Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Book Review: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Book Review: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

  
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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


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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?


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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.