Pip the Cocker Spaniel

We would like you to meet this week’s pet in need, Pip the Cocker Spaniel. A beautiful old soul, who is 10 years young, he spent the majority of his life as stud at a puppy mill. He was forced to live most of his time in a small, cramped crate before miraculously being rescued by Hopeful Hearts.

The Hopeful Hearts team have been working tirelessly to rehabilitate this sweet dispositioned fellow. He had his first ever shave and grooming, has been busy learning how to walk nicely on a leash and endured a vet visit with flying colours. Everyone is amazed with this pooch’s loving and easy going nature, despite the harshness that used to dominate his life.

He gets along famously with other dogs, loves to play outside and has discovered the comfort that comes with sleeping on the bed (cheeky guy!)

If you are looking for a gentle, loving gentleman to share your home with, please consider Pip. He desperately needs and deserves a loving forever home with people who will adore him.

To learn more about Hopeful Hearts Rescue and Pip please click here.

Hooray for Family Day!

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Happy Family Day! If you live in Canada you’ll know what we’re talking about. If not, let us explain! Today is an official holiday set aside specifically for families to enjoy some uninterrupted time together. And since our beloved pets are an important part of the family pack, we thought we’d share some of the activities that we, the PAWSH team, will be busying ourselves with on this wonderful day off.

1.  PawsWay Pet Discovery Centre

We’re a big fan of this delightful centre that welcomes human and canine friends alike and on Monday the PawsWay will be hosting a jam-packed day of fun and games. Take in some lively dogshows, skating, bouncy tents, live music and more! And be sure to bring your pet friend along for the ride! Free admission and lots of treats! Woof! (To learn more about the PawsWay Pet Discovery Centre, click here).

2. Sgt. Woof and the Woof Troop

Come down to Toronto’s waterfront to visit with the K9 Safety program, including Sgt. Woof himself! Entertaining demonstrations in canine sports, obedience, dancing and agility will be running all afternoon, providing a great way to educate little ones about proper pet care and safety. A wonderful outing for the whole pack!

3. Take a Bath

Washing the dog may sound like more of a chore than a fun family activity, but many dog behaviourists believe that grooming rituals are a terrific bonding activity. Give every member of the family a job during the process. For example, a different person could be in charge of shampooing, lathering, rinsing, toweling and brushing. Your dog will revel in hands on attention and their quirky nature around water is sure to elicit laughter from the whole family!

Oh, and we’d recommend using an eco-friendly shampoo such as Earthbath. Gentle on canine skin, nourishing to the coat and good for the environment!

4.  Hide and Seek

Games are always a good idea in our books; hide and seek especially so! Not only does this game encourage a dog’s natural ‘hunting’ and obedience instincts, but it also reaffirms the bond between a dog and its pack. To play simply have your pooch sit and stay while slowly backing away. Once you are hidden, call your dog’s name and wait into they find you! Of course, not all dog’s are great at the ‘stay’ command, so it might be helpful to have one family member distract your doggie detective while the other family members hide. They release the hound and wait for the giggles!

5. Bake Cookies!

Spending time in the kitchen is an amazing family activity and baking treats for your pup automatically includes them in the hustle and bustle. There are numerous recipes suitable for your dog, a lot of which are organic and healthy! Check out The Poop Pantry (trust us, the name is very misleading, but the recipes divine!) to find a flavourful that is especially delicious. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up a cute cookie cutter or two for the special occasion!

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Happy Family Day! May it be filled with good times and great memories! What is your pack getting up to today?

Lounge in Style

If you haven’t already found yourself wishing you led a dog’s life these luxurious custom crafted pet beds from ModPet certainly will! Tufted and top-stitched cushions (complete with memory foam) provide an unbeatable pad for your sleepy pet upon a solid red oak frame. Oozing a mid-century modern aesthetic, this piece means that your pet can lounge about in style without roughing up your own designer couch.

Next we have a stunning sofa sectional, ideally sized for any furry couch potato who just wants to sprawl out and relax. Available in charcoal, denim, taupe, avocado and espresso twill, the elegant clean lines of this piece will lend itself nicely to a wide variety of decor, while catering to your pets’ napping needs.Plus, the cushion covers are removable, providing easy cleaning — bonus!

Last, but not least, there is the oh-so dapper chaise lounge chair. Deep stitching and firm bolstered cushions provide an extra comfortable nook to snuggle into and the sturdy pine and plywood frame can hold up to 160lbs!

This weekend we hope you all have a chance to lounge around and relax! See you on Monday!

High Paw for PAWZ

It may seem silly, but dogs do in fact need boots in the winter. Especially urban dogs who have to trudge through mounds of salt scattered along icy sidewalks every morning. The combination of freezing temperatures, harsh salt and hard concrete can be damaging to a dog’s paws, often drying out the pads and causing pain. But PAWZ Dog Boots are designed for the safety and protection of furry feet, and go above and beyond the call of duty. The best part is, they stay on even the fussiest of pups!

Resembling little balloons, these elasticated boots latch on to the foot in question so that they remain in place for the duration of any walk or run, but then slide off easily when pulled from the toe. In a word, brilliant! Plus, the lightweight design means that most dogs don’t even notice they’re sporting some flashy footwear.

But the benefits don’t end there! These rubbber boots are ideal for rainy seasons and extreme heat in the summer (concrete can get a little hot underfoot). Oh, and they are also a great idea for use in the pool, because they prevent sharp claws from tearing up the liner.

Biodegradable, reusable and inexpensive are three other things that make these booties a sensational choice! Available in teeny-tiny to super-duper sizes!

Something to Bark About

A pair of crazy canine pumps brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘heel!’ Designed by footwear designer extraordinaire, Kobi Levi, these one-of-a-kind shoes are causing quite a stir in the fashion world. Bold stylish statement or just plain barking mad? That’s for you to decide! But regardless of how you feel about introducing Fido to footwear, there can be no denying Levi’s amazing attention to detail; from the tiny gold bell on the collar, to the intricate little paw print on the sole. Whether you love them or hate them, these leather shoes of 2010 are definitely something to bark about this morning!