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Pet Friendly Canada Newsletter - December 2009

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog." (Sidney Jeanne Seward)

"I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days." (Comedian Bill Dana)


Source: - Pet Stories

"Lulu has always been my closest and constant companion these past five years. In fact, he is very obedient to me especially when I take care of other furry friends in our shelter.

As you already know, there have been a lot of forest fires during the summer season. Many forest are badly damaged by fire each year.

Not far from our shelter, a forest caught fire during this hot summer. We are on July, a heatwave which has been going on for three days.

Lulu rushed towards the forest where flames send out an infernal heat. There's no longer any hope at the moment to wait for Lulu to come back to the shelter. In fact, I was waiting for the firebrigade to announce me his death in the forest. Suddenly,a fireman burst into my office and informed me that my dog Lulu succeeded to save four kittens who were trapped by the flames. According to the fireman, Lulu seized the kittens, one by one moving them to a safe place.

I immediately accompanied the fireman to the forest to pick up the rescued kittens. Once on the scene of the incident, Lulu was not there. Then we heard the sound of a dog came from the forest barking furiously. I recognized the sound of my dog Lulu. The firemen followed the tracks of the dog until they found him barking loudly by the side of an injured fireman who was lying on the ground and desperately waiting for rescue.

Thanks to Lulu, four kittens and a fireman were saved.

That day, I was very proud of Lulu for his two heroic actions toward the kittens and the fireman. Lulu showed much compassion for both animals like him and for a human being who was trying to put out the fire with his colleagues.

Truth to tell, my happiness is great and immeasurable.

I paid a visit to the fireman in his house accompanied with my adorable Lulu. What a memorable scene when the fireman hugged Lulu tightly to his chest! One thousand thanks Lulu for saving my life, the fireman said.

This true story of genuine love and compassion show us that pets are loving, caring and compassionate. We should love and protect them. One day they do us a good turn.

Little animals can make enormous things for humans. So don't belittle them. God be with all humans and animals."


Thanks to Prof Daham M'hamed, Algeria, who kindly contributed Lulu's story.


"This is a photo of my beautiful Weimaraner who is as angelic as she looks. Kind, affectionate, respectful and totally dedicated to her family. She is now 11 years and is a real true friend and companion."
- Linda R. from Pierrefonds, Quebec

"This is a picture of Toby during the fall while we were decorating for the season."
- Lois T. from Rowan County

"I'm a little devil some days!"
- Sent in by Mary

"It is the rainy season again and Emma has a new coat!"
- Lindsay W. from Vancouver, BC

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Pets need nutritious diets, adequate exercise, appropriate health care, proper supervision, and lots of love and socialization. But even with all of these things

While it can sometimes be difficult to know when to call the vet, here are a few guidelines to help you recognize when your pet may need veterinary help. Of course, use common sense and listen to your instincts - if your pet appears to be in distress then call your vet!

  • Severe diarrhea.
  • Unexplained or sudden weight loss.
  • Inability to lie down / get comfortable, particularly if your dog is a deep-chested breed (could be an indicator of bloat, which is an emergency situation).
  • Significant loss of appetite or increased appetite.
  • Persistent vomiting.
  • Pawing at ears or shaking head.
  • Lumps on body.
  • Significant fur loss (not just shedding, which is normal); dull, patchy coat.
  • Persistent sneezing or coughing.
  • Abnormal discharge from the eyes or nose.
  • Stiffness or weakness in any joints; pet moves with difficulty.
  • Straining to urinate or defecate. The inability to urinate is an emergency - get your pet to the vet immediately.
  • Injury.
  • Limping / lameness.
  • Changes in behaviour.

Keep the name and number of the closest emergency vet clinic (for after-hours pet care) by the telephone, along with the number for your regular veterinarian. A pet first-aid kit is also helpful - you can even assemble your own first-aid kit for pets.

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