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Dear Looda!

I have been meaning to write to you for the past five months but never seemed to get around to it :/

I am assuming you remember Tom and Snowy from last year :) Well, we arrived safely to Belgrade last August and both dogs have now settled in nicely. Tom had a really hard time with the trip, he even managed to escape the crate at the Munich airport and had to be chased on the runway (!) but returned promptly when they got my husband out there. The first few weeks were a bit stressful for them, the moving in, the new house, the new neighbourhood. Also, pets are different here (most are guard dogs more than pets and so there is quite a cacophony on every street as they are protecting their territory whenever another dog passes or someone gets too close to the gate/fence of the property). There are also many (MANY!) stray dogs on the streets of Belgrade.

So there was some adjusting to do and we still had our worries about Tom (if you recall, he had a biting incident just before we left Ottawa) but we seem to have a gotten a grasp on it, mainly due to training we have been focusing on. He is still quite protective of his territory but he is on the way to seeing us as the ultimate bosses in that regard.

Generally we think they are happy.

We have also found a place to house them when we go away similar to yours and feel very fortunate in that regard. Of course, you set the high standard with the care and service you provide at AreaK9 and so those are the standards we sought when we looked.

I want to thank you for the great service and care you provided for all of us, not just Tom and Snowy, while we lived in the area. You did not just provide a safe and caring environment for them when they were with you but also great guidance for us as a family that we can and have been using in creating a good people-dog symbiosis in our family.

We have a much better understanding of “a dog’s mind” and in particular what Tom and Snowy’s needs are, the boundaries and the dynamics we needed to and now do foster and strategies we can take to overcome obstacles when we come to them. This general improvement in our understanding of how a dog’s mind works has also helped us in dealing positively in this challenging environment we currently live in with regards to guard and stray dogs. All the dogs on our neighbourhood streets that normally look so menacing now love to see us approach them and their territories for a little cuddle through the fence. At the same time, we are able to keep ourselves safe in challenging situations by taking the right stance.

In any case, I hope the new year is treating you well and I look forward to filling the survey via the link you sent.

Thank you again and, if we return to the Ottawa area in three years-time when we are scheduled to come back to Canada, we look forward to seeing you again!

Sincerely,

Ana


Added: February 4, 2012
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Bobby apparently loved his stay with you...he even looked at bit blue when he returned home yesterday!! We always leave him with you,knowing he is well cared for and will be loved. Since he is a senior dog, that means a lot...you know that old saying about not teaching an old dog new tricks!!

We appreciated Shannon's care too. All the best in the New Year.

Thanks from all three of us: Joy, Bryan and Bobby :)


Added: January 13, 2012
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The Christmas holidays was the first time Zodi has ever been away from our family for an extended period. Needless to say we were very nervous leaving her for the 10 days. Having her spend the holidays at AreaK9, with the great care of Looda and the gang, we knew she was going to be happy and enjoy her time away. The update emails and the facebook pictures allowed us to see how she was doing and relax knowing she was having a blast.

Thanks so much for taking such great care of her


Added: January 9, 2012
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Having found AreaK9, it's now the only place we would ever consider leaving our dog Maggie. Looda and her team are simply outstanding. It's obvious that Maggie is so well cared for, happy, well exercised and content at AreaK9. To anyone who wonders how we would know this (after all, Maggie doesn't talk to us, at least not in English), consider this: whenever Maggie arrives at AreaK9 and sees Looda the Pack Leader, she throws herself on the floor, tail wagging, excited as can be, and doesn't look back when we leave. Of course she's always pleased to see us when we pick her up, and her transition back home is seamless... except she sleeps a little more than usual in the day or two that follows. We have total confidence in AreaK9, their professionalism, their advice and their dedication. Thank you Looda and team! All the best for 2012.

Added: January 3, 2012
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We had a month long business trip to Australia. We checked out other cage type kennels. We were delighted to find AreaK9, the thought of having our Ginger stay in a cage was heartbreaking. AreaK9's no cage concept was immediately appealing, and after meeting Looda we knew that it was a great decision and one we would be the best for our Ginger

She had a great time, lots of play with other doggies and love from Looda and Gary, she even slept in their room. Looda is simply awesome! Her skills as a dog trainer are excellent but it's her genuine love of dogs that is obvious from our first meeting. Ginger took to her immediately.

We have no worries recommending Areak9 to anyone who is looking for the best care for their dog...

Thanks so much and we wish you all the best.

Joel Lepine


Added: November 23, 2011
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Lacey has been at AreaK9 a few times and has enjoyed her time there as evidenced by how eager she is to go in when we arrive. We are truly fortunate to have such caring people to look after her ; she is very important to us. Thanks so much Looda and Garry. :D

Added: November 20, 2011
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Simply incredible!

We are so particular about our three beagle boys and we have found a perfect home away for them. Such professionalism, knowledge, and care. Our boys come home happy and calm. We sincerely thank you Looda and Gary,

Roy and Carol Ann


Added: November 3, 2011
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Thank you both for looking after my boys! They told me they really enjoyed making new friends and eating apples from the orchard! You're both thoughtful and caring people and it shows in how you love the dogs. :)

Added: October 25, 2011
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Hi Looda, Thanks again for taking such good care of Maggie and Pete. They came home very happy and then slept like logs all evening and all night. You must have kept them busy. They are quite high energy dogs, so being so quiet is unusual. They obviously were very happy with you. Cheers, Iain

Added: September 6, 2011
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Logan would like to thank you for a wonderful vacation. She looks forward to her next visit!

Many thanks

Stephen and Kim


Added: August 28, 2011
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