Monday, 24 June 2013

Fireworks And Dogs: 6 Tips To Keep Them Calm And Safe

Dear Pet People,

School is almost out, summer is officially here and Canada Day is just around the corner!  Canada Day (July 1st) festivities take place in towns and cities across Canada and often include parades, BBQs, kiddie events and, of course, evening fireworks.

Most people enjoy a spectacular display of fireworks!  Dogs .... not so much...

While some dogs could care less about the loud pops and bangs from fireworks, many dogs are frightened by those unfamiliar sounds.  Some dogs may bolt through doors or windows in reaction to the sounds of fireworks. 

Here are some tips to keep your dog safe and calm this Canada Day.

1. Keep your pet indoors when you know that fireworks will be going off.  
2. Keep the t.v. or radio on to provide some soothing background noise.

3. Keep doors, windows and backyard gates closed in case your dog becomes scared and tries to escape.  This is especially important if you are travelling with your dog and are away from home.

4. Be sure that your dog is wearing a collar, id tag and is micro-chipped in case he or she does escape from your care.

Canada Flag dog collar from

5. Some pet owners have found that a product called Thundershirt comforts a dog who experiences anxiety due to fireworks or thunder.

6. If this is your dog's first experience with fireworks, try to prepare in advance and remember that over comforting a dog who shows some fear may, in fact, reinforce that fear.

Wishing you and your pets a wonderful Canada Day!

Enjoy your pets,


Thursday, 13 June 2013

New Puppy Supplies

Dear Pet People,

At long last, our new puppy is coming home this weekend!  

Getting ready for him is quite like getting ready for a newborn baby. I've read some puppy training and development books, puppy-proofed the house and the backyard, organized supplies, booked the initial vet appointment, enrolled for puppy kindergarten and shopped for supplies.  
Shopping for supplies has been lots of fun!  

Here's a run-down of some of the things we've bought so far:

New puppy is going to be crate-trained, and because he's going to be a big guy, we bought an extra-large crate with a divider panel that can grow with him.  For now we will use some old blankets or towels for bedding - something that can easily be washed in case of accidents.

I got these stainless steel food and water bowls from a local store.

I find that stainless steel is very durable and I like the rubber grip on the bottom to stop the bowls from sliding while the dog eats or drinks.

Bitter Apple spray was on my shopping list.

Bitter Apple spray is supposed to prevent dogs from chewing on things he shouldn't be chewing on.  I've heard that for some dogs, Bitter Apple is merely a condiment - so we'll have to see how well it works!

Apparently the key to getting your puppy to chew on appropriate toys is to have a variety of items available to satisfy your puppy's urge to chew, so Nylabones went into my shopping cart.

I also love Kongs and bought the puppy version of this great toy.

I was first introduced to the Chewber dog toy at the All About Pets Show in Toronto, and decided to try the puppy Chewber toy.  It feels durable and yet has enough "give" that it seems like something a puppy would enjoy chewing.

Fetch toys were also on my shopping list.  I wouldn't leave this mesh ball toy alone with my dog because it doesn't feel like it could withstand my puppy's shark-like teeth, but it looks fun to chase after.

Cuddly toys are nice for puppies, too, so we picked up this stuffed goose toy.  

This goose toy comes with a squeaker inside, so puppy will only get to play with it under close supervision - the squeaker could become dislodged and possibly eaten (think obstruction) or choked on.

For now, we bought a lightweight basic nylon leash, but we decided to give our puppy a fancy collar.  The Gridlock collar by Up Country is a favourite of mine and will look amazing on our puppy!

Up Country collar from

This will be puppy's first id tag - it's cute, durable but still light enough for a puppy to wear:

Treats are a must for training and snacking!  I've stocked up on Northern Biscuits.

Zuke's dog training treats are a new product for me, but a friend who is a professional dog trainer gives them to her dog, so we'll give them a try.

Finally, I love these collapsible water/food dishes:

They squish flat for travel, have a clip to attach to a leash, backpack or handbag and are a great way to give your dog fresh water while you're on a walk.

There will more things to buy as puppy grows, but for now I think we are well-stocked! 

Enjoy your pets,


FYI - This blog is part of and a supplier of dog collars, accessories and pet id tags.  We are not affiliated with all of the suppliers mentioned in this post.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Scenes From Woofstock 2013

Dear Pet People,

Did you make it to Woofstock this weekend?  We did and we've got some pictures to share!  

Woofstock is North America's largest outdoor festival for dogs and their owners.  This year over 300,000 dog lovers attended the 2 day free-admission fur-lovers festival!

Woofstock is held in Toronto's historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and features "wiener dog races", dog fashion shows, doggie high tea, canine games, tricks and agility demonstrations and a plethora of vendors. 

The best thing about Woofstock are the dogs!  

Big dogs and small dogs.

Who says a Doberman can't have pretty toes!

Check out these fashion forward friends.

Yes, that is a mohawk ...

... and yes, this dog is pink! I'm sure it's temporary!

Dogs with big tongues ...

... and small tongues.

 This booth was a favourite - free treats!

Water-loving dogs enjoyed splashing and cooling off in the fountain.

We can't wait to go again next year!

Enjoy your pets,