Saturday, 6 June 2020

Summer on the dog trail: Guide to safe day hiking with your dog

Summer on the dog trail: Guide to safe day hiking with your dog


National Trails Day June 6 Guide to safe day hiking with your dog
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I love day hiking with my dogs! It’s a great way to bond with them and stay in shape. June 6 is The American Hiking Society's National Trails Day! Parks and trails are very stimulating for a dog and I find hiking in nature so relaxing. But the wilderness can be a dangerous place and it’s important to take precautions to make sure no one gets hurt- including wildlife you may encounter along the way.


Friday, 5 June 2020

Preserve biodiversity: June 5 is World Environment Day 2020

Fall back in love with nature on World Environment Day: Learn how you can help preserve biodiversity 


Fall back in love with nature on World Environment Day: Learn how you can help preserve biodiversity


It's hard to remember when I first fell in love with nature. I have many memories of life outdoors as a child, but it's difficult to remember which memories were the first. These memories are sprinkled throughout my childhood, far in the past, foggy but still clear. One thing I know for certain is that they all involve frogs.


Thursday, 4 June 2020

We stand with you #BlackLivesMatter

We stand with you


We stand with you #BlackLivesMatter Paws For Reaction Black Lives Matter George Floyd


The Paws For Reaction family cares deeply about many things- not just your pets. We want to support an inclusive society that doesn't tolerate discrimination and violence of any kind. Tomorrow, June 5 at 3:00 pm there will be a peaceful march in Ottawa to condemn the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and to honour his life. The peaceful march will begin at the United States Embassy on Sussex Drive and it will be a 10-minute walk. Anyone attending the march is asked to maintain social distancing measures and to wear a facemask. Peaceful protests are scheduled across Canada to support the black community and protest racism and police brutality. 


Ottawa dog owners: Canine blood donors are needed

Ottawa dog owners: Canine blood donors are needed for Canadian Animal Blood Bank Clinic


Canine donors needed: Ottawa Animal Emergency & Specialty Hospital is hosting a Canadian Animal Blood Bank Clinic


In my search for local, dog-friendly events I came across something truly amazing! Ottawa Animal Emergency and Specialty Hospital is hosting a Canadian Animal Blood Bank Clinic! There is currently a shortage of blood supplies across Canada and they are urgently looking for canine donors. 


Wednesday, 3 June 2020

National Great Outdoors Month: 5 best nature and environment books

National Great Outdoors Month: My 5 favourite nature and environment books 


National Great Outdoors Month: 5 best nature and environment books
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 all of these fantastic books!


Nature lovers and book lovers unite! I'm celebrating my love for the outdoors for National Great Outdoors Month and taking a quick break from my summer reading list to share my five favourite books about nature and the environment. There are lots of great books about nature, but these five are the outside books I've enjoyed the most. So grab a book and a blanket and find a tree to rest under, because it's time to connect with the Earth through the pages of a book!

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

June is National Great Outdoors Month: Submit your pet to be featured

National Great Outdoors Month: Submit a photo of your pet outdoors to be featured


June is National Great Outdoors Month: Submit your pet to be featured


It's time to play outside! June is National Great Outdoors Month, and I'll be featuring pets enjoying the outdoors on Paws For Reaction! Send me a photo of your pet enjoying the outdoors to be featured in a post at the end of the month. Don't forget to tell me your pet's name, gender, and what your pet loves the most about the outdoors!


Monday, 1 June 2020

8 unique dog identification tags for National Pet Preparedness Month

National Pet Preparedness Month: Get your paws on these 8 unique dog identification tags


8 adorable dog identification tags for National Pet Preparedness Month


Do you remember the scene in Disney's Lady and the Tramp when Lady was given her first dog tags? She was so proud of her shiny new bling! Pet identification tags have come a long way. Now your dog can wear a dog tag that suits her unique style. Since June is National Pet Preparedness Month, I think it's the perfect time to show you the cutest, most creative pet ID tags. I've been sniffing out adorable tags for your pet, focusing on style, safety, and capturing your dog's personality. This post contains affiliate links to ALL of the fido fashion tags I've featured! 


Friday, 29 May 2020

Girl Guides of Canada hosts The Great Canadian Camp-in on June 6

Family fun while physical distancing: Girl Guides of Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation host The Great Canadian Camp-in
  
Girl Guides of Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation host The Great Canadian Camp-in



The Guiding Year has was cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which not only meant meetings were canceled but also the most fun event of the season- summer camp! Girl Guides of Canada has been working on creative ways to connect with their Guiding units to make sure the girls don't miss out on all of the things Girl Guides has to offer. On June 6 Girl Guides of Canada, in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation, will host The Great Canadian Camp-in! 


Thursday, 28 May 2020

National Photograph Month: Meet the pets!


National Photograph Month photo submissions: Check out these extraordinary pets!

Photo submission for Paws For Reaction dog blog
This is Jethro! Jethro's mom says he is "my world... my best friend... my everything."
I can definitely see why! He's such a handsome boy!

For National Photograph Month I asked my readers to submit your favourite photo of your pet to be featured and you did not disappoint! Our pets provide us with so much joy, and we are able to capture those moments of joy from behind the lens. I'm so happy to share YOUR amazing pets! 


Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Product Review: Goober Dog Collar

Product Review: Goober Dog Collars are handmade in Canada


Paws For Reaction Product Review: Goobers Dog Collars are handmade in Canada
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Hazel's life has changed so much since she moved to Ottawa and became a big city dog. One thing that has changed a lot is that we see way more people on our walks that we did in the country. Hazel gets a lot of attention, and even though people remark that she's 'such a beautiful dog,' almost everyone assumes that she's a boy. That's what prompted me to ask myself: 'how can I make my dog look more like a girl?'

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Book Review: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Book Review: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

  
Book Review: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell Paws For Reaction
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I knew before I finished the first chapter that My Dark Vanessa was going to be difficult to read. At the same time, before I finished the first chapter I was sure I'd be engulfed by it. It wasn't because of the author's disclaimer at the beginning, informing the reader the events in the book were not a truth-telling of her past at boarding school or the vague mention of things in 'the news' clearly referring to the #MeToo movement. It's been a long time since I've been compelled to highlight a passage in a novel, but I found myself running a highlighter across the page, soaking the sentences that made me feel gutted in a bright colour. I could tell that Vanessa was going to crush me.


Monday, 25 May 2020

Can I teach my dog to swim? and other dog swimming safety tips


Summer on the water: Can I teach my dog to swim? (and other dog swimming safety tips)

Can I teach my dog to swim? (and other dog swimming safety tips)
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The sun is hinting towards warmer weather and that means it’s almost time for my dogs to go swimming! Some dogs- like mine- love the water. Before taking the plunge, make sure you are prepared to take your dog swimming safely. Swimming and other water play with your dog is a great way to beat the heat and can be a bonding experience. Whether you go to a swimming destination or are just swimming in the backyard pool, safety precautions must be taken.



Saturday, 23 May 2020

Does my dog have heatstroke? How to prevent my dog from getting heatstroke

Heatstroke in dogs: Does my dog have heatstroke? How to prevent my dog from getting heatstroke
  
Does my dog have heatstroke? How to prevent my dog from getting heatstroke
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Summer is my favourite season! I could spend all day outside under the hot sun. Unfortunately, for my dog, that same summer sun I love can be very dangerous for her. Hazel is a Saint Bernese, and mountain dogs are not made for hot weather. Most dogs need restricted lengths of time in the sun because dogs, like people, can suffer from heatstroke and heat exhaustion. 

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Dear veterinary medicine community: Thank you, stay strong, and we love you

Dear veterinary medicine community: Thank you, stay strong, and we love you


Dear veterinary medicine community: Thank you, stay strong, and we love you


This is my dog Hazel after her foreign body surgery. Two veterinarians and a team of technicians worked through their lunch- their only break in a long day of saving lives- to save my dog. Hazel's doctor took this photo and sent it to me- it was the moment she woke up. I waited for two hours but Hazel really wanted to sleep it off, so the doctor texted me this as soon as she was awake. Her name is Dr. Paquette, and she's incredible. I'm not sure I really expressed to all of them how grateful I was. The cost of losing Hazel may have meant losing myself. It was worth every penny, and I can never repay them. I got the full value fo their service- I got to keep my best friend. So Thank you.


Book Review: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Book Review: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell


Book Review: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell Paws For Reaction
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Lisa Jewell is the author to watch in the coming years and like her other works, The Family Upstairs did not disappoint. This book is like Flowers in the Attic meets the Jonestown cult- but in London. Jewell's story uncovers a dark family history, chapter by chapter, as told by the three main characters.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

May 20 is World Bee Day: How you can protect the bees

World Bee Day: With bee populations at risk, how can you help protect the bees?


World Bee Day save the bees Paws For Reaction
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With murder hornets in the news, bees are all the buzz in 2020. Bees are important players in our eco-system. They're hardworking pollinators that have a huge impact on our food supply. Unfortunately, with biodiversity being compromised, bees are being threatened by human activity. The way we live is causing a decline in many bee species- but there are things we can do to change this. 


The United Nations designated May 20th World Bee Day. The date was selected because it "coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia." 

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Pet owners In denial: The truth about fleas you may be ignoring

In denial: The unfortunate truth about fleas you may be ignoring




Alright, pet parents- are you ready to hate me? Because I’m about to tell you something that I have told many pet parents in the past and to my surprise, it almost always elicits a furious or begrudging reaction. I’m about to talk about fleas right now so grab your pitchforks and torches.


Monday, 18 May 2020

Spring safety: 10 common flowers toxic to dogs

Spring safety: 10 common flowers that are toxic to dogs


Spring safety 10 common flowers that are toxic to dogs


It seems as though the warmer weather is finally here to stay. The sun is shining. Beautiful spring flowers are blooming. Your dog explores the world with its nose. Unfortunately, a dog's nose can lead them to dangerous things. Flowers that are beautiful to us can be toxic to your dog. These are 10 common flowers that are toxic to dogs. If your dog ingests any of these plants, call your veterinarian immediately.


Sunday, 17 May 2020

The Beverly Hills Dog Show airs tonight

Paws walk the red carpet: The Beverly Hills Dog Show airs tonight!





Tonight is the most glamourous night of the dog year! The 4th Annual Beverly Hills Dog Show, presented by Purina, airs tonight at 8pm ET/PT and 7pm CT/MT on NBC. Maria Menounos gave me the inside scoop about the pitter-patter on the red carpet, how she is handling the Covid-19 crisis, and how we can get Hazel a job as a canine correspondent. Watch our video interview! 


Saturday, 16 May 2020

May is National Photograph Month: Do you want your pet featured?

May is National Photograph Month: Do you have a favourite photo of your pet? I want to feature it!


May is National Photograph Month: Do you want your pet featured?

Did you know that May is National Photograph Month? Being a photographer myself, I love the idea of an entire month to celebrate capturing life and art through the lens. My favourite subjects are my pets! I still have some spots left for featured pets! I'd love to feature your pet!

Do you have a photo of your pet that you love? Email it to pawsforreaction@live.ca for a feature! I'll be featuring your pet's photos in a post at the end of the month. Don't forget to include your pet's name, gender, your first name, and why you love the photo!


COVID-19 and your pet: Ontario veterinary and pet services reopening

COVID-19 and your pet: What Ontario's 'stage one' reopening plan means for veterinary care and pet services



COVID-19 and your pet: What Ontario's 'stage one' reopening plan means for veterinary care and pet services



After yesterday's press briefing by Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the changes to restrictions on veterinary care, pet grooming, and animal boarding, many animal hospitals and pet service telephones rang off the hook. The community is ready to get back to business as usual when it comes to their pets. There's just one problem: most pet services are not ready. They were watching at the same time as the general public.


Friday, 15 May 2020

May 15 is Endangered Species Day: Extirpated species in Ontario

Endangered Species Day: Extirpated species in Ontario and what you can do to help

Endangered Species Day: Extirpated species in Ontario and what you can do to help
By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez


Ontario has many endangered, threatened, special concern and extirpated animals and plants that need special consideration on Endangered Species Day. I've celebrated this in awareness day in the past. Sometimes we can be less concerned about animals we've never seen before. The term endangered species often makes people think of Beluga whales, Polar Bears, wolves, and other mammals that get a lot of publicity. Cute, furry animals that we're familiar with. Or ferocious predators. Birds, bugs, and slimy species aren't on our radar. We see more wolves and polar bears used in awareness campaigns than we do the Karner Blue butterfly. It's one of the four extirpated insect species in Ontario. There are 23 bugs on Ontario's list of insects at risk- and the Karner Blue is one of the most striking of them all. This butterfly used to be widespread in Toronto, London, and Sarnia until habitat loss resulted in a huge decline in the species. 

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Book Review: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Book Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus


Paws For Reaction Book Review One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
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Described as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us is Lying serves up exactly that: a soapy young adult mystery soaked in teen angst, juicy gossip, and teen movie stereotypes. I read this book in three days- and it's long for a YA novel. Each of the four main characters narrates the book, which moves the story along quickly. In a lot of ways, this is your average YA novel, but that doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it. If it was a Netflix TV show I would have binge-watched it in one day.  

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

COVID-19 and your pet: How your pet keeps you healthy during a pandemic

COVID-19 and your pet: How your pet keeps you healthy during a pandemic



COVID-19 and your pet How your pet keeps you healthy during a pandemic Paws For Reaction


The COVID-19 crisis has put mental health under the microscope and many are trying to find ways to preserve their mental health during this time of self-isolation and social distancing. Countless studies have been conducted to determine a pet’s influence on a person’s mental health. Research has shown that pets can do all sorts of things to improve their owner’s physical and mental health. Some pets assist people with disabilities while others soothe people suffering from depression. 


Tuesday, 12 May 2020

May 12 is International Nurse Day: Thank you to the front-line nurses

Spread the love: Thank a nurse for International Nurse Day



May 12 is International Nurse Day Paws For Reaction Covid-19



The importance of nurses is impossible to deny and this year on International Nurse Day I want to give an extra special thank you to nurses worldwide who are working tirelessly to protect us during the Covid-19 crisis. Nurses have been one of the hardest working and most impacted essential workers during the pandemic. They work long hours trying to keep our community safe and healthy. They are in clinics, hospitals, and long-term care facilities setting their fear aside and facing the pandemic selflessly and caring for people compassionately. 


Monday, 11 May 2020

Covid-19 and your pet: Can my dog get Covid-19 coronavirus

COVID-19 and your pet: Can my dog get COVID-19 coronavirus?


COVID-19 and your pet: Can my dog get COVID-19 coronavirus?



Dog owners want answers. Can my dog get the COVID-19 coronavirus? Can my dog give me the COVID-19 coronavirus? As I shared in an earlier post, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, a dog in Hong Kong has tested positive for COVID-19. When I posted that, there was still a lot about COVID-19 and pets that we didn't know. But what's happened since then? Have there been any more dogs that tested positive for COVID-19? In total, how many dogs have tested positive for COVID-19? What happened to the dogs that tested positive for COVID-19? 


Pandemic puppies: The downside of adopting a puppy during the Covid-19 crisis

Pandemic puppies: The downside of adopting a puppy during the COVID-19 crisis


Pandemic puppies The downside of adopting a puppy during the COVID-19 crisis Paws For Reaction


You're home from work with extra time on your hands. This must be the perfect time to get a puppy right? The demand for puppies is high during the COVID-19 pandemic- so high that the media has dubbed the term 'pandemic puppies.' While having the free time to welcome a new pet in the home seems ideal, there are a few ways that these pandemic puppies could come back to bite you. 


Sunday, 10 May 2020

Happy Mother's Day: Why I love being a dog mom

Happy Mother's Day: Why I love being a dog mom


Happy Mother's Day: Why I love being a dog mom Paws For Reaction


As many of you know I'm a very lucky dog mom to Hazel and Keira, my two Saint Bernese mountain dogs. While Keira isn't living with me right now, I feel very fortunate to have both of my loving dogs in my life. I don't think I could make it through each day without my fur-babies.


Saturday, 9 May 2020

May 9 is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day: Dog proof your backyard

National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day: How to dog-proof your backyard


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To your dog, the backyard is a safe space- the canine equivalent of a bedroom. It's a place to play, relax, and feel at home. Dogs don't associate the backyard with danger. Sadly, dogs have ended up in the emergency room, falling victim to something that was in their own backyard. Disasters can happen anywhere, and National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is a great reminder to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. That's why it's so important to dog-proof the backyard using these tips!


Friday, 8 May 2020

COVID-19 and your pet: Ottawa re-opens parks but not off-leash dog parks

COVID-19 and your pet: Ottawa re-opens parks but not off-leash dog parks




COVID-19 and your pet: Ottawa re-opens parks but not off-leash dog parks


Ottawa has officially re-opened parks and green spaces in the city as the first phases of the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions take effect. Dog parks, playgrounds, and sportsfields, however, remain closed. Ottawa is easing restrictions, but many dog owners are finding it difficult to be so limited when it comes to finding safe places where they can exercise their dogs outdoors. Many parks in Ottawa prohibit dogs from entering, so community members rely on dog-friendly parks for their pets. 


Thursday, 7 May 2020

Itching and scratching: Does my dog have a food allergy?

Scratching the surface: Does my dog have a food allergy? What do I do?


Itching and scratching Does my dog have a food allergy Paws For Reaction Saint Bernese


It's always been my worst fear: my dog develops allergies. Allergies may seem like no big deal but for many dogs, allergies are difficult to manage. But what about food allergies? There is a lot of misinformation about food allergies in dogs. I'm going to help you scratch the surface and uncover the truth about pet food allergies. Let's get started!


Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Paws For Reaction made the list of the top pet blogs of 2020!

Top pet blog: Paws For Reaction made the list of top 200 pet blogs of 2020!


Paws For Reaction top pet blog 2020



Paws For Reaction made the Feedspot list of the Top 200 Pet Blogs And Websites For Pet Owners & Lovers in 2020! We are number 109- so close to breaking into the top 100! Thank you to all of my readers and supporters, and thank you to the team at Feedspot. For a pet blogger, this is a huge accomplishment, and I couldn't have done it without YOU!
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May is National Photograph Month: Send me photos of your pets!

May is National Photograph Month: Do you have a favourite photo of your pet? I want to feature it!




Did you know that May is National Photograph Month? Being a photographer myself, I love the idea of an entire month to celebrate capturing life and art through the lens. My favourite subjects are my pets! Do you have a photo of your pet that you love? Email it to pawsforreaction@live.ca for a feature! I'll be featuring your pet's photos in a post at the end of the month. Don't forget to include your pet's name, gender, your first name, and why you love the photo!


Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Book Review: Sin Eater by Megan Campisi

Book Review: Sin Eater by Megan Campisi


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How does Megan Campisi carry a novel with a main character who is unable to speak for 90% of the book? By using dark imagery and tense conflict to tell an age-old story that still rings true today. Sin Eater dines on the topics of sexism and classism by bringing to life an alternate Elizabethan society that feasts on the flesh of the female spirit.


Monday, 4 May 2020

Product Review: Dish Towels by Robbie Craig's Northern Projects

Product Review: Dish Towels by Robbie Craig's Northern Projects    
     
Paws For Reaction product review Robbie Craig Northern Projects Canada


I've been a big fan of Robbie Craig's artwork since I first discovered his nature-inspired creations on Facebook a few years ago. Craig's artwork is "inspired by the untouched and rugged landscape of Canada’s north and captures the essence of Canada's beauty in his own unique style." Craig, located in the Northwest Territories, creates wildlife and landscape artwork with a very distinct Canadian style. I love his use of lines and colour, and how he captures the spirit of the animals he brings to life in his work. He doesn't just create his art to hang on the wall, he also has other products available with his personal Canuck touch.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Dealing with a doggy disability: Happy National Specially-abled Pets Day

Dealing with a doggy disability: Happy National Specially-abled Pets Day


Paws For Reaction National Specially-abled Pets Day Saint Bernese



May 3rd is a special day for pet owners like me who own a pet with a disability. It's a day to celebrate the reasons that make our pets unique and one of a kind. Today is National Specially-abled Pets Day! My dog Hazel is a 5-year-old Saint Bernese who has been dealing with her disability her entire life. She had a broken femur when she was just a puppy. The injury went undiagnosed and the bone fused together, causing one of her legs to be shorter than the other. She will always walk with a limp as a result. It was the first of many health problems that Hazel has had in her lifetime, but she's taken it in stride. Despite all of her ailments, she is an extremely happy dog. 


Saturday, 2 May 2020

Hanging with Hazel: Big dog in the city

Hanging with Hazel: What it's like to be a big city dog
  

Ottawa Saint Bernese dog


You all know me- I'm Hazel. But I'm not the same Hazel I was before. I've changed. I'm a big city dog now. So many things are different for a big city dog, did you know that? I get to meet so many people and they all want to pet me. Mum says I can't let too many people pet me because of the rona. I don't know what a rona is, but mum says we can't do lots of things because of the rona, so I don't like it much.



Friday, 1 May 2020

Paws For Reaction celebrates 8 years: Looking for blog submissions & blogger outreach

Paws For Reaction 8th anniversary: What's new and what's next?
  



This month Paws For Reaction is celebrating 8 years! I'm so excited for the next chapter of my blog and am looking forward to lots more fun and informative content. For many of my longtime readers, you will have noticed a change to the blog. For my newer readers, I'd like to fill you in!


Thursday, 30 April 2020

Maria Menounos gives the inside scoop about the Beverly Hills Dog Show

Ruffs on the red carpet: Beverly Hills Dog Show has all of the pawsitive vibes you need





The most glamourous night of the dog year is just around the corner. The 4th Annual Beverly Hills Dog Show will air on Sunday, May 17th and I got the inside scoop from Maria Menounos about the pitter-patter on the red carpet, how she is handling the Covid-19 crisis and how we can get Hazel a job as a canine correspondent. 


Wednesday, 22 April 2020

50th Anniversary of Earth Day: How to celebrate Earth Day from home

50th Anniversary of Earth Day: How to celebrate Earth Day from home


Earth Day 2020 Canada Paws For Reaction


Celebrating Earth Day is going to be a little different this year. Unlike previous years, when environmentally conscious folks would take to the streets and march for climate action, COVID-19 has restricted large group events. It's unfortunate because April 22, 2020 is a historical Earth Day- it's the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, and the first march for environmental justice. 


On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to protest environmental ignorance and to demand an environmentally conscious future. At that time, 20 million Americans equaled to be about 10% of the U.S. population. It's now recognized to be the planet's largest civic event, and it launched the modern environmental movement- foreshadowing the climate marches we have seen in the past five years. 



Friday, 10 April 2020

Hippity-hoppity handmade fun: Easter crafts for kids

Easter kids crafts Paws For Reaction

Hippity-hoppity handmade fun: Easter crafts for kids



Is your family excited to hop down the bunny trail this Easter? COVID-19 is really restricting everyone's holiday plans, and most of us will be spending Easter inside the house. During this difficult time, a great way to relieve stress and forget about worldly troubles is crafting with your family. Check out these easy and affordable Easter craft ideas for children! 


Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Ticks don't follow rules: How to prepare your dog for tick season

Ticks don't follow rules: How to prepare your dog for tick season


Paws For Reaction Ticks and dogs in Canada


With everything going on in the world today, it's easy to get distracted from things we would normally be focused on in Springtime: like your pet's preventative care. We may be in the middle of a global COVID-19 pandemic, but the tick population isn't aware. Ticks are not self-isolating or keeping a 6-foot distance from you or your dog. Ticks will become active when temperatures hit 4°C whether there's a pandemic or not. Your pet's flea and tick prevention is still important- even if they're spending less time outside.


On average, about 1 in 5 black-legged ticks (also referred to as deer ticks) in Ontario carry the bacterium that causes Lyme disease- Borrelia burgdorferi. Just because a tick has bitten your dog, doesn't mean that your dog will contract Lyme disease or any other tick-borne illness. However, if your dog is not on tick prevention that kills ticks before disease transmission can take place, then the risk of exposure is higher. There are more tick-borne illnesses than just Lyme disease that can put your dog at risk, these diseases are just less talked about and less common. It's no question that ticks are on the rise in Ontario. The real question is why?


Tuesday, 31 March 2020

March 31 is National Crayon Day: Did you know Crayola's best colour is green?

National Crayon Day: Did you know Crayola's best colour is green?




It's the most colourful day in March! National Crayon Day! While your kids may be excited to scribble this day onto the calendar, I have something fun to share with all of the colour wonderful adults!

Crayola has been adding colour to kids lives for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid I would get so excited when I opened a new box of Crayola crayons. They always looked so perfect with their sharp, pointed tips, just waiting to glide across the page and add some colour to my creation. Crayola has been encouraging kids artistic creativity for decades. Crayola LOVES colour! But did you know that Crayola's most impressive colour is green?


Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Forgotten on the front lines: Veterinary clinics fight- and win- to be considered an essential service

Forgotten on the front lines: Veterinary clinics fight- and win- to be considered an essential service




Social media has been flooded with inspiring community support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Citizens are showing love to the many essential services that have been on the front lines of the pandemic to better serve the community. Listed in the posts and on the memes are the amazing health care workers and first responders, who of course are on the front line of all of this. Posts are also thanking the incredible grocery store workers, transportation sector, truck drivers, senior services, social workers, military, animal shelters, journalists, factory workers, mail carriers, bank workers and food service workers. All of these amazing people are supporting the country and putting themselves at risk to do so. One service that seems to have been forgotten among all of this: veterinary clinics.