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Canadian dogs, judges and handlers head to Westminster dog show seeking glory
Woman killed in overnight house fire in Tottenham
Niagara Falls man picked as a judge for 2018 Westminster dog show
Manitoba community warning dog owners after series of stolen pets
Ontario horse 'checks in' at pet-friendly Kentucky motel
Mobile vet clinic curbs cat and dog population
26 bulldog puppies found in hot van at store: Officials
Once Abused and Neglected, Canadian Rescue Dog Finds Happiness by a Toddler's Side
2018-02-19 18:13:13 On the day that Elizabeth Spence brought her third-born child, Archie, home from the hospital, she immediately noticed something unusual — not with her newborn, but with one of the family’s rescue dogs, an English pointer named Nora. Caged outside at a puppy mill, with chain burns around her neck and urine stains on her feet, Nora was skittish and easily frightened when Elizabeth, a homemaker, and her husband, Michael Aporius, a newspaper media director, adopted her in 2009 and brought her to their home in Winnipeg, Canada   Read More ...
Tiny, fluffy and fierce: Meet Flynn, the Best in Show winner at the 2018 Westminster dog show
2018-02-14 18:08:56 The bichon frise edged out 6 other finalists, including a giant schnauzer named Ty Related Stories A bichon frise named Flynn was crowned Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday in New York City, wagging his tail to triumph over nearly 3,000 dogs entered in the world-renowned contest for purebred canines. The diminutive, fluffy white winner edged out six other finalists, including the No   Read More ...
Canadian Westminster Dog Show judge: 'You don't realize the enormity of the event'
2018-02-14 15:04:06 With its enviable fluffy coat and dainty prance, a white bichon frise by the name of Flynn won the best in show title at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday night. The prestigious competition held at Madison Square Garden attracted thousands of canine enthusiasts, including one man from Niagara Falls, Ont. who was one of four Canadian judges working at the event   Read More ...
Reality check: Where does your bouquet of roses come from?
2018-02-13 01:32:53 Nothing says Valentine’s Day more than a bouquet of red roses. But besides their sweet fragrance and vibrant colour, have you ever wondered where they come from? Turns out, the cut floral industry is worth $100 billion globally. The biggest exporter is the Netherlands, which accounts for 55 per cent of trade, followed by Colombia with 18 per cent, then Ecuador and Kenya with 15 per cent, according to Fairtrade Canada   Read More ...
Canadian dogs, judges and handlers head to Westminster dog show seeking glory
2018-02-12 16:16:23 TORONTO — Consider them the four-legged version of Team Canada. More than 100 Canadian dogs compete this week at the venerable Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, where carefully groomed pooches and pedigree canines will strut their stuff in a bid to be named best in show. The homegrown competitors include record-holding champion Inuk, a snow-white 10-year-old from Caledon, Ont   Read More ...
Canadian dogs, judges and handlers head to Westminster dog show seeking glory
2018-02-12 13:59:02 TORONTO -- Consider them the four-legged version of Team Canada. More than 100 Canadian dogs compete this week at the venerable Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, where carefully groomed pooches and pedigree canines will strut their stuff in a bid to be named best in show. The homegrown competitors include record-holding champion Inuk, a snow-white 10-year-old from Caledon, Ont   Read More ...
Westminster dog show brings 330 dogs together to leap and jump
2018-02-11 00:31:45 NEW YORK -- Leslie Holm has no trouble pulling together a big-time performance. She spent 19 years as a lighting technician and electrician on tours by acts ranging from Beyonce to Bon Jovi. But guiding her dog, Riley Nico, through the Westminster Kennel Club agility competition? "This gives me butterflies," Holm says. She never envisioned herself doing something like this before adopting the mixed-breed dog and seeing her jump over benches and weave around people at a pooch park   Read More ...
Karl Lohnes: Let me help you with your home design
2018-02-10 15:36:21 My name is Karl Lohnes and I’ve been a home decor expert and product designer for 25 years. I have worked at interior design firms, in retail decor stores and at decorating magazines. I’ve appeared on Home & Garden television shows, talked home design on the radio and am now writing for newspapers and online. You can see me Thursdays on Montreal’s Global Morning as I chat about decor rules and decorating ideas and feature some of the latest home and decor products   Read More ...
’Home Improvement’ actor Mickey Jones dies
2018-02-08 08:12:14 LOS ANGELES — Mickey Jones, a veteran character actor who played Rodney “Hot Rod” Dunham on “Justified” and construction worker Pete on the 1990s sitcom “Home Improvement,” has died. He was 76. Jones died early Wednesday morning of the effects of a long illness, said his publicist, Cherry Hepburn. The illness and where he died were not immediately disclosed. A native of Houston, Texas, Jones worked steadily in TV from the 1970s, with appearances on shows including “Baywatch” and “T   Read More ...
Tearful squadron shows up to salute last moments of dying hero dog
2018-02-07 14:05:28 As Rico the dog was carried toward his final vet appointment, he encountered a gauntlet of saluting service members lining the clinic’s front walkway for a solemn goodbye. The 11-year-old bomb-sniffing German shepherd was a veteran of the War in Afghanistan and a holder of the Bronze Star. Over a career that spanned 160 combat missions, Rico is credited with discovering more than 90 kg of homemade explosives   Read More ...
A future with Toronto's Furniture Bank
2018-02-01 16:36:50 Toronto’s famous Furniture Bank celebrates 20 years of giving people a sense of home. Founded in 1998, Furniture Bank provides gently used furniture and household goods to people who have recently transitioned out of homelessness, women and children escaping abusive situations, refugees and newcomers to Canada. “2018 marks Furniture Bank’s 20th Year of community service,” says executive director Dan Kershaw. “Over the years, we have built up partnerships with a growing list of social service agencies and shelters who play a critical role in ensuring anyone in need of a fresh start is invited to our showroom, and given the dignity of choosing the items of furniture they would like to have in their homes   Read More ...
OPP urge pet owners to take precautions in cold weather
2018-01-07 19:31:52 As frigid temperatures continue to sweep the province, the Ontario Provincial Police are reminding people to take precautions to protect their pets. In a release, the OPP urged pet owners to remember that cats or dogs left unattended in a car can freeze to death in cold weather. They say even long-haired animals accustomed to the cold can't stay outdoors for long periods of time in sub-zero temperatures   Read More ...
4 children dead after house fire in southwestern Nova Scotia
2018-01-07 18:05:10 Four children are dead after an early-morning house fire at a home in Pubnico Head, N.S., two family members say. Ervin Olsen said his two great grandchildren died. Two other children in the home were not relations and an adult remains in hospital, he said. CBC News has confirmed the fatalities with members of both families affected. Kathy Bourque, a municipal councillor in Pubnico Head, said the tight-knit community is reeling   Read More ...
RCMP investigating fatal house fire in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia area
2018-01-07 17:33:49 RCMP are investigating an overnight house fire in Yarmouth, N.S.The fire happened around 12:13 a.m. at a home on Hwy 3 in Pubnico Head.RCMP remain on the scene and confirm there are fatalities but will not say how many.Police are in the preliminary stages of the investigation. No further details are being released until this afternoon. RCMP say they have secured the scene and have requested assistance with the investigation from the Nova Scotia Office of the Fire Marshal   Read More ...
Multiple deaths in Nova Scotia house fire
2018-01-07 17:03:04 PUBNICO, N.S. - Nova Scotia RCMP say people are dead after an early morning house fire in the Yarmouth area. Police say officers remained at the scene of the house fire in Pubnico Head on Sunday morning. They say they responded to a call about the fire at the home on Highway 3 shortly after midnight. Police have confirmed there are fatalities, but have not said how many   Read More ...
Nova Scotia RCMP say house fire near Yarmouth resulted in deaths
2018-01-07 16:32:09 PUBNICO, N.S. -- Nova Scotia RCMP say people are dead after an early morning house fire in the Yarmouth area. Police say officers remained at the scene of the house fire in Pubnico Head on Sunday morning. They say they responded to a call about the fire at the home on Highway 3 shortly after midnight. Police have confirmed there are fatalities, but have not said how many   Read More ...
8 useless household items you should get rid of in 2018
2018-01-06 15:03:56 There’s no hard rule that says you should start decluttering your home in the spring.Getting organized is on top of most New Year’s resolution lists, and decluttering should naturally be part and parcel of that goal.Productivity coach and professional organizer Clare Kumar of Streamlife says people may steer away from this time of the year to declutter because of the weather   Read More ...
More pets are being sickened by marijuana, vets warn
2018-01-02 21:32:15 pets are being sickened by marijuana, vets warn FREDERICTON -- Veterinarians say they're seeing an increasing number of dogs sickened after ingesting marijuana, and are warning pet owners to take care as Canada prepares for cannabis legalization this year. Dr. Jeff Goodall, a veterinarian who runs the Sunnyview Animal Centre in Bedford, N.S., said he's seeing a growing number of dogs with marijuana toxicity   Read More ...
Woman dead after Tottenham house fire
2018-01-02 14:07:40 TOTTENHAM, — One woman is dead and a teenager and man were injured in an overnight house fire in Tottenham. The New Tecumseh Fire Dept. says firefighters arrived on the scene of the blaze in the single-storey residence to find “heavy fire conditions,” which also damaged an adjoining home. There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire in the community about 50 kilometres northwest of Toronto   Read More ...
Woman killed in overnight house fire in Tottenham
2018-01-02 12:03:47 One woman is dead following an overnight house fire in Tottenham. The fire broke out at a semi-detached home on Park Crescent early Tuesday morning. The teen was taken to hospital to be treated for burns. The cause of the fire is not yet known. An investigator with the Office of the Fire Marshal and an Ontario Provincial Police forensic team are on scene   Read More ...
4 Family members killed in Iowa house fire on Christmas morning
2017-12-26 18:03:18 BLUE GRASS, Iowa — Police say all four people killed by an early Christmas morning house fire in eastern Iowa belonged to one family.The blaze erupted a little after 12:30 a.m. Monday in Blue Grass. Police say one of the four people inside the home managed to escape but died later at a hospital. The three others perished inside the ranch-style house   Read More ...
Four Canadians chosen as judges for 2018 Westminster dog show
2017-12-26 06:03:18 Stephen Dainard's work as a dog show judge has taken him around the globe, but he was especially excited when he got the call to represent Canada at a competition early next year in New York. The 53-year-old mortgage agent from Niagara Falls, Ont., has been invited to be a panelist at the prestigious Westminster Dog Show. "It's the second-oldest sporting event in the U   Read More ...
Niagara Falls man picked as a judge for 2018 Westminster dog show
2017-12-22 21:32:33 Stephen Dainard's work as a dog show judge has taken him around the globe, but he was especially excited when he got the call to represent Canada at a competition early next year in New York. The 53-year-old mortgage agent from Niagara Falls, Ont., has been invited to be a panelist at the prestigious Westminster Dog Show. "It's the second-oldest sporting event in the U   Read More ...
Manitoba community warning dog owners after series of stolen pets
2017-12-10 21:02:32 The municipality of Emerson-Franklin says a number of dogs have been stolen from pet owners in the community.In a notice issued Friday, the municipality said multiple dogs have been taken from homes since Nov. 15.All the dogs were large breeds like mastiffs, St. Bernards and labs.The notice says in some cases the dogs were even taken out of their kennels and stolen during the day   Read More ...
3-year-old boy dead, 2 children in serious condition after Six Nations house fire
2017-12-09 06:03:01 6 children taken to hospital with injuries A three-year-old boy found inside a burning house was pronounced dead in hospital following a house fire Friday at Six Nations. Six Nations Fire Chief Matthew Miller said crews were called to a two-storey home in Ohsweken Friday morning for reports of flames and heavy smoke. They were told that a child was trapped inside   Read More ...
Seattle child finds python in apartment toilet
2017-11-25 23:05:04 SEATTLE – A family made an unusual discovery inside the bathroom of their north Seattle apartment on Friday – a snake was hiding in their toilet.KOMO-TV reports the family called police after a child found the 4-foot (1-meter) snake inside the apartment in the Lake City neighbourhood. Officers helped remove the snake, and personnel with the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society picked it up   Read More ...
While you were sleeping: Was there a horse in the room next to you?
2017-10-17 13:39:25 A Kentucky motel’s pet-friendly policy was put to the test earlier this month when an Ontario woman checked her horse into a room on her way to a competition. Lindsey Partridge, of Kawartha Lakes, Ont., said she was travelling with three horses to the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover competition on Oct. 4 when she stopped to check in to the Super 8 motel in Georgetown, Ky   Read More ...
Ontario horse 'checks in' at pet-friendly Kentucky motel
2017-10-17 11:33:02 A Kentucky motel's pet-friendly policy was put to the test earlier this month when an Ontario woman checked her horse into a room on her way to a competition. Lindsey Partridge, of Kawartha Lakes, Ont., said she was travelling with three horses to the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover competition on Oct. 4 when she stopped to check in to the Super 8 motel in Georgetown, Ky   Read More ...
Saskatoon firefighters reunite 2 cats with pet owner at house fire
2017-09-17 00:32:14 Members of the Saskatoon Fire Department reunited two cats with a pet owner at the scene of a house fire on Saturday.The structure fire at 2116 Cumberland Ave. was reported at around 10:45 a.m. CT.Crews arrived to find the house filled with smoke.Two occupants had already evacuated the home and stated there were no other people inside. However, two cats were unaccounted for   Read More ...
Toronto rescue group heading to Houston to bring home shelter dogs
2017-08-31 17:32:36 TORONTO – A small group of Canadian volunteers will be heading to Houston to rescue dogs from shelters that have been overwhelmed after a hurricane hit the city.Redemption Dogs says four people are scheduled to leave Toronto next Wednesday in two vans with the hopes of bringing back up to two dozen dogs. Nicole Simone says the group will head to Hot Mess Pooches, which she says rescued 40 dogs on Wednesday alone, to get the dogs   Read More ...
Victim in Chilliwack German Shepherd attack says dog owner showed lack of compassion
2017-08-31 05:02:26 A B.C. woman says she suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a dog and she wants to know why more hasn’t been done to protect the public.Breanna Bray says she was attacked by a German Shepherd last Thursday night while on a walk near her boyfriend’s Chilliwack home.She said the owner called the dog off but he tried to downplay the incident   Read More ...
Residents escape large house fire in Abbotsford
2017-08-30 16:33:01 Several people were able to escape a large house fire in Abbotsford Wednesday morning.It is unclear at this time how many people were in the home on Martens Street, just off Marshall Road, when the fire broke out.Firefighters arrived on scene around 4 a.m. and found the front of the home engulfed, along with several vehicles.Crews are still on scene, knocking the fire down from the roof and spraying down hot spots   Read More ...
Investigators looking into suspicious house fire in Vaughan
2017-08-30 13:32:16 No injuries were reported following a two-alarm house fire in Vaughan overnight.Emergency crews responded to the scene shortly before 2 a.m. on Mellings Drive near Weston Road and Rutherford Road.Firefighters arrived and located the roof of the residence engulfed in flames.Authorities said no one was inside the home when the fire broke out.Officials suspect the fire may have been deliberately set   Read More ...
Mobile vet clinic curbs cat and dog population
2017-08-27 23:01:09 Cattarina Capobianco made the decision to help break the cycle of unwanted kittens in her neighbourhood. She recently brought Cloe — a stray cat she took in which just had a litter — to the Spay or Neuter Your Pet (SNYP) mobile clinic operated by the City of Toronto. It’s a first in Canada. The SNYP truck helps pet owners who can’t afford traditional vet services and focuses on “neighbourhood improvement areas” that have a problem with cats and dogs rampantly breeding   Read More ...
House fire that killed baby was deliberately set: police
2017-08-23 16:02:08 EDMONTON -- Police say a house fire that killed a five-month old baby and left his 29-year-old mother clinging to life in an Edmonton hospital was deliberately set. Firefighters responded to the blaze in the two-storey home in the Windermere neighbourhood in southwest Edmonton just before 4 a.m. Tuesday. Eight people were in the home at the time and six got out safely   Read More ...
House fire that killed woman and baby was deliberately set, police say
2017-08-23 12:41:12 EDMONTON -- Police say a house fire that killed a five-month old baby and left his 29-year-old mother clinging to life in an Edmonton hospital was deliberately set. Firefighters responded to the blaze in the two-storey home in the Windermere neighbourhood in southwest Edmonton just before 4 a.m. Tuesday. Eight people were in the home at the time and six got out safely   Read More ...
1 person in critical condition after south Edmonton house fire
2017-08-22 14:03:18 Edmonton Fire Rescue said one person is in critical condition after being rescued from a house fire in the southwest end of the city Tuesday morning.Two people were rescued from the second floor of a home in the Ambleside neighbourhood on Armitage Crescent.Four other people, who were inside the home when the fire started, were able to make it out safely   Read More ...
Fall Veggies to Plant: Tips from an Expert Gardener
2017-08-22 12:27:26 Guest post by Niki Jabbour, Horticulture‘s edibles columnist, with ideas for fall veggies to plant. Niki plants all year near Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is the author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener and Groundbreaking Food Gardens. Learn more at savvygardening.com. Fall Veggies to Plant Summer may be on the wane, but that doesn’t mean my planting schedule has slowed. I’m tucking fresh seeds and seedlings into my raised beds and cold frames every week   Read More ...
26 bulldog puppies found in hot van at store: Officials
2017-08-21 15:32:20 GARFIELD, N.J. — Animal welfare officials say more than two dozen puppies were found inside a hot van parked at a New Jersey store. Officials say the 26 English and French bulldogs appeared to be dehydrated when they were found Saturday outside Walmart in Garfield. But they all appear to be doing well now. It’s not clear how long the animals had been in the van before they were discovered   Read More ...
$6.4M south Edmonton home tops list as city’s most expensive property for sale
2017-08-16 20:31:48 A new list of Edmonton’s top 10 most expensive homes for sale shows the city has some luxurious properties.From “old-world wine cellars” to home gyms and indoor pools, these properties seem to have it all.A home in Edmonton’s southside neighbourhood of Brander Gardens tops the list at $6.4 million.#1. The home on the 2.33-acre estate includes an indoor pool, spa, walk-in hot tub, cabana, large decks and patios and a triple attached garage   Read More ...