Making sure pets are not just for Christmas

By Jocasta Baines If your child has been begging for a puppy or kitty, or you think a pet would add an extra spark of happiness to your home, you may have considered bringing home a pet as a present. The sad truth however, is that abandoned animals are all too common in Nova Scotia,...

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River turns two – winding and weaving through our lives

Our handsome River turns two today (26th of October) and it so hard to believe he is technically no longer a puppy. His birthday took place three days after we lost our first Golden retriever the amazing Striker and we always viewed River’s birthdate as a sign of what was meant to be as Striker was born...

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It’s a dog’s world

Life in the Houston household has gone to the dogs. Well, just one dog: Calvin. And in Calvin’s case, that’s a good thing. Calvin, now 11 months old, had a rough start to life. The double merle border collie (both mother and father are merles) was a rescue puppy, put up for adoption by the...

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Tall tales and a puppy dog

I had indicated in a previous story about people visiting years ago with relatives and friends on Pictou Island during summer months. I would like to reflect back and recount times when my aunt and uncle with their family from Pictou did the same. Victor and Julie Hemmings along with their only two children at...

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River’s dog house is the lap of luxury

Life with River is very busy, especially since he entered the “toddler” stage. He is constantly on the go and always has extra energy to burn, regardless whether we do or not. Just like parents of young children, you are not allowed to be tired or heaven forbid sick – you must be on top of...

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Puppy eyes and baby proofing

When a new baby enters a home, everything changes – even if it is a fur baby. Gates go up, locks on cupboards and the fridge get reinstalled, things get removed from floor level and everything from dishcloths, to base boards, to shoes becomes fair game. One easily forgets the puppy stage after having a...

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Big boots to fill

It is often said not to have a puppy introduced into the family at Christmas time but our experience turned out to be a most magical one. River’s arrival a week before Christmas Eve became a holiday focal point and gave memories long to be treasured by family, friends and neighbours. People couldn’t wait to...

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