Monday, 28 December 2015

Photos: Funny snow dogs enjoying winter weather

Photos: Snow dogs enjoying winter weather




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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Photos: Mountain dogs enjoying first snow in Ontario



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Photos: My mountain dogs enjoying first snow
It finally snowed in Ontario!

It is very exciting. Climate change couldn’t have been more obvious this Christmas here in Ontario, Canada- a province that is usually draped in a thick blanket of cold, sparkling snow by now. Instead we had a grassy-green holiday season- until today. Hopefully this will be a big enough sign for everyone to change and make more eco-friendly lifestyle and diet choices.

Both of the girls were really excited for snow but Hazel was he most excited. She hasn’t seen snow since she was a little, tiny puppy. Now she is a 97 lb almost one year old. Saint Bernese dogs are in their element in the winter time and I was disappointed that they weren’t getting to experience it. Finally today it snowed and we took the girls on a hike through a winter wonderland. Check out our photo story in the snowy forest.


Brrrr: 10 best cold weather dog breeds for a family with children

Snowdogs: 10 best cold-weather dog breeds for a family


Active families in cold-weather regions who are interested in adopting a dog will be looking for a breed that can tolerate the frigid climate and play in the snow with the children. The list of Nordic dogs is a long one but not all of those dog breeds will fit into a family with children. Small children and even older kids need a pet that can tolerate playing and activity just as much as it can tolerate four seasons. Kids need a dog breed that is patient and loving to ensure that all play is safe play.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Green Christmas: Eco friendly wrapping paper for holiday gifts


Green Christmas: Eco friendly wrapping paper for holiday gifts

Here in Ontario, Canada we have yet to see a real snow fall which is very unusual for this area. It is so clear that climate change is impacting our planet in a big way. I am always looking for a way to be more eco-friendly and try to make green choices in my home. The holiday season creates a lot of waste so I decided since Ontario is having a green Christmas I may as well have a green Christmas in my home!

This Christmas I decided not to buy any Christmas wrapping paper at all. Instead, I used old magazines and comic books that I don’t read anymore and wrapped gifts with the pages. I taped them together like a mosaic around all of my holiday gifts. Any gifts that went in bags went in re-used gift bags I have saved from previous years.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Warm winter walks: #NorthFetch dog apparel is Canadian and cozy

Warm winter walks: #NorthFetch dog apparel is Canadian and cozy

This post is sponsored by North Fetch, PetSmart Canada and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about North Fetch at PetSmart Canada, but Paws For Reaction only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. North Fetch and PetSmart Canada are not responsible for the content of this article.

There is nothing quite like a Canadian winter. Here in the Ottawa Valley winters are cold but full of adventure. There are so many great places to ski, snowshoe and hike in this region. I love to bundle up and hit the trails with my big mountain dogs to do some winter exploring! Hazel and Keira do very well in cold weather. They are both big, fluffy Saint Bernese dogs that are built for the cold weather. Avalanches? Bring it on! My girls are great in the winter, but it is not very often they get to go hiking with a friend.


Friday, 11 December 2015

Doggy Christmas gift idea: Tasty treat and the gift of giving #DOGforDOGPetSmart


Doggy Christmas gift idea: Tasty treat and the gift of giving #DOGforDOGPetSmart
This post is sponsored by DOG for DOG and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about DOG for DOG being available at PetSmart Canadian stores but Paws For Reaction only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. DOG for DOG and PetSmart are not responsible for the content of this article.
The magic of the holidays is in the air and I am looking for gifts to go in Hazel and Keira’s stocking. This is Hazel’s first Christmas and I want it to be special. I was really excited when I heard about DOG for DOG pet treats because for every item they sell they donate all-natural DOGSFOOD to help feed dogs in need! This is the season of giving so I had to get involved and try some of their products.
DOG for DOG is all about providing dogs with tasty and nutritious food, because every dog deserves that! DOG for DOG includes three different types of treats that I am sampling with my girls. They are all available at Canadian PetSmart locations:
DOGSBUTTER: Peanut butter for dogs! This product was inspired by all natural peanut butter at the Los Angeles Farmers Market. It is gluten free with no added salt, sugar or hydrogenated oils. A lot of human-grade peanut butter on the market today contains the sugar substitute xylitol that if ingested is toxic to dogs. This peanut butter is safe for my dog and it is nutritious too. It is perfect because Hazel loves peanut butter in her Kong!


Thursday, 10 December 2015

How to keep cats and dogs safe around the Christmas tree


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Holiday hazards: How to keep cats and dogs safe around the Christmas tree

Christmas is just around the corner and for many that means a tree and decorations. Twinkling lights and glistening tinsel may be appealing to the eye but for pets the Christmas tree holds a special fascination that can lead to danger. Something seemingly harmless like a Christmas tree can turn deadly to a dog or cat. Pet parents can to take certain precautions to make inviting a Christmas tree- real or fake- into their home safer for their furry family members. This is how to pet proof your tree and have a safe and merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Pet food with No Bad Anything: Discover the #SubZeroDifference


Pet food with No Bad Anything: Discover the #SubZeroDifference

This post is sponsored by Nutrience, PetSmart, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the launch of Nutrience Subzero in PetSmart Canada but Paws For Reaction only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Nutrience and PetSmart are not responsible for the content of this article.

Keira had an exciting trip to PetSmart® when we went to pick up our bag of Nutrience® Subzero™ and discover the #SubZeroDifference for ourselves. She’s not a very excitable dog but she sure loves PetSmart®- she wouldn’t even hold still for one good photo!

I often use pet food as treats for my dogs and I highly recommend it. Pet food is more balanced than pet treats so I use food to make sure my girls don’t gain weight while we are training- especially Hazel. Weight gain is bad for their hips. And we do a lot of training- especially Hazel!

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

PHOTOS: Crazy cats and bad dogs ruin Christmas


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Nightmare before Christmas: Crazy cats and bad dogs ruin Christmas

The Christmas tree can be a source of curiosity and wonder for a pet. Who can blame them- we put a giant tree in the house, hang twinkling shiny things around and wrap objects in crinkly paper. Not to mention we hang balls from it! It is sensory overload for our pets and it usually ends up in disaster.

“You brought in a tree and hung balls from it- I honestly thought it was for me!” –Every cat ever

Most pet parents are all too familiar with the mischievous behavior that a Christmas tree can bring out of our pets. These photos are of dogs and cats that have ruined Christmas by trashing their Christmas trees and decorations- or the gifts under it! These aren't necessarily bad dogs and cats- they just don’t have much Christmas spirit. Check out these pets saying BA HUMBUG to Christmas!