Saturday, 5 September 2020

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Pages of poetry: Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is like a long summer that you never want to end

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
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Like a book, all good things must come to an end, and there is no better way to end my Summer Reading List than by reviewing Where The Crawdads Sing, the mesmerizing debut novel by Delia Owens. Not only is it the best book on my list, but it's the best book I've read in years. Like the summer, I never wanted it to end. 

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Coming clean: My biggest failure as a pet owner #NationalPetInsuranceMonth

My biggest mistake as a pet owner: I should have purchased pet insurance for Hazel, here's why!


My biggest regret as a pet owner: I should have purchased pet insurance for Hazel


I made a HUGE mistake! As pet owners, sometimes we make mistakes when trying to do the best for our pets. But this one... this is all on me. When I brought Hazel home, one of the first things I did was sign her up for a free trial of pet insurance. The next morning I brought Hazel to see her veterinarian because she was walking funny. It turned out Hazel had a broken femur that went undiagnosed before she came home to me. Any conditions she was diagnosed with before the trial became active would not be covered. She was already signed up for a lifetime of pain and pre-existing conditions, so signing her up for pet insurance felt like a lost cause. 

Friday, 28 August 2020

August 28 is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Guest blog: The hardest part about loving a pet is saying goodbye


August 28 is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Guest blog by Alisha Henson. So excited to welcome her and 
her dogs Mason and Megs to the Paws For Reaction extended family!

For many of us, our pets are our fur-babies, our family members, and our best friends. They celebrate our moments of joy with us and sit with us in solidarity in our moments of sadness. Our attachment bonds to our beloved pets can be deep and rich, and the death of a pet can be heart-wrenching. 

Friday, 21 August 2020

Hey Paws peeps! I'm going on vacation!

Taking a break: Cottage life won't be the same without Keira 


Saint Bernese dog Paws For Reaction Cottage life


I'm going on hiatus! One week one the water, then another week spent with friends. No wifi, no work, no rules. And sadly, no Keira. I've been looking forward to my week at the cottage since COVID-19 hit. It's been one of the only things that has got me through this pandemic. But as much as I want to go to the cottage, it won't be the same without Keira, and all the other family dogs we have lost this year. 2020 has been a devastating year for pets in my family. 

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Doody calls: Ask a vet what to do with a coprophagia canine

Pet Peeve: Why is my dog eating poop? How to stop my dog from eating poop
  
Pet Peeve: Why is my dog eating poop? How to stop my dog from eating poop


My beautiful and lovable dog Hazel has a dark secret. She's a poop eater. That's right, she eats her poop! To be fair, she doesn't discriminate. She'll eat any poop she finds. It's something I've struggled with, and I've only been able to find temporary solutions- mostly due to my own inconsistencies as a pet owner and not sticking to the treatment plan. I've talked to a lot of dog owners and discovered that Hazel is not the only poop-mouth out there. In fact, feces eating is a very common behaviour in dogs. Believe it or not, there's a name for it: coprophagia. Even the name sounds gross! I want to know, why do dogs eat their poop? What can I do to stop is? I decided to ask my veterinarian, Dr. Carlie Paquette, who works at Pembroke Animal Hospital

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Larger than life recipe: Learn how you can make this giant dog treat

Guest blog: I made a dog treat bigger than my dog!
  

Guest blog: I made a dog treat bigger than my dog! Get the recipe
Guest blog by Travis DeRose. So excited to welcome him and
his dog Murphy to the Paws For Reaction extended family!

It was a week away from my dog Murphy’s fourth birthday when we sat down to watch the movie Uncle Buck. Remember that scene when John Candy makes those absolutely massive pancakes for Macaulay Culkin’s birthday? It’s awesome! and after seeing that, I decided I had to make Murphy a massive dog treat for her birthday!

Friday, 14 August 2020

Top Five Friday: Five reasons why I love my veterinarian #FridayFive

Top Five Friday: Five reasons why I love my veterinarian 

Top Five Friday: Five reasons why I love my veterinarian #FridayFive

It's no secret- my dog has spent a LOT of time at the vet. I've spent more money on Hazel's health care than I'd like to admit, or would even like to know. She's had her share of health problems, emergencies, and accomplishments with weight loss- that I'm super jealous of. Can someone measure my food in a  cup and only feed me twice a day, please?

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

August 12 is National Vinyl Record Day: Q & A with a record store owner

Vinyl Dayz are here to stay: Shop owner of my favourite record store shares about his dream job


August 12 is National Vinyl Record Day: Q & A with a record store owner

Leaning back on my leather sofa with a cup of green tea steaming from an owl mug, a fake fireplace on my TV, and Frank Sinatra's smooth voice crooning over the faint crackle of the record as it spins on my Crosley turntable. That's paradise. Over the years, I've cultivated my love of vinyl and my record collection has taken on a life of its own, growing in size and eccentricity. I enjoy shopping for records just as much as I enjoy listening to them. Searching through stacks of albums is an amazing experience- if you can find a really cool record shop with a really cool shop owner. I've been fortunate to find a few of these hidden gems; places where shopping comes with a side of interesting conversation and you leave with a stack of records and a slew of stories.

Monday, 10 August 2020

Real talk: Does a veterinary hospital have to see your pet?

An industry under attack: Before you start harassing a veterinary hospital, you should read this
  
An industry under attack: Before you start harassing a veterinary hospital, you should read this

When I start writing posts like this I know I'm going to ruffle some feathers. I get it, it will probably sound harsh to those who aren't empathetic to both sides. This needs to be discussed in the open. While those in the veterinary industry know this, most people are unaware. They may attempt to destroy the reputation of a clinic just doing their job. With the increased number of deaths by suicide in the veterinary industry, this behavior is unacceptable. 

Sunday, 9 August 2020

August 9 is National Book Lovers Day: Top 10 books of the last decade

National Book Lovers Day: 10 favourite books I've read in the past 10 years

August 9 is National Book Lovers Day: Top 10 books of the last decade
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This holiday has got me LITerary! Today is National Book Lovers Day, and that is exactly how I describe myself. A book lover! When I think about books, I touch my shelf. I decided to challenge myself and take on the difficult task of narrowing down the top 10 books I've read in the past decade. These are books that tickle my spine. They are gripping, entertaining, and well worth the Plum rewards

Friday, 7 August 2020

Ask a vet: What vaccines should my dog and cat get? What is my pet's vaccine schedule?

Ask a vet: Which vaccines should my pet get? What is my pet's vaccine schedule?


Ask a vet: What vaccines should my dog and cat get?
Dr. Carlie Paquette and her dog Bea

As a result of the global pandemic, there is one thing on everyone's mind: vaccines. COVID-19 has affected our lives in so many ways, including putting the importance of vaccines back in the news. Vaccines can be lifesaving- for you and your pet. There's a lot of misinformation online and on social media about vaccinations, including false side-effects and inefficacy of vaccines. The fact is, there's a lot more scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of vaccines then there is against it. Most arguments against vaccines are not fact-checked and purely antidotal.