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Pet Friendly Canada Newsletter - July 2009

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." (Bern Williams)

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." (Mark Twain)

Featured Story: LEMON THE DUCK


Lemon the Duck "Lemon is one of four Pekin ducks hatched in a Kindergarten classroom in April of 2006. Lemon, a crested Pekin, was born with neurological issues which affect her coordination and balance. She is unable to walk but she has become quite a little swimmer. She grew up in a classroom and with her teacher friend, so she is an imprinted duck. She's drawn to the many people she meets, especially children.

Don't feel sorry for this duck. She has a great life! She goes for rides in her baby carriage, to work every day with her teacher friend and home with her every night. She gets lots of love and attention.

Lemon has had lots of adventures - and consequently so has her teacher friend. She's been to the mall (many times), outdoor concerts, camping, to the dentist, the grocery store (shhh), to New Hampshire to swim in the Saco river, canoe trips, and so many other places.

Her favorite things to do are: cuddle, swim, EAT, stand up in her stand aid, scoot around in her scooter, and cuddle some more.

In the summertime, she likes to swim with her dog friends, Casey and Bandit. She LOVES to tease Bandit by pretending to go after his tennis ball in the water. Just when they're both about to reach it, Lemon swims right down Bandit's back like he's a water slide. He's left looking bewildered, only to fall for it again. Lemon also enjoys swimming with children. She'll swim right around them for a few pats on the head, and then swims off a little, teasing them to come and chase her.

Lemon is a joy to be around and has been a wonderful learning experience. She consistently visits special needs children. Everyone who meets Lemon is sure to fall in love.


Story sent in by Laura Backman, Lemon's biggest fan! If you'd like to get to know Lemon, please visit her website at


"'There must be something really good on Animal Planet'"
- Jack B. of Toronto, Ontario

"I always enjoy receiving your newsletter :) Here is a photo of Pebbles (left) and her adopted sister Luna (right). The little girl pugs say 'Having a sister is great!'"
- Chholing from Washington

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You have probably heard the old myth that every year of a dog's life is equivalent to 7 human years. These days, we know more about dogs and can more accurately estimate the age of a dog in human years.

When you compare dogs to humans, you'll see just how fast dogs actually mature. A one-year human child still needs its parents. However, a one-year old dog has already reached sexual maturity and can reproduce.

Generally speaking, smaller dogs live longer than larger dogs. The chart below shows an approximate age for each size of dog. Remember that these are estimates only, and how long a dog lives will depend on many factors, not just their adult size.

20 lbs or less 21-50 lbs 51-90 lbs Over 90 lbs
1 13 15 17 20
2 19 21 23 26
3 25 27 29 32
4 30 32 34 37
5 35 37 39 42
6 40 42 45 49
7 44 47 50 56
8 48 51 55 64
9 52 56 61 71
10 56 60 66 78
11 60 65 72 86
12 64 69 77 93
13 68 74 82 101
14 72 78 88 108
15 76 83 93 115
16 80 87 99
17 82 94 104
18 88 96 109
19 92 101
20 96 105

Of course, a dog's "real" age also depends on genetics and overall health too. A dog that is considered a "senior" can still be healthy and active. Good nutrition and regular exercise can help your dog live a long, happy and healthy life.

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