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No Pets Allowed in Hot Car!

Summer is here. A perfect time to remind pet owners NOT to leave their pets in the car while shopping, not even for a few minutes. It is also a perfect time to spread the word for everyone to be vigilant at seeing a pet in distress in a hot car, to respond, react and report.

The Ontario SPCA’s #NoHotPets awareness campaign was launched to do just that. In the summer of 2014, the campaign reached over 20 million impressions online, received over 11,000 pledges and had 129 organizations/companies partner with the campaign across Canada.

Wherever you live, it is a good idea to get familiar with the contact info of your local animal services and police. Keep the numbers handy on your mobile phone ready for emergency. If needs be, call 911.  Don’t hesitate to act fast, it saves lives!

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June 18, 2015 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

Keeping Pibbles Warm Onesie at a Time

Mutt Nutt recently backed a home business called “Pajamas for Pitbulls” on Kickstarter. Their story is heartwarming, creative, adorable and totally worth supporting.

Founder Stephanie Karr is dog mom to 2 adorable pit bulls in Calgary, Alberta. She loves to sew, enjoys being creative and is also an avid pit bull advocate.  She started with creating some handmade onesie pajamas to keep her dogs warm in the winter, as well as donating some to local pit bull rescues. These onesies were so adorable and comfortable that, through word-of-mouth and social media, it took no time before Stephanie’s creation became popular and sought after in high demand.

On her Kickstarter profile, she wished to raise enough money so that she could do this full time.  She surpassed the target with flying colors and not before long, we at Mutt Nutt received a pair of monkey print pajamas perfect for Coco in the winter months.  We wish Stephanie continue success in keeping not just pit bulls, but all breeds of dogs, warm, snuggly and cosy, onesie at a time.

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Coco is embarrassed

Coco is embarrassed

May 4, 2015 at 4:19 pm Leave a comment

Dog Days of Winter

These pictures were taken at Haven of the Heart Animal Sanctuary last week.  The two dogs, Prince and Mona, were let out and immediately they took off and flew across the fields. The hope was to wear them out so that they would settle down for some close up shots for their adoption profile. Alas this was not to be, they zoomed a mile a minute across the magnificent landscape, challenging each other’s speed. I hope that they find permanent homes with love and space in abundance to nurture their blissful souls.

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Flying dogs

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January 31, 2013 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

Sergeant Gander – A Canadian War Dog Hero

It was seventy years ago in December when Sergeant Gander gave the ultimate sacrifice serving his country in the Battle of Hong Kong during WWII.

Gander, a Newfoundland dog who started out as a mascot of the Royal Rifles of Canada, became a hero for saving many lives of his regiment in the defence of Hong Kong Island during WWII.  Twice Gander’s attack halted enemy’s advance and in a final act of bravery, sensing the danger against a group of wounded Canadian soldiers under intense fire, Gander picked up a live grenade and ran with it in his mouth.  It exploded killing him in action.  Without Gander’s intervention and ultimate sacrifice, many more lives would have been lost.

Gander received the highest honor in bravery and was presented posthumously the Dickin Medal – often referred to as the animals’ Victoria Cross.  The ceremony took place in 2000, some fifty years after his death.  A look-alike Newfoundland dog named Rimshot stood in for Gander to receive the medal in a touching ceremony. The medal is now on display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

At the insistence of survivors of the battle, Sergeant Gander’s name was listed with those of 1975 men and two women on the Hong Kong Veterans Memorial Wall, unveiled in Ottawa, Canada in 2009. A war dog hero honored, alongside his fellow soldiers, by his country and by the world.

Another war memorial is taking shape in New Brunswick on the east coast of Canada. The stature of Sergeant Gander will stand on guard for the brave men and women who sacrificed in the Battle of Hong Kong, December, 1941. May their lives and bravery be remembered always.

December 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm 6 comments

Digital Dog Pack

Mutt Nutt is focusing on using social media to help with animal charity events.  What’s more fun than taking your digital dog pack for a run through Twitterville, you’d be amazed how many peemails there are to sniff! 

Please follow me at www.twitter.com/mutt_nutt

March 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

A New Year of Dogcentricity

The new 2009 Mutt Nutt will focus on dogcentric ideas, thoughts and vision.  Here are just a few for starter:

The newly wrapped Muttmobile now features a SUV full of dogs looking out from the windows, making sure that you are not tailgating….

A proposal for an iPhone app designed to locate missing mutts…

…and there are plenty more where it came from! Stay tuned.

January 1, 2009 at 7:38 pm 1 comment

The Feast of St. Francis

“All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small; All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all”
 
Today I brought my 14-year old Toby dog to church to attend a special mass dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi on his Feast Day. 
 
Toby is a very special dog. He used to be a loyal companion of an elderly lady, living a peaceful and happy life in a beautiful country estate.  There they were, keeping each other company, spending many hours playing catch with a tennis ball, or just strolling along the grounds of their home.  One tragic day and their world was turned up-side-down.  The elderly lady suffered a severe stroke, and as soon as she was taken away, Toby was left alone, and was immediately sentenced to death by her relatives, who had not a care or concern about his welfare, nor the feeling of his loving owner. 

St. Francis was there to watch over Toby… through caring people who spoke on his behalf, actions were taken and Toby was saved from the attempt of being senselessly put down.  He was taken away from the horrible situation.   

I am blessed to have met Toby.  It was love at first sight and I took him home.  It was almost 6 years ago.  Since then, Toby and I located his previous owner in a nursing home, and reassured her that he was safe and happy in his new home.  

Also since then Toby has had some serious medical setback, but now declared a cancer-survivor.  He also has had a series of infection this summer, but every time, slowly and surely, he recovered.  St. Francis watches over him everyday.  

That’s why today is a very special day.  Toby receives a Certificate of Blessing.  It reads… “On October 5th, 2008, Toby, a Bulldog Cross, was blessed on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at St. James’ Church, Caledon East, by Reverend Wendy Moore.”  

After the blessing, he received a Greenie treat, and he barked the Lord’s prayer.  

  

Toby being blessed 

  

  

(Note: One month after the blessing, Toby started showing symptoms of paralysis, it progressed rapidly and at the end of November, he crossed over the rainbow bridge.  He forever left a void in my heart.)  

October 5, 2008 at 7:12 pm 2 comments

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