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Easter Weekend at the Canada Agriculture Museum

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April 13, 2011 @ 11:00AM

Spring is in the air at the Canada Agriculture Museum this Easter weekend! After a long winter, the barns have come alive with the arrival of newborn animals. Welcome the soft lambs, meet a rabbit, and watch the newly hatched chicks from up close. In the demonstration kitchen, help Museum staff to make a variety of Easter bread and even taste a sample. Don’t miss the annual egg hunt, and the “signs of spring” trivia found in the barns. The Museum is located at the Central Experimental Farm, Prince of Wales Drive, between the traffic circle and Baseline Road.

When: April 22 to 25, 2011
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Canada Agriculture Museum
Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa


* Meet the Chicks: Can a chick hatch from one of the eggs in your fridge? How long does it take for a chick to gestate within the egg? Get the answers to your questions about chickens and meet the newborn chicks.

Extraordinary Eggs! : Eggs aren’t just for breakfast anymore…they can be fun and fascinating too! Discover all kinds of interesting facts about eggs, compare types, and examine uniquely decorated examples. See an antique egg grading machine in action with these interesting eggs-periments!

Easter Egg Hunt for Tots: Children six and under can take on the challenge of finding eggs hidden throughout the Museum grounds and will be rewarded with a sweet treat.

Making Bread for Easter: Did you know that Hot Cross Buns aren’t the only type of bread eaten at Easter? Learn about the many different types of traditional pieces of bread made to celebrate the season.

Meet the Rabbits: Find out interesting details about the rabbit’s life cycle as well as the reasons for the rabbit’s close association with Easter.

General information: Visit or call 613-991-3053. Parking is free.

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Dog day afternoon at the spa

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By: Andre Thurairatnam

After her morning run, she spends a nice relaxing day at the spa – complete with manicure, pedicure and another pampering. She fashionably exits the establishment in her brand new designer shoes and jacket, looking like a model fit for the runway. Rested, and with more confidence than ever, she finally makes her way home to a meal fit for a queen. No, it’s not her birthday, anniversary, or wedding, it’s just another Saturday for Fluffy – the family dog.

According to the Canadian Press and Leger Marketing, over half of all Canadians have household pets, 30 percent of these people being dog owners. If we do the math, that’s about five million dog owners in Canada alone.

Although Fluffy’s Saturday may seem a bit over the top, the reality is that a good portion of these five million dog owners routinely spoils their pets. Owners may feel as though they’re doing a good deed by making their pets “happy”, but could very well be harming them psychologically.

Dog owners have been known to go over-the-top out of “love” for their pet. Everything from letting your dog sleep on your bed, to painting their nails, to feeding them gourmet meals three times a day.

Lisa Wagner of Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid in Vancouver, B.C. warns that dogs who get used to this type of treatment tend to become over-dependent on their owners.

“Dogs really thrive on being given things to do and being told that they’re smart,” she said.

In this day and age, people forget that dogs were originally bred to serve a purpose, whether it be hunting, guiding, herding, sledding, etc. When dogs feel as though they aren’t living up to their purpose, there is a chance they may suffer from low self-esteem issues.

Lauren Molloy of Banda Mastiffs in Zephyr, Ontario urges that the number one thing to keep in mind is to let your dog be a dog. Do not treat it like a human being. Molloy has seen her share of spoiling behaviour in her 21 years experience with dogs.

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“I have seen many people, with small dogs in particular, in baby backpacks or carriages, and I really think that is ridiculous. They have legs. I have Mastiffs, and they carry my things in backpacks when we go out, and they love it,” She said.

Matt Belvedere of Barks n’ Rec doggy daycare in Mississauga, Ontario concludes that the best preventative step to “over-humanizing” your dog is to have it become comfortable around other canines. He strongly believes that having your dog fully socialized and comfortable around other dogs is the number one thing you can do for it.

“It’s more important to socialize your dog than to give it a walk every day,” Belvedere said.

Wagner also recognizes the importance of socializing your pet.

“If dogs don’t understand how to communicate with other dogs, they become fearful of them creating aggression problems,” she said.

Wolfram Klose of the Havelberg Dog Academy in Orona, Ontario, however, says that rewarding your dog for good behaviour is not something to frown upon. Reinforcing good habits by feeding your dog treats, or buying them a new toy is highly effective in moderation. Klose swears by this system.

“A dog should know the difference between play and work,” he said. “It is all right to spoil your pet a bit, but on the other hand, you expect him to listen and behave well in certain situations.”

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What it all comes down to is balance, moderation, and discipline. The old saying is that if you treat your dog like a human, they will treat you like a dog. Fluffy deserves to be treated like a dog. You’re the one who deserves the spa day.

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Florida Family Writes Humorous Book About Our Animal Friends Book Portrays Animals with Human Characteristics

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Frog - July 15, 2010

“We decided that what the world needs now is a little humor. So we created this book, I Had a Pet Frog, as a family project. Our talented daughter, 17-year-old, Christine Liao created the illustrations and we wrote the copy. We also wanted to deliver humorous messages for people of all ages, and started the book by writing; “I Had a Pet Frog who liked to smoke. I told him it was an unhealthy habit. Then he croaked.” This also sends the message to our young ones that smoking is harmful to your health.” said authors, Dr. Wan-Yu Chao and Ronald Kerble. This imaginative family, a husband and wife team along with their artistic daughter, have created a hilarious book about their animal friends with human characteristics. “You’ll find wonderful illustrations showing real emotions and humorous situations in our book,” said, college professor, Dr.Wan-Yu Chao and Boca Raton Physician Assistant, Ronald Kerble.

I Had a Pet Frog has 100 jokes using 70 different animals and 55 illustrations. Everyone with a passion for animals and pets will be entertained from start to finish. You will smile, chuckle and laugh out loud as you read through this very funny book. Readers will be able to create their own jokes and illustrations using the same style and format found in the book. They can send them to the publisher and be added to I Had a Pet Frog Co.’s website. Chao and Kerble’s humorous book, I Had a Pet Frog was released in trade paper and is also available as e-Book from the publisher.

About the book:
PUBLISHER: I Had a Pet Frog Co.
ISBN: 978-0-9827133-0-3

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Grieving at the OSPCA

Chris Temelkos Writes About a Mock Funeral – Photo Courtesy of the Toronto Star

Chris Temelkos - June 22, 2010 - Star

By Chris Temelkos

Over 100 protesters, several dressed in black, were in tears, as a mock funeral was held for the 99 animals euthanized after a ringworm outbreak at the Newmarket shelter.

Sadness was not the only emotion present, enraged protesters demanded the board of directors to resign and urged York Regional Police to lay criminal charges against the organization for causing unnecessary suffering, pain, and death to the animals under its care.

Other than the 99 animals euthanized, 96 animals are in foster homes, 15 dogs were stolen and of the 140 remaining animals, 8 are turtles, that were not affected by the outbreak. The ringworm outbreak is believed to have been brought by four Himalayan cats that did not show any signs of infection.

Three animal will be euthanized for behavioral issues, 15 that were brought in during the investigation are being housed in a portable building and 91 cats, as well as 23 dogs, are set for further testing. OSPCA Chairman, Rob Godfrey says there was a miscommunication and up to 350 animal could be euthanized, not necessarily, all 350. Excuses aside, many feel that something must be done to protect the remaining animals from following the same fate as the others.


Toronto Star

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Hamilton Croc

Chris Temelkos Writes About Crocodiles – Photo Courtesy of the Globe and Mail

Chris Temelkos - June 18, 2010 - G & M

By Chris Temelkos

The last place you’d expect to find a crocodile was in Hamilton, Ontario, but expect the unexpected. On his usual nature outing to a local Hamilton Pond, Tom Badeau was startled when what he thought was a branch dipped into the water, upon uploading a photo of the so-called branch and enlarging it, he and his wife discovered it was a crocodile.

Badeau’s wife immediately called the Hamilton Conservation Authority which called Environment Canada who reached out to the Indian River Reptile Zoo. Mr. Loyst, a curator with the Indian River Reptile Zoo came out to the infamous pond and spotted the croc for himself, him and his crew tried to snag the beast, but with no luck. It is believed the crocodile may have escaped to nearby waterways, but all effort is being made to capture it and give it a home at the Zoo. Loyst added that the croc would not be used to such cool water temperatures.

The crocodile is likely a pet that was dumped as it got to be too big. Crocodiles are illegal to own, but smuggling of exotic reptiles at the border is a very common occurrence. There are 23 species of crocs, but there are none native to Canada.


Globe and Mail

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Foxy Mischief

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Chris Temelkos - June 5, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Foxes have taken up residence in a Bloor West Village neighborhood and residents want them out. The foxes have been causing mischief in the community, chasing cats, trotting up and down the street, basking in the backyards of residents and skinning squirrels to feed their kits. What concerns residents the most is that their den is across from a daycare center.

Foxes pose very little risk to humans, the only reported fox attack on a person involved a rabid fox and Toronto Animal Services says that the Toronto fox population is well protected against rabies. The residents have tried a number of ways to evict the foxes, including dog hair and a radio playing outside the den, to no avail. It was even suggested by Toronto Animal Services that male urine surrounding the den would have the foxes out in a jiffy.

Perhaps, the residents of this community would be better suited to live in harmony among the foxes, rather than in discontent, by taking the extra steps to supervise their pets when outside and use a non-toxic repellent in their yards. Keeping the foxes away from their personal space should allow the two to coexist peacefully. After all, wildlife has been here longer than we have.


Toronto Star

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Be an Angel to Animals

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Chris Temelkos - May 27, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Animals bring us, unconditional love, they comfort us when we are sick, and they cheer us up when we are down. However, it is too often that animals are dumped in shelters or abandoned on the streets to fend for themselves. We must do our part to help animals in need.

Throughout my life, I have taken in stray dogs and cats, nursed injured birds back to health and cared for animals that were neglected by their owners. The love I get back from these animals means more to me then money could ever buy. As human beings, we cannot sit back and do nothing, as countless animals suffer, we should make it our mission to bring joy into an animals life as they bring to ours.

Putting yourself in the position of a helpless animal will help you understand what they are going through. By donating to a local rescue or shelter you are helping care for these homeless animals, if you don’t have much money then do your part by volunteering, even if it means helping animals in need within your neighborhood.

One person can make a difference, but together we can end the suffering of animals and bring hope into both our lives and theirs.

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Toronto Zoo on Strike?

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Chris Temelkos - May 13, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Who can forget those childhood memories of trips to the Toronto Zoo, but will children be deprived of this experience over the coming summer months? Toronto Zoo employees have rejected a tentative deal backed by their union, but no worries, they don’t plan on walking off the job just yet.

Three hundred of the Toronto Zoo’s employees including, full-time and seasonal keepers, custodians, landscapers and other employees voted 70% against managements offer. Grant Ankenman, president of Local 1600 says that even though employees are legally able to go on strike, there is no intention of doing so, as it would leave Torontonians and tourists with no or very limited access to the zoo.

The Toronto Zoo’s employees most recent contract expired on March 31 and they voted 97% in favour of a strike, employees were offered raises of 2% a year over the next 3 years according to Shanna Young, a spokeswoman for the Toronto Zoo. This potential strike could be another blow to Toronto’s already struggling economy, especially with a hit to tourism. Let us all hope that Toronto Zoo employees are able to come to an agreement when they meet again Today, May 13, for the sake of the economy and the children.


Globe and Mail

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Wild Animals

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Sarah Moore - March 10, 2010

Sarah Moore
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Some beasts are just not meant to be tamed, but that has not stopped people from trying. Large and dangerous animals have long since been a part of circus acts and played the role of performers at theme parks, but until recently, there has been little published regarding unruly animals attacking humans.

Recently, however, many reports of caged animals lashing out at their human trainers have been sprouting. Shockwaves rippled through Las Vegas when illusionist Roy Horn was violently mauled by the tiger that has famously been part of his show for years.

Reports of other large animals on the attack include an elephant at an Indonesian tourist resort that trampled and killed his handler, a grizzly bear named Rocky, believed to have been docile and friendly, who latched onto the neck of his trainer, and most recently the death of a 40-year-old trainer at Sea World Orlando who was drowned by the park’s resident killer whale, Tilikum.

It raises questions about whether or not any animal, especially the larger ones, should be caged and trained to perform for entertainment.

According to a quote given by Mark Berman in Metro News, the animals are just “too big” to be confined and attempting to incarcerate them for spectacle “just doesn’t work.”

No matter how well behaved these animals seem to be, one must not forget that they are still animals and have the potential to turn on the humans closest to them at any moment and without notice.


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Kirk Verner - December 16, 2009

By Kirk Verner

It was a wondrous Sunday afternoon in the middle of August when I was graciously given the opportunity to ride my very first horse. I remember being young, fearless, a cowboy for a day. Continue reading

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