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

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.