The following is the email just sent to all registered students for the Dogsafe 101 with K9ABCs this spring. If anyone else has an interest in registering, please contact k9ABCs to enquire if there is space available. Thank you for you patience. St
Hey everyone, I hope you're all getting some quality time in your families, two and four legged alike. I know Quincy and Skye are happy to have me home.
As some of you know K9ABCs has a couple of Dogsafe 101 courses in the near future and I just want to update you on my plans. As a paramedic I'm practised on precautions as this is not the first one I worked with front lines. Ebola, Avain, SARS.
So, the March 28th class in Langley is a go and is now considered full with six students. The usual max class size of 12 is reduced to increase personal space for everyone. A board room has been rented at the Best Western and they graciously offered a reduced rate to make it more feasible for me. Thank you Best Western.
Each student will have their own equipment, that I cleaned and stocked back in Feb. garbage bags will be provided for all equipment to be placed in after class for either decontamination or disposal. There is a sink in the room and lots of hand soap will be provided, even music if need be lol. Students are encouraged to bring their own food but there is a restaurant on site if needed.
Quincy will only be giving visual demonstrations, no hands on will be encouraged. Much to her dismay, I'm sure she'll have something to say about that.
If I show any symptoms at all, class will be rescheduled or cancelled. If students have symptoms they'll be asked to stay home or leave.
Now, as you can imagine, I'll have a lot of cleaning to carefully do after this class. So the April 5th class has been rescheduled to May 24th. Also because this class is a bit larger and I need to secure a better suited location. Even if we get over the hump b then precautions will still be necessary I'm sure. If need be, we will revisit this plan closer to that time.
Life continues, we must remain fluid with change and not let it defeat us. Stay strong, stay healthy, take a page from a dog's life and shake off the stuff we cannot not change.
Welcome to the 2020's. K9ABCs is off and running with preparations for our annual appearance at the Vancouver Petlovershow. This year it's being held on February 15 & 16, at the Abbotsford Trade Ex. Further details will follow in a future post.
At this time I want to share where I'm going with Dogsafe 101. In past years I've scheduled classes between Surrey and Chilliwack, 7-8 times a year. Catch is, I'm no genius with advertising, work a full time job and have two dogs what take a lot of my time. But I love teaching and love sharing all I can to make the lives of dogs and animals in general, more full filling and safe as they entrust us with their care.
So, I have scheduled four public classes for the next year. If these dates don't work for you, I strongly encourage you to reach out to friends, family, neighbours and coworkers to create a private class. I will teach private classes at my location in Chilliwack with a minimum of 4 students. That's it, just four. I will also travel to your suitable location (between Hope and Surrey, approx) with a minimum of 6 students. I'm also open to travel further for larger classes as my expenses will be higher and time away from home will be longer.
Note, that I do work shift work full time which means I'm not available every weekend. However, on the positive side, it means that I'm available 7 days of the week. It just depends on the week which ones. Just send an email, text, or phone with any questions.
The four public classes will be promoted at the Petlovershow, so think ahead if you need to recertify and register early. Certification is for 3 years and those in the dog business should keep up to date for insurance and ethical reasons.
Thank you for your continued support and interest in learning how we can all be better and more deserving of the love and support our dogs give us.
I hope to see you next month in Abbotsford. Stay warm.
March 28th Langley
April 5th Chilliwack
September 27th Abbotsford
November 7th Chilliwack
Congrats to the newest Dogsafe graduates, all set for any emergencies over the holidays. Yesterdays class was a lot of fun, thank you for joining Quincy and I during this busy time of year. Also, thank you for allowing the reporter for the Chilliwack Progress stop in for a look see, I can't wait to see what she publishes. I hope you're all enjoying some downtime with your pups, Quincy has been getting a lot of zzzz's in herself, me too :) Merry Christmas to you all, may your new knowledge serve you well.
Dogsafe 101 Fraser Vally October 27th
Dogsafe 101, is the international canine first aid course chosen by several local Colleges for their Vet Tech curriculum. K9ABCs has been offering this course to the Surrey- Chilliwack area for almost 6 years already. October 27th, K9ABCs has chosen Abbotsford as a central location for the fall class. Abbotsford is the perfect location allowing easy access for those travelling from Whiterock, Surrey, Langley, Mission, Agassiz and Chilliwack. Anyone from anywhere is welcome to register.
This course gives you the hands on practice and comprehensive teachings to enable you to be prepared for the many illnesses and accidents your dog may encounter. Make no mistake, any first aid course is not meant to replace the role of good routine veterinary care but to teach you about pre veterinary care and to help you supply your vet with valuable information to help diagnose and treat your dog. We will practice handling various emergency scenarios such as choking, poisoning, CPR... Hands on practice is what helps you retain such learnings for better recall in an emergency setting.
So whether you have your own dogs to care for or you care for other peoples dogs, this course is an invaluable asset. Taking your training with K9ABCs gives you the added experience of an instructor who works full time, with over 24yrs behind her, as an emergency first responder. One of the reasons why K9ABCs courses are not offered frequently, your instructor works full time as a paramedic and spends a lot of her off time with her own two dogs. Quincy, whom with continued luck, you will meet in class. Quincy is K9ABCs demo dog and is now a senior at 14. Skye, dog # 2 was born deaf due to genetics (Double Merle). This trait along with her breed traits, Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Hound, keeps her Mom very busy and always supplied with antidotes to share in class when it comes to keeping your dogs safe.
Feel free to share this post with your social media, there's 12 spaces in total for this class. Small enough for each student to have the personal guidance when learning so much in one day. This is an 8hr course and you will be tired after, but not to worry because not only will you leave with a manual covering all info (and a lot more) K9ABCs will always be available for any questions after.
So, no need to wait, just register here on line. No need to wait, take the course no student has ever reported as being a regret. Meet others with similar interest, it's a great networking opportunity as well. Many classmates have remained in touch and some even join forces to fundraise for events like SPCA Paws for a Cause. Need more info? Explore K9ABCs website for more details on course content etc. and please, feel free to contact me with any questions.
Whether you want to get your certification, or recertification, done before the kids go back to school or you'd rather wait until fall hits, there's a class scheduled for you. Join K9ABCs for a DOGSAFE 101 class to learn what you need to know to take care of your dog, you know, your favourite child.
August 25th in Chilliwack
October 27th in Abbotsford
December 7th in Chilliwack
If these dates don't work for you then I'd encourage you to gather a group of friends or work mates and plan a private class just for you. Minimum of 6 students needed. Smaller classes are possible but the registration fee would be negotiated.
What a fabulously busy show this year!! After a quick, complete rearrangement of K9ABCs booth, whew that was hilarious. Along with my neighbours we decided that the tent had to move, so with 10 minutes to show opening we moved it lol.
This year, K9ABCs was asked to be the show's official pet first aid volunteer. So when I requested the space to have my tent to assess and treat any injured or sick animal they provided. Thank you Nanette. It's important to have a calmer environment for an animal who is no doubt already a tad (if not terribly) stressed. Thankfully the space wasn't used to much but it certainly was appreciated by the few who did need it. A few injured paws got cleaned and wrapped and an elderly pug who was on the verge of collapse was able to rest, hydrate and cool off without interruption before going home with his Mom.
A big shout out THANK YOU to Stacey Joliffe, one of my Dogsafe 101 students for recognizing the pug was in distress and directed the ladies to me. Playful Paws Pet Service is Stacey's business in Abbotsford if you're looking for a truly caring person for your pet. Dogsafe 101 is definitely a great course for any dog professional. She just told me that she's sending her husband in for my course in May. Cool.
Also, a HUGE thank you to a few true friends for helping me appear professional at the show. No easy feat, lol. Tatiana and Aida, From set up to tear down and all in between, thank you thank you thank you. Melissa, you and Haven sure spiced things up on Saturday lol. I love Haven's voice and she certainly drew a crowd. Thank you Melissa for your support both Saturday and Sunday. Kirsty, thank you for stopping by Sunday. Perhaps your new mobile pet grooming business will allow you to be at the show yourself next year. It's a big job having a booth at the show and having friends support me makes it all possible.
We (Quincy and I) gave two seminars each day with great participation from the crowd. Topics covered included, Canine CPR, muzzles and hiking with your dog. Quincy was a stellar demonstrator, showing people how to gradually train their dogs to accept a muzzle because a muzzle=reward.
We saw a lot of past students and wish we had more time to catch up with everyone but the crowds kept us on our toes.
The new CPR barriers were a success and I still have some left to have for sale in future classes. Along with some slip leads and syringes to add to first aid kits.
Michelle from Dogsafe kindly donated the In Case of Emergency door stickers to the show and they all, but a few, were gladly accepted. There were a lot. My guess, 1000.
Approx 1000 of the wallet cards from K9ABCs and the Pet Poison Helpline stickers were handed out also. That's a lot of great info shared.
I haven't heard how much was raised for PADS by the show raffle but I heard that the Rescue Harness donated we donated was a hot ticket. I'd love to know who won.
If anyone got pictures of my seminars I'd love copies, please.
Based on the interest shown for a Dogsafe class in Langley by people there and in Surrey a class has been scheduled for April 27th. The location is up between a couple of places at this time but will be announced soon. There's only 12 spaces available, so if interested, register soon. Just use the registration form on this site, link on the left side column. And there's a class is Chilliwack May 7th.
So that's where the focus is now, upcoming classes. Later all, take care.
Exactly one month away!! Planning is in full swing so mark it on your calendar now. At the Abbotsford Trade Ex, two full days of pets, all pets, fluffy, furry, feathered, and scaled. Whether they bark, meow, moo or just sit there and chill. This event is the largest of it's kind in Western Canada, people from South of the border travel up for it also. And K9ABCs will once again be making a presence, only bigger this year.
The event organizers have requested K9abcs to be their official first aid for dogs on site this year. Of course, if other pets require assistance I will offer what I can as K9ABCs is doing this on a volunteer basis. I requested space to put up my 10'x10' tent and was granted it YaY!! Super stoked to have this. The tent will be available to any animal who is under the weather, injured or simply too stressed by the environment and needing some seclusion. It's use will be monitored by myself via K9ABCs space in the neighbouring booth.
Where will my booth be this year? WAAY in the back LOL. No worries, look for the tent behind the Lure Course. Just don't go home without saying hello. As always, I'll be set up and ready to help anyone with registering for a Dogsafe 101 class in Abbotsford or Chilliwack. Or if you and a group are interested in a private class let me know and we'll discuss it. Private classes can be arranged outside the Fraser Valley as my class is mobile, it just takes some extra planning.
I will also have some first aid equipment and safety lights for sale.
I will have a basket for raffle at the Show's main raffle table, all proceeds will be going to PADS YaY!! PADS (Pacific Assistance Dogs Society)
I will also be raffling off a Pack A Paw Rescue Harness at my table. My review will hopefully be on Tube soon, as soon as I figure out how to use UTube lol.
Oh right, check out the seminar stage as I'll be presenting there again this year as well. I need to check the schedule myself :). Conveniently the Seminar Stage is in the back barn close to K9ABCs booth this year. See you all there.
Hope to Langley B.C. area but open to teaching in surrounding areas if invited.
"I took this course and it was so amazing! I highly recommend to anyone who has a dog!" Wagging Tails and Happy Trails, Dec. 8, 2019