Saturday, September 18, 2010

Another Entry In The "Pets And Kids" Photo Contest!

Carson & Burger

Baden Hound Grooming Hosting Fundraiser For Breast Cancer Research On October 15!

Baden Hound Grooming & Wellness Spa for Dogs is having a fundraiser in support of Breast Cancer Research. On October 15th 2010 starting at 8am, they will be providing bathing and blow drying services for $20 for qualifying dogs. For a dog to qualify it must be in mat-free condition. De-matting and hair cutting services will not be offered. They will also be offering $5 nail trims. No appointment is necessary, however, if you wish to reserve a space for your dog you may do so by calling 416-693-8989. If you do not reserve a space for your dog, services will be offered on a first come/first served basis. 

Baden Hound Grooming & Wellness Spa for Dogs is operated by Bonnie Martin arguably one of Toronto's best Pet Stylists. This facility uses only top of line, all natural, biodegradable, and environmentally friendly products. 

This is for ONE DAY ONLY! Money well spent! A clean dog and money for breast cancer research! ALL proceeds from this event will be donated to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada! 

contact: Bonnie Martin @ 416-693-8989 

2210 Queen Street East Unit#6, Toronto, ON M4E 1E7

Man Sentenced For Tying A Condom Around His Dog's Genitals. Is Four Months Enough?

A Windsor man who tied a condom to his dog, injuring the animal so severely that it had to be put down, has received a four-month jail term.
Anjalo Abeywickrema, 51, told the court Friday he wasn't thinking right when he put a condom on his black Lab to stop it from urinating inside the house.
The dog ran off in May and was found on a street with its genitals so badly mutilated that it had to be euthanized.
Mr. Abeywickrema will serve four months in jail, will be on probation for two years and has received a five-year ban from owning an animal.
Defence lawyer Kevin Shannon says Mr. Abeywickrema is sorry for what he did.
Mr. Abeywickrema was on parole for manslaughter when the incident happened.

The Rapture Is Coming...Whatever Will Our Pets Do?

"They're pet lovers, and they tell me this has been on their mind for some time," says Bart Centre, who runs the Eternal Earth-Bound Pets website. "This, to them, has been, so to speak, a godsend.”
Lesley Ciarula TaylorStaff Reporter
Come the Rapture before the end of the world, now scheduled for May 21, 2011 , Bart Centre will be busy rounding up the true believers’ pets.
So far, 225 of them have signed up for his service,Eternal Earth-Bound Pets.
For $110 (U.S.) a pet, Centre and his 37 fellow sworn atheists will span out across 24 American states to collect the dogs and cats, birds and one ferret whose owners have shed this mortal coil and ascended into the afterlife.
“Most of the people who have contacted us have a strong faith that the Rapture is real, evangelical fundamentalist Christians from the Midwest and South,” says Centre from his home, a log cabin in New Hampshire.
“Of course, they’re pet lovers and they tell me this has been on their mind for some time. This, to them, has been, so to speak, a godsend.”
Centre guarantees them a 24-hour rescue for their soulless, abandoned pets and the opportunity to renew their 10-year contract at a discount, should the Rapture be delayed.
A retired senior retail executive, Centre created his pet-rescue service after writing The Atheist Camel Chronicles, which includes a chapter on the Rapture when true believers will be saved and everyone else and their pets left behind.
“No one has more fundamentalist Christians than the U.S. So there could be 20 to 40 million pet-owning, Rapture-believing Christians out there. I thought, ‘There must be a way to service their concern and make a financial profit’.”
So far, it’s been a bit disappointing. He gets a lot of “not very nice emails” from Christians who don’t trust atheists or think they can take their pets with them. Plus, he muses, “I’m not sure an awful lot of Christians believe in the Rapture.”
Still, he and his team have cleared some profit. The takings are divided among the 38 of them each month.
He also gets a lot of emails from sworn atheists who want to help, including a “surprising” number from Canada.
Business may pick up, he figures, as the Rapture and then Doomsday, on Oct. 21, 2011, draw near.
“We’ll be increasing our rates sometime before the end of the year” to anticipate the rush.
And what are his plans post-Armageddon?
“I’ll be right here.”

Oakville & Milton Humane Society Will Try To Break Record Of Largest Training Session...Help Out If You're In The Area!

OAKVILLE BEAVER - The Oakville & Milton Humane Society wants to set a Guinness World Record and it needs your help.
During Critters Gone Country on Sunday, Oct. 3 the humane society will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for ‘the most dogs receiving a training lesson in one location’. 
The previous record was set at an event in The Netherlands in 2004 and was 257 dogs. 
In order to beat the current record, the humane society invites Oakville dog owners to bring their ‘canine best friend’ to Critters Gone Country; the Guinness World Record attempt will take place at 1:30pm in the ball diamonds at Cornwall Road Park. 
Dogs must be leashed, but do not need to have any previous obedience experience.
Genevieve Reisinger, dog behaviour specialist with the humane society, will give the lesson and will be a simple, fun trick designed to enhance the human animal bond.
The humane society set sights on breaking the record in order to highlight the importance of dog training in the success of dogs staying in ‘forever homes’.  Dogs who receive basic obedience training form a stronger bond with their owners, and have fewer of the behaviours that often result in the surrendering the dog to the humane society.
The event is sponsored by Oliver Pets & Co.
For more information on Critters Gone Country Walkathon & Fall Fair, go to


A Great Article On Aquarium Filtration & Maintenance From The Experts At Big Al's - Part II

You've braved the traffic, consulted the pros, made your choices, and returned home with your prized new additions. Now what? Fish need to be gently eased into a new environment - it greatly increases their chances of survival. The following are three different methods of acclimating fish - you can try them all and decide which you like the best.

1) The bag of fish (still sealed) is floated for about a half an hour. Water inside the bag will now be the same temperature as the tank (it usually changes about 1 degree Fahrenheit per minute.) After floating for 1/2 hour, cut open the bag just below the knot and add an equal amount of aquarium water. Then curl the top edges of the bag down to form a 2 inch lip, which can be partly hung over the edge of the tank to prevent it from tipping. The top of the bag should be kept spread open in a circle to maximize surface area. After 10 to 15 minutes, the fish is then netted out and the bag of water is dumped down the drain. The above method does not work well with large, active fish (which are powerful enough to rip the bag), or bags crowded with fish (which could start to gasp after the waters have been mixed).

2) The bag is floated for 30 minutes and then punctured below the waterline with a pen or pencil to create a 1/4 inch hole. The bag is positioned so that this hole is exposed to the tank water only, which will then gradually mix through it. After an additional 30 to 45 minutes, the fish are released.

3) The fish is immediately placed in a clean glass or plastic container (e.g. Big Al's Heavy Duty Pail) of sufficient volume to hold 3 to 4 times the original amount of water. The container is placed next to or below the tank and Big Al's airline tubing is used to siphon water constantly from the tank to the container. A loose knot is tied in the tubing and adjusted so the water flows in at a fast drip - just short of a trickle. When the water level has exceeded triple the original, the fish is netted out and placed in the tank. This last method is the best by far, but is also the most time consuming. I strongly advocate its use for sensitive freshwater fish (i.e. Discus, Stingrays, wild caught fish) and all marine fish. You will note that in method #2, pet store water can be introduced to the tank. Many people figure this can somehow contaminate the tank by introducing diseases. Whatever disease organisms are present in the water are also on the fish, so I do not see the harm; but if you wish to play it safe, use either of the other methods. Regardless of the method used, I strongly suggest the following actions as well: Be nearby when acclimating; fish can jump out of an open bag or can be suffocated should it collapse. Check on them every few minutes. Give the tank a light feeding a minute or two before releasing the new fish (this will distract the bullies!) and turn the tank lights off immediately upon release (this will calm everyone down), you can leave the room lights on so you can observe the newcomers. Many fish may go into a shocked state in the bag or upon release - do not constantly poke or prod them - they may move around but it will only add to their stress. For cichlid tanks, rearrange the decorations while floating the bag - it will help destroy existing territories, putting the new fish on more equal footing. Also try to add more than just one fish at a time. (FOR STRESS RELIEF ADD BIG AL'S MULTI-PURPOSE WATER CONDITIONER WITH THE HEALING POWER OF ALOE VERA). Finally, allow 2 to 3 days for newcomers to fully adjust to their new environment. They may not behave as expected or eat before then; have patience. 

Livestock Manager
Mississauga Location

*Big Al's Canada

Another Entry In The "Pets And Kids" Photo Contest!

Kailey & Jessie