Have a little Faith

Is it just me or do dogs seem to have the whole “Why are we here?” thing figured out? It’s probably just me. Blame it on an overly active imagination fueled by a beagle-like need to know what’s on the other side of the fence. But who knows? By the time you finish reading this […]

Caring for senior pets

Like many veterinary practices, we often promote a specific area of pet health care at different times of year. This November we are planning a number of initiatives on care for senior pets. Many of the issues that can greatly affect quality of life for our senior pets really need to be kept in mind […]

Thea Lilley and David Fair hold on to Abbey and Stella, their 11-year-old sister beagles, a few days after rescuing them from a dog-napper who stole them from outside a Queen Street grocery store.
PHOTO: Andrew Hudson

Baddie bungles Beach beagle burglary

A dog snatcher has his tail between his legs after a Beach couple foiled his plan to steal their beloved beagles. “We’re never tying them up again,” says Thea Lilley, who left her beagles Abbey and Stella near a busy Queen Street East grocery store just after noon on Saturday, Oct. 3. Home with a […]

Dog rules under review

Dog bites and off-leash dogs will be key issues in an upcoming review of Toronto’s dogs policy. City councillors said those were the top dog-related problems in their wards when they asked for the review, which licensing staff expect to present to council on Nov. 26. Based on talks with animal experts, a look at […]

How to avoid puppy mills online

In one of my first positions as an associate veterinarian, I worked at a clinic that was a popular choice for people that had purchased their new puppy or kitten from a local pet store. Most of these new pet owners were completely unaware their new companion was likely brought into this world in a […]

Tips for surviving puppies in your posies

Mention dogs, and you have the immediate interest of every Beacher. Many of us (yeah, I’m one) love our dogs passionately. Some of us can’t stand the nosy, messy beasts. I’m not going to get into questions of courtesy, noise, leashes and poop-picking-up here. My focus is on gardens, and it’s occurred to me that […]

Take a left turn with Franky

I bought a T-shirt this summer with a great saying printed on the front: “When nothing goes right – go left.” If the 11-years-young beagle pictured at right were to have her own motto that would be it. She’s got a quirky sense of humour. She’s also got brilliant navigating skills when following life’s crazy […]

Letters to the Editor for August 25, 2015

Who is accountable for damage done by unruly mob? After midnight on July 24 a mob of mostly young and several drunk people gathered at the foot of Balsam Avenue. This was apparently the second night in a row a large group gathered there after being moved off Queen Street as the jazz festival ended […]

Taking back city parks, from dawn to dusk

Most of the Beach is still waking up when Anne-Marie Kaskens meets the morning crew by the R.C. Harris waterworks. Although she moved to the Beach 20 years ago, Kaskens says it wasn’t until she got her dog Jessie that she started going down to the water every day. “It’s a real stress-buster,” she said, […]

Celebrate canine kisses at Slobberfest

As far as I know, no dog has ever mastered the classic silver screen kiss. Too much tongue. Too much slobber. But that’s a dog for you. I’m inclined to believe the more grateful the dog, the messier it gets. On Saturday, May 30, we will be celebrating the slobber at Slobberfest. The dedication to […]