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EDITOR`S LETTER CONTRIBUTORS

CREATURE COMFORTS TOYS FOR DOGS HERE COMES THE SUN THINGS WE ADORE

BLOOD HOUNDS WHAT THE NOSE KNOWS THE DOG JOG

BEACH BONANZA! COME SIP & SEE CAKE TIME

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LITTER BOX LOVE NOM! NOM! NOM!

THESE WHEELS WERE MADE FOR WALKING THE DOG JOG

BOCCE’S BAKERY BLISS TAILS TO WAG ABOUT RESCUE ME

WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASING PET MOMENT?

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Laura L Benn Rory

When I think back upon some of my most cherished childhood summer memories, a beautiful blonde comes to mind. She was loving, adventurous, funny and sweet, and completely changed the way I spent the lazy days of July and August. Her name was Trilby, a gorgeous Golden Retriever-Collie mix. She taught me everything I know about living in the moment and appreciating every bit of warmth the world has to offer. She and I would spend hours together lounging about on a blanket with a stack of books, eagerly consuming tales of faraway lands. We would go hiking through enchanted forests, swimming in magical rivers and star-watching when the sun grew tired and the fireflies came out to play. These wonderful memories have inspired the pages within the second issue of PAWSH Magazine. After all, summer is a time of relaxation, celebration and a chance to spend quality time with loved ones. This sizzling season creates hope and unleashes

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imagination in an unparalleled manner, providing us with a wonderful opportunity to dream up new activities for our pets and new ways to make their lives even more memorable. From days at the beach, afternoons on the lake, picnic parties, refreshing treats and an intimate interview with Canada’s very own Bif Naked, this issue delivers some of the ‘pawshest’ ways to discover the extraordinary moments that happen everyday. A huge thank-you once again to the amazing team of writers, photographers and designers who have worked so hard to help prepare PAWSH No.2. Also incredible thanks to our wonderful sponsors, without whom PAWSH could not exist. I hope you enjoy the “Fresh and Frisky” issue.

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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. SHANNON BROWNRIGG, R.V.T. Shannon is a passionate registered veterinary technician, who has been working with pets and their owners for the past 18 years. Shannon is currently employed at Algonquin College teaching future Veterinary Technicians/Assistants and coordinating the Veterinary Assistant and Groomer Assistant Program. At home, she is regularly entertained by her sons, Jed (10-years-old) and Rhys (six-years-old) and SPCA adopted fur kid “Berger,” a one-year-old Leonberger mix.

KEVIN S. MOGK Kevin loves nothing more that to retreat to his study and dirty a blank page with the inky characters that spring to life from the keystrokes of his Selectric typewriter. A graduate of the Algonquin College Scriptwriting Program, he is passionate about writing for all media in either English or French, but particularly enjoys the intimacy that radio or the stage bring to story telling.

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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LIZ BRADLEY

NICOLE GAVARD

www.elizabethandjane.ca

www.nicolegavard.com

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.

Nicole is a Sudbury based photographer who specializes in environmental and portrait photography. After graduating with a diploma in photography, she is furthering her knowledge and experience with new creative projects, as well as working at a print and design company.

STEPHANIE HEIM

TONYA SCHABACKER

www.stephanieheim.com

www.tonyapetphotography.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.

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 has been in NYC for the past 10 years, but will soon be calling Austin, TX home.

TYLER POLLARD

KIM RODGERS

www.tylerpollard.com

www.barkpetphotography.com

Tyler is a photojournalism student at Loyalist College, intent on honing his artistic skills for a career working as a magazine photographer. His truest photographic passions are horses, extreme sports, and getting truly incredible results from his photosubjects.

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 nonprofit 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.


Photographers URBAN BENT STUDIO

LACEY RABALAIS

www.urbanbentstudio.com

www.laceyrabalais.com

Not only are Christine and Benoit soul mates, they also share photography as their mutual love. Christine has discovered her calling and has since become passionate about her photography. She loves photographing anything and finds true beauty in all that surrounds her while Benoit brings 10 years of experience to his stunning images.

An animal lover whose path to vet school changed, Lacey worked as a vet tech with a passionate hobby for photography. Now the two loves have joined and she owns a growing photography business, specializing in weddings and capturing people with their four-legged family members.

BRITTANY VEINOT

NATALIE SCHLEYER

www.phodographer.ca

www.ndsphotography.com

Brittany Veinot is Ottawa’s PhoDOGrapher! Brittany has experience photographing dog portraits, advertisements, magazine editorials, events and charities, and has patience and understanding when handling all animals.

Natalie is a proud mom of three children and three fur babies, living in Merrickville with the love of her life. Passionate about photography and specializing in on-location photography, she can often be found capturing families and their pets in and around the Ottawa area.

Design Beauty MINH TAM NGUYEN

www.happycatstudio.com 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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CREATURE COMFORTS

FOR DOGS Discover the wonderful world of play with these fabulous fun finds!

CARROT COTTON ROPE TOY

www.harrybarker.com ORBEE-TUFF WOOF & FETCH BALLS

www.planetdog.com

CONTEMPO ARC CHEW & TREAT HOLDER

www.petsmart.com LUCKY DEVIL PLUSH TOY

www.mymascot.com

ORGANIC HEMP DOG TOY “EDDY THE ELEPHANT”

www.simplyfido.com NYLABONE TOSSEMS TOY

www.petsmart.com

VINYL DOUBLE TUG TOY

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SPECIAL OCCASIONS

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THE FEEL OF FRESH AIR BLOWING THROUGH YOUR FUR, WARM AND COOL WAVES SLOSHING AT YOUR PAWS. AH YES, WHAT PUP DOESN’T ENJOY A DAY AT THE BEACH? ALTHOUGH SPENDING TIME SOAKING UP THE SUN MAY SEEM LIKE THE EASIEST THING IN THE WORLD, IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE PREPARED WITH A VARIETY OF SUPPLIES TO KEEP YOUR PUP COOL AND COMFORTABLE.

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ZISC

www.westpawdesign.com For the energetic canine who would rather be running than chewing, the Zisc is for them! Pliable, fast and buoyant, the Zisc is a great addition to any beach outing. It is soft of the mouth and easy to pick up even in sand!

SURFER BISCUITS

www.doggystylebakery.com Help your pup keep their energy up with a few tasty treats! These don’t have to be anything fancy, but to make the day a little more special why not decorate them up surfer style? Simply pipe on a few beach themed terms and phrases in delicious yogurt icing and voila!

KATE SPADE CABANA STRIPE BAG

www.katespade.com SOGGY DOG TOWEL

www.farfetchedinc.com Of course let’s not forget that pups need to dry off too. The Soggy Towel from Far Fetched is designed from a super absorbent material to capture any moisture and soak it all up. Contoured to the shape of a dog’s body and soft to the touch, one of these babies means you’ll never have to share your towel with Rufus again!

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The best way to keep all of your pup’s precious items safe and sound is with a stylish beach friendly bag! Simply pack up everything you need so that when the waves call your name all you need to do is grab it before running out of the front door. This delightful Kate Spade Cabana Stripe Bag is spacious and colourful, offering multiple interior pockets and a lacquered coating.


THE PERFECT POOCH BEACH BAG REQUIRES... TUFFIE SEA CREATURE TOYS

www.tuffietoys.com For ultimate fun in the sun be sure to pack a few appropriately themed sea creature toys! Not only are these TufďŹ e specimens hardy (each is made with industrial luggage material and seven layers of stitching!), but these cute toys also have built in squeakers that are enough to entice dogs of all shapes and sizes!

BON CHIEN TREAT CANISTER

www.harrybarker.com Sand can get everywhere, so keep your dog treats protected in one of these tasteful canisters. Made from sturdy recycled steel and FDA approved, your dog will be begging for you to bring these to the beach too!

THE GULPY PET WATER DISPENSER

www.newanglepet.com Not all beaches allow dogs, so do your research befor e arriving to soak up the sun. So me areas prefer that canine visito rs remain on leash while others ha ve designated areas for people with a dog companion. Also, remem ber rocky beaches or pebble be aches can be hazardous to your fou r-legged friend, so be sure to kee p an extra eye on them if visitin g such an environment.

Yes there is water at the beach, but it may not be the best source of hydration for your pet. So be sure to pack an exclusive canine water bottle. Complete with a fold down tray from which your pet can drink, the Gulpy (available in large and miniature sizes) helps quench doggy thirst!

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Written and Styled by AIMEE BROUSSARD Photography by LACEY RABALAIS A POPULAR SOUTHERN TRADITION IS TO HOST A “SIP & SEE” TO HONOUR A NEWBORN CHILD AND HIS OR HER FAMILY. UNLIKE A TYPICAL BABY SHOWER THAT CONSISTS OF GAMES AND PRESENTS, A “SIP & SEE” DESCRIBES EXACTLY WHAT THE TERM REFERS TO – SIPPING BEVERAGES AND SEEING THE A “SIP & SEE” IS GENERALLY HELD A MONTH OR SO AFTER THE BABY (OR OUR CASE GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPY, BOUDREAUX) HAS ARRIVED!

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osting a “Sip & See” for your new puppy is quite easy and encourages early socialization for your newest member of the pack. Invite over some friends and family and of course other pups to join in the celebration. However, be cautious in choosing the temperaments of your invited guests and keep the number small so as to not overwhelm your new puppy.

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tables for our human setup, covered them with quilts rather than tablecloths, and offered both a non-alcoholic sweet almond tea as well as champagne. It’s hot here in the South, so for an added cool down, we offered popsicle champagne spritzers along with cupcakes, muffins, and cookies. Each place setting included jars of bite-sized dog biscuits to be taken home as thank-you gifts by our guests.

For our “Sip & See” we created a very relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Nestled in the Santa Maria Golf Course neighborhood, this cozy cabin provided the perfect setting for a brunch style picnic. We utilized the picnic

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Boudreaux the puppy. A special treat for the pets in attendance were homemade organic “pawtite pies.” Filled with honey, these simple delights had tails wagging all afternoon! Unlike the usual baby shower, a “Sip & See” is designed to dote on your new baby, making presents unnecessary. However etiquette rules are the same should someone arrive bearing gifts. Promptly follow up with a thank-you card expressing gratitude to your guest for coming to “see” your new pup. For an extra thoughtful touch, use an acid free pen to write your thank-you on the back of a picture of your puppy from that day! We’ll be sending special thank-you cards to our furry friends: our German Shephard puppy, Boudreaux; Golden Retriever, Daisy; Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lucy; and Terrier mix, Austin! A puppy only comes into the world once in their lifetime so mark the occasion with a fun, stylish and memorable “Sip & See” party!

AIMEE BROUSSARD

www.lulupinkparties.blogspot.com Aimee, owner of Lulu Pink, is a boutique style event planner located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Aimee has gained national exposure in the South for clients seeking small sophisticated events loaded with charming details.

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1/2 cup olive oil 3-4 potatoes mashed 1 cup all-purpose flour Grease a 12 cup mini-muffin pan with vegetable spray. Beat together the oil and potatoes in a bowl until smooth. Mix in the flour to form a soft dough. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and press into the mini-muffin cups.

1 large egg, beaten 1/2 cup honey 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth. Divide the filling among the pastry-lined muffin cups. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the shells are a light golden. Cool to room temperature before serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

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Written by KEVIN S. MOGK Photography by STEPHANIE HEIM

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DONATING YOUR PET’S TIME AND BLOOD COULD HELP SAVE ANYWHERE IN CANADA!

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ucker, a chocolate lab retriever, was one of the many dogs I met at the Canadian Animal Blood Bank (CABB) blood collection clinic at Red River College in Manitoba. He calmly laid on the table as the veterinarian shaved a small patch of fur on his neck with the quietest clippers I had ever heard. This was Tucker’s seventh donation at the CABB and he gave the impression that this was all just routine. His owner, Jason Lymburner, helped gently hold him down as the needle was inserted and the blood collection started. “We all give blood, so I figure he might as well too,” Jason told me, reiterating what I already knew to be true – that blood saves lives.

alone can help save animal lives in so many different situations. One of the uses for plasma includes helping treat Parvo Virus, which is known to be particularly harmful to puppies. Beth has heard many stories during her time with the blood bank of young pups infected with the virus, who although not expected to survive, walked away from the veterinary clinic after a treatment that included plasma. As the centrifuge spun down, I noticed a map of Canada hanging on the wall plastered with stars. Pink stars marked locations of emergency clinics that order blood. A series of different coloured stars marked different locations of veterinary clinics that ordered blood products or hosted blood donor clinics. With over 120 stars, the map shone as a testament to the work that CABB has been doing for 15 years out of its Winnipeg and Edmonton clinics.

A few minutes later Tucker was sitting up and sporting a red CABB bandanna eager to have his picture taken. A full blood bag sat close by, ready to move on and be processed into life saving materials.

CABB was born from a challenge to create an aniA single blood mal blood bank in the early donation can help 1990s during one of the in four different ways. Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association lectures. That challenge led to the founding of CABB (then known as the Manitoba Animal Blood Bank), Earlier that evening Beth Knight, Laboratory a not-for-profit organization that is supported by Director for CABB, had echoed Jason’s sentiits parent companies, Red River College and ments about blood donation. “It’s a feel good the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association, thing,” she confided above the din of the centrias well as a number of volunteers. The name fuge. The whirling machine was busy spinning change from Manitoba to Canadian Animal packets of donated blood, separating red cells Blood Bank came about as both blood donors from plasma. Each unit of blood collected that and collections increased and CABB was able evening would go on to be separated into four to offer surplus products to emergency veteriparts: platelets, cryoprecipitate, red cell connary clinics across the nation. centrate and plasma. When Knight started working with CABB in Knowing that a single donation can help in 2006, the organization was holding one clinic four different ways really does make you feel a week and was collecting six to eight units per good, especially when you learn that plasma clinic. Since then CABB has grown, holding mul-

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tiple clinics a week that can collect anywhere from 8 to 10 units per clinic. “The volume of collections is up,” admits Knight. “But demand is also growing nationally all the time.” This high demand is why animal blood donation is so important. Unfortunately a lack of public awareness is one of the greatest challenges faced by CABB and other animal blood collection clinics in Canada. Most people only learn about the importance of blood donation when their own dog or cat needs a transfusion and, more often than not, by that time their pet is too old to donate.

Although some dogs take a little longer to get used to the process, Knight and her volunteers go to great lengths to make each donation a positive experience. “What’s the worst part?” Knight mused. “Well, for some of the dogs the car trip is the worst, for others the shiny floor is bad.” Just like people, dogs react differently to their experiences. The real difference is of course that you cannot explain to a dog what is happening to them and that they are in fact saving a life. However, lots of praise and soothing voices usually help get them through and all emerge no worse for wear. As proof, Roxanne, like all the dogs I saw that evening, was back on her feet in no time, happy to have done her part and eager people to soak up lots of praise.

The work being done by CABB travels mostly by word Many of mouth, but the CABB team works tirelessly with veterinar- only learn about the If you would like your pet to ians and outreach events such importance of blood donate there are a few things as Paws in Motion, a walk for to keep in mind. Both dogs and the Winnipeg Humane Society, donation when their cats can donate. However, beto spread the word about the own pet needs a cause cats have to be sedated importance of animal blood dotransfusion. during a donation, collections nation. Recruiting donors is one are often made on an as needof the goals at these events also, ed basis with volunteered felines directly at a because without donors this life-saving work veterinary clinic when a transfusion is needed. cannot continue. In fact, it was through Paws CABB itself does not do any collections with in Motion that Debby Nightingale, one of the cats. other pet owners I met that evening, discovered CABB. Dogs on the other hand can donate every three months, but must have a minimum weight Debby and her dog, Roxanne, came in after of 50 lbs (23 kg). If you would like your dog to Tucker and Jason’s session. This was Roxanne’s donate blood, you should discuss it with your third donation, so she wasn’t quite as used to veterinarian to make sure your dog is a good fit the routine as Tucker. She struggled a little beas a donor. Your vet can also help find the best cause she was still not accepting of the idea to place for your pet to donate, be it at the vetlie still during the donation. However, the veterierinary clinic itself, an emergency clinic or an narian was able to get more than the minimum organized animal blood bank in your area. 300 ml of blood for a usable donation (most often the clinic aims for 450 ml per donation). www.rrc.mb.ca/abb.

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Written by SHANNON BROWNRIGG Photography by NICOLE GAVARD

DID YOU KNOW THAT NOSES ARE A SOURCE OF GREAT DISCUSSION BETWEEN PET OWNERS AND THEIR VETERINARY TEAM? MANY QUESTIONS OFTEN ARISE, SUCH AS IS A WARM NOSE THE SIGN OF A HEALTHY DOG? WHAT IF MY DOG’S NOSE IS COLD? HOW ABOUT DRY? WHAT IF IT’S WET? WELL, IT’S TIME TO

and find some answers!

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Depending on the natural pigment of the nose, your pet may be predisposed to environmental conditions. So take note of the color and texture of your dog’s schnoz. Is it black, brown, pink or spotted? The sun may cause concerns for noses with little or no pigment. Fair noses can be subject to peeling and redness that can be painful or lead to secondary infection of the skin. It is important to protect these noses as much as possible by consulting with your veterinarian for products that are suitable for your particular pooch.

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The texture of the skin itself on a nose may vary from soft and moist to dry and cracked. Observe the general habits of your pet to watch for any contributing factors. Dogs that enjoy digging often have dry or cracked noses as they tend to use this part of the body as part of the excavation extravaganza. Observe for damage to the skin and clean as necessary. Contact irritants may also contribute to nose annoyances. Even the selection of your dog’s dishes may have an impact. Stainless steel, glass or ceramic dishes are recommended to eliminate possible contact sensitivities.

It is a human reaction to assume that a dog has a cold if they sneeze. However, sneezing may or may not lead to significant findings. It will really depend on the nature of the sneeze. Observe how often your dog is sneezing, if there is any discharge, what initiates the sneezing and if it impacts the typical activities of your pet. Sneezing can be anything from allergies to a foreign body lodged in the nasal passages or even a virus. If you find yourself saying “Bless you,” to your pet more than usual, consult your veterinarian.

Is there any nasal discharge present? Is it coming from one nostril (unilateral) or both (bilateral)? This is a key piece of information, because a bilateral discharge can often indicate a systemic problem while a unilateral discharge may or may not indicate a localized concern. It is also important to note what the discharge looks like? Color, consistency, frequency, volume, smell and duration are important characteristics that can help with a diagnosis. Report all nasal discharges to your veterinarian. Also keep in mind that a moist nose is not the same thing as a nose with discharge and that either a wet nose or a dry nose may be acceptably ‘normal’ for your dog. Remember out of the ordinary occurrences are what raises concern.

As with most pet ailments matters of the nose vary from pet to pet, but knowing what to keep an eye out for can help diagnose any medical conditions should they arise. So keep an eye out and know your pets’ nose.

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Pawsh Point

A pet owner’s ability to identify what is ‘normal’ or ‘not normal’ in their pet is often the most valuable piece of information to a veterinary team. Why? Because it is important to know what is out of the ordinary for your pet. You know your pet best. You know their history, habits and day to day activities. Keep track of that so that you can fill the veterinarian in. Then it is up to the professionals to figure out the rest.


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FEATURE

Bella

THE BULLDOG

Setting a strong example for plus size dog models everywhere, Bella knows that a woman’s true beauty lies in how she carries herself. Confidence and poise turns heads every time.

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Written by LAURA L. BENN Photography by SHANE OOSTERHOFF

THESE POOCHES MAY NOT UNDERSTAND THE ART OF THE ELUSIVE ‘SMIZE,’ . BUT THEY CERTAINLY KNOW HOW TO

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n 2009, Shane Oosterhoff of Vancouver, British Columbia embarked (no pun intended) upon a mission to capture the unique canine character at it’s best. The project, appropriately titled ‘Pawsh Portraits,’ remains ongoing and has emerged as a shining example of chic canine charm done right. “The inspiration for this series was my previous long-haired dachshund, Yuki. I brought her into the studio one day and she was an incredible model, better than most humans I’ve worked with,” says the budding 22-year-old photographer. “I decided that it would be fun to do a mock fashion shoot with her and this is what developed. It was magic!” A whimsical portrayal of an animal’s humanity, these furry portraits dressed up in vintage jewelry are both adorable and artistic in their composition. Each image becomes a family heirloom similar to the pearls, scarves and antique fascinators that accompany each set of whiskers in each frame. “My work is greatly based around light, texture and colour,” Oosterhoff continues. “Those three elements play a large role in creating the visual outlet that my work has become.”

According to Oosterhoff the secret behind each portrait’s success is the ‘trick of the treat,’ thus delectable biscuits are a must have for any shoot. “It’s also extremely important to spend time with the dogs before the shoot,” says Oosterhoff seriously. “You need to let them settle in and become completely comfortable with their surroundings. I also make sure each sitting lasts no more than 15 minutes.” Oosterhoff’s special balance of patience, artistry and love of dogs (dachshunds in particular) certainly seems to be a winning combination. The series was awarded a merit of ‘Best General Image’ in 2009. It was also selected as a ‘Young Blood’ winner for the Applied Arts Photography and Illustration Awards of 2011.

www.shaneoosterhoff.com.

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Norman

THE TERRIER-MIX

Even a scruffy guy can be transformed in to the perfect gentleman thanks to a spiffy bow-tie. Just look at Norman, dressed up to the nines and ready to impress.

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Walter

THE CHIHUAHUA

With an accessory that is fit for a king, Walter makes his way through the world with a regal disposition. After all, it takes a very confident fellow to pull off a gorgeous floral necklace.

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Tessa

THE TERRIER-MIX Tessa dreams of running away to the romantic city of Paris and becoming a wildly famous painter. Of course, having paws for hands may make such a dream tricky, so she will settle for keeping the hat and devouring French baguettes instead.

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Coco

THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER Who says girls are always pretty in pink? Darling little Coco rocks a dainty blue ribbon and chunky cerulean beads for a look that is truly bohemian.

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Harley

THE CHIHUAHUA

Completely bejeweled from head to paw, Harley adores the layered effect of vibrant beads and feathers. After all, sassy and sophisticated is a great look all year round.

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Yuki

THE DACHSHUND

Pay attention ladies, the art of seduction can often be boiled down to an expertly played wink! Of course being draped in strings of stunning pearls doesn’t hurt either. Wink wink!

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Written by ALEXANDER BENTLEY Photos Courtesy of POUSSE CRÉATIVE

POUSSE CRÉATIVE BEGAN IN 2010 WHEN ITS FOUNDERS SEBASTIAN HAQUET AND THOMAS LANTHIER, BOTH GRADUATES FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF DESIGN IN VALENCIENNES, FRANCE, NOTICED SOMETHING. THEY NOTICED THAT THE GARDEN WAS BECOMING A – A PLACE FOR CONVERSATION AND SOCIALIZATION. SO WHY NOT SPICE UP YOUR ORGANIC PARLOUR WITH SOME SLEEK, ECO-MODERN ANIMAL ABODES?

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he underlying concept behind Pousse’s pet homes and hutches is simplicity and functionality in design. Inspired by the world around them, Pousse strives to create products that are both attractive and environmentally low-impact. Each product is slick and modern, from the K-Banette kennel to the Cocot’home hen house. Oh, yes: hen house! The Cocot’home is the forerunner in Pousse’s small farming concept. Many of us consider growing our own fruits and vegetables, as it’s much healthier and nature-friendly; but wouldn’t it be awesome to add some eggs to that well-balanced breakfast? Unfortunately, chickens are not exactly indoor pets and full-out farms are compatible with a nine to five schedule, which takes up too much time. That’s where the Cocot’home comes in. It is an outdoor, eye-catching chicken run. It gives a chicken (or other animal, as it is suitable for everything from rabbits to ducks) ample room to run around and frolic, while keeping it safe from outside predators. The Cocot’home is easy to clean and it even sports a planting area on

top so that you can grow your fruit and your eggs in the same space! Neat! Pousse’s product line is rounded out by a series of different houses and kennels for small dogs and cats. Each of the models, from the simple Orig-Ami to the exquisite Kokon Kennel, is suitable for indoor and outdoor living. Several of these contemporary miniaturized houses also come complete with a planter on top, once again emphasizing the green living trend and encouraging pet owners to embrace nature around their pet’s relaxation. The simple abstract white design also lends itself well to a variety of decor arrangements. The garden is a wonderful place to stay in the summer. The flowers are in bloom, the grass is green and the birds are offering their songs for free. Why not give the garden an aesthetic boost that can also house your pets? Let them enjoy the warm months outside as well; the nice days may even lead to a lifelong friendship with the neighbourhood hens.

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IT’S A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY WHEN A BELOVED DOG FRIEND LOSES ONE OR MORE OF HIS LEGS. THEIR LIVELY WAY OF LIFE IS DRASTICALLY DISRUPTED AND OWNERS ARE LEFT FEELING HELPLESS. HOWEVER, IN CANINE PROSTHETIC CARE MAY BE CHANGING THE PACE OF THREE-LEGGED RACES EVERYWHERE.

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n injured dog’s new best friend is called the Amigo, a sophisticated walking aid for animals that enables them to function in all of their everyday activities. It was invented by Israeli industrial designer Nir Shalom in 2010 as a final school project at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. The invention was then publicly unveiled at Milan Design Week 2011. What makes the Amigo ahead of the pack when it comes to canine prostheses is its unique axis that allows the pelvis to move correctly. The ingenious mechanism enables a dog to easily move from motion mode to resting state, meaning that they can comfortably lie down while in their wheelchair and get back up again without assistance. “I was looking for an interesting project in the field of animals,” says Shalom when describing how inspiration for the Amigo arrived. “I noticed that limb problems in dogs are common and that many of the existing solutions are rather amateur. Sadly a lot of owners are forced to put their pets to sleep. I decided that a smart new generation of walking aid for injured animals was desperately needed.”

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After studying canine anatomy and closely monitoring their movement, Shalom was able to create a mechanism that mimics their natural range of motion. Almost miraculously the Amigo allows an injured dog total freedom of movement – they can walk, run, sit, lie down, jump and even go down stairs all by themselves when secured to this sporty wheelchair. The combination of aluminum and A.B.S (a strong and lightweight material) results in a wheelchair that is very light and durable, thus acting less as a burden on the dog who wears it and more as a blessing. The alluring, flashy design also makes the Amigo a desirable accessory for the style conscious pooch.


Shalom is a dog person through and through, owning four of his own: Chief, a very spoiled and opinionated eight-year-old Pitbull; Tara, a maternal seven-year-old Labrador; Luna, an elegant four-year-old Shepherd; and Mika, a oneyear-old little mutt. “Mika is the naughty one,” says Shalom laughingly. “I believe that we, as humans, the strongest and smartest creatures on earth, should protect animals and do our very best to help them survive. The greatest reward of the Amigo has been seeing an injured dog suddenly able to participate in everyday activities. It has made a positive difference in that dog’s life.”

Although still technically a prototype at present, the current Amigo has performed the legwork for Shalom’s next generation – an Amigo to fit all breeds and sizes of dog scheduled for manufacturing in 2012. “I am also developing a special Amigo cart for cats,” reveals Shalom, who believes that he will continue to design for animals in the future. “I very much love the world of animals and I love the world of design. It only makes sense to combine the two.”

WATCH THE AMIGO VIDEO! Be sure to have a box of tissues nearby though!

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TELL ME ABOUT YOUR ADORABLE DOGS. Well I did have Anastasia, a little Bichon, who recently passed away. So now I just have Nicklas, a maltipoo. He’s almost 15-years-old and is my muse. I got Nick shortly after my first European tour. I saw an ad in a Vancouver paper for maltipoo pups and went with my manager and his children. I knew I wanted a small dog so that we could travel together. Nick was the last puppy in the litter so I took him home. Ana wasn’t really planned for. She was one of these dogs hanging around a hotel we were staying at in British Columbia in need of a home and ...well …that was that. Pure love.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PUPS PERSONALITIES? Anastasia was a real lover through and through, but I’d say that Nicklas is very sensitive. I used to think that he was very skeptical and neurotic, because he wouldn’t trust people right away. But now I see that he’s just very sensitive.

HOW HAS BEING A PET PARENT CHANGED YOU? I don’t know if it has, because I don’t know anything different. Dogs have always been a part of my life. I was in my 20s when I got Nicklas and he has always been with me. They are one of the few constant presences in my life. Every time I get engaged or married – which is constantly because I’m a sucker (laughs) – or if things don’t turn out quite like I thought they would, my dogs are always there for me. Without them I’d be lost.

DO YOU FIND IT HARD TO BE AWAY FROM THEM WHILE ON TOUR? Of course! I’ve been very lucky in the sense that my records turn gold,


but nowadays most people just download music. The only way an artist can sustain a career in my genre of music is to tour, which is what I frequently do. Often times a girlfriend or my mom will stay with them while I’m away; although sometimes I do bring them with me. The last time I flew Nick and Ana we were doing a three month tour of Canada and the US, but they’re so flexible. They’re amazing really. So long as they’re close to you they are happy.

DO YOUR DOGS HAVE ANY SPECIAL DIETS? I always make all of their food. It never occurs to me to buy dog food, because it would be like eating sugary cereal everyday for me. So they eat a blend of rice, vegetables, a protein source and get sweet potato for treats. Sometimes when we’re on the road they get bites of pizza or other treats and sometimes they spend a bit of time on a vegetarian diet. Nick has been a vegetarian for the last two years.

DO YOU DO ANY WORK WITH PET RESCUES? I am really into supporting senior dog rescues, because these dogs have given so much during their lives and just need a safe home. I almost took two bichons, a 10-year-old and a 13-yearold, a couple of weeks ago. They were rescued from a kill shelter in LA. I really wanted to adopt them, but we sent out some mass emails and found great families for both. I volunteer a lot at home with hospitals, but I would love to start being more hands-on with a senior dog rescue. One day I’ll do that.

YOU’RE A CANCER SURVIVOR. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THAT DIFFICULT EXPERIENCE? I didn’t have a chance to be a cancer

patient. I was married for four weeks and then got diagnosed. I had to console everyone. A lot of my people were very distraught about this news, so your instinct becomes to make them feel better and deflect from yourself. My husband and family fell apart and I was busy trying to help them cope. In a strange way you disassociate from your own illness. I was incredibly busy during that period. I never had time to think about being sick. I worked every day, walked the dogs every day, did groceries, made a record and outran my disease.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEBODY WHO IS DEALING WITH CANCER NOW? Gosh, so much. Get in to a group of other patients who are experiencing exactly the same thing you are. Join no matter how selfconscious you might feel. The thing that helped me more than anything else, more than my husband, my family or even my dogs, was connecting with other patients.

WERE YOUR DOGS A SOURCE OF COMFORT FOR YOU? Caring for my dogs really did help. People who are sick tend to overcompensate. Women especially. We get a cold or the flu and we rally to overcompensate because we feel like we’re letting people down. I don’t have children to care for, but I definitely overcompensated with Nick and Ana. Absolutely.

EARLIER YOU CALLED NICK YOUR MUSE. DOES HE INFLUENCE YOUR MUSIC? Definitely! My dogs have always inspired me. I wrote a song called ‘You’re the Master’ which basically says that you are the master and I am just the dog waiting for you to love me. Metaphori-

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cally the concept worked for the song, because I was pining for this other relationship and waiting eagerly, like a dog who eagerly waits for it’s person to return. Right now I’m working on a new record and there’s a song on it that stemmed from me asking Anastasia for advice. I imagine her voice and what it sounds like trying to empower me. I really hope people like it (laughs).

IF YOU WERE NOT A MUSICIAN, WHAT CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING? I wanted to be a doctor for the longest time. My parents were missionaries and my dad was a dentist by trade. They worked throughout Africa and India doing dentistry and I always thought that I would like to work abroad also and help where there is no equipment. But after going through cancer care, I don’t think that is my true calling. I need to work in palliative care. Not many people can work with the dying and their families and be an effective, joyful liaison.

WHY DO YOU BELIEVE DOGS ARE IMPORTANT? The thing about dogs is that they live for the happiness of other people. It is such an incredibly rare quality. I think that is what human beings search for in each other a lot of the time, but they rarely find it. Dogs are unique in their selflessness. We all have a lot to learn from dogs.

HOW DO YOU THINK SOCIETY CAN BETTER HELP DOGS IN NEED? By remembering that it is important to support animal charities and really prioritize what is important in life. For gift-giving or any occasion, don’t buy a useless thing. Donate to a charity. This era that is our lifetime is very cool. We have so many avenues of information getting to us and so many possibilities to make a difference. I think people need to remember that they can do all that they can. DO YOU DO ALL THAT YOU CAN FOR NICKLAS? Oh yes. He is my soul-mate. No question about it.

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ONCE AGAIN, LITTLE KITTY HAS DECIDED THAT YOUR COUCH, RUG, SLIPPERS OR WHATEVER IS THE BEST BATHROOM IN THE HOUSE. WHILE TRYING TO RID YOUR ABODE OF ALL EVIDENCE OF THESE UNSAVOURY EVENTS CAN BE FRUSTRATING (TRUST ME, I KNOW!), THERE IS A WAY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THE ANSWER IS TO TEACH YOUR CAT HOW TO EMBRACE THE LITTER BOX.

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on’t think of the lowly litter box as that never discussed corner of business, but rather as a prime piece of real estate. As such the most important quality is (you guessed it!) location, location, location! You want to put the box in a nice, quiet and accessible area. It needs to be in a low traffic spot and away from any air vents because after all, nobody wants to be blasted with cold air right when they’re trying to...you know. It can’t be too close to the feeding area either because that’s just disgusting. All this being said of course, placing the litter box in domestic Siberia also isn’t a good idea, because Kitty will simply turn to your fluffy slippers once again rather than make the trek. So keep in mind these factors when choosing the coveted litter box locale.

We all appreciate a clean bathroom and cats are no different. If the litter box is too dirty, then they might not feel like using it. You should be cleaning it every day to make Kitty happy and if you have more than one cat, you will need more than one litter box. Definitely one per cat plus an extra one is the general rule and the safest way to go to make sure everyone is using the litter box instead of the couch. Even if you are cleaning the box every day, you also need to regularly wash the boxes and completely change out the litter. It might seem like a lot of work, but it’s a lot easier than getting that awful smell out of the carpet.

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First impressions are important, so when you’re showing your cat where the litter box is make it a tactile experience. Physically place your cat in the box. She might look up at you with those confused kitty eyes so gently use her front paws to scratch in the litter. If this is too much to handle just scratch in the litter with your own fingers to get the point across. Most cats catch on quickly and realize this would be a great place to bury their waste. However, there are slow learners as well, so if you see your cat getting ready to go someplace outside the box, quickly and gently place her in the litter to reinforce the message. If she’s already chosen a favourite bathroom in your house, keep a close eye on her when she’s in that area and be ready to get her to the litter box on time!

Cats instinctively like to eliminate in one spot. The litter box is an extension of this nature that simply points out the best spot for them to go. Cats also don’t respond well to punishment since they don’t connect the accident with the yelling (and it will only cause more stress which makes them more likely to eliminate outside the box and continue the cycle). Most often, cats need to use the box when they wake up from one of their many naps or soon after eating. To help them associate the litter box with this action, gently carry them to the box while speaking softly and then pet and praise them while they are in the box. The more positive associations you can build, the more the cat will go there, no matter what age.

Maybe Kitty decided to go on your couch anyway because despite all your work, she still likes to water those cross-stitched flowers. Accidents happen. If Kitty starts to eliminate in the same spot, feed her some treats in that area so that it becomes a feeding spot and not a peeing spot. Or take them to the vet if the problem persists, as there might be a medical condition at play. Cats usually figure the litter box out rather quickly. As long as the box is clean, accessible and private, the feline business is a breeze!

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HOW TO KEEP YOU AND FIDO FIT Written by ALLISON VORSTENBOSCH Photography by TYLER POLLARD IT’S EASY TO GET CAUGHT UP IN THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF MODERN DAY LIFE. WE ARE BOMBARDED WITH A NEVER ENDING HIGHWAY OF EMAIL TRAFFIC, PHONE CALLS, TEXT MESSAGES, BUSINESS MEETINGS, DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS, CHORES AND HOMEWORK. OFTEN FINDING TIME TO WORKOUT IS THE ULTIMATE CHALIN TORONTO, ONLENGE, BUT A TARIO IS HELPING PETS AND OWNERS SHAPE UP AND WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL FITNESS.

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t was a cold and rainy day following a cold and rainy week. Thankfully the drizzle stopped before I headed out to Coronation Park with my friend Jessie Wong and her adorable Westie, Kobe, to enjoy our very first Fetching class – an intensive program that combines fitness for humans and training for dogs. Fetching is the brainchild of Sal Sloan. The program was inspired as a personal solution for Sloan to spend more quality time with her dog, Chewy. “I had a busy advertising job and would get home at 7pm or 8pm then be totally exhausted from my day. Sometimes I would manage to fit a workout

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in, but then I adopted Chewy,” explains Sloan. “One morning I was at a human boot camp and as I was sweating it out realized that I still had Chewy to walk and that was all before my ‘real’ day started!” An in-depth pow-wow with some friends and the realization that numerous pet owners were suffering from the same sort of time crunch, Fetching was born. Although it might seem tricky to balance fitness with doggie obedience, the two concepts really go hand in hand...or rather paw in hand. “Sometimes the human is jogging and the dog is heeling by their side. Other times, the owner is doing strength work, like push-ups or squat jumps, and the dog is working on perfecting his

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sit or stay command,” elaborates Sloan. “Having a dog follow their owner through exercise drills that incorporate changes of pace and direction is one of the best ways to get dogs listening to and following owners.” To start off in Fetching there is a two month program where you attend one class per week at one of the various locations available in the city. Every class begins with learning a new obedience technique and the remainder of class puts that technique into practice while the owner exercises. In our class we learned the command for ‘come’ command. We humans completed quite a lot of jogging while our dogs worked on their ‘come.’ “Every class is differ-


ent,” says Sloan enthusiastically. “We are constantly coming up with new exercises and ways to instruct.” It is this variety and innovation that keep people coming back for more.

a marked improvement in their relationship with their dogs.”

Another important quality of Fetching classes is that your dog has a chance to make new The truly ingenious thing about Fetching is that friends. According to Sloan most people take all fitness and obedience levels are welcome. their pups to dog parks for socializing, which Your puppy doesn’t need to be at a specific lev- are usually unstructured and therefore disconel of training before you can join a class. The nected from the owner. “Being in a group dog instructors will help you get your dog to where class with significant distraction and working you want him or her to be. No matter what your through obedience and exercise attached to style of training Fetching is alyour human is far more physThe strong emphasis ways ready to adapt. Howically and mentally challengever, all Fetching instructors ing for the dog,” explains on the bonding follow the same basic trainSloan. experience is what ing principles which mimic Once you have bemakes Fetching so the way a mother dog would come a pro at the level one communicate with her pups. attractive to busy owners. Fetching classes, you can “We use body language, advance to the second level. gentle physical corrections and lots of praise The workouts become more challenging and so to teach the dog reliable responses. You won’t does the training. “You learn how to communifind us using treats, except in cases where dogs cate with your dog using hand signals,” says are fearful,” Sloan states. Sloan. “You learn how to enforce commands One of the most exciting aspects of Fetching from a distance. You also learn how to work is that every class ends with an agility section towards off-leash agility courses that will significomplete with jumps and obstacles. “Dogs cantly build your dog’s confidence.” adore this part of the day and owners get the Currently offering classes in downtown incredible satisfaction of seeing their dogs acToronto and expanding into Oakville and Miscomplish obstacles they never have done besissauga areas, it seems that this is just the before,” Sloan explains. ”Functionally though, it’s ginning of a bright Fetching future. “In five years incredible for building confidence in dogs. It Fetching hopes to be all over Canada, revolualso helps build that bond of trust between owntionizing the way humans and dogs exercise!” er and dog.” Running, jumping and learning says Sloan brightly. was definitely Wong and Kobe`s favourite part of their Fetching experience. Fitness and obedience work beautifully together because both require perseverance The strong emphasis on the bonding experiand dedication. Sloan has created a way to ence is part of what makes Fetching so attracspend quality time with your pup while improvtive to busy owners. “Doing such a high value ing yourself, proving once and for all that fetchactivity with your dog really helps tie you closer ing isn’t just for the dogs anymore. together,” reiterates Sloan. “Clients have told me that after just two or three classes they see www.fetching.ca. CULTURE FOR PETS

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WE ALL KNOW THE IMAGE OF THE BULLDOG; IT’S THE MASCOT FOR INNUMERABLE SPORTS TEAMS, GYMS, AND EVEN SECURITY COMPANIES. IT’S THE GRUFF, DROOPY, OFTEN TIMES MEAN-LOOKING FACE USED TO REPRESENT . HOWEVER, LIKE SO MANY IMAGES IN MODERN DAY SOCIETY, THE PICTURE OF THE MEAN BULLDOG ISN’T TELLING THE WHOLE STORY.

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have originated in 19th century England. It was bred as a smaller version of the bulldog, meant to keep people company as opposed to doing any sort of bull-related labour. As a companion, the French Bulldog is fantastic. It’s grows to a whopping 30cm (a whole ruler!), and doesn’t top 28 pounds. They’re well suited to small apartments and homes due to their diminutive size, as well as their low exercise needs. In fact, the home is the best place for French Bulldogs. Due to their broad chest and short airway, the French Bulldog has trouble regulating it’s temperature like other dogs. A nice, heated and air conditioned home - accompanied with lei-


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surely, low-impact exercise - is exactly what the doctor ordered for this breed. Their undeniable charm and constantly expressive faces make them a delight to have around the house and their loyal disposition settles them as an instant member of the family. It is important, however, to keep in mind that this particular family member should avoid cottages and houseboats as, like all bulldogs, the Frenchie can’t swim. As a dog, the French Bulldog is friendly and curious, who gets along well with people and other animals alike. They have a lot of personality and thrive on attention. Like all other bulldogs, however, the French Bulldog can get sassy and rude if you let them think they are the ‘alpha’ of the household. Basic things like having confidence and being firm when your pooch misbehaves is all it takes for a cute little Frenchie to understand that being a jerk just isn’t worth it. Their stubbornness and reputation for being wilful also impacts the Frenchie’s training. Although not unintelligent the breed is prone to forgetfulness. This means that your bulldog probably isn’t going to be keeping a repertoire of a hundred different

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tricks, but with a little patience and persistence is quite capable of mastering the basics like a pro! The French Bulldog, like most purebreds, has a few ailments that are common across the breed. Respiratory problems are a major concern, especially if the dog in question is overweight. They are quite prone to heatstroke and shouldn’t do any strenuous activity in the hot weather. There are also some eye-related issues to be aware of, similar to those of pugs; although these are mostly congenital. French Bulldogs also have a lifespan of about 10 to 12 years. A lot of people fail to recognize the bulldog as a loving and kind companion; an affable friend who’ll cuddle up in your lap; a friendly dog whose only concern is belly rubs and finding a warm place to sleep. While the image of the bulldog’s grumpy stare and floppy jowls is engrained in our minds, the reality is that our perception only holds true for the minority. Many breeds of bulldog, and most notably the French variety, are cheerful and bright, more likely to jump up and say hello than be aggressive. Perfect for companionship, but not so much for sports mascots.


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MY CAT FLUFFY . BRING A CARNATION INTO THE HOUSE AND HE WILL RAVAGE IT WITHIN FIVE MINUTES FLAT. TO CURB THESE FLOWER DESTROYING TENDENCIES, WE TRY TO HAVE SOME CAT GRASS READILY AVAILABLE AND IT USUALLY TAKES CARE OF ANY UNWANTED GNASHING. BUT WHAT MAKES OUR CARNIVOROUS HUNTERS SUDDENLY WANT TO CHOW DOWN ON FOLIAGE?

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The truth of the matter is that nobody really knows with absolute certainty why felines harbour a certain fancy for cat grass. Many sources say that chewing on plants provides cats with certain nutrients that aid with digestion. Some even suggest that eating grass can induce vomiting to help bring up stubborn hairballs. Wild cats would usually get this greenery from the stomachs of their prey, so indoor cats are especially missing out – hence the carnation cravings.

Believe it or not, like people cats can also have individual tastes. Some cats do not care for plants at all while others will chew ferociously on Christmas trees to get their fix. My cat Kitten doesn’t even care if the tree is fake when he’s having his way with it, whereas his brother Henry barely pays any attention to cat grass at all.

Although you can buy pre-grown cat grass at some stores, it is best to grow your own. The best part is that Plant some oats, Another theory suggests that you do not need to have a wheat, rye or barley it might just be infamous feline green thumb to go about this seeds in a shallow curiosity that makes them unable project. Nurturing cat grass is a to stop themselves from trying container to create simple process and by growing out the natural outdoor cuisine it yourself you can be sure that it your own cat or tasting your deliciously leafy is chemical-free and completely salad bar. looking bamboo plant. For all safe for your feline friend. To we mere mortals may know, our make life easier, there are plencats might just like the crunchy texture. ty of cat grass growing kits available.

It can be dangerous, however, for your cat to chew on house plants as many are poisonous to felines. Even outdoor grass should be avoided because of the pesticides and chemicals that are sometimes used on lawns. The solution? Cat grass! An indoor grass munch! Besides grown especially for your cat to m houseplants, cat keeping the kitties away from ho entertaining indoor cats grass is also great for entertainin the apwho can be prone to boredom. Having H propriate grass inside allows them a wee taste of what they are missing outside and a helps them express all their catness.

So if you don’t like teeth marks in the leaves of your African violets or just want to keep your kitty as safe as possible, make sure that you have some delicious cat grass on hand. That way your pet can munch until his heart’s content and your pretty vase of carnations will live to see another day.

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ld chocolate lab Duncan is a two-year-o , but he has more and the love of my life at to do with! A energy than I know wh d that I teach him friend of mine suggeste y lake to help burn how to swim in a nearb ss. There’s just one off some of his hyperne in the water! He problem – he won’t go I do in and seems walks along the dge if too, but then never like he wants to come in scare him or make does. I don’t want to esn’t want to, but him do something he do perience the lake. I would like him to ex kes me think he’d He loves baths, which ma too. So my question love the outdoor water dog to swim? Thank is, how do you teach a you! Sarah Cobourg, Ontario


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 Sarah, You’ve chosen a wonderful breed for water activities. Labradors are known to excel in water sports such as dock diving and field trials. But that doesn’t mean that every lab will just leap into a body of water without hesitation. Some need coaxing and reassurance. The key is to introduce them gradually to the floating sensation by keeping them in contact with a solid surface, like steps or a shoreline. Next walk them out into the water calmly and assertively until they are not touching the solid surface. If there is any panic or distress, simply back up to the point of calmness and start again. Remember to keep your voice calm and soothing. If you panic chances are they will panic even more. Sometimes coaxing a dog with a motivator like food or a favourite toy will assist in the initial introduction. If they’re focused on the item, then they cannot be worried about the water. Also, if you have access to another dog that is a natural in the water, the role model process works very well also. It’s sort of like when a small child is scared of swimming; bring in the older sibling to show them how much fun they’re missing out on and reassure them that everything is alright. Also keep in mind that a doggy life jacket is an important safety item, especially for a dog that is not confident in the water. Hope this helps and that you gain a swimming partner for the summer!

WATER WUBBA The Water Wubba is ideal for water and snow play. Made of neoprene, which is the same material used for wet-suits, this toy is designed to be easy to see and quick to dry! Available in lemon, lime and orange – perfect citrus flavours for buckets of summer fun!

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g, Gerald, loves My Portuguese Water Do ne he ver the family the water (go figure!) W ge the first thing he and I go up to the cotta the lake to play. I’m does is run off down to playtime a little too worried he loves water the more he splashmuch though, because barks with excitees around, the more he ans that the sound ment. Being on a lake me neighbours have travels and some of the estion is, how do I complained. So my qu ng without having get Gerald to stop barki water – he loves it to keep him out of the so! Thank you! Richard Parry Sound

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Hi there Richard, Yes, when ‘water’ is in their name, you don’t have many surprises! Be grateful that Gerald naturally loves the water. Many people have to pay for the luxury of hydrotherapy classes for their dogs. Also swimming is incredible for building and maintaining muscle tone, as well as cardiovascular conditioning. Gerald is a very fortunate pooch! Of course, I can only imagine the disruption that Gerald’s enthusiasm can have on a tranquil lake. The only way to guarantee that he won’t bark his head off would be to keep him out of the water entirely; although that defeats all of the benefits mentioned earlier. So, let’s see if we can address the barking issue without sacrificing the inherent joys of the watery wonderland. I would like to suggest a counter behaviour that could address the excessive noise. The key here will be to condition Gerald to only go in to the water with something in his mouth, whether it be a ball, a bumper, a Frisbee or even a stick. It’s very difficult to bark and hold on to an object at the same time. You’ll need to teach Gerald that if he drops the object then playtime in the water is over and that the only way he can remain in the water is to hold on to the object. I know it sounds tricky, but with patience it can be done! I would suggest prompting him to chase the item on land first and then throwing it short distances in to the water. If he drops it, game over and he has to come out. You could also just have him walk along the lake edge with the item in his mouth so that he can make the association to the water and his holding the item. If he loves the water as much as you say he does, he will be willing to do what you’re asking of him in order to get back in it. Just remember, as with all training, it requires patience and reiteration on your behalf. I hope this helps. May you and your neighbours enjoy peaceful cottage living this summer!

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There is always something new to look at as a young pup — from the safety of Mama’s knee of course.

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Exploring the backyard is a big adventure, but wait for me if you’re going back inside!

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THINGS WE

HB CREST BALLS

BLUEBLOOD MARINA BED

A bucket of balls is a genius idea for taking pups to the park! Rather than repeatedly toss the same same filthy ball over and over and over again, you can mix it up with multiple throwing options. These are 100 per cent natural rubber balls covered in extra duty felt.

Boasting classic colours this luxurious bed will bring out any dog’s seafaring nature. The traditional sailor-like white and blue makes a great addition to any cottage setting or yacht cabin.

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www.bluebloodliving.com

LOVE YOUR ENEMY PRINT

STARBARKS SQUEAK TOY

The Beatles were really on to something when they said, “All you need is love.” No matter what’s going on in the world, if we take a peek into the animal world chances are we can find the inspiration to forgive, forget and live in harmony.

Your dog probably already accompanies you on the daily coffee run, so while they are waiting outside for you keep them occupied with their own venti sized treat! Made from thick white fleece and intricate embroidery, these cups of coffee are an ideal way to start the day!

www.ilovedoodle.etsy.com

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HEPPER POD

SKATE PET FEEDER

For the finicky feline or picky pooch (small breeds) the Hepper Pod offers a secluded sanctuary. Sherpa fleece and microfiber lines the interior and the raised platform helps keep pets warm or cool as needed. The top is also removable.

Make sure your little skater guy or gal is properly fueled with one of these modern designs! Made from a solid maple skateboard deck and complete with legs to accommodate your pets’ height, this cool piece becomes an instant conversation piece at dinner time!

www.hepper.myshopify.com

www.skatedogstudios.etsy.com

MAGIS DOG HOUSE

BASTIS HOOK

Keep Fido extra cool this summer with the stylish Magis dog house! Boasting a gorgeous modern design and bright fire engine red finish (complete with matching steps), this is one doghouse your pup will always want to be in!

www.magisdesign.com

It’s impossible to be unhappy with these quirky hooks around the house! They offer the perfect place to hang up leashes and doggy jackets. Plus they are made entirely from soft rubber, meaning no sharp edges to bump into!

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FLARE BOWL

ROVER CLUB SHIRT

Hand-painted and decaled, the Flare Bowl is a beautiful stoneware specimen that is both microwave and dishwasher safe. The pretty painting in the bottom makes this doggy dish a decorative touch to any room even when completely empty!

www.theroverboutique.com

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Perfect for a beach wedding, a casual barbecue or an afternoon of window shopping, the Club Shirt from Rover Boutique makes a statement wherever it goes. Precise tailoring, classic style and sophisticated detailing.

POOCHY COUTURE TAG

SMALL SAUSAGE DOG ZOE

If your furry friend likes to drown you in licks, this is the tag for them! Sporting the humourous line, “Can’t control my licker,” this custom hand-stamped tag is a great gift for any dog lover!

From the whimsical creativity of Lulu Guinness comes the fabulous Zoe bag. A texture woven background achieves subtle hints of classic demure, while the stylish little sausage dog throws cuteness into the mix.

www.PoochyCouture.etsy.com

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COACH SIGNATURE COLLAR

THOUGHT BUBBLE PLUSH TOY

Showing off the COACH signature fabric with leather trim is a snap for this sassy collar. Plus the lovely engraved fire hydrant tag gives it a little extra sumthin’ sumthin’ for the morning stroll.

Every wondered what’s on your dog’s mind? Well, these hilarious plush toys might help you figure it out! Complete with a squeaker for extra fun, these thought bubbles will help dogs vocalize their innermost thoughts!

www.coach.com

www.muttropolis.com

OCEAN WATERS TWO-TONED BRAIDED LEASH

LIGHT LAMPADOR

From Kiss My Mutt comes a spectacularly chic two-toned leash that is pretty and practical! Not only is this thing of beauty water resistant and extremely durable, but it also lends itself nicely to a wide variety of outfits! How stylish!

For a comforting night light or reading lamp, turn to the Lampador by Paolodesign. Striking glossy colours, soft glows and enough character to fill any space, these lamps function within the proud tradition of canine companionship.

www.kissmymutt.com

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Written by LAURA L. BENN Photos courtesy of BOCCE’S BAKERY

IT’S NOT EVERYDAY THAT YOU COME ACROSS A BAKERY THAT PUTS BEEF AND CHICKEN INTO ITS COOKIES. BOCCE’S BAKERY, HOWEVER, IS AN ALL-NATURAL, ORGANIC DOG BISCUIT COMPANY, SPECIALIZING IN !

gourmet goodies for pups

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reated by Andrea Tovar and her three-year-old mutt, Bocce, this stylish treat haven in New York’s West Village uses only fresh, local human-grade ingredients. The biscuits are home-baked in small batches with no chemicals or preservatives of any kind. These doggy delicacies are also wheat-free, making them ideal for pups with sensitive stomachs, and are baked extra crispy to promote great dental health. Plus they are super delicious too!

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GRANDMA’s APPLE PIE Bocce believes there should always be room for dessert, especially apple pie! Freshly-picked organic apples, baked with local NY clover honey, and organic oats makes these the perfect sweet treat for any canine chum! INGREDIENTS organic oat flour local NY organic apples local NY clover honey organic peanut butter cinnamon ...and that’s it! Guaranteed Analysis: Protein: 15% Fat: 12% Fiber: .8% Moisture: 5%

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CHICKEN CORDON BLEU Fancy is put to shame with this gourmet biscuit option! Made from the finest ingredients, including antibiotic free organic chicken roasted with healthy turkey bacon and plenty of fresh mozzarella, this recipe delivers a powerful protein punch! Woof woof woof (roughly translated ‘ooh la la!’) Only the best for your hungry mutt! INGREDIENTS organic oat flour organic chicken nitrate-free turkey bacon organic mozzarella cage-free egg whites non-fat organic yogurt ...and that’s it! Guaranteed Analysis: Protein: 26% Fat: 10% Fiber: .8% Moisture: 5.5%

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THE NUDES: A PICTORIAL CELEBRATION OF THE SPHYNX by Chanel Bevell

You don’t have to journey all the way to ancient Egypt to see the Sphinx, not when its feline counterpart is still scurrying around the world! A gorgeous compilation of stunning photographs from breeders and owners alike, this book presents the naked truth about hairless cats. It also educates about Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a deadly heart disease found in cats. A breathtaking creation with heart.

PLEASE OH PLEASE CAN WE GET A DOG? by Cheryl Peterson

Dear parents. The day is coming when your child will pester, plead and beg you to bring a dog into your family. This thoughtful prettily illustrated book helps you through the decisions that inevitably come with puppy-hood. From teaching your child responsible pet ownership to making a family chore wheel so that Fido is cared for by everyone, this is the parent’s guide book to dog ownership.

DESIGNER DOGS: PORTRAITS AND PROFILES OF POPULAR NEW CROSSBREEDS by Caroline Coile & Anna Kuperberg

A stylish guidebook to better understanding popular crossbreeds. Presenting important information about both canine parents of a mix and over 200 full-colour images taken by award-winning photographer Anna Kuperberg, this book’s unique style lends itself beautifully to any coffee table.

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ERE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE BEAUTIFUL BOOKS THIS SEASON, ALL OF WHICH ARE AN EXCELLENT WAY WITH YOUR PET PAL. TO

pass a relaxing afternoon

LAD: A DOG by Alb Albert ber ert Pa P Payson yson ys on nT Terhune e hu er hune ne e

Publis Published Publ ishe hed d in 1 1919, 91 19, tthis his novel te tells ells llls th thee tittimeless m le me less sss ttal tale a e of a rrough al o gh ou g collie lll called ll d Lad d and dh his many adventures. d Through h h the h wholeh l some narrative and riveting plot, Terhune expresses insights about positive reinforcement and canine parenthood. This is the first in a trilogy that follows lovable canine characters.

THE LITTLE DOG’S ACTIVITY BOOK by Deborah Wood

Just as its title suggests, this charming peppy book gives small dog owners all sorts of inspiration when it comes to entertaining their little four-legged friend. Forget the standard games of fetch and hide-and-seek, this book will open a whole new world of fun for your little friend!

PET PROJECTS: THE ANIMALKNITS BIBLE by Joanna Osborne & Diana Miller

BLOG SPOTLIGHT!

If you love to knit and spoil your pet this book must be added to your bookshelf! Whether you have a dog, cat, hamster or horse, this beautifully produced book teaches you how to create stylish pet accessories and displays the end project in a series of heart-melting photographs.

ABOUT The fashionable finds of a girl and her white-furry-booted pal, Miles.

www.milestostyle.com

WHY PAWSH LOVES IT This corner of cyberspace caters to dogs and their owners in a unique fashion – literally! Beautiful fashion forward choices and iconic style for any occasion.

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A DOG IS NOT “ALMOST HUMAN” AND I KNOW OF NO GREATER INSULT TO THE CANINE RACE THAN TO DESCRIBE IT AS SUCH. ~JOHN HOLMES Written by LAURA L. BENN Photography by BRITTANY VEINOT

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AGE: Two years GENDER: Female BREED: Shepherd Mix STORY: I was rescued from Lebanon where I had a hard life. My front legs are deformed, but that doesn’t slow me down, especially since I’ve been fitted for a front-end wheelchair! LIKES: Bellyrubs galore and cuddles! DISLIKES: Larger dogs make me a bit uneasy so I’m sometime growly until I’m comfortable. LOOKING FOR: A warm and safe home with lots of space so I can run around with my new wheels!

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AGE: Three years GENDER: Female BREED: Pug and collie mix STORY: I was rescued from a horrible hoarding situation. LIKES: I adore running around and playing with other dogs any chance I get! I also really like my nickname, Tiggy. It’s cute, just like me! DISLIKES: I am still extremely frightened of most people, but I am NOT a fear biter. In actual fact I kiss a lot once I get to know you, so be sure to keep your mouth closed. You’ve been warned! LOOKING FOR: A loving home with patient people who can help me gain some confidence. I’d also like a nice yard to play in and might one day try my paw at agility sports. 90

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AGE: One and a half years GENDER: Female BREED: Great Pyrenees STORY: I was badly neglected and malnourished. Although my fur is growing back, I am still very thin and need to gain another 20 to 25 pounds. Luckily I love to eat, so that’s no problem! Because of things that have happened to me I am still a bit timid around people, but I warm up quickly once I trust you! LIKES: I love playing with young pups like myself! I also love to wander (what? I’m curious!) so my foster folks say I need a large fenced yard. DISLIKES: Sharing my food bowl. LOOKING FOR: A new home with people who have experience caring for giant breeds. Also, like I said before, a spacious fenced yard please! CULTURE FOR PETS

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AGE: Nine years GENDER: Female BREED: White Shepherd STORY: I was rescued from a pound outside of Ottawa. I was very depressed while staying there and didn’t eat very well because of my mood. My time was almost up (whatever that means) before I was discovered by Hopeful Hearts. LIKES: I am totally and completely obsessed with tennis balls and I don’t care who knows it! I’ll carry one around with me wherever I go! I’m also very gentle with everything that I do. DISLIKES: Loud noises. What can I say? I’m an older lady now and enjoy a quiet environment. LOOKING FOR: A kind and caring person or family who I can retire with and follow around day in and day out. 92

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CakeTIME! Sometimes bath-time is a battle of shampoo suds, spraying water and towel-drying. If your pooch is something of a handful during this hygienic ritual, why not reward yourself with a decadent doggie themed dessert? Hand-crafted

by the oh-so talented Cathy Campbell (also known as The Cake Whisperer) this delightful gateaux promises to be bubbles of fun and makes bath-time a piece of cake for owners, even if your pet does not!

(Not suitable for canine consumption).

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CLOSING NOTES

Photo by NATALIE SCHLEYER Send PAWSH your answers to this question for a chance to be included in our next issue! Write to us at info@pawsh-magazine.com.

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This Issue’s Question I love Rex’s furry face and expressive eyes! No matter how bad a day I may have had, I can always count on him to make me laugh! ~ Gizelle Vautour I love Jelly the most in the morning. Her tail is wagging so excitedly as she tries to cover as much of you as possible with her kisses. It seems that to her, during these first few moments that she’s awake, it’s always a brand new exciting day in the world with everything to look forward to. ~ Stephanie Ing There’s no one single thing that I love most about Izzy, my 18month-old cream French Bulldog, because I love everything about her. One thing she gives me every day that I cherish so much is how lazy and cuddly she is in the mornings. Just like me she hates to get up and would rather stay under the covers for another hour! She makes me late to work, but she’s so worth it! ~ Juli Kennedy Romeo is the most spoiled cat in the world! I love how snugly he is and that wherever I am in the house he is right beside me to see what I’m doing. He also plays fetch for hours just like a dog and loves to chat – loudly! He’s a true pal! ~ Sophie L. Rust My eight-month-old kitten, Steven, is the cutest napper in the world! I once came home from work and found him curled up in the heel of my running shoe fast asleep. He loves to sleep anywhere that smells like me when I’m not around and I love love love him for it! ~ James Thornly

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