Making a Holiday Tree for Birds

  • December 1, 2018
  • GoWestShore
Text and photos by Julianne Labreche Adapted for GoWestShore Magazine, 2018Last year, my annual ritual to decorate a Christmas tree with ceramic bird ornaments took a different twist. I decided to recycle my tree outdoors and string it with homemade, edible decorations to provide healthy winter food for my feathered friends. The idea of giving the Christmas tree back to...

Festive Finds for Your Pet!

  • December 1, 2018
  • GoWestShore
[vc_custom_heading text="By Emma Forster Manager, Island Pet Source" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%23dd3333"]At Island Pet Source, we love the holiday season and all of the festive fun that comes with it. Many of our customers are shopping for stocking stuffer gifts this time of year, so we thought we would share some of our personal favourite picks for the holidays! A fluffy stuffed animal...

Get to Know Michelle

  • November 1, 2018
  • GoWestShore
Finding Her Calling in the West Shore![vc_custom_heading text="Interview by Emma Forster Manager, Island Pet Source" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%23ff00ff"]Pets have always been an important part of Michelle’s life, so when the opportunity came to take over ownership of her favourite pet store, Island Pet Source, on the West Shore in 2014, she jumped at it. After recovering from an injury and returning to...

Dog Grooming Q&A

  • October 1, 2018
  • GoWestShore
[vc_custom_heading text="Interview by Emma Forster Manager, Island Pet Source" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%23ff00ff"]This month I sat down with our Grooming Manager, Kelsey, and chatted about her experience as a dog groomer and what makes her job so special every day! Q: In twelve years of grooming, what has become your favourite part of the job? A: My favourite part about being a dog groomer is gaining a dog’s trust and helping...

Our Pet Staff Picks for September

  • September 1, 2018
  • GoWestShore
[vc_custom_heading text="``With so many options to choose from, selecting the perfect food for your pup can be overwhelming.``" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%239480a8"]With so many options to choose from, selecting the perfect food for your pup can be overwhelming.  This month, we thought we would share our staff’s personal favourite dog food picks and what makes them some of our most popular products. Michelle:...

Puppy Edition: Class is Back in Session!

  • August 1, 2018
  • GoWestShore
Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time, especially for a first time dog owner. New puppy owners enjoy shopping for the best food, treats and accessories. We recommend a food specific to puppies, to ensure proper nutrition for their growing bodies and calorie requirements. Nurturing the new addition will come easy, but puppies will benefit from having a...

Cool for the Summer: Pet Edition

  • July 1, 2018
  • GoWestShore
Warm, sunny days and long weekend adventures— it’s no wonder our pets love summer as much as we do. For many of us, it’s the best time of year to be outside enjoying nature’s beauty and all that the season has to offer. Taking your pet for a hiking adventure, camping trip, or a hike around Thetis Lake can be...

Senior Dogs: Adapting to an Aging Lifestyle

  • June 1, 2018
  • GoWestShore
[vc_custom_heading text="``If age is just a number, how do you know when your dog is considered a senior?``" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%239480a8"]It makes sense that senior dogs have different care requirements than younger dogs. If age is just a number, how do you know when your dog is considered a senior? It really depends on the individual dog. In general, large and giant...

Tips on Dog Park Etiquette

  • May 1, 2018
  • GoWestShore
[vc_custom_heading text="“it’s important that you understand your dog’s comfort level before visiting the dog park``" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%239480a8"]It’s easy to understand the dog park’s appeal. We imagine our dogs having a great time running around, meeting new dog pals, playing nicely and sharing the space. Unfortunately, sometimes, the reality doesn’t live up to our expectations. The truth is that dog parks are...

Plant Based Nutrition for Dogs

  • March 30, 2018
  • GoWestShore
With more people turning to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, it raises the question: can dogs stay healthy eating vegetarian or vegan diets, too? Yes, a meat-free diet can be a great option for dogs (and humans) with serious allergies and reduces damage to the environment. The most important aspect of a meat-free diet is ensuring that your dog still consumes...