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
This post contains affiliate links to cool stuff!

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.