Owner Christine Thomson is a long time dog lover and the mother of an 13 year old son, Gavin. She and Gavin have a rescue named Murphy, a yellow Lab mix and two rescued bearded dragons. Murphy started life out on a reserve near Chibougamou, Quebec, but he is now enjoying all the new friends he is making with Christine’s guest dogs.
Christine has been walking and caring for dogs since 2007, but since Covid had such a devastating effect on the travel industry, she has a regular job outside the home during the week and is not doing any dog sitting herself at the moment.
Before covid, Christine volunteered with Freedom Drivers and could often be found driving to/from Hawkesbury and Brockville, transporting dogs who need to get from Quebec shelters to foster care in Ottawa. She and her dog Murphy were volunteers with the Ottawa Humane Society’s Brightening Lives program – they made weekly visits to hospitals and retirement homes so residents could enjoy some dog companionship. She and Murphy also took part in the Humane Education program and visited schools to teach kids more about dogs and other pets.
Christine has completed 3 of the courses in the Professional Dog Trainer Program at Best Friends Dog Training as well at Pet First Air through St. John’s Ambulance. .
Why Bone Voyage was Started
Bone Voyage was started in 2004 as an alternative to kennels and pet sitters for pampered dogs and their owners. Anyone who travels understands the guilt associated with leaving a beloved pet behind in a noisy kennel with cages and barking dogs. Imposing on family and friends isn’t always an option, and allowing a pet-sitter into your home invades your privacy and still leaves your dog home alone for long periods of time.
Bone Voyage will find a private guest home for your dog’s vacation, where your canine companion will be treated like a member of the family. We will place your pet in a home best suited to your dog’s needs and personality.
Whether your dog needs a large yard and other dogs to play with, a quiet home with no children or other pets, or anything in between, we guarantee your dog will be in a safe and caring home. You and your dog will meet the care providers in their home prior to your vacation, so you will have peace of mind knowing your dog will be well cared for while you are away.