Stories about your Pets

This chapter is dedicated to our client’s stories about their pet(s).

If you would like to share a special story about your animal (s), please send it to me by E-Mail and I will place in this chapter. It would be so nice if you could include a few pictures of your “Best Friend”.

We are looking forward to receive and share your special pet’s story,

Nicole MacDuff       E-mail:


This is how YUKI came into my life…

From: Susan Stevenson
Sent: April-05-16 1:44 PM
To: Nicole MacDuff

Subject: This how YUKI came into my life…


Just out of interest, I thought you might find this story interesting

Yuki is a very special dog…… I had taken a stray cat into the vet to get fixed.  She was a very special cat that came into our back yard and meowed  her way into our lives.  To be honest with you, I am not a big cat fan.  This cat wrapped herself around my legs and talked and talked and talked her way into my world.

I finally gave in.  We fed her, bathed her, and housed her.  Then we took her to the vet to get fixed.  I received a call from the vet to say, we were not able to tell that she was already fixed until we operated AND she was already fixed.  I felt awful that we put her through this ordeal for a second time.  I quickly went to the vet to console her (console myself to be honest) and when I went there, Yuki was in a crate.

She was so beautiful I asked the vet to open the crate.  She gracefully came out of the crate and warmed up to me instantly.  I asked the vet who she belonged to…… Unfortunately nobody.  I had just taken two strays into my life and thought “I cannot take another with my three shih tzu’s and two strays and now a cat.  I loved Yuki, and put her back in the crate and left.

A few short days later I went to Canada to see my father, and the Bahrain strays announced they took Yuki back to the streets where they found her (she was getting fixed).  I was saddened and had to hope someone was going to love her and take her home.  Three days later, Yuki found her way back to the vet where she stayed for two weeks while getting fixed.  She went through very busy highways, dangerous areas to find her way back, and she did.  She scratched on the door to be let in.  The vet loved her like we all do, and let her in.  He then posted on facebook, Yuki needs a home.  She needs to be loved.  Someone dumped her ….. She was used to being in a home.

Oh dear god!  I am in Canada and I called someone at my house to go get her and put her in a kennel.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with her BUT knew I met her for a reason.  She stayed in the kennel till I got back and she was well taken care of.  When I returned, she was put in training as I knew I was going to find someone to love her.  When my sister in law and her husband came to visit, they fell in love with her.  The rest is history…. She is now with Donald and Claire.

I thought you would find this story inspirational.  The cat named Cuppy lead me to Yuki.

I am happy to say Cuppy and Yuki are well loved and well taken care of.

Kind Regards,


Susan Stevenson


The story of my two turtles: EARL & PENI

From: Jennifer C. [mailto:jc……….@……….com]
Sent: January-21-14 1:39 PM
To: Nicole MacDuff at Manoir Kanisha
Subject: Picture and story of my 2 turtles EARL & PENI

In the pictures Earl is on the right and Peni is the one on the left plotting his escape.

PENI & EARL are Red Eared Slider aquatic turtles.  I got them together at a local pet shop in Hilo, Hawaii about 7 years ago.  Peni is very fiesty and inquisitive and isn’t afraid of anything.  Earl on the other hand prefers to hide in his shell and hiss if he doesn’t like something.  They are both very personable and get very excited w­hen it’s time to be fed, splashing and climbing at the glass of their aquarium.  They used to live freely together in a large tank, but as they grew older they became territorial and began to fight.  They still share a tank but have to be separated with a divider, although they still interact with each other through the divider daily.

After deciding to move to the US east coast from Hawaii, I wasn’t sure how I would be able to move my turtles.  I called all the airlines and discovered that none of them would allow the turtles to travel in the cabin; they would only allow them to travel in cargo.  I was very worried about them traveling in cargo as they are so small, and being cold blooded susceptible to temperature fluctuations.  I was unable to find an airline-approved carrier that would be safe for Peni and Earl at any of our local pet stores or online and began looking for custom made carriers.

I was so happy when I found Manoir Kanisha’s website, the descriptions and pictures of their custom carriers were exactly what I was looking for.  Tim was able to build a carrier specific to Peni and Earl’s dimensions and needs.  He built a carrier with a divider so Peni and Earl could travel together.

I believe being in the same container will help to ease the stress of the trip.  Tim also included a slot in the divider where a heat pack can be placed if they have to travel during cooler temperatures.  I also really appreciated Tim’s willingness to answer all my questions and concerns about safely transporting the turtles in cargo.  The carrier Tim built is exactly what I wanted and I feel so much more comfortable sending the turtles in cargo in such a sturdy and secure carrier.

Thank you so much,

Jennifer C., Hawaii

The Story of Boris

Boris was born in Australia in a place called Townsville, one of the hottest parts of the country. When they were just kittens, Boris & his sister were found on the side of the road. Luckily for them however they were recused by a delightful vet nurse who was housing over 30 homeless cats at the time. It was here that we first met Boris and it was love at first sight! Boris went from being a skinny little kitten with rather large ears into a bulging bulldozer of a feline! However he could not be more of a cool customer! Boris invented relaxation! Growing up with two crazy toddlers pulling on his ears, snatching his tail and cuddling him to death barely draws a sigh from this wise old cat! He is not even tempted to chase a bird if any energy output is involved!

This photo is a perfect description of what Boris is all about…

Stay calm and don’t stop snoozing even if you look ridiculous!

Erin H. , Townsville, Australia

The Story of “ERIS” the joy of my life

“I have had German Shepherd dogs for 24 years.  In May 2013, having lost first my big boy King, and then his mother Ginny (at the age of 14) in the winter, I was ready for another dog.  However, I was not up to the whole puppy thing, and decided to look for an adult dog who had been living in a kennel.

The Kiefernfels kennel where King and Ginny came from is on a farm in Ontario, just north of Campbellford.  They had a female, Eris, whom they were retiring from their breeding program, and I adopted her.

Eris was born in May 2005 at Hellwigg kennels, to friends of the Kiefernfels kennel, and at the age of four months she went to live on the farm at Campbellford.  She won some conformation titles as a young dog, and then started having puppies.  She had four litters by the age of 8; a litter every two years.  This is the difference between a proper breeder and a puppy mill; in a puppy mill she would have been pregnant every six  months until she died.  Here, she had just four litters, and then was retired.  Her puppies have done well; many have gone on to get their Canadian championships.

There are many challenges in adopting a kennel dog.  I had faced them when I adopted Ginny, and so knew what I was getting into.  With Eris, she had led a very sheltered life.  Everything was new.  Loud noises bothered her; the most frightening seemed to be the garbage truck.  I brought her home to Montreal on a cold day in May, 2013.  I could tell she was uptight because she would not pee. She just couldn’t relax enough to do that.  We walked and walked that day.  Finally at 3 a.m. she woke me up and went out and peed.  I figure she had gone about 20 hours without peeing.  Eris however did know how to go up and down stairs, because when she had her puppies she lived in the farmhouse, and there learned about stairs.

She did not walk at all well on the leash in the beginning.  She kept trying to cross in front of me, and I think she was trying to herd me.  She also had terrible separation anxiety.  She would just freak out if I tried to leave her.  I did crate her, but she destroyed her crate.  It turns out that with some cases of separation anxiety it is better to leave the dog free in the house.  However, she seems to treat the car as a crate; she is quite happy to stay alone in the car, as I always return.  With time, her separation anxiety is gradually getting better, and I can leave her alone in the house for up to two hours at a time now.

Eris was also uncertain around strangers.  She had very limited socialisation living on the farm.  I decided to take her to obedience classes.  It would give both her and me structure to her training.  Obedience school is great on many levels; classes are very calm, very structured, there is reward for good behaviour (treats!), and it engages the dog’s mind.  She couldn’t be busy freaking out because she was being required to do work.  She learned to be around strange people and dogs, and to be polite.  She now heels beautifully, and the most important  command she learned is “wait”.  When I open the car door, I give that command, and she does not get out until I give the release command

We completed the  8 weeks obedience course, and passed. Not only passed, but we placed third in a class of 13.

I am so proud of my girl.  She has gone from living in a barn with other dogs to a dog that has her basic obedience commands and did so very well in class.  She is the joy of my life.

Judith P., Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Cat care story

I have been having some interesting cat care things going on–

The neighbor who sweeps and mops the floors for me was using Pine-Sol. There was a lot of vomiting.  When we switched to just a little laundry detergent in the wringer pail, this lessened considerably.  But my one FeLV+ cat, who is in the farm’s second house by himself, still was vomiting too much, and bringing up rather thin, light gray vomit, much the color of the clumping litter.  I’d see him licking the clumping litter.  I switched to recycled newspaper litter (“Yesterday’s News”), and in a few days I had my old cat back.  He was not vomiting, and he was eating better and acting more energetic and outgoing.  I don’t know what they add to clay litter to make it clump, but it must not be good.  In prior years I had used plain clay litter, with also less vomiting, and had better-doing cats.  Diablo, the FeLV+ cat, might lick the regular clay litter, too, so I thought the paper litter would be a better bet.  Clumping litter IS a great convenience because you can easily scoop out urine-saturated litter, making for less frequent box changing.  If it’s getting them sick, though, it’s not worth it.  I’ve also been giving him occasional raw liver treats to fill in the nutritional blanks he may have been searching for in the clumping litter.

The vet said sometimes anemic cats eat litter, so on the strength of that theory, I though liver might be a plus at times.  I cut it up and freeze tiny bags so I can thaw it out a little at a time.

BTW, I’ve had Diablo 4 years.  He will test positive, but he hasn’t been
symptomatic, like most of the other positives I’ve had.  They had non-stop upper respiratory disease, and needed constant antibiotics.  I had one who tested a weak positive, and then went negative and lived to be 15.  The ones with constant infections didn’t last more than a year, though.  I hope Diablo hangs in there.  He’s such a charming beast!

Buddy (9), who didn’t have bad gingivitis, still is doing better after 4
teeth pulled that had enamel erosion, making them painful.  I hope he
regains some weight.  He and the 15-16-year-olds have elevated BUN and creatinine.  The other 2 old cats are due next week for dentals as well.  I hope they do as well as Buddy.  Frankly, I thought Buddy was the worst surgery risk of the 3 of them, and it’s great he did as well as he did.

In the meantime, this is costing a fortune!  I have 5 barn cats and 3 other house cats still needing routine maintenance.  But it is great to see them feeling better.



Champion GINNY… a real survivor!

To read about Pets from previous months, see below Ginny…

According to her present owner Mrs. Judy P., GINNY, now 14 years old, was born in Peterborough, Ontario on Dec. 14, 1998.

She was co-owned at birth by Louis Goyer and Ron Peet. Her CKC registered name is “Vanlousvir’s Sloe Gin Fizz”, a fancy cocktail drink. She lived part of her life as akennel dog in Ontario and spent some time with Louis in Chateauguay, south of Montreal. When she was 2 and 1/2 years old, she was bred to Eco-Lan’s Percussion” (Drummer) and I adopted one of her sons named KING. She only had one more litter after that.

GINNY readily achieved her Canadian championship. Even at 14 years old, she demonstrates her beautiful gait. When she was seven years old, she developed an infected uterus. Ron and Jenn had her spayed to save her life. In June 2006, she came to live with me in Montreal and her son KING. She was a kennel dog when I got her and she had never lived in a house. She learned to go up and down stairs, at 7 years of age.

In spring 2011 she was diagnosed with colon cancer and was bleeding out. Without medical intervention she would have been dead in a few days. The first treatment was an injection of an enzyme called aspergillis. This shrunk the tumour in half and the bleeding stopped in just a few days.

After much convincing that she would not have the same side effects as humans on chemotherapy, she got 5 chemotherapy treatments, once a month. She never showed any discomfort or bad side effects. The cancer went into remission and has stayed in remission.

In the spring of 2012 she had some bad episodes of upset stomach and breathing problems. At the beginning of June 2012 the vet in Montreal thought she just had weeks left. With the bad respiratory event at the end of July at the cottage, the vet in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, thought I would be lucky if she lasted until Thanksgiving.

In October 2012 she was boarded at Manoir Kanisha for 42 days and came back home in very good condition.

Here she is on December 26, 2012 doing very well. She is spending more time at Manoir Kanisha during the Christmas holiday.

Ginny is just amazing. A real survivor!



BAXTER… everybody’s friend.

Born on July 14th 1998, Baxter is now more then 14 years old. He is a Golden Retreiver who has been frequently boarded (many times per months) at Manoir Kanisha since his youth.

Baxter will do anything to earn a cookie…

Baxter loves to be cuddled…

His owner, allergic to dog hair, requests that we shave Baxter once a month.

At Manoir Kanisha, Baxter receives 5 short walks per day. He loves to go outside.

Sometimes, during his walks, Baxter will want a short break to catch his breath…

Finaly it is the time to sleep! BAXTER has the most wonderful temperament and becomes a friend with every human he meets. He really is… everybody’s friend.

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