My Schapendoes puppy’s stay at Manoir Kanisha
The boarding of a pet in boarding facilities can be very stressful for the pet and be very worrying for the family of our four-legged companion. I had never used a boarding facility for my own dogs before my experience with the Manoir Kanisha. I have to admit that my expectations are very high for any boarding kennel. Why do you ask? Everyone is like that. The difference with me is that I have been the owner of a five-stars boarding facilities for dogs and cats for 15 years, Le Chenil de La Forest. It was a high-end boarding environment just like Manoir Kanisha. The circumstances regarding the present boarding period for my very young puppy were very particular as you will learn if you continue reading.
I have to admit that my expectations were very high for a boarding environment. Why do you ask? Everyone loving their pet should have high expectations. The difference with me is that I have been the owner of a five-stars boarding facilities for dogs and cats for 15 years. It was located in Mont Tremblant, Québec and called “Le Chenil de La Forest”. It was a high-end boarding environment just like Manoir Kanisha. As you will learn if you continue reading, the circumstances regarding the present boarding period for my very young puppy were very particular.
I am a family breeder of a rare breed of dogs called Schapendoes. There are very few in Canada. I only produce one litter per year. My breeding dogs are part of my family. For the purposes of my breeding program, I travel to Europe to meet top breeders, look for new bloodlines to diversify and improve my genetics pool and produce better animals. In April 2017 I went to the Netherlands to look and select a new baby Schapendoes.
As usual, I inquire and made the necessary arrangements to have my puppy with me in the aircraft cabin. I do not like to have an 8 weeks old baby in the cargo area. This is not the first time I have traveled with a young puppy Schapendoes. I never had a problem with my previous imports into Canada. Upon my arrival at the Montreal International Airport, the Customs Officer asked me if I have the IMPORT PERMIT for my young puppy? I did not have one because the information I was given by the Canadian authorities prior to my trip, did not specify that I needed to apply for such document.
I immediately asked how I can apply for this IMPORT PERMIT. I am informed by the Custom Officier that I have to return my puppy to his country of origin before I can apply for his IMPORT PERMIT. I am beside myself with anxiety and fear. My baby has not peed for more than 12 hours. It is impossible to walk him or leave Customs as they have confiscated my precious puppy.
Here is when my adventure with the Kanisha Manor begins. The customs officers gave me the telephone number of the Manoir Kanisha where my puppy will have to be kept IN BOND. I have to call their number and make arrangements with the Manoir Kanisha so that my dog can stay with them in Bond until I can arrange the return him to the Netherlands!
After my call, the Manoir Kanisha takes the situation in hand. They immediately came to take my puppy from the Customs area. I knew the excellent reputation of the Manoir Kanisha, but I had never been there myself. The owner, Nicole MacDuff, took the time to explain in details the process I will have to take to acquire the famous import permit for the very small fee of $35.00.
The next day, the process began. You need to know that the Manoir Kanisha provides several services one of which is called the “International Relocation of domestic animals” all around the world. Normally, the “return to origin process” of a puppy entering Canada without an import permit, is relatively quick. But because my puppy was only 8 weeks old, he could not return to his country of origin without a rabies vaccination. A Rabies vaccination is mandatory for all dogs entering the Netherlands. Unfortunately, as all veterinarian will confirm, a puppy cannot receive the Rabies vaccination before the age of 12 weeks and then, there must be a wait of 21 days before he can entry to Netherlands. This is the necessary period before the vaccination becomes efficient to protect the animal.
I tried every possible way to avoid returning my little one to Europe. But the Canadian Customs authorities were totally inflexible. During this time, my baby was boarded at Manoir Kanisha. Mrs. MacDuff gives me news every day and even several times a day. The staff at the Manor did a great job with my little XOLO. They played with him, walked him in their secure environment, stimulated his young little body with caresses, they also sent me pictures. I was emotionally troubled but at least, I knew that XOLO was in excellent hand and they cared very well for all his needs.
In situations like this, I had no access to my pet because, at Manoir Kanisha, XOLO was boarded in Bond. After a few days, I sent a friend to bring his special food. She found that my puppy was animated and very playful. She could only see him from a distance and she confirmed that XOLO was happy and developing well.
The Manoir Kanisha PET RELOCATION specialists, Tim Harris and Nicole MacDuff, supported me during this epic and emotionally difficult time. They reassured me and kept me well informed. They gave very good care to my little one. At the end of the period, Tim Harris brought XOLO back to me behind the Secured Custom doors at the Montreal International Airport, he was in excellent condition. A Customs Officer accompanied me and XOLO through the airport buildings until I arrived at the plane door.
I returned to the Netherlands with my precious puppy. Once in Europe, I applied for my IMPORT PERMIT to import a puppy under 8 months into Canada. I came back home with my Import Permit and I had no troubles with the Canadian Customs. XOLO is now a legal Canadian Citizen.
As the ex-owner of a five-stars Pet Boarding facilities, I can assure you that Manoir Kanisha and their competent staff have great skills and dedication to take care of all the animals placed under their care. By using the services of Manoir Kanisha your pet will be treated like precious gems and you will have peace of mind no matter the situation.
I want to thank all the Manoir Kanisha employees for the excellent care given to my little Schapendoes,
Colette Peiffer et XOLO
The Schapendoes is a herding dog with an attentive and courageous character. He is intelligent, watchful, jolly, lively, friendly and high spirited. Towards people familiar to him, he develops great affection and loyalty.
At the end of the last and beginning of this century, the Netherlands Schapendoes occurred everywhere in the region of The Netherlands where there was headland and where there were herds or flocks of sheep.
The shepherds valued him for the tireless pleasure he took in his work and for his intelligence. He belongs to the wide-rang group of long-haired herding breeds which have densely coated heads. He is related to the Bearded Collie, the Puli, the Owczarek Nizinny, the Bobtail, the Briar, the Bergamasker and the German Schafspudel of the variety wich occurs in the Hessen, Odenwald and the Niederrhein district. All these similar dogs are smaller mutations of mountain dogs.
The canine authority P.M.C. Toepoel, is the founder of this breed. During the second World War, he knew how to rouse interest in the breed. During the years from 1940 to 1945 specimen of the almost vanished Schapendoes were used for breeding from wherever they could be found.
To learn more about this rare breed the SCHAPENDOES, go to the following link: