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Welcome Hello everyone! Well, it’s official! The chilly season is here and to help us make the most of this (typically) less favoured time of year, Pawsh is focusing the entire issue upon “that fuzzy feeling”that indescribable joy that can only be supplied by our beloved pets. Flipping through our sixth edition’s pages you’ll find warming recipes for you and pup to gobble up together, the awe-inspiring work of pet photographer Michael Brian, a delightful barnyard that defies all survival odds, a story of the streets and a special pair of slippers, as well as our usual unique product finds and style pages. Thank you everyone for your incredible support over this past year. With your help Pawsh has grown exponentially in a very short time and is looking toward a bright, exciting future. I can’t tell you how much your lovely words, tweets and messages mean to myself and the Pawsh team. It is a privilege to be able to put together yet another issue of this passion project, to explore new subjects on each page and find new stories from the pet world to help us all learn how to make life the best it can possibly be for our fur kids. As always, profound thanks to the wonderful team of Pawsh writers, photographers, designers and sponsors who continue to help make this magazine a source joy and comfort. It is with great pleasure that I introduce now the sixth edition of Pawsh. Enjoy!

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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.

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.

Sarah Sypniewski

www.ninjadogconcepts.showitsite.com

Sarah is a writer and entrepreneur living in Santa Monica, CA with her partner Kim and pack of rescue pooches who like to hog the furniture. Coowner of Bark Pet Photography and NinjaDog Concepts, a lost dog logistics service, she is busy writing about it all. Her blog, Sarah Leaps, was recognized as Freshly Pressed by WordPress in August 2011. Her poem, Paws Amidst Pain, written about the therapy dogs of 9/11, is a much-loved tribute used by service dog agencies everywhere. Her first book, Dog Photography For Dummies (Wiley), was just released in November 2011. Despite these credentials, she still can’t seem to get a place on the couch—and she’d have it no other way.

ALLISON VORSTENBOSCH

www.theallusionist.ca

Allison is a recovering English major. She spends her days selling chocolates in order to fund her real passion: writing, whether it be about animals or Canadian television. She previously blogged about her adventures in Canadian content and is now a guest contributor to the filmarmy blog. In an attempt to explore her creative side, her new blog will feature short stories, cinematic scenes, soliloquys and maybe even a sonnet. May God help us all.

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photogr LIZ BRADLEY

www.elizabethandjane.ca

Liz Bradley is a dog lover who lives with her husband, and their three little fur-kids, Paddington, Wellington and Corduroy, in Ottawa, Ontario. She has a passion for photographing pets, portraits and weddings and also runs the Ottawa Dog Blog.

Claudette Carracedo

www.claudettecarracedophoto.com

Claudette sees animals as she sees people, entirely unique with a story that is truly their own. Whether she’s photographing lifestyle, commercial or editorial work, her goal is to document a story that is honest and personal. She calls Vancouver, Canada her home.

STEPHANIE HEIM

www.stephanieheim.com

Stephanie grew up with an unquenchable passion for the visual arts and fell in love with photography during her final year of high school. A graduate of Algonquin College’s challenging photography program, Stephanie is now hard at work exploring the world of photography any way she can.

Laura Norris

www.laurajanephotography.ca

Laura is an Ottawa-based natural light photographer specializing in maternity, newborn and family photography. Her style is contemporary and prefers capturing special candid moments rather than stiff and posed photos. Laura’s passion is creating unique and classic memories for her clients that can be cherished for a lifetime. She is also a dog lover—she adopted her best friend Riley from the Ottawa Humane Society in August and he is often the subject of her personal work.

KIM RODGERS

www.barkpetphotography.com

Kim graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA with a BA in Studio Arts. Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, PEOPLEPets.com, LAist.com, TMZ, PEOPLE Style Watch Magazine, and Dogs Today Magazine. She is also a founding and current board member of Lu Parker Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving conditions at LA Animal Shelters while enlisting the help of local at-risk youth looking to give back to their community.

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aphers TONYA SCHABACKER

www.tonyapetphotography.com

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.

Natalie Schleyer

www.sugarpost.ca

Natalie is a proud mom of three children and three furbabies who lives in Merrickville, Ontario with the love of her life. Passionate about photography, Natalie’s latest venture, The Sugar Post, is a one-of-a-kind prop shop to help fellow photo enthusiasts take their visual concepts to the next level.

SF Pet Photography

www.simonefauque.com

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.

design beauty Minh Tam Nguyen

Minh believes that beauty lies in the details, a belief that serves her well in her work as a graphic designer. With over a decade of graphic design experience, ranging from corporate work to freelance, her skills are diverse and versatile. When she’s not busy creating gorgeous layouts on the computer, she is often pursuing other creative outlets, such as jewelery, stationary and more. She also enjoys mad cuddles with Rory while working in the PAWSH office!

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Artist Profile

Interview by Laura L. Benn Photography by Michael Brian

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ichael Brian is a Los Angeles photographer who began his career in the fashion world, but now spends his days gallivanting through remote woodlands and gritty urban cores with canine companions and a camera in hand. His spectacular portrayals of dogs and their natural ability to bond when properly understood is like nothing else currently in the artistic pet world. PAWSH chatted with Michael about his vision for healthy human-dog relationships, what needs to change in the pet world and why true connection is the most important thing in life.

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Whether you’re going to learn to drive a racecar or become a chef, you have to endure a vast learning process in order to be successful. You’re not just going to jump in a car. You’re going to learn how to drive, go to seminars, learn about the engine, how it works and lots of other things. When it comes to dogs, however, people dive into pet parenthood because it looks cute.

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Why did you begin photographing dogs?

I take dogs very seriously. There is a special relationship between their reason for being here on the planet and the environment that I try to portray them in. It doesn’t matter to me that nobody gets it; it’s important to me that it’s there.

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I have a resonance with dogs, I have had ever since I was a kid. I joke that I was a dog in a past lifetime. I feel what they mean and try to capture that in photos. That meaning can effect 10 people in 10 completely different ways. That’s what I love about photos – you can sit there and look at them for a while and see different things.

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Your ‘dogscapes’ are very unique. Where did they come from?

Four years ago I reached out to a trainer who has some very enlightened approaches to training that develops the connection between human and dog. Raising a dog is like raising a child – you have to hold yourself culpable for the animal in your care. People see animals as disposable and don’t pay them enough attention in general. It’s easier for them to not make the effort, to be lazy and say, ‘Oh, well, I didn’t know any better.’ My dogscapes portray the spectacular bond and connection that is possible with a dog if people make the effort, truly make the effort, to understand them. My trainer friend and his blue pitbull have absolute trust between them. Nothing in those dogscapes is created with Photoshop.

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How can people get that connection?

As with anything, whether you’re going to learn to drive a racecar or become a chef, you have to endure a vast learning process in order to be successful. You’re not just going to jump in a car. You’re going to learn how to drive, go to seminars, learn about the engine, how it works and lots of other things. When it comes to dogs, however, people operate from their hearts, not their heads. They dive into pet parenthood because it looks cute. They are not prepared, then they run around trying to put bandaids on the situation when things go wrong. They need to educate themselves and should learn all there is to learn. I said earlier that I believe dogs are on this planet for a reason. I think that underlying reason is love. They are here to teach us about love and relationships.

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What makes dogs great teachers?

Check out the entire animal kingdom – there is no ego. They operate from instinct, from how they feel. When humans are children we operate from that same place. Kids haven’t been influenced by society or the human race yet, so they operate from instinct. “I need love, food, play and sleep,” is basically their thinking. That’s how dogs resonate too. For a couple years of a child’s life, they are on the same level as dogs, then the pollution of the system begins. We can learn so much from that honest instinct and dogs never lose it.

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A lot of people think that photographing animals is just a matter of point and click because they are so cute. What does your creative process involve?

Interestingly enough I think a lot of it goes back to my days in fashion. I was a model and have a great appreciation for fashion photography and the glamour, texture, grace and movement of it. Texture still plays largely into the photos I do now. Mostly though, I like to be put into the environment and find the shot, rather than think of the shot before hand. I was an architecture major in school, so my work is very graphic and bold with a strong emphasis on shapes and spacial relationship. I’m fascinated by how all of these elements play together and the ‘in you face-ness’ it creates.

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I see in your portfolio that you shoot dogs and children, two notoriously difficult subjects. What’s your secret to working well with both together? Oh, you mean the “Fur-ocious” shoot. That was just a fashion commercial project and it was really cool. I think working with the two together, as difficult as it is, can give you magical results if you let the process unfold. If you just watch them, they will lead you to the shot.

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What would you like to see change in the pet world in the next five to 10 years?

The way rescue happens. I would like to see a complete unwinding and reworking of the entire rescue situation. I would like to see laws or licences put into place for you to obtain a dog to make sure you’re trained to be a parent to that dog. I would like to see licensing that at least covers basic training and commands. Think about it, if all shelters taught the dogs basic training, such as ‘sit, stay, lay down and come’ and took potential pet parents through that process, there would be a basic respect formed. It should require so many sessions to connect before taking that animal home. I would also like to see animal-related advertising and visual media really really step out of their comfort zone and show some avant-garde work as the norm rather than ‘dumbing-down’ the process of it. There are people in advertising agencies working for dog related companies who don’t even like dogs! They are just going through the motions of slapping a ‘cute’ picture on a product. If we really tried to once again understand connection and our dogs, we could produce some really educational and inspired stuff.

To see more of Michael’s work, visit www.michaelbrianphoto.com.

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Water Dogs:

Diving into hydrotherapy Written by Allison Vorstenbosch Photographed by Liz Bradley

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Lianne Zitzelsberger and Jennifer Donaldson are trained hydrotherapists and owners of Canine Water Wellness in Ottawa, Ontario. Dogs visit them for a whole range of reasons from arthritis to spinal injuries. Even paralysis and neurological conditions can be helped through the .

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f your darling doggie doesn’t necessarily have any injuries or chronic pain, hydrotherapy (or even swimming) can still be helpful. Donaldson lists, “stress release and boredom release” as other ways that dogs benefit from their unique services. And if your pup is packing a few extra pounds, you might want to talk to your vet about getting him in the water for some extra exercise. “Just like for humans, it is a great way to stay in shape. It engages all the muscle groups as well as improves the cardiovascular and respiratory systems,” explains Zitzelsberger. “The resistance of the water is 20 times that of air, so it can be said that a five minute swim is equivalent to a five mile run.” What is it about hydrotherapy that makes it so beneficial? “The water creates a non-weight bearing environment, allowing for the dog to practice certain movement that might not be possible on land due to injury,” Donaldson states. “More vigorous exercise in the water, however, can help increase the use of limbs and strengthen joint support which helps your dog return to his regular active self.” But according to Zitzelsberger, even just floating in the water can help alleviate pain or inflammation. Zitzelsberger and Donaldson thoroughly examine all canine clientele and work with a vet referral to figure out the best treatment plan before jumping into the water. Apart from science, hydrotherapists need a good understanding of dog behaviour too since some puppies may not be fans of the water. Even those who love to doggie paddle need special consideration before taking the plunge. Safety is always of the utmost concern.

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According to Donaldson, they work to get the dog comfortable in the pool room and then slowly into the water itself. “The goal is to get the dog to realize that they can swim as soon as possible. Once they know that, the rest is easy.” The hope is for dogs to have a fun and enjoyable experience while healing. As your dog’s person, you will be involved in the process as well. You can watch the session on a monitor and see what is going on in the water. “Owners are encouraged to be in the pool room to provide reassurance and ‘kudos’ throughout the session,” explains Donaldson. “The session is always ends on a good note, so the next time the dog is much more relaxed and looking forward to fun in the water.” Even if you don’t think your pup needs hydrotherapy, swimming in the pools at these centres is an amazing way to exercise your pooch in a safe environment, especially during the winter. Even if you are dogless, hydrotherapy can help other pets as well. “If an animal can swim, then hydrotherapy can be beneficial,” says Donaldson. Muriel Dupuis and her beloved dog Praline are just two of many who benefit from Zitzelsberger and Donaldson’s expertise. Praline survived two cancer operations but developed arthritis in her back legs when she was just 11-years-old. Dupuis called her, “her social butterfly” as Praline loved her long walks and befriending all the canines and their humans in the neighbourhood.

After trying several medications, a prosthetic and even a wheelchair, they turned to Canine Water Wellness. According to Dupuis, “they understood our feelings and worries. They examined our precious furry girl and believed they could help her.” There she watched Praline, who started her first swim dragging her worst leg, gradually gain mobility and strength. It wasn’t long before Praline looked forward to her water time and her family saw improvements. “On the third visit, when we took her out of the car to our amazement, she started to walk on her own towards the clinic. Her legs got stronger gradually and fairly quickly and she could resume her previous short walks,” says Dupuis. Though hydrotherapy improved Praline’s quality of life, she unfortunately passed away this year from a spleen tumour. Dupuis is happy that she for all the time she had with her cherished fur child. “We know that water therapy has given us an extra nine months of her love for which we will be forever grateful.” Whether you are looking to heal your canine, improve their mobility or just help them shed a couple pounds, hydrotherapy is a great option to consider for you and your pooch. After all, you know what they say: a doggie paddle a day keeps the doctor away! To learn more about Canine Water Wellness visit www.caninewaterwellness.com.

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Top d o g s ! minds in the pet world

PAWSH chats with some of the best and brightest creative about life, business and chasing dreams!

Lisa Larter, www.lisalarter.com Lisa is the founder and CEO of the Lisa Larter Group, a company designed to help entrepreneurs and corporations build relationships with their customers through social media so they can increase traffic to their websites. She is also the Chief Social Officer of eWomenSocial Advantage – a division of eWomenNetwork. Location: I split my time between our three homes in Ottawa (Ontario), Parkers Cove (Nova Scotia) and Naples (Florida). Pets: Two Miniature Wire Coat Dachshunds, named Gretchen and Eddy. What inspired my business: I have always been an entrepreneur of some sort since the age of 12 when

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I was hired and fired from my first job within 24 hours, because I was too young to be employed. In 2006 I left my corporate job to open Parlez Wireless, a TELUS Store which was my first full time gig being self employed. I soon fell in love with social media. I began dreaming of opening a consulting business to teach people about the endless possibilities of these new platforms.


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Favorite thing about my job: I love the diversity of my customer base! I work with individuals who are just getting started, I’ve helped celebrities like Deepak Chopra, worked with Fortune 500 companies and have had the opportunity to travel all over North America to speak at conferences and events. It is fun and always changing. Secret trick for working with animals in the office: The treat bowl! It sits on my desk and is as my diversion tactic when my little monsters decide that they want to bark at something they see out the window. Works every time! Three things I can’t live without: Wow, only three? If I get to exclude my two dogs and husband then I think I would need my iPad and coffee and wine would be close seconds and thirds. But I’m also pretty addicted to my Sonicare toothbrush! As a child I dreamed of being: Famous! I wanted to be a super star singer! I grew up in Haliburton and I swear, Shania Twain has the life I was supposed to live!! If I could train my pet to do anything it would be: Housework! I’d love it if they could keep the house clean!

Best advice I ever received: “Act like you already have the job you want.” When I worked in the corporate world that really resonated with me because it allowed me to see that leadership is more than a title. I think this has helped me in my business and life because I try to be the person I want others to perceive me as. I believe I can be who I want today. If I act that way—it becomes that way. Worst advice I ever received: I think it was a belief instilled in me by many people when I was young: “Work hard, get a good education and you will have a good life.” I have always been a hard worker but I quit high school halfway through my final year. It took me a long time to realize that this did not make me a flawed individual. There are many paths to being educated. I hope that I inspire others by sharing openly and honestly that I do not have a high school diploma, I am not a college grad or university educated—but I do have a passion for learning. I listen to mentors, I act on great advice and I have created a pretty awesome life. Favorite quote: I love this by Eleanor Roosevelt: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

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Sarah Gross, www.rescuechocolate.myshopify.com Sarah is the founder and owner of Rescue Chocolate, a sweet organization that sells vegan chocolate and donates 100 per cent of the net profits to reputable animal rescue organizations. Location: Brooklyn, NY Pets: Mocha (pit bull) What inspired your business: Definitely a love of animals and love of chocolate. Favourite thing about your job: Making a difference in the lives of homeless animals, even if it is only a small contribution. Secret trick for working with animals in the office: Having lots of chew toys hidden under blankets and furniture. Three things I can’t live without: Exercise, dark chocolate, loved ones (human and non-human).

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As a child dreamed of being: A professional ballerina. I actually danced with several ballet companies for three years during college. If I could train my pet to do anything I would: Ask her to greet people a little less enthusiastically. Best advice you’ve ever received: Take time to breathe. Worst advice you’ve ever received: Play it safe. Favourite quote: “Energy is a delight.”


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Todd Schulz and Petra Jungebluth, www.cloud7.de

Todd and Petra are a husband and wife team who in 2010 created Cloud 7: Finest Interiors For Dogs and Dog Lovers, a luxury German brand of beautifully designed pet products now sold in 30 countries worldwide. Location: Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany Pets: Johan, an 11-year-old Black Labrador What inspired our business: We both come from a creative background; Petra from fashion design with Tommy Hilfiger and German brand Strenesse; Todd from a Creative Director position at international ad agencies Wieden + Kennedy and MC Saatchi. When we returned to Berlin after having lived abroad for many years in New York, London and Amsterdam, it was clear to Petra that she wanted to launch a new idea. Being a dog lover and living with our dog Johan, Petra had noticed that it is almost impossible to find nice pet accessories. Almost all products, especially dog beds, were either designed with the typical patterns of doggie clichÊs or came in tacky diva style. So Petra started to design two ranges of dog bed collections, very pure and simple in design, coming from the understanding that dogs beds should also integrate beautifully into a sophisticated home interior. We developed a mattress that is comfortable and appeals to the ergonomics of the pet. We found fabrics that were purely organic and free of pesticide treatment in production. The ambition has mainly been to produce things for dogs in a quality and design that we humans would also demand for ourselves. Todd was helping out on the marketing side in the beginning, he later quit his job in his agency to focus on Cloud 7’s communication. So here we are, two years later, with a constantly growing product range and distribution, being very happy that a crazy idea has worked out!

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Favorite thing about our job: A great aspect of developing products for dogs is, that we are working in a field that puts a smile on people’s faces. Receiving positive reactions from people worldwide that they find in Cloud7 what they had been missing before, just like we did, is also wonderful. It’s a great motivation to see that an initial idea that we believed in is making sense to a wide range of other dog lovers and pushes us to move on and extend the brand with more and more products. Best thing about working with animals in office: We will never have to do any market research. Johan, our black Labrador, just tells us very directly what he thinks is great or not. We just have to be careful that he doesn’t constantly opens boxes with products that he claims for himself but were meant to go on sale. As a child I was dreaming of being: Petra: A vet, no doubt about that. Todd: A soccer star. If I could train my dog to do anything: It would be great if Johan could say, “No, you just stay on the couch, I can do my little walk around the block at night myself.” It would also be nice if he would not constantly sit in front of the telly when great soccer matches are happening. Best advice I have ever received: Always listen to your dog. Favorite Quote: German comedian: A life without dogs is possible. But pointless.

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Nutrition

Hearty Beef Stew for Two (Or Three, or Four!) Written and photographed by LAURA NORRIS

soothe the canine soul

Keep the fall chilliness away with an easy and delicious beef stew that will and yours too!

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t’s happened. Seemingly overnight we have landed smack dab in the middle of autumn. The times for cold drinks on a patio, weekends at the cottage and backyard barbecues have been replaced with the scent of wood fires, big mugs brimming with steaming cocoa and ‘stick to your ribs’ comfort food that will warm you up from the inside. My favourite way to spend a cold winter night is sitting by the fire with my husband and our two dogs, Riley and Stella, enjoying a glass of red wine and a soul-warming bowl of hearty stew. But why should we get all the fun?

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In this edition I’m going to show you how to make a stew that will leave both you and your furry friends licking their chops. The best part? You can toss in just about any vegetable* which is great for those who have picky eaters! As tasty as this stew is, it is also packed with vitamins, calcium, potassium, and iron from all the vegetables (shhh, don’t tell the kids – or furkids!) *If you are feeling adventurous and want to throw in some vegetables other than the ones I am using, make sure to check with your veterinarian to make sure your ingredients are pet-friendly. Nothing ruins a cozy night in like a trip to the pet hospital.


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A delicious, easy-to-make stew that your whole family will gobble up in no time at all. Plus it’s dog-friendly!

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Hearty Beef Stew for Two (Or Three, or Four!) The recipe for both human and canine stews is quite similar, so it won’t take much extra effort to prepare. Just remember to have two pots on the stove – one for you and one for the pup! Ingredients for humans and dogs

Extra Ingredients JUST for humans

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10 To the pot with dog-friendly beef, add the following: green beans, brown rice, 2.5 cups of broth

2 Pat the beef dry with a clean towel and cube

11 Simmer both pots for 1.5 – 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Stew is ready when beef and potatoes are tender.

2 lbs stewing beef ½ cup all purpose flour vegetable oil 5 carrots, peeled and chopped 5 stalks celery, washed and chopped 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped handful of green beans, washed and chopped 5 cups low sodium beef broth ½ cup brown rice

1 Preheat two heavy bottomed pots over medium heat

3 Divide the cubes of beef into two separate bowls (one for you, one for your pup!) 4 (for people-friendly portion only) Coat the human portion of beef with flour (flour acts as a thickening agent and will create a ‘gravy’ with your stew) 5 Lightly cover the bottom of each pot with vegetable oil and toss in the meat in a single layer 6 Sear the meat on all sides until it is evenly browned (you may have to work in batches depending on the size of your pot) 7 When the meat is browned, drain any excess oil and fat (be sure to leave the caramelized browned bits from the beef though, those are loaded with flavour!) 8 Divide the carrots, celery, and sweet potato and add to each pot 9 To the pot with the people-friendly beef, add the following: mushrooms, bay leaf, rosemary, wine and 2.5 cups of broth

handful of button mushrooms, washed and chopped ½ cup of red wine bay leaf sprig of fresh rosemary salt and pepper

12 Discard bay leaf and rosemary sprig.

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Remember to let your pet’s portion cool completely before serving If you have leftover portions for your pet, it can be divided in an ice cube tray for future treats! Pet portions can be mixed with kibble if you do not often treat you furry friend to such lavish meals Human portions are great with warm crusty bread – perfect for dipping!

Other vegetables to consider (human and pet friendly) Spinach Kale Peas Corn Broccoli

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Fa-la Fashions A few knick-knacks to add sparkle over the holidays

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Written and photographed by Natalie Schyeler I had no idea what to expect as I drove up the little laneway leading into an immense countryside, but the sight that greeted me made my heart swell. Stoic red barns surrounded by wide open space dotted the landscape, as did a few ancient trees, including a stunning 200-year-old oak with a tire swing gently rocking in the warm breeze. Cats lounged in the grass, horses grazed in the fields, pigs, chickens, geese, sheep, llamas, a yak and an emu frolicked about the and dogs watched over it all.

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sat in my car with the door open for a little while, taking it all in, and was greeted by a Shepherd-wolf mix who would later be introduced to me as Bear. He greeted me like a true gentleman with a lick to my hand and appropriately became my ambassador while I visited the ranch that is now home to over 100 rescued animals. I had arrived at Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary (BSRAS) and would leave a slightly different person. Big Sky was opened by Andy Parent in 2002 and is located just outside of Kemptville, Ontario. It is the only no-kill sanctuary of it’s kind in Eastern Ontario for homeless and abused domestic and farm animals rescued from all over Canada. Big Sky Ranch’s motto is that “all animals deserve a second chance without a time limit” and it survives solely on donations and the generous work of volunteers. Over the years it has rescued over 1600 animals. Many visitors to the ranch wish to know an animal’s back-story, but according to Andy his focus is not necessarily upon the reason why the animal arrived in his care, but instead how he can help. Over the last decade, Andy has discovered that the majority of animals do not come to the sanctuary due to cruelty or neglect, but instead arrive because their owner passed away or moved into a retirement home, a family break up or loss of income.

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Do some of the animals come from abusive and neglectful homes? Sadly yes, many do. Yet despite what he sees every day Andy continues to believe that people are inherently good. He says he feels blessed to be able to help animals and be a part of finding them new forever homes. Sometimes that forever home ends up being at the ranch itself, due to either demanding medical conditions or emotional scarring from difficult pasts—two things that Andy has also experienced first-hand in his life. As a young boy, Andy lived in a series of foster and group homes and openly reveals that his childhood was troubled. However, he believes that it is his past that has shaped him into the man he is today—a man who refuses to give up on an animal just because they are going through something difficult. In 2009, Andy was diagnosed with an incurable leukaemia, but he tries not to think of the disease. Instead he chooses to continue his work, trusting that the animals will teach him everything he needs to learn. He feels they keep him grounded and level headed. Wheneever people comment about how much he has given to the animals, he simply says, “You have no idea how much they given to me.” When dogs leave the ranch, they always look out the window and watch Andy as they drive away. He has always wondered, “Are you saying that you don’t want to leave? Or are you saying thank you?” He believes it is a bit of both. Big Sky Ranch relies solely on donations and its volunteers. Currently they are in need of a volunteer community event planner to aid in finding corporate sponsors and assist in planning their community events. To learn more about Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary and how you can help, please visit them at,

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Story and Photography by VeryVivi (Story told by Laura L. Benn)

beautiful story

The of how a pair of ballet slippers and a golden retriever came together to help bring change to South Africa’s canine community.

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n the 1970s, when I was 10-years-old, I danced in the American Ballet Theatre’s production of La Sylphide at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, New York. Amidst the flurry of intricate footwork and tutus that criss-crossed the enormous stage, I found myself dancing in a dream. I was performing with the famous American Prima Ballerina, Gelsey Kirkland.

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The thrill I felt was indescribable. Miss Kirkland was (and remains to be) my favourite ballerina of all time and a tremendous personal idol, so after her spectacular performance, I screwed up my courage and softly knocked upon her dressing room door. To my complete astonishment she invited me in to talk. It was a magical conversation that swirled around an already perfect evening and the words she spoke to me were filled with kindness and inspiration. Before leaving, my youthful courage once again overwhelmed me and I boldly asked Miss Kirkland if I could keep the pair of pointe shoes she wore during the second act of that evening’s performance as a memory and personal memento. Her eyes swelled with tears and she very generously granted my rather unusual request. I couldn’t believe my luck and from that moment I was convinced that something special existed within those shoes. Today Miss Kirkland continues to accomplish wonder in the dance world with the recent foundation of her Ballet Academy in New York City, now celebrating its second glorious year. And just like her incredible spirit, her former ballet shoes have moved on to bigger things as well. I don’t know why but years later I decided to photograph by beloved golden girl, Vivi, wearing one of the precious ballet slippers. I think on some level I wanted to combine the wisdom and beauty of those shoes with the devotion and loyalty that can only be offered by a dog.

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You may not feel like you are changing the entire world, but your actions do have the power to chance things for the better in small yet powerful ways.

The result was a series of images that I have grown to treasure. One day a woman by the name of Brigitte Reeve-Taylor reached out to me on behalf of her organization “Dancers Love Dogs.” The non-profit group orchestrates an annual dance show to raise money to aid homeless shelter dogs in Cape Town, South Africa. Brigitte wanted to use one of my ‘dancing dog’ images as the logo for her organization. I was flattered to say the least and immediately agreed. Now “Dancers Love Dogs” is hoping to expand their fundraising performances to Johannesburg so they may help even more dogs in need. Step by step they are working towards making life better for the animals who have nobody to love them. I am proud and humbled to have my work assisting such a wonderful cause and I never fail to smile when I think of how far those simple ballet shoes have come. I share this story as a reminder that no act of kindness goes unnoticed. You may not feel like you are changing the entire world, but your actions do have the power to chance things for the better in small yet powerful ways. To see more of Vivi’s work, please visit http://missvivigold.blogspot.ca.

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Breed Profile

Written by Alexander Bentley Photography by Tonya Schabacker Miniature Pinschers. It’s easy to assume with a name like that that this lovely little dog is a perfect copy of the larger German (or Doberman) Pinscher, at one-eighth the size. But no. Both large and small Pinschers may have shared a common ancestor, but Mini Pinschers and their distant German/Doberman cousins have nothing but a passing physical similarity – their personalities are as different as night and day.

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ini Pinschers are toysized, rarely topping 12 pounds – but anyone who thinks these tiny dogs are calm lap-or-purse companions is in for a surprise; the Mini Pinscher is a constantly moving ball of pure energy. Think “jet-powered toddler on a sugar rush” and you’ll be close.

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It’s generally considered true that a Mini Pinscher will be able to fit through any hole larger than a human fist. And, if they can get loose, a Mini Pinscher will. It’s not that they don’t love their people (they do), it’s just that they really want to run around and explore everything. Forever. Well kept fences and leashes are a must with this curious breed in general; although dedicated training also helps.


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While sharp, Mini Pinschers are a wildly stubborn breed who’ll resist training to the best of their ability. Persistence is the key and the benefits of training are more than just not having to clean up doggie doo inside the house. Untrained Mini Pinschers think they’re the kings of all they survey, and they’ll act like it; it’s their default way of thinking. It’s important to let them know that, while loved, they’re not in charge of the world. Like many toy breeds, the Mini Pinscher has several health issues revolving around their cute little twig-like legs. It’s important to do a bit of research and ask a vet about the specifics, as well as making sure the dog doesn’t get underfoot. Be careful when the Mini Pinscher is around children too – they don’t take well to roughhousing.

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A properly socialized Mini Pinscher gets along well with other dogs, but they really shine around people who can love then for their high-energy antics. Even when they (finally) get tired, a Mini Pinscher will continue to slather on the adorable antics and wiggle its way onto a lap or under covers for hugs. For an experienced dog owner, the Miniature Pinscher is a wonderful – if unrepentantly spunky – companion. Their itty-bitty size is perfect for smaller homes, while their big personalities can fill even the largest spaces. With lots of love, a Mini Pinscher can live deep into its teens, providing an almost endless stream of energetic friendship. Assuming you can keep up with them of course.


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5 Ways to

With Your Dog Written by Laura L. Benn Photography by Stephanie Heim

Don’t lose sight of your canine relationship amidst a hectic schedule. These five simple tips can help without you keep your sacrificing your to-do list.

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Multitasking games

Taking your pup for a walk in the morning and a run in the evening is not enough attention. They need lots of mental stimulation for true happiness, so use your imagination and think of some creative ways to work more play into your day. For example, putting away the dishes? Dance around the kitchen at the same time and encourage pup to bounce around too. Working from home? Play a friendly round of indoor fetch. Cooking? Make your pup do tricks for pieces of fresh apple or carrot. There is always room to incorporate play into tasks that have to be completed, which will benefit your pup and reduce stress for you.

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We all have busy social lives on top of our professional obligations, but don’t leave Fido at home! Instead host a casual event where wellbehaved dogs are welcome. Book clubs, wine and cheese nights, yoga at home and movie nights can all be made Fido-friendly so you can spend quality time with your friends, human and furry alike.

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Dogs are natural pack animals and as such they relish any opportunity to feel close to you. After a long hard day at work instead of curling up on the couch in front of the tv, spend a little time sitting on the floor instead. Your dog will love to curl up close to you and receive a

few extra snuggles. Sitting on the floor will be seen as a different activity for your pup (who may be used to sitting on the couch with you instead), thus creating a fun bonding experience. Worried the floor is too hard to lounge about on? Invest in some floor pillows!

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Less screen time

Even though dogs cannot understand the complexities of the English language, some studies suggest that being spoken to reaffirms a dog’s attention to their person. Similar to how you may leave the radio or television on in the background when you’re not at home as company for your dog, reading aloud creates an easy way to spend time together. “But I don’t read anything,” you may be worrying. Nonsense. Books, newspapers, blogs, even tweets can all be read aloud over your morning coffee or late night snack, creating yet another pocket of time that can be spent bonding with your dog.

Many of us spend the final few hours of the day parked in front of a screen, be it a television or computer. Take the final thirty minutes before bedtime without a screen and instead focus on your dog. It is amazing what can be accomplished in a mere half an hour; an extra walk, a grooming session, a game of tug-ofwar, whatever you wish to make of it! It will be a happy time spent together before saying goodnight.

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Kate Perry likes to joke that she is the for two and four-legged mates. Her work as a dog trainer in New York City, which saw her named `Best Dog Trainer` by New York Magazine, specializes in addressing the stresses of urbanized living with a canine companion. She has worked with over 3000 dogs and their owners and witnessed all sorts of problems, from outgoing dogs who live with introverted owners, to aggression issues, to pesky barking!

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Pawsh Point

Not too long ago, caning children for undesired behaviour was acceptable, but now it is seen as barbaric. For more and more trainers now, it’s the same in the dog world.

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rawing from her 10 years as a professional dog trainer, during which she has worked with the high profile pooches of Anna Wintour, Jon Stewart, Mike Myers and fashion photographer Bruce Weber. Kate is now releasing her much-anticipated book Training for Both Ends of the Leash. Her book combines wit with wisdom and offers invaluable insights into the personality of your pet and understanding what they truly need. Pawsh caught up with Kate to chat about what she believes good training really is and how to deal with all sorts of pup personalities.

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What attracted you to training dogs?

The truth of it is that I actually grew up rescuing animals in the Mediterranean. My mother was big on rescuing critters in need and I’ve always had a passion for nursing them back to health. In a way, I always knew that I was going to work with them one day, I just wasn’t sure in what capacity. Now I’m in New York City teaching dogs and their owners how to live happily together through training.

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How did you get started in training?

I originally moved to New York to pursue acting of all things and did dog-walking on the side. I walked for a few celebrity clients, one of whom had six lovely retrievers. He had trainers come in to work with his dogs and when I saw that I knew it was what I wanted to do. By some stroke of luck, this particular trainer needed an apprentice and I jumped at the chance! I worked for four years with his company, then he moved to Italy and I branched out by myself. I was then called in by the Animal Behaviour College to become their certified mentor trainer for their students in training.

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What makes your book Training for Both Ends of the Leash different from others on the market? The essence of this book is to use real life stories pulled from my client list to demonstrate the commands that I am teaching. It offers an identifiable form of training that people can relate to. And this makes it a more enjoyable, fun read.

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There are so many techniques for training. How do you recommend people find the right fit for them? he first thing you need to always do is realize that everything changes. If you think about the human world and how we study our world, there are always new updates being learned all the time. The dog world is the same. There are always new studies and facts being learned, published and recognized. What we understand now in the dog world is that we really don’t have to train with old-school methods. We will probably learn new things in the future as well. Even if I were to write this book again a few years from now, I`m sure it would have some new content too.

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What is your method?

ine relies on positive reinforcement methods. My first mentor trainer was what is referred to as a cross-over trainer—he came from old-school methods that supported harsh stimuli such as shock and choke collars. However, he learned new methodology that believed harsh painful correction is not necessary, which we now know to be true. It’s like parenting really. Not too long ago, caning children for undesired behaviour was acceptable, but now it is seen as barbaric. It’s the same in the dog world. My method expands upon the new-school of thinking (positive reinforcement) and the book makes it user-friendly knowledge that is useful to all ages of dog. Dogs these days are our buddies, our companions. Our regular domesticated dog doesn’t need to work for us anymore and our perception of them has changed drastically over the years. There is a scientific base that proves positive reinforcement methods work.

Training for Both Ends of the Leash Kate Perry`s first book was released in October 2012.

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Beyond positive reinforcement, what makes your method different?

What I add is some fun!. To make it engaging, I break it down to the four personality traits of the dog, what I call “canine-alites.” For example, you can have 10 bulldogs in a room and you will see distinct and different character traits in each one. There will be the ‘party animal’, the ‘methodical thinker’, the ‘sensitive artist’ and the ‘workaholic’ —as well as combinations of all four! Each personality type will learn differently and need to be handled differently. There is also a drive survey in the book, inspired by other trainers that people can fill out before they begin training. The survey asks questions to get people thinking about their dog’s behaviour, so they can better understand them. It’s broken down to the four drive traits; `Pack, Prey, Fight and Flight.`

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How does figuring out a dog’s personality help with training?

Well training is never ‘one size fits all.’ Instead it is lifestyle specific and must be tailored to suit the dog’s lifestyle, as well as their personality. In Chapter 4 of the book, readers will meet the ‘tomato, to-ma-toe’ dog and human duo. They are complete opposites. The man labelled himself as a curmudgeon. He is an editor who likes to spend most of his time on a computer, doesn’t like people or even going outside. But he had an Australian Shepherd mix, who scored as a very sociable and energetic guy. They were a complete mix-match, but with dedicated training and an understanding for what his dog needed, they were able to make it work.

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How exactly?

My training method is sort of akin to helping an owner and dog shift gears to get where they need to be. If you drive a car up a hill, for example, you have to shift gears to get it to the top. The same premise works with a dog/human relationship. The book is filled with stories about people transforming their relationships with their dogs. With the couple I mentioned before, for example, he loved his dog so much that he took on the commitment to change for his dog’s well-being. He now runs three miles a day along the river with his dog every day. The point is that training is not a quick fix. It is a commitment to live well with and for your dog, to understand them and meet their personality requirements. Every relationship is a work in progress, the same goes for your pet one.

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According to Kate there are four `canine-alites.`

* The Party Animal

Key Traits: Wants to be the centre of attention, winsome, enthusiastic, love of life.

* The Sensitive Artist

Key Traits: Reflective, reserved, and sensitive.


* The Methodical Thinker

Key traits: Always stop and think before acting.

* The Workaholic

Key traits: Determined to get the job done.

What is one of the best lessons people can learn and teach their dogs?

There are many lessons to learn. One is that every dog is different even if they come from the same breed. It is also so important to teach people how to play with their dogs. Take the book’s cover dog, Tucker, for example. There was a time when his owners thought he would have to be put down because he was so aggressive. He even had to be sedated at the vet’s office just to fit a collar! So I worked with him and his owners to find out what motivated him, what made him happy. We started with tricks—all training is essentially learning a trick. We taught him spins and roll overs and taught him how to have fun. Once he started having a good time, so did the owners and progress could be made (with a lot more hard work and techniques of course). The point is, never underestimate the importance of play with training

All relationships are a work in progress; the same is true for your dog relationship.

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From My Dog Written by Sarah Sypniewski Photography by Kim Rodgers

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ou’ve taught me so much over the years, even though you probably don’t realize it. I may have trained you on commands, but you have instructed me in life. You’re everything I could want in a teacher--enthusiastic (look at that tail!), consistent (I could set my watch by your “it’s time to take me for a walk” stare down), and full of praise (and by “praise,” I mean kibble-infused kisses). I feel so lucky that I get to learn from you every day, my darling dog. You’ve taught me to ask for what I want. And if I don’t get it the first time, I should ask again. Maybe in a different way; sometimes nicely, other times less so, depending on the situation. The point is to not be afraid to vocalize when you want or need something.

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I’ve learned that playing is a vital part of every day, no matter what, and if “someone” (yes, I know--it’s me) is forgetting that, it’s okay to nudge them a little. And then nudge them again. And again. Do this until they stop working and throw a toy for you. They’ll actually be super glad for the forced break--and might even have some fun too! I see how you recognize that a treat dropped on the floor, an errant sock under the bed, and a forgotten plate on the coffee table are all fleeting opportunities. I notice that you don’t hesitate for a second; you dive right on them as though it’ll never happen again. Now THAT’S drive--go after what you want! Get it! Pounce with gusto (and a killer slide tackle maneuver)! You’re right--people throw away a lot of perfectly good stuff, and we shouldn’t be embarrassed about “repurposing” their “garbage.” They may get mad at us for tipping over the trashcan, but mostly, they’re just jealous that they don’t have the vision to figure out how to use empty toilet paper rolls and coffee grounds. You’ve taught me I should never apologize for creative genius. You’ve taught me that it’s completely acceptable to excuse yourself to the bedroom when you tire of the company. People probably won’t even think you’re

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rude--they’ll think it’s so cute how you can put yourself to bed. Snoring is no longer annoying--you have made it adorable. I now know that snoring is the song we sing to say “I’m completely at ease here.” That, or “move over – I’m going to need your pillow.” Even though it’s a no-brainer, you remind me that assembling into a pile comprised of your friends and family is the best way to stay warm, sleep, or just hang out on the couch. I can appreciate that you feel the need to reinforce this lesson at times like on the hottest day of the year or when I’m laid up with the flu. No really--I get it. You have taught me that if someone apologizes after stepping on your tail, you should forgive them immediately and move on. If they don’t, keep looking at them with the most offended expression you can muster. And then guilt them out of their hamburger. You know that if something doesn’t look, feel, or smell right, you need to tell someone. And even though I admit that I can get a little irritated with your alarmist tendencies towards every passing dog or kid on a skateboard, I understand and am grateful for it. It’s better to be safe than sorry (you never know when that skateboard will go rogue, after all).


I’ve learned from you that if someone makes you mad, a little warning growl is usually all that’s needed to let them know they’ve taken it too far. You have taught me that you should speak up and give people a chance to back down--before you let them have it. You make sure we get out of the house every day – even if it’s just to walk around the block. Sometimes, I feel rushed or just not up for it, but I do it anyway because I know you need it, and no matter what, I always feel better. You know the value of a deep breath of fresh air and click-clacking down the sidewalk. I’ve learned that no matter how big or small we are, we can all find a way to leave our mark on the fire hydrant of life. And if we can’t reach it or have nothing left? That’s okay--just trying is what’s important.

It’s taken me awhile to learn this, but you remind me that everything tastes better, means more, and feels more exciting when you have to earn it. If I ever doubt this, I only have to observe you favouring your kibble-filled smart toy over your bowl of food at mealtime. You teach me that a little challenge makes life worth living! You teach me that we all just talk too much. I’ve learned that oftentimes, no words are needed. All you need to do is sit next to someone, rest your head on their shoulder or offer a paw to say everything you need to say. They’ll take it from there. For all of these lessons I’ve learned thus far and the ones I’ve yet to grasp, I say thank you. You make me better every day.

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Hemp Tuckered Out Bed

Whether you’re dressed up to the nines for a wedding or simply feel like sprucing up the everyday with a little bit of fancy, this stylish bow collar has you covered. Industrial strength velcro seals the deal on this wardrobe accessory, ensuring that it won’t fall off no matter how hyper your dog is!

Bold colours, nostalgic design and heavy structure makes this bowl a fun addition to the evening meal. Dishwasher safe, large format and pleasing on the eye.

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A tuckered out pooch has usually been running around outside all day, so it only makes sense that they do their part to help the planet. This hemp bed is eco-friendly, naturally resists odor and offers wonderful warmth! A stylish, green choice!

A tuckered out pooch has usually been running around outside all day, so it only makes sense that they do their part to help the planet. This hemp bed is eco-friendly, naturally resists odor and offers wonderful warmth! A stylish, green choice!

www.westpawdesign.com

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Wagwear Tee-Pee Hound Lounge

Of course camping in the winter is often out of the question for most families, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still give your pup a taste of the great outdoors. Made from heavy nylon and easy to assemble this tent is fun to set up in the living room for a wild time.

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Cuddle Cup Bed

This faux fur tunnel-like bed is the perfect cosy haven for the pup who loves to snuggle and cuddle more than anything else in the world. The reversible design offers two distinct prints to keep the bedding fresher longer and it is completely machine washable!

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Vintage Food Storage Container

Keep kibble fresh and stylish with this vintage-inspired stoneware container. Based on an early 1900 design, this container offers a neutral colour palette and modern finish that will suit a wide range of spaces.

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Open Pet Soft Carrier

Travelling can be rough, so make your pet’s next adventure a luxurious one! Suitable for itty-bitty dogs who want to see the world! The optional open front means that Fido can watch the world go by as he travels throughout it.

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Written by Laura L. Benn Photography by Becky Valentine

Becky Valentine, founder of The Barkitect,

combines her love of interior design with her love of animals to create gorgeous pet-friendly living spaces.

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s a junior designer for a top-rated New Mexico architecture firm that specializes in animal care facilities, Becky Valentine knows that a great living space is not truly complete without a loving pet presence. Bringing together fantastic fabrics, easy-to-clean furniture and durable flooring options, she proves that with the right materials pet-friendly interior design can be pretty and practical.

I think one of the best parts about living with dogs is being able to cuddle with them on your bed or couch while you’re relaxing at home,” says Valentine. “What some people don’t realize is that you can do just that without sacrificing a well decorated home. All you have to do is choose the right materials.

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The vision for this master bedroom was cheerfulness. A vibrant yellow pops in the space, soothed ever so slightly by a calming neutral grey. All fabrics, from the bed linens to the throw pillows, are a luxurious outdoor textile to ensure they are durable enough to stand up to two snuggly Great Danes. The giant yellow comforter is also machine washable thus making it easy to clean at a moment’s notice. “I’ve found that dog hair doesn’t cling as much to outdoor fabric as it does to other, more delicate indoor fabrics,” says Valentine. “This allows me to have my dogs up on the bed without constantly worrying about ruined bedding. It’s great to relax as a family in this room.” pawsh-magazine.com

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The main item in this room – the taupe leather loveseat – was selected specifically for its easy cleaning quality. Simply run a damp cloth over it and all dog hair or messy spots instantly vanish. Plus, leather naturally shows cracks and wrinkles as it ages, making any accidental dog scratches almost invisible to the naked eye. The bold graphic rug perfectly compliments the soft bluish-green wall paint called ‘Quietude’ and infuses the space with a lively southwestern tone. The walls showcase cherished family photos and artwork, making this space a sentimental and cosy hangout. pawsh-magazine.com

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A splash of coral amidst a homey colour palette makes this guest bedroom an inviting place for visitors and their pets to relax. The framed collage hanging above the bed is a handmade piece by Valentine created from complimentary laminate samples. Bathed in natural light and once again flaunting fantastic durable fabrics, this guest room is a beautiful place to rest. “I think one of the best parts about living with dogs is being able to cuddle with them on your bed or couch while you’re relaxing at home,” says Valentine. “What some people don’t realize is that you can do just that without sacrificing a well decorated home. All you have to do is choose the right materials.” pawsh-magazine.com

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Cat Corner

Written by Allison Vorstenbosch Photography by Simone Fauque

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Cat Corner

As a cat owner for the majority of my life, I have had one constant dream: a self-cleaning litter box. It’s not that we don’t love our cats, but cleaning up after them can be a pain (although thankfully not a public one like all of you dog parents out there). Here are a few of the latest and greatest feline waste treatment options currently making up my .

holiday wishlist

The Litter Robot www.litter-robot.com Oh yes, I said robot! How does it work? Simple! The cat enters this futuristic globe of a litter box (how private and spacious!) There is no raking mechanism inside, but instead after a cat does his business, the robot sifts out the waste and deposits it into the bottom drawer baggie. Without needing any special bags, you simply remove the bag of waste whenever it gets too full. How often you need to change the bag varies depending on how many cats you have...or how frequent your cat likes to visit the robot. All you need is to refresh the litter every so often with whatever clumping litter you prefer. The price tag however is less desirable at $340.

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The Cat Genie www.catgenie.com If you are going to go for complete self-cleaning, you might as well go for the Rolls-Royce of litter boxes: The Cat Genie. It’s not even a litter box at all; it’s more like a luxury kitty toilet. You hook this baby up to some pipes in your house. Once the cat is finished, the box automatically flushes the offending matter down the pipes and cleans the non-absorbing granules. The granules are biodegradable and at most would need to be replaced every six months. You don’t need to scoop or change out bags at all. It’s even reasonably priced starting at $249 and with shipping to Canada.

Fresh Air Cat Litter www.thepetloo.com What makes kitty litter smell apart from the obvious? Bacteria! The Fresh Air Cat Litter is a brand new product that actively subdues bacteria and as a result rids your home of unsavoury odors. Equipped with a triple action odor and bacteria eliminating formula, this litter can last up to two whole months without being changed. It is a maintenance-free, non-clay litter that traps ammonia in kitty’s waste on a molecular level and converts it into nitrogen and water which then evaporates. How clever is that? At some point every cat parent wishes that there precious furry feline could just use the toilet like the rest of us. Until they learn that trick, these options can help make your life and kitty’s a little more civilized. pawsh-magazine.com

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BEHAVIOuR

Busted!

Dog Myths

Photography by Simone Fauque

Expert Advice from Master Groomer and

Award-Winning

Obedience Trainer, Lisa Day!

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Dear Lisa, rent I am a proud new pet pa lled to a hyper little man ca mix). n nia Sammie (a Pomera ld now He’s about six-months-o th treats, and I’m training him wi ding but I’ve read that rewar ategy. str t with food isn’t a grea why Could you please tell me approach and how you suggest I of energy? training such a bundle Thank you! Marie


Does your dog have a pesky habit or two? Send your behaviourial questions to info@pawsh-magazine.com for a chance to receive some expert advice from Lisa in our next issue!

Hi Marie, Congratulations on your new puppy. It’s always an exciting time, as well as busy. You’re decision to train and work with treats is a good one. Personally I think it’s one of the fastest and clearest ways to explain to a dog what you’re trying to convey to them. They respond so well to the process. Owners are the ones that have a problem with the method. And it’s generally due to not knowing when and how to wean off the treats. Owners have a tendency to use them as a crutch or as the only means to communicate to their pet. Used initially as a lure to elicit the desired behaviour and then randomizing the food reward AFTER the behaviour has been demonstrated is the most effective way to use the treat/food training method. Many owners continue to use the food as a lure and never evolve past that point. If your realize that praise always needs to accompany the treats, then the bridging between the two should be seamless. You’ll always have the ability to praise and your pet will be able to make the association of doing what is right/desired by your praise/voice -- rather than always with the food. One of the other oppositions to using food is that there is the myth that it causes overweight pets. It can. But it’s up to the owners to be aware of just how many treats they’re dispensing and if need be, reduce the meal ratio to compensate for the additional treat consumption. I’d advise you to keep doing what you’re comfortable with as that is the only method that will ultimately work. And allow me to reassure you that your bundle of energy will soon become a responsible, reliable and responsive to you and your needs. Enjoy him! Thank you for the question.

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Dear Lisa, out dogs Recently Pawsh wrote ab their blog. Well, having bad dreams on ff, Trudy, has my seven-year-old masti veral years now. had bad dreams for se girl; I’ve had She is a happy, friendly ppy and as far her since she was a pu d a traumatic as I know she’s never ha utinely wakes up experience. Yet, she ro ddle of the night the household in the mi was wondering howling in her sleep. I n do to help my if there is anything I ca ? girl have sweet dreams Rachelle

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Hi Rachelle, I’m not sure if we can decipher our dogs dreams any better than we can decipher our own. So I’d have to question if the dreams can be labeled as “bad” or good. Howling is just another form of vocalizing for dogs and if I were forced to define the activity, I may describe it as ‘talking in her sleep’ as that seems to be more accurate. I can support that it’s disturbing and unnerving and for that I have a suggestion. But labelling it as bad or good isn’t something I’d try to defend. Many times restless sleeping patterns – and of that I’d agree Trudy is a victim -- are a result of inactivity. Usually more physical/vigorous activity will help diminish the restlessness and allow for a more peaceful slumber. You could try to make an evening walk (briskly) part of her presleep ritual. Or assure that she gets a consistent daily workout to help her sleep more soundly. That may address the pre-dawn alarms. Hope this helps and thank you for the question. Good luck.

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KIBBLE & BITS

Snuggle Puppy: A Love Song by Sandra Boynton

Beloved children’s author Sandra Boynton does it again with this heartfelt bedtime story for dog-loving little ones. Told in a simple rhyme and joyful meter with lots of repetition for babes to join in on, this story beautifully captures the love that exists between a mama dog and her pups.

Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel

An award-winning photographer and animal rights activist creates a refreshing gallery of our canine citizens as they gleefully chase balls into water. The hilarious faces and ecstatic expressions are guaranteed to make you smile from ear to ear.

The Truth About Cats: Notes From The Feline Underbelly by Molly J. Brandenburg

This wittily illustrated book presents the truth, the whole truth (and nothing but the truth, even when it ain’t pretty) about cats. What they think, what they secretly feel and even plot when we’re not looking all comes to light in this hilarious, insightful and, in many ways, deeply philosophical read. Lively line drawings exquisitely capture the tricky nature of the feline brain and will leave you giggling from cover to cover. Only if you think you can handle the truth, of course.

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mbrace your this season with a stack of great books and a faithful reading companion.

I’m a Good Dog by Ken Foster

This sweetly illustrated book documents the legacy of one of the most misunderstood breeds of all time—the pitbull. A touching narrative with expert behavioural insights weaves a series of gorgeous images together in a moving tribute that profiles the pitbull in his true loving nature.

How to Draw Pets by Mark Bergin

Art enthusiasts will love this educational and easy-to-follow book all about how to draw pets. Whether you love cats, dogs, little critters or birds, Mark Bergin expertly takes you through the sketching process step-by-step so that you can capture your loved one in a new way.

Training For Both Ends of the Leash

by Kate Perry and Yvonne Conza

Celebrity NYC dog trainer Kate Perry presents a new curriculum for teaching any canine (and their human!) important strategies to succeed in the world together. Deeply rooted in positive reinforcement and taught through real-life stories of pets and owners Be sure who have worked with Perry, this book is a to check out fun, user-friendly guide to understanding doggy behaviour. Perry helps to create a Pawsh’s one-on-one conversation with lifestyle that satisfies each unique dog and Kate Perry on their owner.

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Closing Notes

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My dog Berkeley was named after the school! I loved my college experience so much that it only seemed to make sense. Plus, my guy is super smart—I guess that was lucky otherwise the name wouldn’t suit him, haha. ~ Daniel Waters

When my bulldog was a puppy he would make this face that reminded my husband and I of Jack Nicholson. So we called him Nickles; although most of the time friends and family call him Mr. Nickles—it is far more distinguished! ~ Sondra Green

I have a schnoodle called Truffles! No, we didn’t give her chocolate as that is very bad for dogs. She has this habit of snorting whenever she’s eating, which makes her sound like a little piglet truffling for treats! ~ Ethel Rogers

Sinbad was not my idea of a great name for my family’s dachshund-mix, but my twin sons, who was seven at the time, insisted on it! A word to the wise, never get a puppy when you’re kids are in their pirate phase! ~ Susan Harris

Lucky Star got her name from the Madonna song. It started playing on the very first car rid home with her and for some reason it stuck! Lucky is a collie, a very pretty girl, so I think the name suits her really well! ~ Rochelle Lewis

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