Vote for Toronto resident’s pet adoption story
Annex resident Paula J. Stitt is one of the Top 10 finalists – and only Canadian – for PetSmart Charities High-Five for My Pet Adoption video contest, and she needs your help to win.
PetSmart Charities, an independent, non-profit organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets, launched the video contest in June in celebration of the five million pets that have found homes from its adoption centres in PetSmart stores.
People can view and vote for their favourite adoption story video until Aug. 3 at www.petsmartcharities.org/video-contest
The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 donation in their name to an animal welfare organization of their choice, a $500 Visa gift card and coupons for free Purina products.
Visit www.petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387) for information about PetSmart Charities.
The Chazz Can
Chazz, the Olde English Bulldogge who challenged toy manufacturers to send in toys that would stand the test of his powerful jaws, has been beat.
Read his story below.
Hol-ee Mol-ee! I’ve found a great chew toy from JW Pet that has stood the test of time....that’s usually anything that lasts longer than it takes to finish one of my meals.
Hol-ee Mol-ee is big and it’s blue and I can’t find a way to tear it apart even though the natural rubber ball has lots of openings for my huge chompers and for treats, too. When I’m not busy trying to destroy it, Hol-ee Mol-ee is a pretty good fetch toy, too.
Editor’s note: Due to the fact, Chazz has been beat, he is giving up his toy-testing role and is working to destroy the Hol-ee Mol-ee.
Across the world, an estimated 25 per cent of mammals, 31 per cent of reptiles and 33 per cent of amphibians are threatened with extinction. One of the greatest threats faced by species today is habitat loss, according to Earth Rangers.
Earth Rangers is a non-profit organization that believes in the power of kids to take action to help protect wildlife.
EarthRangers.com has information about the crisis facing wildlife (the Biodiversity Crisis) and what kids can do about it. Kids can also find out more about animals that are at risk of extinction, connect with other Rangers across Canada and play eco-games.
Earth Rangers offers eco-presentations with animal ambassadors at schools, community events and at the Royal Ontario Museum, among other places.
For Bring Back the Wild, Earth Rangers are collaborating with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), the country’s leading non-profit land conservation organization, working to protect this country’s valuable natural areas and the plants and animals.
In nearly 50 years, NCC and its friends have helped to protect more than two million acres (800,000 hectares), coast to coast. That’s an area about one and a half times the size of Prince Edward Island.
Girls and horses
If you were one of those girls who loved horses, then the Horse Whispers may be for you.
The Horse Whispers is a new line of collectible and giftable figurines that is all about girls and horses and the bond they share, says www.horsewhispers.com
“Almost every girl in the world who has owned a horse, or dreamed of owning one, has experienced a Horse Whispers moment,” the website said.
The website also encourages people to submit their photos as well as offers a Readers Digest section where people can read about all things horse.
Illuminated horse pick
Here’s a product for horse lovers – the Illuminated Hoof Pick.
Endorsed by the Women’s Horse Industry Network, the biggest business network in the world for women working in the horse industry, the pick has a LED light and is powered by two replaceable AAA batteries, which are at the end of an easy grip handle. It is made with stainless steel and is water resistant.
Retailing for about $20, you can purchase the tool at www.mjequinetoolsinc.com