In Fond Memory of Our Friends

In Memory of


February 1999 - June 2014

"Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement."



In fond memory of our dear friend


2002 - 2014

On September 6 of 2014 we had to say goodbye to our friend.

Simon was usually a quiet guy but when a beach walk was imminent, this mild-mannered guy became a howling beach dude who loved to show the youngsters how to fetch and retrieve balls in the surf. In the seven years that Simon visited with us in Seaforth, we never once saw him get short-tempered or lose his cool. His gentle manner and friendly attitude made him an ideal candidate for welcoming any new arrivals and he did a great job, whether they were big or small, young or old, timid or brave. Simon's passing leaves a big gap that will be very hard to fill but we will remember him fondly and keep him in our hearts.




In Memory of Lola

2004 - 2014

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."

~Roger Caras

Here is a link to a short video celebrating Lola

Lola CL


In Memory of Gem

2002 - 2013

Dogs are our link to paradise.

They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent.

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring—it was peace.

~Milan Kundera

Click on the link below to see a short video for Gem


In Fond Memory of Hershey

September 24, 1999 - July 14, 2014


I talk to him when I'm lonesome like;
And I'm sure he understands.
When he looks at me so attentively,
And gently licks my hands;
Then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes,
But I never say naught thereat.
For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes,
But never a friend like that.

W. Dayton Wedgefarth

click on the link below to see a short video tribute to Hershey.

Hershey M



2003 - June 5, 2014


2002 - June 6, 2014

These two dear friends said goodbye this week as they were lovingly released from any further pain. Each one was special in their own way and we'll miss the times we spent with both of them. We look forward to meeting up with them again when it's time for us to cross the bridge to the place where all good dogs live on.

"If friends fail us, if the phone is silent and the postman passes

Our dog will touch our knee , and smile, and say

Who cares? All the more time for us to be together

Come for a walk. This is a splendid day. "

~ Pam Brown ~

Remembering our dear friend


March 31, 2005 - April 17, 2014


In Memory of our dear friend


March 28, 2003 - December 17, 2013

A Newf's Prayer

My people are so precious, Lord, I know you think so too…
And I believe You put me here to love them just for You!
They take such gentle care of me and have such tender hearts…
Please use me, Lord, to comfort them whenever teardrops start.
They face a lot of battles as they live and work each day…
They need me Lord, to make them smile and show them how to play!

The world is full of people, but sometimes real friends are few….
Please let my love and loyalty remind them, Lord, of You.
And when my final moment comes, Lord, tell them as we part…
I was a made-to-order gift from Your great and loving heart!

- Author unknown -

Below is a link to a short video about Penny.







In Memory of our Friend


March 25, 2000 - October 18, 2013

"Once a dog loves you, he loves you always, no matter what you do, no matter

what happens, no matter how much time goes by."

-Jeffrey Masson


Here is a short video to celebrate our old friend. Just click on the link below.






In Memory of our Old Friend


1998 - 2013

Click on the link below to view a short video of



Dogs Who've Shared Our Lives

They will not go quietly,
the dogs who've shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.


Old habits still make us think
we hear a barking at the door.
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.

Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
And, sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.

And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts
belongs to them...and always will.





In Memory of


2007 - 2013

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In Fond Memory of


May 5, 1999 - September 27, 2013

"Once a dog loves you, he loves you always, no matter what you do,

no matter what happens, no matter how much time goes by."

- Jeffrey Masson-

Click on the link below to view a short video about





In Memory of  Champ

2004 - 2013

here is a link to a short video in memory of





In Fond Memory of


who passed on at fourteen years of age

September 5, 2013

Here is a link to a short video for Harley.


A good dog never dies, he always stays,

And walks besides you on crispy autumn days,

When frost is on the fields and when the year

Is ending and the winter is drawing near.

And when it's summer and when the bees are humming

He leaps ahead of you and awaits you coming,

And anytime you're lonely, look, you'll see

His great eyes watching you solemnly.

Just call him in your heart, he'll cease his play

His head within your hand in his old way.

~Author Unknown~

In Memory of

Sweet Girl


July 4, 2000 - July 22, 2013

And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.

I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.

Click on the link below to view a short video in memory of Allie.





In Memory of


June 11, 2002 - June 17, 2013

A sweet boy, a good friend and a great teacher for many younger critters.

He never complained, he had lots of patience and all he ever wanted was to please his humans. He will be missed by his friends in Seaforth.

Click on the link below to see a short video in memory of


In memory of


She was the best friend to Karen and Chase.


June 6, 1999 - April 12, 2013

click on the link below to see a short video about Lucy.




In Memory of

Sweet Smiling Chelsea

February 24, 2000 - February 20, 2013


click on this link to see Chelsea's video



In Fond Memory



1995 -2013


Here is a link to a short video about Trooper.



In Memory of


She passed away December 1, 2012.

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep
Then will you do what must be done
For this—the last battle—can't be won.

You will be sad, I understand
But don't let grief then stay your hand
For on this day, more than all the rest
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years
What is to come can hold no fears
You'd not want me to suffer, so
When the time comes, please let me go.

Take me to where my needs they'll tend
Only, stay with me until the end.
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see
It is a kindness you do to me
Although my tail, its last has waved
From pain and suffering I've been saved.

Don't grieve that it must now be you
Who has to decide this thing to do
We've been so close—we two—these years
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

- Author Unknown -




In Memory




She lived from 1999 until Nov 5, 2012

You can view a short video for Rascal by clicking on the link below.





"They will not go quietly,
the dogs who've shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.

Old habits still make us think
we hear a barking at the door.
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.

Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
And, sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.

And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts belongs to them...
and always will."

~ author unknown ~


In fond memory of our old friend


January 1, 1998 - September 20, 2012

We have a secret, you and I,

That no one else shall know,

For who, but I can see you lie,

Each night in fire glow?

And who but I, can reach my hand

Before we go to bed,

And feel the living warmth of you

And touch your silken head?

And only I walk woodland paths,

And see, ahead of me,

Your small form racing with the wind,

So young again, and free.

And only I can see you swim

In every brook I pass.

And, when I call, no one but I

Can see the bending grass.

Author Unknown

Below is a link to a video in memory of






In Fond Memory



November 2001 - September 2012

Look not where I was
For I am not there
My spirit is free
I am everywhere

In the air that you breathe
In the sounds that you hear
Don't cry for me Mom
My spirit is near

I'll watch for you
From the other side
I'll be the one running
New friends by my side

Smile at my memory
Remember in your heart
This isn't the end
It's a brand new start




Mary's Sister & Partner


June 26, 1953 - Oct 31, 2011

We can shed tears that she is gone,

Or we can smile because she has lived.

We can close our eyes and pray that she will come back,

Or we can open our eyes and see everything she has left.

Our hearts can be empty because we can't see her,

Or we can be full of the love we've shared.

We can turn our backs on tomorrow and live yesterday,

Or we can cherish her memory and let it live on.

We can cry and close our mind, be empty and turn our backs,

Or we can do what she'd want: smile, open our eyes, love and go on.





At Country Critter Sitters, our guests say the nicest things !



From Sally West's Family - March 2008


In January, 2008 I had hip replacement surgery. This meant no dog walking for seven long weeks. Chris and I missed our Border collie Sally dreadfully. The condo was too quiet and too clean and there was nobody to make us laugh. However, this period would have been far worse had it not been for Mary and Cathy and the crew at Country Critter Sitters. At least we knew Sally was having the best possible time, and we were able to keep in touch by checking the daily diaries. We even caught occasional glimpses of her in photographs. We cannot thank Mary and Cathy enough for their loving care of our Sally and their understanding of the nature of this breed.

Anne and Chris West,

Halifax, NS


From Penny Casey's Family  - May 2007

This is a wonderful place for dogs to be -- truly a home-away-from-home.  I was impressed by the attention paid to each dog and by the atmosphere of enjoyment and energy.  My Newfoundland dog, Penny, had a wonderful time running and swimming and is probably hoping for a chance to visit again! It was great to be able to get news of her via the diary.

Margaret Casey

Halifax, NS

From Murphy Cameron-Brown's Family - October 2005


We first heard of Country Critter Sitters from mutual friends, Basil & Jane Coady.  They spoke so highly of Mary & Cathy that we felt we had to check out their "doggie resort" by the ocean. We were immediately impressed by the comfortable surroundings and obvious care for all of their guests. We have been fortunate to be able to leave Murphy

for lots of mini vacations, sometimes on very short notice.  We really appreciate the accommodations made for us. The journals are the best! A really nice touch. Murphy always comes home relaxed and sleepy...looking forward to his next visit. Thanks for being there!

Andrea & Scott
Dartmouth NS


From Shaq Edwards-Liboiron's Family - August 2005

Shaq had a blast. He came home and slept until 10am the next morning. It was great to know that Shaq had fun and was so well taken care of at your home.. That is what it was like for us, leaving him with friends. Thanks for giving him a better vacation then we had and we had a great one.


Kathy Edwards


From Scotia Greening's Family - August 2005

I've been meaning to write this for a long time, but I've discovered its hard  to put into words the love and affection I have for the Country Critter Sitters.  Mary and Cathy have added such love and comfort to both Scotia and I over the past year and a half since her first visit. Whenever I need to trust Scotia's care to those who will love her as much as me and give her more fun than I could, its Mary & Cathy who come to mind. Scotia swims at CCS - she's a Sheltie! Shelties typically don't swim.. That's what a stay at the "Resort" does for your dog - and you. It opens your eyes to all the wonderful experiences you will both have under Mary & Cathy's care and endless love of animals!

Thanks ladies! You mean the world to both me and Scotia. For those of you still not convinced - let me leave you with this thought.  Once you go Country Critter Sitters, you never go back!!

 Christine Greening

 Halifax, NS



From Pilgrim Bulmer's Family - July 2005

Im glad Pilgrim is lucky enough to get to go to Country Critter Sitters. it's definitley the best place to go for him when we're away thanks for making him so happy. THANK YOU!

Tessa Bulmer



From Quarrie's Family - February 2005


When our female Schnauzer died in August at age seven and a half we were devastated to say the least.  Our male Schnauzer, Quarrie,  was worse as he did not understand where she was.  They had never been apart for anything.  They were groomed together, went to the Vets together, slept and ate together etc.  He was doing so poorly we  wondered if we wouldn't lose him as well.  I  think our little doggy from heaven intervened and saved Quarrie.  Mary and Cathy came into our lives and we have never looked back.  Although Quarrie is still sad it is only when he is home and lonely and bored.  Mary, Cathy, Doofus, Sonny, Mac, Morgan, Devon, Joe and all the guest dogs have given him a new lease on life.  It has enabled me to leave him for more than an hour or two and we never worry when we leave him as he is loved and taken such good care of.  Mary and Cathy are exceptional woman who I am so happy to call friends.  The reality is, Quarrie is taken better care of  there than he is at home as his days are so filled and he is so tired he does not have time to grieve.  How do you thank people for giving you back your dog?

Tom & Maryl MacQuarrie
Halifax, Nova Scotia

From Jake and Amber's Family - September 2004


Hi Mary and Cathy,

It is so lovely to have Jake and Amber home. We missed them so very much. Can't believe how much they have grown. They obviously had a wonderful time with you. Thanks for all the effort you put in, even their brush was clean! Of course you can post our email address on your reference page. No doubt we will see you again soon, as we go away regularly and we are certain Jake and Amber would love to come and stay again. We may even come to your beach over the next few weekends.

Best wishes

Sharon, Craig, Matthew and Nathan


From Maggie Eddy's Family - September 2004

Hello Mary and Cathy.

Gary and I just want to say thanks again for the wonderful care given to Maggie for the week she was with you. You both are certainly unique in the service you provide to these pets that mean so much to their "humans". I was so touched by the personal diary that you put together for Maggie. She was tired when she came home but in excellent spirits. We will look forward to the next visit at Christmas. If someone is looking for a referral please don't hesitate to use our name.

Thanks again for everything.

Carol and Gary
East Chezzetcook



From Willow Kirby's Family - Jan 2004

Hi Mary and Cathy,

Thanks so much for the wonderful Christmas card from Devon, Mac and Morgan and the great care you provided

to Willow and I in 2003. You guys really are the BEST!.

Jeff Kirby
Halifax, Nova Scotia


From Allie Thompson's Family - August 2003

I would like to recommend to other caring dog owners the pet sitting services provided by Country Critter Sitters in Seaforth, Halifax County.

I have used their services and have been pleased with the special care and attention that my dog, Allie, received while at their country home, which is located twenty-five miles from downtown Halifax.

Beth Thompson,
Halifax, Nova Scotia

From Bailey Wilson-Proudfoot's Family - August 2003

Guest dogs are integrated into the Taplin home with the family and their pets and receive 24 hour supervised care. There is a large fenced property that allows the dogs to have off leash privileges as long as they are obedient and well-socialized.  Personal feeding, necessary health care and guest I.D. tags are provided along with lots of pats and playtime. The beach hikes are a big hit with most dogs.

Shawna Wilson
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia

From Riley Magdy's Family - August 2003

Hi Cathy & Mary

Thank you for taking such great care of Riley. He appears to be a very different dog We have enjoyed reading the journal. We will be in touch again. Thank you,

Lower Sackville, N.S,
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