Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Halloween Hazards: Vet approved tips to keep pets safe on the spookiest night of the year

Ask a Vet: Top 5 Halloween dangers to your pets PLUS 3 vet-approved tips to keep your pets safe

Ask a Vet: Top 5 Halloween dangers to your pets PLUS 3vet-approved tips to keep them safe

The fall breeze that's giving you goosebumps is ushering in the spookiest holiday of the year- Halloween! It can be an exciting time for the family, but not so much for your pets. The constant visitors at the door, people in costume, and scary sounds can cause stress and anxiety. How we celebrate Halloween can bring about potential hazards to your pet- some of them can be life-threatening. Dr. Carlie Paquette, veterinarian and co-owner of Pembroke Animal Hospital put down her stethoscope and put on her scariest costume to give Paw For Reaction all the ghostly details about potential dangers to your pets on Halloween. Check out what she had to say!

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Reader beware, you're in for a scare: Goosebumps books for Halloween

Guest blog: The King of Goosebumps shares his top 5 Goosebumps books to get you in the Halloween spirit

Guest blog: The King of Goosebumps shares his top 5 Goosebumps books to get you in the Halloween spirit
This post contains affiliate links. Guest blog by Matt Vickers Copley.
So excited to welcome him to the Paws For Reaction extended family!


My passion for Goosebumps books started in 1999 at the age of 7 
when I got my first book called The Haunted CarIt was a big thing for mum and me growing up. My primary school didn't have the books in the library at the time I was there as they were too scary... pffft. So it became a weekly thing for mum and I, to go to our local store and buy each book until I had them all. My bedroom became every 90s' kid's dream Goosebumps themed room.

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Looking for spooky pets in Halloween costumes to be featured

 October featured pets: Does your pet have a Halloween costume? Send us a photo!

Looking for spooky pets in Halloween costumes to be featured


It's the most wonderful time of the year! I'm not talking about Christmas- it's spooky season! Halloween is my ABSOLUTE favourite holiday! I love scaring people- and being scared. I love everything about it- the candy, the horror movies, the scary decor, the witches spells, the city draped in my favourite colour- orange! 

Friday, 23 October 2020

Spooky animals: The OVWBCC shares the truth about Raven in real life and folklore

Halloween's haunted animals: The truth about the ominous and dark trickster; the Raven

Halloween's haunted animals: The truth about the ominous and dark trickster; the Raven

Thank you to Patty McLaughlin of the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre for illuminating the Raven for the Paws For Reaction readers!


When I think about Halloween symbolism, things that come to mind are spirits, monsters, witches, and vampires. But what about the animals? Black cats with their backs arched, howling werewolves, slick Ravens crowing warnings, and swooping bats are all signature Halloween animals. Folklore and mythology weave their way into the spooky stories we tell and animals are the stars of these terrifying tales. 

  

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Fall Reading list: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Book review: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires is the vampire book you didn't know you needed

Fall Reading list: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix


I kicked off my spooky Fall reading list with a bang- or a bite I should say. The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix is so unexpected. In most cases, I'm able to predict the twists and turns in the books I read, but this book is truly unpredictable. 

Friday, 16 October 2020

Your pet can be featured! Get involved in the Halloween haunt!

   October featured pets: Send in a photo of your pet wearing a Halloween costume to be featured 

Looking for spooky pets in Halloween costumes to be featured


It's the most wonderful time of the year! I'm not talking about Christmas- it's spooky season! Halloween is my ABSOLUTE favourite holiday! I love scaring people- and being scared. I love everything about it- the candy, the horror movies, the scary decor, the witches spells, the city draped in my favourite colour- orange! 


Thursday, 15 October 2020

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week: 10 best things about being a vet tech

Ask an RVT: 10 things I love the most about being a registered veterinary technician  

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week: 10 best things about being a vet tech by Nicole Cunningham, RVT


My years of experience working in the veterinary medicine industry taught me many things. One thing I learned on my first day is that the job of a veterinary technician is difficult. Veterinary technicians assist in surgery, dentistry, treat emergencies, learn how to care for multiple species, assist the doctor, be a nurse, provide emotional support for the client, and be an advocate for the patient. They work hard without breaks- often for less pay than you'd expect. It's stressful. It's fast-paced. It's emotionally draining. It's blood, sweat, and tears. REAL tears. And it is incredibly rewarding. 

Monday, 12 October 2020

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Canadian's give thanks: Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, especially those who are isolated this year

Canadian's give thanks: Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, especially those of you who are isolated this year

I hope you all had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! The pandemic has made it difficult for families to get together this weekend. I know how isolating it can be living alone and not being able to visit family. Virtual visits and phone calls just aren't the same. I missed the hugs, the homecooked meal, and the playtime with my nephew. To all of you who are alone this holiday season, I want to send you my love. It's tough but we will get through this. Hold your pets and cherish the moments that you have with the people you love. Find ways to visit from afar. But most of all, stay safe. 

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Send in a photo of your pet wearing a Halloween costume

 October featured pets: Send in a photo of your pet wearing a Halloween costume to be featured on Paws For Reaction

October featured pets: Send in a photo of your pet wearing a Halloween costume to be featured on Paws For Reaction

It's the most wonderful time of the year! I'm not talking about Christmas- it's spooky season! Halloween is my ABSOLUTE favourite holiday! I love scaring people- and being scared. I love everything about it- the candy, the horror movies, the scary decor, the witches spells, the city draped in my favourite colour- orange! 

Friday, 9 October 2020

The Climate Reality Project's #24HoursOfReality will be different this year

Climate community: 24 Hours of Reality broadcast changes in 2020

Climate Reality Project 24 Hours of Reality climate change

Every year I look forward to the 24 Hours of Reality broadcast, hosted by Al Gore and Climate Reality Project. The pandemic has changed the world, and this year the broadcast will look very different. The Climate Reality Project has partnered with TED and is giving presentations to educate about climate change and share solutions to bring us closer to a zero-carbon future. 

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Learn about Reiki healing from a Usui Holy Fire Reiki Master practitioner

Guest blog: My Reiki journey; a discovery of healing energies and the power within 

Learn about Reiki healing from a Usui Holy Fire Reiki Master practitioner
Guest blog by Robyn Thomas. So excited to welcome her
to the Paws For Reaction extended family!  


Many are unaware of Reiki healing and its vast healing possibilities. The Usui Holy Fire Reiki system incorporates Reiki symbols, attunement placements, distance healing methods, and hand positions for working with oneself and others. As a practitioner, I connect with and direct universal life-force energy that surrounds every living thing, to balance the life-force energy within. This involves channeling source energy, setting intentions, connecting with Reiki symbols, Mother Earth, and myself to balance and ground mind, body, spirit. 

Saturday, 3 October 2020

I had my dog blessed by the Catholic church

Piqued my curiosity: I had my dog blessed by a Catholic priest 

Piqued my curiosity: I had my dog blessed by a Catholic priest

I was walking my dog by a Catholic church in my neighbourhood when a nice lady commented on how beautiful Hazel is. I know I'm a little biased, but I have to agree- she's a looker. We were making small talk about my dog when she mentioned that the church is offering blessings to pets. She encouraged me to bring Hazel back the following weekend to have her blessed.

Monday, 28 September 2020

September 28 is World Rabies Day

Rabies risks: Thinking about not vaccinating your pet against rabies? Here's what you need to know

World Rabies Day

I'm one of the many folks across the world anxiously waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are one of the most impactful inventions for humanity, and working in veterinary medicine has allowed me to experience first hand the power of vaccines. Watching a puppy die from canine parvovirus is a devastating experience, but it has given me a deeper respect for vaccines. Especially the rabies vaccine. Rabies is a fatal disease that affects mammals. Rabies is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted from animals to humans. Non-mammals, including fish, poultry, birds, reptiles, and amphibians can’t get rabies. Rabies is spread through the saliva of an infected animal. The animal bites a human or animal, breaking the skin, and the infected saliva gets into the wound, passing the disease on to the victim. You can also become infected by getting saliva, brain or spinal tissue from an infected animal (dead or alive) in an open cut, sore, wound, eyes, mouth, or nose.

Friday, 25 September 2020

September 25 is a Global Day for Climate Action: What does that have to do with toilet paper?

 Help at home: It's a day of Global Climate Action, but what can we do in Ontario while sitting on our butts?

September 25 is a Global Day for Climate Action: What does that have to do with toilet paper?


It's a day of Global Climate Action and I'm here to talk to you about butts... How many of you panic purchased toilet paper when the COVID-19 pandemic hit? I get it! Okay, I don't really get it that much- I didn't buy any extra toilet paper. I was thinking more about my respiratory system and less about my bottom. Next question. When you filled your Costco cart with stacks of bulk TP, extra soft, extra strong, how many of you thought about how toilet paper affects Ontario forests?

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

MUST ASK QUESTIONS for your prospective pet sitter for Pet Sitter Education Month

Put their paws in capable hands: Have questions to ask a pet sitter? I've got the answers- because I asked them!

MUST ASK QUESTONS for your prospective pet sitter for September Pet Sitter Education Month


If you live in the Ottawa Valley and need to travel but can't take your pet along for the ride, have no worries. You can put your pet's paws in very capable hands. PAWSitive Companionship for ALL Animals Big and Small Pet Sitting Services is a home away from home for your pets. For Lacey Duperron, she just calls it home- and her dream job!

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Pages of poetry: Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is like a long summer that you never want to end

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
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Like a book, all good things must come to an end, and there is no better way to end my Summer Reading List than by reviewing Where The Crawdads Sing, the mesmerizing debut novel by Delia Owens. Not only is it the best book on my list, but it's the best book I've read in years. Like the summer, I never wanted it to end. 

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Coming clean: My biggest failure as a pet owner #NationalPetInsuranceMonth

My biggest mistake as a pet owner: I should have purchased pet insurance for Hazel, here's why!


My biggest regret as a pet owner: I should have purchased pet insurance for Hazel


I made a HUGE mistake! As pet owners, sometimes we make mistakes when trying to do the best for our pets. But this one... this is all on me. When I brought Hazel home, one of the first things I did was sign her up for a free trial of pet insurance. The next morning I brought Hazel to see her veterinarian because she was walking funny. It turned out Hazel had a broken femur that went undiagnosed before she came home to me. Any conditions she was diagnosed with before the trial became active would not be covered. She was already signed up for a lifetime of pain and pre-existing conditions, so signing her up for pet insurance felt like a lost cause. 

Friday, 28 August 2020

August 28 is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Guest blog: The hardest part about loving a pet is saying goodbye


August 28 is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Guest blog by Alisha Henson. So excited to welcome her and 
her dogs Mason and Megs to the Paws For Reaction extended family!

For many of us, our pets are our fur-babies, our family members, and our best friends. They celebrate our moments of joy with us and sit with us in solidarity in our moments of sadness. Our attachment bonds to our beloved pets can be deep and rich, and the death of a pet can be heart-wrenching. 

Friday, 21 August 2020

Hey Paws peeps! I'm going on vacation!

Taking a break: Cottage life won't be the same without Keira 


Saint Bernese dog Paws For Reaction Cottage life


I'm going on hiatus! One week one the water, then another week spent with friends. No wifi, no work, no rules. And sadly, no Keira. I've been looking forward to my week at the cottage since COVID-19 hit. It's been one of the only things that has got me through this pandemic. But as much as I want to go to the cottage, it won't be the same without Keira, and all the other family dogs we have lost this year. 2020 has been a devastating year for pets in my family. 

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Doody calls: Ask a vet what to do with a coprophagia canine

Pet Peeve: Why is my dog eating poop? How to stop my dog from eating poop
  
Pet Peeve: Why is my dog eating poop? How to stop my dog from eating poop


My beautiful and lovable dog Hazel has a dark secret. She's a poop eater. That's right, she eats her poop! To be fair, she doesn't discriminate. She'll eat any poop she finds. It's something I've struggled with, and I've only been able to find temporary solutions- mostly due to my own inconsistencies as a pet owner and not sticking to the treatment plan. I've talked to a lot of dog owners and discovered that Hazel is not the only poop-mouth out there. In fact, feces eating is a very common behaviour in dogs. Believe it or not, there's a name for it: coprophagia. Even the name sounds gross! I want to know, why do dogs eat their poop? What can I do to stop is? I decided to ask my veterinarian, Dr. Carlie Paquette, who works at Pembroke Animal Hospital

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Larger than life recipe: Learn how you can make this giant dog treat

Guest blog: I made a dog treat bigger than my dog!
  

Guest blog: I made a dog treat bigger than my dog! Get the recipe
Guest blog by Travis DeRose. So excited to welcome him and
his dog Murphy to the Paws For Reaction extended family!

It was a week away from my dog Murphy’s fourth birthday when we sat down to watch the movie Uncle Buck. Remember that scene when John Candy makes those absolutely massive pancakes for Macaulay Culkin’s birthday? It’s awesome! and after seeing that, I decided I had to make Murphy a massive dog treat for her birthday!

Friday, 14 August 2020

Top Five Friday: Five reasons why I love my veterinarian #FridayFive

Top Five Friday: Five reasons why I love my veterinarian 

Top Five Friday: Five reasons why I love my veterinarian #FridayFive

It's no secret- my dog has spent a LOT of time at the vet. I've spent more money on Hazel's health care than I'd like to admit, or would even like to know. She's had her share of health problems, emergencies, and accomplishments with weight loss- that I'm super jealous of. Can someone measure my food in a  cup and only feed me twice a day, please?

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

August 12 is National Vinyl Record Day: Q & A with a record store owner

Vinyl Dayz are here to stay: Shop owner of my favourite record store shares about his dream job


August 12 is National Vinyl Record Day: Q & A with a record store owner

Leaning back on my leather sofa with a cup of green tea steaming from an owl mug, a fake fireplace on my TV, and Frank Sinatra's smooth voice crooning over the faint crackle of the record as it spins on my Crosley turntable. That's paradise. Over the years, I've cultivated my love of vinyl and my record collection has taken on a life of its own, growing in size and eccentricity. I enjoy shopping for records just as much as I enjoy listening to them. Searching through stacks of albums is an amazing experience- if you can find a really cool record shop with a really cool shop owner. I've been fortunate to find a few of these hidden gems; places where shopping comes with a side of interesting conversation and you leave with a stack of records and a slew of stories.

Monday, 10 August 2020

Real talk: Does a veterinary hospital have to see your pet?

An industry under attack: Before you start harassing a veterinary hospital, you should read this
  
An industry under attack: Before you start harassing a veterinary hospital, you should read this

When I start writing posts like this I know I'm going to ruffle some feathers. I get it, it will probably sound harsh to those who aren't empathetic to both sides. This needs to be discussed in the open. While those in the veterinary industry know this, most people are unaware. They may attempt to destroy the reputation of a clinic just doing their job. With the increased number of deaths by suicide in the veterinary industry, this behavior is unacceptable. 

Sunday, 9 August 2020

August 9 is National Book Lovers Day: Top 10 books of the last decade

National Book Lovers Day: 10 favourite books I've read in the past 10 years

August 9 is National Book Lovers Day: Top 10 books of the last decade
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This holiday has got me LITerary! Today is National Book Lovers Day, and that is exactly how I describe myself. A book lover! When I think about books, I touch my shelf. I decided to challenge myself and take on the difficult task of narrowing down the top 10 books I've read in the past decade. These are books that tickle my spine. They are gripping, entertaining, and well worth the Plum rewards

Friday, 7 August 2020

Ask a vet: What vaccines should my dog and cat get? What is my pet's vaccine schedule?

Ask a vet: Which vaccines should my pet get? What is my pet's vaccine schedule?


Ask a vet: What vaccines should my dog and cat get?
Dr. Carlie Paquette and her dog Bea

As a result of the global pandemic, there is one thing on everyone's mind: vaccines. COVID-19 has affected our lives in so many ways, including putting the importance of vaccines back in the news. Vaccines can be lifesaving- for you and your pet. There's a lot of misinformation online and on social media about vaccinations, including false side-effects and inefficacy of vaccines. The fact is, there's a lot more scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of vaccines then there is against it. Most arguments against vaccines are not fact-checked and purely antidotal. 

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Pet-friendly Dog Bark Park Inn and B&B: Sit & Stay at this AirnBn-Beagle

Let sleeping dogs lie: Sit and stay at this pet-friendly AirnBn-Beagle


Dog Bark Park Inn: Sit & Stay in this pet-friendly AirnBn-Beagle


People will be itching to travel once the COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted, and dog owners can scratch that itch by visiting an Airbnb that takes pet-friendly to a higher level. Surrounded by grain prairies and mountain views, this doghouse is located at the edge of Cottonwood in rural Idaho. And by doghouse, I mean it is a literal bed and breakfast shaped like a Beagle! This Beagle Airbnb can accommodate four guests in its two-bedroom (three beds) and one bath tail-wagger of a space.

Monday, 3 August 2020

Ottawa Event: Robbie Craig's Northern Projects Art Show August 8-9

Ottawa Event: Robbie Craig's Northern Projects Art Show August 8-9


Ottawa Event: Robbie Craig's Northern Projects Art Show August 8-9


Canadian artist Robbie Craig is visiting the nation's capital to showcase his creations.  Robbie Craig's Northern Projects will host an art show on Saturday, August 8th, and Sunday, August 9th at the Ottawa East Holiday Inn. As most of you know, I'm a huge fan of Robbie Craig's art. His aesthetic brings to life the natural beauty and whimsy that makes Canada so special. His artwork celebrates nature and wildlife, and his personal touch makes each piece unique.

Sunday, 2 August 2020

National Colouring Book Day: My three favourite adult colouring books

National Colouring Book Day: My three favourite adult colouring books


National Colouring Book Day: My three favourite adult colouring books
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When I'm bored or stressed, I like to pull out a colouring book, some pencil crayons, and pretend I'm a kid again. Colouring can reduce anxiety and is a great distraction from adulting. August 2nd is National Colouring Book Day! In the spirit of this fun holiday, I'm sharing my three favourite adult colouring books! 

Friday, 31 July 2020

Before & After: Meet this month's Paws For Reaction featured pets!

Before & After: Meet this month's Paws For Reaction featured pets!


Before & After: Meet this month's Paws For Reaction featured pets!


It's transformation time! This month I asked my Paws peeps to send in Before & After photos of their pets! Grooming, growth, weight loss- no transformation was off-limits. You didn't disappoint! Check out these adorable Before & After photos! Thank you for your submissions and stay tuned for next month's feature!

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Wild Wednesday: Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre more rehabilitation #WildWednesday


Wild Wednesday: Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre is so much more than just a rehabilitation Centre


Wild Wednesday: Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre is so much more than just a rehabilitation centre


The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre was founded over 30 years ago by husband and wife Gary and Donna DuBreuil after they found an orphaned baby squirrel. They discovered that there was little information or help available to care for it. They teamed up with a small group of dedicated volunteers and started to care for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife in the Ottawa and surrounding area.


Saturday, 25 July 2020

Book Review: One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus

Book Review: One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus

Book Review: One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus Paws For Reaction Summer Reading List
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Karen M. McManus followed her book One of Us is Lying by taking us back to Bayview in the sequel One of Us is Next. In a lot of ways, I enjoyed this book more than the first one. The mystery in the first book was better, but the sequel was a faster-paced and more enjoyable read. The author dumped all of the teen-beat stereotypes from the first novel and created more realistic and dynamic characters. I had part of the mystery figured out early enough, but in the last chapter, the book flipped the story on its head and twisted in the most unexpected way. Pure entertainment.

Friday, 24 July 2020

Top Five Friday: Five fun pet water fountains for cats #FridayFive

Top Five Friday: Five fun pet water fountains for cats
  

Top Five Friday: Five fun pet water fountains for cats #FridayFive
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It's National Pet Hydration Awareness Month and I'm giving cats some love on Top Five Friday. Pet water fountains are fantastic for encouraging drinking, especially in picky cats. Cats prefer fresh, flowing water over standing water. Most cats don't drink enough, but water is so important to their overall health. Drinking the proper amount of cater can help support your cat's urinary health, and can even help prevent kidney disease. All of these cat water fountains are great options, but I've listed them in order from least likely entice a sip to most likely to wet your whistle.


Thursday, 23 July 2020

Send a before and after photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction!

July featured pets: Send a 'Before & After' photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction
  

July featured pets: Send a 'Before & After' photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction


Did you get your pet as a puppy or kitten? Are they all grown up now? Did your pet have a significant weight loss? A major change in life? I want to see it!


Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Wild Wednesday: Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a leader in wildlife rehabilitation #WildWednesday

Wild Wednesday: Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a leader in wildlife rehabilitation for over 40 years


Wild Wednesday: Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a leader in wildlife rehabilitation for over 40 years

If you're looking for a place that cares for all creatures, big and small, there's no other place like this! Located in Rosseau, Ontario, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in the early 1970s and has been a leader in wildlife rehabilitation ever since. The sanctuary is located on 460 acres of natural habitat, making it one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation locations in Ontario. 


Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Send a before and after photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction!

July featured pets: Send a 'Before & After' photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction
  

July featured pets: Send a 'Before & After' photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction



Did you get your pet as a puppy or kitten? Are they all grown up now? Did your pet have a significant weight loss? A major change in life? I want to see it!


Monday, 20 July 2020

Big dog, bigger discrimination: Large dogs commonly discriminated against

Big dog, bigger discrimination: Large dogs are commonly discriminated against for no good reason


Big dog, bigger discrimination: Large dogs are commonly discriminated against for no good reason

Discrimination is not exclusive to the human world. People project their biases and discrimination onto the dog world in two big ways: breedism and sizeism. While we are familiar with discussing breed-specific legislation and breeds like Pitbulls that are commonly banned in municipalities, we don't often talk about the harassment and discrimination large dog owners face on a daily basis.

Friday, 17 July 2020

Top Five Friday: My five favourite Ontario Parks I visited with Keira #FridayFive

Top Five Friday: My five favourite Ontario Parks I visited with Keira



This week's Friday Five is a special memorial edition. I'd like to pay a tribute to my beloved Keira who I lost earlier this week. Writing about her and reminiscing about our life together is helping me work through this devastating loss. Keira and I went on many adventures in our eight years together. She had an adventurous spirit and loved nature. She was a remarkable creature. One of our favourite things to do was hike the many provincial parks in the Ottawa Valley. These are the top five Ontario Parks that hold the most precious memories of my girl Keira. They were her favourite places to be, and I hope you will visit with your dogs.


Thursday, 16 July 2020

Species at risk in the Greater Golden Horseshoe set to lose their homes

Ontario needs your help: Species at risk in the Greater Golden Horseshoe set to lose their homes




There is a struggle between green and gold taking place in our province that you may not be aware of. Southern Ontario is home to the Greater Golden Horseshoe, one of the fastest-growing regions in North America. It's home to 9 million people- more than 55% of Ontarians. The most recognizable cities located in the Greater Golden Horseshoe included Brantford, Guelph, Peterborough, and Barrie. The area attracts one in three new immigrants to Canada and its population is forecast to surge to 13.5 million by 2041. As a result, developers and industrialists are chomping at the bit, trying to dig their hooves into this promising region.


Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Wild Wednesday: Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre rehabilitation dedicated to birds #WildWednesday

Wild Wednesday: Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre is the only rehabilitation Centre in the area dedicated exclusively to wild birds


Wild Wednesday: Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre is the only rehabilitation centre exclusively dedicated to wild birds


If you've found an injured or orphaned bird in the Ottawa region, this is the place that will take that bird under its wing. Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre in Ottawa, Ontario was founded in 1981 by the late Kathy Nihei when she successfully rehabilitated and released an injured Ruby-throated Hummingbird, who she named Pip. The Centre is a registered charitable organization funded primarily by public donations. It is the only rehabilitation Centre in the Ottawa Valley area exclusively dedicated to wild birds, with thousands of birds admitted every year. The next closest rehab Centre in Ontario is in Napanee.  

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Saying a sad goodbye to Keira

Tribute: In loving memory of Keira 2008-2020




Yesterday I lost my best friend, Hazel lost her big sister and the world lost a gentle soul. I had to make the difficult and sad decision to say goodbye to Keira. Keira was so much more than the dog I used for photos and testing products on Paws For Reaction. She was the first dog I ever owned and a huge member of our family. She was the love of my life. She had a long and happy life, and I was so fortunate that she spent most of it in perfect health. Sadly, she became very ill, very fast, and she didn't deserve to be in pain. 

Monday, 13 July 2020

Pet Hydration Awareness Month: Does my pet have a drinking problem?

Pet Hydration Awareness Month: Does my pet have a drinking problem? Why is my pet drinking so much?


Pet Hydration Awareness Month: Does my pet have a drinking problem? Why is my pet drinking so much?

Ontario has been hit by a heatwave and it's not going away any time soon. We are in for a sweltering summer, and this means we are all going to be thirsty- our fur-family included. It's normal for your pet to drink more during the summer months, but how much is too much? If you notice your pet drinking more, there could be an underline health concern causing hyper-hydration. 


Saturday, 11 July 2020

Ottawa mandatory facemask bylaw: Best facemasks for dog lovers on Etsy

Barking for the bylaw: Six best facemasks for dog lovers


Ottawa mandatory facemask bylaw: Best facemasks for dog lovers on Etsy
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This week Ottawa Public Health passed a bylaw mandating the use of facemasks by people visiting indoor public spaces. This means we are going to start seeing a lot fewer mouths and a lot more facemasks in public. I support this decision 100% as I feel it will keep my friends and family who are not as healthy as I am safer from contracting COVID-19. While masking can be uncomfortable, I've been having some fun with it. I have masks with pet-themed prints, and masks to match my outfits. You can still showcase your style and personality from behind the mask.

Friday, 10 July 2020

Top Five Friday: My five favourite climate change documentary films #FridayFive

Top Five Friday: My five favourite documentaries about climate change


Top Five Friday: My five favourite climate change documentary films #FridayFive
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Happy Friday! Since July is Wild About Wildlife Month, I'm going to steal Top Five Friday away from my dogs and give it back to the environment. Biodiversity is so important when it comes to maintaining a healthy and thriving wildlife population. Unfortunately, climate change is having a devastating effect on biodiversity. As a result, there has been an increase in endangered species. That's why I'm sharing my top five documentaries about climate change and the environment. It was really hard to put these in order and I'm still very conflicted. But one thing I know for sure is that they are all worth a watch- and a share!


Thursday, 9 July 2020

Pet Hydration Awareness Month: Is my pet dehydrated?

Pet Hydration Awareness Month: Is my pet dehydrated? What do I do if my pet is dehydrated?


Pet Hydration Awareness Month: Is my pet dehydrated? What do I do if my pet is dehydrated?
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It's been a sweltering summer here in Ontario! Our pets can't tap us on the shoulder and say "Hey, boss! I'm really thirsty!" like a human can. In a way, I wish my dog could talk, but I also think that if Hazel could talk she'd tell me all sorts of outlandish and unnecessary things. Maybe it's best that she can't speak English. But if she's dehydrated, it would be nice if she could let me know. 


Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Wild Wednesday: Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary saves lives of orphaned animals #WildWednesday

Wild Wednesday: Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary saves lives of orphaned animals


Wild Wednesday: Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary saves lives of orphaned animals #WildWednesday


Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in North Gower does amazing things for local wildlife and I absolutely adore this amazing team of caring animal lovers. I've donated to them and receive their newsletter, detailing important information about Canadian wildlife and how they are making a difference. This is a really impressive wildlife sanctuary, located right here in Ontario.

Monday, 6 July 2020

Send a before and after photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction!

July featured pets: Send a 'Before & After' photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction

Send a 'Before & After' photo of your pet to be featured on Paws For Reaction


Did you get your pet as a puppy or kitten? Are they all grown up now? Did your pet have a significant weight loss? A major change in life? I want to see it!


Saturday, 4 July 2020

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Paws For Reaction Summer Reading List
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Have you ever wanted to get inside the mind of every character in a story? Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng delivers on that in a way that no other book I've read ever has. The author delivers the perspective of so many characters seamlessly, leaving the reader empathetic for the unique struggle that each character faces. And hating each of them just a little bit. It's impossible to know whose side you're on.

Friday, 3 July 2020

Top Five Friday: Five best water play toys for dogs #FridayFive


Top Five Friday: Five best water play toys for dogs 


Top Five Friday: Five best water play toys for dogs #FridayFive
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Hazel and Keira love the water! Swimming in the Ottawa River is her favourite way to keep cool in the summer. Hazel likes to just walk into the river and lay right down. Some dogs require a little more mental stimulation than that. Over the years I've tried out some fun water play toys with my dogs. These are Keira and Hazel's top five dog toys for water, ranked from least likely to make them dunk their faces in, to most likely for her to submerge their entire heads into the river to retrieve it!

Thursday, 2 July 2020

July is Wild About Wildlife Month: Introducing Wild Wednesday!

July is Wild About Wildlife Month: Introducing Wild Wednesday!


July is Wild About Wildlife Month: Introducing Wild Wednesday!


Are you feeling wild? You should be! Wednesday is Wild About Wildlife Month! Paws For Reaction is showing some love for wildlife around the world! Climate change threatens biodiversity and the effect on habitats where wildlife thrives is devastating. Wiley Molecular Ecology Resources published an integrated framework to identify wildlife populations under threat from climate change. Wildlife around the world is in danger, and animals in Ontario are not exempt from that.