Sunday, February 28, 2010

City Pets - Bear

Gentle Bear came by way of his family after his mommy had too many glasses of wine and went on Two days later Bear became a part of the family and has since proven to be the sweetest and goofiest Shepherd most have ever met. Bear loves to run leash free in the parks and swim. He is terrified of steep stairs, bridges and sewer grates (the latter making it a tad difficult for his mommy to jog with him). He is our greatest protector and stood guard by our bed when our smoke alarm battery expired and beeped through the night. We love and treasure Bear and feel very fortunate to have him as part of our family.

So True!

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

- Anonymous

**Thanks to Bonnie for these super cute pics!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Jennifer Wood Drives From New Brunswick To Toronto To Save Pit Bull

For the second time in a week, Dano is resting at the Saint John Animal Rescue League after being rescued.

Dano was first rescued from the Toronto Humane Society where the light-brown dog was to be euthanized, as the breed is banned in Ontario.

That's when Jennifer Wood drove to Toronto and brought him back to the Saint John Animal Rescue League.

"They're innocent dogs. Obviously he's sweet, good-natured," Wood said.

"They deserve a chance."

Dano was getting acclimatized to his new surroundings last Sunday when two women walked into the shelter, specifically looking for a pit bull. They asked to take Dano for a walk in the parking lot, but they never returned.

Janet Foster, the executive director of the shelter, said the shelter's staff were briefly distracted when Dano disappeared. They immediately called Saint John police to report the pit bull stolen.

It didn't take long before someone called the shelter saying they knew exactly where Dano was staying. But the caller said they wanted cash before they would disclose Dano's whereabouts.

"When we said, 'Well we're a non-profit, we don't have a reward right now,' she wouldn't give us any information. She just wanted money to tell us where the dog was," Foster said.

Kim Daye, the animal rescue officer who spotted Dano on Thursday, said she believes whoever took the dog got nervous when his case hit the news.Kim Daye, the animal rescue officer who spotted Dano on Thursday, said she believes whoever took the dog got nervous when his case hit the news. (CBC)That was the last the shelter heard about Dano's disappearance. At that point, the shelter staff were worried that whoever took Dano might turn him into a vicious guard dog.

But on Thursday night, Kim Daye, a Saint John animal control officer, spotted Dano, loose and walking near the shelter.

She said she thinks when his story hit the news, whoever stole him got nervous and set him loose.

Daye said she was just glad to find him safe.

"I was so excited. I could hardly sleep last night. I didn't want to leave him, I wanted to take him home," Daye said.
Breed banned

The Saint John Animal Rescue League is one of a number of Canadian animal shelters that are trying to save pit bulls from being euthanized in Ontario.

The Fredericton SPCA saved two Ontario pit bulls, Peyton and Rocky, in January.

The breed was banned in Ontario in 2005 after a number of attacks involving the dogs.

Ontario residents are allowed to keep pit bulls that they already had as pets but were forced to comply with a series of rules, such as they must keep the dogs muzzled in public.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Animal Airways Revolutionizes Pet & Family Travel With Flight Management Service

Animal Airways, the first global pet-flight management provider for safe and simple family travel, announced today the launch of its revolutionary flight management service for families relocating internationally with their pets.

Following years of preparation by international travel experts together with veterinarians and customer support veterans, the company developed a unique service that promises to ease pet travel for the millions of families with pets who relocate internationally.

The flight management service allows families traveling with pets to fly with the peace of mind that all the paperwork, regulations documentation and preparations have been professionally managed with emphasis on their pets' safety and health.

"Pet travel is new to aviation and the industry is struggling to cope with its complexities" says Dr. Eytan Kreiner, Head Veterinarian of Animal Airways, "Working with pet owners and concerned for the safety of pets, we recognized a strong need for pet travel and relocation solutions that will allow families to travel together with their pets-simply and safely."

Animal Airways, constantly expanding, provides service to families worldwide, in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Moscow, Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Madrid.

The company's vision is a world where pets travel as family with the same ease and comfort as their owners. Focusing specifically on relocation of family-owned domestic animals such as cats, dogs and ferrets, Animal Airways plans to advance its vision both by assisting its customers with all their pet travel needs, and by voicing the interests of pets and their owners in the aviation and transport industries.

About Animal Airways

Established by a veterinarian with a vision of pet-friendly family travel, Animal Airways is already revolutionizing pet travel for families in 10 countries. Around the world, families are traveling together and enjoying safe and simple flights with their cats, dogs and other pets. For more information visit http:///

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Kitty Adoption Event - Every Saturday (Yonge/Finch)

There is a weekly cat adoption at Pet Valu in the Newtonbrook Plaza every Saturday between 12-3pm on Yonge St just North of Finch. The event is hosted by Urban Cat Relief, and the cats are available for an adoption fee, which includes spaying/neutering, and up to date shots.

***In the meantime, if you are interested in adopting a kitty, please contact Heather at [email protected] or by phone at 905-924-2312, as she likes to get some information from you before you come to the event.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Potential Poisonings Rattle Dog Owners

A fresh rash of potential dog poisonings has left one animal dead and shaken pet owners in three different Toronto neighbourhoods.

"The OSPCA is very concerned about recent reports. These issues could have serious consequences,'' said Connie Mallory, acting chief inspector with the OSPCA.

Last week, south Etobicoke residents found crushed-up traces of pills in their backyards. On Sunday, dog owners found pills scattered around a Cabbagetown dog park, while dog-walkers in the Cedarvale Ravine off Bathurst Street came across a beef tongue laced with nails.

"The fact that it was beef tongue, the location [in an off-leash area] and with nails through it, it was an utterly deliberate attack." said Lauro Monteiro, who walks his beagle, Willie, in Cedarvale, one of the city's largest off-leash areas near Bathurst between Eglinton and St. Clair. "There's been lots of friction between dog owners and non-dog owners in this area for many years."

Lola, a lab-shepherd mix, started chewing the spiked cow tongue; her owner wrestled it away before she did any damage to herself.

Also on Sunday, police collected approximately a half-dozen pills for further investigation at Allan Gardens. Constable Tony Vella said no dogs were sickened, but there is concern when suspicious substances are being left out for animals to find. Last week in the Sixth Street and Lakeshore Boulevard area of south Etobicoke, police investigated after residents found crushed white pills in their backyards. A dog belonging to the man who initially found the crushed pills has died, but police are unsure as to whether the pills contributed to the animal's death.

Const. Vella said it is unclear whether the three incidents are related, but such attacks call to mind hot dogs laced with insecticide found in Riverdale's Withrow Park in 2004 and bread soaked with antifreeze in High Park in 2008.

Ms. Mallory of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stressed the importance of pet owners keeping their eyes on their animals while out in public. She advises bringing along water while out on a walk, as puddles can contain dangerous substances, and when in an off-leash park, pet owners must do a visual inspection before letting their dogs loose.

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Make Sure You Know Where Your Dog Walkers Are Going And With How Many Other Dogs!

Recently, several parks within the area have become inundated with walkers who take as many as 15(!) dogs at a time to the local park for their time to play. Just the other day, I myself witnessed this on the Don Valley Golf Course, when I saw two walkers who each had 12 dogs in their care. This happens throughout the city. THIS IS ILLEGAL. As many of you might not know, the legal limit that one walker may take at a time on City Of Toronto property is six dogs, provided they have a license. Any walker taking more than this amount is subject to a fine. Of course, as is life, sometimes things come up and walkers may have to add an extra dog to their schedule. In doing so, they are taking a chance that they will be fined, but so long as they are open with you about their policy and you are okay with this, there really shouldn't be a problem. Most important is the fact that no matter what your walker may tell you, it is SIMPLY IMPOSSIBLE for one individual to be responsible for the clean up, and more importantly, the well being and safety of your dog, if the walker is taking that many more than the legal limit to the park (especially when they encounter smaller groups of dogs that their dogs mingle with). If you have any concerns about your walker and the number of dogs that they are going to the park with, or if you have concerns about the amount of time your dog may be spending in the park (I have seen ten minutes in many cases), then you must DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! Ask your walking providers where they take your dog and for how long. Further, ask your walkers if you can come along to watch the dogs in action at the park. You have the right to do this. If you were picking out a daycare for your child, it seems highly unlikely that a respectable provider would not allow you access to witness the daily activity. Believe me, having been in this industry for years, I can tell you that there is enough business to go around, and there is no need for your dog to go without proper and safe care!

**Feel free to share this with anyone you know who currently employs a dog walker.

Icy Pug!

My sister sent me's a great pic of her old(er) guy Burgess enjoying the day of walking along Cherry Beach.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


*** Thanks to Barb for all these great cartoons!

And The Winner Is...

Sadie, The Scottish Terrier, took home "Best In Show" yesterday at the Westminister Dog Show. Congrats Sadie....I told you guys "Terrier Tuesday" was the greatest!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Westminister Dog Show 2010: Why it's better than Winter Olympics

Washington - The Westminster Dog Show is on TV. So is the Winter Olympics. Which are you going to watch?

On the one hand, NBC in prime time will be showing pairs figure skating and snowboards. On the other, Westminster will have the hound, toy, non-sporting, and herding groups, starting on the cable USA Network (owned by NBC Universal), then shuffling over to CNBC later in the evening.

The human-based competition will probably win this ratings smackdown. After all, it’s got glamorous athletes cavorting on snow and ice. Westminster? A bunch of people in tweed walking their dogs indoors.

That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway. But for a significant minority of American households, salukis are a bigger draw than skaters.

Here are some of their reasons why:

• Dogs are cuter than Lindsey Vonn. That flowing hair! Those gleaming teeth! There’s nothing like an Irish setter bounding around the ring.

US skier Lindsey Vonn is very attractive. But walk a long-haired dachshund down the street, and people will spontaneously coo, “Awww, she’s so cute! Look at the hair in her ears! Who’s a good dog? Yes you are! You’re such a good dog!”

• Dogs are happier than Scott Hamilton. Dogs live for the moment. The tension of competition does not furrow their brow. This is how dogs emote: “Time for a walk? My favorite thing! A judge? My favorite thing! Did I lose? Still my favorite thing!”

As the great American humorist and dog observer James Thurber wrote, “Dogs are obsessed with being happy.”

Figure skating analyst Scott Hamilton - a former gold medal winner himself - is pretty upbeat. But he’s not spreading joy around as surely as if he were tossing out gold coins.

• New breeds are better than new events. The Olympics has added several new events this year, such as snowboard cross, a type of race that is generally described as winter-sports-meets-NASCAR.

But Westminster has added three new breeds. New competitions? That’s for amateurs. The folks at the Westminster Kennel Club have got whole new categories of competitors. There’s the Norwegian Buhund, which looks like an albino mini-sled dog; the Pyrenean Shepherd, which looks like a cross between a collie and a teddy bear; and the Irish Red and White Shepherd, which looks like you would expect.

• Beagles. Beagles make everything better. They swagger around the dog show ring with a merry attitude, as if they just successfully stole the poodle’s food. They don’t usually do well at big shows, because judges prefer breeds whose hair can be styled. But Uno the beagle won Westminster in 2008, and he remains the most popular champion in the show’s history.

This year, the favorite is Sadie, a four-year-old Scottish terrier. Tune in Tuesday for the dramatic best-in-show ending, and see if she wins.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010