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Breed Specific Legislation passed in Montreal - but it exists in Nova Scotia too

10/01/2016 20:18:00 PM

This week we saw Montreal fall to the evil debacle of breed specific legislation - laws that are built around killing dogs that look a certain way and not laying blame where it needs to be - dog owners who don't control their dogs properly. But I > read more

There's a lot more to the Montreal dog bylaw than banning dogs

09/29/2016 18:44:00 PM

On September 27, 2016 Montreal Quebec passed one of the most draconian dog bylaws that Canada has ever seen - or hopefully will ever see. It was precipitated by a really tragic death this summer of a woman in Montreal by a dog - who's breed is still > read more

More conversations need to be happening about outdoor cats in Nova Scotia

09/10/2016 11:42:00 AM

This week Inge Sadler - who is the saviour for preemie kittens in Nova Scotia - she runs Pick of the Litter Rescue - posted a video of a kitten that was so heartbreaking it was almost too much to take. A newborn kitten with maggots literally ea > read more

New Brunswick continues on as a major puppy mill contributor to Canada

09/08/2016 19:34:00 PM

New Brunswick and Quebec have been historically the puppy mill capitals of Canada because of their lax animal cruelty laws and New Brunswick continues to prove it with the recent news of the rescue of 26 small breed dogs at the beginning of September > read more

2016 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings from the ALDF

07/23/2016 12:30:00 PM

The Aninal League Defence Fund does an annual report of Animal Protection laws listed by province in Canada every year. They are an American organization, but for some reason they do this report - and we are lucky to have it done for us. For 2016 Ma > read more

Regulations regarding Animal Rescues in Nova Scotia

07/19/2016 10:14:00 AM

in 2014 the Minister of Agriculture Keith Colwell committed to meeting with the animal advocate community in Nova Scotia once a year regarding the animal protection laws and in December 2014 new regulations were passed in the province making the teth > read more

This week is National Emergency Preparedness Week

05/03/2016 15:10:00 PM

After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 I became slightly obsessed with survivalism and how to "bug out" with me and the dogs if I ever needed to - especially after having gone through Hurricane Juan in 2004 - so I wrote a really long post about how to s > read more

Gail Benoit is back in business - but it's not Kijiji's fault

03/21/2016 14:49:00 PM

Gail Benoit - who has been in the business of selling unhealthy companion animals in Nova Scotia as far back as 2001 - has surfaced again on Kijiji selling maine coon kittens - for some reason she seems to be selling kittens now instead of puppies at > read more

Nova Scotia's rescue community is not short on small breed dogs

03/10/2016 16:56:00 PM

Nova Scotia is not immune to the current fad of groups forming to import dogs from the United States and other parts of Canada. Usually they say it's because there is a shortage of small breed dogs that come into rescue in our province - they also s > read more

Heads up to local dog rescues - you have to licence your rescue dogs

02/05/2016 12:34:00 PM

So it has come to light that because of the recently passed A700 in the Halifax Regional Municipality that dogs coming into foster who are going to be in foster for longer than 20 days now have to be licenced with the Municipality in order to be in c > read more

What to do when you find a stray dog in Nova Scotia

12/16/2015 13:07:00 PM

In the last week there has been a lot of news about a dog that was found in Hant's county named George.  He was found by a couple of very compassionate people who took him into their home and he had very obviously been seriously abused by some terri > read more

Crystal Crescent on a beautiful Sunday afternoon

12/06/2015 16:30:00 PM

This is what living in Nova Scotia is all about - you can drive 20 minutes from the biggest city on the east coast of Canada and arrive at a beach and you are completely alone with your dog. It was so beautiful at Crystal Crescent beach today - su > read more

What is the difference between Animal Control Departments and the SPCA?

12/05/2015 17:09:00 PM

There is a very clear distinction drawn between Animal Control departments and SPCA's that I don't think a lot of people know about or that they find confusing. So I'm going to let you know what the differences are so that we no longer have to call t > read more

Should Responsible Dog Owners be worried about Bylaw A700 in the HRM?

11/30/2015 20:49:00 PM

It was suggested to me that responsible dog owners shouldn't have to worry about the changes that have been made to the dog bylaw here in the HRM - that if we our dog ownership seriously, and do things correctly - we aren't going to get into trouble > read more

HRM's Bylaw A700 has set animal welfare back in Nova Scotia by 20 years - REVISED with new information

11/27/2015 18:02:00 PM

The Halifax Regional Municipality today released news that a new animal bylaw is coming into force tomorrow - A300 is not going to exist anymore, it's being amalgamated with A700 which previously just dealt with livestock - and what we are going to h > read more

Losing Buttercup

10/19/2015 16:57:00 PM

After being together for 4,446 days I have lost Buttercup.  She was the love of my life. Most people say that about humans, but I say that about a dog.  She understood me. She never left my side. Every night when we slept she was by my head.   > read more

Pat Lee Speech about State of the Cats in Nova Scotia Today

09/27/2015 11:12:00 AM

Last night I went to a cat event - the Spay-Getti Gala Dinner hosted by Spay Day Nova Scotia and Pick of the Litter Society, and it was a lot of fun - they had a lot of silent auction items and I of course bid on a dog basket (which I won) and the sp > read more

Sled dog people are full of hooey when it comes to chaining out dogs

09/11/2015 13:00:00 PM

A sled dog yard in Quebec The Montreal SPCA is asking the Quebec government to ban keeping dogs chained around the clock as part of an upcoming overhaul of the province's animal-rights legislation. There is an article on the CTV News website that > read more

Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare

07/21/2015 12:50:00 PM

The "Five freedoms of animal welfare" is something that I've been thinking about lately. They were developed in 1965 from a UK report on livestock and have been used by then by groups and government around the world as a standard of how to treat ani > read more

Pat Lee and Tristan Flynn weigh in on the subject of shock collars

07/09/2015 18:08:00 PM

Local dog trainer Tristan Flynn talked about shock collars on his radio show K9 Connection today on 95.7 Here is some of what Tristan said in his podcast - you can listen to it in it's entirety here: > read more

Halifax Magazine features article on dog friendliness in the HRM

07/07/2015 07:05:00 AM

I was really happy to see that "Halifax Magazine" currently has a cover story about dog friendliness in the HRM. I remember the author interviewing me for the story, but I didn't think it was going to be a cover story - I am really happy that they p > read more

The history of dog advocacy in Nova Scotia

07/02/2015 15:20:00 PM

Sit back, this is going to be a long one. Chandler and Piper - 2 superstars from Seaview Park - many years ago  I'm going to talk about the history of dog advocacy here in Nova Scotia going back almost 20 years - where we started, and how we've > read more

Standing up to shock collars

06/24/2015 13:34:00 PM

I remember a few years ago pet stores in Nova Scotia used to sell puppies. Pet owners and animal advocates in the province worked really hard to make a change - and do you know what? Pet stores stopped selling puppies - they realized it jeapordized > read more

Full Circle Vet to offer Ovary Sparing Spays and Vasectomy Neuters

06/24/2015 13:06:00 PM

Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives - located in Dartmouth, NS - the first alternative (vet to offer Integrative) veterinary medicine in the Halifax Regional Municipality - is now the first veterinary practice to offer spaying and neutering alternati > read more

The Movie "Max" Having an advance Screening in Halifax - June 22nd at Scotiabank Theatre - 7pm

06/11/2015 09:18:00 AM

There is a new movie about a war dog named Max and it looks really good - it's about a military dog who's handler dies in Apghanistan and somehow ends up coming home to the US to live with his handlers family and the only person who can handle him is > read more

Port Hawkesbury's Dog Bylaw makes me Itchy

06/11/2015 06:41:00 AM

There was an article in the Chronicle Herald this week about how Port Hawkesbury may be getting a new dog park - which is fabulous, but it mentioned that their dog bylaw was recently rewritten, so I went and had a look at it - and it did not make me > read more

This is a statistic I can get behind - pets outnumber Children in Brazil

06/03/2015 13:16:00 PM

I wonder what's going on in Brazil - in a report released this week - there are more pet dogs in Brazil than there are children. "There are 52.2 million pet dogs in Brazil, while the number of children aged 0 to 14 is 44.9 million, which indicates a > read more

We should have this here - "Off Leash Ambassador Program'

05/14/2015 06:56:00 AM

There is a program out west in cities like Ottawa, Nanaimo, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and Saskatoon - just to name a few, that is being tried out - called the "Off Leash Ambassador Program" - that sounds like a really good idea. Dog owners are b > read more

Dogs Kisses are good for you

05/11/2015 06:30:00 AM

Researchers at the University of Arizona are finding out if kissing your dog is actually good for your health. They are holding a study with people over 50 to test if kissing your dog adds good bacteria to your gut like yogurt does - adding good pro > read more

Buttercup and Tia enjoy their first nice spring day

05/03/2015 15:39:00 PM

Buttercup has made it to her 20th spring and I think she's pretty happy about it > read more

All the dogs, Easter Weekend 2015

04/04/2015 18:39:00 PM

Here is Pepsi, not sure what that big black thing is in my hand - I haven't really taken any pictures since he arrived back here in the house this past December And this is Tia - who just arrived in January - isn't she the cutest thing ever? > read more

Today was a good day for animal welfare in Nova Scotia

12/04/2014 17:14:00 PM

Today was a good day for animal welfare in Nova Scotia - new regulations came into effect - along with summary offence fines - that give the people who have the power to protect animals in our province "add bite to their words" as CEO of the Nova Sco > read more

Public Meeting for Off-Leash Dog Park - Thursday October 30, 2014

10/29/2014 18:16:00 PM

I know this is short notice - but the city is putting on a public meeting regarding a proposed off leash park in Halifax tomorrow night at the Halifax Forum if you want to have your voice heard - here is the press release they put out - Wednesday, > read more

Elderdog's Dignity Project

10/16/2014 11:37:00 AM

Buttercup and I were so happy to take part in their "Dignity" project recently - "a visual exploration of the dignity, grace and beauty of the senior canine" - they allowed Buttercup to be part of the project - and yesterday they released one of the > read more

Amended Animal Protection Act Submitted to Legislature October 9, 2014

10/14/2014 12:52:00 PM

I know I'm getting to this late, but better late than never. Last Thursday Minister Colwell submitted an amended Animal Protection Act to the Legislature that has 3 amendments to it that were added from the previous Animal Protection Act that has ye > read more

Bubby and Sidney love each other

09/14/2014 16:26:00 PM

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Today's pearl of beauty

09/08/2014 14:30:00 PM

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Buttercup's life in Pictures

09/01/2014 16:05:00 PM

If you want to see the ultimate photo album of Buttercup's life in pictures - go to and check out about 21 pages of photos that I've accumulated of Buttercup running around and having fun, I think it's pretty spectactular - the > read more

This weekends HKC Kennel Club Show

08/30/2014 16:42:00 PM

I went to this weekends kennel club show - here is Shana Show with one of her little papillons who had just won best in breed I went there specifically because something amazing has happened - mixed breed dogs can now compete in rally-o and obedienc > read more

Be happy

08/23/2014 15:33:00 PM

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Starting to post again

08/22/2014 13:18:00 PM

I would like to start posting again to this blogMostly just pictures that I'm taking day to day but maybe also some dog politic stuff again but here's a couple pictures to start things out - Buttercup turned 20 last week and is going as strong as eve > read more

What I learned from a year of rescuing chained dogs

08/21/2014 17:30:00 PM

My little dog Sassy and Ben Since June of 2013 I ran No Chains All Love Dog Society - an organization that rescued and rehabilitated chained dogs in Nova Scotia - we rescued 40 dogs who had been chained their whole lives - some of them had been chai > read more

People for Stronger Animal Protection put on a rally in New Brunswick and tons of people come out to support them!

04/28/2014 09:01:00 AM

A small portion of the audience from my view at the podium I was so lucky that I was invited this past Saturday to a rally in Fredericton for the group "People for Stronger Animal Protection"'s rally that they organized in front of the legislature i > read more

Neat local artist who does pet portraits - Simone Manley

03/20/2014 17:26:00 PM

I was the successful bidder in an auction last year for a 6x6 portrait - by local artist Simone Manley and I was so impressed I wanted to talk about it here - this is the result of my photo that I gave her - isn't it neat? You can contact her throug > read more

No bullshit - the Draft Standards of Care for Cats and Dogs in Nova Scotia

03/20/2014 12:31:00 PM

I'm a little bit angry about the things that other animal advocates have been saying about the Draft Standards of Care for Cats and Dogs that the Nova Scotia government has proposed in the last couple weeks saying things like "There are still major g > read more

When is a rescue group a "rescue" and when is it a "for profit" business?

02/05/2014 07:59:00 AM

Looking at Wikipedia - they define an animal rescue thusly: An animal rescue group or animal rescue organization is dedicated to pet adoption. These groups take unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray pets and attempt to find suitable homes for them. > read more

What types of ways, and under what types of circumstances - is it okay to kill your sentient property in Nova Scotia?

02/03/2014 17:38:00 PM

A dog owner was caught shooting their dog in the head and dumping the body in the woods yesterday - apparently the dog had been disobedient the last 2 years - nipping at the owner since their baby had been born - and in the last week had acted out an > read more

What does the Animal Protection Act Actually Say?

01/04/2014 19:04:00 PM

I'm getting a lot of heat for the things I've said in relation to the NS SPCA's handling of the dead dog in Preston - that maybe they are doing the right things in the right order - and that maybe they are also doing the right thing when it comes to > read more

A Small Codicil to my post about the NS SPCA from yesterday

01/03/2014 18:42:00 PM

Yesterday I made a venom filled post about the NS SPCA and I wanted to narrow it down a little bit - my beef isn't with the NS SPCA as a whole - over the years I've written a lot of posts about the Nova Scotia SPCA and I've always made a distinction > read more

"All we know is there was an animal dead inside a kennel"

01/02/2014 18:41:00 PM

A dog was found frozen to death inside a kennel in Preston two days before Christmas - December 23rd. Her body had already gone into rigor mortis. The SPCA had to get inside the kennel with an ice pick to remove her body from the kennel it was froze > read more

Happy new year from the little white dog army

12/31/2013 20:22:00 PM

Can you believe this dog is 19 years old? I am so lucky to still have her around to bring in the year 2014. I am so blessed that she is still so perfect. Poor Sidney has awful allergies, but he's still a happy dog and loves it when people come to vis > read more

Buddy the Dog short life

12/22/2013 09:37:00 AM

I want to tell the story of Buddy the dog because his whole story hasn't been told anywhere. From the beginning to the dirty end. The first seven years were entirely unremarkable except for the fact that he was tied to a dog house the entire time an > read more

A Call to action for Buddy

12/14/2013 05:06:00 AM

His name was Buddy. He was a husky mix and today he is dead. He had a large cancerous tumour on his belly that the vet who saw him figured was inoperable, and he bit several people who were trying to help him - so he was euthanized last night - a cou > read more

Dog Culture

11/23/2013 21:08:00 PM

I grew up with the knowledge that I didn't belong to a demographic or a "culture" - I wasn't greek, or catholic, or a cape bretoner, or a newfoundlander, or Irish - my family wasn't particularly close and it was very small. I never really belonged t > read more

When you're being harassed in a dog friendly condo/apartment building, what can you do?

11/17/2013 08:50:00 AM

I was first contacted by Brian and his family in October. In July they acquired a puppy - thinking that their building was dog friendly because there were so many other dogs around - they didn't know that they had to apply to have a dog from their co > read more

Refurbishing other people's garbage

10/31/2013 10:50:00 AM

I was asked to write a story for the website "Readwave" - so I did - you can click on the link to read the whole thing!  - ReadWaveStoryWidget.load({id : 16236, 'width': '500px', 'height': '800px'}) Read on > read more

no chains All Love Dog Rescue is still chugging on

10/30/2013 18:16:00 PM

I thought I would do an update on the little dog rescue that I started in July in response to the need that People for Dogs expressed - that they were worried that people would want to surrender chained dogs to them and they wouldn't have anywhere to > read more

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