About the owner:
My name is Natascha Klan, and growing up in southern
Germany I had the privilege to be around all kinds of pets. Caring for guinea pigs, rabbits, hedge hogs, dogs, cats, horses,
gerbils, birds, fish and a tortoise gave me an appreciation for the time and effort that goes into pet care. I learned that
it isn't enough to "just" love them. I knew that I had to take good care of all the pets as they are never disposable
but a lifelong commitment.
from high school, I immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada. I graduated from the school of Agriculture in 2001 with a 4 year degree
I was lucky to gain valuable experience by working for humane societies and veterinary hospitals in
Germany and Canada. Along the way, I have attended seminars in pet first aid and canine behaviour. I am very interested in
the holistic approach to animal care.
Competing in Obedience and Retriever trials with my own dogs keeps me up to date with my canine training skills. As a very
young dog, our black labrador Aragorn (Max) reached his first level in competitive obedience as Companion Dog, Canine good
neighbour and also his working certificate. Arwen (Raven) is the younger lab, featured on the first page of this website.
We are very proud of her achievements including the Companion Dog and Canine good neighbour titles. I also enjoy playing Agility
and Rally-o with my dogs.
After finishing my studies at University, I knew I was ready to start with my own venture.
I wanted to make sure all pets are getting the best care possible when their owners cannot be there for them. This is how
the whole idea about pet sitting started to become a reality. After years of research I had gathered a whealth of information
about the pet industry and specifically pet sitting. I found there was a great need for this type of service.
sitting business is a full time job that I take very serious.
Since I opened the doors of my pet services business in 2005 I have enjoyed the support of family
and friends. I am very lucky to have great clients that have been with me from the beginning. I get most of my new clients
by referrals which makes the introduction to pet sitting easy for first timers. I often get feedback from my clients such
as"...it gives me such peace of mind..." or "...my animals were so much happier having their own pet sitter..."
"I feel good about leaving my animals in your care".
"I would like to thank you for the wonderful service
you provided to me during our recent move to Nova Scotia. You took care of my dog and 9 chinchillas for two weeks during our
In June we left Winnipeg with a very sick Chinchilla in your care. The care you provided enabled him to
make the long airplane trip a week later to his new home. You were there when I needed you the most. A very trying time in
our lives. Alpine took sick the day of our house packing and I could not fly him with his brothers and sisters until he was
on the mend. You are kind and caring person who can be trusted to do what is right for pets. This is a heart felt thanks for
everything you have done".
Marsha and Jody
Any feedback is important to me and it is a good measure for performance in
Aspen (Fall River's bold Aspen) is a brand new Canine good neighbour and a St. John's Ambulance Therapy dog. We are
working on her Novice Rally and Obedience (CD) titles soon.
has achieved her Companion Dog title and also her Rally Advanced. We had to stop working on further titles because she developed
a brain disease called cerebellar disease. They say it is progressive but so far she is doing okay with only a bit of unsteadyness
on her hind legs. Aspen is 6.5 years old now.
She also had to be retired
from the St. John Ambulance therapy dog program which she loved so much. However she enjoys life with us and her friends
and is still very happy.
Max and Raven are older but doing well
for their ages (13 and 12 respectively).
Are you thinking of getting a dog? Or know of someone who is? Please read this:
Something really close to my heart is animal welfare. This is why I advocate ethical dog
and animal breeders. If you are thinking of getting a dog or cat please do tons of research and take your time.
Never buy a puppy or cat in a pet store or meet someone on the highway with a van or truck
to sell you a dog. Some back yard breeders even offer to come to you. Always request to see the place where the dogs are bred
and raised. Ask for a Breeder's license for the specific municipality or state. Ask to see all vet certificates (check dates)
and the health tests the breeder may have done on the breeding dogs. Some of the tests, depending on the breed, can include Hip x-rays,
elbow x-rays, eye tests, heart tests and hearing tests. Some breeds are more prone to certain diseases than others. There
are some hereditary diseases that the parents may not show any signs for. A good breeder will test the breeding pair for these
and even have data on the grandparents.
ahead and play with their dogs. Do you like the way they play? Are they calm, hyper? Is this really the breed you thought
you wanted? Remember all dogs (even from the same breed and the same litter) are individuals (and may turn out
"different") although some general behaviours are typical for a certain breed. Check out the dogs and ask the breeder
how many dogs they have in total, including "fostered" dogs which are usually housed at other peoples' homes. Are
their dogs inside the home or are they housed in crates in a barn or garage all day? When picking a puppy, ask to
see the parents, and accept no excuses. I have heard stories of staging homes meaning a person with a nice house
and familty situation will take the pups and mom for viewing purposes. That is why it would be important to ask where they
sleep, eat and if there is not evidence of dogs using the yard or house you are probably being duped. if there are warning
signs and you should not be afraid to walk away. Do not buy a puppy from people like that.
beware of purebred puppies for sale that are not registered with either the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) or AKC (American Kennel
Club). It is illegal to sell purebred dogs that don't have official Papers that say so. There are many other clubs and affiliations
out there now so make sure you check them out and talk to them. Ask them how the ensure Breeders are breeding for the right
reasons, ethically, and not for the purpose of financial gain.
in your local newspapers or on the internet sites like "K#@**i" or others... please stay away. Most reputable
breeders will have a good website and will be able to talk to you on the phone anytime. Try to stay with local breeders who
you can visit. Don't trust just any ad from your local paper. Yes some of these pups are cheap, but beware what you
are doing. You get what you pay for and this pup may be unhealthy. If your pup gets sick the bills from your vet will likely
cost more than the price of a pup from a good breeder.
Get references from your breeder and talk to all of them!
Yes, it's true you may not show your dog but that's still not a good reason
not to buy a dog from an ethical breeder who puts show titles on their dogs. The fact that this breeder shows their dogs is
a good sign and it means they care and will take good care of the dogs. They breed and show because they're goal is to be
this breed's ambassador and to improve the breed.They also will carefully screen any potential puppy buyers like you and ask
you tons of questions. You don't have to show this dog but you now know you have a dog from a breeder you can call any time
with questions. Even if your situation changes (moving, divorce..) this breeder will take your dog back, they have to...
by law. This keeps our shelters in better shape. A dog from an ethical breeder will tell you what to expect concerning
the breed's temperament, size, health and life span. A pet store dog could grow to any size and could have un-fixable
behaviour issues. Thank goodness pet stores aren't allowed to sell these dogs any more.
Puppies aren't goods like a computer you decide to buy one day and dispose of the next. They will be a member
of your family for a long time. Don't you want to be sure they come from a responsible and ethical breeder? Just think....you
will be helping to reduce the suffering of these other dogs that are still being bred by irresponsible folks who
just want to make more money by breeding any "hybrid" or designer dog that has a good ring to it or that is popular
at the time. They are sitting at your local Petl@^& store looking as desperate as ever. You may pay thousands of dollars
for a so-called "Shorky", "Puggle" or Pomeranian-hybird. Interestingly enough most of the time you
pay more than a properly bred dog will cost. You will have no support system once you leave the store with their puppy.
You cannot return it if it has major health problems down the road. An ethical breeder will guarantee the health of
the dog for up to 3 years and often for life. The store wants nothing to do with this dog or you once you paid for it.
It is only your money they are interested in. They train employees well at these stores. They have heard
all the questions you may have before and will say anything you want to hear.
Don't get scammed, do your homework.