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TORONTO DOG MAGAZINE: HOW TO PACK A DOG-FRIENDLY EMERGENCY OVERNIGHT BAG

toronto dog magazineOne of the most stressful pet parenting situations is being called away from home unexpectedly and needing to find a last minute dog-sitter. Perhaps the weather is really bad (hello winter) and you are stranded at the office. Or maybe there is a health emergency and you have to rush to the hospital.

Whatever the reason, today we’re going to share how to prepare a standing dog-friendly overnight bag so that when your neighbour, auntie or friend has to step in at a moment’s notice they will have everything they could possibly need for your beloved fur-monster with no fuss!

DOG-FRIENDLY OVERNIGHT BAG ITEM #1:  A LARGE DOG TOTE BAG

toronto dog magazineChoose a bag that will comfortably house all of the overnight care goodies that we plan to pack on this list. We personally love something that is a heavy duty cotton and machine washable to help keep this overnight bag looking pristine at all times! And if it has a dog-friendly inscription on it like “Dog is my true soulmate” even better! (Tote bag available here!)

DOG-FRIENDLY OVERNIGHT BAG ITEM #2: A DOG-FRIENDLY TRAVEL BED

toronto dog magazineIf your dog is going to stay overnight at someone else’s house, they are going to need their own bed. Pack a nifty travel dog bed, something that folds up nice and small but stretches out into a deluxe slumber space. We love this Travel Mat from Canadian pet product designer Handsome Mountain. It is water-resistant, rolls up like a yoga mat (with built in tie strings, amazing!) and is very plush so as to provide comfort for your little one on any floor, couch or carseat!

DOG-FRIENDLY OVERNIGHT BAG ITEM #3: DOG FOOD
An air-tight container of dog food is also a must, because after all puppy has to eat.

DOG-FRIENDLY OVERNIGHT BAG ITEM #4: AN EXTRA LEASH
Have a back up leash included in this bag too. Why? Because this way when your dog-sitter arrives in case of emergency they don’t have to spend any time searching for your dog’s everyday leash, which, let’s face it, is usually dropped in a different place after every walk (at least, it is on our house!)

DOG-FRIENDLY OVERNIGHT BAG ITEM #5: A CHEW TOY

toronto dog magazineWhat do you like to pack when you stay away from home? Toys of some sort probably, yes? Well, your dog will also appreciate this! Consider including a multipurpose chew toy to help keep your pup occupied in their new surroundings. We personally love to pack the Bionic Urban Stick that is ultra durable, floats, doubles as a tug-of-war toy and can be stuffed with treats!

DOG-FRIENDLY OVERNIGHT BAG ITEM #6: TRAVEL DOG BOWL

toronto dog magazineA travel bowl is also a good idea so that your dog doesn’t have to commandeer one of your dog-sitter’s everyday dishes. We love the Pocket Bowl from RadDog on Etsy, because it folds up small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, thus leaving lots of room in your dog overnight bag for other essentials. Plus your dog-sitter can throw it in their purse or pocket for any long walks or outings!

DOG-FRIENDLY OVERNIGHT BAG ITEM #7: DOG TOWEL

toronto dog magazineInclude a dog-friendly towel as well. Not only will this double as a second sleeping space for your pupster, but it will also help to protect your dog-sitters’ couch from pesky dog hairs. Not everyone allows their pets on the furniture, so including a fresh towel to cover upholstery with will help your furry couch potato to be a polite guest. Plus it will be needed for mucky paws or any unexpected baths.

 DOG-FRIENDLY OVERNIGHT BAG ITEM #8: ORGANIC DOG TREATS

toronto dog magazineTreats are also a must! Pop an unopened bag of dog treats into the overnight bag so that your dog-sitter can spoil your pup. As we all know treats can often help reinforce positive behaviours in a pup too which can help make a sleepover easier too. One of our favourite dog treat companies is Amelia Biscuit Company, located in Paris, Ontario. Their Peanut Butter Treaty Bites are wheat-free, organic and oven baked. Dogs go bananas for these yummy morsels and the air-tight resealable bag makes packing them for sleepovers easy-peasy!

DOG-FRIENDLY OVERNIGHT BAG ITEM #9: A DOG TEDDY BEAR!
toronto dog magazine And, of course, no sleepover would be complete without a Kong Knots Wild Bear Toy, because everyone needs a teddy bear to sleep well when away from home!

DOG-FRIENDLY OVERNIGHT BAG ITEM #10: A DOG SWEATER

toronto dog magazinePack your dog a sweater in their overnight bag too. It’s not just to look cute — it will keep them dry on rainy walks and warm on chilly nights.

DOG-FRIENDLY OVERNIGHT BAG ITEM #11: A LIST
And finally include a little list that contains all of your dog’s emergency numbers and information. For example, your vet’s number in case of emergency, the nearest 24hr vet clinic, any medication instructions, any behaviourial issues, a list of your dog’s words like ‘sit,’ ‘stay,’ ‘up,’ ‘down’ etc., because every dog has a different vocabulary.

FINAL TIP
Once your dog overnight bag is all neatly packed and organized there is only one last thing left to do – store it in a place that is easily accessible at a moment’s notice. We recommend a closet by the front door so that when a last minute dog-sitter needs to grab it they can do so with ease!

We’ve covered all of the essentials, but would love to know what you would pack for your dog’s overnight bag! Let us know in the comments!

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TORONTO DOG PHOTOGRAPHER: PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS FOR 2016

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No matter your industry, a professional headshot is your first impression to potential clients and customers, so make it an impeccable impression with fresh, updated headshots that reflect your style and love of animals – and save $100 too for a limited time only!

Include your beloved pet in the shot to make your professional headshot stand out even more! Whether you’re a dog groomer, trainer, dog-walker, veterinarian,

INCLUDES
– a pre-shoot consultation
– wardrobe and styling advice
– 1 hour of shoot time
– multiple ‘looks’ so you can plan ahead for the whole year
– suitable for 1 person per session*
– pets are most definitely welcome!
– a selection of 12 photo proofs | your choice of 5 final hi-res photos
– photo retouching and editing
– full commercial license
(*team and charity group discounts are available, just ask!)

COST
$225 + HST
(regularly $325!)

OPTIONAL ADD-ON
– business card design – $175 (two rounds of edits: +$40 per extra edit round)

WHEN & WHERE
Saturday, January 16th, 2016 | 11am – 4pm | LLB Creative Studio, Toronto
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 | 11am – 4pm | LLB Creative Studio, Toronto

ALTERNATIVE BOOKING OPTION
You can also purchase your discounted headshot session now and save it for later in the year when we can get outside for a gorgeous lifestyle headshot shoot. But you have to buy now! Headshot sessions will not be discounted again until next year!

HOW TO BOOK
Purchase your headshot session by emailing me at info@pawsh-magazine.com or via our studio contact form with your name, profession and preferred photo date. Space is limited as this is a discounted event.

TESTIMONIALS
“My favourite part of my experience was how comfortable Laura made me feel. She took lots of shots from different angles and positions she made the experience very relaxing enabling me to feel comfortable in front of her camera. She captured me very well and gave me a variety of photos to use for different occasions. My main objective for this head shot session was to connect all my business media with the same look by giving a few options and positions I am able to achieve my goal.” ~Lori Schuett, Innovative Interiors ~

TORONTO PET PHOTOGRAPHER: HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

toronto dog photographerThis darling little nugget (a returning client) visited Pawsh Studio for a truly sweet Christmas photo session a few weekends ago. The concept we cooked up was ‘waiting for Santa’ complete with milk and… somehow the cookies disappeared! Here are a few of the results from this sweet photo session if you’re interested.
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BOOK YOUR PET PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION TODAY!
(they make great Christmas presents and yes gift cards are available!)

2015 PAWSH HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

toronto pet photographerThe holidays are here and to celebrate this year we have a wee holly-jolly giveaway for you featuring three of our all time favourite dog products! One lucky winner will walk away with all THREE of these beautiful items to help them spoil and pamper their pets this holiday season! Are you ready? Let’s do this!

ITEM #1:  ONE FREE CANADA POOCH PARKA
View More: http://fiveohtwo.pass.us/nicoletteThis is by far one of our favourite winter dog coats for all time! Rory and Lucy both have a ravishing red Canada Pooch parka and it makes their winters much warmer! The winner will receive a FREE parka of their choice (Yep! One that will fit your dog no matter their size!) The value of this lovely dog apparel ranges from $39.99 to $69.99.

ITEM #2: ONE 6×8 CUSTOM STUDIO LEGOHEAD PET PORTRAIT
custom-dog-portrait-pawsh-magazineJo Chambers of Studio Legohead is a brilliant artist and we can’t say enough wonderful things about her work! Not only are her pet portraits vibrant, dynamic and oh-so cute, but they are also beyond stylish and suit a wide range of home decor styles! The winner will receive a FREE 6×8 Custom Pet Portrait valued at $120!

(Disclaimer: The winner will be required to pay Studio Legohead a $20 shipping fee in order to receive their prize item because she is in the UK — don’t enter this giveaway unless you are okay with accepting this fee! We’re being completely upfront about this cost! Also, it takes a great deal of time to complete a custom portrait commission so this prize item may not ship in time for Christmas Day.)

ITEM #3: ONE FREE PEACHY KEEN PETS CUSTOM DOG LEASH
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Peachy Keen Pets makes fantastic custom dog leashes in pretty much any fabric you can imagine! Whether you love Pac-Man, flamingos, whales, polka dots or dancing robots, Peachy Keen Pets can whip up a fashionable piece of leash wear to make your morning walk even brighter! Choose from a wide selection of great fabrics and embrace a leash that is truly one-of-a-kind! This item is valued at $20.00!

TO ENTER THE CONTEST COMPLETE THESE TWO STEPS:

1.  Sign up for our newsletter here.
(if you have already joined, awesome! Jump to step 2. We’ll be checking thoroughly)

2.  Leave a comment on this blog post telling us how you plan to spend the holidays.

The winner will be drawn at random and emailed on December 15th, 2015!
Thank you everyone in advance for entering and good luck!

2015 TORONTO HOLIDAY PET MINI SESSIONS

toronto holiday dog photographyHoliday Pet Mini Sessions are almost over for another year. We only have one more day of shooting left for these warm and fuzzy festive dog portraits and it is amazing how quickly the time has flown by! Here is a round up of some of favourite furry faces who came to visit us so far, if you’re interested!
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toronto holiday mini sessionsNo other words are needed I think. Just soak up the cuteness and snuggle your canine loved ones this season!

BOOK YOUR PET PHOTO SESSION HERE!