About us

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Owner Christine Thomson is a long time dog lover and the mother of an 11 year old son, Gavin. She and Gavin have a rescue named Murphy, a yellow Lab mix and Haylee, a flat coat retriever mix. 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 and his compantion Haylee, who is a rescue from the Ottawa Humane Society.

Christine can be found walking dogs in Barrhaven seven days a week, as she offers dog walking and cat sitting in Barrhaven and Riverside South.

Christine volunteers with Freedom Drivers and can 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 are volunteers with the Ottawa Humane Society’s Brightening Lives program – they make weekly visits to hospitals and retirement homes so residents can enjoy some dog companionship. She and Murphy also take part in the Humane Education program and visit schools to teach kids more about dogs and other pets.

Christine is enrolled in the Professional Dog Trainer Program at Best Friends Dog Training. She recently completed level one and is looking forward to the next module.

Christine and Gavin love to take guest dogs hiking, snowshoeing and swimming.

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.

The Solution
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.