Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Book review: And Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Fall Reading List: And Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell is a tearful and terrifying tale 

Fall Reading List: And Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

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I rarely cry read a book that makes me cry, despite being someone who reads books almost exclusively about murder. I teared up a few times when I was reading And Then She Was Gone. As I read the Epilogue I started bawling, squinting at the last words on the page through watered-down eyes. As difficult as it is to conclusively determine this, I think I can confidently say this is my favourite Lisa Jewell book I've read. 

Thursday, 30 September 2021

September 30th marks Canada's first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Commitment to truth and action: Their tiny voices woke the country 

Canada's National Day of Truth and Reconciliation First Nations Every Child Matters


They were the first of our nation. Caretakers of the land. Their voices were buried, but now they are heard. Their history is dark, deep, past, and present. I've been awakened. Indigenous voices. First Nations voices. Inuit voices. Metis voices. I want to hear you. I want to know.
 

Thursday, 26 August 2021

I love dogs: August 26 is National Dog Day

The bark is the best: Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day Saint Bernese dogs Paws For Reaction

Today we have something to bark about! It's National Dog Day! Dogs make everything better! I can't imagine living in a home without a light dusting of Hazel fur. Who am I kidding? It's more like a heavy coating of Hazel fur, sprinkled with goobers. 

Thursday, 12 August 2021

Ottawa Event: Robbie Craig's Northern Projects Art Show August 21 and 22

Northern art: Artist Robbie Craig visits Ottawa to showcase Canadian inspired art

Ottawa Event: Robbie Craig's Northern Projects Art Show August 21 and 22


Canadian artist Robbie Craig is bringing some much-needed northern inspiration to the chill out this Ottawa heatwave! Robbie Craig's Northern Projects will host an art show on Saturday, August 21st from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday, August 22nd from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Craig is based in the Northwest Territories so it's always exciting when his art is showcased in the nation's capital. His wildlife and landscape artwork has a very distinct Canadian style, bringing to life indigenous animals and capturing real locations and natural wonders like the northern lights.

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Home is where your pet is: Creating a special place in your home for your pet

Guest blog: How to design the perfect pet nook for your furry friend

Guest blog: How to design the perfect pet nook for your furry friend

Guest blog by Rocio Espinoza. 
So excited to welcome her to the Paws For Reaction extended family!
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It’s no secret that pets are some of our most important family members. From a cat or dog to a beautiful bird, all pet parents want to give their best friends a comfortable space and lots of love. One way you can make your pet’s life better is by providing them with a cozy, convenient pet nook. This designated space will give your animal companion their own little part of the home where they can sleep, eat, and feel comfortable. Read on to discover how to design your very own special pet room to make your pet’s life at home the best it can be.

 

Saturday, 31 July 2021

Wild About Wildlife Month: Thank you for supporting wildlife rescue

Thank you for celebrating Wild About Wildlife Month: Wild Wednesday raised awareness about local wildlife conservation

Thank you for celebrating Wild About Wildlife Month: Wild Wednesday raised awareness about local wildlife conservation


I went a little wild this month. July is Wild About Wildlife Month, so there's no better time to go wild! As always, I'm sad Wild Wednesday is over. I enjoy reconnecting with local wildlife conservationists and learning about all the animals they rescued over the year. They are working night and day to re-wild animals, and I hope by sharing their stories, I can help re-wild some humans. We need to strengthen our connection with wildlife and the natural world if we are going to stand a chance against human-caused climate change and the extreme weather events, species loss, and destruction to biodiversity that comes along with it. Are you ready to get re-wild?

Thursday, 29 July 2021

SUBMIT YOUR PET'S PHOTO: We'll create your pet's online dating profile & find the perfect match!

Your pet could be featured: What would your pet's online dating profile say?

SUBMIT YOUR PET'S PHOTO: We'll create your pet's online dating profile & find the perfect match!


Last chance to get in on the flirty fun! What would your pet's dating profile say? Would it be sweet, funny, sassy? What photo would your pet choose to attract a mate? 

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

July is Wild About Wildlife Month: Featuring Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary #WildWednesday

Wild Wednesday: The pandemic won't stop Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary from rewilding animals 

July is Wild About Wildlife Month: Featuring Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary #WildWednesday

When I was on the phone with Linda Laurus, Executive Director for Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, she asked me to hold for a moment. I could hear the concern in her voice when she told me she had to check on a squirrel. She could see the squirrel in his cage and was afraid he was injured. After a few moments she came back on the phone and told me everything is alright, he just had some nuts in his mouth. From where she was standing it looked like he was swollen. I couldn't help but laugh, certain I'd just experienced a glimmer of the ups and downs of working with wildlife. 

Friday, 23 July 2021

Chasing Whimsies: Alchemy Wild Glass stained glass art

Flutter into a fantasy: Alchemy Wild Glass hangs whimsy in the window

Alchemy Wild Glass

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Sometimes we're fortunate to witness whimsical things while gazing out the window, but imagine if you could capture whimsies and trap them inside the glass so we can enjoy them forever? That's exactly what the latest Chasing Whimsies featured Etsy shop Alchemy Wild Glass does. These mystical glass creations are sure to transport you through the looking glass and into another world.

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

July is Wild About Wildlife Month: Featuring Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary #WildWednesday

Wild Wednesday: Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is keeping wildlife wild and bears beary happy

July is Wild About Wildlife Month: Featuring Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary


Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is going big things with big wildlife! Since we featured the Sanctuary last year on Wild Wednesday, the team has built new enclosures for some of their furry permanent residents, including three adorable bears named Clyde, Paddington, and Honey Pot. I dusted my paws off and caught up with Linda Glimps, Executive Director at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to learn more about their appropriately named bears and other recent achievements since the last Wild About Wildlife Month.

Friday, 16 July 2021

Chasing Whimsies: Dried flower art by Oxeye Floral Co.

Whimsy in bloom: Flower art by Oxeye Floral Co. blossoms with life and colour

Chasing Whimsies: Dried flower art by Oxeye Floral Co.

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Whimsy blooms brightly in the Oxeye Floral Co. pressed flower art. Inspired by nature and created using nature's gifts, these unique prints take an old-school art technique and update it with a modern twist. This Chasing Whimsies featured artist brings wildlife and scenery to life one bud, petal, and vine at a time. These prints ensure the flowers never wilt or die; they are perfectly preserved with their vibrant colours intact and showcased for the world to enjoy. Are you ready to see some irresistible Canadian art?

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

July is Wild About Wildlife Month: Featuring the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre for #WildWednesday

 Wild Wednesday: Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre is spreading its wings and flying to a new location

Wild Wednesday: Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre


We wake to their song and watch their beauty paint the sky. Birds are a part of our everyday life. We may go months without seeing other wildlife, but not a day does by that we don't see several different species of birds. Injured and orphaned birds require very specific care, and when a bird is in need the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre (OVWBCC) swoops in and takes it under its wing. 

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Life after losing Keira: Heartache and healing

Remembering an unforgettable dog: It's been a year since we said goodbye to Keira 

Life after losing Keira: Remembering an unforgettable dog


I read a quote recently that resonated with me. It said, "Grief does not shrink, we expand to accommodate it." The hole that Keira left in my life (and in Hazel's life) is as large as it was a year ago, but Hazel and I have grown to accept that it will always be there. On July 13, 2020, I made the difficult decision to euthanize my sweet, beloved Keira. Even though it was the right thing to do because she was suffering from an unknown illness (possibly gastric cancer) I had a hard time letting her go. I remember being in total disbelief. It's hard to believe a year has gone by already. 

Monday, 12 July 2021

Your pet could be featured: Send in your pet's online dating profile and find the perfect match!

Your pet's online dating profile: What would your pet say to try to find a mate?

Your dog's online dating profile: What would your dog say to try to find a mate?


Hazel's been single for far too long. She's looking for someone (beside's me) to share her life with. Okay, I'm just kidding, but wouldn't it be funny if our pets were on a dating app? I helped Hazel design a profile to find her perfect mate- scroll down to read it. Would your dog be a match?


What would your pet's dating profile say? Would it be sweet, funny, sassy? What photo would your pet choose to attract a mate? 


Email pawsforreaction@live.ca with your pet's dating profile pic and tell us what your pet's dating profile would say (see example below). Your pet will be featured in a post in August and we'll try to find the perfect match! 

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Chasing Whimsies: Resin jewelry by Modern Flower Child

Whimsy in the wild: Modern Flower Child connects nature and fashion  

Chasing Whimsies Modern Flower Child

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I wear my love for nature like I wear my heart; on my sleeve. When I discovered Modern Flower Child jewelry, I had the opportunity to literally wear nature on my sleeve. I purchased a beautiful bracelet filled with real flowers, frozen in time and resin. It's one of my most cherished pieces. Modern Flower Child is my go-to shop for gift giving. A few years ago I even hosted a Modern Flower Child bracelet giveaway! Chasing Whimsies wouldn't be complete without featuring my favourite nature-loving maker. Are you ready for something magical?

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Wild Wednesday is back: Ontario wildlife conservation needs your help

 July is Wild About Wildlife Month: Wild Wednesday celebrates local wildlife conservation

July is Wild About Wildlife Month: Wild Wednesday celebrates local wildlife conservation


Are you feeling wild? You should be! Wednesday is Wild About Wildlife Month! Paws For Reaction is showing some love for local wildlife rescue workers! Veterinary professionals, scientists, nature conservationists, and volunteers in the Ottawa region are working hard to save and support wildlife in need. They are launching stewardship programs, repopulating endangered species, fighting for protected lands, and rehabilitating wildlife at sanctuaries. Their hard work and dedication is vital to the survival of local wildlife. 

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Chasing Whimsies: Talking Flowers by SutherlandDollArt

Wonderland whimsy: Talking Flowers are the perfect home decor to create a floral fantasy 

Chasing Whimsies Talking Flowers

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Imagine getting lost in a Wonderland of colourful talking flowers? Growing up, there's nothing I wanted more than to fall down the rabbit hole and explore Wonderland with Alice and the White Rabbit. I'm excited to introduce my new magical blog series Chasing Whimsies. This series will feature whimsical handmade, and artisan items created by Etsy makers, who are independent business owners. I've selected the Alice in Wonderland Talking Flowers by SutherlandDollArt as my first Chasing Whimsies featured product. So grab your pocket watch and lift your pinky, because it's time for tea!

Saturday, 26 June 2021

Puppy Pride: Dog products to celebrate Pride Month in style

Guest blog: Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month With These Dog Accessories

Dog products to celebrate Pride Month in style


Another LGBTQ+ Pride Month is upon us, and we are so excited to celebrate safely amongst our friends, family, and allies. Pet parents love to include their dogs and cats in their daily activities. Pride month is no exception! We’ve curated this list of LGBTQ+ pet apparel and accessories that will let your furry companion join the fun. You will find something for every pet and every pet parent’s budget. Now your dog and cat can look adorable while celebrating LGBTQ+ pride this month or year-round!

Monday, 21 June 2021

Mass graves found at Indian Residential Schools spark anger on National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day: Children of residential schools were silenced and we need to speak up

National Indigenous Peoples Day: Children of residential schools were silenced and we need to speak up 215 Children


The summer solstice arrived today with the rising sun. The sun also brought us National Indigenous Peoples Day, a holiday to recognize the contribution and celebrate the history, heritage, and culture of First Nations, Inuit, and M├ętis peoples. June is National Indigenous History Month but First Nations peoples have been on our minds since the sad discovery last month. The 215 children discovered buried at the Indian residential school (IRS) in Kamloops opened a wound for Canadians that has never healed for First Nations peoples; it's been festering. The history of the colonization of Canadian Indigenous people is a dark one, and there is no doubt new tragedies will be unearthed in the near future. I visited the memorial that has been created at Parliament in Ottawa to pay my respects to the lives lost in the IRS system. 

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Support on Juneteenth: List of black-owned pet care businesses in USA

Guest blog: Black-owned pet businesses to support on Juneteenth and every day

Guest blog: Black-owned pet businesses to support on Juneteenth and every day

We want to celebrate Juneteenth 2021 by highlighting some amazing black-owned pet businesses and their founders. These founders have created brands and products that support the health and wellbeing of pets and the lives of pet parents worldwide. Here is our list of black-owned pet businesses to support on Juneteenth and every day. Remember to actively seek black-owned businesses and small businesses to support throughout the year and not only when it is a topic of discussion.


https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?s=2681584&v=6939&q=393584&r=257293 

Monday, 7 June 2021

June 8 is Pet Memorial Day: Remembering Keira

She was a once in a lifetime dog: Remembering Keira on Pet Memorial Day

She was a once in a lifetime dog: Remembering Keira on Pet Memorial day


They say grief doesn't shrink, we just grow to accommodate it. I still haven't grown enough to make space for the immense grief I feel after losing my sweet Keira. I never expected to own a pet who would leave paw prints on so many hearts. Keira had a spirit that lingered; it lingers still. All the feelings are still raw and close to the surface, not enough layers of life and time to bury the pain. But as we approach a year since I lost my best friend, I've noticed like most things in my life, I'm slowly learning how to manage the emptiness. The hollow. I've found a few ways to fill it, even if only temporarily. 

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

I got my first COVID-19 vaccine!

Pet perspectives: Why a canine parvovirus outbreak made me want to get my COVID-19 vaccine

I got my first COVID-19 vaccine!


I’ve been thinking a lot about today. My mind returns to when I worked through a canine parvovirus outbreak. It was the most difficult time of my career. In veterinary medicine, we administer more vaccines than some human general practitioners do in their whole careers. We are educated about vaccines and their value, safety, and efficacy. That being said, I don’t often think “I’m glad I don’t have polio.” This moment in my career made me consciously think “Vaccines are so important to survival.” Most patients who contract parvo are puppies, but we see older patients suffering from this highly contagious infectious disease- that can be vaccinated against. I remember our team desperately trying to save a litter of puppies. One by one they died and one by one we grieved them. We did everything we could, at our clinic’s expense (average cost $1000-$2000 per pup to treat), sometimes on our own time. Because you're in full PPE, we couldn’t hold them against our warm skin. We couldn’t kiss their noses or pet their fur. We gave love through paper and plastic. 

Friday, 30 April 2021

60 ways to support small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic *The ULTIMATE list*

60 ways to support small businesses during the pandemic: What to do to support local stores during Covid-19, and what not to do

60 ways to support small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic *The ULTIMATE list*


There's a lot of things about the pandemic and lockdown we can't seem to agree on, except that we're ready for this to be over. Another thing everyone seems to agree on is that small businesses need support. Every time a small business makes a sale, the employees do a happy dance! That's because your purchase directly impacts their family and livelihood. Our community needs support. Please remember this important fact: Most small businesses are not closed, they just aren't letting folks in. Curbside service and online shopping and delivery are available for many small businesses and many offer debit or e-transfer options for those without credit cards. There are many ways to support small businesses. I tried to create the ULTIMATE list of ways to support small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, taking into account businesses of all types and different ways we can offer help. There are many ways you can support small businesses without spending money too, which I included because I know many are struggling financially but still want to support their community. I've also included what not to do to try to support a small business. 

Saturday, 24 April 2021

It's World Veterinary Day: Celebrating 6 years in the surprising career of veterinary medicine

 World Veterinary Day: I never believed I had what it takes to work in veterinary medicine

World Veterinary Day: I never believed I had what it takes to work in veterinary medicine



When I was studying print journalism and photography my life consisted of photographing and interviewing indie bands, hanging backstage at Bluesfest, and designing TV guides. If you told me then that I would go from interviewing Ron Jeremy, photographing the Never Ending White Lights, and drinking beers with Slightly Stoopid and Matty Mays, to working in media for the veterinary industry, I would have barked at you. I've loved animals my whole life, but working in a compassion-based industry was something I never wanted. I don't have what it takes. 

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Sustainable stories: Environmental headlines for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day: Environmental stories for dog owners, animal lovers, and climate activists

Sustainable stories: Environmental headlines for Earth Day

It's the greenest day of the year- Earth Day! This is the second Earth Day, April 22nd, we've celebrated during the COVID-19 pandemic. It saddens me that a year later Ontario is in worse shape. I hope you find a safe way to do something positive for the planet today. Interested in learning more about living sustainably and fighting climate change? Check out the green headlines on Paws For Reaction! These are the best posts about climate change, pollution, wildlife, the outdoors, and environmental action. 

Monday, 19 April 2021

How you can act to support a green and just Covid-19 recovery in Canada

Covid-19 and climate change: Pandemic's positive impacts on pollution were temporary, but damaging effects will be lasting

Covid-19 and climate change: Pandemic's positive impacts on pollution were temporary, but damaging effects will be lasting


Climate change took a backseat in the media as the planet's greatest threat when the Covid-19 pandemic swept the globe in 2020. It's been more than a year since the first Covid-positive case was reported and we are entering another lockdown in Ontario. Looking back, I remember how optimistic I was the first time we entered a lockdown. Not just optimistic about the health and safety of our nation, but optimistic for the health of the planet. During that lockdown, we saw wildlife emerge from the wilderness and take their rightful place in our urban areas that were one their home. We saw marine life break the surface of the water in places it had not been seen before. The planet took a deep, cleansing breath. 

Friday, 16 April 2021

Earth Month: Northern Biscuit & One Tree Planted have a treat for your dog

Brown bag goes green: One Tree Planted for every compostable bag of Northern Biscuits to lower your carbon pawprint

Brown bag goes green: One Tree Planted for every compostable bag of Northern Biscuits helps fight deforestation

Looking for a way to reduce your carbon pawprint that your dog will wag her tail about? Hazel's favourite Canadian dog treat company Northern Biscuit is celebrating Earth Month with a drool-worthy promotion. For every 1.36kg compostable bag of their five top-selling biscuits purchased in April, Northern Biscuits will plant a tree with One Tree Planted, a non-profit global re-forestation organization. The trees planted for this promotion will focus on Canadian regions to help promote cleaner air and support biodiversity. Forests provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, and while this biodiversity doesn't include dogs, our dogs will be happy to explore the forest and snack on Northern Biscuits- all to help the planet.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Cleaning the Capital spring campaign is on hold due to the Ontario Covid-19 lockdown

Cleaning the Capital: Campaign on hold but litter collection doesn't have to be

Cleaning the Capital: Campaign on hold but litter collection doesn't have to be


I was excited to register for the Cleaning the Capital spring campaign and participate in city-wide trash collection during Earth Month. The pandemic delivered me another disappointment when the City of Ottawa announced the Cleaning the Capital Spring campaign would be placed on hold due to the current Ontario COVID-19 lockdown. My intention when I registered was to do trash collection on my own, so I could stay safe and physically distance from others. We are encouraged to only leave the home when it's essential, but I consider picking up litter in my neighborhood to be essential. 

Sunday, 11 April 2021

From farm to plate: Climate change is impacted by your carbon foodprint

Food for thought: What's your carbon foodprint and how can you reduce it?

Food for thought: What's your carbon foodprint and how can you reduce it?


Here's something for you to chew on. One of the easiest ways to fight climate change is with a diet change. We all have a carbon foodprint. What we put in our mouth leaves a mark on our planet. Deforestation to make space for animal agriculture, energy and water consumption, transporting and storing food, the production process, pesticide use, and waste runoff created by farming, and unsustainable packaging are ways our food can harm the environment. Climate change will threaten our food security, causing an increase in weather-related disasters like floods and droughts. To keep food on our plates we need to take climate change off the menu.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

10 MUST HAVE children's about climate change: Celebrate Earth Day with story time!

Earth Day children's book list: Picture books about climate change for the next generation of environmental activists
    

Earth Day children's book list: Picture books about climate change for the next generation of environmental activists


Books are one of the most reused items in existence. We buy used books, borrow books from friends, and donate old books we've read already. E-books and audiobooks are sustainable and waste-free. Literature is important, but it can also be eco-friendly- especially when the book you are reading is all about caring for the planet. Getting people engaged with environmental action at a young age is the best way to ensure a sustainable future. Why not engage children during storytime?

Friday, 2 April 2021

Hazel's Easter stories: Happy Easter from Paws For Reaction

Easter fact and fun: Hoppy Easter ideas from your favourite Saint Bernese, Hazel!
  

Happy Easter from Paws For Reaction


Hello, I'm Hazel! I saw three rabbits the other night, so I figured it must be Easter. I'm woofing all of you a very Happy Easter! We are spending our second Easter during the Covid-19 pandemic together again, just Hazel and mum. There will be lots of snuggles and Easter treats. I hope you enjoy the long weekend even though Ontario is in lockdown and remember: Lockdowns are tough on everyone but it keeps us safe. I don't mind lockdown because get more time with mum and lots of walks. Want to know what else you can do to have a safe and fun Easter?

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Disney dog products: The best of the NEW Disney Collection at Chewy

Disney dog products for your Princess: Everyone is barking about the new Disney Collection at Chewy

Disney Collection at Chewy
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Enchantment awaits your canine companion! The Disney Collection at Chewy is giving off serious nostalgia vibes, and what is more nostalgic than Disney? I'm a huge fan of Disney and I like to think of Hazel as my honourary Disney Princess. She's lacking in some Disney royalty qualities; she can't sing, she doesn't have a critter companion, and she has yet to find her Prince Charming. She has, however, faced and overcome adversity and learned valuable life lessons along the way- the most important quality in a Disney Princess. 

Monday, 22 March 2021

March 22nd is World Water Day: What does water mean to you?

Water is life: Take action to help end drinking water advisories in First Nation communities 

March 22 is World Water Day


We dip our toes in it. We listen to it rain down on our rooftops. We use it to brew our coffee, brush our teeth, wash our hands. Up to 60% of our bodies are made of it. Water is life. It's easy to take for granted because access to safe water is a basic human right. Or is it? The truth a little murkier. 61 indigenous communities in Canada are under water-boil advisories. They don't have clean water for drinking or sanitation, even though Canada is one of the most water-rich countries in the world. Some First Nation communities have lived with water advisories for more than a decade and are forced to boil water or use bottled water. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reassured these communities that he would end the water advisories by March 2021, which would be a great way to celebrate World Water Day. Sadly, we won't be celebrating because the Canadian government says that Covid-19 may delay its target deadline. To those First Nation communities, water is a reason to make waves and take action. It's something they long for. It's a need not being fulfilled. Ask yourself this: What does water mean to you?

Thursday, 18 March 2021

How 3D printing and regenerative medicine work & the impact on veterinary medicine

Guest blog: Regenerative medicine and 3D printing, the future of veterinary medicine

How 3D printing and regenerative medicine work & the impact on veterinary medicine

So, what is 3D printing and how is it the future of veterinary medicine? I get asked this question a lot. I'm a licensed veterinary technician (CVT) and research associate at the Louisiana School of Veterinary Medicine. I work for an orthopedic surgeon that created our laboratory of 3D printing and regenerative medicine. Our lab works with existing departments at the vet school and other main campus departments, specifically the engineering department, and we collaborate locally outside of the school. It's a lot of science, all in the name of saving animals! 

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day Paws peeps!

Pandemic Paddy's Day: Wishing you a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day!


Hazel and I wish you a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day! We urge you all to be mindful of Covid-19 restrictions. I know how much we all want to get out and dance a jig and drink green beer, but we are a community and we need to keep each other safe. This hasn't been a very lucky year, but we are hoping there is a pot of gold at the end of this pandemic rainbow. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, 12 March 2021

March is Pet Poison Awareness Month: Common household pet toxins

Pet poison awareness: What you need to know about toxin ingestion, inducing vomiting, and pet insurance coverage of pet poisonings 

Pet poison awareness: What you need to know about toxin ingestion, inducing vomiting, and pet insurance coverage of pet poisonings


There is no other moment in a pet owners’ life that is more fear-inducing than when a pet ingests a toxin. It’s hard not to panic when you catch your cat licking a lily or come home to your dog surrounded by ripped open candy wrappers, looking up at you with a chocolate-stained smile. Heart racing, you run to the phone to call your veterinarian or jump online to search if the item is toxic. We know we have to act fast when a pet is poisoned and veterinary treatment can be expensive. We also need to do things to prevent possible poisonings. But pet owners have other questions. What do I do if my dog or cat ate something toxic? What are common household toxins for pets? Are pet poisonings covered by pet insurance?

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Not One More Vet: Three veterinary professionals died by suicide in March 2021

 How you can help #NOMV: Veterinary community and animal lovers raise awareness after three vet med professionals die by suicide 

How you can help #NOMV: Veterinary community and animals lovers raise awareness after three vet med professionals die by suicide

Please contact 
The Canada Suicide Prevention Service 24/7 by phone at 1-833-456-4566
or text them at 45645, available from 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM, EST for support. You are never alone. 


If you follow animal or veterinary groups on social media or are friends with someone working in veterinary medicine, you may have seen profile pictures change to support #NOMV. This stands for Not One More Vet, and it's trending for the worst reason. In the past two weeks, three veterinarians  (Josh Smithand one veterinary technician died by suicide. I extend my most sincere sympathies to their family, friends, and colleagues. Sadly, it's a story we in the veterinary profession have heard before. According to the most recent data available in the United States, depending on gender, veterinarians are 1.6 to 2.4 times more likely to die by suicide than the general population and veterinary technicians are 2.3 to 5 times more likely. The veterinary profession has the highest rate of deaths by suicide of any profession. 

Sunday, 7 March 2021

March 8th is International Women's Day: Girl Guides shapes the next generation of female leaders

Empowering females of the future: The feminist past and female future of Girl Guides 

Empowering females of the future: The feminist past and female future of Girl Guides


GUIDER (noun) /gahyder/ Catalyst of girl empowerment.That's what's written on the new shirt I ordered from the Girl Guides of Canada store and I wear it proudly as I write this. Girl Guides is exactly that for me: How I empower the next generation of female leaders. Is there a more fitting topic for International Women's Day? I began my journey as a Brownie and Girl Guide before becoming Guider (unit leader) to an amazing group of Brownies. Being a Guider is a big responsibility. The Guiding movement's past is rooted in feminism. Some people don't like the word feminism, but the definition is the belief that women should have equal rights. I can't imagine anyone being fundamentally against that. Girl Guides is the feminist movement all girls should be involved with. On this special day of celebrating women's equality, I want to share with you why your girls should join Girl Guides.

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Please sign this to save Ontario wetlands in Pickering

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: This just in from Ontario Nature, we need to save wetlands in Pickering
 

Save Pickering Ontario Wetlands


Developers are looking to destroy a large Provincially Significant Wetland in Pickering to make room for a warehousing facility. This is unacceptable but if we act fast we may be able to save these wetlands. 

Monday, 1 March 2021

Hanging With Hazel: My job description

Hanging With Hazel: A successful working (from home) dog's job description 

Hanging With Hazel: A successful working (from home) dog's job description


You all know me- I'm Hazel. The last time I barked at you I told you all about how happy I am that mum and I work from home to stay safe from the rona. I told you all of the things I like about it, but I forgot to tell you about my job. Now that you know I work from home, let me tell you a little about what I do. I wear many collars here at work. My role here is vital to our success. Some days I feel a little micromanaged by mum, but since I love her I tolerate it. These are some of my job duties. I can't wait for you to learn about how pawesome of a worker I am!

Thursday, 25 February 2021

February 26 is Tell a Fairy Tale Day: Best spooky & fantasy books for children

Tell a Fairy Tale Day: My childhood favourite spooky and fantasy books for fairy tale lovers

February 26 is Tell a Fairy Tale Day: Best spooky & fantasy books for children
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People connect with stories, the real and the fantastical. Fairy tales submerge us in a fantasy world and teach us about life and morality. I've always been an avid reader. I remember how exciting it was to graduate from picture books to the young adult genre. When I was growing up I was drawn to fantasy stories. I loved books that create a magical world and stories that scare me. Fantasy stories are an exciting escape from reality and for National Tell a Fairy Tale Day I'm going to share a few of my favourite fantasy books I read growing up. Maybe your kids will enjoy these stories as much as I did.

Monday, 22 February 2021

February 23 is National Dog Biscuit Day: Peanut butter & jam dog treat recipe

Celebrate Dog Biscuit Day: Peanut butter and jam dog treat recipe 

February 23 is National Dog Biscuit Day: Peanut butter & jam dog treat recipe


Hazel is one spoiled little (big) mountain dog. It's hard to resist her puppy dog eyes and crooked nose. For National Dog Biscuit Day I tried my hand at baking Hazel some homemade dog treats. Hazel gave me the idea when she wouldn't stop staring at me as I ate a peanut butter and jam sandwich. Hazel's been a good girl, she deserves her own PB & J.

Saturday, 20 February 2021

February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day: How to show your pet some love

Love is a four-legged word: Four ways you can show your pets the love they deserve 

February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day: How to show your pet some love

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Love is a four-legged word! When I discovered February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day my first thought was "I don't need a day to remind me to love Hazel!" I show Hazel love every day! But it made me think about how I show Hazel love. The first thing that came to mind is the unlimited snuggles I give her. Affection is the obvious way we show love, however, there is a better way we show unconditional love for our fur-family. 

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Op-ed: Historical hysteria & words weaponized against women

It's 2021: Time to stop calling women hysterical

It's 2021: Time to stop calling women hysterical


I was moderating comments on my blog and discovered a comment left on my article Real talk: Does a veterinary hospital have to see your pet?. It said the article was very "crass" and should have "a rant warning." To be fair, in the first paragraph of the article I state I'm aware I'm going to ruffle some feathers and the article may sound harsh. The male commenter then said the article was "obviously written by a hysterical woman. Yikes." After some consideration, I deleted it.

Saturday, 13 February 2021

February Featured Pets: Custom Valentine of your pet

Your funny Valentine: February pets featured in a Valentine from their pet parents

Paws For Reaction- Your funny Valentine: February pets featured in a Valentine from their pet parents


You know why you love your pet, but why not put it in writing? That's what some of my Paws peeps did for Valentine's Day! I asked my readers to submit a photo of their pet and one sentence explaining why they love their pet. Thank you for submitting your pet to be selected as one of my February Featured Pets. I created custom Valentine's for them from you- the person who loves them most! Just right-click or press and hold on the photo and save it! Then you can share it with your friends and family!

Friday, 12 February 2021

Ask a veterinarian: Everything you need to know about chocolate toxicity & dogs

Ask a vet: Why is chocolate poisonous to dogs? What do I do if my dog eats chocolate? 

Ask a vet: Why is chocolate poisonous to dogs? What do I do if my dog eats chocolate?


Chocolate is almost as sweet as my dog Hazel. That's right, I said almost. But every now and then I get a chocolate craving I can't ignore. I've always been extra careful not to let my dog have even a crumb of cocoa goodness. But why? We know not to give our dogs chocolate, but what is it about the sweet substance that is so dangerous for dogs? I asked Dr. Carlie Paquette, a veterinarian at Pembroke Animal Hospital, to give me the facts about chocolate toxicity and dogs. 

Monday, 8 February 2021

12 Black History Month books for children

 Black History Month: 12 books about diversity and inclusivity for children

Black History Month: 12 books about diversity and inclusivity for children


February is Black History Month. Canada's theme for Black History Month 2021 is The Future is Now. Educating the future generation about the achievements of Black Canadians and the importance of diversity and inclusivity in our community is a fundamental part of a child's learning experience. Setting a good example for the youth and teaching them when they are young is the best way to ensure children are more tolerant in the future. Literature can help shape future generations and is a useful tool in achieving this. Check out these 12 inspiring children's books about diversity and inclusivity. If you are interested in purchasing one of these books for your children, just click the links in the post!

Saturday, 6 February 2021

How to be a climate change activist if you're just a normal person

The regular person’s guide to becoming a climate activist


The regular person’s guide to becoming a climate activist

I’ve always felt a deep connection to nature. Growing up I was passionate about aquatic life and had an interest in wildlife extinction. I used to drag my little sister to the stream behind our housing development and collect samples to analyze. We would catch frogs and collect algae. Mostly we would get covered in mud despite my mother’s strict instructions to ‘not get dirty.’ I decided I was going to be a marine biologist when I grew up, long before my dreams of being a writer surfaced. The problem was I didn’t excel in science and math and I knew my grades would never reflect my passion. I had to set my scientist dreams aside. It was clear to me that my talents were limited to pen and paper. But my connection to nature never went away, and as I grew, that connection grew with me. I became aware of climate change and the harm humanity is inflicting on the planet and that the list of extinct animals is getting longer. I couldn’t sit back and watch without doing something. But what could I do? I’m just a regular person.

Monday, 1 February 2021

February featured pets: Be my furry Valentine *Your pet can be featured!*

 Looking for February featured pets: Submit your pet to be featured in a custom Valentine

Looking for February featured pets: Submit your pet to be featured in a custom Valentine

My furry Valentine! That's Hazel! The reason's I love Hazel are endless, but one thing I love the most about her is that Hazel 'feels the sad' as I call it. When I'm feeling sad or stressed, even if I'm not in the same room as her, Hazel can sense it and gives me love. She comes over and snuggles me and I instantly feel a weight lifting. Hazel, like all of our pets, gives me the most precious and rare gift: unconditional love.