Tag - pets

Cattitude Differs

Animal Chatter By Iris Winston Rufus and Freya have distinct personalities and ways of communicating. Rufus regularly tells me how grateful he is to have a loving home. I am not sure how long he had to survive without one, when my cat, Freya, started bringing her new — then thin — ginger friend to my door. Did she tell him that...

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Winter Weather Danger

Animal Chatter By Iris Winston Protect your loved pets from the elements As soon as you pick up the car keys, your dog is on alert. “I don’t care where we go,” the bright eyes and pricked ears seem to say. “I just want to come along. Togetherness is what matters most to me.” Togetherness matters to loving owners too. I...

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Losing a Beloved Pet

Animal Chatter By Iris Winston The sadness and the joy Watching an old dog or cat grow increasingly frail as he nears the end of his life is so painful. We know we have the ability to end that pet’s suffering by resorting to euthanasia—a good death—so ending his pain and giving him peace. But determining the right time to take...

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COVID Pups

Animal Chatter By Iris Winston The commitment should last a lifetime Shortages of toilet paper, flour and puppies have been three indicators that people were spending much more time at home through the pandemic. As the various lockdown periods since March 2020 continue more than halfway through 2021 and beyond, suppliers seem...

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Cat Bylaws

Animal Chatter By Iris Winston Is it the right approach? The current trend in an increasing number of municipalities across Canada is to call for cats, as well as dogs, to be licensed. Such licensing bylaws are frequently accompanied by poop-and-scoop, no-roam rules and leash requirements for any cats permitted outside...

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Rufus Introducing a new pet to the household

Animal Chatter By Iris Winston I first noticed him in February when he and my cat started hanging out together. I didn’t know then that the little red-and-white tabby was homeless, though it was clear that he was scared of human contact. However slowly I approached him, he ran away, a flash of red fur as he disappeared into the...

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Respect; You get what you give

Animal Chatter By Iris Winston As soon as Marnie, my Irish Setter, and I returned home after finishing a few errands, she raised her head and sniffed the air. Then she ran around, barking as she checked every room, looking for the stranger that she sensed/scented had been there while we were out. I knew from her reaction that...

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