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Nova Scotia RCMP say house fire near Yarmouth resulted in deaths
Ontario horse 'checks in' at pet-friendly Kentucky motel
America's Got Talent judge Mel B asks Instagram for help finding missing puppies
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Puppy who failed police college lands swanky new career
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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 ...
Squirrel glamping? Critter caught stealing toilet paper from Alberta campground
2017-08-15 02:31:39 Have you ever wandered into a bathroom at a campground only to find it’s out of toilet paper? A few campers from Alberta caught one of the tissue thieves on camera this weekend.Christa Lawrence and her family had just pulled into their lot at the Upper Shunda Creek Campground in Nordegg after being out for the day when her father started laughing uncontrollably   Read More ...
Moncton Hospital’s rooftop garden to help those with mental health problems
2017-08-14 16:03:05 A new rooftop garden at the Moncton Hospital is set to help those who are being treated for mental health issues.Patients who’ve been admitted to the Provincial Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, Youth Wellness Unit or Adult Psychiatry Unit will be able to use the green space.According to a press release, from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, 9,816 patients passed through the units   Read More ...
Accused burglar leaves DNA for police by not flushing toilet
2017-08-08 20:04:00 VENTURA, Calif. — Investigators say a suspect accused of burglarizing a Southern California home took a bathroom break and left DNA evidence in the toilet that led to his arrest. Detective Tim Lohman of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect did not flush during the October break-in in the city of Thousand Oaks. He says that allowed investigators to collect evidence to conduct a DNA profile   Read More ...
Saskatoon dog groomer headed to world team championships
2017-08-05 02:01:38 A Saskatoon woman will head to Belgium next month with a group of Canadian dog groomers to compete for an international championship.Lorna Phillips, the owner of It’s A Dog’s Life pet spa, is the captain of the five-person Groom Team Canada squad that will compete at Groomania in Belgium at the end of September. The event features teams from 21 different countries   Read More ...
Cottage fire that killed Riverdale family started in living room
2017-08-03 23:32:41 The family of four and their two pet dogs were killed in Christmas Eve fire. Fire investigators say the blaze started in the living room, where the family had a wood-burning fireplace, but could not determine the exact source.   Read More ...
Checker focused on four heading into national German shepherd championships
2017-07-30 04:03:25 Meet Checker vom Speedteam Bodensee. The six-and-a-half-year-old German shepherd, better known as Checker, is a three-time provincial champion. And his owner, Shanon Rawlinson, is hoping to make that four at next week’s 2017 Canadian German Shepherd Dog Championships and Sieger Show at Twin Elm Rugby Park near North Gower. The competitive duo’s main goal is to qualify (for a third time) for the Canadian team that will travel to the world championships in the Netherlands during October   Read More ...
B.C. vet posts photo of dog that died in hot car as warning to pet owners
2017-07-29 22:31:37 A Port Coquitlam veterinary hospital is hoping a sad Facebook post, showing the covered body of a dog that died after being left in a hot car on Friday, will serve as a reminder to pet owners.“We are heartbroken. Such a preventable disaster,” reads part of the Facebook post from Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital. Vet and hospital owner Leah Montgomery said the decision to post the picture wasn’t taken lightly, but they feel it sends an important message   Read More ...
America's Got Talent judge Mel B asks Instagram for help finding missing puppies
2017-07-21 21:02:08 Mel B issued a plea to her social media followers to help find her missing puppies on Thursday. The former Spice Girls star took to Instagram and shared a video of her 10-year-old daughter Angel trying to train their two French Bulldog puppies to sit on command using treats, revealing in the caption that the pooches had gone missing and asked fans for help   Read More ...
Maybe Michelangelo: Is living room painting a $300 million masterpiece?
2017-07-20 14:10:46 TONAWANDA, N.Y. — Martin Kober is convinced the painting of a dying Jesus that hung above the mantel in his upstate New York childhood home is the work of Michelangelo. Getting experts to agree remains the $300 million hurdle. That’s the potential value of the 19-by-25-inch (48-by-64-centimetre) work that Kober’s family affectionately calls the “the Mike,” a one-time living room fixture that occasionally got dinged by a thrown tennis ball and once fell from the wall while being dusted   Read More ...
Maybe Michelangelo: Is living room painting a $300 million masterpiece?
2017-07-20 13:32:07 TONAWANDA, N.Y. — Martin Kober is convinced the painting of a dying Jesus that hung above the mantel in his upstate New York childhood home is the work of Michelangelo. Getting experts to agree remains the $300 million hurdle. That’s the potential value of the 19-by-25-inch (48-by-64-centimetre) work that Kober’s family affectionately calls the “the Mike,” a one-time living room fixture that occasionally got dinged by a thrown tennis ball and once fell from the wall while being dusted   Read More ...
This Man Built a Gigantic Swimming Pool Right in His Backyard
2017-07-12 20:06:48 Sure, stock tank pools are all the rage this summer, but one Canadian man has taken the DIY pool trend to another level with his 300,000 gallon backyard swimming hole.   Read More ...