Friday, October 25, 2013

The Toronto Elephants: Arrival Day, Part 2, "The Greeting"

Beautiful sounds!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Documentary - Toronto Zoo Elephants

CBC Fifth Estate will air its documentary "Elephants on Board: A Journey to Remember" Friday October 25, 2013 at 9 pm Eastern Time. Here is a sneek peak:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Video: Toronto Zoo Elephants Arrival Day At PAWS

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Toronto Zoo Elephants Adjusting To New Home

It is such a shame there is still such acrimony between PAWS and Toronto Zoo right up to these final moments. The CBC Fifth Estate is airing a documentary about the journey to PAWS this Friday at 9 pm Eastern. I will upload a link for you soon.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Pets and Toilet Paper

I hate to be a buzz kill but I've noticed a growing trend on social media of posting photos of cats and kittens in situations that are harmful to them. Many of these photos are staged. The two most popular are tearing up and/or chewing on torn up toilet paper and the other is a cat in a dryer.  

Both of these can put a cat in a life threatening situation. They can choke on bits of toilet paper and they will die in a dryer if you turn it on not knowing they are in there. We should discourage not encourage these things. 

We always child proof our homes but did you know you should also pet proof your home? Just like little children, a pet's playful innocence can get them into a lot of trouble - even life threatening situations. Here are some other tips on pet proofing your home from American Humane Society

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Halloween Cat

Of all the comical things cats do I would have to put what our family calls "the Halloween kitty" at the top of the list. I'll bet you already know what it is - back arched, up on tip toes, fur puffed up and hopping sideways.

This posture has become associated with Halloween and is portrayed as if the cat is a menacing figure. However, quite the opposite is true. If a cat is in this mode, it is an automatic response to someone or something startling the cat. In response to a real or perceived threat, everything about this posture is designed to make the cat appear bigger than it actually is. It is meant to ward off an attacker.

Although this is serious business for cats, for humans there is something so very comical about it. In this video, Kodi shows us how it's done:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Black Cats Are Just Cats

My grandmother, may she rest in peace, passed along many superstitions. I still give in to a few such as: throwing spilled salt over my shoulder, never putting a hat on a bed or shoes on a table, and never walking under a ladder. Here is a double whammy – It is bad luck to walk under a ladder after a black cat has walked underneath it. Yikes! 

I never understood what harm a black cat could do just by walking by – or any colour of cat for that matter.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Toronto Zoo Elephants Are On Their Way To PAWS

On day 723 since Toronto City Council passed a motion that the 3 Toronto Zoo elephants were to be sent to the PAWS Sanctuary in California, they are finally on their way! As expected, there were protests right to the bitter end.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

National Feral Cat Day

For more information on feral cats and National Feral Cat Day go to Alley Cat Allies. You can help reduce the population by keeping your cats indoors.

Telephone City Feral Cat Rescue

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Breeding Is Important When Adopting A Cat

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of considering  breeding before adopting a dog. Did you know the same principles apply to cats as well? Cat and dog behaviour is very different but, as it is with dogs, cats too have breed specific behaviours that you are not going to be able to train away.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Breed Is Important When Adopting A Dog

It is very important to consider a dog's breeding before adopting. You must be sure the dog will fit into your family for your sake and the dog's. If the personality and behaviour is a result of hundreds of years of breeding, you can rule out training it out of them. For example, some dogs bred for hunting or as working dogs were bred to dig. If you don't have tolerance for that then a digger is not the right dog for you. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

You don't need Nanny to tell you all the good reasons to adopt a shelter dog if you are considering adding a furry addition to your family. You know that you will benefit as much as the dog who is waiting patiently and hopefully for a new and loving forever home.  

You know what you want to do and why, so let's talk about the "how". Visit Pedigree Adopt A Dog for great advice on adopting a dog.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

In The Spirit Of Thanksgiving

This weekend we celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada. Why not show your local animal shelter or animal rescue group how thankful you are for the great work they do by donating some food?

Here is a way you can give twice with one gesture - If you purchase a bag of Pedigree dog food and donate it to your local shelter, you will be doing more than helping to feed dogs. For every bag purchased, a portion of the sale is donated to the Pedigree Foundation which helps shelters and rescue groups all over the world care for dogs and also helps them with adoptions. For more information visit