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.


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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

Photo by Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez
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!