change. If you see something happening in your local city, get involved! 

    Even before something is happening where you are, don't be afraid to email your city councillors and let them know how important these laws are to you. You have the power to make a difference, you just need to speak up. 

  • Are you thinking of adopting a dog or cat? Make sure it's either from a reputable breeder, such as one listed on the Canadian Kennel Club website, or from a local rescue organization. Again, part of stopping puppy mills means hitting them where it hurts — their wallets.

    Here's a list of a few local rescue organizations where you can start the hunt for your new best friend:

    Grand River All Breed Animal Rescue

    Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society

    Guelph Humane Society

    Cambridge & District Humane Society

 

 

Make sure that you're following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Not only do we share pictures of cute dogs and interesting articles, we also share pictures of animals looking for a forever home. You might just meet your new best friend when you least expect it. 

 

 

 

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Spring Clean Up Sale!
April 2, 2016 at 10:32 am 0

Winter is back... again

Update: this promotion ended April 22, 2016

Like it or not (my dogs love it), mother nature has decided that winter is back one more time. We're hoping it's the last time, but only mother nature knows what she has up her sleeves.

To celebrate a wildly successful spring, we're offering a promotion to the people who still have a yard they need cleaned up after the snow melts again.

Blog Banner Spring Clean Up Reduced

Act fast!

The first 25 people who order a Spring Clean Up, will pay just $50 (+HST) instead of $75!

In order to qualify, you must contact us to state your interest, but the appointment does not need to be set. When the snow melts, we'll contact everyone to see what date/time works best for them and guarantee to get the job done that same week.

To take advantage of this limited offer, please contact us on Facebook, via email or by calling us at 226.600.6003.

Have fun in the snow!

dog in snow

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Resources
My 5 Favourite Local Dog Parks
February 10, 2016 at 11:17 am 1

Dogs + Nature = Heaven

When I moved back home to Ontario from Canada's beautiful west in 2009, I brought with me a new outlook on life and a black and white ball of fur named Dakota. When we lived in Alberta and BC, a good portion of every day was spent outdoors. It's so easy to be active and live in nature when you're surrounded by it.

I knew the nature loving part of me would never die. I made it my mission to find awesome outdoor areas close to home. Nearly 7 years later, I still spend a lot of time at dog parks and in the forest with my dogs. They enjoy their freedom and I love to soak up the beauty of nature.

In Waterloo Region and surrounding area, we're lucky in that we have lots of choice for dog parks. I've been to quite a few and I've made a short list of the ones I think you should check out. In no particular order:

Bechtel Dog Park, Waterloo, ON

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1. Bechtel Park (Waterloo)

Address: 185 Bridge Street West Waterloo, ON N2K1K9 (Google Maps)

I used to live close to Bechtel, so this spot has been one of my favourites for a while. What I like about Bechtel is that it's got a big open area and people tend to keep moving (which lessens the chance your dog will have territory issues). I also find the people and dogs here to be very friendly for the most part.

There are some drawbacks to Bechtel however. The first one being that it's basically a big open space. While that gives lots of room for dogs to run around, it doesn't provide much shade from the sun when it's really hot out. The other negative thing I could say is that there's no access to water. During the summer months, I tend to go to McLennan Park near Ottawa and Strasburg because it's more shaded and they have a water tap inside the dog park. When I do visit Bechtel in the summer, I make sure to bring water with me because the dogs will definitely need it.

Kiwanis Dog Park Kitchener, ON

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2. Kiwanis Park (Kitchener)

Address: 1000 Kiwanis Park Drive Kitchener, ON N2K3N8 (Google Maps)

Kiwanis Park is a hidden gem not too far from Bechtel. What I like about Kiwanis is that it's more private. Most of the time when I go to Kiwanis, it's with friends of mine who also have dogs. I don't go to this park as often, but when I do, I'm lucky to see anyone else there. They've also got a separate small dog area and have dog poop bag dispensers - both of which I think are great ideas.

The only downside to this park might be the walk it takes to get from the parking lot to the entrance of the park (about a kilometre). If you'd like your dog to socialize you might be better off going to Bechtel just around the corner. The people who go here are friendly, but I just don't see many of them (maybe I'm going at the wrong time of day).

Crane Park Guelph, ON

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3. Crane Park (Guelph)

Address: 96 Dovercliffe Road Guelph, ON N1G3A6 (Google Maps)

Guelph does things a bit different than Waterloo Region when it comes to dog parks. Instead of having fenced in dog parks, they designate off-leash areas where you are allowed to let your dog run.

My parents live in Guelph and so when I go to see them, I always make a point of taking the dogs for a hike in Crane Park. Just off the Hanlon, the directions to get here are quite easy. What I love about Crane Park is that you feel like you're lost in a forest. The lush trees and greenery make for a beautiful afternoon walk. The Speed River is also free-flowing nearby which is great for the dogs to cool off and drink from in the summer months.

The downside to Crane Park is that it's not closer to where I live. I've thought about living in a tool shed near the entrance, but I'm not sure that would last long. If your dog doesn't have a reliable recall, you might be better off in a fenced off area like Bechtel, Kiwanis or McLennan.

Sandy Hills Pinery Trail Elmira, ON

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4. Sandy Hills Pinery Trail (Elmira)

Address: Sandy Hills Drive, Elmira, ON N3B 2Z1 (Google Maps)

I grew up in Elmira, but I didn't know about this place until after a few dog-loving friends told me about it. Technically, it's not a designated off-leash area for dogs (so I didn't tell you about it) but it's easily one of my favourites.

The area reminds me of when I used to live in BC. Tall pine trees and well marked trails make it easy to find your way around. I am embarrassingly bad with directions, but I've yet to get lost in this forest. It's about the size of a country block, so eventually you'll hit a road and be able to find your way back.

I wish that this were closer to where I live in Kitchener as well, but it's worth the drive on a weekend morning. Much like Kiwanis, it's very rare to see other people. Sandy Hills is a terrific place to turn off your cell phone, get lost in the forest and reset yourself in nature. The dogs give it two big "whoo-whoo's" as well.

Snyder's Flats Bloomingdale, ON

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5. Snyder's Flats (Bloomingdale)

Address: Snyder's Flats Road Bloomingdale, ON N0B1K0 (Google Maps)

This felt like a secret for a few years and now it seems like everyone knows about it. Again, Snyder's Flats is not an official off-leash area, but unofficially, it is to lots of dog owners.

Snyder's Flats is great because it's fairly close to Kitchener-Waterloo and it's a big open nature area for the dogs to run. The water is fairly clean for the dogs to go swimming (although they might stink) and there are lots of trails to wander around. It's a nice mix of solo traveling on trails where you'll pass the odd dog owner and social time for the dogs near the edge of the ponds. The people here are super friendly and so are the dogs. When you meet people who love nature and dogs, how could they be anything else?

 

Where is your favourite place to take your dog for a walk off-leash? Do you prefer a fenced in area or are you a forest junkie like me? If you have any that places you love to visit and you feel I've missed, feel free to tell me where they are and why you love them in the comments below.

 

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