Monday, November 22, 2010

Durham Humane Society Pleads For Help

The Humane Society of Durham Region is getting ready to move into its new home in Whitby next month, but are still need $486,000 to pay for it. In efforts to raise $200,000, which will offset some of its mortgage, the Humane Society is running a “Home for the Holidays” media-thon on Tuesday, where Canada’s gold-medal curling team will be taking phone calls for donations at its temporary shelter on Taunton Rd. W. in Oshawa. The new shelter replaces to the one lost in 2008 to a deadly fire that gutted the society’s Waterloo St. shelter in Oshawa. Although firefighters were able to save 13 animals, 130 other pets died. “We’re hoping for the ribbon-cutting on the new shelter to be Dec. 17, the second anniversary of the fire (that tore down the original shelter),” said shelter spokesman Ruby Richards. “If we can raise that amount, that will cut down on the amount that it’s going to take for us to pay off on our mortgage to allow us to spend more money on the animals. “Ever since then, the shelter has been in temporary locations, foster homes, kind of spread out throughout Durham region and we’ve been living that way for two years,” Richards said. The new shelter at 1505 Wentworth St. W. is described as “state of the art,” Richards said. It will house the Humane Society’s 110 cats, 40 small animals and 15 dogs it currently has in its care.“It’s going to be one of the best designed shelters, at least in Ontario,” she said. “Best air filtration system that money can buy, same that hospitals use, we’re going to have solar panels and indoor and outdoor dog runs. It’s about keeping the mental stimulation of animals up.” The new facility costs $2.2 million. The federal and provincial governments has invested $1.3 million of the total bill. The media-thon runs from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday. For more information or to make a donation, call 1-877-908-2888.

*The Toronto Sun

Global Pet Foods Launches Its "Healthy Pet Journal"

Is your pet living its best life?

The new magazine Healthy Pet Journal brings play-life balance to your four legged friends!

Toronto, ON ( November 15, 2010)Global Pet Foods is excited to announce the launch of Healthy Pet Journal, a complimentary, quarterly magazine dedicated to informing pet parents about the latest health, nutrition and pet news.

“We’re all trying to eat healthy, exercise and live a balanced lifestyle. Why shouldn’t that be a goal for our pets too?” says Healthy Pet Journal Editor Jody Stockfish.

The mission of the magazine according to Stockfish: to help pets achieve a balanced lifestyle and provide pet parents with ideas to nourish their pet’s mind, body and spirit.

“Many pets sit around the house all day waiting for their pet parents to get home from work, which can be very boring. In the magazine you’ll find everything from the latest interactive toys to keep your pet’s mind stimulated - to fun activities you can do with your pet on the weekends,” says Stockfish.

The magazine is divided into four sections: Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit. The debut
November issue will feature:

•Dog sledding 101

•DIY freshly baked treats for your pets

•Running with your dog from expert John Stanton, Founder of the Running Room

•Veterinarian Dr. Paul McCutcheon sheds light on vaccinations for your pet

•Pet friendly vacation spot: Kawartha bound with your hound!

•Pet Trends for 2011

Pick up your free copy of Healthy Pet Journal at your local Global Pet Foods store starting November 26, 2010.

ABOUT GLOBAL PET FOODS:

Global Pet Foods is Canada's largest chain of pet food stores specializing in natural, holistic and organic foods and supplements, with over 130 stores across Canada. To learn more visit globalpetfoods.ca

MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Georgas| Instigator Communications| 647.345.7272
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A Guest Article About Frogs By John From Reptile Apartment - I Always Learn Such Interesting Things From John's Posts!

Kermit the Frog of Jim Henson’s Muppet fame was wrong. I know it’s hard to believe that a fun loving Muppet like Kermit could have been inaccurate but this is a sad truth. For you see, it’s not only not easy being green; but it’s not easy being any other color of frog either. Just ask the Poison Frogs they are a multitude of colors. Red & blue, Black & Yellow, Green & Black, and the list goes on.

While they are not often preyed upon by their rainforest cohabitants they still have a pretty tough life for a frog. Many of these diminutive species (most the size of a thumbnail or smaller) actually rely on Bromeliads in order to lay their eggs which are attached to trees. Some actually practice parenthood carrying the young piggy back style to avoid predators. It is known among Poison Frogs that both parents actually care for the young in the wild.

Then of course there is the Pipa Pipa or Suriname Toad which actually carries the eggs in specialized skin openings on the back until they are ready to hatch. When the young hatch they spring forth from small holes in the mothers back like kernels of popped corn. It’s been estimated that over ten percent of frog species actually practice some type of parental care.

Need more reasons? Frogs have permeable skin which means they absorb water through their skin and do not drink like a human or other animal might. This makes frogs very susceptible to toxins within the water where they reside. They are therefore known as ‘indicator species’ by biologists and environmentalists because they are effected by environmental toxins very quickly. This is why when toxins are dumped into the frogs’ environment we begin seeing frogs with strange mutations such as extra limbs. Frogs have been known to scientists for research purposes as well. One species in particular the African Clawed Frog Xenopus laevis was used in research studies for pregnancy testing of humans! These experiments led to the now ever so popular urine test that suspecting pregnant human females use.

Frogs are an imperative part of the ecosystem as they keep insects in check such as disease carrying mosquitoes not to mention they are also a food source to many other vertebrate animals. I think you can agree; it might not be easy being green; but its no picnic being a frog at all. So the next time you hear Kermit singing his favorite tune remember it not about being green. It’s all about the frog.


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