Wednesday, 28 September 2016

#WorldRabiesDay 2016: Why I #vaccinate my #pets against #rabies

World Rabies Day: Why I vaccinate my pets against rabies

September 28 is World Rabies Day and 2016 marks the 10th annual World Rabies Day. According to the Rabies Alliance Organization in 2007, there were over 7,000 cases of animal rabies reported in the U.S. Most of these cases were in wildlife, but these animals can expose pets and humans to rabies. In the U.S., typically 1-3 cases of human rabies are reported per year and CDC confirmed one case in 2007. Even though North America is not an endemic region for rabies, it is still prevalent enough to potentially put my pets- and myself- at risk. Even if you don't encounter a lot of wildlife, mice, rats and bats can still enter the home and come into contact with your dog or cat. Once you or your pet are infected, there is no specific treatment. According to the World Health Organization FAQ's on Rabies "Human rabies caused by the classical rabies virus continues to be almost 100% fatal, with no specific treatment available anywhere in the world."

"There are only seven recorded cases of human rabies survivors in the world, who received intensive nursing care. Almost all of them received preventive/ pre-exposure rabies vaccination that might have modified the course of illness. Only one case of human rabies caused by a bat bite did not receive pre-exposure vaccination but survived. However, this case was not caused by the classical rabies virus."

Celebrate World Rabies Day with Paws For Reaction and vaccinate your pets against rabies! Check out the infographic below about rabies endemic regions and what to do if you or your pet is bitten.

What to do if you are bitten by an animal 

-Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water for at least 5-10 minutes. This is the most effective first-aid treatment against rabies.

-Contact your physician immediately.
-Report the bite to the local health department. If necessary, you will be assessed for rabies post exposure prophylaxis.
-Prompt and appropriate treatment after being bitten and before the disease develops can stop rabies infection and prevent the disease.*Information source from Rabies Alliance Organization

Sunday, 25 September 2016

 #OrganicWeek Top #Product Pick: #Bio #Organics Honey

 Organic Week Top Product Pick: Bio Organics Honey

When honey is in season I like to pick it up at our local farmers market. There is nothing quite like local, unpasteurized honey- it tastes like pure sunshine. Eating local honey can help build up your immunity against allergies caused by local plant life and pollens. But when I can't find local honey then Bio Organics is a close second place and the only store bought honey I use. Bio Organics can be found in most grocery stores (I find it at my local Metro) and is a dark Amber honey. It has the Canada Organic seal or approval!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

#OrganicWeek - #Gardening with Greta's #Organic and #NonGMO seeds #Ontario #Canada

Greta's Organic Gardens seeds
Photos by Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez
Organic Week: Greta's Organic Gardens seed

Hey Paws peeps, since it is Organic Week I want to give a shout out to Greta's Organic Gardens. I purchased my seed exclusively from Greta this year at the Ottawa Valley Seedy Sunday event. Greta's seeds are organic and non-GMO.

Every year we plant an eight foot vegetable garden and it grows very well here in Ontario, Canada. A lot of Greta's seed is heirloom seed, harvested locally by organic farmers and passed down from generation to generation. Our garden now belongs to that historical network of farmers who are trying to preserve our organic agriculture.

For me, planting a garden is not just a way to save money at harvest time, it is also great for the environment and fights against large agribusiness farms and their unethical practices. Even a small garden in your backyard can make a positive impact the environment. Over the next few months as my garden sprouts and grows, I will be sharing with my readers some of the organic and non-GMO products I love, as well as some local food from farmers in our area. How does this relate to pets? Bettering our environment positively affects every aspect of our lives- including our pets!

Hazel helps out in the garden

Friday, 23 September 2016

#OrganicWeek: Where to buy #Organic #food and products

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Organic Week: Where to buy Organic food and products

I'm continuing my Organic Week celebration with more tips on shopping Organic. The Organic Week website features a map of retailers who sell organic products! Wondering where to purchase organic food? Are you wanting to buy some organic beauty or cleaning products? Use this map as a reference! CLICK HERE!

This Organic Week I am asking retailers to commit to adding their stores to the map. Put yourself on the map! People who live an organic lifestyle can find out where to buy from you!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

5 best #RLStine #FearStreet #books to read in the #summer

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Summer nostalgia reads: 5 best Fear Street books to read on a hot summer day

I grew up in the 90s’ during a time when crimped hair was cool, bracelets slapped on and RL Stine was the king of teen horror. While I have read many books by many different authors, RL Stine will always remain my favorite author of all time. His books sent shivers down my spine and kept me turning page after page until I got to the bitter and bone-chilling end.

As a child I loved the plot-twisting, comical Goosebumpsseries, but as I got older I graduated to the scarier, sexier Fear Street novels. Every summer I crack open a dusty Fear Street book and consume the yellowed pages while lying in the sunshine. It reminds me of a simpler time when I would get lost in a book instead of one of my many devices, and murder was more often on the page than in the news. To this day I still collect and read RL Stine’s books.

#OrganicWeek Top #Product Pick: #HappyPlanet #Lemonade

Organic Week Top Product Pick: Happy Planet Lemonade

Happy Planet is Canada’s leading all natural food and juice company and contains the Canada Organic seal. Happy Planet tried their hardest to source their ingredients from Canadian farmers. I absolutely love Stop correcting "their" organic lemonade and raspberry iced-tea. CLICK HERE to find out more about Happy Planet organic products!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

#Summer #Reading List: #TalesOfThePeculiar by #RansomRiggs

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Summer Reading List: Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’sHome for Peculiar Children has been one of my favorite new series. Ransom Riggs blended his magical story with real-life old peculiar photos to make a trilogy unlike any other. The peculiar children each have their own unique abilities, and when their home is threatened they take off on an action-packed adventure filled with magic, time travel, and horrific monsters. While on their adventure they have one treasure that they hold dear, and source for clues to unanswered questions: an old and faded copy of Tales of the Peculiar. This book is like a peculiar history textbook, and it helps them along the way as they fight to find their beloved Miss Peregrine and save their loop.

Tales of the Peculiar is now available to all of us; it is the very same one with the history of peculiars that Miss Peregrine's kids used on their adventure. The strange stories and beautiful illustrations are a great read for those who love the original series. If you haven’t read the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series yet it is a fantastic read! Stay tuned for the major motion picture Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, directed by Tim Burton and set to open September 30.

Monday, 19 September 2016

#OrganicWeek Top #Product Pick: #Crofters #FruitSpreads

Organic Week Top Product Pick: Crofters Fruit Spreads

Crofters is a Canadian company, located in Parry Sound, Ontario. They have been in business since 1989, and they are deeply passionate about the environment, and about the public knowing what is in their food. That is why being verified by the Non-GMO Project is so important to them.

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#Repopulating #RidleyBronze: Raising #endangered #turkeys is more fun than work

Repopulating Ridley Bronze: Raising endangered turkeys is more fun than work

Raising Ridley Bronze turkeys may seem like a lot of work, but to Marie-Josee, it is completely worth it. “They have such friendly personalities and love to follow you around,” she said. “I think they actually know their names!” She and her boyfriend Matt raise Ridley Bronze turkeys at their home in L'Isle-aux-Allumettes, Quebec. They have other breeds of birds on site; Coturnix quails, Barrad Rocks chickens, Rhode Island chickens and even Pekin ducks. Not to mention their adorable cats; Minnie Mouse the grey tabby and a pure white Persian named Mr. Grinch. They care for and love all of their pets equally, but they raise their Ridley Bronze with a purpose.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

#OrganicWeek - How to shop for #organic #food on a #budget

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Organic Week: How to shop for Organic food on a budget

Many people who don’t eat organic cite the high cost of organic food as the reason for not making the switch. Even people who care deeply about the environment, animal rights and their own health say they just can’t afford to eat organic. Let’s face it- just eating healthy on its own is more expensive. Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) did a study in 2013 where they examined 27 existing studies that evaluated the cost of healthy vs un-healthy foods in 10 different high-income countries. Their study found that it costs about $1.50 more a day to eat healthy, even if the food items weren’t organic. The term “healthy” was given to diets that incorporated more food like fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish. “Un-healthy” diets consisted mostly of packaged processed food, meat and refined grains.

Friday, 16 September 2016

#OrganicWeek kicks off tomorrow - September 17-25

Nature at its best: Organic Week kicks off tomorrow!
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Paws For Reaction is so excited to announce that tomorrow, September 17 kicks off Organic Week! Eating organic is something that I am very passionate about, and over the past year I have been able to convert the majority of my diet to Certified Organic and Non-GMO food. Organic Week is an exciting way to raise awareness about the importance of organic food, and sustainable, ethical farming. Whenever I see the Canada Organic logo or a product verified by the Non-GMO Project I know that it was created or farmed ethically and contains no genetically modified ingredients or chemicals.

Why should you choose organic products? There are so many reasons! Products with the Canada Organic logo must meet strict national guidelines that include but are not limited to the following:

Monday, 12 September 2016

Celebrate the #25thAnniversary of #BeautyAndTheBeast with these #Disney #dog #toys

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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Beauty and the Beast with these Disney dog toys

My anticipation for the 2017 live action retelling of Disney's Beauty and the Beast has been building for months and I think I might explode with excitement. The wait seems so long, but Disney has found a way to make the waiting a little bit easier. They are releasing a 25th
Anniversary edition of Beauty and the Beast. This re-release of the animated 1991 Disney classic will be available September 20, 2016.
Beauty and the Beast was the first Disney animated film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, and went on to win two Oscars that year; Best Original Score and Best Original Song "Beauty and the Beast."

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

#Disney #DogDaysOfSummer #Sweepstakes a #win for the #dogs

Disney Dog Days of Summer Sweepstakes would be a big win for your dog

The Dog Days of Summer are here and who better to celebrate them with than Disney? Disney Movie Rewards has a great sweepstakes running right now, but the prize is all about your pet! You can enter once for the chance to win a "drool-worthy grand prize" including:

- $1000 shopping spree for you and your furry friend
- A dozen of your favorite dog movies
- $25 Petco gift card

The Sweepstakes accepts entries from the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) and it ends on 9/30/2016 at 11:59:59 P.M. PST. See the contest page for full details on official sweepstakes rules. Each person is allowed one free entry. You can check out their Pinterest page to unlock additional entries or points, or you can earn points on the Disney Movie Rewards website.

It has been a long, hot summer and you deserved the break. Doesn't your dog deserve some fun too? Summer is almost over Paws peeps! Try your luck and enter the Disney Dog Days of Summer Sweepstakes before its too late!

Saturday, 3 September 2016

#SimplisticPanda: Custom #Nintendo #phonecase is anything but simple

Simplistic Panda: A custom Nintendo cell phone case that is anything but simple

Hey Paws peeps! I love sharing products and things I love with you all. As many of you already know I am a huge Nintendo fan- Super Mario in particular. My fiancé and I collect vintage toys and comic books, and basically anything with some 90s' nostalgia. I purchased a custom cell phone case from the Simplistic Panda Etsy shop and I am so impressed I had to share it!

I saw Simplistic Panda's work online and fell in love with the creative phone cases, and other crafts. I asked the artist if she could make me something custom; a Super Mario Bros. iPhone 6 case. I let her be creative, I just wanted it to be Mario and Luigi. She has a lot of samples on the Simplistic Panda Facebook page, so I felt pretty confident she would come up with something cool.