Sofia Sabo of Bow Wow Haus Daycare

I’ve always thought  that running a doggy daycare would be a wonderful career choice so I decided to meet up with Sofia of BWH Daycare to ask her a couple of questions about her business.

My first question was how did Sofia get her doggie daycare started? Sofia began with a dream and then a vision of what she wanted. However getting to the next step and actually finding a place to rent/lease was not so easy.  She was frustrated to find out that as soon as a potential landlord realized her business was a doggie daycare, rejection soon followed.

When Suji, the owner of Bow Wow Haus offered Sofia the separate space in the back of her West End store, it was a perfect fit for Sofia’s pack of small dogs and that’s where she set up shop. She has now been there for a little over two years. An ideal location for seawall and Stanley Park pack walks.

Next I asked her what she likes most about her job? Sofia answered with “Do you have all day? I love Love Love each & everyone of these little monkeys! I love how excited they get when they see me, lots of wiggles, wags and kisses! And we all love our three hour adventure walks in Coal Harbour and the West End, especially when the sun is shining!”

If you’re looking for an outstanding daycare to help socialize and entertain your pup, check out BWH Daycare on the link below:

http://bowwowhaus.ca/daycare/daycare-bwh-west-end/

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Lily in the Park

Little Lily loves her weekly 5k run in Stanley Park with her mom, Louise and I.

She is 6 pounds of high energy, fearlessness and street smarts, and she is one of the most entertaining running partners I’ve ever had.

A highlight of Lily’s run is her visit to Beaver Lake in the centre of the park. Once there she loves to chase after ducks and terrorize Canada geese. Though the geese are about four times her size she still manages to intimidate them and I’ve seen her send a whole flock running into the water on more than one occasion.

She is completely confident and clearly has no idea of how small she actually is.

A true Terrier.

Rolling

Olive and Nicky

Olive and Nicky

 

“A perfect example of something that smells nice to you but not to your dog: the perfumes used in dog shampoo. You may find them pleasant, but many dogs dislike their odor. As a result, as soon as your just-bathed dog gets the chance, he finds something that smells more acceptable to him—garbage, dog feces, animal carcasses—and starts rolling around in it. Have you ever caught your dog rolling around in poop? Believe it or not, this behavior is quite common—and very natural. Many believe it’s instinctual behavior, harkening back to the days when your dog’s wild ancestors would mask their scent to help them sneak up on their prey. Wolves, for example, have been observed rolling in animal carcasses or the droppings of plant-eating animals, to cover up their own smell during the hunt.” Dr. Sophia Yin – The Art and Science of Animal Behaviour

Yummy Liver Brownies

1/2 lb liver

2 eggs

1/2 cup fresh cranberries

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tbsp dried parsley

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F
  2. Slice the liver into 2 inch chunks.
  3. In a food processor, pulse all the ingredients, except the cranberries.
  4. Scrape the sides of the food processor and continue pureeing until a dough forms.
  5. Remove the food processor blade, then scoop the mixture into a medium bowl.
  6. Fold in the fresh cranberries.
  7. Liberally spray non-stick cooking spray in a 8×8 baking pan.
  8. Spread the mixture into the baking pan.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes.
  10. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  11. Slide a knife around the edges of the pan.  Then release the entire brownie block from the pan, onto the cooling rack to completely cool.

Storing – These healthy homemade dog treats need to be kept in the refrigerator.  They will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge, and up to 6 months in the freezer.

So delicious that you will never have to worry about your pup begging for human food again!

Naomi Tsai

Naomi Tsai