Monday, 3 August 2020

Ottawa Event: Robbie Craig's Northern Projects Art Show August 8-9

Ottawa Event: Robbie Craig's Northern Projects Art Show August 8-9


Ottawa Event: Robbie Craig's Northern Projects Art Show August 8-9


Canadian artist Robbie Craig is visiting the nation's capital to showcase his creations.  Robbie Craig's Northern Projects will host an art show on Saturday, August 8th, and Sunday, August 9th at the Ottawa East Holiday Inn. As most of you know, I'm a huge fan of Robbie Craig's art. His aesthetic brings to life the natural beauty and whimsy that makes Canada so special. His artwork celebrates nature and wildlife, and his personal touch makes each piece unique.

Sunday, 2 August 2020

National Colouring Book Day: My three favourite adult colouring books

National Colouring Book Day: My three favourite adult colouring books


National Colouring Book Day: My three favourite adult colouring books
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When I'm bored or stressed, I like to pull out a colouring book, some pencil crayons, and pretend I'm a kid again. Colouring can reduce anxiety and is a great distraction from adulting. August 2nd is National Colouring Book Day! In the spirit of this fun holiday, I'm sharing my three favourite adult colouring books! 

Friday, 31 July 2020

Before & After: Meet this month's Paws For Reaction featured pets!

Before & After: Meet this month's Paws For Reaction featured pets!


Before & After: Meet this month's Paws For Reaction featured pets!


It's transformation time! This month I asked my Paws peeps to send in Before & After photos of their pets! Grooming, growth, weight loss- no transformation was off-limits. You didn't disappoint! Check out these adorable Before & After photos! Thank you for your submissions and stay tuned for next month's feature!

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Wild Wednesday: Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre more rehabilitation #WildWednesday


Wild Wednesday: Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre is so much more than just a rehabilitation Centre


Wild Wednesday: Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre is so much more than just a rehabilitation centre


The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre was founded over 30 years ago by husband and wife Gary and Donna DuBreuil after they found an orphaned baby squirrel. They discovered that there was little information or help available to care for it. They teamed up with a small group of dedicated volunteers and started to care for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife in the Ottawa and surrounding area.


Saturday, 25 July 2020

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

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

Book Review: One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus Paws For Reaction Summer Reading List
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Karen M. McManus followed her book One of Us is Lying by taking us back to Bayview in the sequel One of Us is Next. In a lot of ways, I enjoyed this book more than the first one. The mystery in the first book was better, but the sequel was a faster-paced and more enjoyable read. The author dumped all of the teen-beat stereotypes from the first novel and created more realistic and dynamic characters. I had part of the mystery figured out early enough, but in the last chapter, the book flipped the story on its head and twisted in the most unexpected way. Pure entertainment.

Friday, 24 July 2020

Top Five Friday: Five fun pet water fountains for cats #FridayFive

Top Five Friday: Five fun pet water fountains for cats
  

Top Five Friday: Five fun pet water fountains for cats #FridayFive
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It's National Pet Hydration Awareness Month and I'm giving cats some love on Top Five Friday. Pet water fountains are fantastic for encouraging drinking, especially in picky cats. Cats prefer fresh, flowing water over standing water. Most cats don't drink enough, but water is so important to their overall health. Drinking the proper amount of cater can help support your cat's urinary health, and can even help prevent kidney disease. All of these cat water fountains are great options, but I've listed them in order from least likely entice a sip to most likely to wet your whistle.


Thursday, 23 July 2020

Send a before and after photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction!

July featured pets: Send a 'Before & After' photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction
  

July featured pets: Send a 'Before & After' photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction


Did you get your pet as a puppy or kitten? Are they all grown up now? Did your pet have a significant weight loss? A major change in life? I want to see it!


Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Wild Wednesday: Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a leader in wildlife rehabilitation #WildWednesday

Wild Wednesday: Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a leader in wildlife rehabilitation for over 40 years


Wild Wednesday: Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a leader in wildlife rehabilitation for over 40 years

If you're looking for a place that cares for all creatures, big and small, there's no other place like this! Located in Rosseau, Ontario, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in the early 1970s and has been a leader in wildlife rehabilitation ever since. The sanctuary is located on 460 acres of natural habitat, making it one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation locations in Ontario. 


Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Send a before and after photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction!

July featured pets: Send a 'Before & After' photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction
  

July featured pets: Send a 'Before & After' photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction



Did you get your pet as a puppy or kitten? Are they all grown up now? Did your pet have a significant weight loss? A major change in life? I want to see it!


Monday, 20 July 2020

Big dog, bigger discrimination: Large dogs commonly discriminated against

Big dog, bigger discrimination: Large dogs are commonly discriminated against for no good reason


Big dog, bigger discrimination: Large dogs are commonly discriminated against for no good reason

Discrimination is not exclusive to the human world. People project their biases and discrimination onto the dog world in two big ways: breedism and sizeism. While we are familiar with discussing breed-specific legislation and breeds like Pitbulls that are commonly banned in municipalities, we don't often talk about the harassment and discrimination large dog owners face on a daily basis.

Friday, 17 July 2020

Top Five Friday: My five favourite Ontario Parks I visited with Keira #FridayFive

Top Five Friday: My five favourite Ontario Parks I visited with Keira



This week's Friday Five is a special memorial edition. I'd like to pay a tribute to my beloved Keira who I lost earlier this week. Writing about her and reminiscing about our life together is helping me work through this devastating loss. Keira and I went on many adventures in our eight years together. She had an adventurous spirit and loved nature. She was a remarkable creature. One of our favourite things to do was hike the many provincial parks in the Ottawa Valley. These are the top five Ontario Parks that hold the most precious memories of my girl Keira. They were her favourite places to be, and I hope you will visit with your dogs.


Thursday, 16 July 2020

Species at risk in the Greater Golden Horseshoe set to lose their homes

Ontario needs your help: Species at risk in the Greater Golden Horseshoe set to lose their homes




There is a struggle between green and gold taking place in our province that you may not be aware of. Southern Ontario is home to the Greater Golden Horseshoe, one of the fastest-growing regions in North America. It's home to 9 million people- more than 55% of Ontarians. The most recognizable cities located in the Greater Golden Horseshoe included Brantford, Guelph, Peterborough, and Barrie. The area attracts one in three new immigrants to Canada and its population is forecast to surge to 13.5 million by 2041. As a result, developers and industrialists are chomping at the bit, trying to dig their hooves into this promising region.


Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Wild Wednesday: Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre rehabilitation dedicated to birds #WildWednesday

Wild Wednesday: Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre is the only rehabilitation Centre in the area dedicated exclusively to wild birds


Wild Wednesday: Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre is the only rehabilitation centre exclusively dedicated to wild birds


If you've found an injured or orphaned bird in the Ottawa region, this is the place that will take that bird under its wing. Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre in Ottawa, Ontario was founded in 1981 by the late Kathy Nihei when she successfully rehabilitated and released an injured Ruby-throated Hummingbird, who she named Pip. The Centre is a registered charitable organization funded primarily by public donations. It is the only rehabilitation Centre in the Ottawa Valley area exclusively dedicated to wild birds, with thousands of birds admitted every year. The next closest rehab Centre in Ontario is in Napanee.  

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Saying a sad goodbye to Keira

Tribute: In loving memory of Keira 2008-2020




Yesterday I lost my best friend, Hazel lost her big sister and the world lost a gentle soul. I had to make the difficult and sad decision to say goodbye to Keira. Keira was so much more than the dog I used for photos and testing products on Paws For Reaction. She was the first dog I ever owned and a huge member of our family. She was the love of my life. She had a long and happy life, and I was so fortunate that she spent most of it in perfect health. Sadly, she became very ill, very fast, and she didn't deserve to be in pain. 

Monday, 13 July 2020

Pet Hydration Awareness Month: Does my pet have a drinking problem?

Pet Hydration Awareness Month: Does my pet have a drinking problem? Why is my pet drinking so much?


Pet Hydration Awareness Month: Does my pet have a drinking problem? Why is my pet drinking so much?

Ontario has been hit by a heatwave and it's not going away any time soon. We are in for a sweltering summer, and this means we are all going to be thirsty- our fur-family included. It's normal for your pet to drink more during the summer months, but how much is too much? If you notice your pet drinking more, there could be an underline health concern causing hyper-hydration. 


Saturday, 11 July 2020

Ottawa mandatory facemask bylaw: Best facemasks for dog lovers on Etsy

Barking for the bylaw: Six best facemasks for dog lovers


Ottawa mandatory facemask bylaw: Best facemasks for dog lovers on Etsy
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This week Ottawa Public Health passed a bylaw mandating the use of facemasks by people visiting indoor public spaces. This means we are going to start seeing a lot fewer mouths and a lot more facemasks in public. I support this decision 100% as I feel it will keep my friends and family who are not as healthy as I am safer from contracting COVID-19. While masking can be uncomfortable, I've been having some fun with it. I have masks with pet-themed prints, and masks to match my outfits. You can still showcase your style and personality from behind the mask.

Friday, 10 July 2020

Top Five Friday: My five favourite climate change documentary films #FridayFive

Top Five Friday: My five favourite documentaries about climate change


Top Five Friday: My five favourite climate change documentary films #FridayFive
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Happy Friday! Since July is Wild About Wildlife Month, I'm going to steal Top Five Friday away from my dogs and give it back to the environment. Biodiversity is so important when it comes to maintaining a healthy and thriving wildlife population. Unfortunately, climate change is having a devastating effect on biodiversity. As a result, there has been an increase in endangered species. That's why I'm sharing my top five documentaries about climate change and the environment. It was really hard to put these in order and I'm still very conflicted. But one thing I know for sure is that they are all worth a watch- and a share!


Thursday, 9 July 2020

Pet Hydration Awareness Month: Is my pet dehydrated?

Pet Hydration Awareness Month: Is my pet dehydrated? What do I do if my pet is dehydrated?


Pet Hydration Awareness Month: Is my pet dehydrated? What do I do if my pet is dehydrated?
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It's been a sweltering summer here in Ontario! Our pets can't tap us on the shoulder and say "Hey, boss! I'm really thirsty!" like a human can. In a way, I wish my dog could talk, but I also think that if Hazel could talk she'd tell me all sorts of outlandish and unnecessary things. Maybe it's best that she can't speak English. But if she's dehydrated, it would be nice if she could let me know. 


Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Wild Wednesday: Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary saves lives of orphaned animals #WildWednesday

Wild Wednesday: Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary saves lives of orphaned animals


Wild Wednesday: Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary saves lives of orphaned animals #WildWednesday


Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in North Gower does amazing things for local wildlife and I absolutely adore this amazing team of caring animal lovers. I've donated to them and receive their newsletter, detailing important information about Canadian wildlife and how they are making a difference. This is a really impressive wildlife sanctuary, located right here in Ontario.

Monday, 6 July 2020

Send a before and after photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction!

July featured pets: Send a 'Before & After' photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction

Send a 'Before & After' photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction


Did you get your pet as a puppy or kitten? Are they all grown up now? Did your pet have a significant weight loss? A major change in life? I want to see it!


Saturday, 4 July 2020

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Paws For Reaction Summer Reading List
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Have you ever wanted to get inside the mind of every character in a story? Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng delivers on that in a way that no other book I've read ever has. The author delivers the perspective of so many characters seamlessly, leaving the reader empathetic for the unique struggle that each character faces. And hating each of them just a little bit. It's impossible to know whose side you're on.

Friday, 3 July 2020

Top Five Friday: Five best water play toys for dogs #FridayFive


Top Five Friday: Five best water play toys for dogs 


Top Five Friday: Five best water play toys for dogs #FridayFive
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Hazel and Keira love the water! Swimming in the Ottawa River is her favourite way to keep cool in the summer. Hazel likes to just walk into the river and lay right down. Some dogs require a little more mental stimulation than that. Over the years I've tried out some fun water play toys with my dogs. These are Keira and Hazel's top five dog toys for water, ranked from least likely to make them dunk their faces in, to most likely for her to submerge their entire heads into the river to retrieve it!

Thursday, 2 July 2020

July is Wild About Wildlife Month: Introducing Wild Wednesday!

July is Wild About Wildlife Month: Introducing Wild Wednesday!


July is Wild About Wildlife Month: Introducing Wild Wednesday!


Are you feeling wild? You should be! Wednesday is Wild About Wildlife Month! Paws For Reaction is showing some love for wildlife around the world! Climate change threatens biodiversity and the effect on habitats where wildlife thrives is devastating. Wiley Molecular Ecology Resources published an integrated framework to identify wildlife populations under threat from climate change. Wildlife around the world is in danger, and animals in Ontario are not exempt from that.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Happy Canada Day from Paws For Reaction

It's your day, eh: Happy Canada Day from Paws For Reaction!


It's our day, eh: Happy Canada Day from Paws For Reaction


Wishing all of you a safe and Happy Canada Day! This is a historic Canada Day for our generation. We are celebrating the True North during a global pandemic. I hope that you find a way to celebrate safely with your friends, family, and fur-babies. 


Tuesday, 30 June 2020

How to celebrate Canada Day during the global COVID-19 pandemic

Happy Canada Day: How to celebrate Canada Day during the global COVID-19 pandemic



Happy Canada Day: How to celebrate Canada Day during the global COVID-19 pandemic


Everything has changed since Canada- and the rest of the world- has been hit with the coronavirus pandemic. While COVID-19 positive trends are decreasing in Ottawa, it is still really important to practice social and physical distancing. This makes traditional Canada Day celebrations difficult or impossible. Many patriotic Canadians are thinking outside the box when it comes to celebrating the True North on July 1st, 2020. Here are some ways you can have a safe and healthy Canada Day during the pandemic.

National Great Outdoors Month: Meet our featured pets enjoying the outdoors!

National Great Outdoors Month: Meet our featured pets enjoying the outdoors!

Paws for Reaction National Great Outdoors Month: Meet our featured pets enjoying the outdoors!

June is National Great Outdoors Month, and I asked you to send me photos of your pets enjoying the outdoors to be featured on Paws For Reaction! My readers did not disappoint! Thank you to everyone who shared their photos! Check out these adorable nature-loving pets! Stay tuned for next month's feature! 

Monday, 29 June 2020

Firework Safety: How to keep your pet safe on Canada Day

Firework Safety: How to keep your pet safe during fireworks on Canada Day


Firework Safety: Fireworks are scary for your pet. Keep your pets safe this Canada Day
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It's almost Canada Day- a day to celebrate the True North while rocking your red and white, and filling up on poutine and Beaver Tails. Ottawa will not host the usual celebration on Parliament Hill this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Canadians are allowed to have small gatherings of under 10 people. There will be no big, beautiful fireworks display at the Hill, but some people may still set off backyard fireworks.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Which Hazel are you today? Tell us in the comments!

Tell us in the comments: Which Hazel are you today?

Paws For Reaction: Which Hazel are you today? Tell us in the comments!


Hazel and I decided to have some fun this weekend! Can you tell us which Hazel mood you are today? Sleepy, happy, drowning, sexy, crazy, or sad? Tell us in the blog comments, or on our Facebook page. Hazel wants to hear from you!

Friday, 26 June 2020

Top Five Friday: Hazel's top five favourite dog treats #FridayFive

Top Five Friday: Hazel's top five favourite dog treats 


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It's time to kick off Top Five Friday! I was trying to determine what my first topic would be, but I decided to let Hazel make the list instead. When it comes to things Hazel loves, food is at the top of her list. Here is Hazel's top five dog treats, ranked from least to most yummy! Who am I kidding, she thinks they are ALL super yummy! But I had to rank them based on how she reacts to them. I guess a better way to say it would be ranked from chews them slightly to swallows them whole!



Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Last chance for your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction!

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


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

Last chance to get your pet in on this month's feature! 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, 22 June 2020

Monday Motivation: Bob Dylan reminds you to be yourself #MondayMotivation

Monday Motivation: Bob Dylan reminds you to be yourself #MondayMotivation 



Monday Motivation: Bob Dylan reminds you to be yourself #MondayMotivation


Like many of you, I get the Monday blues. When the weekend ends and I have to get back to reality- and leave my dog all day- I find it hard to get motivated. That's why I'm going to kick my Monday morning off with something inspirational. 


Sunday, 21 June 2020

Happy Father's Day: Best gifts for dog owner Dads

Happy Father's Day Pawdre: 5 Best gifts for Dads who love their dogs


Happy Father's Day Pawdre: 5 Best gifts for Dads who love their dogs
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Today is Dad's special day! We are wishing a Happy Father's Day to all of the Dads out there- dog dads included. Buying for Dad can be difficult. If your dad is a dog lover, then these five gifts are just right for him! 

Friday, 19 June 2020

Helping paws: Training service dogs for people with disabilities means maintaining health

Helping paws: Training service dogs for people with disabilities means meeting their NEADS


Helping paws: Training service dogs for people with disabilities means maintaining health

I can’t imagine my life without my dogs. They have improved my quality of life and mental health in so many ways. My dogs give me so much, but it doesn’t compare the role a service dog plays in the life of someone with disabilities. Matching a person with the right service dog is life-changing, and these dogs require expert training so they can learn to perform tasks to better assist their clients.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

POSTPONED: OSPCA All 80's Trivia Night

POSTPONED: OSPCA All 80's Trivia Night postponed due to aMEOWzing weather


POSTPONED: OSPCA All 80's Trivia Night due to aMEOWzing weather


Sunny skies have meant low registration for the OSPCA All 80's Trivia Night and the event has been postponed until the Fall. I'll let you know the date as soon as it's announced. 


My dog is afraid: Common fears in dogs and how to make your dog less scared

Common canine fears: Why is my dog scared? How do I make my dog less afraid? 


Common fears in dogs and how to make your dog less scared
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My dog Hazel is a sensitive dog. If something scares her, she's afraid of it for life. It's the strangest thing that scares her. Like fart noises. That's right, the fart noise you make with your mouth scares her enough that she turns around and runs away. Real farts have no effect on her. Traffic cones also really scare her. She was never involved with any type of traffic cone assault, but when she sees one she jumps in the air and runs away with her tail between her legs. 


Wednesday, 17 June 2020

OSPCA hosts virtual 80's trivia night fundraiser for local animal shelters

By the power of fundraising: OSPCA hosting totally 80's inspired virtual trivia night to support pets in need


OSPCA hosting totally 80's inspired trivia night to support pets in need


I pity the fool who doesn't join in the fun on June 19th for the All 80's Virtual Trivia Night! The event kicks off on Zoom at 7:30 pm EST to raise much-needed funds for animals in care at three local Ontario SPCA Animal Centres; Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre, Ontario SPCA Midland and District Animal Centre, and Ontario SPCA Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Animal Centre. Trivia hostess Sarah of Forevermore Events will be serving up some choice nostalgic trivia questions this Fur-riday night! Register for $15- all proceeds benefit the pets at the animal centre.


Monday, 15 June 2020

Book Review: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Book Review: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Book Review: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson Summer Reading List Paws For Reaction


A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson is a thrilling young adult read that brings a cold case back to life. I will admit I had a slow start with this book. Don't get me wrong- it's a great book. But my Summer Reading List has been stacked with back to back nail biters and page-turners. Maybe it was that I'm still reeling from having just finished My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. I needed something fun and easy to digest after that book, and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder satisfied that hunger.


Saturday, 13 June 2020

Want your pet featured on Paws For Reaction? Here's how you can make it happen!

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


National Great Outdoors Month: Submit a photo of your pet outdoors to be featured on Paws For Reaction


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!


Friday, 12 June 2020

Happy Furrrriday!

Hazel says Happy Furrrriday!



I don't know about you, but Hazel and I have had a long week. We're excited to break for the weekend. Happy Furrrriday Paws peeps! Stay safe and stay paw-sitive! 

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Dog PFD: The best life preservers and life jackets for dogs

Doggy PFD: Float on with the best life preservers and life jackets for dogs


Dog PFD: The best life preservers and life jackets for dogs
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Does your dog use a personal floatation device? Are you looking to test the waters with a dog life preserver? Swim season means that many dog owners will be dipping their toes into stores, trying to buy the best life jacket for their dog. So what is the best life jacket for your dog? That depends on a lot of things. It depends on your dog breed, your budget, and how much time your dog spends in the water. There are lots of great life jackets for dogs. I've been searching online to try and find the best life preservers for your dog. 

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

News: The humpback whale that was spotted swimming in Montreal waters has died today

World Oceans Day update: The humpback whale that was spotted swimming in Montreal waters has died today


The humpback whale that was spotted swimming in Montreal waters has died today


Yesterday I posted about the humpback whale swimming in the St.Lawrence River in Montreal as part of my World Oceans Day celebration. The whale was first spotted on May 30 and as far as local marine biologists were aware, this was the first time that a humpback whale had been spotted in Montreal waters. I'm sad to report that today that same whale was found floating dead in the St. Lawrence River. 


Monday, 8 June 2020

World Oceans Day: How to save the habitat of the humpback whale

World Oceans Day: 15 ways to save the habitat of the humpback whale




Reports of a humpback whale swimming in the St.Lawrence River in Montreal stunned Canadians on May 30. CBC News reported that as far as local marine biologists were aware, this was the first time that a humpback whale had been spotted in Montreal waters. This is one of the many examples of how the COVID-19 pandemic's restrictions that are keeping waterways clearer, less cars on the road, and fewer people out in the community have positively impacted wildlife and the environment. Not only have carbon emissions been lowered, but wildlife is showing up in places where these animals haven't been seen before.


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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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!