Friday, 13 December 2013

Pet Themed Holidays in December

This holiday season celebrates animals of all kinds with these pet themed holidays
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This holiday season is going to the dogs, monkeys and the horses! December ushers in the cold of the snow and the warmth of the holidays- but did you know that there are pet holidays and awareness weeks in December? Add to the celebration by spoiling your furry family members a little more this Christmas.

December 2nd is National Mutt Day and is a day worth celebrating. Mixed breeds are often healthier and are wonderful pets. This pet holiday was initiated by the Animal Miracle Foundation as an effort to help place 10, 000 shelter dogs.

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Pet Themed Holidays in October & November

This Fall celebrate the changing season with your pet

Photo by Stacey Gonzalez Copyright©
October and November bring more than just the harvest and colorful, falling leaves. This fall enjoy animal themed holidays and awareness weeks with your furry family members.

October is Adopt-a-dog Month and may be the perfect time to bring a new pet into your life. When looking for a puppy or dog please consider rescuing. You may be saving a life. Enjoy the brisk, frosty nights curling up to a new rescue puppy!

Pet Food Recalls: November 2013 *UPDATED*

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Your True Companion Pet Products Recalls True Raw Choice Bulk Dehydrated Natural Pet Treats

Starting date:November 20, 2013
Posting date:November 20, 2013
Type of communication:Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:Microbiological – Salmonella
Source of recall:Health CanadaIssue:Poisoning Hazard
Audience:General Public
Identification number:RA-36815

Affected products
True Raw Choice Bulk Dehydrated Natural Pet Treats...

Bailey's Choice expands its dog treat recall

Novermber 7, 2013
Press release- (WDEF)  Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the expanded recall of particular packages of Bailey’s Choice dog treats sold in Georgia. These products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and should be discarded.

Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats, LLC, of Waleska, Ga., is expanding the recall to include additional five-ounce packages of dog treats, including:

Friday, 1 November 2013

Pet Food Recall: November 2013

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Bailey's Choice issues voluntary recall of chicken jerky treats

November 1, 2013
Press Release-Bailey's Choice is issuing a voluntary recall of our chicken jerky treats that have two lot dates: June 5, 2013 and October 8, 2013. These two lots tested positive for salmonella...

Monday, 16 September 2013

Valley Animal Rescue working hard for pets: PAWS FOR REACTION GIVEAWAY!

Valley Animal Rescue supports animals in Renfrew County and we support them with a giveaway!

Photo provided by Valley Animal Rescue
Meet Little Willy! Willy is one on the many pets that have been fortunate enough to be rescued by the Valley Animal Rescue in Renfrew County, Ontario. Willy, like so many other dogs and cats being fostered through this organization, is in need of a loving forever home with caring and patient people who can tend to his needs.

Valley Animal Rescue- or VAR- is a registered charity organization that relies solely on foster parents for the animals they take in. They run off of the donations and support of their community and local animal lovers. But unlike some of the other wider known animal shelters or rescue organizations that have more funding, VAR has to do quite a bit of the legwork. VAR has a network of community members who put in time for these animals without any pay- just the reward of giving a helping hand and a temporary home. Since it’s a foster run charity 100% of all donations go to the animals.

Pet Food Recall: September 2013

Pet Food Recall: September 2013

New Hampshire Announces Recall of Pet Chicken Jerky Due to Risk of Salmonella

Recalled itemPRESS RELEASE- September 10th, 2013, Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing a voluntary recall of Joey’s Jerky brand Chicken Jerky due to possible Salmonella risk. A total of 21 people in Merrimack and Hillsborough Counties have been identified with the same strain of the illness, but no deaths have occurred. Joey’s Jerky is produced in New Hampshire and the manufacturer, Kritter’s Kitchen Kreations, LLC, has voluntarily recalled all of the product. Joey’s Jerky was sold at the following six stores: America’s Pet in Hudson, Blue Seal in Bow, K9 Kaos in Dover, Osborne’s Agway in Concord, Sandy’s Pet Food Center in Concord, and The Yellow Dogs Barn in Barrington. DHHS is asking people to check if they have any of these jerky treats at home and to discard them.

Through investigation and interviewing the ill people, the DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control determined that the jerky treats were implicated in spreading Salmonella. Confirmation through laboratory testing of the jerky is pending at the New Hampshire Public Health Labs...

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Pet of the Month: August 2013

This pooch has an iron stomach and a heart of gold

All photos by Stacey Gonzalez Copyright©
Calvin is a 12 year old Lab who is a Labrador retriever to the core. Calvin loves food first and everything else second. That’s why his two-legged family are his favorite people- they always have treats!

A year ago Calvin lost his best friend- a toy Poodle named Teddy. Teddy and Calvin were the best of friends and did everything together. As Teddy got older he lost his sight and his hearing. Luckily he had Calvin to show him the way and take extra special care of Teddy.

Animal themed holidays: August & September

Paws up for summer: end the season by
celebrating these animal themed holidays
Photo by Raymond Larose Foter CC BY-NC-ND
As the sun starts to set on the summer we pay tribute to the pets that have graced our lives by celebrating these pet related holidays and raising awareness for animal welfare.

Pet Photos!

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Saturday, 31 August 2013

UPDATED Pet Food Recall: August 2013

Pet Food Recall: August 2013 *UPDATED*

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Nestlé Purina Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk


Keith Schopp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 30, 2013 - St. Louis, Missouri, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of 3.5-pound bags of its Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food from a single production run and shipped to retail customers in the United States. This is being done because one bag of the product was found to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Only Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food with both the "Best By" date and the production code shown below are included in this voluntary...

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P&G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Health Risk

PRESS RELEASE-August 14, 2013- CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if....
Goldenfeast Issues Limited Recall of 8 Bird Foods
PRESS RELEASE- August 28, 2013 via -Eight varieties of Goldenfeast exotic bird food have been voluntarily recalled because of potential Salmonella contamination linked to parsley flakes, the Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, company reported Monday.
The parsley ingredient was supplied to Goldenfeast Inc. by Specialty Commodities Inc., which in February began a voluntary recall of flakes distributed to a number of pet food manufacturers.
No human or pet illnesses have been reported in connection with the parsley flakes, Goldenfeast reported. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning in animals include lethargy, diarrhea, fever and vomiting. People who handle contaminated pet products may show similar symptoms.
The recalled food includes all package sizes but only selected best-by dates.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Pet Food Recall: August 2013

Pet Food Recall: August 2013

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P&G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Health Risk

PRESS RELEASE-August 14, 2013- CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if....

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Pet of the Month: July 2013

Pet of the Month July 2013: Baby and her pet parent have a special bond

All photos by Jessy
Meet Bracken- or Baby as she is lovingly referred to. Baby may be small for a Bernese mountain dog but her heart is ten times her size. Despite all odds and regardless of what the world throws at them, Baby and her pet parent Jessy enjoy life together with a positive outlook and a whole lot of ‘puppy’ love.

Baby has a rough start to her life. When Baby was adopted from her breeder she had the Parvo virus, which can be deadly for dogs- especially puppies. Baby spent a lot of time in the veterinary hospital trying to recover so she could be in her forever home. It took a lot of time and a lot more love from her family to get Baby to where she is today.


Pet Food Recall: July 2013

Pet food recall: July 2013

pet food recall July 2013
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Dogswell and Catswell voluntary recall pet treats

Dogswell and Catswell Voluntary Market Withdrawal
A Letter from Company Spokesperson, Brad Armistead

Dear Fellow Pet Parent:

At Dogswell, our number one priority is the safety of our products and the health of our canine and feline customers. We strive to make and sell only the highest quality treats and food with added vitamins that provide great taste and functional benefits such as improved hip health, skin and coat health, and other benefits.

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Kemptville Wal-mart fires employee after trying to help dog in car

Employee fired from Kemptville Wal-mart after trying to help a dog in a car on a hot day

Photo by deepwarren Foter CC BY-NC-SA
By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez

Does being a Good Samaritan pay off? For Carla Cheney, a former employee of Wal-mart in Kemptville, Ontario it did not seem like it. On July 10, 2013 Cheney was fired from Wal-mart after she confronted a customer for leaving a dog in his truck.
The reason for Cheney being fired is that she was allegedly rude to the customer.
Cheney had just a week prior called the SPCA on a customer who had left a dog in their vehicle. She had witnessed it along side her manager. When she asked her manager what she should do her manager advised her that it was none of her business and went inside the store.

On Tuesday Cheney witnessed another dog being left in a vehicle and the former Wal-mart pharmacy technician took action.

Cheney stated to CBC News that she hadn’t started her shift yet and was in fact in plain clothes and not wearing her Wal-mart vest. Cheney was sitting at a table with some fellow employees outside of the Kemptville Wal-mart when she witnessed the customer leaving his dog in a parked truck.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Pet of the Month June 2013

Pet of the Month June 2013: Tellum is a unique dog who stood apart from all the others in his litter

Photo by Stacey Gonzalez Copyright©

Tellum is a six year old pure black German Shepherd who is so full of life- despite his age. He still loves to run, swim and play like a young pup. He is a sweet natured, laid back dog that loves spending time with his two-legged Lindsay.

Photo by Stacey Gonzalez Copyright©

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Canada Day Dogs

Celebrate Canada Day with these patriotic dogs
Happy Canada Day!
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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Pet Food Recall: June 2013

Natura Pet Issues Voluntary Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk

Photo by JnL CC BY SA

JUNE 18, 2013

(800) 224-6123
Jason Taylor
(513) 622-1111

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 18, 2013 - Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling specific lots of dry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Nestlé Purina buys Petfinder

Nestlé Purina to buy leading pet adoption website Petfinder
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June 9, 2013- he popular pet adoption website Petfinder- owned by Discovery Communications LLC of Silver Spring, Md. - is to be purchased by Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. Although the price of the website has not been disclosed to the public the transaction was announced today and the deal is expected to be completed sometime in July. The change is taking place because Discovery Communications LLC is focusing mainly on non-fiction media but the company will continue to support the website through the Petfinder Foundation and advertising with Nestlé Purina PetCare Co.

Friday, 7 June 2013


In Ventura County, California, cats and dogs are not allowed to have sexual relations without a permit. It’s the law! 

#dogfact #catfact

Monday, 3 June 2013

Pet Related Holidays in June

June brings sunshine and love for pets of the past and present
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June 3, 2013- The month of June not only brings sunshine and summertime but it also raises awareness for shelter cats and celebrates our animal companions- living and dead.

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and is intended to raise awareness about the joy of rescuing a cat from a shelter. There are so many loving, affectionate cats in shelters right now just waiting to find a forever home...

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Giant Dog Breed Profile: Saint Bernard history and dog breed information

Gentle Giant: Saint Bernard was once a hospice dog but is now a giant companion

Saint Bernard dog breed info
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The gentle and quiet Saint Bernard may not have had an official name until the 1880s, but it's now one of the most popular giant dog breeds. The Saint's droopy face has drooled its way into the hearts of pet owners worldwide. 

Saint Bernard is the dog definition of a gentle giant. On average this decedent of the Mastiff weighs 110 pounds- but both males and females have been known to weigh in at 200 pounds. Hazel's mother, a purebred Saint Bernard names Noisette, which means Hazelnut in French weighed around 150lbs. This gigantic pet belongs to the working group of dogs and like its Bernese Mountain Dog neighbor, it was used for draft work in the past. Saint Bernard is most known for its work as a search and rescue dog. It has a sacred past- which is how the breed finally got its official name in 1880.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Keira needs your help!

Hey Paws peeps- Keira needs your help!
My name is Keira and I'm a contestant in the Petcurean Savour the Moment Contest. I could win free Petcurean dog food for a year! That's my favourite food! My mommy and daddy could win cool stuff but what I'd be most excited about is being a spokes dog for Petcurean! But I'm having a hard time getting my two-legged friends to vote for me. So I'm reaching out to get some votes.

How to vote:
-Follow the link
-Like Petcurean's page: Petcurean is the leading Canadian holistic pet food that includes the pet foods Go!, Now Fresh and Summit. It is one of the last privately owned Canadian pet food companies and is committed to serving only the best to your pet.
-Visit the Savour the Moment contest page and click on View Gallery.
-You can view Keira and her profile in the Gallery; shown is the above photo.
-Facebook will ask you for certain Access to your Account. ALL THIS MEANS is that Facebook needs to create a SHARE link to post to your Timeline and in doing so it must Access your account to find your Wall and make a Post on your Timeline. It will not view passwords, information, or post on your behalf when you do not allow it to. There is no spam. You can even chose not to share it on your Timeline.
-You are able to vote once every 24 hours. Keira needs your votes!

More about me- Keira!
I am a two year old Saint Bernard/ Bernese Mountain Dog mix. I am quiet and very well behaved so my parents reward me for that all the time with lots of outdoor adventures. I am really good at hiking, swimming and climbing steep hills. I love to jump over things and run real fast. I was rescued from a shelter from my first mommy but she ran into tough times. So she found me another mommy and daddy and they told me they will keep me forever. Its okay though- I love everyone and I'm always happy as long as I have a family. I really want to win to show other doggies that even though your in a shelter there is a family out there that is perfect for you and that will love you. Just like my mommy and daddy love me!

Keira's favourite things:
-playing with the ball
-squeaking her ball
-playing hide and seek, especially the seeking -going in the water
-going in the water when mommy and daddy say not to
-doing my tricks; high five, playing dead, rolling over. I can do anything!
-Rolling in poop (unfortunate for my two leggeds)
-snuggles and kisses
-spreading my love around and just being a dog, a really good dog.


Bath time blues
Kickin' it in the wetlands

Mommy and daddy gave me a job!

I love the water! This was my first time at the cottage and I can't wait to go back!

Sometimes I roll in dirty stuff...then I have to have bath time. 
But I guess bath time is not so bad- it does make me look extra pretty!
 This is what I do when mommy works on the computer- I'm doing in right now!

Daddy can't get away with not giving me belly rubs when he lays with me on my bed. 

I play air guitar too! I'm so talented! 

 Sometimes I squish mommy...
 ...but I'm so cute she doesn't mind!
I love affection almost as much as...

 ...I love impressing people with my skills- I'm pretty good at playing dead, rolling over and high fives!

I always make sure I shake off near mommy on warm days to make sure she stays cool.
My zombie is the first toy my mommy and daddy gave me. Its my favourite. I sleep with it on the comfy bed with me until its time for me to sneak into mommy and daddy's bed. I know I'm not supposed to but they never seem to mind because they love me so much.
All photos by Stacey Gonzalez Copyright©