Meet Vivian…Top Dog at Leash and Keys

About Us

I’ve been an Oakville resident for the past 6 years and I have to say, I love this city! One of the first things I noticed after moving here was how many canine citizens we have. Surely THAT must be the sign of a great place to live!

I was raised in a family that loves animals and we always had one or two large breed dogs that lived in the house with us. We also had budgies and a rescue pony named Patches. Fast forward 30 years, and I’m living in a condo in Toronto and working at Zebrano, a boutique Concierge company specializing in Personal Services, Interior Design and Travel.

It wasn’t the right time for me to have a dog, but I did share my loft with 2 little parrots: Desi and Weatie Pea. Then I met Craig, the two legged love of my life. He was perfect, even if his baggage included 3 cats! We traded city for suburbs, moved to Oakville and haven’t looked back. As you can imagine, it was a kind of dysfunctional Brady Bunch scenario with 3 cats and 2 birds, but we made it work.

In 2013 I became a volunteer with Canadian Dachshund Rescue, Ontario (CDR) and it’s been a wonderful journey. While the stories we come across in rescue work can break your heart, the triumphs and feelings of fulfillment and joy that come with saving these dogs outweighs everything else.

The best part of the experience to date has been fostering and then adopting Laverne, a miniature long haired Dachshund. Laverne was surrendered to our rescue group after she had been used for breeding for several years in a puppy mill until the mill had no more use for her. See the whole story here.

Along with my ongoing work with CDR, I have fostered baby bunnies for the Oakville Humane Society, nursed my Desi back to health after a broken leg and participated in dog training and Pet First Aid courses. One day I hope to open a boarding and hospice centre for dogs and retired service animals.

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Viv, Laverne, Craig