TORONTO DOG BLOG: #UNLEASHKINDNESS PACT

toronto-dog-magazine-unleash-kindness-campaign-WEBAThere are no words to describe how much I love dogs and animals. There really aren’t! And every time I read a report about animal neglect or hear about the horrific conditions that so many lovely dogs and animals have to endure every day all over the world, my heart collapses. I feel crushed and hopelessly ineffectual because often times animal welfare issues seem too big for one person to take on and solve alone.

Last year while lamenting about this to friends over dinner, I was reminded of the fact that big change doesn’t happen overnight and is actually the result of lots of little changes. Baby steps. Small efforts and concentrated assistance to make a difference in our local communities, to inspire positive change and to raise awareness.

So I had an idea, an idea that I would like to reshare with you again in 2017. Let’s all make a pact to do whatever we can this week (Valentine’s week, it’s very appropriate) to #unleashkindness for animals in our communities. Let’s make a conscious effort to do what we each individually can this week to make a positive difference in the life of an animal (or animals) in our community.

These actions don’t have to be enormous to make a big difference. They can be actions to make your own dog’s life a bit better, a friend’s dog or a shelter animal. Any animal really! Here are a few ideas if you’re interested:

1. Donate your coffee money this week to a local shelter/rescue
2. Spend a few hours volunteering with an animal rescue group
3. Share this post and the #unleashedkindess pact with the animal lovers in your life
4. Offer to walk a senior’s or neighbour’s dog who maybe doesn’t get a lot of exercise.
5. Donate gently used pet items to animals in need
6. Bake dog treats for a local rescue
7. Make a donation to an animal cause
8. Swap out a favourite beauty product for a cruelty-free beauty product
9. Join animal rescue Facebook pages and share foster profiles of animals in need.
10. Take an hour to do nothing but play with your dog.
11. Gift a new pet item to an animal in need.
12. Anything else you can think of!

Take a selfie of yourself doing your good deed this week and post it to Instagram or our Facebook page with the hashtag #unleashkindess so we can share the inspiration and positive mood!

Maybe this is silly idea. Maybe it is idealistic and naive. But I really do believe that together we can make a difference. We absolutely can! I hope you’ll join me this week in trying to make that difference and raise awareness about animals in need in our communities.

Happy Valentine’s Week everyone!  xo

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EASY DOG TREAT RECIPES: STRAWBERRY YOGURT DROPLETS

easy-dog-treat-recipes-frozen-dog-treats-pawsh-5388Treating your beloved dog couldn’t be easier with this simple two ingredient dog treat recipe that happens to be the cutest thing in the world. Presenting delicious dollops of goodness called Strawberry Yogurt Droplets. Keep reading for the full recipe! Continue reading →

PHILADELPHIA DOG PHOTOGRAPHER: BINDI THE AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD BERNESE MIX PUPPY

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According to Christina the photographer, Bindi’s mama wanted to document this precious and fleeting time in her pup’s life, as well as showcase the love between them. All I can say is mission beautifully accomplished!

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TORONTO BLOGGER: 12 DOG THEMED VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS TO SAY “I LOVE YOU”

dog-valentines-day-cards-dog-magazine-1 Valentine’s Day is nearly here and there is nothing quite like telling the one you love how much you adore them (and the furkids). We’ve rounded up 12 adorable dog themed Valentine’s Day cards so you can do just that this year!

Above, this little stripey dude combines amour and style. Card from Leveret Paparie.
dog-valentines-day-cards-dog-magazine-2“Boop!” is the universal sound of true love, which anyone who has ever experienced a wet nose on their cheek understands. You can explain it to your true love with this card from Wonderflies.
dog-valentines-day-cards-dog-magazine-3The ideal card for those who love to do everything together from brunching, to strolling, to any sort of home reno project, from Allison and Cam.dog-valentines-day-cards-dog-magazine-4

Doxie lovers and long term relationships alike will get a giggle from this vibrant card from Queenie’s Cards.

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Because honesty is the important thing in any relationship (and this case, uber cute too!) Your honey will understand. Card from Marry Grams.

dog-valentines-day-cards-dog-magazine-6A darling dog card that is simple and sweet, because sometimes words aren’t needed, from Artwork by AK.

dog-valentines-day-cards-dog-magazine-7A doodle dog sometimes says it best, because even a squiggly lined dog means the world! Card by Rosie Wonders.

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For a little ooh-la-la and sophistication, you can’t go wrong with a French Poodle card from Papyrus.

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A kinder kind of honesty that anyone in a relationship who shares their home with a dog totally gets. Card from Purple Tree Designs UK.

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Because puppy kisses are always the best (sorry guys!) from Ink Pug.

dog-valentines-day-cards-dog-magazine-11Because you really do like waking up next to your sweetie — and your one or two or three dogs too! Card by Tiff Bits.

dog-valentines-day-cards-dog-magazine-12And last but not least, an appropriate card for those couples who are under no delusions about their status in a dog-friendly home by Lucy Maggie Designs.

Which humourous Valentine’s Day card would you choose for your sweetheart? Or leave a link to your favourite cards below in the comments too!

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TORONTO DOG PHOTOGRAPHER: 6 SWEET HOLIDAY TRADITIONS TO START WITH YOUR DOG

toronto dog blogThe holiday season is upon us and your furry friend will be looking to you to lead the way on the festive fun. Here are six sweet holiday traditions that you can start with your dog to celebrate Christmas in a dog-friendly style.

1. GIFT YOUR DOG A STOCKING
This might seem silly to some, but putting together a wee stocking to hang by the chimney with care that is specifically for your dog bestie is a lot of fun! Not only will you have a blast shopping for some cute themed items, but your pupster will have a great time nosing through their goodies from Santa Paws on Christmas morning.

2. PLAN A SNOW DAY
When those gorgeous white flakes begin to fall, put on your parka and snow pants (yes, snow pants, we don’t care how silly you think you look) and take your dog out into the winter wonderland for some fun! Play chase, make snow angels, dig in the snow and run around until you are both tired. Trust us, nothing puts a twinkle in your dog’s eye like some quality time in the great outdoors with their favourite human.

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3. MAKE DOG TREATS WHEN HOLIDAY BAKING
When you’re busy whipping up gingerbreads, shortbreads and figgy pudding (any Brits out there?) add a few scrumptious dog-friendly recipes to your list too. Your dog will love being treated while the rest of the family enjoys their goodies too. Try these Apple Oatmeal Dog Treats or these easy Sweet Potato Nothing Dog Treats.

4. DONATE DOG ITEMS TO YOUR LOCAL SHELTER
Giving back is important all year round, but especially at Christmas. Sniff out some of Fido’s gently used items, such as blankets, toys, collars, or leashes, and take them down to your local animal shelter to help animals who don’t have a happy home for the holidays. Or better yet, go shopping with your dog specifically for dog items to give away. Every pup deserves a toy at Christmas. A few of our favourite local rescues are Sit With Me Rescue, TEAM Dog Rescue, and Save Our Scruff Rescue.

5. CUDDLE UP FOR A DOG-FRIENDLY MOVIE NIGHT
In our home, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without watching our favourite Christmas movies. So get organized and stock up on a little junk food, a snugly blanket, fuzzy socks and your best canine friend. Hunker down on the couch and let the good times roll! Here are a few extra dog-friendly movie night tips if you’re interested.

6. SLOW DOWN TO RECONNECT WITH YOUR DOG
It’s easy to get swept away by the holiday hustle and bustle. After all, there is a lot of planning and organizing to get through. But by doing so it is also easy to overlook your dog, so take some time to slow down, relish the moment and make an effort to reconnect with your dog with these tips.

{Photography by LLB Creative}