Monday, 11 December 2017

#FoodHuggers help #ReduceWaste and keep #food fresh #eco #pollution


Give your food a hug: Food Huggers help reduce waste and keep food fresh



I’m always looking for ways to reduce my waste. One thing I absolutely hate is plastic wrap and plastic baggies. Cling wrap is not recyclable and doesn’t keep food fresh. Since I go through a lot of produce it was important that I find an eco-friendly alternative to cling wrap and bags that was not one-time use, and would keep my fruit and vegetables their freshest.


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

#ClimateFacts series: #ClimateChange #Science #Wolves

Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope

"The way wolves respond to significant climate changes can have far-reaching consequences for the ecosystems in which they live," states an article published by Nature Magazine. CLICK HERE to read more about how wolves will respond to the rapidly changing climate!




Monday, 4 December 2017

Tonight is the night: #24HoursOfReality starts at 6 PM tweet me you questions #ClimateChange #ClimateReality

Tonight is the night: 24 Hours of Reality starts soon

Al Gore will be hosting the annual 24 hour broadcast with the Climate Reality Project! Thinking about becoming a Climate Reality Project Leader? Tweet me @GonzoTheFacey with questions about how to make the process easier and affordable!

Monday, 27 November 2017

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Putting the best paw forward: #PawsForReaction gets personal


Putting the best paw forward
Paws For Reaction Saint Bernese Photo by Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez

Welcome back Paws peeps! Or I guess I should be welcoming myself back. I’m taking a rare moment to get a little personal, after taking a near six-month hiatus from Paws For Reaction. While I do see many of you still reading (thank you!) I haven’t been active and I even skipped Halloween on PFR- and Halloween is my jam! I don’t often get personal on my blog. PFR has always been a fun place for pet parents to learn, laugh and share- so getting personal is not something that makes its way into my editorial calendar. I really don’t feel comfortable with it, but I do believe that sometimes it’s necessary to push myself outside of my comfort zone.


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Sunday, 2 July 2017

#ClimateFacts series: #ClimateChange #Science #GlobalWarming

Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope

"Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 16 of the 17 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. Not only was 2016 the warmest year on record, but eight of the 12 months that make up the year – from January through September, with the exception of June – were the warmest on record for those respective months. October, November, and December of 2016 were the second warmest of those months on record – in all three cases, behind records set in 2015." NASA

CLICK HERE to learn more!





Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope Climate Change

Friday, 30 June 2017

#NationalGreatOutdoorsMonth #June

Great Outdoors Month: Canada's protected areas

June is National Great Outdoors Month! Did you order your free passes to Canada's National Parks for Canada 150? June is a great month to plan some National and Provincial parks visits. Do you know how much of Canada's wilderness is legally protected? Find out- Canadian Geographic has a map that shows protected land and marine areas in Canada. You may be surprised at what you learn! Have fun playing outside this month! Happy Canada 150!


June is Great Outdoors Month: Canada's protected areas





Friday, 23 June 2017

Keira's #ProvincialPark #dog tours #HighFalls #AlgonquinPark #Ontario #Canada

Keira's Provincial Park dog tours: High Falls in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada

All photos by Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez Copyright©


Keira's Provincial Park tours: High Falls, Algonquin Park, Ontario Canada
Keira and daddy were embarking on a 6km hike- there and back- to High Falls in Algonquin Park, Achary- one of the largest Provincial Parks in Ontario, Canada... 


#Allergies and #Allergy #Medications for #Dogs

Ditch the itch: Allergies and allergy medications for dogs

Allergies and allergy medication for dogs
Photo by Thomas Hawk








It’s time to ditch the itch! Allergy season is in full swing and many dogs are suffering. Pet’s allergy symptoms can present in many different ways. Most commonly dogs will become very itchy and scratch, chew and lick at different areas of their body- usually their paws- until they become red and raw. Allergies can also cause chronic ear and eye infections, rashes, hotspots and sometimes even vomiting and diarrhea. They can be hard to manage and treatment is the only way to provide your dog with some relief.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

#ClimateFacts series: #ClimateChange #Science #ForestFires

Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope




“The annual frequency of fire spread days is modelled to increase 35–400 % by 2050 with the greatest absolute increases occurring in the Boreal Plains of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The largest proportional increase in the number of spread days is modelled to occur in coastal and temperate forests.” CLICK HERE to read the study.

Climate Facts Forest Fires





Monday, 12 June 2017

#Employers that offer #PetInsurance

Employers that offer pet insurance


Employers that offer pet insurance
Photo by U.S. Army flickr
More and more employers are adding pet insurance as part of employee benefits, and pet owners have Millennials to thank. According to Fortune the extra boost in coverage is partly because it appeals to the Millennial generation, but everyone will benefit from this way of thinking. With pets being treated more like family members, employers could have a lot to gain from offering pet insurance to employees.

According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPA), pet owners spent approximately $9.8 billion on veterinary care in 2007. In 2015-2016 APPA’s biennial National Pet Owners Survey that recorded 79.7 million pet owning households, this is a 50 percent gain over the past two decades. They also reported an increase in new/younger pet owners. It’s no surprise that pet insurance is becoming more popular. Diagnosing and treating an illness can be expensive. Accidents are especially expensive, and situations like a hit by car or a blocked cat can cost well over $1000. As the cost of treatment increases, so does the demand for insurance coverage.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

#WorldOceansDay #June8 #Ocean #Conservation & #ClimateChange

World Oceans Day: Fifteen ways to protect the oceans

June 8, 2017- There's no question that I'm jealous of those who get to read their book on the beach, breathing in the salty ocean spray as whales breach in distance. I don't live on a coastline, but I understand how important the oceans are to the balance of the Earth's ecosystem. Like the changing tides, changes in ocean temperatures have an impact on our climate. Not to mention all of the beautiful marine creatures facing extinction if ocean temperatures rise.

Those who know me that I LOVE whales! They are ancient creatures that can teach is so much. Whales are extremely smart and intuitive, and each pod has developed their on distinct language to communicate. Sadly, a large number of whales are featured on engendered species lists, like the whales on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species featured in the photo below. Protecting the whales is just one of the many reasons why I think the ocean's deserve their own day. That day is today: World Oceans Day!

World Oceans Day June 8 Endangered whales
World Oceans Day

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

#ClimateFacts series: #ClimateChange #Science #Canada

Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope

***All Climate Facts graphics are free to share on social media, blogs and in publications, as long as they are not modified or altered***


Since the industrial revolution, temperatures in Canada have been rising at a faster rate than before. If warming trends continue with will put wildlife species at risk, affect yield of agriculture and cause extreme weather events with the potential to displace millions.



“Between 1948 and 2012, the annual average surface air temperature over Canada’s landmass warmed by about 1.7°C, approximately twice the global average. While warming trends are observed consistently across the country, stronger trends are found in the north and west, particularly during the winter and spring. Northern Canada (north of 60° latitude) has warmed at a rate approximately 2.5 times the global average since the late 1940s.”
CLICK HERE to learn more from Canada's Sixth National Report on Climate Change!


Climate Facts about Climate change Global warming trends in Canada


I'm really inspired by Years of Living Dangerously and their hashtag #ClimateFacts to raise awareness about climate change. Paws For Reaction #ClimateFacts raise awareness about climate science, and also share solutions and renewable achievements. I'd love to hear your thoughts and questions about climate change or the Climate Reality Corps: email pawsforreaction@live.ca



Monday, 5 June 2017

#WorldEnvironmentDay #June5 #HowTo #Connect to #Nature

World Environment Day: Connecting people to nature
How do you connect to nature? That's the inspiration for the theme of the 2017 World Environment Day: Connecting People to Nature. How often do you connect with nature? Spending time outdoors can help de-stress after a hard day. The sun's rays can help fight depression, and many plants offer natural remedies for our many ailments. But what does a connection to nature mean to you? And do you connect often enough? There are ways that I connect to nature, and I hope you will share some of your own ways with me, by tweeting @PawsForReaction



World Environment Day: Connecting people to nature June 5
How I connect to nature

Sunday, 4 June 2017

#Trump #TalkvsTruth #ParisAgreement #ClimateChange #Politics

Trump Talk vs Truth: Fact checking Donald Trump's Paris Climate Agreement speech

June 4, 2017- This week was devastating to the environment when President Donald Trump announced that he is pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. In his speech he gave 'alternative facts' about climate science, economics and the details of the Agreement. If one good thing came out of this, it's that so many leaders, businesses and organizations have come together to support the Paris Agreement with more strength and determination that ever before. It's also inspired the first edition of Trump Talk vs Truth- a new Paws For Reaction series.

Trump Talk vs Truth: Fact checking Donald Trump's Paris Climate Agreement speech


Saturday, 3 June 2017

#NationalTrailsDay #June3 #Best #Hiking #Trails in #OttawaValley #Ontario #Canada

National Trails Day: Favourite hiking trails in the Ottawa Valley

June 3, 2017- It's time to hit the trail because today is National Trails Day! I really enjoy hiking with my fur-family here in the Ottawa Valley because we are surrounded by some of the most beautiful parks in Ontario. The photo below shows favourite parks and hiking trails in the Ottawa Valley.

Algonquin Provincial Park is by far my favourite park to visit. The photo below shows my two favourite trails in Algonquin Achray: Barron Canyon trail and High Falls. Barron Canyon trail is a shorter hike, but the view is breathtaking. The trail overlooks the Baron Canyon. High Falls is a longer hike that leads to a beautiful water fall and a natural rock waterslide. It's a great swimming spot. My dog Keira loves swimming in the large pools of water speckled across the tops of the rocks.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

#Changing #PetInsurance #Providers and #Policies #Pets #Insurance

Switching pet insurance providers and policies: What you need to know
Switching pet insurance providers and policies: What you need to know
Switching pet insurance providers and policies

Breaking up is hard to do. It would be ideal if a pet owner’s relationship with their pet insurance provider was always a positive one, but realistically you may not be satisfied. If you need a change, there are a few things you may want to consider before switching to a new pet insurance company- or policy.

Before you decide to make a big change, there are some things you may want to consider. First of all, why is it that you want to make the switch? Some of the reasons pet owners change pet insurance companies are cost, coverage and customer service.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

#ClimateFacts series: #ClimateChange #Science #AirPollution

Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope

Air pollution
kills 3.3 million people a year. In some parts of the world it's already so bad that people need pollution filters in their cars and homes.
 Pollution exposure in utero has been associated with increased risk of neuro-developmental delay. Thirty one studies published between 2006 and 2015, from the Americas, Asia and Europe were reviewed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the review came to this conclusion:



"The evidence to date is coherent in that exposure to a range of largely traffic-related pollutants has been associated with quantifiable impairment of brain development in the young and cognitive decline in the elderly. There is insufficient evidence at present to comment on consistency, in view of the different indices of pollution and end-points measured, the limited number of studies, and the probability at this stage of publication bias. However, plausible toxicological mechanisms have been demonstrated and the evidence as a whole suggests that vehicular pollution, at least, contributes to cognitive impairment, adding to pressure on governments and individuals to continue to reduce air pollution."

Climate Facts Air Pollution and EPA censorship


My original source for information on air pollution was the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I wrote this in advance, and checked the link to the study today. It's been removed, allegedly the page is being "updated." CLICK HERE to see for yourself. I hope someone has archived the data. This is the type of censorship of science that we are seeing under the climate denying Trump administration.

I'm really inspired by Years of Living Dangerously and their hashtag #ClimateFacts to raise awareness about climate change. Paws For Reaction #ClimateFacts raise awareness about climate science, and also share solutions and renewable achievements. I'd love to hear your thoughts and questions about climate change or the Climate Reality Corps: email pawsforreaction@live.ca




Friday, 26 May 2017

#NoHotDogs #Car #Temperature #HeatAdvisory for #Dogs #NationalHeatAwarenessDay #May26

No hot dogs: Vehicle temperature chart for National Heat Awareness Day

May 26 is National Heat Awareness Day, and it's a reminder to pet owners that there is no reason to leave a dog in a hot car. It gets hot fast in a car, and it doesn't take long for inside the car temperatures to reach critical highs. Dogs can die in hot cars. Leave your dog at home this summer, and if you do have to take your dog in the car, ensure that it is only for a brief moment, and there is air conditioning and cold water available.



Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Last Week's #Birding #Photos #OttawaValley #Ontario #Canada

Last week's birding photos: Ontario birds
on display in the Ottawa Valley

House Finch bird in Pembroke, Ontario Photo by Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez
House Finch bird in Pembroke, Ontario


#WorldTurtleDay is #May23 #AmericanTortoiseRescue

World Turtle Day: Climate change and the effect on sea turtles


Sea turtles live in the water and on land. This makes them, and most turtle species, especially vulnerable to climate change. Their nesting habitats will be disrupted by rising sea levels. Coral bleaching is already impacting sea turtles food source. In Canada, the Leatherback turtle is already endangered. Polluted waters are destroying turtles homes. With so much plastic pollution in our waters, turtles and other marine species are becoming sick or injured by all the garbage floating around. Oil spills threaten to pollute even more watersheds. Pollution and man-made climate change threaten turtles everyday, but one organization wants to save as many as they can.





Monday, 22 May 2017

#ClimateFacts series: #ClimateChange #Science #ClimateDeniers

Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope

I urge all climate deniers to write down their reservations; make a list of why you believe climate change is not real. Then visit Skeptical Science and I assure you that your questions will all be answered. Skepticism is a process. Denial is a position.
 CLICK HERE to visit Skeptical Science!




I'm really inspired by Years of Living Dangerously and their hashtag #ClimateFacts to raise awareness about climate change. Paws For Reaction #ClimateFacts raise awareness about climate science, and also share solutions and renewable achievements. I'd love to hear your thoughts and questions about climate change or the Climate Reality Corps: email pawsforreaction@live.ca



#HowTo prepare your #pets for #NaturalDisaster #ClimateChange


How to prepare your pets for a natural disaster: Climate change increases the likelihood of disasters for the entire family


Most of us don’t think about how to prepare ourselves for a natural disaster, let alone our pets. After the recent mass flooding event in the Ottawa Valley, it’s clear that disasters can happen close to home. Instead of having the mentality that ‘this can’t happen to me,’ most Ontario and Quebec residents have been faced with the reality that disaster can hit close to home.




How to prepare your pets for natural disaster: Climate change increases likelihood disasters for the entire family
How to prepare your pets for natural disaster
Photo by BecauseUAreHere Foter



#InternationalDayOfBiologicalDiversity #May22 #ClimateChange

Sustainable tourism: International Day of Biological Diversity

May 22, 2017- We often think of diversity in a cultural way, but diversity is also important in nature. The United Nations proclaimed May 22 to be International Day of Biological Diversity to raise awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for 2017 is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. Species and ecological biodiversity is important to the tourism industry. Rising sea levels due to rapid climate change will put many coastal resorts out of business. Natural wonders and events in nature will also be impacted by climate change. Taking the right steps toward a sustainable future means transitioning industries like tourism to renewable energy.


Friday, 19 May 2017

#NationalEndangeredSpeciesDay #May19 #Endangered #Animals of #Canada

Endangered animals of Canada: National Endangered Species Day


Did you know the adorable sea otter that you love watching on YouTube was once endangered in Canada? It's true. The Sea Otter is starting to make a comeback as populations start to increase, but the same can't be said for all the other endangered creatures in the great, white north. Over 500 species in Canada are dangerously close to extinction due to habitat loss, pollution, poaching, climate change, invasive species, and unsustainable harvesting. Many scientific organizations are using renewable energy to help with species loss, citing climate change as one of the greatest threats to endangered species.

Endangered animals of Canada National Endangered Species Day

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

#Plant some #trees on #NationalLoveATreeDay #May16 #TreeEra #Coupon

Lungs of the Earth: Plant some trees on National Love a Tree Day

Hug a tree today, because it' National Love a Tree Day! Deforestation plays a huge part in man-made climate change. Trees are our natural carbon filters; they are the lungs of the planet. Not only are we putting more carbon in the atmosphere for our trees to filter, but we are also reducing the size of our filter, to make room for roads, factory farming and consumer agriculture. So on National Love a Tree Day I urge you to subscribe to TreeEra, a tree planting service that will lower your carbon footprint!


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Monday, 15 May 2017

#ClimateFacts series: #ClimateChange #Science #Rainfall

Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope


"There is a direct influence of global warming on precipitation. Increased heating leads to greater evaporation and thus surface drying, thereby increasing the intensity and duration of drought. However, the water holding capacity of air increases by about 7% per 1°C warming, which leads to increased water vapor in the atmosphere. Hence, storms, whether individual thunderstorms, extratropical rain or snow storms, or tropical cyclones, supplied with increased moisture, produce more intense precipitation events." CLICK HERE to read the full report.




Climate Facts Canada Flooding Rainfall





Sunday, 14 May 2017

#ClimateChange and The effects on #CompanionAnimals #Pets and #GlobalWarming

Climate Change: The effects on companion animals

Today I did a presentation for TEAM 54 ROJECT, a non-profit environmental group, about the effects that climate change has on companion animals, specifically dogs and cats. You can view the full presentation on you tube, or on the Paw For Reaction Facebook page!




Thursday, 11 May 2017

#PetInsurance What is a #PreExistingCondition


Pet insurance: What is a pre-existing condition?
Pet Insurance: What is a pre-existing condition?


It’s always recommended to purchase pet insurance when you adopt a puppy or kitten. They are fresh and new, and in most cases in perfect health. It’s a clean slate and will likely get you the best monthly rate for your new pet’s insurance. But let’s face it, we don’t always bring home an infant pet with that ‘new puppy smell.’ A lot of pet parents rescue or adopt adult pets. Even if the pet has previous medical history, that shouldn’t deter you from purchasing pet insurance. The best thing you can do is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what coverage you will receive, and why certain claims may be denied.

A common reason why pet owner’s insurance claims are denied is because of a pre-existing condition, also sometimes referred to as a foreseeable condition. It’s very important to make sure that you research what your insurance company considers a pre-existing condition, because the definition may vary from company to company. Most commonly a pre-existing condition is defined as something your pet has been diagnosed with or have shown symptoms of before you signed up for your insurance policy. Hazel's broken femur would have been considered a pre-existing condition because she had it ever since we took ownership of her.

A pre-existing condition can be something that your pet’s doctor treated, and it can also include something diagnosed by a shelter, your breeder or a previous owner. A pre-existing condition can also be something diagnosed or treated while you are waiting for your insurance coverage to become effective. Either way, a pre-existing condition will almost always affect your coverage, so knowing the policy and your pet’s potential pre-existing condition is important before you select an insurance company for your pet.

Many pet insurance companies also have something called a bilateral condition in their policy terms and conditions. Pet Secure defines a bilateral condition as “any condition affecting body parts of which your pet has two; one on each side of the body.” Examples of this are limbs, ears and eyes. If your dog has a torn cruciate ligament on the left leg as a pre-existing condition and the right cruciate tears, then the right cruciate will be considered a bilateral condition and will not be covered. Even if the right cruciate tear happens after the policy is already effective.


When purchasing pet insurance, you will also want to look into whether your policy will cover a pre-existing condition that has been cured. Some insurance policies will provide coverage for such things that can be cured, like a urinary tract infection for example. The policy may have stipulations about the UTI, and may require no symptoms or treatment for a certain amount of time. But if your pet has had a UTI that has been cured, then it would be recommended to look into this because if the same issue occurs after a year of perfect health you may be able to get coverage for the UTI.

Some pet insurance companies may request you to do certain testing or diagnostics after they have reviewed your pet’s medical history. Blood work for example may be required before your policy will take effect. Like a human insurance company, you will be required to answer questions about your pet’s medical history. Once you send in your pet’s medical history and meet all the requirements the company will inform you of your policy, coverage and monthly rate. At this time most insurance companies will let you know what exclusions will be made with your policy, and what they consider to be your pet’s pre-existing conditions.

Shopping for pet insurance can seem complicated. Once you select the plan you would prefer, talk to a representative about your coverage and start the application process. Shop, compare and don’t despair- your pet can still get affordable rates and good coverage with a pre-existing condition!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

#ClimateFacts series: #ClimateChange #Science #Flooding

Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope

In 2014 the Canadian government released a report titled
Canada In a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation. The report details the effects climate change will have on all sectors including water and transportation infrastructure. Findings show a trend in precipitation and melting sea ice, causing more intense rainstorms and flooding. With all of the flooding in Gatineau, the Ottawa Valley and other parts of Ontario, it is hard to deny that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Ottawa University climate scientist Paul Beckwith recently informed CBC that climate change has a large part to play in the recent flooding. "We've changed the chemistry of the atmosphere and the oceans with our greenhouse gases, so we're seeing the consequences of this now," he told CBC. "It's only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak."


Climate Facts Canada Flooding Rainfall


The Canada In a Changing Climate
report details the future projected trend in these heavy rainfall and flooding incident. According to CTV parts of Ontario and Quebec are seeing record breaking rainfall. Although climate change is inevitable, if we drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions we can slow the process and secure a liveable planet for future generations.


“The climate is changing – in Canada and throughout the world. Globally, international assessments continue to identify rising air and ocean temperatures, shifting precipitation patterns, shrinking glaciers, declining snow cover and sea ice extent, rising sea level and changes in extreme events (IPCC, 2013). While rates of change vary from one indicator to another, the directions of change are consistent with climate warming, and climate models project that many of the observed trends will continue over the coming decades and beyond. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs; mitigation) is necessary to lessen the magnitude and rate of climate change, but additional impacts are unavoidable, even with aggressive global mitigation efforts, due to inertia in the climate system,” the report states. CLICK HERE to view the full report!