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FREE NOVEMBER WALLPAPER!

Pawsh-Studio-November-Dog-Wallpaper-550Phew! Another month has arrived — welcome November! To help usher in this month of warm woolly knits, puppy snuggles, hot chai, steaming homemade pies and thick brightly coloured socks, we have a brand new wallpaper to dress up your computer with this month!

November’s Wallpaper Contest theme was ‘Puppy Eyes’ and this little cutie, Bill, submitted by Jessica of Pitte Chicks was just too cute not to make the winner. Photography by Josiah Lewis Images.

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE WALLPAPER HERE!

If you do dress up your computer with our free furry wallpaper, please do Instagram a picture of it with the hashtag #pawshwallpaper. I’d love to see your offices, workspaces and computer boasting these adorable puppy eyes!

Next month’s theme is ‘Joy!’ Hooray! So don’t forget to send in your photography submissions to info@pawsh-magazine.com and your work could be featured right here on Pawsh in December!

Lastly, thank you all for your patience this week regarding the newest edition of Pawsh. I am so sorry for the delay. It will be ready on Monday for you all — promise, promise, promise!

Have a wonderful weekend ladies and gents! See you on the flip side! xo

DOG NUTRITION: 5 HEALTHY DOG-FRIENDLY HUMAN FOODS

Pawsh-dog-friendly-human-foodBeware! The trick-or-treaters are coming soon! To help your dog feel a part of the fun — and to spoil canine trick-or-treaters who may come wagging at your door — consider these 5 dog-friendly human foods, each bursting with nutritional value and easy to wrap up for your furry visitors.

APPLESPawsh-apples-for-dogs Apples are a wonderfully nutritious dog treat. They offer a satisfying crunch, are cheap to buy and don’t stink up the house! Plus they are bursting with Vitamin A and K, as well as calcium and have actually been shown to help improve doggy-breath. Fantastic, yes?

Nobody liked ‘that’ house that handed out plain old apples at Halloween instead of a candy bar, but visiting dogs will LOVE it. Just be sure to core and remove apple seeds before serving, as these can be choking hazards and bad for pupsters.

Suggested dog treat recipe: Apple oatmeal dog treats

GREEN BEANS
Pawsh-green-beans-for-dogsWhether served raw (washed, of course), steamed or even frozen, the dog who gets green beans as a snack will make all other dogs green with envy! These little beauties are very low-calorie — perfect for the pooch who is watching their waistline — and a tremendous source of fibre. Green beans are also filled with all sorts of beneficial vitamins and minerals. Serve on their own one at a time or chopped up and mixed in with the evening meal. The possibilities are endless!

STRAWBERRIESPawsh-strawberries-for-dogsI dare you to find a pup — or a person — who doesn’t love the juicy sweetness of fresh strawberries. However, this is a dog-friendly human food that should be served in moderation. Due to the fact that strawberries contain a high level of natural sugar, too many of this ruby red fruit can actually upset a dog’s stomach. So think of these nutrient packed gems as a very special treat to be doled out one at a time every so often.

POPCORNPawsh-popcorn-for-dogsMy dog, Rory, absolutely adores popcorn. She will even sit patiently by the stove listening to it pop away, her little tail wagging in anticipation. When treating your dog to popcorn, however, it is important to remember that it should be served up all-naturally. This means no butter, no salt and no fancy spices sprinkled on top.

Popcorn is known for containing potassium and calcium, which helps keep bones nice and strong. It is also low-cal when prepared au natural (which is better for you too!)

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PUMPKIN
Pawsh-pumpkins-for-dogsLast but not least, we cannot forget about pumpkins, especially during this spooky time of year. Although this might not sound particularly appetizing, pumpkin served in moderation is great for counteracting diarrhea and other bowel issues in dogs! Add a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin to your favourite homemade dog treat recipe or into your dog’s dinner dish to help keep things moving.

Suggested dog treat recipe: Add a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin to Sweet Potato Nothings for an extra burst of healthy flavour.

{Huge thanks to my incredible friend and talented artist Tonya Pet Photography for photographing this delicious installment of the “Pet Wellness” column.}

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This article was made possible by DogTrot Fitness — Canada’s exclusive distributor of the PetRun line of dog treadmills — the ideal solution if your dog doesn’t love dog parks.
dog-treadmills-dogtrot-fitness-pawsh-magazineAdequate exercise is equally important to your dog’s wellness as a healthy diet. Even if you can’t run WITH your dog, we can help you meet his exercise needs, regardless of weather. With running decks scaled to suit any stride, there’s a PetRun treadmill for every size of dog!
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PAWSH NO. 8 COVER SNEAK PEEK!

PAWSH08_2013_FALL_Oct14_Cover-1October 21st cannot arrive soon enough! I’m so excited to share our newest edition, “The Simple Things” with you. As its title suggests, it is all about taking pleasure in life’s little things, about celebrating special moments whether big or small, about making the ordinary extraordinary and doing it all with our faithful furry sidekicks!

With Pawsh Studio now in full swing, I took the liberty of photographing this issue’s cover and had such a blast working with this handsome fellow. He’s sporting the latest fashions from Canada Pooch — a stylish winter-friendly parka that is available for larger breeds! I think he looks rather dapper personally.

I hope you’re excited for the new edition! After October 21st there will be a flurry of activity here at Pawsh to look forward to.

Our Halloween content will commence (lots of ghoulish goodies planned!), we’ll be exhibiting at Pugstock on October 27th (let me know if you’re coming!), we will be unveiling our new Pawsh Prints in the print shop, and we will be announcing a super special project that we’ve been piecing together since June! Weeeee!

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone! xo

DOG HEALTH: DOG EAR INFECTIONS

pawsh-magazine-dog-ear-infection-1 Everybody knows that dogs have incredible hearing, but did you know that many breeds and mixes, of all shapes and sizes, are prone to ear infections.

Unlike a human ear canal, a dog’s is rather L-shaped, which means waxy build-up can more easily occur in the little elbow of that ‘L’ shape. Wax build-up then leads to bacteria and even fungus development which can become very serious and uncomfortable.

Today we’re chatting about ear-care basics; how to identify an ear infection, how to prevent it and how to treat it if need be.

4 signs your dog might have an ear infection
pawsh-magazine-dog-ear-infection-61. Unusual smell
A canine ear infection typically comes with a rather pungent and noticeable smell. If you notice such an unpleasant smell when you hover above your dog’s head or flip your dog’s ears, take your pupster to your vet for a complete check up.

2. Shaking
As you can imagine, having an ear infection is very uncomfortable and a dog will do whatever it can to try and relieve some of that discomfort. Excessive shaking of the head is a common symptom of an ear infection, so be sure to watch for this behaviour.

3. Scratching
Similar to shaking of the head, scratching is another way for a dog to try and make itself feel better. A dog may try to scratch around or by its ear to the point of breaking the skin, or even rub the side of its head along the ground in an effort to stop the irritation.

4. Inflammation
Perhaps the best indication of an ear infection, however, is redness, swelling or visible irritation around the ear or inside the ear. To check for this simple flip your dog’s ear – gently of course, as they are probably sensitive – and observe. Do not touch the redness or irritation as that will most likely be painful for your dog.

How to treat a dog ear infection?
pawsh-magazine-dog-ear-infection-3If any or all of these symptoms are observed in your dog, it is recommended that you visit your regular vet as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Usually, ear infections are treated with specially prescribed medicated ear drops that need to be administered anywhere from once to three times daily for a week or two.

How to prevent a dog ear infection
pawsh-magazine-dog-ear-infection-4Some dogs are naturally prone to nutritional and environmental allergies, such as wheat or pollens, which make them more susceptible to ear irritations. However, according to vets, one of the leading causes of dog ear infections is excess moisture in the ear canal.

This excess moisture usually occurs after your dog has a bath or a swim. The extra moistness in your dog’s ear canal creates a prime breeding ground for bacteria to fester. So be sure to dry your dog’s ears well after water activities by covering your index finger with a dog towel and delicately drying the inside area.

Hair or fur in the ears can also contribute to excessive waxy build-up, so be sure to ask your groomer to trim the inside ear fur whenever you take Mr. Fluffypants in for a haircut.
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{Huge thanks to my incredible friend and talented artist Tonya Pet Photography for photographing this special “Pet Wellness” column.}

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This article was made possible by DogTrot Fitness — Canada’s exclusive distributor of the PetRun line of dog treadmills — the ideal solution if your dog doesn’t love dog parks.
dog-treadmills-dogtrot-fitness-pawsh-magazineAdequate exercise is equally important to your dog’s wellness as a healthy diet. Even if you can’t run WITH your dog, we can help you meet his exercise needs, regardless of weather. With running decks scaled to suit any stride, there’s a PetRun treadmill for every size of dog!
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CHRISTMAS PET MINI SESSIONS

Bark-For-Life-Pawsh-Xmas-Promo-550Christmas is coming and while we usually don’t talk about anything Christmas related here on Pawsh until December 1st (we believe in trying to preserve the magic of the season by not talking about it the day after Halloween or even in November…), this year I am making a wee exception to bring you mini holiday pet photo sessions.

This photo event is to raise money for Bark For Life — a national initiative by The Canadian Cancer Society that celebrates the relationship cancer survivors and patients have with their four-legged friends; a way to recognize that dogs, in many ways, are caregivers during a cancer journey.

Did you know, according to veterinary texts, that approximately 4 million pets develop cancer each year in North America? And I’m sure all of you, like myself, care deeply about somebody who is battling with cancer. So we are trying to lend a paw this season!

Here is how the mini holiday pet sessions will work. There is a sitting fee of $25 for a 15 minute shoot (that doesn’t sound like a lot, but 15 minutes is all I need to get some truly chic photos of your furball). I will have a selection of chic, tasteful holiday props on hand to emphasize the holiday spirit.

You will then be given access to a private gallery with 3 proofs to choose from and your selection will become a fine art print. Additional prints are available for an additional fee, as are large format canvases and even holiday postcards if you wish!

The possibilities abound when you sign up for a mini pet session and this holiday themed opportunity is a great way to celebrate the season, do some good and receive an artistic photograph that will be treasured forever.

These photo sessions will be held in Toronto, Canada on November 16th, 2013. Space is limited and assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

To reserve your spot, please email info@pawsh-magazine.com with “Holiday Mini Session” in the subject line or contact me through this form.

I can’t wait to meet you and your furkids and celebrate the upcoming festive season with you! Any questions, please feel free to pepper me with them via email or in the comments section below! xo