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The Lights are on, but…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of “home.”

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Reynolds’ House, 1970s

I had a really chaotic childhood. I spent my years moving from place to place, relative to relative, making and then losing friends one after the other. I didn’t know where I would be from one year to the next. I don’t actually know how many different homes I have had in my life. It would be impossible to count, but I’ve just made a mental list of 30 places where I can remember living since I was four. There are probably at least ten more that I can’t remember before that. The concept of “home” to me has always been a tenuous one. Continue reading “The Lights are on, but…”

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Posted in (All Posts), D❤️GS

A Little Puppy Love for Valentine’s Day – An Infographic

Recently Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Milo’s Kitchen and Canine Carry-Outs conducted a survey of 3000 pet parents to find out which state loves dogs the most. The winner? California – followed closely by New York and Washington (my neighbour!) I don’t know about you, but my pooch has certainly added a lot of love into our lives. If you love your pups like I do, maybe this Valentine’s Day you can send a little love back their way 🙂 Continue reading “A Little Puppy Love for Valentine’s Day – An Infographic”

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Don’t Chain Up Your Dogs!

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Well, it’s about time.  Over the last two years, fourteen municipalities and two regional districts in my area have added restrictions on tethering dogs outdoors to their animal control bylaws. These include the Central Okanagan Regional District, (Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and West Kelowna) and the Capital Regional District (Highlands, Langford, North Saanich, Sidney and Victoria) as well as Surrey, Terrace, Northern Rockies, Harrison Hot Springs, and most recently, Squamish.

Too Little, Too Late?

Sadly, most of Metro Vancouver is glaringly absent from this list and the change has come a little too late for many animals. I have a neighbour I would have liked to report for this particular kind of abuse.  They once had a lovely old husky-cross chained up in the backyard of their home.   Sadly the poor old thing died before I had any leverage to help her. Continue reading “Don’t Chain Up Your Dogs!”