My husband and I brought home our shih-poo, Leaf, nearly 13 years ago when I was expecting my daughter and caring for a toddler and a pre-teen. We chose him because he is one of the breeds that are considered hypo-allergenic but also because he's a small dog. With young children in the house, it was important to me that they weren't be knocked down by their dog. I wanted my 12 year old son to be able to walk him easily, and I wanted smaller messes in the yard than we would get with a big … [Read more...] about Win a prize pack for your small dog #SpringForSmallDogs
Our dog, Leaf, joined our family in December 2003 when he was just a puppy. He became a quick companion for my sons Eric and Kellen, and a few months later he welcomed Avery into the family. He has been a loving and very tolerant member of our family, particularly when Griffin came along and loved to hug, grab and hold Leaf. I can't imagine our family without him. There are a lot of great reasons to adopt a dog into your family. Whether it is just you or a house full of children, a dog … [Read more...] about Reasons to adopt a dog, there are a few #ShedHappens
My dog is getting up there in years. In dog years he's over 70 years old, and he has the stereotypical gruffness of 70 year old too. He enjoys lounging around on the couch with his blanket and pillow (he's also a bit of a princess) and going for short and slow walks. He isn't interested in birds or cats or other dogs, and he definitely does not want to be brushed or cleaned. He loves to cuddle though, and he will find some pep for a game of tug'o'war with the kids. The thing that really gets him … [Read more...] about Sponsored Video: Will your dog dance for Misfits?
This is the second article in a series of articles about adopted ARF animals who have had a significant impact on their adopters. While ALL ARF animals fit this bill, there are a special few who have gone above and beyond what anyone could have ever expected. Some animals have helped their humans with feats of heroism. Others have done so simply by being by their side day after day and forming a powerful and unique canine-human bond. The article below is about one of those powerful bonds and an … [Read more...] about Never Give Up: Jetta’s Story
This article will be the first in a series of articles about adopted ARF animals who have had a significant impact on their adopters. I think it's safe to say that ALL ARF animals fit this bill, but there are a special few who have gone above and beyond what anyone could have ever expected. Some animals have helped to drastically change the lives of their humans for the better simply by being by their side day after day, and others have done so with a single, heroic act. The article below is … [Read more...] about The Power of Dog
Well this is my first article, and as one may imagine trying to decide what to write about was decidedly frustrating. I work as a full-time volunteer for ARF Ontario and have some amazing and uplifting stories that I very much look forward to writing about. I also would love to share with the readers about the many projects that ARF is a part of that go well beyond basic rescue and adoption. So after a lot of mulling and no doubt a fair amount of procrastination, I settled on writing the story … [Read more...] about ARF Ontario: A Home for Skipper