Saturday, July 25, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Adoptions Going Crazy

What a week so far 5 adoptions and more to come.
Even our long term dogs have been getting interest.
So far Storm, all 3 pups, Molly are being adopted.
Hanna out on a visit.
Skyler, Layla, and Abby have interest.

Its awesome!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Celebrity Chef Hosts Dog Wedding For Charity

Celebrity Chef Hosts Dog Wedding For Charity
Friday June 26, 2009 Staff

I now pronounce you dog and wife!?

"... you may now sniff the bride," isn't exactly a phrase you hear every day. But Friday it followed the nuptials of Josephine and Napoleon, the Chihuahuas of celebrity chef Ken Kostick.

The pair met four years ago and it didn't take long for the two to fall in love. They got hitched Friday afternoon at a fundraiser event in support of the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, coinciding with the launch of Kostick's BARK Pet Care products.

The ceremony, officiated by Toronto comedian and veterinarian Ted Morris, included canine bridesmaids, a best dog and yes, a dog-themed wedding cake.

The two newlyweds are now the ambassadors of the new line of products, but not before they spend their honeymoon night at the Prime Minister's Suite at the Royal York Hotel.

All proceeds of the BARK Dog Cologne will be donated to charity.

"They love each other and they're very happy," Kostick told when asked why he decided his 'common-law' pets should tie the knot.


Horses in Romania have an extremely miserable life. The situation is revolting and shameful. Unfortunately not only the horses. Many people live in the greatest poverty and the fate of horses is irrevocably linked to that of men. These horses have very long days of extremely hard work at the end of which they get no or very little food. They are often beaten if not mutilated. The horses become useless during the dead season and the owners are not in the possibility to feed them, so they abandon them. Sometimes tied up without food or water, left to die of starvation. For those people horses are no animals that can suffer pain and fear. They are just instruments that can make their owners earn a living. Illegal slaughter is also a widespread habit. In the region of Bucharest alone every year about 200 horses are abandoned.
Everywhere in the country one can see exhausted, overworked, underfed, wounded, starving and dead horses. Therefore the vzw Equine Rescue Center (Belgium) took the initiative to take action in order to help Romanian horses. You can read more on our website . We launch an international campaign addressed to the Romanian Government to protest against the actual horse abuse and to the EU. We ask you to sign our online petition to help us reach our goals. But you can do more! In the meantime horses and donkeys do need help. They need food, medical care and a shelter. Please, help these equines also financially. We guarantee that your gift will be spent directly and entirely to relief the need of these unfortunate horses. They had such horrible lives. Don’t let them die now. Give them at least a few happy years. Equine Rescue Center vzw. BelgiĆ«lei 188, B-2018 Antwerpen. Belgium. For Belgium: 979-5503680-02 For all other countries: BIC: ARSPBE22 Mention “Romania” IBAN: BE 32 979-5503680-02

THANK YOU To sign the petition please click here




Come into the Taunton Rd store to schedule your pet photo session with our in house photographer* and qualify to win…….

Grand Prize WINNER will receive an original framed drawing of their pet valued at $625.00. The winning photo will be drawn by our own local artist. Art by Anneke

Runner-up WINNER will receive a $50.00 Gift Card.

All of our TOP 15 WINNERS will have their pet’s photo (poster size) displayed in our store for one year. At the years end, the poster is the property of the customer.
They will also receive FREE Fromm Family Pet Food products.

Contest Dates: Contest runs from June 15th to August 15th 2009.
The winners will be chosen by our team of “unbiased judges.”

The photo session is FREE with a minimum $50.00 purchase.
Photos must be taken by our photographer. See store for details.

We would like to thank Fromm Family Pet Food for their generous support of this photo contest.

Global Pet Foods,
789 Taunton Road East,
Oshawa, Ont. L1H 7K5

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Comments on the Dog Whisperer from Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, DACVB

Here is a disturbing link featuring a clip from a Cesar Millan show where he semi-hangs/chokes a dog. Here is the link:

dog training gone bad

Many of you may be aware of a National Geographic television show featuring a charismatic individual who helps dog owners. I recently came across this video on the website and I urge you to watch it (preferably without the sound so as not to be distracted by his talking) and keep your eye on the dog. Here is what you will see:

Within the first 5 seconds, the handler kicks the dog in the abdomen. When the dog turns toward him he is jerked off his feet. A struggle ensues where the handler gets bitten several times and the dog is seen to be struggling for air. Finally he gets the dog onto the ground and the dogs tongue is blue and the dog is gasping for breath. When he finally gets the dog up it appears that there might be urine on the ground and that the dog voided his bladder in distress.

What you have witnessed is not dog training but abuse. Not only does the dog suffer, but clients are at risk if they attempt these interventions themselves. These are not appropriate measures and compromise the welfare of the dog and the safety of people. His explanations are false and not based on science as we know it. We as veterinarians must make our voices heard and let National Geographic and most importantly our clients know that these types of interventions are wrong and not in the best interest of dogs or people.

As a veterinary behaviorist I have dealt with behavior problems in companion animals for over 25 years and would never confront a dog this way. Not only would it be dangerous for me and the family, it would be harmful for the dog. My goal is diagnose the problem, and design humane treatment plans that help the family change the behavior of their dog so that they can safely live together. I hope all veterinarians can agree that this is the best approach.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Most importantly, go to the link and scroll down the page to “contact us” and click on that. Let National Geographic know what you think.

Thank you for your time

Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, DACVB

Exciting News!!!

We are happy to announce that we are finally going to have a Newsletter!!! First issue should be ready by
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Missing Dog Found 1,800 Miles From Home July 15, 2009 10:04 AM

Brunswick, Ohio (WKYC) -- A dog named Flower, who was reported missing from El Paso, Texas five months ago and was found last week 1,800 miles from home in Brunswick, Ohio, will be going home, thanks to the kindness of strangers.

Brunswick Animal Warden Mike Kellums told WKYC-TV in Ohio that a Brunswick civic organization stepped up and paid for Flower to undergo a complete physical exam.

Flower passed with flying colors, literally--paving the way for her to fly home.

Continental Airlines is scheduled to pay the cost of shipping her and she is being flown to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her owner will take a day off work and make the four-hour drive to pick Flower up.

Flower is expected to leave sometime later this week.

Last week, Kellums got a call for a dog running around a Brunswick neighborhood. Kellums managed to corral the dog and brought it back to the facility.

He then scanned her, looking to see if the dog's owner had a microchip implanted under the dog's skin for identification.

As it turns out, Flower had a microchip, and Kellums called the dog's owner in Texas.

She said it was her dog, Flower, and the dog just "came up missing," one day about four or five months ago.

She said she would love to have Flower back but couldn't afford to fly Flower back home.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Special Home for Miley

Latest Update she has found a new home!!!

Miley is 9 months old, she needs a quiet loving home that can help her to build her
For anyone who has owned dobermans I don't need to tell you how special a breed
they are.
If you can help Miley please contact our program asap at 905 2638247 or at

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Lost Dog

Penny: 2 year old 8 lb silky terrier, looks a lot like a yorkie, has a silver and black body a tan/white head with brown snout, ears and paws. Long silky furn. Micro-chipped

Lost July 4, 2009 Markham Ontario in the Fincham/Larkin area

If you have any into please call 905 2638247 or, we will contact
the owners.
There is a reward for her safe return.

Meet our Feature Dog Hannah

Hannah is a very active, outgoing and friendly girl. She gets along well with
all humans and animals.
To meet her is to instantly fall in love. For more information or to arrange
to meet her please contact our program at 905 2638247 or e-mail at

Sunday, July 5, 2009

We have always had Spaniels, usually two at a time. When our last dog passed away we were recommended to TAGS. Don checked them out and liked the fact that they interviewed us to see if we were good for the dog, unlike other organizations which simply take your money and give you the dog.
Daisy, the curly Cocker Spaniel in the picture, came to stay with us last September and became Don’s sidekick. We went to all the lessons provided by the adoption agreement and I had fun watching Don and Daisy playing all the games. By the spring we were ready for a friend for Daisy. Myrtle, the straight-haired Spaniel came to us at the end of April this year and the staff at TAGS once again gave us time to decide if Daisy wanted Myrtle to stay forever. They are both loving and friendly dogs so they do not argue or squabble but share everything, even food. They look out for each other and are like two peas in a pod. Daisy has never liked staying out in the backyard for long because of her experience as a pup but now the two of them sit on the back step watching the birds. We are so pleased that we adopted them thanks to TAGS. Pauline and Don Langridge
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