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 Fall 2011

The weather is little cooler now.  Have you already started to think about a getaway to somewhere tropical? Don't forget holiday plans for your pets as well.  Make your Boarding and Pet Sitting reservations now. Secure your booking as spaces are filling up fast.  Email or call us today.

In this issue, we will help you to remember how important socialization and exercise  is for your dog. 

Be sure to take a moment to enjoy our article on CKS - an often experienced, but seldom spoken about kitten affliction ;-)

"Robbie" (see below), was our most recent foster dog... he has now found a forever home!

Our rewards program continues!  Please take a moment to post online reviews of Holiday Pet Care.  Once again, we are offering 20% off your next booking, and find out how you can get rewarded with AirMiles.

Cat in bandages


Sparky posing for his picture

Pet First Aid Course - Sun Oct 23, 2011 
Knowing what to do in an emergency, and learning all about the health of your pets provides great peace of mind.  You will be amazed at what you will learn!

Don't miss this opportunity to prepare yourself and get hands-on practice, including bandaging.  We will be working on stuffed animals and live pets.

A limited number of participants will be able to bring their own pet to practice on. Join Cheryl, the DogGuru, at PawsWay in Toronto for a fun and informative day!

Visit DogGuru Pet First Aid website for more details.
Adopt Me!
Holiday Pet Care works with foster and adoption organizations to help socialize and train homeless dogs so that they can become more adoptable.  We reserve a couple spaces in our Boarding for Foster dogs in need. 

Robbie - 8 yr old Staffie/Lab for Adoption

UPDATE:  Good News! Our most recent foster dog, "Robbie", has found a new home!


Robbie is a very happy 8 year old, neutered, Lab and Staffie mix. He loves spending time with all his friends in our dog playroom, as he gets along really well with almost everyone.  One of his favorite activities is going for walks, so he will need someone who like activity.


Robbie loves to be around people, as well as other dogs, and is very affectionate towards all the Staff here at HPC. He would make a great addition to a family, who understands the needs of a dog who has allergy issues thus requiring a special diet, and a family who is not concerned with noise.  When Robbie is excited, he loves to bark.




Thank you to all who considered him and shared the link to his information.  Don't we all just love it when they find their forever homes?  Follow us on facebook to keep up with the latest information about our Centre and our fosters.




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Simply post a Pawsitive Review on Google Places, and reply to this email/newsletter to let us know about your post.  Once it has been confirmed, you will get an e-mail confirmation to save 20% on your next booking. 


Reviews must include specific details/examples about what you like about Holiday Pet Care.  


Don't delay... Follow this link today.  Share with others what you know about us!  


Post Review by October 31, 2011.   

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Only one discount per household for this promotion. 

Crazy Kitten Syndrome
(A tongue-in-cheek article courtesy of Kitten
Are the symptoms of Crazy Kitten Syndrome (CKS) happening in your home? Read on to find out.

Editor's Note: Writer Tom Schreck, a novice in parenting kittens, shares this humorous plight with other kitten owners living with CKS kittens. He enlists the help of fictional veterinarian Claude Mebalz, DVM.


As I cleaned two pounds of clogged cat hair from my computer mouse recently, the phone rang. Maureen, my wife's teacher-friend, was calling and was clearly distraught. With a quivering voice, she spoke: "Our new kittens ... something just isn't right with them. ... They're, uh, unstable, unpredictable. ..."


Her voice broke and trailed off, but she gathered herself and continued: "The vet says he's seen it a million times and he's sorry, but there's nothing he can do. It's serious, and it may take a long time for them to get over it. They have something called CKS."


Being somewhat of a freshman in the college of cat people, I had never heard of this disease and though Maureen was now racked in sobs, I anxiously asked: "CKS? What's CKS?"


Maureen sniffed back her tears and bravely said: "Our pets have Crazy Kitten Syndrome and there's no cure." Tragic indeed.


The more Maureen talked, the more frightened I became. My wife Sue and I had just adopted Lucky, our new kitten. Lucky was exhibiting some telltale CKS symptoms. I contacted world-renowned veterinarian and CKS expert Dr. Claude Mebalz to help me understand what our dear Lucky was going through.


As a service to CAT FANCY readers, let me share what I've learned from Dr. Mebalz. No cure exists for CKS yet but through knowledge comes understanding and through understanding there is always a glimmer of hope.


Does your kitten suffer from CKS? Look for these distinguishing symptoms in your kitten now.


Symptom No. 1: Violent Reactions to Inanimate Objects
One recent evening, our home was filled with terror and violence. Without warning, Lucky bounded into the living room, sliding across the hardwood floor until he braked in front of a pizza box.


(enjoy the rest of the article by clicking here


Dogs PlayingThe Importance of Dog Socialization and Exercise 

By Cheryl Orletsky, the DogGuru, and Founder/Director of Holiday Pet Care 


Why is Socialization Important?


Although social skills may seem to be just a nicety, the level to which your dog is socialization, directly affects its temperament.  A properly socialized dog is more likely to be even-tempered, less likely to show aggression or be fearful, and will have fewer behavioral issues.  The ultimate goal of socialization is to have a well-behaved, well-mannered dog, who can be a welcomed member of your family.   


Socialization, in combination with obedience training and neutering, create a well-adjusted, even-tempered dog you can be happy to take on with you on vacations, to parks, and on visits to other's homes, without it being stressful for you or the guests.


What do you mean by Socialization?


Many people, often mistakenly, create overly structured routines for their dog.  If dogs are not exposed to a variety of people, animals, places, weather, terrains, objects, sounds, they can develop fears of anything new, or of any change in their routine.  


A properly socialized dog has been exposed to everything possible.   


It is important to socialize your puppy from the time you get it.  The younger you can begin to expose it to a variety of people, places and situations, the more success you will have with its socialization.  Exposure should continue as they grow.  As a dog owner, there is an inherent responsibility to regularly seek out, and take advantage of, new experiences.


Examples of different experiences include...     (click here to read entire article)



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