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EDITOR`S LETTER CONTRIBUTORS

ARTIST PROFILE WATER & WHIMSY IN MY PAINT CREATURE COMFORTS TOYS FOR DOGS LEAD THE WAY SAY WOOF TO COOKING SUPERB SPRING PRODUCTS FETCH IN THE FUN THINGS WE ADORE DID YOU KNOW?

INTERVIEW WITH ACTRESS KATE DRUMMOND GOTCH’YA COVERED! A MODERN DOG HOUSE HOME TOUR

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MUST-HAVE PUPPY PHOTOS HARNESS YOUR ENERGY WHEAT-FREE DONUT HOLES APPLE-YOGURT FREEZIES MATTERS OF THE HEART TOP 3 DOG TREATS

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DECODING THE ART OF BARK PET PARENTHOOD MYTHS BUSTED! HOW TO KEEP ESCAPE ARTISTS SAFE

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WELCOME Hello ladies and gentlemen!

As pet parents we are always searching for creative ways to spend time with our dogs; new fun activities, new pet-friendly ways to spruce up our homes, new recipes to nourish and feed us. So for this issue we have tracked down some of the most creative individuals in the pet world to help inspire a brand new year of creative freedom. Pawsh No. 9 “The Art of Bark” has interviews with an actress who dropped one career to pursue her passion, industry insights from one of the world’s leading online dog magazine editors, and all sorts of tips for healthy, well-rounded pet-friendly living! Everything in this issue has been carefully selected to support a creative, yet realistic approach to pet parenting in hopes of inspiring us all to do more this year.

Laura L Benn and Rory

Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition of Pawsh, especially our wonderful sponsors! I hope you and your loved ones enjoy these fresh, vibrant pages. Warmest wishes,

Founder/Editor

PHOTOGRAPHERS KAREN WEILER

www.poshpetsphoto.com

Karen is a contemporary fine art pet photographer who specializes in custom portrait sessions for discerning dogs and cats, along with the people they share their lives with. Her days are filled with doggie kisses and kitty snuggles as well as periods of rolling in the dirt, making funny noises, and handing out treats. She is also a proud member of HeARTs Speak, volunteering each week with shelter and rescue organizations in order to provide beautiful images.

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Photo by LIZ BRADLEY

It’s time to say goodbye to winter and what better way to celebrate than with a brand new edition of Pawsh! This issue we’re talking all things art and animals!


WRITERS ALEXANDER BENTLEY

Alexander Bentley is a graduate of Algonquin College’s Scriptwriting program, now delving into the deep dark world of short stories and novels. Currently, he’s studying Web Development as a means not to starve to death while pursuing his literary passion. Despite a personal lack of pets at this point in time, he persists in prattling on about them to anyone willing to listen.

AARON M.P. JACKSON

www.middlepoet.com

Aaron is a poet and writer. His poems have appeared in multiple publications including The Bark Magazine, and Runaway Parade, his work is also in many anthologies including Like One: Poems for Boston, and Seeing Past Sickness. He is the former Poet Laureate of Jersey City, NJ (2005-06) and has twice been the recipient of grants from the Puffin Foundation.

LISA DAY

Lisa Day is a certified IPG Master Groomer and IPG certified grooming evaluator. Presently she is the developer/ instructor of the Professional Grooming Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa and also teaches behaviour issues as part of the Vet Assistant Program. Lisa has worked with poodles in the sport of competitive obedience for over 30 years in both the USA and Canada. Her current canine partner, GMOTCh Tudorose Smooth Operator RE AM. CDX Am., better known as Shaver, is the first Standard Poodle in the history of Canadian competitive obedience to achieve the highest title offered in obedience—Grand Master Obedience Trial Champion. She has won multiple awards in the field of obedience and many of her pupils are ranked nationally.

ANDRE YEU

www.whenhoundsfly.com

Sois a professional dog trainer from Toronto, Canada. He founded When Hounds Fly Dog Training in 2010. He is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) and also has his Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) designation.

PHOTOGRAPHERS NIK BENN

TONYA SCHABACKER

www.nikbenn.com

www.tonyapetphotography.com

NICOLE HOLLENSTEIN

SF PET PHOTOGRAPHY

www.dog-shooting.ch

www.simonefauque.com

Nik attended York University specializing in cinematography and sound design, graduating with honours in early 2012. Since then he has worked for brands including Canadian Living and Elle Canada, and has just wrapped principal photography on a new web series pilot, The Annex, which he co-wrote. He lives and works in Toronto as a freelance cinematographer and photographer.

Nicole is a 39-year-old animal photographer from Switzerland, who has a special passion for dogs. Nearly three years ago she fulfilled her life’s dream of working independently as an animal photographer and she has never been happier!

Tonya was able to take the two things she loves most in life—animals and photography—stack them together and make a career. Her ability to capture a dog’s unique personality is what makes her work outstanding and beautiful. She calls Austin, TX home.

Simone Fauque loves whiskers, quoting Zoolander, nutella, cappucinos, the smell of pine, Lake Massawippi, horsey noses, little stubby wagging tails, photography and her cat Oliver. A Montreal based pet photographer with a degree in professional photography from Dawson College. She is combining her love and understanding of animals, to create modern editorial style pet portraiture. PAWSH-MAGAZINE.COM

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CREATURE COMFORTS

FOR DOGS

Toys, Toys, Toys! Get outside and play with this season!

KONG SQUEEZ TOY

www.petssmart.com

ELLA THE ELEPHANT

www.westpawdesign.com

ORBEE TUFF MAZE

www.planetdog.com

LOOPIES

www.moondoggieinc.com

FETCH STICKS

www.harrybarker.com

STUFFLESS SHEEP

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ARTIST PROFILE

Water & Whimsy IN MY PAINT Written by LAURA L. BENN Artwork by DEIDRE WICKS

illustrator,

FUN IS THE

main mantra that Toronto

DEIDRE WICKS SWIRLS INTO EVERY COLOUR PALETTE SHE CREATES. OWNER OF A CHARMING ILLUSTRATION COMPANY CALLED WATER IN MY PAINT, WICKS BEAUTIFULLY COMBINES STYLISH HUMAN ACCESSORIES WITH LIFELIKE REPRESENTATIONS OF ANIMAL FRIENDS, BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO ANIMAL ARTWORK THAT CAN’T HELP BUT DRAW ATTENTION AND ADMIRATION. SHE DISHES ABOUT LIFE AS AN ARTIST AND HOW TO RUN A SUCCESSFUL CREATIVE BUSINESS.

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What inspired your creative business?

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What influences your painting style?

When I started Water In My Paint I was unhappily working as a freelance pattern drafter and struggling to make a living. I’d already tried to launch a line of women’s accessories and a series of plush toys with little success. I started to sell my paintings on Etsy because I figured, “Why not, what can I lose?” I really never believed that I could make a living as an artist (really who does?) Happily the sales started to come and the business began to grow.

I learned how to illustrate in Fashion School at Ryerson University. Before that I hardly ever picked up a paint brush if you can believe it. The great thing about fashion illustration is the artistic freedom and sense of play that is encouraged. There really are no rules, so I learned to experiment to get the results I wanted. I dabbled in just about every medium possible, but it was watercolour that I kept returning to. When I left school I found myself drawing animals. I never consciously decided they would be my subject. Maybe it was because I was forever tripping over the six pets I had at the time! Plus I loved to amuse myself by imaging what a certain animal would be like if they were suddenly transformed into a human.

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What mediums do you work with?

I use watercolour almost exclusively. I will also use acrylic ink from time to time and draw with pen and ink. What I love the most about watercolour is the ability to lay down different

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layers of paint from a light wash to a solid colour. The effects you can create are endless. Plus it’s fast and if a painting isn’t working I can scrap it and move onto something else without wasting too much time or money. I’m a bit impatient I guess.

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There are lots of pet portrait artists out there. What makes your work stand out?

I think what makes my art standout is the mix of realism and whimsy. My animals aren’t cutesy or cartoonish. I want them to be accurate and as realistic as possible. The whimsy comes with the accessories I add; the hats, bows and glasses. My animals are still strictly animals, but have a recognizable human quality.

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How do you feel pets and art go together?

For me they’re both happy, fun things. I really enjoy painting, and I enjoy my pets, so they’re a perfect match. My pets never fail to make me laugh, even when they’ve been very naughty. That happiness shows in my art. I think that pure sense of pleasure that a pet brings is something most people understand.

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What do you hope to achieve with your artwork?

I want people to smile. Despite what some might want you to think art doesn’t have to be serious. It can be fun and light and bring you nothing but happiness. In fact I think this is one of the most important things art can do.

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DESPITE WHAT SOME MIGHT WANT YOU TO THINK, ART DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SERIOUS. IT CAN BE FUN AND LIGHT!

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What advice do you have for running a successful Etsy shop?

It is hard, hard work. You have to spend hours a day for months or even years just to get noticed, let alone make sales. Most newbies, including myself once upon a time, assume that you throw up a few listings and the sales will start to roll in immediately. It takes dedication and patience and faith, just like any brick and mortar business. It was also a shock to realize just how much time was sucked into the daily duties of running an online store and how these tasks take away from the time I have to actually create. But it’s worth it! Etsy has allowed me to make a living where even five years ago I don’t know if it would have been possible.

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Any advice for budding entrepreneurs?

The most important thing I’ve done as an entrepreneur is to fail. I’ve failed at many, many things but I just keep on going. I’ve learned that failure won’t break me, but it will make me work even harder the next time. As great as success feels it’s the things you learn from failing that often are the most important to your business going forward. As nerdy as that sounds it’s very true!

To learn more about Deidre’s cheerful artwork, please visit her website at

www.whenwatermeetspaint.com.

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www.henribendel.com

FOUND MAGENTA OMBRE

www.olivegreendog.com

MINIMAL LILAC LEASH

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the art of DECODING BARK

Written by LISA DAY Photography by KAREN WEILER

Award-winning

UNDERSTANDING OUR DOGS CAN BE A VERY TRICKY BUSINESS. OBEDIENCE TRAINER LISA DAY ANSWERS YOUR DOG QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF CHALLENGING SITUATIONS!

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I am bringing a puppy home. What can I do to make sure it is a smooth and happy transition from a one dog household to a two dog household?

Puppies are always an exciting time – busy, but exciting. And I give kudos to you for thinking ahead, and trying to avoid potential issues. Good for you. This may be a bit challenging to answer effectively. There are some vital missing pieces of information, most importantly; what is the past history of the older dog with other canines, what are the gender of the dogs, are the breeds the same or different and what is the size of each dog? Having the answers to some of these questions would definitely help with the advice. But we can apply some of the common practices of safe introduction of new animals. First and foremost neutral territory upon an initial meeting can alleviate a guardian response from the older dog. It can also remove the sense of there being an intruder in their domain. Once they’ve met and have exchanged profiles (aka sniffing and playing), then you can bring the pup into the home. Placing the pup in the room is safer than just letting him make a grand entrance. Remember to be mindful that the older dog deserves (and should be supported of) being respected by the pup. Your older dog should not be harassed by the pup. Playing is fine, but if

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it’s not mutually supported, then the pup needs to be removed from the situation. Both dogs need to know that you make the decisions of who, when, what, where and how things are done in the home. It’s the basis of building the secure environment that they both require in order to thrive. The older dog needs to know that you will keep him safe from torment and the pup needs to know that you will enforce all the rules and restrictions that will keep him protected and safe. During the first few months of the puppy’s development, they will need to be crated for housebreaking, safe confined play time and sleeping. This will also be helpful regarding the gradual introduction between the two dogs. They will develop their relationship over time and in their own language. There may be warning growls, from the older dog, and there may be scared/startle screams from the pup. But don’t be alarmed! Warning growls are just that - a warning. Do not discourage them. If you discourage the warning, then there will just be retaliation sans warning. If they are not being heeded, then you should intervene by addressing the pup. Startle screams are generally an indicator that the lesson was learned. Usually preceded by a quick air snap from the teacher (older dog). In short, supervision will be the key. As long as you remain in control of the who, when, what, where and how and are consistent there should be few issues. Enjoy your new family dynamic!


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My dog barks a lot. My landlord has asked me to get my dog’s barking under control. Are there any training techniques I can use?

You have a very effective alarm system! This is a commonly frustrating behavior that is shared by many dog owners. You’re in good company. The issue here is not the barking. Most owners want the barking; it is the alarm system that they are relying on for many reasons. Barking is fine. Not having an off switch for the alarm – now that’s a problem. You need to teach your dog to bark on command. I know. You’re saying,” What!?? That’s the last thing I want this dog to do, is bark more!” Let me explain. Before you can install an OFF switch, you have to be able to command the ON switch. If you’re needing/wanting to control a behavior, then the first thing you must do is isolate the behavior and put it on a cue. You have to be able to illicit the behavior on command. If/ when you have it on command, that is when you have control of it. Teaching to bark on command isn’t usually the difficult part. Any time the dog barks, you can label (cue word) it and reward it. When you can give the cue word and the dog barks, you’re halfway there. All of this is necessary to be able to teach the

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OFF switch. You can’t teach in a crisis. So you have to be able to control when the dog barks to allow you the time and opportunity to teach the OFF switch. Here’s what it will look like: • Create the dog bark (ie; you initiate door knocking, doorbell ringing etc.) Reward and label. “Good bark” • Repeat until dog barks on command without stimulator • Command in different areas and locations. Continue reward • Secure behavior in all environments Now that you have the behavior on command, you can start to teach the OFF switch. Ask for and get the bark, then gently hold their muzzle for a split second and label that as “Quiet” or whatever cue word you prefer. Reward the silence. Even for a split second. Build the time of silence before the reward is given. The longer the time, the more ingrained the behaviour. Now you play the game back and forth, Bark/ Quiet. Bark/Quiet. You ask for “Bark.” You require “Quiet.” You can’t correct or reprimand a dog for something they don’t know. If you teach the requirements then you can enforce them. This should make you, your dog and your landlord much happier. But remember, consistency and patience is key when it comes to training any new behaviour. Good luck!


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Dog Treat Recipe WHEAT-FREE DONUT HOLES

Every Canadian pooch, big or small, goes bananas for a plain, old-fashioned Tim Hortons Timbit (tell me it’s not true!) So inspired by this sophisticated canine palate, we’ve whipped up a dog-friendly version of this culturally classic treat. Made with no sugar and no wheat, these timbitwannabes will have your dogs drooling! INGREDIENTS (makes 12) a cake pop pan 1/2 cup of oat flour or rice flour 1 tbsp honey 1 egg 1/2 tbsp olive oil (optional) steamed broccoli florets or other dog-friendly veggies DIRECTIONS 1. Throw everything into a bowl and mix together until smooth. 2. Gently scoop spoonfuls of batter into your awaiting cakepop pan, having properly greased it with a dab of oil before hand. 3. Bake at 400F for 5-10 minutes. Monitor them closely, as these tasty bite-sized morsels can burn easily. 4. Pop the cakey insides out into a bowl so they don’t roll and leave to cool before gobbling!

TIP: You want a more cake like texture, consider adding 2 tbsp of ground organic oats!

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Lights! Cameras! PUPPIES!

MUST-HAVE PUPPY PHOTOS THAT YOU’LL CHERISH FOREVER

Written and Photographed by LAURA L. BENN

grow up far too fast!

ONE MOMENT PUPPIES THEY ARE A SQUASHY LITTLE BALL OF FLUFF WHO FITS IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND, THE NEXT THEY ARE A FULL GROWN DOG TAKING OVER THE BED! DON’T LET THOSE EARLY LITTLE PAWPRINTS RUN AWAY FROM YOU. FOLLOW THESE TIPS SO YOU CAN CHERISH THE EARLIEST MOMENTS OF PET PARENTHOOD FOREVER!.

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Photo #1

PUT THE FUR ON FURNITURE Place your puppy on a chair or sofa! This composition will provide an immediate sense of scale so you can see how itty-bitty your pupster really is sitting on the family couch. In a few months’ time, you won’t believe they were ever that small! Plus hanging out on something plushy will be comfortable and relaxing for the little one. Just be certain to make sure the furniture is sturdy and that they cannot fall off! In fact, ask a friend to help keep an extra eye on puppy while you mess around with the camera, just to be safe!

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Photo #2 BE HANDS ON

Take a photograph with your hands and your puppy in the same frame. Even if your puppy isn’t small enough to literally fit in the palm of your hand, putting your hands on your furry friend is an easy and natural way to showcase their size in a sentimental manner. This composition is especially wonderful for those squirmy puppies who never sit still! Simply scoop them up and say cheese!

PAWSH POINT

Never scold while trying to take a dog’s photograph. Being followed by a camera is not a natural activity for them. Scolding associates negative feelings with the camera, which will come through in your final photos and stress the animal. If you feel yourself getting frustrated, put the camera down and try again later.

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Photo #3 GROUP SHOT

Fur sibling shots are especially fun if your puppy is expected to grow up to be larger than their big brother or sister.

Focus your attention on the older dog, as they will most likely know their ‘sits’ and ‘stays’ like a pro. Be prepared with treats and gently place the youngster into the frame, making sure to show them a biscuit to keep their attention! Be prepared to shoot quickly – little roly-poly puppies won’t stay still for long! Once again, ask a friend to help. If you absolutely cannot get the furkids to sit nicely together, take them out into the backyard for a run around – chances are they will settle down together at some point.

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Dog Treat Recipe APPLE YOGURT FREEZIES

These scrumptious Apple-Yogurt Freezies are a tried and true Pawsh recipe and with warm weather just around the corner, we had to share it again! A three ingredient treat that is packed with nutrients and doubles up as a fun game, these will delight even the pickiest of pooches! Plus, these tantalizing goodies are loaded with vitamin B which will help prevent your dog getting dry skin. To make these tasty morsels all you need is… INGREDIENTS 1 or 2 moderately sized organic apples 1/2 cup of plain, unsweetened pro-biotic yogurt 2 tbsp Brewer’s yeast An icecube tray DIRECTIONS 1. Wash apples and cut into evenly diced pieces. 2. Stir Brewer’s yeast into yogurt. 3. Gently spoon yogurt mixture into ice cube tray. 4. Press one piece of diced apple into each section of the ice cube tray. 5. Place in freezer and leave overnight to freeze. 6. Once frozen solid, simply pop out a freezie cube whenever it is time to treat pup! GUESS WHAT: Plain, unsweetened yogurt is an excellent source of calcium as well as protein, while the apple is packed with vitamins A, C and fibre. The Brewer’s yeast offers dogs vitamin B which is wonderful for a healthy coat and protects against dryness in the skin.

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the heart: MATTERS OF

DETECTING CANINE HEART CONDITIONS

Written by LAURA L. BENN Photography by PAWSH STUDIO

canine heart

5 IMPORTANT SIGNS TO WATCH FOR IN YOUR DOG TO HELP TREAT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

matters

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Difficulty breathing

Of course, we all need air in order to thrive and surive in this crazy mixed up world. It seems like a no brainer to worry about not breathing. However, changes in a dog’s breathing can be early warning signs of heart disease. Seemingly innocent instances of excessive coughing, sneezing or wheezing can be misinterpreted as allergies. If you dog is breathing differently than usual, if coughing persists for more than 48 hours, take them into the vet for a check up just in case.

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Changes in appetite

Response to food is a wonderful indicator of how your dog is feeling, which makes changes in appetitie an extremely important thing to watch for.

Fainting or dizziness

Any sort of fall is cause for alarm with your dog. But the cause of a fall is of the utmost importance to determine. If your dog faints or starts to experience bouts of dizziness or wobbliness when they walk, this could be an early indication of a heart condition. Fainting or dizziness is a serious matter, so if you witness this in your dog rush them to the emergency vet at once!

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Edema

Edema is a condition defined by swelling in localized or general parts of the canine body. Dogs with a history of allergies are particularly prone to edema, although tick bites and traumatic incidents can also lead to this condition.

If your dog is eating less or suddenly completely disinterested in food altogether, a trip to your local vet is a must. This can be an early indicator that something isn’t quite right with them or their little ticker.

Edema can also be an indicator of heart disease, specifically blockages or blood clots. Any sort of unusual swelling should be treated very seriously and addressed by a vet as soon as possible.

If possible, keep track of when your dog started losing interest in their food. Once again the 48 hour rule applies; if they haven’t eaten or have only eaten very little in that time, the vet!

Isolation tendencies

Yes, there is a very similar theme to these symptons -- if you see them, rush your dog to the vet!

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Dogs tend to try and go off on their own in a dark place when they aren’t feeling well or are about to get very ill. If you notice your dog straying away from the group to find a secluded corner or space, take them to the vet.


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WORKING WITH PETS

Top D O G S ! Written by LAURA L. BENN

minds in the pet world

PAWSH CHATS WITH SOME OF THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST CREATIVE ABOUT LIFE, BUSINESS AND CHASING DREAMS!

DOGSTER

www.dogster.com

Name: Janine Kahn Business: Editor-in-Chief and founding editor of Dogster Furry sidekicks: Mr. Moxie, a fiveyear-old Italian Greyhound. What is your typical work day like? Days are anything but typical when you’re running a start-up within a startup, in this case Dogster (and sister site Catster) within our parent company, Say Media. My role is to own everything from our mission, vision and editorial calendar, while managing a fulltime team of five and up to 50 freelance creators at any given time. These days, I’m wearing a second hat as dog news assignment editor, so my days start at around 7 a.m., approving ideas that come in from our two news writers. Then, I’ll 44

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try to make a dent in my pile of emails before heading to the office with Mr. Moxie. Once in, I’ll check in with my team, and the day will pass in a whirl of meetings, writing, editing and more email wrangling. Every now and then, someone will exclaim “Oh my god, look at this cute little idiot!” and we’ll all gather around a screen to see the latest cutest dog on the Web. My days usually wind down with me doing quality control over the next day’s headlines, and programming the cover art for tomorrow’s homepage. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at a pet publication. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all fun and cuteness breaks (though we have those, too).


Photo credit: LIZ ACOSTA

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We tend to favour pieces that work well for either social media or search, and have types of posts that are written with each these audiences in mind. We also have a set of values we adhere to – the main one being that we exist to help our readers become better pet parents – this helps guide our story selection. In your opinion, what is the greatest challenge of running a niche publication? Carving out a niche within a niche can be quite a feat. The pet space on the Internet is massive, and it can be easy to get lost, especially now that every non-pet-centric publication and its mother has made covering pet stories its business since these do so well online. Figuring out what your publication’s point of view is and how to make sure this is visible in every single thing you publish is a massive challenge. I struggle with these things every day, and the bigger our publication grows, the more trying it becomes to stay true to that initial vision and keep the quality in check.

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What advice would you give someone starting off in the pet journalism field? I would say, take a look at the online pet space and ask yourself what’s missing and how you can stand out, and what you might be able to offer an audience that hasn’t been done a hundred times before. Actually, if you are a real journalist, you’re already ahead of the pack (pun intended), because you’ll have writing and interviewing skills most dog bloggers don’t have. Another piece of advice: once you have your voice down, start building out social pages so your audience can keep up with you. The work doesn’t stop after you hit “publish” on that fabulous post; you have to figure out how to promote it so it doesn’t get lost online. the (broad) umbrella of a modern, contemporary lifestyle and aesthetic: products that are well-designed, innovative, or that uniquely solve a problem; dog-themed artwork and photography that is visually interesting; small, independent designers dedicated to redefining what dog products can be, etc. What advice would you give pet bloggers who are just starting out? Take some time to discover your

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What advice would you give someone starting off in the pet journalism field? I would say, take a look at the online pet space and ask yourself what’s missing and how you can stand out, and what you might be able to offer an audience that hasn’t been done a hundred times before. Actually, if you are a real journalist, you’re already ahead of the pack (pun intended), because you’ll have writing and interviewing skills most dog bloggers don’t have. Another piece of advice: once you have your voice down, start building out social pages so your audience can keep up with you. The work doesn’t stop after you hit “publish” on that fabulous post; you have to figure out how to promote it so it doesn’t get lost online. What is your favourite trend in the pet world right now? It’s nice to see things moving away from trendy throw-away pet items to better designed products that last a long time.

We’re seeing a lot of well-crafted leash and collar sets and coats I wish I could fit into, where we used to see cutesy, flimsy, and somewhat comical pieces on dogs. Pets have cemented themselves as valuable family members, and people are spending on them accordingly – this is a $55 billion dollar industry these days for a reason. What would your office be like if run by the dogs? I imagine that there would be daily team meetings dedicated to belly rubs, mandatory treat breaks every hour, and a monthly bacon bonus for top nappers. What is the best thing about a dog-friendly office? It’s like having a built-in comfort blanket. If I come out of a meeting feeling deflated, I can always hug Mr. Moxie or take him for a walk around the block. Also, a lot of other teams will come by to visit just because they want some time with our four-leggers.

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MANNY & FRIENDS Name: Amber Chavez Business: Co-founder of Manny & Friends Furry sidekicks: Manny, Leila and Frank Why did you start a dog blog? We started it initially because we wanted a place to share pictures with family and friends and my own personal pages were getting full of Manny pictures anyway! Plus he is just so cute and funny! Greatest challenge about running a pet blog? Our pages are content based, so sometimes its difficult to capture something funny or creative, which is what people love to see. Manny is hilarious, so other times its very easy! Our captions to the photos is what people believe “make the picture” so it’s quite challenging to always be clever and witty. Best blog advice for others? Always have your camera ready! I am constantly taking pictures of my dogs. Also, having a general “theme” or focus for your social media pages or blogs makes people care about what you’re posting. For example, our puppy Frank has the most serious look on his face at all times. We capture photos of him looking especially grumpy and use captions like “I hate Mondays” and its very relatable and always adorable.

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www.mannythefrenchie.com Advice for building a following? Keep it fresh, fun, and relatable. People also love when you respond to emails, comments, etc. If you engage with your audience, they feel extra special that you answered their question or “liked” one or more of their photos. Tell us about your product line! When we first started out, we did a promotion for charity with American Apparel. They printed t-shirts with Manny’s picture on it and we sold out! After that, we kept getting requests for more shirts so we decide to go for it! Its now evolved from just shirts to calendars, mugs, totes, and even Manny’s very own bow tie collar line! Dreams for your blog? We are monthly donors to several charities and one day I would love for Manny & Friends to have their very own foundation or dog rescue.

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EVERY PET PARENT WONDERS IF THEY ARE DOING , BUT WITH THE THEIR ENDLESS NUMBER OF TIPS, TRICKS AND FRIENDLY SUGGESTIONS OUT THERE, IT CAN BE TRICKY TO KNOW WHAT THE BEST THING TO DO IS. EXPERT DOG TRAINERS WEIGH-IN ON COMMON PET PARENTING MYTHS AND WHAT WE SHOULD ACTUALLY BE DOING FOR OUR DARLING DOGS.

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TRAINING WITH FOOD REWARDS MAKES DOGS FAT AND UNRESPONSIVE TO ANYTHING ELSE

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ACT: (by Andre Yeu) There is no danger in training dogs with food incentives, providing you do not exceed their daily recommended calorie intake and opt for healthy, non-fatty treats if training extensively.

Puppies and young dogs have a lot to learn, as well as a lot of growing to do, so by offering them pieces of

kibble as a food reward for good behaviour you can teach them good habits and satisfy their enormous appetites. “It takes thousands of repetitions of a behaviour before one can start assuming that a dog ‘gets it,’ says Yeu. “Commonly, their food is used to reinforce good behaviour, such as sitting, waiting for the door, walking nicely on leash and coming when called.” Food rewards are also great aids when socializing a dog. “Feeding out of Kongs and food-dispensing toys during isolation or crating, or having individuals feed the puppy to form positive associations with a wide variety of people all help immeasurably when preparing a pup for the world,” explains Yeu.

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While obesity can be a serious problem if a dog is overfed, Yeu suggests talking with your vet to determine what your dog’s daily calorie count should be. Then set aside a percentage of those calories to train with. “Let’s say a dog, based on age, size and activity level, needs 1000 calories a day,” says Yeu. “If I fed 900 of those calories out of a food bowl, I’d only be left with 100 calories for training purposes, which means less reinforcement, less learning and ultimately less progress.” Over time, food rewards are reduced and “life rewards” are substituted, such as asking for a sit before opening the door for a walk, the leash being removed so the dog can run, or waiting patiently for a ball to be thrown. The short of it? Treat smartly so your smart cookie can excel and stay healthy.

ANDRE YEU is a professional dog trainer from Toronto, Canada. He founded When Hounds Fly Dog Training (www. whenhoundsfly. com) in 2010. He is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) and also has his Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) designation.

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Myth #2

SETTING BOUNDARIES FOR A DOG IS MEAN

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ACT: (by Rachael Johnston) Providing structure is important in helping to form a strong bond between puppy and pet owner. Puppies if left to their own devices will make a lot of choices that we may not like, such as chewing our shoes and peeing on our rugs! So if we don’t like the choices our puppies naturally want to make, what’s to be done? The answer is set boundaries. Owners must manage/prevent their puppies from rehearsing behaviours they don’t like. This sort of management might involve putting shoes up on a shelf or in a closet and teaching puppy what we humans would like them to do instead (ie: chew on a dog toy, not our favourite sneakers!)   By providing this structured environment where some behaviours are prevented while more desirable behaviours are taught and strengthened two things happen. Firstly, owners are actively engaged in training desired behaviours and in doing so are learning how to better communicate with their puppies; and secondly puppies become more likely to make choices that help owner and puppy live together more harmoniously.   RACHAEL JOHNSTON Is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). She has been a professional dog trainer since 2006.

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Myth #3 PUPPIES NEED TO BE ON-THE-GO ALL THE TIME

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ACT: (by Katie Hood) Every dog’s exercise needs are going to differ according to their breed and personality, but all dogs need mental stimulation. Using items like puzzle toys, where dogs have to work with the toy to release food, is a great way to keep your dog busy. Giving your dog a Kong full of soft dog food that has been frozen overnight can keep them occupied for over an hour if you stuff it thoroughly. Training will also go a long way to exhausting your dog – as it takes a lot of work to learn a new skill! You don’t need train for long stretches of time, as dogs learn best in short sessions throughout the day. However, a dog needs to be well rested to aid in their ability to deal with stressful situations and make good choices. In the life of a puppy there are always new and exciting things happening, so make sure to let your puppy sleep as they need. Puppies usually exercise in short bursts of with a lot of excitement and then crash. If there are young children in the home, remind them to “let sleeping dogs lie!” If your dog wants to snooze or lie quietly instead of playing all the time, let them!

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Myth #4 YOUR BED IS THE BEST PLACE FOR A DOG TO SLEEP

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ACT: (by Katie Hood) As long as you’re prepared for hairy sheets! Having your dog sleep on the bed is a personal choice, but there are some situations where it isn’t recommended to allow access to the bed.

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For example dogs who have a history of guarding people/ objects or dogs who may have physical ailments, such as a sore back or sore hips, that you don’t want to be accidentally nudging in the night should probably sleep in their own space. Allowing your dog to sleep on the bed will not cause separation anxiety, which is a common myth. Whatever you choose, you want to make sure both yourself and your dog have a good night’s rest and are comfortable.

KATIE HOOD a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), graduating in 2013. She has been a professional dog trainer since 2013.

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the path less taken Kate Drummond

IT’S NOT EVERYDAY THAT AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER LEAVES CLASS TO PURSUE A CAREER IN ACTING, BUT IS WHERE TORONTOBASED ACTRESS NOW CALLS HOME. BEST KNOWN FOR HER EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE-CAPTURE ROLE OF ANNA GRIMSDOTTIR (GRIM) IN UBISOFT’S SPLINTER CELL BLACKLIST, KATE IS LEAVING HER MARK ON ALL SORTS OF TELEVISION AND FEATURE FILM PROJECTS, SUCH AS COVERT AFFAIRS, BEING HUMAN 3 AND CLARA’S DEADLY SECRET. PAWSH CHATS WITH THIS ANIMAL-LOVING ACTRESS ABOUT THE REALITY OF LEAVING IT ALL BEHIND TO PURSUE ONE’S PASSION. YOU SPENT 12 YEARS AS A TEACHER. HOW DID YOU GET INTO THAT CAREER? It’s funny really. I wanted to be an actress ever since I was a little girl, but I grew up in Sarnia, Ontario and I didn’t even know to ask to be put into a drama program. At a young age, my parents put me into sports and I excelled! I competed all throughout high school and university, got my degree in Kinesiology, which transitioned into a career with children because I had been coaching little ones all along. My life sort of unfolded for me. And I was happy for a time. I incorporated a lot of drama in my Kindergarten to Grade 6 classrooms and really do believe that teaching is an incredible career. But around the age of 30, I fell into a real funk. I couldn’t understand why I was miserable in my life when I had everything I wanted – the job, the house, the big tv, the relationship. It looked perfect from the outside, but wasn’t feeling like a good fit. I didn’t feel fulfilled. I had always wanted to act, so I thought I’d give it a try, finally and threw myself into my first acting class. AND HOW WAS THAT EXPERIENCE? Amazing and terrifying. Being in an acting class felt like I was home at last, but it really pushed me out of my comfort zone. One class led to another, which led to theatre and other things and it started to roll! When I was about 35 I was teaching

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my class a unit on Martin Luther King Jr. and we were making “dream posters”. All the little ones were excited saying, “I want to be this and I want to be that.” Then one student came up to me and asked, “Miss Drummond, what’s your dream?” And I told her that I’d always wanted to be an actress. And I swear, at that moment, time stopped for me – this little one looked at me and asked, ‘Why aren’t you doing it then?” WOW! WHAT A PROFOUND MOMENT! Yes! It hit me right in the heart. I was preaching about following your dreams and taking chances, yet I wasn’t doing that myself. So shortly after, I gave my notice to the school board, I sold practically everything I owned, packed up my dog and I moved into a basement apartment just outside of Toronto to dive into acting. DO YOU HARBOUR ANY REGRETS? Nope, no regrets. Moments of complete panic and self-doubt, thinking ‘What have I done?’ -- of course. But I find those moments usually happen when I’m on the verge of a breakthrough… or about to do something artistically fulfilling that I was not expecting. Being an artist full time has been really liberating. I was lucky enough to find amazing agents who took a chance on me and are now like family, and this city has been so welcoming to me as well.


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“Around the age of 30, I fell into a real funk. I couldn’t understand why I was miserable in my life when I had everything I wanted – the job, the house, the big tv, the relationship. It looked perfect from the outside, but it wasn’t feeling like a good fit. I didn’t feel fulfilled.” PAWSH-MAGAZINE.COM

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HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO DREAM OF CHANGING CAREERS? You just have to jump. You get one shot in this lifetime; it’s not a dress rehearsal. You just have to go. It’s amazing that when you jump, you don’t see what’s below – and you land in something wonderfully unexpected. My dad told me I just had to jump and it’s advice that I’ve always kept close to my heart. We never know, but what we do know is that if you don’t honour your inner voice, you’ll carry a heaviness with you until the day you die.

HOW HAS TEACHING INFLUENCED YOUR ACTING CAREER? ARE YOU REALLY, REALLY GOOD AT HOMEWORK? (Laughs) I was never good at homework, but I feel that when I came into acting I was carrying all these experiences from another life to draw from. While teaching, I was interacting with hundreds of kids from all sorts of backgrounds, some wonderful and some heartbreaking, which I think today, helps me to stay grounded. I know who I am as a woman and the life I’ve had has been rich with experiences that help me to bring a real sense of humanity to the characters I play.

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HOW DO YOU ADVISE DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO DO NOT SUPPORT MAKING A HUGE CAREER/LIFE CHANGE? You have to ignore people who dampen your dream – and realize that those sorts of people are usually speaking from

a place of love, because they are concerned for you and your well being. But you can’t let those voices cloud your own inner judgement and gut feeling.

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HAS MAJORLY CHANGING YOUR CAREER MADE YOU MORE CONFIDENT? When you’ve had another full career, another life practically, you discover that you are adaptable. You realize that you can survive change and newness, which is a comforting and empowering realization. DESCRIBE YOUR TIME & EXPERIENCE WORKING ON SPLINTERCELL BLACKLIST? Amazing! The game was released in August 2013 and it’s a very intricate, adrenaline pumping sort of game. What I loved about that project was being a part of this technology at the ground level. This was UbiSoft Toronto’s first AAA game, so it was very exciting. It was full performance capture, like in the movie Avatar, where we wore motion capture suits and head mounted cameras that recorded our voice, face and body movement and synced it with our animation in real time. It was so fun! I loved the hyperreality of the story of the game too. I got to live in this constant state of imagination and play. A lot of time I would be acting with a chicken wire table and no props, and the scene was actually about a crashing plane and all sorts of chaos happening. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT FEMALE GAMERS BEING BULLIED? Our technology has made us very ‘brave’ – we seem to have lost our basic com-

passion for one another through general technology. People will say horrible things behind an avatar that they would never say to someone’s face in real life. I’m looking forward to the day when gender inequality isn’t a conversation that we’re still having. I’d like to think gaming companies are doing everything they can to keep up with this issue and -- thank god -- there is more awareness about this being generated nowadays. The female gaming population is increasing all the time and there is more of a consciousness happening because of this. Companies are starting to cater to the female gamer more and more. I was happy to play Grim in Splinter Cell Blacklist, because she was an equal. There wasn’t any unnecessary violence towards her and people respect her. I’d love to see more of that, more playable female characters like that, in the gaming industry. WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE YOUR PERSONAL ROLE(S) OF A LIFETIME? I would definitely love to be a playable character in a videogame where I can combine my sports background with my acting and my love of games. I also have a weird dream of being in a Broadway show, but being the girl who can’t really sing and everyone laughs at – a big role where my inner eight-year-old gets to come out. Oh, and of course, you know, a superhero, who doesn’t want to be a superhero?

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LET’S CHAT ABOUT YOUR DOG JACKSON! HOW DID HE COME INTO YOUR LIFE? I moved to Ottawa for my teaching career and once I was settled, decided that my home was not complete without a dog. I’d grown up with rescues. So I called B.A.R.K and they had just rescued dozens of dogs from a puppy mill situation and I went on their waiting list. The pups had to be kept in quarantine for six weeks, because a lot of them were very sick, and sadly many didn’t make it. When I went out to his foster family in the country, these two black furballs that were all legs came tumbling down the stairs to say hello. Jackson kept being pinned down by his brother. He came and fell asleep between my feet as I was sitting on the couch. Needless to say, that was it – instant love and I took him home. HOW WERE THE FIRST FEW WEEKS AT HOME WITH DEAR SWEET JACKSON? A bit of a struggle to be honest – he had really high anxiety. These puppies were taken from their mother the moment they were born, so he had never had a maternal bonding experience. He would cry all the time and I remember one night at 2AM sitting with him by his crate. I stuck my finger into the crate and he suckled my finger. It calmed him immediately. I must have slept on the couch for weeks with my finger in his crate….to comfort him.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CURRENT RELATIONSHIP WITH SIR JACKSON? There is a trust between us that I’ve never experienced with a human being. He has been a part of every significant moment of my life. I even incorporated him into my teaching -- “If Jackson has 12 bones and buries three...” -- the kids adored him. Then, of course, he moved with me to Toronto as well. We’ve been through it all together. IF JACKSON WAS AN OLD HOLLYWOOD STAR WHO WOULD HE BE? He’s very quirky, so I would have to say Jimmy Stewart, because he seems like the epitome of goofy love. At least that’s my impression of him – and I love It’s A Wonderful Life. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO PARTNER WITH THE OSPCA THIS YEAR? I partnered with the OSPCA to help raise awareness about their National Cupcake Day. I’m always looking for ways to be involved in my community, so I was really excited to work with them on a cause that is so close to my heart. I don’t do it just to volunteer, I do it to improve my impact as a human being on my community. It’s so important to help out when and where we can. If I could volunteer full time for causes I believe in, I would! FAVOURITE CUPCAKE FLAVOUR EVER? Chocolatey chocolate... with chocolate.

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FAVOURITE TORONTO SPOTS? My favourite coffee shop is The Mad Bean on Eglinton. It is amazing and run by a sweet family. Definitely the best coffee in the city, and so comfortable and lovely. I’ve made so many new friends there too – it’s wonderful. I don’t shop a lot, but I am an absolutely obsessed with Cabaret Vintage. I feel so sexy and beautiful in that store and their vintage clothes are classically gorgeous. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING TOWARDS IN 2014? I would like to shoot my first short film; I’ve teamed up with an amazing director and I have finished writing it, so I hope to shoot that in the spring. It’s just about keeping on, keeping on this year. I’d love to still really love my journey; expand and develop my cooking show, take on new projects, diversify. I think it will be a year of firsts. I’d like to travel and in general I just want to create. I’m also finding a lot of joy in hosting. I have been guest hosting on The Ward and Al Show on SiriusXM and did a day on Ottawa Daytime. I just love interacting with the guests and being a ham… it’s really what I do best. I just shot an episode of Beauty and the Beast (TV show) and that was a blast.

YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES? Ju-Jubes. And popcorn – I could eat popcorn for every meal! YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR? I don’t have one actually... I used to think it was lavender -- but it’s not (laughs). MOVIES YOU COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN? I love the movie Once, as well as The Never Ending Story. I watched it randomly a few weeks ago and it is really inspiring, even more so as an adult. I also love Pretty Woman and the Die Hard movies... there’s a bunch! IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? Not too long ago I wrote an article for The Purple Fig, an online magazine, that was picked up by The Huffington Post. The piece was all about the rawness and struggle of chasing dreams. It was really exciting because I felt like it opened a dialogue with people who I wouldn’t have met otherwise. So I guess in closing, I’d like to say that I love communicating with people. I’m very active on Twitter (@Gotta_ Be_K_D) and I always encourage people to reach out to me if they want to chat. Connection and dialogue is invaluable on so many levels!

Keep up with Kate’s latest projects at

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AMAZING

Airedales Written by ALEXANDER BENTLEY Photography by NICOLE HOLLENSTEIN

the largest of the terriers

THE AIREDALE TERRIER, ALSO KNOWN AS THE KING OF TERRIERS AS OPPOSED TO (NAMED FOR BEING ANY ROYAL GENEALOGY OR NATURAL TALENT FOR CANINE AUTOCRACY) IS A BREED FROM THE AIRE VALLEY OF YORKSHIRE AND SPRUNG UP IN THE MID 19TH CENTURY, OFFICIALLY BEING RECOGNIZED AS A BREED IN 1886. AIREDALES ARE INTELLIGENT AND INDEPENDENTLY MINDED -- NOT A BREED FOR ANYONE WHO DOESN’T WANT A DOG WITH A LITTLE BIT OF SASS!

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ike many terriers, the Airedale is lively and affectionate. They love running around with their family, getting daily exercise and outdoor play. Airedale terriers are smart, but very stubborn; they enjoy games, but will tire of them if they’re too repetitive and refuse to play anymore. It can also make training a bit difficult if gone about the wrong way. Socialization when this breed is young is very important, and with it they can become extremely personable and

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playful with other animals and children (but should still be supervised, of course). Airedale terriers, while friendly and often funny, have a predisposition to dig, chase, and chew; much like other terriers. They’re far too spunky for apartment life, but perfect for a medium to large yard. Be aware that the Airedale is also a hunting dog and the occasional squirrel will distract them from what they’re doing!


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or a purebreed, the Airedale is quite hearty. While they can get eye and hip problems, these are unlikely and can be caught by regular visits to the vet. Airedales can get skin irritations and infections, partially due to their coats. They have hard, stiff double-coats of hair, which needs to be plucked about twice a year (shearing and cutting makes the hair shorter but dead hair doesn’t fall out, so it stays in the skin and causes irritation). Physically, Airedales are around sixty pounds and two feet tall, and tend to live a median of 11 years. There exists an offshoot of the Airedale terrier, bred in America. The Oorang Airedale is similar to the standard Airedale terrier in every way, except twice as large. Because of the sheer spunk and moxie of the average Airedale, many people

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realize that they cannot care properly for them after acquiring one from a breeder. Anyone interested -and thinking themselves energetic enough- in adopting an Airedale should check rescue shelters and organizations first. Most likely there are a few squirrel-chasing and rubber-toy-chewing Airedales looking for a loving home.

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iredale terriers are their own dogs. They’re not the type to follow a command outright. Just because they’re told to “stay” doesn’t mean they’ll stay exactly where they are. They might “stay” under a nice shady tree or atop a comfortable chair. Airedales are an independent breed, but they’re wonderful and funny dogs who love their families deeply, and are amazing companions - if you can keep up with these Kings of Terriers.


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Gotch’ya COVERED

PART THERAPIST, PART LIFECOACH, PART PLAYMATE, PART PROTECTOR, PART MISCHIEF MAKER, A DOG IS CONSTANTLY WEARING MANY DIFFERENT HATS TO MAKE SURE ALL OF OUR NEEDS ARE COVERED.

Photography by PAWSH STUDIO Photography Assistant SONDRA M. Dog Models: QUATTRO the Doberman and COHEN the Australian Shepherd

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Cheeky Beggar

Always ready to flash a soulful puppy-dog-eyes look, this pup is never without a creative solution tucked up their furry sleeve. Whether hanging out in the studio, taking a stroll through the city, an artful presence is always on his side!

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Knitted Fancy

Never too cool to rock a hand-knitted cap, this guy is all about the simple luxuries of life. Bright, cheerful and ready to listen whatever the hour!

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Smooth Operator

Whether sniffing out those hidden biscuits or ever so slyly making their way up onto the couch or bed for snuggles, dogs have a keen nose for schmoozing in any situation.

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Country Bumpkin’

Always ready for a romp through the countryside, exploring forests, woodpiles and stopping to smell the roses, a dog is always readily by your side for a much needed rural escape.

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DogHouse A MODERN

HOME TOUR

HOW TO LIVE IN STYLE AND STAY DOG-FRIENDLY Photography by NIK BENN Designed by MEREDITH HERON DESIGN (www.meredithheron.com) Dog Models: BARKLEY and PEACH the Poodles

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MEDIA ROOM

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omfort, durability and refined spaciousness were the goals set for a once pokey and cluttered media room. “This was the room I thought I was coming to change before it transitioned into a full house project and boy did we!” says principal designer, Meredith Heron, of Meredith Heron Design. “The idea is for this to be the hang out and cozy chill space for the family.” A sectional proved to be a must, carefully selected in a Poodle-friendly fabric. Underfoot (and paw) an elegant Ikat rug was installed, once again using pet-friendly materials so that even if the odd muddy paw makes its way into the room, it is easy to clean. Huge high gloss lacquer built-ins wrap around in a modern L-shape to add dimension and space to the room, a characteristic that is continued by Meredith’s decision to paint the entire room in the same colour. “The clients had an amazing antique book collection which we were able to showcase in this room along with family heirlooms,” continues Meredith. Love is definitely in the details. Even the ottoman was custom-designed to perfectly marry together looks and practicality. Covered in a wool fabric, the piece instantly becomes pet-friendly because the natural lanolin in the fibres repels stains!

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ombining the historic charm and integrity of the original house with the functionality and sleekness of a modern aesthetic is what makes this home a one-of-a-kind design treasure. The masterful dining room in particular is a triumphant showcase of this blend of old and new. “The dining table was the one piece the clients were adamant had to stay,” says Meredith. “So it did. We then recovered their beautifully constructed dining chairs in a fabulous and bold Ikat and then opted for a navy grasscloth to re-

ally play up the drama in the space.” The picturesque fireplace was the only piece of original wood other than the handrail that wasn’t painted. As Meredith explains, “If you have everything wood, the wood stops being special. Opting for rich contrasting materials plays up the wood and gives it far more character than before.” The final touch to make this dining space complete? A stunning starburst chandelier – an unexpected and fun find that adds sparkle and glow to the space.

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ith two frisky poodles running around, installing something pretty that would stand up to constant foot traffic on the staircase was a must. “We knew the stairs needed to be covered with a runner of some sort, but we also had to factor in the dogs’ nails,” explains Meredith thoughtfully. The result? An exceptionally warm patterned indoor/outdoor carpet that would stand up to all sorts of wear and tear, while still being incredibly soft and comfortable underfoot. “We mixed patterns throughout the entire house, including this amazing embroidered geometric fabric from Schumacher and the old potato sack pillows that the clients already had in their home.”

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he soothing palette of stone, taupe, navy and gold carries through the entire house, culminating flawlessly in the modern-traditional living room. The most memorable piece in this space is without a doubt the unique chandelier made entirely from used car parts, twinkling watchfully over the impeccable design. A contemporary sized sofa, once again covered in exquisite dog-friendly fabric, centers the room, while antique architectural drawings lend a historic presence to the walls. “To ground our luxurious but sophisticated choices for the living room, we once again opted for a bold, geometric area rug,” says Meredith. “This house is designed to be lived in, including the four-legged children!” After all, a house is not a home without a dog (or two!)

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Escape Artists HOW TO KEEP SAFE

Written by LAURA L. BENN

Photography by TONYA SCHABACKER

run away from home.

EACH YEAR NUMEROUS DOGS END UP IN THEIR LOCAL SHELTER BECAUSE THEY PAWSH CHATS WITH ALISON CROSS, THE DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE OSPCA, TO LEARN HOW TO KEEP FURRY LITTLE ESCAPE ARTISTS SAFE THIS SEASON.

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Why do some dogs always try to get out? There are all sorts of reasons really, closely associated to breed characteristics and their natural instincts or impulses. The main reason, of course, is curiosity.

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How does one stop a dog from door dashing? In a word – training. Owners should train good recall commands from the very beginning and then implement those commands to help keep the dog safe.

Often times a dog will catch wind of a scent from another animal or something and then want to track that scent.

I know a lot of professional trainers who promote an ‘emergency call’ – a word or command that is only used for emergency situations, like if your dog gets out or wanders onto a dangerous street.

Other dogs are very high energy and want to release that energy, or they are attracted to strange noises, or they just want to explore. Sometimes it’s as simple as they want to go next door to play with their best dog friend!

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What are some common ways dogs get out of their yards? The most common weakness in a backyard situation is that the area is simply not secure. A dog will always find the one weak spot. Sometimes people forget to close the gates and dogs nose their way out. Dogs can slip through your legs when you answer the front door, especially if you’re distracted greeting guests. A lot of times dogs will bolt too, frightened by strange, sudden noises. We’ve even seen cases where a dog learns how to open the yard gate catch!

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To reinforce the ‘emergency call’ you reward with a very special treat, a treat that they only get when responding to that command. This command should be a word that isn’t used commonly. A lot of dogs won’t pay attention to ‘come’ because it is overused and therefore becomes redundant, so try implementing a term like ‘house,’ ‘home,’ ‘back’ – something different. Then work on training the dog to come back for that specific command by rewarding and praising them with a special treat.

“Teach your dog an ‘emergency’ call -- a special command for their recall in dangerous situations.

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Pawsh Point

Dogs who run away from home or escape from their backyards are not ‘bad dogs.’ They are just canines with needs that are not being fully met. Patience, training and supervision will help prevent a dog from becoming a runaway.

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How would you suggest stopping a dog from digging? Digging is tricky. Sometimes their best friend is living next door, sometimes there are rabbits in the back field, sometimes they just love to dig or dig to get warm, stay cold or for entertainment. For those last two reasons it is important to have an area to help them stay comfortable, like a dog house or a shaded area. Definitely cover those areas that your dog has been involved with; fencing is best and make sure there aren’t any materials like nails or wires hanging out that could harm your pet. Also, I would suggest talking to your vet for suggestions, as they are well-versed and know your pet.

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Does human-dog interaction play a part in canine escapes? Being knowledgeable about your dog’s breed can really help when it comes to addressing their energy levels and stimulation needs. Take the time to be with your animal, either on walks, runs at the park or playing. Doing any of these activities on a daily basis will help them want to settle down when they are at home. Channel their energy in a positive manner so they are less likely to bolt for a chance to run.

Typically, however, in these types of situations, redirecting the dog to a different, positive activity helps.

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How can one make a backyard entertaining for dogs? By making the backyard more stimulating. If your dog is engaged and having fun in their surroundings, they will be less tempted to see what’s ‘over the fence.’ Have toys specifically for outdoor use or set up obstacle courses and teach your dog how to go through it. Make your backyard the best place in the world for your dog.

“Visit www.OntarioSPCA.ca for even more pet care tips and advice. It is a great resource for all sorts of pet questions. The site is bursting with fact sheets for crate training, indoor activities, enrichment toys, how to build enrichment toys etc. -- all sorts of things to help curb your dog’s desire to run away.”

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Harness YOUR ENERGY

THIS SPRING MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR POTENTIAL! MOVE AROUND, JUMP, RUN AND FROLIC! INSPIRE YOUR OWN INCREDIBLE LIFE -- HARNESS YOUR ENERGY!

Photography by PAWSH STUDIO Model DIGUE BRAGA Dog models CASH the lab-mix and MILA the French Bulldog Harnesses from EZ-X HARNESS (www.ezxharness.com)

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Harness your style A leisurely stroll is always a good idea and an excellent opportunity to flaunt your harnessed style for all to see!

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Harness your love

Spending quality time with your pooch is a wonderful anytime pastime. Reaffirm your bond by doing as many dog-friendly activities as possible as often a you can.

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Harness happiness Is there anything as joyful as the sight of a happy dog? Follow their example! It is only by letting loose that we can truly harness our own happiness.

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Harness your path

No matter what direction you wish to head, always remember that you can create any path you wish!

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THINGS WE (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE)

HEMP DOG TOY BASKET

Even our pups can live green this year with this stunning hemp dog toy basket! Made from all natural materials and complete with a handy coated lining for no-hassle cleaning, this basket will help keep your home neat and tidy, while making the earth a little better off too!

www.harrybarker.com

BILLY WOLF DOG RAIN JACKET

This handcrafted, durable rain jacket flaunts an incredible attention to detail akin to that seen on the famous catwalks of New York! Tailored for a doggy disposition and nature, this bright and cheerful garment offers reinforced stitching, a waxed exterior and easy-to-close velcro fasteners. Guaranteed to make you smile on the dreariest of rainy days!

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IFETCH

iFetch is a high-tech gizmo that allows your dog to play fetch all by themselves! Simply drop the tennis ball into the top and wait for it to shoot out! You can adjust the ‘throwing’ distance for indoor and outdoor use and the iFetch turns off on its own when not in use. It helps keep Fido entertained when you’re busy!

www.ifetch.com

HELLO FIDO! GREETINGS SIGN

For a greeting only dog lovers can appreciate, this darling little handmade steel sign is a hilarious way to welcome people to your humble abode. Hang it on your front door, by a guestroom entrance, or even as a piece of wall decor in your home – humour goes with anything!

www.uncommongoods.com


ANCHORS AWEIGH DOG TOY

Cottage days are just around the corner, but get a jump start on the summer fun by treating your dog to an adorable nautical toy! This non-toxic rubber anchor floats, making it an ideal play thing for the dock, the lake or even the bathtub! Hardy and almost too cute to stand, this toy will be sure to anchor any day in lots of fun!

www.waggo.com

FOOTED DOG BOWL

Go ahead – play with your food! The darling footed feature of this Dylan Kendall design makes dinner time a fun time! Best of all, it can be used for kibble or for salsa at your next dinner party – an instant conversation starter! Made from premium stoneware that is non-toxic – serving only the best for your pets!

www.uncommongoods.com

ZIGGY ISLAND PET BED

Snooze in style with this flashy circular pet bed! Printed with water-based inks and designed from hemp materials, this pom-pom finished pillow will make a comfy getaway for any pet! Flop on the floor or cozy up on the couch – the possibilities are endless for sweet dreams!

www.seescoutsleep.com

ECO COTTON TOTE ’Tis the season for toting stuff around, so everyone needs a new tote bag, yes? This classic black and white Scottie silhouetted tote is exceptionally cute. Plus it’s eco-friendly, all cotton and easy to wash! What more could you want? Ideal for carrying around your dog’s accessories!

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DID YOU

Know...?

INTERESTING FACTS THAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOUR DOG. Photography by PAWSH STUDIO

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To hug or not to hug According to some animal experts, dogs do not like being hugged. In basic behaviour terms, the extension of a limb over or around their oh-so cuddly bodies is actually inerpretted instincually as a sign of dominance. While many domesticated, well trained dogs will permit a hug from a human, it is not a natural action for them.

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Business in the harness Service dogs are specially trained to be focused on ‘on duty’ whenever they are wearing their unifrom harness. But the moment that harness comes off, they revert into a playful, goofy state to really let loose. It’s like us wearing a suit to work and then coming home and changing into sweats.

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Up your sleeve In ancient China, the Emporer had huge armies and personal guards at his disposal. However, his ultimate last line of defense was his trained pet Pekingnese who he kept hidden in his large over-sized sleeves. If anyone came too close, those little sharp teeth came out! Yikes!

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Wacky wet noses Apparently a dog’s nose isn’t wet just to be wet. The moisture actually helps a canine to determine from what direction a scent is wafting. That’s right -- directional smelling! Mad skills indeed! No doubt a handy trick when it comes to sniffing out the best treats!

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Spikey style Spiked collars have been around for centuries. This style was invented in ancient Greece for practical purposes -- to help protect a dogs’ vulnerable throat from wolf or predator attacks. So much more than a ‘tough dog’ status symbol.

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Popcorn paws There is a reason so many dogs paws smell like delicious popcorn kernals. What is it? Body odor! A dog’s paws essentially collect all sorts of microscopic bacteria as they run around their day and their paw pads sweat to regulate body temperature. The blend of bacteria and sweaty feet results in a popcorn-like scent! If only humans could smell that good due to sweating. Sigh.

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Fabulous

dog treats!

to reward your dog

THE TASTIEST, MOST WHOLESOME TREATS WITH THIS SEASON

LAMB COMPLETE www.sojos.com

Made with freeze-dried lamb, this new mouth-watering flavour from Sojos is burrsting with nurtrients and taste! Made with 100% natural ingredients and including NO preservatives, artifical colours, grains or artificial flavours, this treat is barking up the right tree on so many levels!

“ROMA” TRAINER SNACK www.bunter.de

A loaded morsel made with low-fat, high-protein turkey meat that will help to keep you dog energized without packing on the pounds! An excellent source of tasty protein for a well rounded doggy diet or training regime.

TREAT SMART www.lincolnbark.com

A tasty bite loaded with protein, calcium, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Made with all human-grade ingredients and a superfood called the Chia Seed that promotes good heart health and natural detoxification. Dogs are sure to drool over these smart cookies!

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KIBBLE & BITS

THE PERFECT DOG By Dr. Roger Mugford

While no dog is perfect, this book, written by the inventor of the Halti Collar, sets out to debunk many of the media perpetuated myths surrounding dog training. Dr. Mugford embraces treating your dog as a member of the family, instead of a wild ancestral wolf, and teaches readers how to train a healthy, happy dog with love and understanding.

FIND MOMO

by Andrew Knapp

Instagram sensation Andrew Knapp and his faithful border collie, Momo, embark on wonderful adventures in this stunning one-of-a-kind dog photography book. Featuring beautiful landscapes and exquisite photography, it’s up to the reader to find where the mischievous pup is hiding on each page. A delightful journey for readers of all ages!

SWISSRIDGE BERNADOODLES: A HEAD TO TAIL GUIDE by Sherry Rupke and Sandy Rideout

A certified Veterinary technician with over 15 years of breeding experience, Sherry Rupke shares her personal story of breeding the happy hybrid affectionately known as the Bernadoodle. Comprehensive, easy-to-read and in many ways entertaining, this book not only educates readers about this new mix, but also shares insightful tips for finding ethical, reputable breeders and choosing the right breed and puppy for your family dynamic.

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FEW FAVOURITE TITLES TO DEVOUR ENTHUSIASTICALLY THIS SPRING! ESCAPE INTO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PETS.

STREET DOGS by Traer Scott

A stunning collection of incredible images and carefully researched biographies featuring street dogs. Witness their individual stories in their loving eyes, as well as through this masterfully curated edition of soulful and heartbreaking photography.

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein

A true tear-jerker written with the wit, earnestness, humour and irony that only a dog’s innocent perception could evoke. Exploring themes of journey, life, love, loyalty and hope this novel is a genuine page turner that will capture your heart forever.

A BIG LITTLE LIFE by Dean Koontz

This best-selling novelist pays tribute to his beloved Golden Retriever, Trixie – a retired service dog. Although impeccably trained, Trixie brought so much into the tight-knit family and in the few short years she lived with them, transformed their perceptions and beliefs permanently. A gorgeous memory captured in words.

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CLOSING NOTES

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Recline SPRING

Written by AARON M.P. JACKSON Photography by KAREN WEILER

Sunlit porch

A place for dog and friend Rays Of Warm Contentment

Trumpet notes Blown by the breeze of The corner street Musician Play host to a nap

Penciled into the Schedule of the Dog

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Pawsh Magazine No. 9 | The ART of BARK | Spring 2014