pet of the month-Chip 2

Pint-sized Chip has personality to spare

This isn’t my first crush on a dog sporting an underbite. Back in my volunteer dog-walking days at the Toronto Humane Society, I fell hard for a boxer named Brady. That bottom jaw jutted out worse than Private Bubba’s in Forrest Gump. It only added to his charm, but before I could make the conversion […]

Faith

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 […]

Jolene may steal your heart

Dolly Parton once wrote about Jolene, “your beauty is beyond compare … please don’t take my man … don’t take him just because you can.” The Jolene pictured here looks perfect for the part. Just ask the frisky cast of the famous musical production CATS. Jellicle cats of any persuasion possess an exquisite sense of […]

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 22, 2015

There’s more to pet rescue story than may be obvious Thank you for taking the time to write to the editor about your concerns, Anne [‘Pet rescue raises questions,’ Letters to the Editor, Sept. 8]. I appreciate the opportunity to respond. Just to clarify, the previous owner surrendered Franky to an investigating officer for the […]

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 […]

‘Baseball Boys’ find homes

It’s funny how a block in the road can lead you down a path perhaps you were meant to take all along. I was planning to write about a parrot rescue, but it fell through at the last minute leaving me with nothing to chirp about. That’s when I started thinking about how my Beach […]

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 […]