Thursday, 26 November 2020

Professional dog walker shares joys, challenges, & true stories about the job

Guest blog: What it's really like to be a professional dog walker


Professional dog walker shares joys, challenges, & true stories about the job

Guest blog by Louise St-Pierre. So excited to welcome her to the Paws For Reaction extended family!


I have learned a lot from my experiences with dogs. I currently own two beautiful dogs and have been a dog owner for 25 years. I truly love dogs and being outside all day, in all types of weather. After working in the fitness and service industry for 20 years I wanted a change; a job that would incorporate the many things I love. Fast forward to now. I have been a professional dog walker for 11 years. I never imagined that I could make a living doing something I loved so much. What I love most about being a dog walker is that I work for myself and my clients. I'm my own boss, which is amazing.  

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Pet loss & support: Grief & coping with the first Christmas after losing a pet

Christmas mourning: How to cope with your first holiday season after losing a pet

Christmas mourning: How to cope with your first holiday season after losing a pet


I'm forcing myself to be festive this year. I've had times in my life when I skipped Christmas altogether. "I'm not Christmasing this year," I'd say when people asked me standard holiday questions like "Do you have your tree up yet?" This year I'm forcing myself to be festive for the sake of my mental health. One small reason is the COVID-19 pandemic has sucked so much happiness out of 2020 that I'm trying to infuse some of the obligatory Christmas joy into what's left of the year. The biggest reason for my forced festivities is Keira. More specifically the loss of Keira I suffered earlier this year.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Why pet insurance is important for senior pets

National Senior Pet Month: Everything you need to know about senior pets and pet insurance 

National Senior Pet Month: Everything you need to know about senior pets and pet insurance

 I love the grey fur that appears around a senior dog's eyes as they age, the mark that they've experienced life. The mark that they've given a lifetime of love. To leave our mark on them we need to prepare to support them during their golden years. I'm going to talk about one of my favourite topics- pet insurance. When we think about pet insurance we often think of puppies and kittens, but senior pets are eligible for insurance coverage too. Since November is National Senior Pet Month, I connected with Karolyne Trottier, Regional Manager at Pets Plus Us pet insurance for a Q&A about pet insurance for senior pets. Can a senior pet get pet insurance? What about their pre-existing conditions? I asked Karolyne everything I could think of about senior pets and pet insurance, and these are her answers!

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Helping holiday paws: Support local businesses & animals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic

Paws to Support Local: How you can give back to local businesses and animals in need at the same time

Paws to Support Local Renfrew County OSPCA Christmas fundraiser


Are you able to lend a helping paw to a pet in need? Or give a local small business a bone? Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre, located in Pembroke, Ontario, has found a way to give back to animals in need and local businesses this holiday season. Paws to Support Local is the purrr-fect way to get in the spirit of giving. 

Friday, 20 November 2020

Holiday craft: Canning lid Christmas tree ornament ideas

 Deck the DIY gift ideas: Homemade mason jar lid Christmas tree ornaments 

Deck the DIY: Homemade mason jar lid Christmas tree ornaments


Christmas isn't just a time for giving; it's also a time for crafting! I love mixing the two and making my family homemade Christmas gifts every year. Sometimes I make my own cards, sometimes I bake- I've even made my own candles using teacups found at yard sales and thrift stores. But my favourite Christmas craft is mason jar lid tree ornaments. 

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Fall Reading List: The Boatman's Daughter by Andy Davidson

 Book review: A Southern supernatural thriller about a seedy swamp and all its creatures

Fall Reading List: The Boatman's Daughter by Andy Davidson Book Review
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Andy Davidson's The Boatman's Daughter paints a dark and bloody tale of the painful lives of outsiders. While Davidson's book was wildly creative, it failed to draw me in. I kept reading, hoping it would be a slow burn, however it never caught fire for me. I did enjoy the Russian folklore in the book and the mysticism, but being a huge fan of witches, I was hoping for a more interesting witch. I will give the author this: the prose is beautiful at times and I LOVE the cover!

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Holiday pet adoption campaign: The season of giving a fur-ever home

iAdopt for the Holidays: 'Tis the season to find a forever home

iAdopt For the Holidays: 'Tis the season to find a forever home



It's that time of year again- the season of giving, and I have an excellent way to give. It's a win-win! iAdopt for the Holidays is sponsored by Petplan pet insurance. This holiday adoption campaign runs now until December 31, 2020, at participating SPCAs, humane societies, and rescue groups across Canada. Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre, located in Pembroke, Ontario, services the Renfrew County community where my family is from.  Their goal for this holiday campaign is to find loving forever homes for as many animals as possible.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Agroecology farming in Africa: Climate change and sustainable food production

International guest blog: Agroecology farming and its contribution to climate change mitigation and sustainable food production

Agroecology farming and its contribution to climate change mitigation and sustainable food production
International guest blog by Tulyahabwe Rogers (from Uganda, East Africa). 
So excited to welcome him to the Paws For Reaction extended family!


Severe, diverse, and location-specific impacts on agricultural production are anticipated with climate change. The last IPCC report indicates that the rise of carbon dioxide and associated greenhouse gases could lead to a 1.4 to 5.8 °C increase in global surface temperatures, with subsequent consequences on precipitation frequency and amounts. The 2013 report of the IPCC authoritatively re-affirms that climate change and variability will impact food and fiber production around the world due to the effects on plant growth and yield by the elevated carbon dioxide, higher temperatures, altered precipitation, and transpiration regimes, and increased frequency of extreme events, as well as modified weed, pest and pathogen pressure. Therefore, more durable benefits will likely result from radical agroecological measures that will strengthen the resilience of farmers and rural communities. Traditional farming systems are repositories of a wealth of principles and measures that can help modern agricultural systems become more resilient to climate change.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Where to watch: Remembrance Day 2020 ceremonies go virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic

Canada remembers: Virtual Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa during the COVID-19 pandemic

Canada Remembrance Day November 11, 2020 veterans poppy


This year's Remembrance Day marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. This year the Veteran's Week and Remembrance Day ceremonies will be anything but normal, as many are shifted to the virtual world to keep Canadian's safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Remembrance Day ceremony will still be held at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, but the Royal Canadian Legion is asking citizens of the Nation's Capital to stay home and watch the ceremony on TV. There is limited space- especially when you factor in physically distancing 6-feet apart- and there will be no Veteran's parade, no Canadian Armed Forces parade, and a reduced colour party.

Trip Report Algonquin docu-series about history and conservation of Algonquin Provincial Park

Guest blog: Enviro-docu-series exploring the changing state of Canada's greatest natural landmark; Algonquin Park


Guest blog by Jacob Ide. Photos provided by the Trip Report team.
So excited to welcome them to the Paws For Reaction extended family!



Early in 2020, Craig Myers and I were sitting on the set of a short film discussing our next projects. Craig had recently begun taking a course on sustainability, and I had been kicking around the idea of making a travel series focused on exploring our backyard. Through two days of chatting, we honed in on shooting a series in Algonquin Park. Craig is from Ottawa, and I am from Hamilton, but we both grew up with a connection to camping and cottage country, so the draw to the park was pretty natural. As we prepared the project, Brad and Mitch joined on as our cinematography team, both of them having a love for cinematography and exploring the natural world made it a perfect fit. 

Saturday, 7 November 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden wins United States presidential election 2020

 Democracy wins: We bid a not so farewell to Donald Trump as Joe Biden wins the 2020 USA presidential election- Adios Trump!

BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden wins United States presidential election 2020

 

I've decided 273 is my new favourite number! Followers of my blog are well aware that I'm not a fan of Donald Trump. You may remember I fact-checked Trump on my blog a few years ago when he began attacking science and the Paris Agreement. Canadians care about what happens to our American neighbours because if the USA sneezes, Canada gets a cold. I'd like to give my American neighbours a virtual hug and congratulations because today, November 7, 2020, after a long wait in election purgatory (Groundhog Day much?) Joe Biden has been elected to become the 46th president of the United States of America.