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Victor, my likely 12-year-old cocker cross, sleeps anywhere. Pretty much everywhere, including my bed, his beds, or the floor. He’s not picky. But I am. I’d rather see him curl up in any of the beds I’ve bought him because that’s got to be more comfortable, especially if the bed therapeutic. If I’m more comfortable […]

physiotherapy for dogs

Surprisingly, Victor my dog preferred running on a tread mill to jumping into the pool. He’d rather run than swim…. by a mile. I discovered this at a physiotherapy appointment – his not mine. Yes, there’s such thing as physiotherapy for pets and I discovered that participating in the Hamilton Burlington SPCA annual walk-a-thon. I wasn’t […]

What’s the first thing I tried after my dog Victor had cruciate ligament surgery? Toe grips. Little rubber pieces that slip over his toe nails (with a bit of effort and some baby oil). (Learn more about cruciate ligament injuries or ACL on Fidose of Reality here). Why? Because Dr. Julie Buzby told me to. […]

arthramine joint supplements for dogs

About an hour after Harry Shamoyan, VP of International Veterinary Sciences (IVS), spoke to a woman on the phone who extolled the benefits Arthramine Max, (Amazon affiliate link) a joint and bone supplement for dogs, he gets a call from her husband. “’Ok, what’s wrong?’ I think before taking the call,” Shamonyan tells me. “What […]

Jones Natural Chews are one of those product lines I have difficulty with – as a vegetarian, I cringe at knowing exactly what dead animal part I’m feeding my dog. However, as a pet parent concerned about what I’m feeding my carnivore pup, Jones Natural Chews is exactly what I prefer to give him. Jones […]

Ok, so the banana hasn’t gone bad exactly, but I’ve got one left that’s over ripe and I don’t feel like making banana muffins. Apparently, though, experimental dog treats aren’t out of the question. This recipe comes from my favourite inspiration: what’s about to go bad in the fridge? That’s usually how I determine dinner […]

Last year, Victor celebrated Halloween as Sushi. That’s right. A cute piece of sushi that served as both puffy jacket while he walked a strike picket line with me (yup) and weathered the rain at a Halloween Dog Walk fundraiser along Hamilton, Ontario’s Bay Front Park. This Halloween, we shake it up. He’s a unicorn.  […]

Dog parks offer like-minded people the opportunity to connect with others, or just be there exchanging a few words. Dogs are conversation starters, particularly among fellow pup people. You’ll might even interact with others you’d otherwise never cross paths with.

Picture a clear fall day with leaves changing colour, 18th and 19th century buildings lining a winding pathway and my little black dog, Victor, racing circles around it all. We’re at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario (about an hour west of Toronto) engaging with some living history… and getting our run on. The quaint […]

dog at dogtorber fest outdoor dog event at solitude nature reserve

Trails meander through the woods, and today Dogtober Fest participants are encouraged to participate in a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. (I only found three items on the list). While giving it our best try, we discover several barbeque grills and picnic tables throughout the site, Muskoka chairs for lounging and watching nature go by, and a newly installed boardwalk weaving its way through the marshier sections of the woods. Most trails lead back to the reserve’s central pond.