Changes coming to Kindersley animal control bylaw

Microchip and dangerous animal provisions included; licensing fee now fixed; service dogs added

Changes coming to Kindersley animal control bylawKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kindersley’s elected officials are about to adopt a new Animal Control Bylaw and one of the more significant changes is in the appearance of the bylaw itself. The new bylaw was given first reading at a town council meeting on Jan. 29 and its been put out for public scrutiny.…

Is it time to trade in your bratty kid?

Trade, trade, trade your way to the perfect family

Is it time to trade in your bratty kid?A few years back my dog suffered from GDV, gastric dilatation volvulus, a sudden killer that can affect the healthiest dog. GDV is more commonly known as gastric torsion, where that cute, furry little quadruped stomach flips like a young Eastern bloc gymnast and is quite often fatal if not caught in time. Even if…

Furry fire alarms to the rescue

The barn cats prove their value when fire breaks out on the farm, just as they did when the basement flooded

Furry fire alarms to the rescueWe were busy setting up for our weekly family dinner when the Farmer grumbled, “Tell me again why we have three cats in the basement?!” “Lots of people have indoor cats.” “Yes but they never even come upstairs!” Actually, they do, but it’s usually when the house is quiet and they can be assured that…

Discovering the wonder of the off-leash park

Once inside the gates, the quarreling stopped as dogs big and small bounded across the green grass side by side

Discovering the wonder of the off-leash parkMy golden retriever, Fergus, and I attended a very special grand opening recently. The ribbon has been cut on the local off-leash dog park. I wasn’t sure we were going at first. The Ferg has not yet completed basic training and he doesn’t walk well on a leash. I had no idea what he would…

Trying to maintain my alpha status with the dog

I’ve been trained by a puppy. He has me scheduled and orders me to do his bidding with a simple whine

Trying to maintain my alpha status with the dogThe Farmer has surpassed me as the alpha in this pack. How did it happen? I’m the one who gets up in the wee hours of the morning to let the Ferg out for his morning constitutional. I’m the one who feeds, bathes and plays with the dog. It’s me who … wait a minute.…

Animal rescue group claws through busy year

The animals that end up in the group’s care are all spayed or neutered, and fully vaccinated

Animal rescue group claws through busy yearKenneth Brown of The Clarion The KAWS Animal Rescue (KAWS) organization is having a busy year and a spokesperson says there are several ways people can help aside from adopting rescue animals. Delee DeCap, the secretary-treasurer for KAWS, has been involved with the non-profit organization for about five years and she said the volunteer-based group…

Fergus has a shocking experience in the barnyard

Our puppy was in the barnyard sampling disgusting delicacies and developed a digestive issue. I was up several times a night, changing puppy pads

Fergus has a shocking experience in the barnyardWhen our puppy Fergus first arrived on the farm, he was quite overwhelmed. All the sights, sounds and smells filled his senses and he spent hours sitting on the front porch, surveying his new kingdom. Occasionally, he would summon the nerve to hop down the big set of stairs that his little legs could barely…

When a loss shows how deeply you have loved

Dog lovers know having a pet brings many upsides. Science tells us dogs keep us active, de-stressed and loved. But inevitably there is also sadness and loss

When a loss shows how deeply you have lovedAs a dog lover, there’s no doubt in my mind that having a dog brings many upsides. How can I not live happily waking up to a smiley face and wagging tail? Or come home from a long trip to the crying excitement of a pup that likely thought he might never see me again.…

Airports need to start to think of their furry flyers

Pet-relief areas are outside terminals at the farthest location beyond the baggage area. It means leaving the security zone and having to be screened again

Being stranded in an airport is no fun. Being stranded in an airport with an animal can be a nightmare. Four-legged passengers should not have their already heightened stress extend to actual suffering. Unfortunately, layovers, delays and flight cancellations have become a regular part of air travel. Airports need to adapt and realize that the…

And so begins the reign of Fergus the Red

Our puppy follows closely in the big, scary outdoors. And he thinks he’s hurting his squeaky chew toys and whimpers

And so begins the reign of Fergus the RedThe Farmer and I have entered another phase of life. In our 10th year of marriage, as he settles into his 60s and I finish off my 40s, we are once again parents of a newborn. We recently picked up an eight-week-old golden retriever puppy. After weeks of deliberation, we decided his name is Fergus.…