Thursday, 31 December 2020

Happy New Year: End of the year message of hope for 2021 from Paws For Reaction

 The end is coming: A New Year's message of overcoming 2020 

Happy New Year: End of the year message of hope for 2021 from Paws For Reaction

The world is letting out a collective sigh of relief as 2020 comes to a close. We have some small glimmers of hope lighting up the horizon. Several vaccines have been created- thank you, scientists! There are fewer unknowns about the virus and how it spreads. We are better prepared to deal with lockdowns, second waves, and changes to protocols. There is awareness being raised about being kind, shopping local, and supporting the needy. The pandemic that separated and isolated us could end up bringing us closer than ever. The end of the year doesn't flip a switch but it may bring forth enough change to get the lights back on. 

Saturday, 26 December 2020

Eco-friendly dog toys & products for the home & outdoors

Guest blog: Sustainable dog products for the New Year and beyond

Eco-friendly dog toys & products for the home & outdoors
Guest blog by Imani Hamilton.
So excited to welcome her to the Paws For Reaction extended family!
This post contains affiliate links.

Entering the New Year, climate action and environmental protection are more important than ever, as we collectively seek to reduce our carbon emissions by 65% and protect our precious ecosystems in time to prevent irreversible climate change. And yes, our furry companions have an environmental footprint that's worth reducing. The good news is, there are a few choices we can make in our suite of doggo basics that do make an environmental difference. 

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Santa Paws is coming to town: Merry Christmas!

Bark the halls: Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Hazel 

Deck the halls: Merry Christmas and happy holidays Saint Bernese dog


This holiday season we were gifted with further Covid-19 lockdowns in Ontario. I know for folks in assisted living facilities, small business owners, non-essential workers, and single people who live alone, this news is a tough turkey to swallow. For the next 28 days, some of us will be separated from the people we love the most. It will be difficult, but we will get through this together.

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Ottawa's pet food bank: Ottawa Paw Pantry provides food for fur-families in need

Feeding Ottawa's fur-families: Ottawa Paw Pantry is dedicated to supporting community pets in need

Ottawa's pet food bank: Ottawa Paw Pantry provides food for fur-families in need


Food banks have been a lifeline for people struggling to make ends meet. I'm not immune to struggle- I have used the services of the Food Bank. That's why donating to and supporting local food banks has been a passion of mine. But what about our pets? They're family and we are responsible for feeding them, but sometimes we need help. In Ottawa there is a non-profit that has been dedicated to supporting fur-families in need. 

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

From pity to inspiration: How my cat overcame her disabilities

Guest blog: Living with my one-eyed, three-legged cat

Guest blog: Living with My One-Eyed, Three-Legged Cat

Guest blog by Kathy M. Finley.
So excited to welcome her to the Paws For Reaction extended family!


While in the midst of a bitter divorce and a stressful job, I received an unusual birthday gift- a gray and white kitten. That gift, whom I named Clio, was a blessing, and besides having a slight heart murmur, she was a healthy cat. I had no idea that seven years later, I would be caring for a disabled pet. 

Sunday, 13 December 2020

OSPCA Christmas campaigns a success for pets & community

Paw it forward: OSPCA Howliday campaigns helping pets and people in the Renfrew County community 

OSPCA Christmas campaigns a success for pets & community


There are many creatures stirring this holiday season, and some of those creatures need your help. Do you remember the amazing holiday campaigns the Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre launched that I featured on Paws For Reaction? I reconnected with Heather Jobe, the Community Development Coordinator, to get an update on how their holiday season is going.

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

12 ways you can give back to your community this holiday season

 The 12 ways of Christmas: 12 ways you can support animals, wildlife, and children in need

The 12 ways of Christmas: 12 ways you can support animals, wildlife, and children in need


 On the first day of Christmas, my community gave to me a helping hand and a second chance. I've decided to kick the 12 days of Christmas to the curb and replace it with the 12 ways of Christmas. Don't worry, I still included some birds! This year has been a struggle and the community needs your support and generosity. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ontario Government has supported people's financial struggles. But what about support for those who rarely voice their needs: pets, wildlife, nature, and children? Paws For Reaction is a voice for the voiceless, and that's what the 12 ways of Christmas are all about.

Monday, 7 December 2020

Holiday hazards for your pet: Safety tips to keep pets safe during Christmas season

Toxic food, dangerous decorations, and problematic parties: How to keep your pet safe from dangerous holiday hazards

Holiday hazards for your pet: Safety tips to keep pets safe during Christmas season


I enjoy holiday food and festivities! As much as I know Hazel loves her advent calendar and opening her stocking on Christmas morning, I'm well aware that including her in some holiday traditions has me barking up the wrong Christmas tree. The holidays can be loud and scary for a pet. It can be sensory overload, and at times they can feel threatened. Your pet is a valued member of the family, and ensuring they are safe and comfortable during this festive season is important. The holidays pose many risks for your pet- health risks as well as a risk of heightened anxiety. Christmas dangers are everywhere, so it's important to keep your pet safe. I've put together a comprehensive list of holiday hazards and tips about how to keep your pet safe during the Christmas season. 

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Holiday help: Ways to help wild birds find food, shelter, & medical care in the winter

Under your wing: How you can help wild birds survive the winter

How you can support the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre this holiday season PLUS expert tips about feeding & sheltering birds in the winter!


Season's Tweetings! Birds fly into your life providing majestic beauty and songs to brighten your day. During the winter months, birds need extra help finding food, shelter, and help when they are hurt. The Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre (OVWBCC) works tirelessly through the winter- and the rest of the year- to take birds under their wing. The OVWBCC team knows that one small act of kindness can help save a bird's life. Patty McLaughlin, Education and Public Engagement Coordinator at OVWBCC, and her team are working hard to raise awareness about the help birds need throughout the winter and I was fortunate enough to get expert tips about how to support the wild bird community this holiday season. I had many questions for Patty. How can you help wild birds survive the harsh winter weather? What do birds need in the winter to help them find food, shelter, and medical care? What can I do at home?

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Support small business: The best Christmas gifts for dogs and cats

Handmade holiday: The ULTIMATE holiday gift guide for your pet 

Handmade holiday: The ULTIMATE holiday gift guide for your pet
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Shopping online is more popular because of the Covid-19 pandemic, just like shopping locally has become more crucial. Many local family-owned businesses have created online stores to offer their products to the community safely. But what if you can't find what you're looking for locally? Should you search on Amazon? Nope! There's another way!

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Giving Tuesday: Two things you can do to support Ontario nature and wildlife

Two for Tuesday: I'm asking you to do these two things on Giving Tuesday to support local wildlife 

Giving Tuesday: Two things you can do to support Ontario nature and wildlife


Giving won't be easy for some people this year. Many Ontario citizens have suffered financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-profits, charities, and organizations that support nature and wildlife have also been greatly impacted by the pandemic. Today is Giving Tuesday, a day when people make donations to support charities that mean a lot to them. I want to go two for Tuesday. I present to you two ways you can support nature and wildlife right here in Ontario that I've donated to for Giving Tuesday. I'm asking my readers who are considering which initiative to support today to consider one (or both) of these Ontario campaigns that need your help.

Monday, 30 November 2020

Fall Reading List: One By One by Ruth Ware

Book review: Ruth Ware's books keep climbing up the bestseller list, One By One

Book review: Ruth Ware's books keep climbing up the bestseller list, One By One
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Ruth Ware has done it again! She keeps crafting creative mysteries and plots that propel the reader forward, and One By One is no exception. This is the ultimate Fall Reading List book. Set on a snowy mountain in France, the story is as chilling as the white powder that swallows the characters whole. 

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. 

Friday, 6 November 2020

Paws For Reaction is looking for guest bloggers

 Do you have a story to tell? Share your story on Paws For Reaction


This year more than ever, I've been providing an outlet for people in the community to share their stories. I've teamed up with some wonderful and interesting guest bloggers, interviewed experts in their fields, and supported different organizations. I want to keep expanding upon that. That being said, Paws For Reaction is looking for new guest bloggers!

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Stay dry and save the wetlands: 5 things you can do from home

Help from home: 5 ways you can help save Canada's wetlands, without getting wet

Help from home: 5 ways you can help save Canada's wetlands, without getting wet

If you drank a glass of water today, washed dishes, flushed the toilet, boiled a pot, or filled up your dog's water dish, you probably benefited from a wetland. Wetlands are responsible for providing us with the clean water we drink and use every day. Ontario boasts 330,000 square kilometres of wetlands and currently accounts for about 25% of all the wetlands in Canada and 6% of global wetlands. Wetlands hold billions of litres of water that they help naturally filter and purify. They provide flood control, habitat and feeding ground for a variety of species, and act as carbon storage. I really enjoy hiking in the wetlands- they are wonderful recreational and educational ecosystems. 

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Meet our October featured pets in Halloween costumes

 October featured pets: Happy Halloween from these haunted howlers!

Meet our October featured pets in Halloween costumes


Happy Halloween spooky pet owners! This month we asked you to send in photos of your pets wearing their Halloween costumes and you did not disappoint! Here are the October featured pets. Happy haunting!

October 31 crafting and DIY: Happy Halloween from Paws For Reaction!

Happy Halloween: My favourite past Halloween DIY projects

Paws For Reaction Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! This is my favorite holiday and usually go all out decorating and celebrating. This year will be a little different due to Covid-19, and due to the fact that I don't live in a house anymore, so I can't do my haunted walkway. I'll admit I'm a little sad about that. BUT I will still be watching Hocus Pocus and Trick R' Treat! Since the celebration this year won't be as spooky, here are some ghostly DIY Halloween projects, decor, and crafts I've done in the past. I hope I inspire you! Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Thursday, 29 October 2020

October featured pets: Halloween theme!

  October featured pets: We want to feature your pet's Halloween costume

October featured pets: We want to feature your pet's Halloween costume


It's the most wonderful time of the year! I'm not talking about Christmas- it's spooky season! Halloween is my ABSOLUTE favourite holiday! I love scaring people- and being scared. I love everything about it- the candy, the horror movies, the scary decor, the witches spells, the city draped in my favourite colour- orange! 

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Halloween Hazards: Vet approved tips to keep pets safe on the spookiest night of the year

Ask a Vet: Top 5 Halloween dangers to your pets PLUS 3 vet-approved tips to keep your pets safe

Ask a Vet: Top 5 Halloween dangers to your pets PLUS 3vet-approved tips to keep them safe

The fall breeze that's giving you goosebumps is ushering in the spookiest holiday of the year- Halloween! It can be an exciting time for the family, but not so much for your pets. The constant visitors at the door, people in costume, and scary sounds can cause stress and anxiety. How we celebrate Halloween can bring about potential hazards to your pet- some of them can be life-threatening. Dr. Carlie Paquette, veterinarian and co-owner of Pembroke Animal Hospital put down her stethoscope and put on her scariest costume to give Paw For Reaction all the ghostly details about potential dangers to your pets on Halloween. Check out what she had to say!

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Reader beware, you're in for a scare: Goosebumps books for Halloween

Guest blog: The King of Goosebumps shares his top 5 Goosebumps books to get you in the Halloween spirit

Guest blog: The King of Goosebumps shares his top 5 Goosebumps books to get you in the Halloween spirit
This post contains affiliate links. Guest blog by Matt Vickers Copley.
So excited to welcome him to the Paws For Reaction extended family!


My passion for Goosebumps books started in 1999 at the age of 7 
when I got my first book called The Haunted CarIt was a big thing for mum and me growing up. My primary school didn't have the books in the library at the time I was there as they were too scary... pffft. So it became a weekly thing for mum and I, to go to our local store and buy each book until I had them all. My bedroom became every 90s' kid's dream Goosebumps themed room.

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Looking for spooky pets in Halloween costumes to be featured

 October featured pets: Does your pet have a Halloween costume? Send us a photo!

Looking for spooky pets in Halloween costumes to be featured


It's the most wonderful time of the year! I'm not talking about Christmas- it's spooky season! Halloween is my ABSOLUTE favourite holiday! I love scaring people- and being scared. I love everything about it- the candy, the horror movies, the scary decor, the witches spells, the city draped in my favourite colour- orange! 

Friday, 23 October 2020

Spooky animals: The OVWBCC shares the truth about Raven in real life and folklore

Halloween's haunted animals: The truth about the ominous and dark trickster; the Raven

Halloween's haunted animals: The truth about the ominous and dark trickster; the Raven

Thank you to Patty McLaughlin of the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre for illuminating the Raven for the Paws For Reaction readers!


When I think about Halloween symbolism, things that come to mind are spirits, monsters, witches, and vampires. But what about the animals? Black cats with their backs arched, howling werewolves, slick Ravens crowing warnings, and swooping bats are all signature Halloween animals. Folklore and mythology weave their way into the spooky stories we tell and animals are the stars of these terrifying tales. 

  

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Fall Reading list: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Book review: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires is the vampire book you didn't know you needed

Fall Reading list: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix


I kicked off my spooky Fall reading list with a bang- or a bite I should say. The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix is so unexpected. In most cases, I'm able to predict the twists and turns in the books I read, but this book is truly unpredictable. 

Friday, 16 October 2020

Your pet can be featured! Get involved in the Halloween haunt!

   October featured pets: Send in a photo of your pet wearing a Halloween costume to be featured 

Looking for spooky pets in Halloween costumes to be featured


It's the most wonderful time of the year! I'm not talking about Christmas- it's spooky season! Halloween is my ABSOLUTE favourite holiday! I love scaring people- and being scared. I love everything about it- the candy, the horror movies, the scary decor, the witches spells, the city draped in my favourite colour- orange! 


Thursday, 15 October 2020

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week: 10 best things about being a vet tech

Ask an RVT: 10 things I love the most about being a registered veterinary technician  

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week: 10 best things about being a vet tech by Nicole Cunningham, RVT


My years of experience working in the veterinary medicine industry taught me many things. One thing I learned on my first day is that the job of a veterinary technician is difficult. Veterinary technicians assist in surgery, dentistry, treat emergencies, learn how to care for multiple species, assist the doctor, be a nurse, provide emotional support for the client, and be an advocate for the patient. They work hard without breaks- often for less pay than you'd expect. It's stressful. It's fast-paced. It's emotionally draining. It's blood, sweat, and tears. REAL tears. And it is incredibly rewarding. 

Monday, 12 October 2020

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Canadian's give thanks: Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, especially those who are isolated this year

Canadian's give thanks: Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, especially those of you who are isolated this year

I hope you all had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! The pandemic has made it difficult for families to get together this weekend. I know how isolating it can be living alone and not being able to visit family. Virtual visits and phone calls just aren't the same. I missed the hugs, the homecooked meal, and the playtime with my nephew. To all of you who are alone this holiday season, I want to send you my love. It's tough but we will get through this. Hold your pets and cherish the moments that you have with the people you love. Find ways to visit from afar. But most of all, stay safe. 

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Send in a photo of your pet wearing a Halloween costume

 October featured pets: Send in a photo of your pet wearing a Halloween costume to be featured on Paws For Reaction

October featured pets: Send in a photo of your pet wearing a Halloween costume to be featured on Paws For Reaction

It's the most wonderful time of the year! I'm not talking about Christmas- it's spooky season! Halloween is my ABSOLUTE favourite holiday! I love scaring people- and being scared. I love everything about it- the candy, the horror movies, the scary decor, the witches spells, the city draped in my favourite colour- orange! 

Friday, 9 October 2020

The Climate Reality Project's #24HoursOfReality will be different this year

Climate community: 24 Hours of Reality broadcast changes in 2020

Climate Reality Project 24 Hours of Reality climate change

Every year I look forward to the 24 Hours of Reality broadcast, hosted by Al Gore and Climate Reality Project. The pandemic has changed the world, and this year the broadcast will look very different. The Climate Reality Project has partnered with TED and is giving presentations to educate about climate change and share solutions to bring us closer to a zero-carbon future. 

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Learn about Reiki healing from a Usui Holy Fire Reiki Master practitioner

Guest blog: My Reiki journey; a discovery of healing energies and the power within 

Learn about Reiki healing from a Usui Holy Fire Reiki Master practitioner
Guest blog by Robyn Thomas. So excited to welcome her
to the Paws For Reaction extended family!  


Many are unaware of Reiki healing and its vast healing possibilities. The Usui Holy Fire Reiki system incorporates Reiki symbols, attunement placements, distance healing methods, and hand positions for working with oneself and others. As a practitioner, I connect with and direct universal life-force energy that surrounds every living thing, to balance the life-force energy within. This involves channeling source energy, setting intentions, connecting with Reiki symbols, Mother Earth, and myself to balance and ground mind, body, spirit. 

Saturday, 3 October 2020

I had my dog blessed by the Catholic church

Piqued my curiosity: I had my dog blessed by a Catholic priest 

Piqued my curiosity: I had my dog blessed by a Catholic priest

I was walking my dog by a Catholic church in my neighbourhood when a nice lady commented on how beautiful Hazel is. I know I'm a little biased, but I have to agree- she's a looker. We were making small talk about my dog when she mentioned that the church is offering blessings to pets. She encouraged me to bring Hazel back the following weekend to have her blessed.

Monday, 28 September 2020

September 28 is World Rabies Day

Rabies risks: Thinking about not vaccinating your pet against rabies? Here's what you need to know

World Rabies Day

I'm one of the many folks across the world anxiously waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are one of the most impactful inventions for humanity, and working in veterinary medicine has allowed me to experience first hand the power of vaccines. Watching a puppy die from canine parvovirus is a devastating experience, but it has given me a deeper respect for vaccines. Especially the rabies vaccine. Rabies is a fatal disease that affects mammals. Rabies is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted from animals to humans. Non-mammals, including fish, poultry, birds, reptiles, and amphibians can’t get rabies. Rabies is spread through the saliva of an infected animal. The animal bites a human or animal, breaking the skin, and the infected saliva gets into the wound, passing the disease on to the victim. You can also become infected by getting saliva, brain or spinal tissue from an infected animal (dead or alive) in an open cut, sore, wound, eyes, mouth, or nose.

Friday, 25 September 2020

September 25 is a Global Day for Climate Action: What does that have to do with toilet paper?

 Help at home: It's a day of Global Climate Action, but what can we do in Ontario while sitting on our butts?

September 25 is a Global Day for Climate Action: What does that have to do with toilet paper?


It's a day of Global Climate Action and I'm here to talk to you about butts... How many of you panic purchased toilet paper when the COVID-19 pandemic hit? I get it! Okay, I don't really get it that much- I didn't buy any extra toilet paper. I was thinking more about my respiratory system and less about my bottom. Next question. When you filled your Costco cart with stacks of bulk TP, extra soft, extra strong, how many of you thought about how toilet paper affects Ontario forests?

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

MUST ASK QUESTIONS for your prospective pet sitter for Pet Sitter Education Month

Put their paws in capable hands: Have questions to ask a pet sitter? I've got the answers- because I asked them!

MUST ASK QUESTONS for your prospective pet sitter for September Pet Sitter Education Month


If you live in the Ottawa Valley and need to travel but can't take your pet along for the ride, have no worries. You can put your pet's paws in very capable hands. PAWSitive Companionship for ALL Animals Big and Small Pet Sitting Services is a home away from home for your pets. For Lacey Duperron, she just calls it home- and her dream job!

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Pages of poetry: Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is like a long summer that you never want to end

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
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Like a book, all good things must come to an end, and there is no better way to end my Summer Reading List than by reviewing Where The Crawdads Sing, the mesmerizing debut novel by Delia Owens. Not only is it the best book on my list, but it's the best book I've read in years. Like the summer, I never wanted it to end. 

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Coming clean: My biggest failure as a pet owner #NationalPetInsuranceMonth

My biggest mistake as a pet owner: I should have purchased pet insurance for Hazel, here's why!


My biggest regret as a pet owner: I should have purchased pet insurance for Hazel


I made a HUGE mistake! As pet owners, sometimes we make mistakes when trying to do the best for our pets. But this one... this is all on me. When I brought Hazel home, one of the first things I did was sign her up for a free trial of pet insurance. The next morning I brought Hazel to see her veterinarian because she was walking funny. It turned out Hazel had a broken femur that went undiagnosed before she came home to me. Any conditions she was diagnosed with before the trial became active would not be covered. She was already signed up for a lifetime of pain and pre-existing conditions, so signing her up for pet insurance felt like a lost cause. 

Friday, 28 August 2020

August 28 is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Guest blog: The hardest part about loving a pet is saying goodbye


August 28 is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Guest blog by Alisha Henson. So excited to welcome her and 
her dogs Mason and Megs to the Paws For Reaction extended family!

For many of us, our pets are our fur-babies, our family members, and our best friends. They celebrate our moments of joy with us and sit with us in solidarity in our moments of sadness. Our attachment bonds to our beloved pets can be deep and rich, and the death of a pet can be heart-wrenching. 

Friday, 21 August 2020

Hey Paws peeps! I'm going on vacation!

Taking a break: Cottage life won't be the same without Keira 


Saint Bernese dog Paws For Reaction Cottage life


I'm going on hiatus! One week one the water, then another week spent with friends. No wifi, no work, no rules. And sadly, no Keira. I've been looking forward to my week at the cottage since COVID-19 hit. It's been one of the only things that has got me through this pandemic. But as much as I want to go to the cottage, it won't be the same without Keira, and all the other family dogs we have lost this year. 2020 has been a devastating year for pets in my family. 

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Doody calls: Ask a vet what to do with a coprophagia canine

Pet Peeve: Why is my dog eating poop? How to stop my dog from eating poop
  
Pet Peeve: Why is my dog eating poop? How to stop my dog from eating poop


My beautiful and lovable dog Hazel has a dark secret. She's a poop eater. That's right, she eats her poop! To be fair, she doesn't discriminate. She'll eat any poop she finds. It's something I've struggled with, and I've only been able to find temporary solutions- mostly due to my own inconsistencies as a pet owner and not sticking to the treatment plan. I've talked to a lot of dog owners and discovered that Hazel is not the only poop-mouth out there. In fact, feces eating is a very common behaviour in dogs. Believe it or not, there's a name for it: coprophagia. Even the name sounds gross! I want to know, why do dogs eat their poop? What can I do to stop is? I decided to ask my veterinarian, Dr. Carlie Paquette, who works at Pembroke Animal Hospital

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Larger than life recipe: Learn how you can make this giant dog treat

Guest blog: I made a dog treat bigger than my dog!
  

Guest blog: I made a dog treat bigger than my dog! Get the recipe
Guest blog by Travis DeRose. So excited to welcome him and
his dog Murphy to the Paws For Reaction extended family!

It was a week away from my dog Murphy’s fourth birthday when we sat down to watch the movie Uncle Buck. Remember that scene when John Candy makes those absolutely massive pancakes for Macaulay Culkin’s birthday? It’s awesome! and after seeing that, I decided I had to make Murphy a massive dog treat for her birthday!

Friday, 14 August 2020

Top Five Friday: Five reasons why I love my veterinarian #FridayFive

Top Five Friday: Five reasons why I love my veterinarian 

Top Five Friday: Five reasons why I love my veterinarian #FridayFive

It's no secret- my dog has spent a LOT of time at the vet. I've spent more money on Hazel's health care than I'd like to admit, or would even like to know. She's had her share of health problems, emergencies, and accomplishments with weight loss- that I'm super jealous of. Can someone measure my food in a  cup and only feed me twice a day, please?