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!


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!