2012 was an amazing year for Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid.
Instructors taught in hundreds of North American venues, including one new Province and Territory. Distance Learning candidates from more then a dozen countries completed their Certification at home. Candidates from 18 new locations completed our Instructor training program and are either actively teaching or well on their way to doing so.
Walks 'N' Wags representatives attended many tradeshows and community events just to meet you! They were at: Ottawa Pet Expo, Calgary Pet Expo, All About Pets, Vancouver Pet Expo, Delta Community Pet Expo, Doggy Fun Day, BC SPCA's Paws for a Cause, and more.
Our head office supported more then a dozen rescues and charitable organizations with time, funds, donated course spaces, giveaway items, and proceeds from our Holiday Charity Drive. Some of these organizations include: World Vets International, Second Chance Animal Rescue, Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue, Whistler Animals Galore, Cocker Spaniel Rescue of BC, Senior Animals in Need Today Society (SAINTS), BC SPCA, BC Guide Dogs, and more. This just from our head office since the rest of our Independent Instructors assisted dozens of other charities across the nation on their own.
I personally continued to donate my time to World Vets International, completing 2 spay/neuter missions in Colombia and Tanzania. This year I also joined Canadian Animal Assistance Team and Vancouver Emergency Social Services Pet Committee.
We brought in a new product, the Walks 'N' Wags Pridebite toy. This toy is durable, safe, washable, and has been enjoyed by many of our furry class participants.
We had a fun year getting to know our Facebook and Twitter friends with a couple dozen great giveaways including ones in collaboration with Animal Wellness magazine, Aussie Pet Mobile Canada, and Trupanion Pet Insurance.
Walks 'N' Wags was featured in numerous new media outlets, including: radio, tv, magazine, and social media. Special thanks to Animal Wellness Magazine, Black Dog White Cat News, Canadian Dogs Annual, and Integrative Veterinary Journal for publishing several of my articles.
All in all, we were are thrilled with the outcome of 2012 and are looking forward to what 2013 has to offer.
So what's coming in 2013?
We have been working most of the year on a new product, designed and produced in collaboration with a top notch North American supplier/manufacturer. The final prodcut is currently in production and will be rolling out in the next couple of months.
We have an Instructor course scheduled in Calgary in April 2013 with more new dates and locations to be announced.
We will be at the Vancouver Pet Expo, Vancouver Island Pet Expo, and Pet Lover shows in the early months of this year with more Canadian shows to follow.
We will continue to work hard to support the hard-working animal rescues and services who make the lives of the pets in our communities better. I will continue to devote my time to World Vets with news of my upcoming work with them coming soon.
And of course, last but not least we have new curriculum we are working on that we think you will find very exciting.
So, let's celebrate both 2012's successes and an amazing year to come. Without our devoted Instructors and caring animal owners like you, I could not write this blog so I would like to sincerely thank you for your support and for choosing Walks 'N' Wags.
Lisa Wagner, Operations Director
Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid