I am very blest to have 7 wonderful grandchildren nearby. Cooper 22, Devon 19 and Reed 17 are my Daughter's boys. Carter 11, Hudson 9. Ana 7 and Molly 4 are my son's family.   Carter, Hudson, Ana and Molly are very much outdoor children. They all love animals and any critters! They will pick up frogs, snakes caterpillars and any insects!!! Carter has learnt a lot of bird names and tells them to his dad! I have a feeder and when they stay they learn all about birds,animals etc from Grandma!! I often get a call asking me about something he found! They all love to visit when I have puppies.
Cooper is out in BC. He is working and taking courses.He wants to do guiding and outdoor activities.
Devon is starting a business course at college. Reed is taking a year to work and then going to Paramedic college in Alberta. He is too young to go now.
Carter, Hudson, Ana and Molly have been doing on line learning because of the pandemic. They are lucky to live on 33 acres so have lots to do outside. They have Oakley who is 13 and Cider who is 2. She is Oakley's grandaughter. Carter is teaching her tricks. They also have rabbits. We hope Cider will join my breeding programme this year
Planet Paws


How can one of the most popular chew sticks on the planet be so dangerous for your pets, you ask? I mean, most dogs chew on rawhide for hours on end, and not only does it keep them busy, but they seem to last forever.

Well if you understood what it took to make this toxic “raw” leather stick, you would quickly understand what the problem is.

Aside from the horror stories circulating all over social media these days, of pets needing emergency surgery after consuming rawhide, the majority of pet parents today, especially the newbies, believe that this chew is some sort of dried up meat stick. Let me debunk that myth right away!

A rawhide stick is not the by-product of the beef industry nor is it made of dehydrated meat. Rather, rawhide is the by-product of the “Leather Industry”, so theoretically it is a leather chew. Sounds awesome, right?

“Producing rawhide begins with the splitting of an animal hide, usually from cattle. The top grain is generally tanned and made into leather products, while the inner portion, in its “raw” state, goes to the dogs.” TheBark.com

So, how does this leather, which is conveniently rolled up into pretty shapes, actually get made into those rawhide chews?

Follow along my friends and I will enlighten you on how this hide travels through a leathery process where it transforms from hide to a not-so beautiful, colorful, chew stick. Here is a paraphrased tutorial that was explained by the whole dog journal several years back:

STEP 1: Normally, cattle hides are shipped from slaughterhouses to tanneries for processing. These hides are then treated with a chemical bath to help “preserve” the product during transport to help prevent spoilage.

(No one wants to purchase a black, spoiled rawhide stick!)

Once at the tannery: the hides are soaked and treated with either an ash-lye solution or a highly toxic recipe of sodium sulphide liming. This process will help strip the hair and fat that maybe attached to the hides themselves.

(No, no one wants to see a hairy hide…)

Next on this glorious journey, these hides are then treated with chemicals that help “puff” the hide, making it easier to split into layers.

The outer layer of the hide is used for goods like car seats, clothing, shoes, purses, etc. But, it’s the inner layer that is needed to make the rawhide. (Oh and other things like gelatin, cosmetics, and glue as well!)

STEP 2: Now that we have the inner layer of the hide, it’s time to go to the post-tannery stage! Hides are washed and whitened using a solution of hydrogen peroxide and/or bleach; this will also help remove the smell of the rotten or putrid leather. Bonus!
(Research also shows that other chemicals maybe used here to help the whitening process if the bleach isn’t strong enough.)

STEP 3: Now it’s time to make these whitened sheets of this “leathery by-product” look delicious! So, here is where the artistic painting process comes in.

“Basted, smoked, and decoratively tinted products might be any color (or odor) underneath the coating of (often artificial) dyes and flavors. They can even be painted with a coating of titanium oxide to make them appear white and pretty on the pet store shelves.” - whole-dog-journal.com

“…the Material Safety Data Sheet reveals a toxic confection containing the carcinogen FD&C Red 40, along with preservatives like sodium benzoate. But tracking the effects of chemical exposure is nearly impossible when it’s a matter of slow, low-dose poisoning.”– thebark.com

Ok, now that these hides have been painted, it’s time for the final process.

STEP 4: Getting it to last forever!

Because the FDA does not consider these chews to be food, really it’s a free for all when it comes to the manufacturers of these leather strips, and the products they may want to add to these chews, to get them to last forever. Any sort of glue can be added here to get these bad boys to never come apart.

When tested: Lead, arsenic, mercury, chromium salts, formaldehyde, and other toxic chemicals have been detected in raw hides. So it’s safe to say that any sort of glues can be used as well!

Finally, it’s time to package and attach all the glorious marketing labels to the product.

Check out the fine print warning that’s attached with some of these rawhides:
“Choking or blockages. If your dog swallows large pieces of rawhide, the rawhide can get stuck in the esophagus or other parts of the digestive tract. Sometimes, abdominal surgery is needed to remove them from the stomach or intestines. If it isn’t resolved, a blockage can lead to death.“

(Oh, how lovely…)

And there it is! It’s now ready to be shipped to store shelves where it can be purchased for our loving animal companions.

How do proactive veterinarians feel about these chews?

Here is world-renowned veterinarian Doctor Karen Becker's take on the matter:

“The name ‘rawhide’ is technically incorrect. A more accurate name would be processed-hide, because the skin isn’t raw at all. But the term “rawhide” has stuck.

Rawhide chews start out hard, but as your dog works the chew it becomes softer, and eventually he can unknot the knots on each end and the chew takes on the consistency of a slimy piece of taffy or bubble gum. And by that time your dog cannot stop working it -- it becomes almost addictive.

At this point, there’s no longer any dental benefit to the chew because it has turned soft and gooey, and, in fact, it has become a choking and intestinal obstruction hazard.“

P.S. Ready for the jaw dropper?

An investigation by Humane Society International stated in their report, “In a particularly grisly twist, the skins of brutally slaughtered dogs in Thailand are mixed with other bits of skin to produce rawhide chew toys for pet dogs. Manufacturers told investigators that these chew toys are regularly exported to and sold in U.S. stores.” – dogingtonpost.com

My 2-legged pride and joys!!!
All my Grands 2019!!

If you are looking for a safe off leash area to run your dogs there is place just west of Kanata. This is the web site.
http://carpcountrycanines.com/  Look at the play park page.

January 23
Having a pet is going to be great help in these so unsettling times. They will be a great comfort to you and make you get up and do things with them.
Something to remember when you go back to work.
Now you are at home your pet has you 24 hrs a day. When you go back it will be a big shock for them suddenly to be left alone for hours. There will be all kinds of anxiety problems if you don't plan NOW. You MUST leave the pet on it's own every day for part of the day. Go for a walk or out in your yard. Shut it in a room with some toys and go to a different part of the house.
Many people are think that getting a puppy now is great as they are at home and can spend time with it and train it. Fine now but in a few weeks/months when you go back to work the puppy will have a terrible time. If you do get a puppy while you are at home it HAS to be left on it's own in a crate for part of the day.
AS you are getting near to going back to work leave the pet for longer times on it's own. Once you are back at work try and go back at lunch time for a while just to ease into being left on it's own.
If you don't do these things you could have big anxiety problems which won't be easy to deal with.

I've been making a New Friend's page. It is a work in progress!! So If you have a pics. you would like to go on the page please send them to me. I've put up some that have been sent but I know I am missing a lot! So please send some! I've listed the puppies from each litter from 2018 so you can see siblings.
As the Therapy dogs have been unable to visit the schools Lorraine Douglas - the Operations Manager for OTD, came up with some ideas to keep in touch with the classes. One was making a video on -How Puppies Grow. We made  a video of Vicky's litter form before the puppies were born until they went to their new homes at 8 weeks.
This is the link - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyUaCGURrqQ5AoirkqGsqTdkFy40NOFpJ
Lorraine has made a follow up video of the puppies at 6 months. It shows how they have grown and what they are doing.
This is the link - https://youtu.be/iAZdmTuz7KQ
Ana and Molly
Carter, Hudson
Ana, Molly
The day they took Cider home.
Reed,     Cooper,      Devon.
Our condolences go to the Robertson family on the loss of Finn.