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.
We are now officially a complete life saving family, each in our own way. Quincy has her job helping me teach Dogsafe Canine First Aid and now Skye is a blood donor with the Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley.
We've been gearing up for this a long time and today was the day of her first donation. Weighing in at 49.8lbs Skye is just on the cusp of being able to donate a full pint each visit safely so today she donated a half pint to see how she handles it.
As always Skye was an attention whore lol, loving the love and loving the treats. What she doesn't love however is giving up full control, yup, anyone who's tried to help me trim her nails in the past know what I'm talking about. So she was given a bit of sedation. LOL She was then given a bit more sedation. LMAO She was then temporarily snowed with another drug to get the job done, I can't recall the name of the drugs but the last one was easily reversed, after I trimmed her nails of course hee hee hee. Next time we'll know what works and she won't need so much.
I can't say enough about how wonderful the staff were with her. They were fabulous at shaping her behaviour to lay on her side and to relax. My girl is so smart that part didn't take long at all. If it weren't for her needing to be held down to prevent any chance of movement during the withdrawal, we could have gone drug free. Perhaps one day she'll be there.
Here's some pics and hopefully some video of the process. If you ever thought of having your pet donate blood to help save other dogs in need, you can find a link on my Links I Like page at this site. I;ll try to put the link here also. animalemerg.com/home/blood-donor-program/
With Christmas quickly approaching K9ABCs is now introducing the option of purchasing a gift card for the Dogsafe 101 course with K9ABCs. This gift card is for any occasion, meaning it's not created with any particular theme. One can redeem it when they register for a course date of their choosing by filling in the online registration form with the unique Gift Card's number. The card does not expire, is non-refundable and is from K9ABCs specifically, not Dogsafe.
So, whether it's you who wants the gift card in your stocking or if it's for someone you know.... you can contact me via phone 604-649-2995, the contact form on this site or the form specifically for gift cards also on the site. The cards will be mailed to you. Hopefully I'll have it arranged for them to be emailed soon, just not yet.
With so many foods, drinks and gums out there that are sugar free the exposure and number of cases of Xylitol poisoning has increased incredibly over the years. Take some time and watch this clip shared by the Pet Poison Helpline on the symptoms and treatment. As prevention, please watch your pets around food, garbage and even just on the ground. Just think how much gum there is spat out on the ground. Yuck. Please discard of your gum in a safe manner so an animal can't eat it.
DERAMAXX, DERACOXIB, RIMADYL, CARPROFEN (many different names)
Last week, Myloe, a lovely Catahoula in Colorado got a hold of a bottle of Rimadyl and ate it. destroyed the bottle and ate them. You see, they are large tablets flavoured like beef so he would like them. I remembered how Skye had once been on a similar anti-inflammitory when she cut her paw last summer and she ate her doses like they were a treat.
Poor Myloe has been in the ICU for a few days now and is still not out of the woods.
Whether it's canine medicine, perscription, over the counter, human or any other kind of drug, it's so important to keep them safely away from your animals. Think of the precautions used with children and remember how a pets adventuresume abilities can go places you never thought they could.
That's right, if you never thought they could get somewhere, and then they do, that could equal an emergency situation as it did with Myloe. This is where preparation helps, take a canine first aid course (DOGSAFE) have your vets info in or by your phone and have the Pet Poison Control number handy. Have the ap on your phone (it's very informative as a first go to). 1-855-764-7661 There is a $49 USD charge but lets face it, if you need it who cares, just have a credit card handy.
Other info you'll need handy include; what the poison is or could posibly be; time of poison exposure; amount of or length of time exposed; weight of animal; have they vomited?; no doubt there's more but that's what I have on the top of my head.
Check out their wesite www.petpoisonhelpline.com
Quincy, Skye and myself are sending prayers to Myloe and his family, be your stubborn self as all Catahoulas are Myloe and get well.
There was interest and now there's a class scheduled with room to spare. In Chilliwack on Sunday Nov 20th. Sign up now as it's quickly approaching and I likely won't be scheduling another class until next March, unless it's a private class.
"I attended the March 06, 2021 K9ABCs first aid course run by Laurie. Excellent presentation of the material - Laurie is an amazing teacher combining the book material with personal experience both as a paramedic and as a dog lover. What stood out for me was the dog 'Annie': a rubber dog to practice all the handling skills needed for an emergency - CPR, assisted breathing, pulse check. Class was run in a highly professional manner with love an care for animals exuding at all times. All of it with COVID restrictions in place and well observed. Thank you Laurie, I'll be back for refreshers when time comes." Violeta Toma, 2021