Monday, 21 June 2021

Mass graves found at Indian Residential Schools spark anger on National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day: Children of residential schools were silenced and we need to speak up

National Indigenous Peoples Day: Children of residential schools were silenced and we need to speak up 215 Children


The summer solstice arrived today with the rising sun. The sun also brought us National Indigenous Peoples Day, a holiday to recognize the contribution and celebrate the history, heritage, and culture of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. June is National Indigenous History Month but First Nations peoples have been on our minds since the sad discovery last month. The 215 children discovered buried at the Indian residential school (IRS) in Kamloops opened a wound for Canadians that has never healed for First Nations peoples; it's been festering. The history of the colonization of Canadian Indigenous people is a dark one, and there is no doubt new tragedies will be unearthed in the near future. I visited the memorial that has been created at Parliament in Ottawa to pay my respects to the lives lost in the IRS system. 

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Support on Juneteenth: List of black-owned pet care businesses in USA

Guest blog: Black-owned pet businesses to support on Juneteenth and every day

Guest blog: Black-owned pet businesses to support on Juneteenth and every day

We want to celebrate Juneteenth 2021 by highlighting some amazing black-owned pet businesses and their founders. These founders have created brands and products that support the health and wellbeing of pets and the lives of pet parents worldwide. Here is our list of black-owned pet businesses to support on Juneteenth and every day. Remember to actively seek black-owned businesses and small businesses to support throughout the year and not only when it is a topic of discussion.


https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?s=2681584&v=6939&q=393584&r=257293 

Monday, 7 June 2021

June 8 is Pet Memorial Day: Remembering Keira

She was a once in a lifetime dog: Remembering Keira on Pet Memorial Day

She was a once in a lifetime dog: Remembering Keira on Pet Memorial day


They say grief doesn't shrink, we just grow to accommodate it. I still haven't grown enough to make space for the immense grief I feel after losing my sweet Keira. I never expected to own a pet who would leave paw prints on so many hearts. Keira had a spirit that lingered; it lingers still. All the feelings are still raw and close to the surface, not enough layers of life and time to bury the pain. But as we approach a year since I lost my best friend, I've noticed like most things in my life, I'm slowly learning how to manage the emptiness. The hollow. I've found a few ways to fill it, even if only temporarily. 

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

I got my first COVID-19 vaccine!

Pet perspectives: Why a canine parvovirus outbreak made me want to get my COVID-19 vaccine

I got my first COVID-19 vaccine!


I’ve been thinking a lot about today. My mind returns to when I worked through a canine parvovirus outbreak. It was the most difficult time of my career. In veterinary medicine, we administer more vaccines than some human general practitioners do in their whole careers. We are educated about vaccines and their value, safety, and efficacy. That being said, I don’t often think “I’m glad I don’t have polio.” This moment in my career made me consciously think “Vaccines are so important to survival.” Most patients who contract parvo are puppies, but we see older patients suffering from this highly contagious infectious disease- that can be vaccinated against. I remember our team desperately trying to save a litter of puppies. One by one they died and one by one we grieved them. We did everything we could, at our clinic’s expense (average cost $1000-$2000 per pup to treat), sometimes on our own time. Because you're in full PPE, we couldn’t hold them against our warm skin. We couldn’t kiss their noses or pet their fur. We gave love through paper and plastic. 

Friday, 30 April 2021

60 ways to support small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic *The ULTIMATE list*

60 ways to support small businesses during the pandemic: What to do to support local stores during Covid-19, and what not to do

60 ways to support small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic *The ULTIMATE list*


There's a lot of things about the pandemic and lockdown we can't seem to agree on, except that we're ready for this to be over. Another thing everyone seems to agree on is that small businesses need support. Every time a small business makes a sale, the employees do a happy dance! That's because your purchase directly impacts their family and livelihood. Our community needs support. Please remember this important fact: Most small businesses are not closed, they just aren't letting folks in. Curbside service and online shopping and delivery are available for many small businesses and many offer debit or e-transfer options for those without credit cards. There are many ways to support small businesses. I tried to create the ULTIMATE list of ways to support small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, taking into account businesses of all types and different ways we can offer help. There are many ways you can support small businesses without spending money too, which I included because I know many are struggling financially but still want to support their community. I've also included what not to do to try to support a small business. 

Saturday, 24 April 2021

It's World Veterinary Day: Celebrating 6 years in the surprising career of veterinary medicine

 World Veterinary Day: I never believed I had what it takes to work in veterinary medicine

World Veterinary Day: I never believed I had what it takes to work in veterinary medicine



When I was studying print journalism and photography my life consisted of photographing and interviewing indie bands, hanging backstage at Bluesfest, and designing TV guides. If you told me then that I would go from interviewing Ron Jeremy, photographing the Never Ending White Lights, and drinking beers with Slightly Stoopid and Matty Mays, to working in media for the veterinary industry, I would have barked at you. I've loved animals my whole life, but working in a compassion-based industry was something I never wanted. I don't have what it takes. 

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Sustainable stories: Environmental headlines for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day: Environmental stories for dog owners, animal lovers, and climate activists

Sustainable stories: Environmental headlines for Earth Day

It's the greenest day of the year- Earth Day! This is the second Earth Day, April 22nd, we've celebrated during the COVID-19 pandemic. It saddens me that a year later Ontario is in worse shape. I hope you find a safe way to do something positive for the planet today. Interested in learning more about living sustainably and fighting climate change? Check out the green headlines on Paws For Reaction! These are the best posts about climate change, pollution, wildlife, the outdoors, and environmental action. 

Monday, 19 April 2021

How you can act to support a green and just Covid-19 recovery in Canada

Covid-19 and climate change: Pandemic's positive impacts on pollution were temporary, but damaging effects will be lasting

Covid-19 and climate change: Pandemic's positive impacts on pollution were temporary, but damaging effects will be lasting


Climate change took a backseat in the media as the planet's greatest threat when the Covid-19 pandemic swept the globe in 2020. It's been more than a year since the first Covid-positive case was reported and we are entering another lockdown in Ontario. Looking back, I remember how optimistic I was the first time we entered a lockdown. Not just optimistic about the health and safety of our nation, but optimistic for the health of the planet. During that lockdown, we saw wildlife emerge from the wilderness and take their rightful place in our urban areas that were one their home. We saw marine life break the surface of the water in places it had not been seen before. The planet took a deep, cleansing breath. 

Friday, 16 April 2021

Earth Month: Northern Biscuit & One Tree Planted have a treat for your dog

Brown bag goes green: One Tree Planted for every compostable bag of Northern Biscuits to lower your carbon pawprint

Brown bag goes green: One Tree Planted for every compostable bag of Northern Biscuits helps fight deforestation

Looking for a way to reduce your carbon pawprint that your dog will wag her tail about? Hazel's favourite Canadian dog treat company Northern Biscuit is celebrating Earth Month with a drool-worthy promotion. For every 1.36kg compostable bag of their five top-selling biscuits purchased in April, Northern Biscuits will plant a tree with One Tree Planted, a non-profit global re-forestation organization. The trees planted for this promotion will focus on Canadian regions to help promote cleaner air and support biodiversity. Forests provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, and while this biodiversity doesn't include dogs, our dogs will be happy to explore the forest and snack on Northern Biscuits- all to help the planet.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Cleaning the Capital spring campaign is on hold due to the Ontario Covid-19 lockdown

Cleaning the Capital: Campaign on hold but litter collection doesn't have to be

Cleaning the Capital: Campaign on hold but litter collection doesn't have to be


I was excited to register for the Cleaning the Capital spring campaign and participate in city-wide trash collection during Earth Month. The pandemic delivered me another disappointment when the City of Ottawa announced the Cleaning the Capital Spring campaign would be placed on hold due to the current Ontario COVID-19 lockdown. My intention when I registered was to do trash collection on my own, so I could stay safe and physically distance from others. We are encouraged to only leave the home when it's essential, but I consider picking up litter in my neighborhood to be essential. 

Sunday, 11 April 2021

From farm to plate: Climate change is impacted by your carbon foodprint

Food for thought: What's your carbon foodprint and how can you reduce it?

Food for thought: What's your carbon foodprint and how can you reduce it?


Here's something for you to chew on. One of the easiest ways to fight climate change is with a diet change. We all have a carbon foodprint. What we put in our mouth leaves a mark on our planet. Deforestation to make space for animal agriculture, energy and water consumption, transporting and storing food, the production process, pesticide use, and waste runoff created by farming, and unsustainable packaging are ways our food can harm the environment. Climate change will threaten our food security, causing an increase in weather-related disasters like floods and droughts. To keep food on our plates we need to take climate change off the menu.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

10 MUST HAVE children's about climate change: Celebrate Earth Day with story time!

Earth Day children's book list: Picture books about climate change for the next generation of environmental activists
    

Earth Day children's book list: Picture books about climate change for the next generation of environmental activists


Books are one of the most reused items in existence. We buy used books, borrow books from friends, and donate old books we've read already. E-books and audiobooks are sustainable and waste-free. Literature is important, but it can also be eco-friendly- especially when the book you are reading is all about caring for the planet. Getting people engaged with environmental action at a young age is the best way to ensure a sustainable future. Why not engage children during storytime?

Friday, 2 April 2021

Hazel's Easter stories: Happy Easter from Paws For Reaction

Easter fact and fun: Hoppy Easter ideas from your favourite Saint Bernese, Hazel!
  

Happy Easter from Paws For Reaction


Hello, I'm Hazel! I saw three rabbits the other night, so I figured it must be Easter. I'm woofing all of you a very Happy Easter! We are spending our second Easter during the Covid-19 pandemic together again, just Hazel and mum. There will be lots of snuggles and Easter treats. I hope you enjoy the long weekend even though Ontario is in lockdown and remember: Lockdowns are tough on everyone but it keeps us safe. I don't mind lockdown because get more time with mum and lots of walks. Want to know what else you can do to have a safe and fun Easter?

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Disney dog products: The best of the NEW Disney Collection at Chewy

Disney dog products for your Princess: Everyone is barking about the new Disney Collection at Chewy

Disney Collection at Chewy
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Enchantment awaits your canine companion! The Disney Collection at Chewy is giving off serious nostalgia vibes, and what is more nostalgic than Disney? I'm a huge fan of Disney and I like to think of Hazel as my honourary Disney Princess. She's lacking in some Disney royalty qualities; she can't sing, she doesn't have a critter companion, and she has yet to find her Prince Charming. She has, however, faced and overcome adversity and learned valuable life lessons along the way- the most important quality in a Disney Princess. 

Monday, 22 March 2021

March 22nd is World Water Day: What does water mean to you?

Water is life: Take action to help end drinking water advisories in First Nation communities 

March 22 is World Water Day


We dip our toes in it. We listen to it rain down on our rooftops. We use it to brew our coffee, brush our teeth, wash our hands. Up to 60% of our bodies are made of it. Water is life. It's easy to take for granted because access to safe water is a basic human right. Or is it? The truth a little murkier. 61 indigenous communities in Canada are under water-boil advisories. They don't have clean water for drinking or sanitation, even though Canada is one of the most water-rich countries in the world. Some First Nation communities have lived with water advisories for more than a decade and are forced to boil water or use bottled water. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reassured these communities that he would end the water advisories by March 2021, which would be a great way to celebrate World Water Day. Sadly, we won't be celebrating because the Canadian government says that Covid-19 may delay its target deadline. To those First Nation communities, water is a reason to make waves and take action. It's something they long for. It's a need not being fulfilled. Ask yourself this: What does water mean to you?

Thursday, 18 March 2021

How 3D printing and regenerative medicine work & the impact on veterinary medicine

Guest blog: Regenerative medicine and 3D printing, the future of veterinary medicine

How 3D printing and regenerative medicine work & the impact on veterinary medicine

So, what is 3D printing and how is it the future of veterinary medicine? I get asked this question a lot. I'm a licensed veterinary technician (CVT) and research associate at the Louisiana School of Veterinary Medicine. I work for an orthopedic surgeon that created our laboratory of 3D printing and regenerative medicine. Our lab works with existing departments at the vet school and other main campus departments, specifically the engineering department, and we collaborate locally outside of the school. It's a lot of science, all in the name of saving animals! 

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day Paws peeps!

Pandemic Paddy's Day: Wishing you a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day!


Hazel and I wish you a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day! We urge you all to be mindful of Covid-19 restrictions. I know how much we all want to get out and dance a jig and drink green beer, but we are a community and we need to keep each other safe. This hasn't been a very lucky year, but we are hoping there is a pot of gold at the end of this pandemic rainbow. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, 12 March 2021

March is Pet Poison Awareness Month: Common household pet toxins

Pet poison awareness: What you need to know about toxin ingestion, inducing vomiting, and pet insurance coverage of pet poisonings 

Pet poison awareness: What you need to know about toxin ingestion, inducing vomiting, and pet insurance coverage of pet poisonings


There is no other moment in a pet owners’ life that is more fear-inducing than when a pet ingests a toxin. It’s hard not to panic when you catch your cat licking a lily or come home to your dog surrounded by ripped open candy wrappers, looking up at you with a chocolate-stained smile. Heart racing, you run to the phone to call your veterinarian or jump online to search if the item is toxic. We know we have to act fast when a pet is poisoned and veterinary treatment can be expensive. We also need to do things to prevent possible poisonings. But pet owners have other questions. What do I do if my dog or cat ate something toxic? What are common household toxins for pets? Are pet poisonings covered by pet insurance?

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Not One More Vet: Three veterinary professionals died by suicide in March 2021

 How you can help #NOMV: Veterinary community and animal lovers raise awareness after three vet med professionals die by suicide 

How you can help #NOMV: Veterinary community and animals lovers raise awareness after three vet med professionals die by suicide

Please contact 
The Canada Suicide Prevention Service 24/7 by phone at 1-833-456-4566
or text them at 45645, available from 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM, EST for support. You are never alone. 


If you follow animal or veterinary groups on social media or are friends with someone working in veterinary medicine, you may have seen profile pictures change to support #NOMV. This stands for Not One More Vet, and it's trending for the worst reason. In the past two weeks, three veterinarians  (Josh Smithand one veterinary technician died by suicide. I extend my most sincere sympathies to their family, friends, and colleagues. Sadly, it's a story we in the veterinary profession have heard before. According to the most recent data available in the United States, depending on gender, veterinarians are 1.6 to 2.4 times more likely to die by suicide than the general population and veterinary technicians are 2.3 to 5 times more likely. The veterinary profession has the highest rate of deaths by suicide of any profession. 

Sunday, 7 March 2021

March 8th is International Women's Day: Girl Guides shapes the next generation of female leaders

Empowering females of the future: The feminist past and female future of Girl Guides 

Empowering females of the future: The feminist past and female future of Girl Guides


GUIDER (noun) /gahyder/ Catalyst of girl empowerment.That's what's written on the new shirt I ordered from the Girl Guides of Canada store and I wear it proudly as I write this. Girl Guides is exactly that for me: How I empower the next generation of female leaders. Is there a more fitting topic for International Women's Day? I began my journey as a Brownie and Girl Guide before becoming Guider (unit leader) to an amazing group of Brownies. Being a Guider is a big responsibility. The Guiding movement's past is rooted in feminism. Some people don't like the word feminism, but the definition is the belief that women should have equal rights. I can't imagine anyone being fundamentally against that. Girl Guides is the feminist movement all girls should be involved with. On this special day of celebrating women's equality, I want to share with you why your girls should join Girl Guides.