Archive for December, 2011

Rhodo-Dogdom – Your Small Dog’s Home Away From Home

Riley loves Rhodo-Dogdom

Rhodo-Dogdom is definitely your small dog’s happy home away from home for daycare and boarding.

The business of doggy daycare and overnight boarding in their home is not a new concept to Shandon and Mario who previously had a thriving business in Vancouver.

“Although we just moved to Victoria in September, I lived in Victoria 30 years ago and we always intended to retire here. The at-home dog daycare and boarding is not new to us because we have been boarding dogs in our home for the past 14 years.”

In Vancouver, Shandon and Mario boarded and provided daycare for dogs of all sizes.

“We started the business because our 8 year-old daughter wanted a dog, but we were living in a rented house and didn’t want to make the long term commitment to a dog in case we had to move.  I saw a local dog daycare and thought we could do better than that, so I set it up as my daughter’s business and that’s how we got started.”

Besides caring for dogs, Shandon is also an English teacher who tutors grades 5 through university level in English and Math through grade 10 in their Victoria home while her husband, Mario, is a retired musician who is about to get back into his music.

“Our family has always loved dogs and I wanted to be a vet when I was a little girl. Instead, I became an English teacher, and thought we could still provide an at-home daycare and boarding facility that dogs would really like, which we did in Vancouver for 14 years.”

Shandon and Mario have a lovely house, centrally located in Victoria with a fully fenced yard where their visiting dogs have a nice, big garden to explore and be entertained by the birds in the birdbath.

Shandon and Mario are a wonderfully warm, caring couple who are very happy to be able to continue to provide excellent daycare and boarding for smaller dogs, (no more than three at a time) and because they will keep their numbers small, they can also offer boarding and daycare for clients who may not be neutered or spayed.

Although they do have a few basic house rules, they go the extra mile to help out their clients.

“We like to be as flexible as possible for our clients, which means we often take in weekend boarding at the last minute, however, around seasonal holidays, it’s always best to book ahead as early as possible to avoid disappointment.”

Rhodo-Dogdom offers special savings of 10% to DogAboutTown members who use their services.

“The dogs have a really good time with us because we treat them like our very own – it’s like going to stay with favorite relatives at their second home.” – Shandon & Mario

Read Testimonials, more information and find contact details at: Rhodo-Dogdom Dog Whispering
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A Dog is NOT a Present

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It’s that time of year when all of humanity is bustling about racking their brains trying to find the perfect Christmas present, and often this means a furry four-legged friend may be purchased for the wrong reasons and brought into a home before the humans have really considered whether or not they can make the commitment necessary to provide a forever, caring home for a new family member that requires a lot of attention.

The following story posted by the Illinois English Bulldog Rescue is a very sad reminder of how many of our best friends do not end up in a loving home with caring humans, and I hope that this story helps humans to think clearly and ask the right questions before making the wrong choices for those who only need our love and understanding.

“I died today. You got tired of me and took me to the shelter. They were overcrowded and I drew an unlucky number. I am in a black plastic bag in a landfill now. Some other puppy will get the barely used leash you left. My collar was dirty and too small, but the lady took it off before she sent me to the Rainbow Bridge .

Would I still be at home if I hadn’t chewed your shoe? I didn’t know what it was, but it was leather, and it was on the floor. I was just playing. You forgot to get puppy toys.

Would I still be at home if I had been housebroken? Rubbing my nose in what I did only made me ashamed that I had to go at all. There are books and obedience teachers that would have taught you how to teach me to go to the door.

Would I still be at home if I hadn’t brought fleas into the house? Without anti-flea medicine, I couldn’t get them off of me after you left me in the yard for days.

Would I still be at home if I hadn’t barked? I was only saying, “I’m scared, I’m lonely, I’m here, I’m here! I want to be your best friend.”

Would I still be at home if I had made you happy? Hitting me didn’t make me learn how.

Would I still be at home if you had taken the time to care for me and to teach manners to me?

You didn’t pay attention to me after the first week or so, but I spent all my time waiting for you to love me.

I died today.” – Love, Your Puppy

If you and your dog are having behavioral issues, the pound is not the answer.

Boris always says, “there are many dogs out there who need help with their humans.” Call Boris and his humans at Dog Whispering, so that they can take you beyond “training” and help you understand what your dog needs to be a happy member of your family.