Pet Friendly Newsletter - January, 2005
FEATURED PET QUOTES
"No man can be condemed for owning a dog.
As long as he has a dog, he has a friend;
and the poorer he gets, the better friend he has."
"If you can't decide between a Shepherd, a Setter or a
Poodle, get them all ... adopt a mutt!" (ASPCA)
DID YOU KNOW?
- A 15-year old cat has probably spent around ten years of
its life sleeping.
- The tallest dog ever recorded was a Great Dane who stood
42 inches at the shoulder, and stood 6' 9" when on his
hind legs! From nose to tail, he was nearly 8 feet long.
THIS ISSUE'S FEATURED PETS
"Call me when dinner is ready!"
Sent in by James and Mary McNaul
"Hello, this is Basil, the latest
addition to my family. This picture captures his
personality very well. Silly & very happy at
- Samantha Burningham from Hamilton, ON
WINTER DOG-WALKING (& HIKING) TIPS
Dogs need fresh air and exercise just like we do, and that
need continues throughout the winter. Here are a few tips
to help your pooch stay comfortable while on the trails
- Be sure your pet is appropriately 'dressed' for the
weather. For instance, some pets with thinner coats or
those that are elderly may require a sweater to keep
warm. Frostbite and hypothermia are a concern,
especially in most parts of Canada where winters are
- Clear out snow balls that collect in between your dog's
paw pads. These can be very painful for them - imagine
if you had to walk with a large pebble in your shoe!
- Keep your dog's paws free of any chemicals used to melt
snow and ice. These chemicals can irritate the skin.
Wipe your dog's paws carefully with a moist towel to
remove any chemicals, or use 'dog booties' to protect
- Keep a close eye out for spilled antifreeze, or any
containers that are within your pet's reach. They
like the sweet taste but even a small amount can be
fatal. If you suspect your pet may have ingested
antifreeze, it's -vital- to contact your vet
- Watch out for other people using the trails for
recreational purposes: skiing, snoeshowing, sledding,
and snowmobiling are just a few examples. Remember that
snowmobiles in particular can catch you by surprise, so
it's best to keep your pet off snowmobile trails.
- Be watchful for ice: keep pets away from lakes or other
bodies of water that may have thin ice; and walk dogs
with mobility problems (such as arthritic dogs) where
sidewalks or paths are clear of ice. Slipping can be
dangerous for pets, too!
- Choose walking trails and outings that suit your dog.
Small dogs, for example, may find it a real struggle
to forge their way through deep snow, so a walk along
a shovelled sidewalk may be a better choice. Likewise,
senior dogs may prefer shorter walks when the weather
is cold or the snow's deep. Cater your outing to your
dog's abilities and needs.
Winter offers lots of opportunity for fun and recreation
(ask any dog who's ever enjoyed rolling or romping through
the snow!). Go out and enjoy it!