Very short & very sad blog

September 19th, 2018

 

There are times in all our lives when we experience loss and have to deal with grief. It is so hard when we lose a family member or close friend, and we can never be prepared for it.

People who read my blogs will understand when I say, losing a dog, your friend, your companion, is just as hard.

And you can never be prepared, even when you know it’s coming … and he/she is old, ill, and fragile …

Over the years I’ve lost many dogs, and every time I cried, I cried a lot. I didn’t want to talk to anyone, and I always preferred to deal with the loss from the inside out. I needed a space where I could grieve, but this space was always inside me. I would occupy myself with work, keep myself busy, and from time to time close the door and cry. Then over time the gaps between cries become longer, flashes of happy memories appeared more often, and sometimes I laughed over my tears.

Everybody grieves differently, and it is important to give yourself time and do it at your own pace. I just don’t ever want the grief to take over my life … I always want to feel the love and gratitude for everything we have been through together, good or bad, funny or sad, all the naughtiness, all the cuddles, and endless kisses.

Thank you, Kimi for being a part of my life xx

Orgonites – positive energy for the mind, body & spirit.

September 12th, 2018

 

You’ve probably seen these colourful, shiny, half dome objects on my website and wondered what they are? When I had a stand some curious folks even tried to smell it … but thank goodness no one tried to taste it!

The word ‘orgonite’ comes from ‘Orgone’ – the name given by Dr. Wilhelm Reich to vital energy found everywhere in nature.

Orgone Energy

In the 1930’s and 1940’s Dr. Wilhelm Reich was able to detect and measure the existence of etheric energy (life energy, chi, etc.) which he called orgone, using modified Geiger counter (a type of practical detector that measures ionising radiation). Dr Reich determined that stacking alternating layers of fiberglass (an organic substance) and steel wool (an inorganic substance) would attract and collect orgone / etheric energy of both the life-beneficial positive form (which Reich called “OR” or “POR” ) and harmful negative energy (“deadly or gone” or “DON”). Dr Reich constructed a large box called an orgone accumulator or “oracs” using this simple layering principle and was able to successfully heal his patients of various ailments, by having them sit inside the box for a period of time.

Dr. Reich’s work continued in the 1960’s by Russian scientists who also proved that such unseen energies indeed exist around us.

In 2000, a couple called Don and Carol Croft discovered that mixing catalysed organic fiberglass resin with inorganic metal shavings, poured into small moulds, would produce substances which attract etheric energy similar to Reich’s accumulators. Carol Croft took it a step further by adding small quartz crystals to the mixture for their ability to efficiently collect, transmute and emit etheric energy. This addition to the resin/metal matrix creates a substance which functions as a self-driven, continuously operating, highly efficient DOR—POR (negative to positive) energy transmutation factory.

The Orgonite space harmoniser harmonises your home and work space when you are surrounded by negative energy, from electromagnetic smog, electronic appliances, mobile phones, microwaves, etc.

By transforming negative energy into positive energy it helps to create harmony.

Harmonise your space with our purple, blue, brown, green and soft red orgonite

Jitka xx

Essential oils – Small but mighty aromatic compounds.

September 5th, 2018

There are lots of different things essential oils can do with their small but mighty aromatic compounds. Some of them can improve your focus, enhance your beauty regime, calm you down, cheer you up, heal your skin, and much more.

Infusing essential oils in your home and salon will not only make the room smell nice by eliminating odours, but they also combat toxins and support your wellbeing.

We’re approaching the time of the year when colds and flu, sneezing and coughing is more common around us.

Even our dogs are more affected and we see more cases of kennel cough, also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis, which is an upper respiratory infection. There are multiple agents that cause the infection, and it is highly contagious. Bacteria and viruses of kennel cough are spread through airborne droplets, which are produced by sneezing and coughing.

It is obvious if your a dog shows signs of the kennel cough, dog groomer would send him home to minimise the contact with the other dogs, and to protect them.

Which essential oil do we can use at home, at work, in the grooming salon, in the kennels to not only make it smell nice but to protect and to heal us and our four-legged friends?

Eucalyptus essential oil has an affinity to the respiratory system and has been clinically shown to kill the airborne flu virus. There are over seven hundred species of eucalyptus, but the most commonly used are Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus radiate. Both are best known as a decongestant inhalation for colds and catarrh, and significantly improve respiratory function.

Lemon, Citrus Limon, has antibacterial properties and is very useful in treating the symptoms of colds and flu and bronchitis. The fresh aroma of infused lemon essential oil also helps overcome mental fatigue and lift the spirits.

Bergamot, Citrus Bergamia, is effective against many infectious bacteria. It is therefore very good to use it in preventing the spread of disease caused by airborne bacteria. Bergamot with its rich, sweet fruity, and slightly balsamic aroma can support the immune system, and it also has a sedative and uplifting effect. It also has anti-depressant properties and is recommended to people who are tense, anxious and/or depressed.

These three (and many more) essential oils act against a wide variety of bacteria and viruses whilst supporting and strengthening the immune system.

How do you use them at home?

Add 4-5 drops of your favourite essential oil to a classic oil burner or electronic diffuser, breathe deeply and enjoy.

 

Utterly butterly for your dog & you

August 29th, 2018

 

Paw Butter & Hand Butter … both silky smooth and a tiny bit goes a long way.

In general, butters are oil-based products, which means they don’t contain water. There are also different types of butters like whipped (Hand & Paw Butter), with bees wax or even the bar type. Butters with bees wax in them are firmer and harder to absorb, whilst the whipped butters are more easily absorbed into the skin.

Every butter is a combination of carrier oils and butter. In Vita Canis butters you will also find essential oils. Carrier oils are oils that hold and deliver the essential ingredients into the skin. When applied they retain moisture, lubricate and nourish the skin. Depending on skin type they are quickly absorbed or they may leave a slight oily barrier. It feels like a soft, silky film on your hands … you can even feel it after washing a dog or doing the dishes.

Constant dryness and cracked skin on my hands was the reason I created the Hand Butter. By then I was using different creams, sleeping in gloves covering a thick layer of cream, but nothing had a lasting effect. Later I learned that creams are water based, so some part of it evaporates from the skin pretty quickly which is why we get the feeling to apply the cream more often on the dry skin.

At the same time, I switched the shampoos in the salon and found 2 brands that were kinder to our hands: Wildwash and For All Dogkind. We now also use Eurona’s Natural Shampoo for dogs which is kind not only to our dogs but also our hands. This shampoo contains antibacterial peppermint and lemon balm essential oils, together with moisturising glycerine and plantain extracts which leaves the coat looking beautiful and glossy.

I stared applying a small amount of the Hand Butter before every bath, and I could feel the smooth silky barrier on my hands even after finishing bathing the dog. And I could see and feel the difference on my hands immediately.

For years I didn’t connect how constantly bathing and drying dogs in the salon, using chalk when hand stripping, etc. was causing the harshness on my skin, and I just thought that it was part of the love for my job. But I think deep down inside I knew I couldn’t forever part of my job, and that there must be a solution.

I also used to get dog hair stuck under my nail cuticles causing inflammation and pain; it stuck into the skin on my elbows, between my fingers … it was very uncomfortable and sore.

This all stopped once I started using the Hand Butter. When my skin was dry and cracked it was like an open gate for dog hair to come in. And they did. Once my skin, including the cuticles, was moisturised, supple and elastic it didn’t let any hair in. I think when the skin has its own elasticity the hair kind of bounces off instead of burying into the skin. That’s my explanation anyway 😊

The same effect occurs with the Paw Butter. The Paw Butter has the same soft silky feeling as the Hand Butter, and the Paw Butter contains neem oil which is an antifungal and is deadly to 14 different types of yeast. It also has antiseptic properties, and together with lavender and German chamomile essential oils it has a pleasant spell too. Shea butter also helps to reduce irritation and redness.

Paw butter can also be used on cracked skin on the dog’s nose and elbows.

But it has other uses as well:

“Bella attends hydrotherapy sessions every two weeks but the necessary chemicals in the water have stripped her skin and coat of its natural oils and she often bites and scratches herself causing red patches and baldness! I spoke with Jitka who suggested trying Vita Canis Paw Butter to create a barrier before swimming and to help soothe the skin after swimming. Paw Butter has made such a difference to Bella, when the wax has been applied Bella’s skin doesn’t rage red and if we see her nibbling we apply the butter and she stops. This has allowed her coat to grow again and much improve her quality of life. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Vita Canis Paw Butter.”
Dawn Inett, Carradine Cairn Terriers. Carradine Cairn Terriers The Dog House, Fernhill Heath Breeding happy Cairns! Dog Grooming & Home Boarding www.carradinecairns.co.uk www.thedoghousefernhillheath.co.uk

Homemade spa idea’s for your dog.

August 23rd, 2018

I’m a big fan of spas and spa treatments … the warmth, light relaxing music, bubbling jacuzzi where I could easily fall asleep, hot sauna followed by a cold shower that makes me want to scream and wakes up all my senses … and of course massages, facials, and if a delicious lunch is included I would call it a perfect day.

But what about our dogs? How would they feel about it?

I’m not talking about taking them with you to Hoar Cross Hall … but would your dog appreciate a little bit of different attention?

Here are some ideas what you can try:

1// Relaxing massage

There are a few reasons to give your dog a massage.

(To be clear, I’m not talking about deep tissue massage – that should be done only by a qualified massage therapist or physiotherapist.)

Relaxing massage can reduce stress and anxiety, ease tension, relax and comfort your dog. It also benefits by:
Increasing circulation of blood & lymph, strengthens your dog’s immune system, improves breathing & promotes overall wellbeing
Another way to bond with your dogs

What to do:
Do the massage when your dog is calm, maybe after a nice long walk.

  • Start gently by stroking your dog all over … slowly and gently.
  • Stroking is soothing and has a calming effect on the body
  • Stroking should be done in a relaxed manner, applied lightly with no pressure. You can stroke with the tips of your fingers or palms of your hands.
  • Stroking should be done in the direction of hair growth, or along the length of the muscles.
  • By stroking one stroke every 3-6 seconds, this massage will give your dog a soothing relaxing sensation.
  • Start stroking from the neck, down towards your dog’s shoulders, then move to the chest, then the front legs, then massage your dog’s back on both sides of the spine, and then the back legs. Make sure you work on both sides of the body.
  • You may experience that your dog will enjoy the massage on one side more than the other, or one part of the body more than another.
  • Relaxing massage is also a good way to give your dog an all over body health check, and feel if there are any lumps, warts, etc.
  • Do not massage your dog if he has skin problems of fungal origin, infectious disease, suffering from shock, during colitis, diarrhoea, pregnancy, has tumours and cysts of cancerous origin.

If you want the atmosphere to be even more relaxing you could spray the Calming Floral Spray into the air, or onto your dog.​

2// Honey and sugar scrub

Honey is packed with micronutrients and minerals: magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamins B1,B2, C, B6. Honey is also a natural antiseptic.

Sugar is a crystalline carbohydrate and comes in many forms. I would suggest you use brown sugar that contains certain minerals, like calcium, potassium, iron…

Honey & sugar scrub
3 portions of local organic honey
3 portions of raw or brown sugar
All mixed together until smooth, with no lumps.

First wash your dog twice in your favourite shampoo, and rinse well so the coat feels squeaky clean. Apply the scrub with your fingertips and gently massage. No pressure needed, in this case, less is more. By applying the scrub in gentle circular movements we will remove dead skin cells and unblock skin pores.

You can leave the sugar scrub on for 3-5 minutes for maximum effect and then rinse well with cooler water. Warm water could kill the beneficial enzymes in honey.

You can also add the scrub to your diluted shampoo and make sure you use it immediately, and use it as a third shampoo wash.

If you are using the scrub on your dog’s feet as part of a ‘pawdicure’ you can finish the whole procedure with a gentle massage with

Paw Butter after drying the paws.

Jitka xx

How to help your dog cope with stress & trauma.

August 15th, 2018

We all experience some kind of trauma in our lives at some point; personal, emotional, and/or physical.

Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience; emotional shock following a stressful event or a physical injury, which may lead to long-term neurosis. In medical terms, trauma is also a physical injury.

I’m not going to talk about the deep traumas that happen in some dog’s lives, but more about situations that may occur occasionally during your life together, and how you can help to reduce that stress for them.

We can’t ask our dogs about what happened to them in the past, and why they react the way they do in some situations? There are some situations that may cause distress in some dog’s lives while other dogs will fly through these experiences with a wagging tail, hardly acknowledging the situation at all.

As the autumn is here, the thought of fireworks has started to spring into peoples’ minds, especially those whose dogs are frightened by the loud noises and the flying lights and bangs. You are not alone, there are a lot of dogs that suffer from the fear of fireworks. I’m very lucky that none of mine are scared of them, and actually, they get very excited, jumping and barking, trying to catch the lights. But in the past, I’ve had 3 dogs that were terrified of the fireworks and it’s heart-breaking to watch them go through this experience. This fear can lead a dog to run away, hide, bark, howl, or be destructive, and more.

To help your dog deal with this stressful situation, you can create a safe zone at home, close windows and curtains, leave a TV or radio on, you can also distract your dog with toys, and games and aromatherapy can help to calm and balance the nervous system, and restore peace. Over the years, two products from Vita Canis have proven to be very helpful when it comes to the fear of fireworks. The Calming Floral Spray and Comfort Blend both have natural calming and balancing qualities, providing ultimate relaxation for stressed dogs.

Some situations in our lives can be happy, joyful and fun for us humans but not so much for our four-legged family members. For more sensitive souls, a New Year’s party, moving house and even the arrival of a baby can be traumatising. My friend’s Lakeland terrier, Cassie, got really upset when she got her first ferret, Norbert. She was wining, crying, and shaking, but with a little help from the Comfort Blend she relaxed over a few days and now she can be in the same room as him, without any stress. However, he is in the crate just in case Cassie’s killer terrier instinct pops up!

Having a party and people coming through the door can also be stressful for some dogs. If your dog is not easy going, or doesn’t like too many people, you can place him in a crate or in a separate room, away from the crowd. Place a few drops of the Comfort Blend on the blanket, some chews, toys, and a soft bed will help to make your dog feel safe and relaxed. If you are planning a particularly loud party you can even ask your neighbour, a dog walker, or pet sitter etc. to look after your dog while you party. (Sometimes even overnight is a good idea as the next morning can be rough!)

A dog that experiences anxiety when his lifestyle is drastically altered will also find it difficult to deal with a new pack member … a baby. You can minimize your dog’s stress by gradually getting him used to the changes in advance. As life can be hectic and unpredictable with the new arrival, it helps if you prepare your dog for a less consistent daily schedule. Try different feeding times for your dog, change the walking routine, play time… you can even start hiring a dog walker to take care of your dog’s exercise after your baby’s arrival.

It is our responsibility, as dog owners, that our dogs are not only fed and walked, but that we make them feel safe, and give them space to display normal behaviour, and avoid mental suffering.

Dogs make us smile more, they teach us compassion, and patience, they make us exercise more, and also help us to deal with our own life traumas. We are here for each other, as Doris Day said, “I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.”

Jitka xx

Dog and Owner Etiquette

August 8th, 2018

Dogs also follow certain ‘guidelines’, or social etiquette, to greet each other, to be with each other, and to live with each other. Us as the owners need to understand and respect this ‘doggie etiquette’ and combine with our etiquette.

1. Dog walking etiquette on streets, beaches, in parks etc.

Pick up the poo! Seriously, not picking up poo is one of the biggest faux pas of dog owners. In my opinion, it’s one of the main reasons why dogs are not allowed in some places. It doesn’t take much effort to clean up. Just remember the poo bags … and please put it in a bin, don’t hang it on a tree branch! Have you ever sat on a beach, enjoying the sun, listening to the sound of the waves and all of the sudden a ball of wet fur runs towards you and shakes on your towel? So close that you don’t need another dip in a sea! In my opinion, it’s funny … in other people’s opinions, it’s not so funny. If your dog loves swimming and also loves greeting other people, you better keep him on a lead to avoid arguments, shouting or embarrassment.

2. Saying ‘hello’ to strangers.
It’s non-believable (to me) but there are some people who don’t like dogs. You and I don’t get it, but we have to respect it. And so do our dogs. And it is our responsibility not to let them sniff, lick, or jump on other people. It’s always better to assume that other people are not interested in our dog (really?!) and act accordingly.

3. Not every dog is friendly.
The same rule about greeting strangers applies to greeting other dogs. We have to respect other people and their dogs and understand that not every dog is friendly. So, if you have your dog off the lead and you see another dog on a lead, the best thing to do is to just call him back as you don’t know what might happen. This has happened to me so many times with my Kerry Blue, Kimi, who in her early age wasn’t a big fan of other dogs. So I would always keep her on a lead just in case. Normally, what would happen is we’d suddenly see a bouncy ball of fur heading towards us … me shouting, “please call your dog …”, the other owner shouting “he’s fine and friendly …”, me shouting “mine is not …”

Nicci & me & our dogs visiting The Bakery in Newcastle – under – Lyme

4. Pubs, restaurants, and public transport.
I love taking my dogs to different places, to experience something new and exciting. A few weeks ago I took our then 7-month old Airedale, Richard, to Trentham Gardens to Rawr café. I didn’t know how Richard would react to his first restaurant experience, so we first had a nice walk in the gardens, around the shops and then eventually we walked into the café. I was impressed with how confident and good he was. He gently wagged his tail, saying hi to the other people, without invading their space, and then when I sat down he checked the space around the table to lie down by my legs. He stayed there until I finished my latte and delicious slice of cake (read about Pet-friendly Shopping & Cake in Trentham Gardens here). Considering how hyper Richard can be, I was very impressed. He wasn’t in the waitress’ way, he wasn’t barking at other dogs or people, and it felt like he’d be a great ambassador of a well-behaved youngster! It’s always easier to go to places with a small dog, as you can pick him or her up, they can sit on your lap, or stay people watching from a bag. But where ever we are, whether it be in a café, pub, or train, we should make sure our dog doesn’t take too much space so other people are uncomfortable around us.

Do you have any other doggie etiquette guidance or tips to share? Do you agree or disagree with mine? I’d love to hear your viewpoint.

Jitka xx

Do you know which common foods are not good for your dog?

August 1st, 2018

My dogs are all raw fed and they are thriving on this diet.

My old girls, Rosie, 14 and Kimi, 14.5, don’t even look close to their age .. still ageless! Apart from Kimi now being completely deaf, so we have both needed to learn a new ‘sign’ language. Rosie is also now becoming hard of hearing, and I only recently noticed this when she didn’t respond to the fridge door opening.

My dogs, especially my Welshies, are real scavengers. They will eat anything they find, hunt, or steal … and there have been a few times when they’ve really made me worry. Once, around Christmas, Rosie and Jasmine snuck into our grooming salon kitchen, they somehow opened the cupboard, pulled out a large box of Thornton’s chocolates and managed to eat a few pieces before being noticed … luckily (although still worrying) the chocolates were all milk chocolates, containing a smaller amount of theobromine. Theobromine is toxic for dogs and other pets at certain doses as dogs can’t metabolize theobromine as effectively as humans and this allows it to build up in their system until it reaches a toxic level.

If you ever suspect that your dog might’ve eaten chocolate, contact your vet immediately. Rosie and Jasmine didn’t have any of the warning signs of poisoning which are: extreme thirst; diarrhoea; too much energy; pacing; panting; shaking; seizures.

Another time my dogs made me worry was when Rosie ate a few Brazil nuts which I didn’t know. She skilfully pinched them from my handbag. I could see she wasn’t herself at all, and her winds… uuuuh, horrible!! I thought she’d eaten something dodgy on our walk, but she was still eating, and drinking normally at home, so I didn’t panic and just observed her. After around 2 days she vomited out the undigested, slightly fermented, and rather smelly Brazil nut! After the culprit was expunged and identified, I did my research and found out that, thankfully, Brazil nuts are not toxic to dogs, but are high in fat and not easily digested, so a dog that eats Brazil nuts may experience an upset stomach. Yep, that was my greedy Rosie!!

When you are nuts about nuts like me, make sure you keep your Macadamia nuts away from your dog. These nuts contain an unknown toxin that can lead to neurological issues and are very, very high in fat, which can put your dog at risk of serious gastrointestinal distress or even lead to pancreatitis.

Other common foods we need to avoid feeding our dogs are:

Grapes and raisins – both can cause kidney failure and can be fatal
Onion – causes anaemia and should not be fed in any form. Signs of poisoning include diarrhoea, vomiting, lethargy and difficulty breathing
Avocado – extremely healthy for us, but not for our dogs. Avocados contain Persin, a substance that is also found in the leaves and the bark of the avocado tree. Persin is harmful to dogs, however in a different degree depending on the size of the dog and some other factors. Some dogs are not affected by Persin at all, while some may get mild nausea, may vomit and/or other more serious problems
Tomatoes – in large amounts can cause coughing, seizures, blood clotting
Garlic – it is questionable, but I like this article about why and how to feed garlic to your dog: https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/garlic-for-dogs-poison-or-medicine/

In general what is healthy for us is not always healthy for our dogs. We have to keep in our minds that a dog’s digestive system is different to ours, and we have to respect and feed our dogs according to this.

And keep your cupboards closed, or even better locked… and hide the key!! Dog’s can be very crafty and determined when it comes to food 😊

Jitka xx

Are there more ticks around these days?

July 25th, 2018

 

Even as a child I never found insects, bugs, and other little creatures scary or disgusting … including ticks. I know, little wierdo I am … we even used to pick off ticks with our bare hands and squash them, as we didn’t know about the potential danger back then.

The first time I really thought about how dangerous ticks were was when I was 16 and I was suspected of having the encephalitis virus and had to have a lumbar puncture done, to collect cerebrospinal fluid for diagnostic testing. Not nice!

At about the same time, I also heard about Lyme disease for the first time when one of our family friends’ got it and they spent a few weeks in the hospital, aching all over and apparently almost like they had paralysed legs. And then his dog got it a few years later, but as he knew the symptoms they rushed to the vet immediately.

Ticks were always very common in Slovakia, but when I moved to the UK and opened my first grooming business in Cannock, I was surprised not to have seen any ticks and fleas on my clients dogs. I thought that perhaps the dogs here were better cared for or that there weren’t as many of these parasites in the UK?

It’s only been in the last few years, and also maybe thanks to social media, that we talk more about ticks, the danger they pose, and how to deal with them. We are also now seeing more of them as well, and last year I had a clients dog on my table where I removed about 20 ticks!! No exaggeration!

I have done some research over the years and learnt that ticks have become more abundant, and extended their distribution, in Europe during the last two to three decades. Changes in farming, global warming, more animals moving around and across the borders, all contribute to ticks expanding their distribution.

Years ago you might come across ticks in rural areas and woods only, but these days we are at risk of tick bites (unless you are wearing Bodyguard Insect repellent bracelet ) when spending time in public areas like parks, beer gardens, picnic spots, gardens, while camping, cycling, running, or doing any outdoor activities.

The good news is ticks don’t like some of the essential oils. Which is really good for us, for our environment, and our planet. To read more about how the Tick Off works read our blog here: https://www.vitacanis.co.uk/the-magic-behind-the-tick-off-and-ear-cleaner/

The Bodyguard Insect repelling bracelet works on the same principle and will protect you from ticks, mosquitos, and other insects.

Despite all the potential danger from the ticks, and fleas, and mosquitos, and horse flies… I really hope you are enjoying the glorious weather we are having. I think we will all remember the summer of 2018 as the good and proper one 😊

 

Jitka xx

Meet our Vita Canis distributor in Finland, Pia von Koch

July 18th, 2018

 

Pia is very well known in the dog show world. She is a very successful handler and groomer, and not only in her home country of Finland. She’s intelligent, tall, pretty and blond, and she has an incredible connection with every dog she shows.

Pia & our young Airedale Richard

I’ve known Pia for a few years now. I used to see her at Crufts and she used to come to Saredon kennels to look at the Airedales and Lakelands. She always looked very stylish and glamorous, and I’ll never forget seeing her coming out of the grooming room one day wearing high heels. Seriously, trimming an Airedale in high heels?! I can barely stand in high heels, never mind working in them and handling a dog. Impressive, I thought!

We became friends when Pia was staying with us a few years ago for the first time. She visited Saredon kennels and worked with John on improving her hand stripping and styling skills for a few weeks. She knows that even if you are at the top of your game you need to carry on learning and improving to stay at the top.

We had a great time together, which is not hard as we share the same passion for dogs, and we both like the same books, films, and jokes. It’s fair to say, we had lot of fun together.

After her first visit here, Pia became a Vita Canis reseller in Finland, and this is her story.

What can you tell us about yourself?

I have been involved with dogs all my life. My first dog was a smooth-haired fox terrier. In the 70’s I started to show my Bernese mountain dog, but at that time I wasn’t so passionate about showing and handling. I have been a cloth designer for about 20 years and over that time I’ve owned different dogs as my family members, the Standard Poodle, and the Doberman to name a few. I got my first Airedale in 1998, and I absolutely fell in love with this king of terriers. Today I have 5 of them. My Airedale terrier, Duke, was the top Finnish Airedale for 6 years, and the top terrier in 2014.

In 2015 I opened my first dog grooming salon, called PiaDog® , in Helsinki and in a short period of time it became very busy and successful, specialising in hand stripped terriers. Over the years in dog showing, I made many national and inter

We both enjoy nice G&T and good veggie food

national champions, won best in shows, and even judged in Japan at the Open Airedale terrier Show.

Why did you decide to sell Vita Canis products?

In 2016 I visited Saredon kennels and worked with John, and you [Jitka] introduced me to your products. The first time I tried the

Hand Butter I fell in love. I loved, and still do, the soft, silky feeling it gives to my dry skin.

What is your favourite product?

The Calming Floral Spray  and Hand Butter . I use the calming spray in my salon on an every day basis and it is always in my show case as well. The Hand Butter helps my dry skin (really it should be called body butter, not hand butter !)

What is the best seller in your salon?

This time of the year it is definitely the Tick Off. Ticks are a massive problem in Finland. The ticks have become more abundant and have extended their distribution range in Finland, and Europe, during the last two to three decades. You can come across ticks not only in the countryside but also in Helsinki city centre!

 

If you would like to become a reseller or are interested to know more about stocking our products, please get in touch with me on enquiries@vitacanis.co.uk

Jitka xx

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