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The Scoop on Litter 3 Plus all our online details

What’s New? 4 Ask the Pet Experts & more!

Performatrin Grain-Free Bag 5 Shedding light on your favourite food!

Beat the Winter Blues 8 Bright Ideas for you and your pets


2012 Holiday Gift Guide 9 Latest and greatest pet presents Winter Wellness 17 Take care of your pet this winter

To Find Us 20 Where 3 Ways to Find us Online

Winter Birds 101 21 Learn what to feed this winter

Zone! 22 Kid Did you know this page is a ton of fun?


Holiday Leftovers & our Store Pet Learn about our most festive store pet!

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It's GOOD for the enviroment

When transitioning your cat to a new litter, be sure to layer some of the old litter on top and gradually reduce the amount over two weeks.

Fresh 4 Life’s new line of cat litters includes an assortment of eco-friendly options, so you can finally feel good about littering! By LUA EMILIA


They’re not taking away from your bread-making. Fresh 4 Life uses wheat straw, a product created by wheat harvesting that is typically created by thrown out. • 3x more absorbent than clay • Highly absorbent with hard clumping action • Less likely to be eaten by pets • Natural ability to eliminate ammonia odours


Environmentally friendly, with a Canadian twist! Made from Northern White Pine, this litter uses what’s left from the lumber industry. • 2x more absorbent than clay • Locks away odours • Natural pine scent for extra odour control


No corn roast shortage this year! Fresh 4 Life only uses the cob that would otherwise be rendered useless after the corn itself has been cut away for food production. • 3x more absorbent than clay • Naturally absorbent with hard clumping action • Excellent odour control • All natural and chemical-free

Recycled Paper Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Fresh 4 Life has used recycled paper to produce an ultra soft, textured litter. • 3x more absorbent than clay • Higher cat acceptance • More litter box fills per bag

Have more traditional taste? Don’t fret, Fresh 4 Life has a selection of clay litters for you to choose from including fragrance-free, non-clumping and multi-cat.

Pet? Check. Computer? Check. Love to talk about your pets online? Check. Bosley's online community is filled with coupons, tip & tricks, exclusive offers and contests. It’s a great spot for pet parents to share stories, post pictures of their fur babies and ask questions of the Bosley's team! What are people talking about online right now?

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source of fibre and protein, making them a great carbohydrate alternative for dogs. Healthy, digestible carbohydrates, such as beans and peas, give your dog serious amounts of healthy energy.

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Just for Cats!

by Kellie McCutcheon


e know. We get it. Finding cat food that your cat loves is not easy. Never mind the challenge of finding healthy, cat food that your feline will go bonkers over. Cats are more discerning with their food than other pets. They are particular to certain textures, smells and tastes. This is why we are so eager to tell you about Performatrin Ultra Grain-Free Cat – a new addition to the Performatrin family – that is sure to impress your cat’s palate and your health - and dollar conscious family. Performatrin Ultra food is holistically made – meaning that it goes beyond your pet's basic daily dietary needs and focuses on your pet's whole health. Performatrin Ultra Grain-Free food was the next addition to the Performatrin family, providing healthy, whole food recipes for pets that prefer a grain-free diet. Performatrin Ultra Grain-Free is now available for dogs and for cats. Our lovable, cuddly, household cats are carnivores at heart. It’s this basic principle which explains why they love this food so much. Performatrin Ultra Grain-Free Cat contains a high meat content, making it irresistible to your cat or kitten. Never heard of All Life Stages food before? This means that this food was designed for your brand new kitten, your healthy adult cat or your mature senior cat. All Life Stage food means you don’t need to switch foods as your cat reaches certain ages, just the quantity of food you serve them (seniors will eat less than adult cats). All Life Stages food makes feeding your cat a breeze, especially in a multi-cat household where you cannot seem to keep those little noses out of each other's bowls!

What's in it?

Typically, healthy foods are not the most delicious (ask any kid) but this food has 4 key ingredients that make it healthy and tasty for our pets:

MEAT – Cats love meat and this food has the perfect blend of turkey, salmon, duck and chicken that is going to impress even the most finicky of felines. This combination of proteins provides your cats with the amino acids they need to build strong muscles and a healthy skin and coat.


– Urinary tract health is a common concern among cat owners, which is why whole cranberries were added to the recipe to discourage harmful bacteria from building in the digestive tract, prevent infections and provide your cat beneficial anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.

OMEGA-3 – Salmon, one of the four meats in this food, also provides an incredible amount of omega-3 essential fatty acids to your cat's diet which help reduce shedding and improve skin and coat.

YUCCA SHIDIGERA – A prebiotic that promotes healthy bacteria and a healthy digestive tract, meaning litter box and body odours are noticeably reduced.

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Available in three sizes

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When transitioning to a new food, keep in mind that cats have delicate digestive systems, so don’t rush it. Start by mixing 25% of the new food into 75% of the old food. Feed this blend for a few days. After that, mix the foods 50-50 for the next few days. Then feed 75% of the new food and 25% of the old food for a couple days. After this transition, your cat should be fully adapted to the new food and you can feed the new food exclusively.

Smile! Tips & tricks for taking great holiday pet photos


t’s the holiday season again, and however your family celebrates, there’s one thing in common: lots of digital cameras capturing your family’s special moments! As we pet lovers know, a good portion of pictures will include our pets – after all, they are some of the cutest members of our family. Pets have the natural good looks and charm that the camera loves, making them the ideal subjects for any picture. While every picture of your pet is adorable (of course!), how do you get that really great shot? Try some of these tricks and tips to get the very best photos of your pet:

Camera ready The first tip is implemented before the photography even begins! For the best pictures of your pet, make sure they start out looking their greatest. Winter is a time when your pet’s fur coat is full and thick, which can lead to a scraggly appearance. Brush them to restore a store look. Regular brushing will also promote shine, giving your pet a healthy glow. For white dogs, use a tearstain remover and shampoo with a whitening formula to improve color. You can also have your pet groomed professionally for a more polished look.

Get on your pet’s level Pictures are all about perspective, and what better perspective than a pet’s-eye-view. Getting down to your pet’s level will let you get a good head-on shot, instead of

having a view of your pet’s back or the top of their head.

Minimize the use of the flash There are two reasons to minimize the use of the flash when taking photos of your pets. The first reason is that pets will not understand what’s happening. They see the bright flash of light and can get confused, run away, or in the most extreme cases, even bite. If your pet is calm with the use of the flash, there is still another unwanted effect: red/glowing eyes! Pets’ eyes are especially prone to this, and it can easily take away from an otherwise great picture. To minimize the use of the flash, make sure the area where you are photographing your pet is well-lit, or try using some of the low-light settings on your camera.

Treat your pet The promise of a treat is an excellent motivator to get your wiggly pet to sit still for a photograph. It also provides a reward for a job well done. The thing to remember when using treats for photography is to keep note of what your pet’s eyes are focused on. If you want them to be looking at the camera, hold the treat in the area directly above or below the camera. If you want them to be looking up, hold the treat above their head.

Use props to set the scene Is your pet black, brown, white, or a combination of these? Are your walls, couches, floors, or backyard these same colors? Animals’ coats

are well designed for camouflage, yet camouflage is the last thing you want in your pictures! To make your pet stand out, use brightly colored fabrics and blankets to brighten up the shot. Make sure that the objects in the background do not blend with your pet’s natural coloring. If you are going for a festive holiday picture, you could even add a festive holiday outfit, holiday toys, or a Santa hat to set the scene.

Be patient! It can take several shots to get the picture you’re looking for. The good thing about digital photography is that you don’t have to take the time and expense of getting your photos developed to see if you have a good picture. If your pet is posing for a picture, keep clicking that camera! You never know which shot is going to be the one.

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Bright Ideas to Raise Your Spirits this Winter Wintertime has a way of shutting us down and exposing us and our pets to a little bit of cabin fever. Use your imagination this winter and get down with some fun activities to enjoy with your pet. Need some ideas? Here are some of our favourite wintertime, pet friendly activities. By Gavin Carothers

❆ Socialize

Invite a friend or two over to your place along with their pet. If your pets haven’t met before, use your best judgement based on how they have each reacted when meeting new animals and how well socialized they are in general. Getting social support of any kind is a good way to get through long winter days.

❆ Goofy Fun Inside

The holiday season tends to yield a lot of boxes and wrapping paper making their way into your house. Make a fort for your pet – many pets just love to explore dark, interesting places and like the sound and feeling of playing in wrapping paper. Get a laser pointer as a stocking stuffer and watch as they “stalk” the light.

❆ Get Some Sunshine

Lack of sunlight can make us feel down in the wintertime. Research has shown that brain chemistry is affected by bright light. It would not be surprising that our pets could benefit from this as well, so take advantage when the sun is shining by going for a walk and soaking up some rays.

❆ Snowball Fight

Does it snow where you are? Whether it’s playing tag or joining a snowball fight, dogs love to play in snow. Remember that if you take your dogs off leash in the winter, ensure they have up-to-date ID tags. Dogs are much more likely to get lost in the winter because their sense of smell cannot guide them the way it does in warm months.

❆ Kong It

Kong is a pet toy that has stood the test of time and punishment from your furry buddy. Kongs come in all sizes and you can stuff them with goodies or treats to fit the appetite of your pet. It’s sure for a laugh watching your go positively batty trying to get the treats out.

❆ Volunteer

One of the best ways to feel good any time of the year is by giving back to your community. There are many places such as seniors homes and community centres where you and your pet could make a huge difference in someone’s day, just by paying them a visit. Your pet may have to pass some behavioural testing, just to make sure that he or she will not be overwhelmed from the attention. 8 Companion Winter 2012 -

IMAGINATION! With a little imagination and the right attitude you and your companion can enjoy the winter months together and take advantage of the best parts that the season has to offer. Seizing opportunities to socialize, experience new things and get outside together will help ensure a fun and enjoyable wintertime for both of you.

2012 holiday

gift guide More than 70 perfect pet presents for everyone on your list!

BOSLEY'Sgift Guide 2012

Dog Gifts Under $10

Foufou dog coRduroy owls dog toys

Kong Red & green squeeze dog toys

hugglehounds holiday plush toys

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pet greens freeze dried liver treats

loofah dog toys

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Dog Gifts Under $25


zukes mini naturals peanut butter

Bionic dog toys




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BOSLEY'Sgift Guide 2012

Cat Gifts Under $10

zuke's salmon

HOLIDAY door knob CAT toy

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feline greenies chicken

HOLIDAY antler & santa hat

cosmic gingerbread man


HOLIDAY door dangler CAT toy

holiday snowman & reindeer cat toys

BOSLEY'Sgift Guide 2012

Cat Gifts Under $25

Coastal Soy Cat Collars

play-n-squeak thrill of the chase cat toy

cosmic double & alpine scratch posts

imperial cat scratchers - Winter 2012 Companion 13

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Hot & New




Hear Doggy Plush Dog Toys Cat, Beaver & Flamingo

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Kong Floppy Ear Wubba


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Planet Dog Mazee

Hugglehounds Lambie natural & grey

Green Slow Feeder

Go Dog Monster

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Beds & Apparel holiday antlers

BAILEY & BELLA reversible santa jester outfit

holiday elf hat & Bandanas



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nap paisley & solid oval beds nap paisley pillow bed

chilly dog sweaters

PET LIFE dog parka

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Small Pets


Oxbow Timothy Twists

Polly Wanna Parrot Pinata




martin apple dumplings or banana muffins

Snak Shak House - Small

nutriberries popcorn bird treat

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winter health

In dog years, winter lasts almost 2 years long! Yikes!


Wellness Winter is no time to drop the ball when it comes to your pets health. The cold weather brings unique health challenges for our pets. Here are some ways you can help take care of your companion all season long.

Stay Wild... • Healthy Omega-3 Balance • Healthy Skin and Coat • Healthy Immune System • Healthy Joints • Healthy Appetite

By Kellie McCutcheon

Those who are chilly together, stay together The best indicator for when to take your pet inside and out of the cold is when you are too cold yourself to stay out any longer. For pets with shorter hair, like dachshunds or beagles, make sure they have a warm coat for when the temperature drops. Does your dog like to not just walk, but play in the snow? Look for a coat that has a waterproof shell, to help avoid their fur getting wet.

Old Souls The cold can leave joints in older pets extremely stiff and tender. Make sure older pets have a thick, soft bed to curl up in during chilly nights. Also, watch stiff and arthritic pets when you go outside, a wrong step on some ice could prove to be very painful and cause an unwanted injury.

Keep the flakes outside Winter can be rough on your pets skin and can cause it to become dry and itchy. Try switching to a food with fish in it, to give your dog an extra boost in fatty acids. Better yet, add an all natural oil like salmon oil, to your dogs food and you will not only notice a difference in their skin and coat but it will also help reduce shedding. Win-win for everyone! - 2012 WINTER Companion 17


...Stay Healthy!

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If you’re the owner of a purebred dog you are most likely aware that purebred dogs have gone through a selective breeding process and are bred to have specific traits. The result of doing this is that every breed will have a specific set of genes that distinguishes the dog from other breeds and will show consistent, replicable, and predictable characteristics. These characteristics include physical traits such as size, coat, and colour, as well as temperament characteristics such as energy level and intelligence. On the down side, because purebred dogs come from a limited gene pool, they are also susceptible to a wide range of congenital health issues. Nutrition can help in preventing some of these health issues. Royal Canin’s expertise, developed over the last 40 years, lies in providing dogs with the most precise nutrition to meet their purebred needs.

UniqUe Breeds, UniqUe needs, UniqUe nUtrition Rottweiler


The Rottweiler is a protective and powerful dog. However, they are predisposed to cardiovascular disease including subaortic stenosis. Royal Canin’s Breed Health Nutrition™ promotes a healthy heart with EPA and DHA, taurine, and L-carnitine. Vitamins C and E, along with green tea polyphenols and lycopene help to protect the heart cells against free radical damage. The kibble is tailored for their unique jaw, and encourages the Rottweiler to slowly chew each kibble, helping to decrease the risk of gastric torsion. Recommended nutrition: Rottweiler*

Boxer The Boxer is a powerful, athletic breed who can develop heart issues in the adult stage of life. Royal Canin’s Breed Health Nutrition™ promotes heart health through the use of taurine, L-carnitine, arginine, and antioxidants including vitamins E and C, lutein, green tea polyphenols, and lycopene. The tailor-made kibble is also shaped for the Boxer’s unique jaw. This specialized S-shaped kibble prevents gulping by making kibble prehension easier and encourage chewing, which helps decrease bloating and gas. Recommended nutrition: Boxer 26TM

Cocker Spaniel

Golden Retriever

The Cocker Spaniel is an easy going and trusting dog. This breed is two times more likely to develop cataracts than other breeds. Royal Canin’s Breed Health Nutrition™ promotes healthy vision with antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthine (protecting the lens and retina of the eye), with additional antioxidant action from green tea polyphenols and vitamins E and C. The unique cashewshaped kibble is low-density, which helps slow down food ingestion to keep Cocker Spaniels feeling fuller longer. Recommended nutrition: Cocker Spaniel 25TM

The Golden Retriever is an intelligent, energetic dog that can be prone to skin irritations. Royal Canin’s Breed Health Nutrition™ promotes skin and coat health with a specialized complex of four B vitamins and one amino acid, methionine, cysteine, and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. The appetite satisfying low-density kibble is specifically designed to help prevent gulping, helping your dog to feel full more quickly, and reducing the amount of calories consumed. Recommended nutrition: Golden Retriever 25TM*

German Shepherd


The German Shepherd is a courageous, dependable companion. In comparison with similar sized breeds, German Shepherds have extremely fragile digestive systems. This can lead to bloating and soft, wet stool. Royal Canin’s Breed Health Nutrition™ promotes optimal digestion with ultra-digestible ingredients, like brown rice, soy protein and wheat gluten, plus beet pulp and prebiotics. The specialized kibble features a custom X-shape helps support healthy digestion by encouraging the German Shepherd to slow down and chew their food, and increases kibble surface area to further increase digestibility. Recommended nutrition: German Shepherd 24TM*

The Bulldog is a gentle, big-hearted dog. The Bulldog’s thick tongue can affect both its breathing and digestion which can result in flatulence (or excess gas). Royal Canin’s Breed Health Nutrition™ helps promote better digestion and less gas with highly digestible proteins and carbohydrates, prebiotics, and zeolite. The tailor-made kibble is designed to make it easier for the Bulldog to pick up and chew their food, which slows down eating, improves digestion, and helps to prevent bloating and gas. Recommended nutrition: Bulldog 24TM*

Labrador Retriever

*Also available in puppy formula.

The Labrador Retriever is a devoted and playful dog. However, this breed tends to have more fat than muscle. Royal Canin’s Breed Health Nutrition™ promotes a healthy weight with hunger-satisfying oats and barley, fat-burning L-carnitine, high protein, and controlled fat levels. The tailor-made “hole-in-the-middle” kibble has a low-density design to reduce the amount of calories consumed, and to limit gulping by forcing the Labrador to slow down and chew. Recommended nutrition: Labrador Retriever 30TM*

Royal Canin’s Breed Health Nutrition™ range is formulated with precise nutrient levels, high quality raw materials, exclusive shapes, textures, and natural aromas which attract the dog immediately. The very high digestibility of the carefully selected proteins promotes intestinal health and ensures the best possible utilization by the body. These formulas combine scientific knowledge and nutritional precision; taking into account each breed’s particular sensitivities to formulate a unique product tailored to their specific needs. Breed Health NutritionTM also available for small purebred dogs. See in-store for details.

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WILD apparel BIRDS

Winter can be a tough season for many wild birds. As temperatures drop, scores of birds fly south to find readily available food. However, there are many birds who fly north for the winter, or remain in the area, and because of the declining amount of food available, it is important to leave food out for these birds.




❆ Look for these winter birds American Goldfinch FEEDER TYPES: tube with small holes or platform

Downy Woodpecker FEEDER TYPES: hopper,platform or tube feeder with large holes

By Tera Cashen

❆ Cold Temperatures & Food As long as birds can find shelter in dense shrubs and conifers, the cold temperature does not bother them. Some species roost in holes in trees with many other birds keeping each other warm. Others, like black-capped chickadees, are able to grow more feathers that fluff up during the winter to provide better insulation. But without a good source of food, birds can become too weak to find food. Foraging, or hunting for food, is cut drastically by shorter days, especially for smaller birds who spend most of their waking hours searching for food. The smaller the bird is, the higher their metabolism is, and the greater their need for food. Because of this, it’s a good idea to leave food out for the birds in the winter to help them with searching for food.

Stellar’s Jay FEEDER TYPES: Hopper, ground feeder or platform feeder

❆ Types of Wild Bird Feed It is important to find seed that birds will use for energy with a lower amount of waste below the feeder. Poor quality bird seed won’t contain a large amount of Red Breasted Nuthatch seeds that winter birds actually need to survive. Black Capped Chickadee FEEDER TYPES: FEEDER TYPES: The best protein source, and the most popular for small birds and large birds hopper or platform hopper, platform or tube alike, is the sunflower seed, particularly the black oil sunflower seed. The outer feeder with large holes shell of black oil sunflower seed is easy to crack. It contains a high amount of protein, fat, and nutrients like iron, calcium and phosphorus, which birds really need for surviving the winter months. A great mix has mostly black-oil and striped sunflower seeds. Some mixes will also contains peanut halves and safflower seed, which is great for attracting a wide variety of birds. The second most popular food for winter birds is peanuts. These contain as much protein and fat as Feeding winter black oil sunflower seeds. Wild bird seed can also birds can be quite contain peanut chips or hulled peanuts. Both mixes enjoyable. are great for reducing food or shell waste below the Not only do you get the feeder. satisfaction of knowing these birds A smaller seed with high fat and high protein will have plenty of food, but you will content is nyjer seed (sometimes labelled niger enjoy watching a wide variety or thistle). These thin black seeds are a favourite of Evening Grosbeak of birds gather in FEEDER TYPES: smaller birds, like chickadees and finches, but require your backyard. hopper or platform tube feeders to keep the seed from falling out. House Finch FEEDER TYPES: platform or tube feeder with small holes - 2012 WINTER Companion 21


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5 horrible holiday foods

& what to feed your p ets instead! 63% of pe t owners say that their an imals had been sick afte gorging on holiday lefto r vers. Scrap the need for a vet visit this season by sticking to treats that are safe for animals to ea t.

Instead of this…

Cooked meat

The seasoned meats that made up your big holiday dinner contain too much fat and will wreak havoc on a pet ’s tummy

All the trimmings

Freeze Dried Treats

Dog - Throw Fido a freeze dried treat, which is healthy & full of flavour. Cat - Felines love 100% free ze dried treats.


Onions, macadamias, gra pes and sultanas are extremely toxic to pets


There always seems to be so much of this left over, but using this to satiate you r pet’s sad eyes is a bad idea


Nothing new here, the coc oa found in chocolate is awful for animals

Pecan Pie

Feed them this…

All that sugar and butter tastes delicious, but give n that it’s hardly good for us, just think how bad it is for you r pet!

Dog – Nummy Tum-Tum 100% organic pure pumpkin (Item # 78951) Cat – Weruva Cats in the Kitchen pumpkin jack spla sh

Turkey Treats

Dog – Northern turkey cra nberry treats Cat – Whiskas Temptation s tantalizing turkey flavour


Dog – 3 Dog Bakery cookies with natural carob and van illa Cat – Pawbreakers! catnip candy

A Fruit-Filled Treat

Dog - Fruitables sweet pot ato & pecan (Item # 29666) Cat – Cranimals Very Ber ry organic cranberry, blueberry & raspberry

Did you know that some of our stores have pets of their very own? Many have cats or dogs, but the Brampton, ON store (located at 55 Mountainash Rd) has a big, beautiful parrot named Red (so festive!). We held an interview with Red, to get to know him a little better.

❉ It’s very nice to meet you, Sir Red. So formal! ❉ We heard you love to eat. What kinds of things are usually on the menu? My parents, Satbir and Navdeep, try to keep me healthy so they usually feed me Parrot Granules and fruits. But I love peanuts with the shell, canteloupe, apples, pears, watermelon, grapes and my not-sohealthy favourite is…


❉ How about you tell your fans about some of your other favourite activities. I like to hang upside down on the door of my cage, saying words like “hello”, “hi” & “peekaboo” to customers. ❉ Sounds like you’ve got a fun life! My bright red and green feathers are a show stopper! ❉ Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Red. You’re welcome. I can’t wait to get some visits from my fans! -2012 WINTER Companion 23


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Bosley's Companion Winter 2012  

Bosley's Companion Winter 2012

Bosley's Companion Winter 2012  

Bosley's Companion Winter 2012