Canine Coolers

What to do when the high temperatures are threatening to melt your dog’s into a puddle? How about letting the canine crew dog-paddle around the pup pool then resting in the shade of a favourite tree with cool and refreshing poochie popsicles?

Paw-ty Punch

3 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) apple juice 3 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) cranberry juice 1 tsp pure vanilla extract Optional: Add low-fat yogurt for a healthy, creamy cooler and/or stud with berries for a flavour boost.

Cheeky Chicken

Cocktail Cooler
7 fl oz (200 ml) chicken soup, cooled

Chicken Soup

Makes: 3 1/2 pints (2 liters) Prep time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 30-35 minutes 1 free-range chicken, cut into quarters 2 carrots, sliced 3 1/2 pints (2 liters) cold water 2 Tbsp corn flour, diluted in 3 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) cold water 2 oz (50 g) cabbage, shredded 1 Tbsp dried oregano

1. Place the chicken pieces in a large saucepan with the carrots. Add the measured water and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the stock and set aside.

2. Bring the stock back to simmering point, add the diluted corn flour and stir until it has thickened. Add the cabbage and oregano and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave to cool.

3. Discard the chicken bones and skin, and finely shred the meat. Add to the cooled soup.

Freezing Instructions
Mix the Paw-ty Punch or Cheeky Chicken ingredients together in a jug. Pour the punch, or the chicken soup, into popsicle molds or ice cube trays. If you want, replace standard lollipop sticks with rawhide chew sticks. Freeze and feed to cool your canines on hot summer days.

Recipe and photos courtesy of Pup Snacks: 35 Delicious and Healthy Recipes to Bark Home About by Stephanie Mehanna (Octopus Publishing Group, 2007)


*Photo Update* Happy news all wrapped up in Pink

“It’s a Girl (Brittany Spaniel!)”
Congratulations to our best friends/American cousins on the latest addition to their family!
Isabella joins her three brothers Ripley, Andy and Owen.
Sophie, Bobby and Jazzie are all thrilled to have a new cousin and send all their love to little Izzy.
Smoooooooches and hugs and lots of love, love, love from your Auntie Sue too!


When God had made the earth and sky
The flowers and the trees
He then made all the animals
And all the birds and bees
And when his work was finished
He said “I’ll walk this earth of mine
And give each one a name”

And so He travelled land and sea
And everywhere He went
A little creature followed Him
until its strength was spent.

When all were named upon the earth
and in the sky and sea,
The little creature said “Dear Lord”,
There is not one left for me”.

The Heavenly Father smiled and said
I’ve left you to the end.
I’ve turned my own name back to front
And called you “DOG”, my friend”.

Vigil Wednesday evening

A vigil is planned to remember Captain, the German shepherd found badly beaten in a Kitsilano Dumpster last week.

The two-year-old dog was discovered last Wednesday in critical condition inside the trash container in the 1400-block of Maple.

The dog was rushed to a vet and, after extensive treatment, died a short time later.

The SPCA continues to investigate and the owner faces possible animal cruelty charges.

Cruelty to animal charges carry a maximum five-year prison term, a lifetime ban on owning animals and a $75,000 fine.

The former owner of Captain made claims that the dog was deaf.

Captain was a dog trained for the dog service with the RCMP, but had been deemed too friendly and did not end up as a service dog.

The vigil for Captain is set for Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at 1499 Arbutus, by the tennis courts at Kits Beach.

Leanne Cook is one of the organizers of the vigil. She said animal lovers were horrified when they heard the details surrounding Captain’s death.

“We are seeking justice for Captain,” she said. “It is sickening that somebody could do that to an animal.”

Cook and others have gone to the dumpster on Maple Street to put down flowers and candles to honour Captain. And when it comes to animal abuse, Cook maintains tougher laws are needed. “The law needs to be stronger for animal abuse,” she said.

Area residents have come forward and given statements. But SPCA investigators have yet to talk to the man believed to have been Captain’s owner.

Captain was severely dehydrated and badly beaten when found. The dog went into cardiac arrest and never recovered.


Dog found in dumpster died Thursday evening

German Shepherd found in a dumpster died Wednesday night
 Photograph by: Handout, Vancouver Sun 
VANCOUVER — The two-year-old German Shepherd left for dead in a dumpster Wednesday died of a heart attack this evening around 6 p.m.

 B.C. SPCA staff gave the dog CPR for more than 30 minutes, but couldn’t revive the canine. “We did everything in our power to save him, but his injuries were just too serious,” said Marcie Moriarty, manager of cruelty investigations, in an SPCA media release.

The dog was suffering from serious cuts and bruises and was likely quadriplegic by the time it was rescued from a dumpster in Kitsilano on the 1400 block of Maple Street Wednesday.

“The dog has been in critical condition since we rescued him but we were hoping for a miracle that just didn’t come,” Moriarty said.

 The SPCA will now try to collect forensic evidence relating to the dog’s injuries and continue investigating who did this. The organization said in the release that it does know the identity of the dog’s owner.

“We can’t rule out the possibility he was hit by a car, but evidence is suggesting it was caused by a person. He didn’t jump into the dumpster himself,” Moriarty said.

He was underweight and wrapped in a bloody blanket covering his bruises and lacerations. A vet exam showed the dog has spinal cord damage and air around his lungs and was not likely to recover.

The SPCA with Vancouver Police have identified the animal’s owner but have not made contact yet, Moriarty said. He has had more than one owner, according to information stored on the dog’s microchip.

 The canine was once a police dog candidate but deemed too friendly, the SPCA said Thursday.

Under the Criminal Code, the maximum penalty for animal cruelty causing death is up to five years in jail and a lifetime ban on owning pets. A fine can also be imposed of up to $10,000.00

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and the offers of help we have received for this poor dog and for the support we receive for the thousands of other animals who suffer abuse and violence,” says Moriarty. Moriarty said donations to the organization’s cruelty investigations department can be made through their website at or by calling 604-681-7271.

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Bobby, Sophie and Jasmine are sad today


Lennox Killed by Phrenologists on a Witch-hunt

Science and Dogs

“As children tremble and fear everything in the blind darkness, so we in the light sometimes fear what is no more to be feared than the things children in the dark hold in terror…” –  Lucretius, On the Nature of Things

Viennese physician Franz-Joseph Gall (1758-1828) believed that organs on the surface of the brain affected the shape and contours of the skull. From this idea he proposed that one could measure skulls to predict personality, intelligence and even morality. [1]

Nowadays most people are smart enough to dismiss someone trying sell the idea that the bumps on your skull were indicative of personality traits. But not when it comes to dogs. Governments all over the world have made passed laws discriminating against dogs, all based on the shape of the skull.

Phrenology is back in full force, we now call it Breed Specific Legislation.

On July 10, 2012 a…

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