When the mercury dips below zero and the world becomes hidden beneath a blanket of snow it is not uncommon for the sniffles and sneezes to find their way into our homes. But did you know that our dogs are also susceptible to winter ailments?
Dr. Aleksandra of Queen West Animal Hospital in Toronto reveals the top winter dangers to watch out for – and how to avoid them.
One of my goals this year is to give back more. So I am launching a year long project called Soulmate Sessions which will offer fine art pet photography sessions for pets with a terminal diagnosis absolutely FREE.
Soulmate Sessions are designed to celebrate an animal’s life and memory. The session can be for the animal only or for the animal and their family. All sessions will take place in Toronto, although there will be a few Ottawa dates available as I do travel there a few times of year. All that is needed to book a Soulmate Session is a formal letter of diagnosis from a registered vet.
Our pets are beyond precious. They are beyond incredible. They are the true definition of a best friend and these are the qualities that Soulmate Sessions will strive to capture.
Calling all rescued Boston terriers and Boston terrier mixes! I am really excited to be sharing this project announcement with you all today. Pawsh Studio is partnering with Pinups for Bostons to shoot their 2016 creative calendar, the proceeds of which are ALL donated to Boston Terrier Rescue Canada (BTRC).
For those of you who aren’t familiar with BTRC, they are a wonderful registered charity organization with a mission “to provide safe, temporary refuge leading to a loving, permanent home for Boston Terriers through rescue, education, advocacy and compassion.” They do incredible work all year round.
In order to make this calendar a reality, however, we need 13 dog models (yep, a baker’s dozen of dogs!) So if you have a pup who would be interested in modelling here is what we are looking for:
– Boston Terrier or Boston Terrier mixes, preferably with a rescue story
– dogs who respond well to ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ (this doesn’t mean dogs who will sit still for hours or anything so drastic. We are merely looking for a 5-10 second stay, if possible)
– all shoots will be taking place in downtown Toronto at Pawsh Studio
– shoots will be commencing in February and will be hosted on Sundays only
Please include in your dog model submission your name, your dog’s name/age, a current photo of your dog, a list of their obedience training and a few lines about their story. Submissions can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only successful applicants will be contacted.
These shoots are going to be a lot of fun! Your pup will be spoiled rotten with treats and bellyrubs and it is all for a truly great cause!
PAWSH PERK: Here is last year’s BTRC calendar if you’re interested!
Winter can be a bit drab here in Canada – it’s grey, it’s cold and it’s dark. In short, we could all use a little sparkle these days, including our pets, which is why it is a delight to introduce the new Sparkle Collar Collection from our friends at BlanketID.
Strong enough to weather the great outdoors, but pretty enough to add pizz-azz to any social or lounging event, the Sparkle collars bring bling and pet safety into focus. Each collar is designed to show off that ever important visible ID tag as well as your pup’s dazzling personality! Handmade, durable and pretty darn darling — and just imagine these on a dog at a wedding? Almost – can’t – handle – the – cuteness!
Have you ever been annoyed because your dog barks — and barks and barks and barks? It’s a question most pet parents would answer ‘yes’ to (including myself!) No matter how much we train a dog not to bark there will always be those occasions when they yip and yap away. However, I’ve discovered a new way to approach this matter…
Instead of scolding your furry friend when they bark at the mailman, the garbage truck or someone at the door, tell your dog “Thank you.” Actually say thank you out loud and then redirect your little minions to their bed for a cookie.
The reason is this; if you raise your voice at a dog who is barking, the dog picks up on that energy and interprets that extra sound as ‘Well everyone is on alert now! Yay!’ By saying thank you instead, you keep your energy calm and composed which translates better to redirecting a dog’s attention.
Remember a dog barks to raise awareness of what they perceive to be a danger to the group. So acknowledge their bark as a positive thing and literally thank them for their safety tip. I’ve been doing this lately with Rory and Lucy and it is proving to be a great training tactic!
PAWSH PERK: What does a dog’s bark really mean?