Pets

Rachel Metalin

What My Bulldog And A Wagon Taught Me About Love

Our love story is unconventional but thoroughly modern. Not unlike a lot of modern day romances, I found my companion online. Hogatha, at first glance, was not exactly what I was looking for. She was almost a year old (I wanted a puppy), she came with some bad habits (snoring, farting, sleeping on the bed), and she was a dark brindle in colour (I preferred fawn). Yet, when we met, none of it mattered. One look in her soulful, brown eyes and I was hooked.
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Bye, Bye Eli

A family in Sherwood Park, Alta., has to give up its pet potbellied pig named Eli because county law doesn’t allow livestock to be kept inside homes. Bylaw officials with Strathcona County, the munic...

A Letter To Big Silly

Having spent 20 minutes verifying if yawns are contagious between people and pets, my Bernese Mountain Dog, Big Silly, is frustrated with me. I sense her implying she's too old for this nonsense. She...
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The Power Of Petting

Pet owners may enjoy health benefits such as lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels from walking a dog or stroking a cat, cardiologists say. The American Heart Association has reviewed medical s...
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Would You Pay $3,000 to Keep Your Pet Alive?

This past week I paid $3,673.73 in vet bills accrued by our four year-old yellow Lab, Maggie, who was stricken with a mysterious, Ebola-like malady. There was never any thought of NOT paying. Still, the $3,673.73 bill stuck in my mind. Perhaps it is because, as a Canadian and a resident of Ontario, I never see human medical bills.

Should Israelis Care About Innocent Creatures?

Writing in The Jerusalm Post, Israeli Sharon Udasin quoted Nofar Gal, who lives near the border with Gaza: "The situation in the South has been very difficult not only for us humans but also for our pets." Predictably, her writing about an Israeli's pet dog triggered outrage in sensitive non-Israelis. The professionally sensitive -- liberal reporters -- were especially incensed.
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Paws for the Cause Gala: Some of Our Fave Furry Friends

Bejeweled tails, tattooed fur, colourful extensions and multiple paws took the stage with CP24 host Melissa Grelo at the third annual Paws for the Cause #PawsGala. This year, I am pleased to announce that Paws for the Cause was able to raise $50,000. Check out a few of my favourite decorative dogs of the evening!
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Meet the Man Who is Rescuing Animal Welfare

Nathan Winograd is the leader of the No Kill movement, a genuine revolution in animal welfare. Over three million healthy and adoptable pets will be killed next year in America's shelters. Not, however, if Winograd and his growing army have any say. I caught up with him a few weeks after the No Kill Advocacy Centre's annual conference in Washington D.C.
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There's Nothing Cruel About Neutering Your Pets

While going through a bout of religious enthusiasm myself, I took on the practice and decided to let my dog have puppies. I think I learned more about mammal reproduction in one morning of midwifing eight puppies than I did studying zoology for four years at the University of Toronto. But living with the puppies was a nightmare.