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Pet Friendly Canada Newsletter - May 2009

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language." (Martin Buber)

"A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song." (Chinese Proverb)

"Lucy the Wire Fox Terrier Beagle Mix and Cloe the Lemon Beagle adopted from Take Me Home. My daughter adopted Cloe and we have our beautiful Lucy, who is the joy of our life."
- Sandra H. from Stoufville, Ontario

"Here is Baillie on her pink scooter after taking a swim in Long Island Sound (Madison Ct.). Baillie is a 9 year old Pekingese who loves to swim in any kind of water."
- Sandie N.

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"Loving lizards is an acquired taste. As a child I was always fascinated with the little creatures. Besides crawling outside the screened-in porch of my Florida home with their flicking and bobbing heads, I witnessed spotted geckos sticking to windows and walls with their suction-cupped fingers. Strangely, they grunted in a low pitched tone on humid nights.

... My favorite reptile was one of the largest, the giant Green Iguana. Finally I obtained a six inch baby. Immediately I learned that these lizards don't think of themselves as pets nor do most other people.

'What the hell is that? It's face looks like a frog and itís got a snake tail and a fat tongue?' A friend asked. 'Is it venomous?'"

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  • Newspapers: If you have to go to the bathroom while playing in the front yard, always use the newspaper that's placed in the driveway every morning for that purpose.

  • Visitors: Quickly determine which guest is afraid of dogs. Charge across the room, barking loudly and leap playfully on this person. If the human falls down on the floor and starts crying, lick its face and growl gently to show your concern.

  • Barking: Because you are a dog, you are expected to bark. So bark - a lot. Your owners will be very happy to hear you protecting their house. Especially late at night while they are sleeping safely in their beds. There is no more secure feeling for a human than to keep waking up in the middle of the night and hearing your protective bark, bark, bark ...

  • Licking: Always take a big drink from your water dish immediately before licking your human. Humans prefer clean tongues. Be ready to fetch your human a towel.

  • Holes: Rather than digging a big hole in the middle of the yard and upsetting your human, dig a lot of smaller holes all over the yard so they won't notice. If you arrange a little pile of dirt on one side of each hole, maybe they'll think it's gophers. There are never enough holes in the ground. Strive daily to do your part to help correct this problem.

  • Doors: The area directly in front of a door is always reserved for the family dog to sleep.

  • Sniffing: Humans like to be sniffed. Everywhere. It is your duty, as the family dog, to accommodate them.

  • Dining Etiquette: Always sit under the table at dinner, especially when there are guests, so you can clean up any food that falls on the floor. It's also a good time to practice your sniffing.

  • Housebreaking: Housebreaking is very important to humans, so break as much of the house as possible.

  • Going for Walks: Rules of the road: When out for a walk with your human, never go to the bathroom on your own lawn.

  • Couches: It is perfectly permissible to lie on the new couch after all your humans have gone to bed.

  • Playing: If you lose your footing while chasing a ball or stick, use the flower bed to absorb your fall so you don't injure yourself.


(Author Unknown)

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