From pet photo shoots to dog-safe cakes, East Coast pet parents have plenty of ways to spoil furbabies

Atlantic Canadians love their pets – or their fur babies – and it’s a pleasure to spoil them. From annual photos with Santa to birthday cakes, the sky’s the limit when it comes to treating these fur babies.

Kate Henriques and Grant Rushton of Souris, PEI. have more than one pet to spoil.

“Our three cats get a can of wet cat food — we call it gravy — every morning,” Henriques explains. “Maisie, our dog, gets cheese treats for obedience and Grant always lets her lick his plate.”

The couple also have chickens and ducks that get leftover fruits and vegetables, hot cooked mash in the winter, and sunflower seeds.

“Beatrice, our cow, does the grocery shopping. I’ll buy her lettuce and kale, squash, apples, carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes, etc., and give them to her as treats,” adds Henriques.

Eddie Edison is pictured with his beloved cat, Muppet.  St. John's pet owner takes Muppet for rides in the truck and bought a portable Muppet carrier.  - Contributed
Eddie Edison is pictured with his beloved cat, Muppet. St. John’s pet owner takes Muppet for rides in the truck and bought a portable Muppet carrier. – Contributed

“Usually I get the discounted Flashfood boxes from the Superstore for this. Our pigs were getting fruit and veg almost every day that we picked up from local grocery stores, what they were going to throw in the trash.”

TD Eddie Edison of St. John’s, NL. take her Muppet cat on truck rides to make her days more interesting. She also bought him “an adventure vest and a front-loading baby carrier – I mean, a cat – baby carrier”.

Marlene Sweeney-MacMurtry of South Farmington, Nova Scotia, says her Shih Tzu Peter has some pretty cool toys, including a convertible dog stroller.

“The cart turned into a sled when the wheels were removed and the skis put on, and buying him his own kite to fly at Rissers Beach,” she said.

Marlene Sweeney-MacMurtry of South Farmington, Nova Scotia, includes photos of her shih tzu, Peter, with her Christmas cards.  - Contributed
Marlene Sweeney-MacMurtry of South Farmington, Nova Scotia, includes photos of her shih tzu, Peter, with her Christmas cards. – Contributed

“But really, does it all spoil when I look at all the laughs and smiles it brought?”

She also has a collection of holiday photos with Santa Claus.

“He went to see Santa for 10 years in a row, not always to Santa’s delight, because my treasure seemed to get a little grumpier with age,” she says. “And for years we sent his photos with Santa Claus in our Christmas cards. Who wouldn’t want to see such happiness? It never ceased to make me smile!”

Marlene Sweeney-MacMurtry's shih tzu, Peter, is dressed as a shark for Halloween.  - Contributed
Marlene Sweeney-MacMurtry’s shih tzu, Peter, is dressed as a shark for Halloween. – Contributed

A pet business inspired by Goose

In addition to taking photos of families and weddings, photographer Cheryl Perry from Harrington, PEI recently branched out and started a pet-only business in 2020 called Fetch. Photo club.

“When COVID hit I had to reorient my photography business to make up for lost revenue with canceled weddings, so I decided it was time to make Fetch Club Photos a reality,” says- she. “And it was the best decision.”

Perry dedicates most of his success to Goose, who sadly passed away last year, but whose legacy continues as her owner developed the Goose Gives Foundation to help dogs in need on PEI. Prince Edward.

“We will be working together on fundraisers for photography and I’m excited about that. Goose will always have a special place in my heart,” Perry said.

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“Before the official launch of Fetch Club Photos, I was working on improving my canine photography skills. At the time, I photographed my friend Goose’s dog a lot,” says Cheryl Perry. “He did well with commands (and treats) and had the best expressions. So much character for a dog and he’s helped my photography tremendously.” – Contributed

“I wanted to offer my pet photography on its own and not bundled with my other photography services. I also wanted to acknowledge that pets are here for a short time and wanted to honor them as they cross the arch bridge. in sky.”

Perry says it’s “great and fun to meet everyone’s pets, especially dogs.”

Everyone is unique, she adds.

“So much personality shines through, which makes for the best facial expressions for the camera. I love seeing the dogs running around and playing in their favorite environment like the beach or the forest path,” she says.

Cheryl Perry has had several pet photography sessions offered to owners.
Cheryl Perry has had several pet photography sessions offered to owners. “This is such a great idea for the animal lover who can have just about anything. Sometimes it’s for an aging dog and they want to make sure they have something to remember them by. ” – Contributed

“It warms my heart to be able to create lasting images that owners will cherish. And I love when owners want to be in the pictures too.”

There’s a downside, Perry admits: It’s definitely a challenge for some dogs to sit still.

“The owners and I will use lots of treats, praise and lots of patience. However, I will chase puppies endlessly to get that perfect shot.”

Perry is a pet lover herself, with three pets at home. Each of his packages is named after one of his own furbabies.

“I have a senior dog, Amie, who I was lucky enough to get from the PEI Humane Society, an energetic border collie named Archer, and a cat with an ‘I own the world’ personality named Andi (rescue from the PEI Humane Society as well), ” she lists.

The Littlest Pet Bakery currently offers cakes for cats and dogs, as many pet owners are looking for a way to treat the furry member of the family on their birthday.  For many, says Cole Harbor co-owner Jennifer Bishop, it's become an annual tradition to add a Littlest Pet Bakery cake to their pet's birthday party.  - Contributed
The Littlest Pet Bakery currently offers cakes for cats and dogs, as many pet owners are looking for a way to treat the furry member of the family on their birthday. For many, says Cole Harbor co-owner Jennifer Bishop, it’s become an annual tradition to add a Littlest Pet Bakery cake to their pet’s birthday party. – Contributed

Pet Friendly Cakes

Jennifer and Jamasia Bishop of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia created The Littlest Pet Bakery and Handcrafted desserts in 2015.

“When we started, and still today, our goal was to help pet owners include their fur babies in the special occasions we all celebrate,” says Jennifer.

“Whether it’s an Easter basket or a Christmas stocking of cookies, our treats have served as gifts that bring everyone in the family together.”

Their second goal was to create cookies and cakes that all dogs can have, despite all food sensitivities, “because nothing would be sadder than a puppy abandoned to a pawty.”

The Littlest Pet Bakery has many customers who return year after year, choosing from one of their 10 different cake designs.  - Contributed
The Littlest Pet Bakery has many customers who return year after year, choosing from one of their 10 different cake designs. – Contributed

The Littlest Pet Bakery was born from the imagination of a four-year-old girl who wanted to share her personal love of treats with animals.

“She wanted to make sure the pets were always included on special occasions and had guilt-free treats and everything else,” says Jennifer.

With the guidance of her mother and the help of her chef father, they started making delicious pet desserts as a family.

In 2018, however, Jamasia’s father passed away, but encouraged his family to continue growing his business. Jamasia’s dream is now inspired by the memory of her chief father.

The mother-daughter duo now sell 10 different cake designs and often see pet owners return year after year to buy special birthday cakes for their beloved furbabies.

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