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JANUARY / JANVIER 2016 - v4i01

WELCOME to Tante Lori's Monthly Newsletter designed to talk about those questions that pop in our heads from time to time. This newsletter will aim to be brief, fun, informative, and interesting. I hope you find it useful and I welcome your comments and suggestions.

  • Pet of the Month - Rubis
  • No Pull Harness - the good the bad and the ugly
  • Can you walk your cat on a leash?
  • From the NEWS: 1) Poop painted pink and orange - 2) Man put in jail for not licensing a stray cat!
  • !! SPCA !! Many offices closed.. Here are the locations to get your pet license this year

Pet of the Month - JANUARY 2016

(Pekingese / Shihtzu mix born August 2015)

Rubis just LOVES the snow ...she's the only one that didn't complain during the BIG STORM in December.

At only 5 months old this little girl is a firecracker!

When Rubis looks at you with those big puppy-dog eyes you can't help but melt.

She has no idea how small she is and will take on any size dog in tug-a -war or a simple romp.

She has her quiet moments too.....



There's some controversy out there regarding no-pull leashes for dogs. Some trainers say it doesn't TRAIN them to walk on a leash properly. Others say the dogs will end up pulling anyway.

Not to be confused with a "halti" that fits around the head and muzzle, the no-pull harness fits the same as a standard harness except the leash connection is on the breast plate instead of the back of the dog – right in front – which gives better control. It reduces pressure on the neck and choking, and provides more control over the dog’s movement.

The basic idea behind a no-pull harness is that when a dogs pulls, he is instantly turned around facing away from where he wanted to go ahead of him which brings his attention back on you. These front-clip harnesses can also take your dog a little off balance and make pulling forward difficult for him. He quickly learns that pulling is not getting him what he wants. Also the strength required of the walker to stop the pulling is less... easier control.

A dog has a natural instinct to want to pull
when feeling pressure from a leash.

Excerpt from: ... "Dogs naturally walk faster than we do and attaching them to a short leash (even 6 feet can be short for some dogs) can cause leash pulling problems almost immediately. Dogs naturally pull against any pressure they feel on the leash. This natural instinct is called “opposite reflex action” which simply means that if a dog feels leash pressure (pulling back on leash) he will pull in the opposite direction. " Read more...

In my experience, there are some dogs that will continue to pull no matter what harness you use. However, the majority of dogs I've walked adapt and stop pulling almost immediately when wearing these harnesses. Even the couple of dogs that continue to pull with with a no-pull harness on, the design makes it much easier for me to control them.

My favorite harness (and I've tried many) is the Walk Right harness... You can purchase it online but after you consider the shipping fees, you might as well go to a store . Also if you go to a store, you can take it out of the packaging and try on your dog to be sure of a good fit. "Walk Right helps put an end to excessive leash pulling and yanking. Adjustable, padded harness features a leash attachment at the chest, so when your dog pulls, you can redirect his attention back to you gently - without any strain or pulling on the neck"

The front clip of a no-pull harness is a great solution for people who; can be pulled off-balance easily, can't get the training done, and/or are frustrated and dread walking their dog. Something else that isn't usually thought of is that these harnesses may be the best option for dogs that are susceptible to collapsing tracheas like as dogs with short noses such as pugs and many toy dogs.

For a comparison of gentle no-pull harnesses go to:

Should I walk my cat on a leash?

How To Walk Your Cat On A Leash, And Why You Should

Have you ever seen a cat being walked on a leash?
It is one of the most perplexing but delightful sights.

As it turns out, walking a cat on a leash isn't some senseless gimmick. Many felines find great pleasure in time spent outside, enjoying the sounds of birds chirping and the scent of freshly cut grass, just like humans do.

Even more, that activity can help strengthen the bond between a cat and his owner, giving the pair something to experience together.

Sherry Woodard, a longtime animal behavior consultant at Best Friends Animal Society, spoke with The Huffington Post to explain why every cat should be given the chance to step its paw out into nature.

Read more for the DETAILS ...

  • Not all cats will want to be walked on a leash, but every cat should be given the opportunity.
  • Walking can transform a scaredy cat into a cool cat.
  • Not all cats will comply with your leash desires.
  • Cats should be trained indoors first.
  • Cats should be comfortable on their harness before heading outdoors.
  • Make sure your cat doesn't become an escape artist.
  • Discover fun alternatives.



1) Dog poop sprayed-painted shiny pink and orange to highlight dog-fouling and stop pedestrians stepping in it!

(Scottish News- Aberdeenshire Council ) 19 Jan 2016 • By Charlie Gall

"DOG poop is being sprayed-painted shiny pink and orange to highlight dog-fouling and prevent pedestrians stepping in the smelly mess.

A councillor came up with the idea to combat the nuisance in her area after seeing how mountain rangers were using it to help hillwalkers. Rangers at the nearby Bennachie range have been spraying dogs’ dirt with a biodegradable pink spray paint to enable hill climbers to avoid the mess. Councillor Walker was so impressed she took it upon herself to trial the idea in the streets and local parks

She said: “It’s not a council initiative but residents are so fed up with dog-fouling that I picked up on the idea after speaking to the rangers. “I managed to hunt down a couple of cans of the spray paint through the council. “It’s something residents could do for themselves. I suppose we’re shaming the people that aren’t picking up their dog mess. Councillor Walker “I didn’t have to go far with my spray - I have pink and orange. A lot of people are saying the culprits should be fined but the dog wardens can’t be everywhere. “This is not an anti-dog campaign - it’s a campaign against anti-social behaviour. The most vocal residents are dog owners themselves. "


2) Man sent to prison for not licensing a stray cat!

EXCERPTS from the Ottawa Sun January 28, 2016

"Dan Smith was jailed Thursday for not having a Gatineau licence for a cat he says isn’t even his.".... “I’m turning myself in,” Smith told a woman at the front desk of the station. “I’m surrendering.” Smith has been chased for months by animal control officers and police in Gatineau over a $276 charge — fine and court costs — after being found guilty last summer of not having a licence for a cat, as required under municipal bylaw. "

Smith says he bears no resentment against the animal.

Who Smith does blame is an overzealous SPCA officer and a Gatineau bylaw, which requires cats to be licensed, but doesn’t make a distinction for a feral cat such as Winnie. The cat first showed up their door 12 years ago and stuck around because his wife kept feeding it, Smith says.

The officer explained the outstanding fees now came to $326 — which included the fine, court costs and late charges.

When Smith said he wouldn’t be paying the bill, the officer explained he would go by police cruiser to jail to serve three days.

Minutes before arriving at the police station, Smith said his hands were shaking at the thought of jail, but there was no way he was paying the money to stay out. “It’s the principle. Why should I pay a fine if I don’t own a cat?”

In the Toronto Sun :

"He said a surly Outaouais SPCA animal control officer who ticketed him in September 2014 told him: "You feed it, you own it."

In the National Post

"When the SPCA officer arrived at their home in September 2014 over a complaint that he had an unlicensed cat on the premises, he said he explained there was a licensed dog in the house — a black lab named Atticus — but not a cat. The SPCA officer insisted he knew he had a cat, too, and an unlicensed one.

“I said, ‘Do what you want. I don’t own a cat.’ So the guy comes back and I said: ‘Look, I told you I don’t own a cat. Will you get the hell out of here?'” The SPCA officer left and returned with two Gatineau police officers. Soon after, he was handed the ticket. “You feed it, you own it,” the SPCA officer told him.

Some offices have been closed. Here is this year's locations....

1.  Online At: In a fast and secure way.

2.  By telephone 819.243.2004
Please have your credit card ready.

3.  By mail By forwarding a cheque or money order to:
Outaouais S.P.C.A.
C.P. 82122 Gatineau, Qc,  J8T 6B8

4.  In person, at one of our two Outaouais S.P.C.A. offices.

132, Varennes street(Gatineau sector), during the following office hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 6pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm.

5.  At one of the City of Gatineau service centers

  • Aylmer Sector 115, rue Principale Gatineau (Quebec) J9H 3M2
  • Buckingham Sector 515, rue Charles   Gatineau (Quebec) J8L 2K4
  • Gatineau Sector 144, boulevard de l'Hôpital Gatineau (Quebec) J8T 7S7
  • Hull Sector 775, boulevard de la Carrière Gatineau (Quebec) J8Y 6V1
  • Masson-Angers Sector 57, chemin Montreal  Est Gatineau (Quebec) J8M 1K3
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