My cat litter philosophy is that I want my cats' litter box to be the cleanest, most accessible and welcoming place in my home. When they feel the call of nature, I want my cats to immediately and effortlessly use the litter box and only the litter box. I read that you're supposed to get … Continue reading Litter and litter boxes
A few years ago, brunch with my family at St-Viateur Bagel in the Plateau would not be complete without a couple mini cupcakes from Petit Gateaux (which is sadly, sadly closed), and a stop in to see the animals for sale at Animalerie Paul. While we rarely eat out these days, I still like visiting … Continue reading Animalerie Paul on Mont-Royal East
So I'm researching my next hamster. Or maybe degu. Or possibly hedgehog. I haven't decided. And I still haven't cleaned out Maximus's cage. ::sigh:: Hedgehog I was fortunate enough to board a hedgehog for several days not too long ago, and she was sooo interesting. She'd huff and ball up. She licked me... then bit … Continue reading Hamster vs. Degu vs. Hedgehog
Maximus Decimus Meridius, my mighty mite hamster extraordinaire, died today. Grief at losing a pet is real, and it doesn't matter how big or small that pet is, or how long they have been with you. I can't even count how many hamsters I've lost over the past 25+ years. Almost ten, I think. A … Continue reading Goodbye, good hamster
I've just been included in Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology's Top 25 Small Animal Blogs of 2017! Thank you, Bel-Rea! I'm so honored and thrilled! Bel-Rea is an American school for veterinary technicians. .Taken from their website: Located in beautiful Denver, Colorado, Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology is one of the oldest and largest veterinary … Continue reading Good news: Bel-Rea Top 25 Small Animal Blog
While I encourage adopting from a shelter or rescue if possible, sometimes it's not possible to find what you're looking for from those routes. There's nothing wrong with buying your next pet from a good pet shop, as long as the animals for sale are healthy and housed in clean areas, and it is not … Continue reading Centre d’Animaux Safari – Centre Rockland. It’s like a mini aquarium.
I really don't post a lot on social media - don't get used to it! Last week, I found that my hamster, Maximus Decimus Meridius, had somehow moved the metal lid on his aquarium aside and had escaped. He either fell straight down to the hardwood floor from four book shelves up, or gradually … Continue reading Mighty hamster survives great fall
I think parents everywhere know Boynton books forwards and backwards. Our bookshelf is about 1/4 Boynton books. They're fun, simple, whimsical board books that infants and toddlers make you read over and over again, including all of the animal sounds (yes, I mean Moo, Baa, La La La, which is one of the first ones … Continue reading Fifteen Animals, by Sandra Boynton
I've had a nasty sinus/lung infection, but after a course of antibiotics and four weeks into it, I think I'm finally getting over it. But life goes on! And, in order to totally brag about my work ethic, it takes more than an infection to keep me from meeting my pet sitting obligations. As … Continue reading Hamster leashes – just say no!
As an apartment-dweller with a small child, I have discovered the wonderful world of delivered goods. And as pet owner, I am SO GLAD that Croc en Bol delivers, and for a small delivery fee (I also tip the delivery man). No more lugging huge heavy bags of kitty litter, cat food cans, and cat … Continue reading Croque en Bol – Parc : neighbourhood pet store