Monday, 29 December 2014

Top 10 cold weather dog breeds for a family with children

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The 10 best cold weather dog breeds for a family with children

Active families in cold weather regions who are interested in adopting a dog will be looking for a breed that can tolerate the frigid climate and play in the snow with the children. The list of Nordic dogs is a long one but not all of those dog breeds will fit into a family with children. Small children and even older kids need a pet that can tolerate playing and activity just as much as it can tolerate four seasons. Kids need a dog breed that is patient and loving to ensure that all play is safe play.

These 10 cold weather dogs are the best breeds to introduce to a family with children. Although many are larger breeds it is important to remember that when the dog has an even temperament it is easy to train so the size tends to matter less. With the proper training a giant breed dog can be just as easy to manage as a small dog. Many large and giant breed owners swear by their family friendly dogs as being great companions for children. Check out the 10 best cold weather dogs for a family.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Friday, 26 December 2014

Pet food recall: December 2014

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Pet food recall: December 2014

Barkworthies® Issues Nationwide Recall of Chicken Vittles Dog Chews

Consumer Contact: (877) 993-4257

PRESS RELEASE – December 24th, 2014 - (Richmond, VA) Barkworthies of Richmond, VA is recalling select lots of Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews because they have 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.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Photos: Merry Christmas from these holiday loving dogs

These dogs want to celebrate Christmas with you!

Check out these dogs trying to pass themselves off as Santa Claus! Who is the funniest? Who is the cutest? Take a look and find out. Do you have a photo of your dog dressed up as Santa Clause? Tweet us @PawsForReaction ! Share it with us on Facebook! 

Thank you to all of our amazing readers! Keira and I are forever grateful! Have a very Merry Christmas from Paws For Reaction!

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Photos: Festive cats celebrate Christmas

Festive felines: Cats celebrating Christmas

These kitties are anxiously awaiting Santa Claus and are sure to put you in the Christmas mood! Sometimes it is hard to tell if they are enjoying Christmas or not. Either way, they are adorable! Do you have a photo of your cat celebrating Christmas? Tweet us @PawsForReaction! Share it with us on Facebook! 

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Photos: Small animal pets wishing you a Merry Christmas

Small animal pets wishing you a Merry Christmas

Check out these small animal pets celebrating Christmas! These little guys will get you in the holiday mood! Do you have photos of your own Christmas critters? Tweet us @PawsForReaction ! Share it with us on Facebook! 

Merry critter Christmas!

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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Happy Caturday!

Happy Caturday!

Like the hat wasn't bad enough now they keep calling me baby.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Photos: Dogs wearing Santa Claus hats celebrate Christmas

Santa Paws: Santa Claus goes to the dogs this Christmas

Check out these dogs trying to pass themselves off as Santa Claus! Who is the funniest? Who is the cutest? Take a look and find out. Do you have a photo of your dog dressed up as Santa Clause? Tweet us @PawsForReaction! Share it with us on Facebook! 

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Monday, 15 December 2014

7 DIY Christmas dog treat recipes

Christmas dog cookies: 7 holiday dog treat recipes

The king of Christmas sweets is defiantly the Christmas cookie. They come in all shapes, sizes, and flavours- each evoking the holiday spirit in their own way. Would Santa Claus be able to make it around the world in one night if it weren't for all of those Christmas cookies fueling him? Holiday dreams are built on cookies! Why shouldn't your dog be able to join in on the fun?

Try one of these 7 recipes for Christmas cookies that are dog friendly. Instead of using the same old dog bone cookie cutter to make these treats try something more festive. Use a Christmas tree cookie cutter or a snowflake to make your dog treats. Your dog will love chomping down on a yummy snowman.

Bake an extra batch to give out to your dog owner friends and coworkers this holiday season. Homemade dog treats make great Christmas gifts- just pick up a decorative Christmas box and wrap some cookies in wax paper to put inside. Finish it off with a bow and a nice gift tag. Not only is it a personal and thoughtful gift but it is also inexpensive.

Check out these 7 holiday-inspired dog treat recipes and do-it-yourself this Christmas! Don’t forget to let all cookies cool down before serving them to any pet.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

December 14: Day of the Horse promotes ethical treatment of horses

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Day of the Horse promotes ethical treatment of horses

In 2004 Congress decided that December 14 would be National Day of the Horse. This special day dedicated to our regal animal friends encourages people “to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States” as was stated in a resolution by Congress.

"Without horses, the economy, history, and character of the United States would be profoundly different. Whereas horses continue to permeate the society of the United States, as witnessed on movie screens, on open land, and in our own backyards," the resolution reads.


Saturday, 13 December 2014

December 13 is Monkey Day

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Happy Monkey day!

December 13 is Monkey Day! Celebrate these adorable creatures by doing monkey things like eating bananas and fruit, swinging from trees and grooming your loved ones. But please for the love of primates DO NOT throw you poop at anyone!

Just kidding! Monkey Day is about the ethical treatment of monkeys- in captivity and in the wild. Click read more to check out photos we posted in honor of the ethical treatment of Monkeys. Visit Paws For Reaction for more pet news. Hope you have fun monkeying around on Monkey Day!

Happy Caturday!

Happy Caturday!

Don't forget to wash your hands!

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Mixed breeds top the Pets Best list of top 10 dogs breeds of 2014

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Mixed breeds top the Pets Best list of top 10 dogs breeds of 2014

The results are in at Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best) and the mixed breed reigns supreme. The leading U.S. pet insurance agency announced its annual list of top 10 dog breeds on Dec. 9. The data is collected from pets enrolled with the agency- which includes 234 different dog breeds.

The AKC annual list of top dog breeds is exclusive to pure breeds. What makes Pets Best list different is that includes mixed breeds when compiling the list. Mixed breeds make up 30 percent of the dogs insured through Pets Best and topped the list this year. This is the first year that Pets Best has added hybrid or designer dogs to the list- separating the mutts from the modified pets. Breeds like the ‘goldendoodle’ are considered to be designer dogs and different from the average mixed breed.

Although the list is very consistent over the years there are notable trends. Certain breeds may become more popular for many different reasons.

“While there are often surprises from year to year with the most popular breeds, certain cat and dog breeds have maintained their popularity among Pets Best policyholders,” founder of Pets Best Dr. Jack Stephens said in a press release. “It’s understandable that some people might feel more inclined to have a certain breed because of a new trend or because they enjoy a famous cat or dog, but it’s always a good idea for pet owners to thoroughly research a potential pet to ensure they can accommodate the animal’s needs and afford veterinary care for any possible health issues.”

Photos: Snow loving dogs enjoy winter weather

Snow dogs: These pets are enjoying the winter weather

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Holiday dog toys: Top 5 Christmas gifts for your dog

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Holiday dog toys: Top 5 Christmas gifts for your dog

Are you looking for a fun dog toy to gift to your pet this Christmas? Look no further! These funny toys and Christmas themed stuffed play-things are sure to not only entertain your pooch but the whole Christmas party. Paws For Reaction has handpicked five dog toys that will make perfect Christmas gifts for your pet this holiday season. We will link you to fantastic sales and deals on dog toys that your pet will rejoice over on Christmas morning.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Winter paw care tips and products for dogs

Happy Paws: Winter paw care a concern of dedicated dog parents 

By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez 

Paws For Reaction: For pet parents

Winter paw care is important for our canine family members. The hard snow and ice make outdoor travel a deadly obstacle course for dogs. Cuts and soars can develop on the pads and their poor little "feet" can be in pain- and you may not even know it.

There are some products out there- along with some tips and tricks- to help you take extra special care of your dog’s paws in this cold weather. Winter playtime may need to be reduced but the fun doesn't have to be.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

National Mutt Day December 2: The pro's and con's of adopting a mixed breed dog

National Mutt Day: The pro's and con's of adopting a mixed breed dog

By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez

My loving mutt Keira is wishing you a very happy National Mutt Day. Dec. 2 is National Mutt Day and Keira is a proud Saint Bernard mixed with a Saint Bernese. Mixed breeds can be just as beautiful, sweet and intelligent as pure breed dogs and often live healthier lives. Some studies have shown that mutts or mixed breed dogs are healthier on average because the health issues that are genetic in certain breeds are diluted or 'watered down' by mixing it with another breed. 


Monday, 1 December 2014

Pet themed holidays in December 2014

This holiday season celebrates animals of all kinds with these pet themed holidays 
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Paws For Reaction: For pet parents

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.


Monday, 24 November 2014

Ontario pet blogger Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez photography on Instagram

Ontario pet blogger Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez is in Instagram

Ontario pet blogger and freelance writer and photographer Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez is the editor in chief at Paws For Reaction. Check out the mascot Keira the Saint Bernese is featured on Stacey's Instagram page. 

Follow Stacey @Gonzothefacey on Instagram and Twitter 

Photo by Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez Copyright©

Photo by Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez Copyright©

Photo by Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez Copyright©

Photo by Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez Copyright©

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Adopting Abyssinian: All you need to know about the Abyssinian cat breed

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Adopting Abyssinian

Thinking about adopting an Abyssinian cat? Learn all you need to know about the majestic breed.


Give thanks: 5 reasons why people with pets live happier, longer lives

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Give thanks: 5 reasons why people with pets live happier, longer lives

By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez
Canadian’s will gather round the dinner table Oct. 13 to celebrate Thanksgiving with family- and in many homes in North America the family members include pets. According to a 2013 survey by Ipsos- a leading market research company in Canada- 57% of Canadian's own a pet. In the United States 67% of households have a pet to call their own. Pet parents giving thanks to their pets may not know the amazing gifts that their pets are giving them every day.

Countless studies have been conducted to determine a pets influence on its owner's overall health. Research has shown that pets can do all sorts of things to improve their owner’s health and even help people live longer. Some pets assist people with disabilities while others soothes people suffering from depression. Either way there is plenty to give thanks to when it comes to pet.

Check out these 5 reasons to give thanks for the family pets. Find out how just owning a pet can benefit the entire family and keep them happy and healthy for the holidays and all their other days.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Happy Remembrance Day Canada!

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Paws For Reaction salutes you!

We would like to wish all of our fellow Canadian's the best Remembrance Day! Thank you to all of those who fight our country- on the ground, in the air and at sea- we appreciate all the work you do. We also want to reflect on the past and soldiers that we have lost- especially the ones who fought so long ago to shape this country. We salute you!

Do you want to learn more about the animals who fought for our freedom? Find out more!

Happy Veterans Day to our readers in the United States!

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We salute you!

Paws For Reaction may be located in Canada but we are lucky to have so many amazing readers from the USA! Today is Veterans Day in the United States and we want to take a special moment to thank all the American soldiers who put their life on the line for freedom. Thank you to all of you- on the ground, in the air and at sea- we appreciate all the work you do. We also want to reflect on the past and soldiers that we have lost- especially the ones who fought so long ago. We salute you!

Check out photos of American soldiers and their army dogs!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Extraordinary pet: Sully

Sully enjoying a birthday SUP session on the Ottawa River.
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Extraordinary pet: Sully's adventure is just beginning

By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez

Sully is just over two years old but this dog has seen more adventure than most dogs 10 times his age. That’s because this hound mix has met his match- outdoor adventure and nature enthusiast Courtney Sinclair. Courtney fell in love with Sully’s goofy spirit in a heartbeat and they have explored the Canadian wilderness together ever since.

Courtney fell for Sully’s kind eyes and big ears when a teammate and OSPCA employee brought him to one of their rugby games in hopes of getting him adopted. He as a clumsy puppy and absolutely adorable- Courtney was in love.

They now live together in a house on the waterfront. Sully’s journey with Courtney takes him all over the Ottawa Valley through scenic forests and along glistening rivers. Sully lives right smack in the middle of some of the most beautiful Provincial Parks in Ontario. He loves all of the wildlife he gets to experience and he even gets to chase the occasional squirrel or two.


Meet me on the water: Stand up paddle adventure tour guide and her SUP pup

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Meet me on the water: Stand up paddle adventure tours offered next season

By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez
Deep in the heart of the Ottawa Valley you can sometimes catch a glimpse of Courtney Sinclair gliding across the top of a calm, pristine river on her stand up paddle (SUP) board. Courtney began her SUP journey last summer on the waters surrounding Algonquin Park, ON and her home in Mansfield, QC. It was a new skill to master and a fresh way to get in touch with nature. Little did she know her new water sport was going to change her and her dog’s life.

Sully was just a puppy when Courtney rescued him from the Renfrew County OSPCA. The hound mix quickly became Courtney’s outdoor companion and joined her on her many explorations- most of which happened near the water.


Saturday, 8 November 2014

Happy Caturday!

Happy Caturday!

Why would you think I've been opening your mail? Absurd...
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Friday, 7 November 2014

Veterans Week: Sharing the history of animal veterans

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Animals in war: Sharing the history of our fallen furry veterans

By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez
Veterans Week is here- time to pay tribute to those who served our country in the past and to celebrate those fighting for our rights and freedom right now. In the United States Nov. 11 is called Veterans Day and here in Canada it is Remembrance Day but regardless of the title North Americans are showing loving patriotism for their country.

When remembering the men and women who served in the military let’s not forget the four legged creatures that risked their lives for us as well. In Ottawa, Ontario there is a national memorial called The Animals in War Dedication that pays homage to those animals. It’s not just dogs- elephants, cats, pigeons and horses left their paw and hoof-prints on the front lines. Alongside the amazingly humble soldiers that fought for us these creatures stood proud for our country.

One of the most important things we must do during Veterans Week is making sure the memories and history is passed down to the younger generation. These are the events and stories that shape our national community and to attract the interest of the younger generation can sometimes be difficult but it is so important. We must share to remember or lest we forget.

Veterans Affairs Canada has made passing down the stories of animals that served in combat to the youth easier with Tales of Animals in War- a free PDF document on their website. It teaches the history of war from Korea to the Second World War to Afghanistan as well as highlights real-life stories of pets in combat. It is not just an interesting read but also a great teaching aid and a fun story for parents to share during Veterans Week.

Support the military by handing down their history in a fun way. It is one of the best gifts that you can give. Happy Remembrance Day and Veterans Day! A special thank you to all of the soldiers- human and otherwise- who put our country before their own lives.

Click here to read Tales of Animals in War. Click here to see photos of soldier dogs. Find out more about the Service Dogs Canada, Canadian Armed Forces and the U.S. Army. Comment below and let us at Paws For Reaction know what you are doing to honor the military this Veterans Week! 

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The unfortunate truth about fleas that you may be ignoring

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In denial: The unfortunate truth about fleas that 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 pitch forks and torches.

It has happened to me so many times- good hearted, loving pet parents with only the best intentions for their pets making statements like “my cat has never had fleas in its life and my neighbor's cat has been around the yard and NOW she has fleas!” or “my dog has NEVER had fleas and since I went to the dog park with that new dog he has them!”

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Check out our new look at Paws For Reaction

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Check out our new look!

After months of hard work and a 48 hour re-design Paws For Reaction is so excited to unveil our new look that showcases our mascot Keira front and center! Check out our homepage Hope you like it!!


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Keira the photo contest winner - plus great Christmas gift idea!

Announcing The Magic Zoo Halloween photo contest winner!

Paws For Reaction mascot and my baby girl Keira is one lucky girl- she just won a Halloween Photo Contest held by The Magic Zoo! The Magic Zoo sells beautiful “handcrafted jewelry for animal lovers.” Miss Keira was wearing her adorable witch hat to match my witch costume and she got to visit with every family that came trick-or-treating. She was pretty proud of her costume and how great she was as at welcoming the kids so when I told her she won the contest she was pretty excited!