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Christmas Safety Tips

Christmas is a time of fun and excitement for young children and the dogs and cats who love them, but it also comes with a few cautions.

Christmas trees are fun to decorate and look festive when lit, but those hanging ornaments and smells of the great outdoors are irresistable to your pets. Make sure your tree is securely anchored to ensure it can not be pulled or pushed over.  Hang ornaments higher than your children or pets can reach.

Baby it’s Cold Outside!

Winter weather is on its way and just like us, pets react to, and are affected by the colder temperatures.  Easy tips to keep your pet safe and healthy are – read more –

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Keep your pets warm and keep in mind that if it is too cold for you outside, it is probably too cold for your pet.  If your pet live outdoors year around, make sure you supply proper shelter, insulation and protection from wind and snow.

Anti-freeze is great for to keep your car running in low temperatures but the ethylene glycol it contains is poisonous to your pet.  Don’t let your 4-legged friends drink from puddles or have access to your garage unsupervised.  Pets should also not be left alone in cars for long periods of time in below freezing temperatures.

Watch the ice! Lakes, rivers and ponds may look like they are safe for walking across, but the depth of ice can be deceiving.  You and your pets should keep off frozen bodies of water.

Winter walking is a great way to get exercise and spend time with your pet but remember that the salt and ice melt can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet.  Keep a wet cloth handy to wipe down their paws when you come in from a walk. 

Outdoor cats make seek the warmth of under the hood of cars that have just pulled into garages or driveways. Knock on the hood of the car to scare away any animal that may have taken refuge near a heat source.

Emergency survival kit for you and your pet.  Winter brings snow storms that make it impossible to leave the house. Make sure you have enough supplies for your human and pet family.  Don’t forget to include a winter kit in your car in case you get stranded in below freezing weather.

 

Visit www.ontariohumanesociety.com for more tips and contents of emergency survival kits.

The Story of Beautiful Joe

Beautiful Joe is an autobiographical book told in the narrative of Joe himself, an Airedale, bull terrier, fox terrier mixt from Meaford, Ontario.  The novel, written by Margaret Saunders in 1893, is a fictionalized account of the dog’s survival after being cruelly abused and near death when rescued by Walter Moore, of Meaford.  Joe was given the name “Beautiful Joe” to