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Metro Workology exclusive: Paws and Claws Be sure to read Workology and for our pet industry feature series Paws and Claws. Seen here is Logan, the two-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, submitted by a loyal Metro reader.

Not just dogs and cats Exotic pet options give owners a different experience JON TATTRIE for Metro Canada

A certain type of person prefers the cold comfort of a reptile over the warm affection of a puppy dog. Grant Crossman is one such person — he runs the travelling Ontario Reptile and Exotic Pet Expo and owns a menagerie of cold-blooded creatures, including a green-tree python. The snake has no name — at least, none Crossman knows of — and that’s okay with him. Unlike mainstream pets, reptiles and other exotics are not bred to love you. “Interaction is going to be limited,� he dryly notes. What they lack in intimacy, they make up for in

Paws and Claws longevity. You and your box turtle are going to be living together for 30 to 40 years. Snakes have lived 40-plus years in captivity. On average, you’re looking at a 25year commitment for a reptile/exotic pet. “You don’t get the impulse purchases,� Crossman notes, adding that it’s an expensive hobby, too. “The animal might cost you $100, but guaranteed the minimal set up is about $400.� Crossman has lived around snakes, lizards, amphibians, turtles, tortoises, birds and “pocket pets� for a long time, and has tips for

it’s gone from 20 years ago, when the big item was a $20 iguana, to now, with $100 to $200 animals,� he said. The focus on the expo is education, not selling. “We expanded it into the world of framed insects, because it’s a real novelty item. Insects and reptiles go hand in hand: one’s a feeder and the other one isn’t.� Many municipalities adopted Toronto’s rules on exotic pet ownership. That means snakes no longer than three metres, lizards must be under two metres and no venomous animals.

those considering inviting a slithering creature home. Can you provide the space? This can be tricky if you rent. “Reptiles are always on the bottom of the chain of respect and support,� he says, cautioning that many landlords won’t allow them. Feeding is easier than it used to be, thanks to “mousicles.� “Everything is conditioned to be fed frozenthawed rodents, so you’re not having to go grab Hammy the hamster and throw it in.� The average customer at the expo is a serious hobbyist, male or female, between the ages of 25 and 40. “You don’t get the stereotypes of long-haired and tattooed and young teenagers buying this stuff because

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Portuguese water dogs helping science WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY IMAGES

ANDRÉ BARBOSA Metro World News

The water dog — a Portuguese breed famously chosen by the U.S. first family as their pet — is the most studied in the world and as a result, has given many clues concerning several diseases. Not only is this breed of dogs hypoallergenic, and so harmless to owners like Malia Obama — the U.S. president’s eldest daughter — who suffer from an allergy to fur, but scientists also expect to extract from the dogs’ genes the answers to diseases like cancer, osteoarthritis and hypothy-


Portuguese water dogs like Bo, could help scientists uncover new discoveries to better understand variety of diseases.

roidism. The scientists working on the effort are from the Georgie Project at Utah University. The main re-



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searcher, Kevin Chase, explained to Metro why the Portuguese water dogs are so special to science. “They belong to a very

unique population that passed through the bottleneck,� Chase said. “All dogs in our day come from an initial group of around 30 animals. “When we look to the water dogs’ genetic markers, they separate into a few big groups instead of many small ones. If they had separated into many small groups, we would not be able to see the effect of genes so easily.� This Portuguese breed of dog has given clues about “the genetic control of size and shape, a locus for osteoarthritis, for hip dysplasia and also for Addison disease, which suggests this is an autoimmune illness.�

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