We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Dog sports are a great way to bond with your dog. They are great physical and mental stimulation for both your dog and yourself.
My dog Moose and I are new to the sport of Agility and are loving it. Moose and I started with the Foundations Class with the Newfoundland Athletic Dog Association (NADA), which is a requirement before beginning any dog sport with the NADA. NADA is run by volunteers and is an awesome organization to join if you want to get into dog sports in Newfoundland. In addition to Agility, NADA offers many dog sport classes such as Fly ball and Rally-O.
The dog sport of Agility is when a dog and their handler navigates a course made up of jumps, tunnels, ramps and many more obstacles and challenges. The objective is to complete the course with accuracy and speed to achieve enough legs or “Q’s” to complete a title. Once a title is completed then you can move up to the next level at the next trial that is attended. There are also games such as Gamblers, Jumpers and Snooker where the objective is to accumulate points. The Foundations Class starts you and your dog off on the right foot (or paw), and gets you both set up for success. Once you have successfully completed this class you can move on to Agility Level 1. Moose and I are currently finishing off Level 3.
The dog sport of Agility takes a lot of time, patience and practice, but it is a lot of fun. I love seeing the excitement and enthusiasm my little dog Moose has when we arrive at the practice facility. Moose and I have yet to compete in any trials as we are still very new to the sport and have lots to learn, but we are hoping to participate in a few in the coming year.
Whether we compete in agility trials or not, it’s still a lot of fun for both myself and Moose, and that is ultimately the most important part.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 709.368.7981. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. Saturday & Sunday: Closed.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Pick up will ONLY be available between the hours of 2:00-4:00PM and 6:00-8:00PM from Monday to Friday.Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone by credit card or by e-transfer. E-transfers can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.