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Most dictionaries define the word “pet” as an animal that you have at home for companionship or pleasure rather than one that is kept for work or food. Traced back to the 16th century, the word “pet” comes from the Scottish Gaelic “peata”, which means “tame animal” and seemed to have evolved…

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If a Great Dane or English Mastiff is not your cup of tea and tiny breeds are your thing, the delicate and diminutive Chihuahua may be just the one for you with the smallest actually fitting in your teacup. This breed is perfectly capable of walking but can often be found poking its head out…

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Though cats may not be considered as man’s best friend lots of people are actually huge fans of cats. As it turns out these purring animals do not only attract rich pet lovers but also those who are comfortable with the stray ones. With this, the rise of cat food continuously grows as well.

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While some of our furry friends are perfectly content hanging out solo during the day, others can really struggle. In fact, sometimes as our pets age they start to resent or even rebel against the solitude.

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They have their telescopes trained on us and are watching our every move. Of course, you know I’m referring to extra terrestrials who have nothing better to do than study our little beleaguered planet and our questionable behaviour. But right here on Earth, in your very own home, you are bei…

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Let’s start by talking about the kidneys for a minute. The kidneys are responsible for maintaining normal concentrations of salt, water, calcium and phosphorous in our pet’s body. This vital organ also helps control blood pressure and encourage red-blood cell production. In addition, the kid…

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As many humans tend to move away from meat-based diets and focus on other dietary alternatives, becoming vegetarian or vegan has moved into the pet domain as well. It’s a touchy and very personal subject with proponents for both sides squaring off and believing their choices for their pets a…

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The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, formerly Burma, is the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia and due to a common mispronunciation, many people will argue that the Bernese Mountain Dog — or Burmese Mountain Dog as they will say — originated there. In fact, this glorious breed was b…

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It’s not always easy to find the perfect place to live, a place where you have all the space and amenities you need, where you feel secure and are in pleasant surroundings and above all, a place you can afford. As a baby boomer, I lived in a modest but comfortable childhood home with a decen…

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Whether you are a dog owner or spend little or no time with dogs, it can be relatively easy to understand how a dog is feeling. We know a scared dog tucks its tail, an angry dog bares its teeth or shows its hackles, and a worried dog just looks worried. Trying to decipher what a cat is feeli…

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How many times have you been out walking your dog and another dog is approaching with its owner showing no sign of giving you and your dog some space? And as you move away, they look at you all insulted or confused because their canine can’t socialize with yours. “It’s ok, my dog is friendly…

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Alexis has been at the Montreal SPCA for quite some time. The shelter is currently looking to place him into a temporary foster home while he waits to meet his forever family. Essentially, he’s looking for an all-inclusive vacation: we provide his aquarium, food and necessary equipment to ke…

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When we think about bringing a pet into our home, the most common ones that come to mind are cats, dogs and birds with maybe a few turtles and goldfish thrown in for good measure. But in some places of the world, there are some rare, exotic and unique pets that are perfectly legal to bring i…

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Franky is the most trusting and affectionate cat! This six year-old sweetheart did not have an easy start to life. Luckily, he’s now being cared by a loving foster parent. If you’re interested in opening your home to Franky, please contact the Montreal SPCA’s foster program: pfa@spca.com.

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Well, of course we know that dogs can’t talk, at least not in any human language that we would recognize. They bark, whine, whimper and cry and we do our best to understand what they are trying to convey but often, it’s simply guesswork. Having had a dog for 10 years now, I consider myself t…

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During my eleven years as an Animatch volunteer, I have met many different people at our meet and greets who have varying opinions on what the perfect dog is. We volunteers are always asked what types of dogs are attending our events and we do our best to properly identify the breeds. Identi…

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The Montreal SPCA currently has many cats and kittens available for adoption. These sweethearts are looking for forever homes where they will receive all the love and care they deserve. Our adoption counselors will be happy to guide you and answer all your questions. For more information abo…

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Pepper is a gorgeous two year old male looking for a forever home. He is a friendly, super affectionate, confident, interactive and talkative cat who will be the perfect companion. Beyond social, he enjoys being picked up and he loves to be pet non-stop. Last week he was neutered and given a…

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Hatchi is a beautiful puppy with an endearing, outgoing personality. As a puppy, he requires a 12 to 15 year commitment and can't be left alone all day. He is very vocal, so no apartments or condos for him. The Sheltie in him is dying to herd his flock, so he is somewhat mouthy - nipping at …