Volume 10, Issue 4 ~ Winter 2008 :: also in in PDF format
In This Issue:
Leash Law Enforcement
Arboretum, Ottawa, ON:
owner of a dog shall ensure that the dog is kept on a leash and under the
control of some person
(a) the land is the premises of the owner of the dog,
(b) the land is owned by a person who has given prior consent to the dog being off the leash,
(c) the land is parkland that is:
(i) owned by the City, and
(ii) not designated by sign as an area where dogs are prohibited.
12. Despite clause (c) of Section 11, in the case of parkland that is,
by the City, and
every owner of a dog shall ensure that the dog is kept on a leash and under the control of some person
The fine for dogs off-leash in an area designated on-leash is $125.
The decision to invite City of Ottawa Bylaw Officers to enforce leashlaws at the Arboretum, which is federal land that comes under the jurisdiction of Agriculture Canada, came as a complete surprise to dog walkers, who have been permitted to walk dogs off leash, without penalty, since the 1930's.
The Honourable Gerry Ritz
James Park and Hideaway Park, Toronto, ON:
Since then, the tension has been building as communities fight over traditionally shared areas, such as Hideaway Park, while other off-leash areas such as High Park are threatened with a reduction of their areas. St. James Park, Withrow Park and the Beaches have also seen a noticeable increase in leash enforcement since the introduction of the policy. Fines average $260. To put this in perspective, a driver would have to be going 40km over the speed limit on the highway to be charged a similar amount.
between dog owners and other park users have been increasing for more than a
decade and the fight for greenspace is a bitter one. The reasons are
numerous but a fundamental component of the feud is education, or rather a lack
of it on the part of both dog owners and non-dog owners. Responsible Dog
Owners of Canada promotes responsible dog ownership and public safety through
education and support, respect for the rights and privileges of all members of
society, recognition for the contribution that dogs make in society through
companionship, service/assistance and therapy work and a strong network of
responsible dog owners to ensure the restoration and preservation of
dog-friendly communities. Those wishing to work towards these goals
in the Toronto area should contact Tracy Chong at email@example.com
RDOC Acquires Canadian Canine Good Citizen Test™
Responsible Dog Owners of Canada is pleased to announce that it has taken legal ownership of the Canadian Canine Good Citizen Test™ (CCGCT™) and is working to re-introduce the program across Canada.
What is the Canadian Canine Good Citizen Test™?
The Canine Good Citizen Test™ was developed by the Human Animal Bond Association of Canada to promote responsible dog ownership and reinforce the acceptance of dogs as good citizens in communities.
The CCGC Test™ is a ten-step test open to all dogs one year of age or older. It is given in a realistic setting and relaxed atmosphere to ascertain if a dog owner has trained and conditioned their dog to act in a mannerly fashion in the home, public places and in the presence of other dogs. The test identifies and rewards owners who have successfully trained their dog to be a respected canine member of the community. The CCGC Test™ is an assessment of a dog’s manners and training. It is not a competition and does not require that the handler and the dog perform with precision.
Why a test?
It is only through some kind of test that a dog’s manners in public places can be assessed. It is useful to have a standardized form of evaluating dog behaviour under real life conditions. The CCGC Test™ was developed in Canada by Canadians advocating modern non-aversive training methods. It encourages responsible dog ownership and good dog behaviour in everyday surroundings.
Canadian Canine Good Citizen training is fun and functional. Many dog owners select the Canadian Canine Good Citizen training as a first step in preparing their dogs for other training and sporting activities such as therapy work, obedience, agility, search and rescue and performance events. Through the training exercises, dog owners benefit from many joys and rewards, including a closer bond with their dogs.
What are the benefits of CCGC Certification?
The following are some benefits:
The Canadian Canine Good Citizen Test™
Test Number 1 - Accepting a friendly stranger: Owner shakes hands with a friendly stranger. This test displays a dog's acceptance of unfamiliar adults and children.
Test Number 2 - Patiently sitting for petting: A test for shyness and defence of personal space.
Test Number 3 - Appearance and grooming: Reveals owner's care and sense of responsibility for their dog.
Test Number 4 - Out for a walk: Illustrates handler’s control of his or her dog.
Test Number 5 - Walking through a crowd: Demonstrates that the dog moves around in a crowd without being unduly distressed and is under handler control.
Test Number 6 - Response to commands "sit", "down", "stay" and "come": This exercise exhibits that the dog is trained and responds well to its handler/owner.
Test Number 7 - Praise/Interaction: Shows the dog’s relationship with its owner and that the dog can be calmed down easily.
Test Number 8 - Reaction to passing dogs: Demonstrates that the dog behaves politely around other dogs.
Test Number 9 - Distractions: Illustrates that the dog is confident when faced with common distractions.
Test Number 10 - Supervised isolation: Reveals that the dog can be left with someone other than its usual handler and will maintain its training and good manners.
CCGC™ Test Evaluators
Want to become a test evaluator? RDOC is currently recruiting CCGC™ Test Evaluators and is accepting applicants who meet the followingcriteria:
CCGC™ Test for Clubs and Organizations
Just follow these steps:
For more information, contact
RDOC at 613.228.7764 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Hazards are Plentiful
Festive foods that are plentiful and toxic in most homes during the holidays include chocolate. The toxic compounds in chocolate are Theobromine and Caffeine. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include vomiting and diarrhea, seizures, increased heart rate and respirations, tremors, and hyperactivity.
Some types of chocolate are not as harmful as others and the severity of the reaction from ingested chocolate depends largely on the size of the pet and the type of chocolate eaten. White chocolate is the least harmful and dark chocolate and cocoa are the most toxic.
The Interactive Chocolate Chart
on the National Geographic website has excellent information regarding
chocolate poisoning, see http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/10/pets/chocolate-chart-interactive
Another treat that is harmful to dogs is Xylitol, an ingredient often found in candies and gum, particularly sugar-free brands. Symptoms of Xylitol poisoning include vomiting, weakness, ataxia, depression, seizures, coma, and death.Other poisonous foods include alcohol, cherry or peach pits, onions, coffee, garlic, grapes, raisins, raw yeast and macadamia nuts.
Remember dogs, especially puppies, will eat almost anything that is within reach. Holiday lights and extension cords: can cause severe electrical burns and/or electrocution. The chemicals inside lights can also cause serious chemical burns and noxious reactions.
Christmas ornaments can cause lacerations if broken and tinsel and ribbons can become lodged in intestines if swallowed causing life-threatening blockages. Keep potpourris out of reach as well as some may contain traces of strychnine.
Prevention is the best way to ensure you and your pet have a safe and happy holiday. Be sure to keep noxious plants out of reach and keep toxic foods in sealed containers. Most of all, ensure that your pet is supervised when around Christmas lights.
If your pet does ingest food or items that can cause harm, call your vet
immediately. A good resource for
additional information is the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals website at www.aspca.org or the ASPCA
Animal Poison Control at 888.426.4435.
RDOC Bite Prevention Program Volunteers
The majority of dog bites and attacks are preventable and education is the foundation of prevention. If you would like to be a part of this important project, the following is a list of the various opportunities.
"Be a Tree" Facilitators
Volunteers should also note the following:
For more information, please contact MariLyse Dumas at email@example.com. To volunteer for this program, please contact Julie More at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discount for Service Animal Owners
Effective immediately, WAG Pet Shop (Ottawa, Ontario) offers a 10% discount on food to owners of service animals.
Ottawa's first truly pet-friendly café has plenty of room to sit, enjoy a coffee or tea and read the paper, check your emails, chat with friends or browse around the cool dog and cat supplies, including the healthiest dog and cat food lines available.
WAG is located at 1071 Bank Street across from the Mayfair Theatre. Free parking is available at the corner of Bank and Sunnyside. For those who use public transit, WAG is located on OC Transpo Route Numbers 1 and 7.
For information, call 613.730.4647 or check out their website at www.wagpetshop.ca
From Here to Eternity
Not so long ago, when a pet passed away, there was usually a backyard burial or the veterinarian arranged for cremation. Today, there are many more options for those who want to honour the unconditional bond of a friend that was a vital part of life and love. However, because most pet owners do not think about the final journey, they are not aware of the services available.
Very recently, we learned about Jocelyne Monette and Eternal Companions Pet Memorial Centre and we were so impressed with the services provided, we knew we had to share with our readership.
Eternal Companions Pet Memorial Centre was founded with the single purpose of helping animal-loving people mourn, memorialize and celebrate the life they shared with their companions. They offer a sanctuary filled with compassion, acceptance and healing; a gathering place for human and animal friends to pay their final respects with grace and dignity. They are people who have experienced the same deep bonds with their pets as you have with yours.
The services they provide include:
Eternal Companions Pet Memorial Centre has a selection of unique keepsakes to honour your beloved companion and the memories of your life together. Whether a locket, a blown-glass ash memorial, a DVD montage, framed paw prints or an embroidered blanket, there is a memento that will help you to remember that love never dies.
As most pet owners can attest, handling the final arrangements for your cherished furry friend can be devastating and we, therefore, suggest you do a little research before you need to make the difficult decisions. It will allow you to reflect on how you would like to honour your pet when the time comes. For more information, visit www.eternalcompanions.ca. In Ottawa, call 613.566.2100 or call toll free at 1.866.302.0500.
VOLUNTEER CORNER by Julie More
RDOC is developing many new programs and I am happy to say we are getting more volunteers. Thank you everybody. We couldn't run the programs without you.
In this newsletter I would like to make a special mention of Kit Watson (Ottawa, Ontario). Kit helped out at the RDOC information table at the BARK Walk-a-thon. She also put in many hours helping out at the Going to the Dogs fundraiser.
Then there is the Pet insurance project. Kit helped design the survey, did a lot of research and co-authored the article about pet insurance in our last newsletter. She is helping to design the Bite Prevention Program.
her husband Cliff are owned by their cat Oreo and Hugo, their guide dog puppy in
Responsible Dog Owners of Canada extends its sincere condolences to
Dinner and Murder Mystery Night
A raffle prize, generously donated by REMAX, includes two tickets for a ride in the REMAX Hot Air Balloon.
Tickets are $48 per person. Tickets are limited and must be reserved before February 5, 2009. To purchase tickets or to obtain more information, contact RDOC at email@example.com or call 613.228.7764.
They're Good Pet People
Responsible Dog Owners of Canada would like to extend its sincere appreciation to Francine Paradis and Maria Vila of Pet Valu in Manotick Mews, Ontario for hosting a barbeque and photo shoot fundraiser on October 17 & 18 for Responsible Dog Owners of Canada and Canines with a Cause. A total of $1000, which included a personal donation from Francine and Maria, was divided between the two organizations.
RDOC volunteers were invited to set up a booth during the two-day event and during that time had an opportunity to talk to Francine and Maria and check out the store. We were thrilled to learn that Francine and Maria are dedicated pet owners themselves and go the extra mile to provide you and your pet the finest in nutrition and supplies.
True blue animal lovers, Francine and Maria have four dogs, five cats, 5 canaries and 5 finches (hand-raised) so you know that they have personal experience of raising and caring for your furry or feathered friend.
Francine and Maria recently opened a new pet resort and invite you to try their boarding services. For more information, contact Francine or Maria at 613.692.1769.
Winter and Your Dog by Laureen Osborne
If there is no way your dog will tolerate boots, you can use skin permeable spray foam which will protect his skin from toxic road salt. You can also try grooming show products that go on the pads. This will help your dog to keep from slipping on ice.
Keep the fur between his under pads trimmed short so that snow doesn't collect and freeze into balls.
Does your dog need a coat? He does if he is noticeably shivering when you take him outside. If he is long haired, look for a coat with a nylon lining instead of fleece. The nylon won't cause his hair to tangle.
There are nylon trouser suits available which will keep him clean and dry on those slushy, wet winter days. They have openings on the underside so he can still relieve himself.
With the right protection, there is no reason why both of you can't enjoy winter!
Note: Laureen Osborne is a Master Groomer and the author of "The Pet Owner's Guide to Dog Grooming" available at www.Larkspurpublications.com.
At a recent RDOC Board of Directors meeting, the Directors agreed that the organization should apply for charitable status. RDOC has been a registered not for profit organization since November 2002. With a charitable designation, RDOC will be able to issue income tax receipts. Approval of a charitable designation will take anywhere from a year to 18 months.
RDOC would like to extend a warm welcome to Lorraine Green and Tracy Chong, two new Directors. Lorraine will take charge of the Canadian Canine Good Citizen™ Program and Tracy will beresponsible for the Toronto Chapter of RDOC.
Whatever you are celebrating during the
Volume 10, Issue 3 ~ Fall 2008 :: also available in PDF format
In This Issue:
No Pets on Public Transit by Candice O'Connell
On September 10, 2008, City Council struck a final blow to the Pets on Public Transit Pilot Project voting 14 to 8 against the following motion:
Moved by Alex Cullen
Seconded by Clive Doucet
WHEREAS several Canadian Municipalities allow caged or crated animals aboard their transit systems;
AND WHEREAS the transit system should be an accessible system that provides those who wish to transport their pets in a safe fashion the opportunity to do so;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT staff be directed to develop a Pets on Public Transit policy, including an amendment to the Transit By-law, to permit the accommodation of pets on the transit system provided they are:
AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT this policy include the consideration of the following:
AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT this policy be brought forward by February 2009 and include a communications plan.
Voting in favour were Councillors M. Bellemare, C. Doucet, G. Hunter, M. Wilkinson, J. Legendre, D. Holmes, A. Cullen and P. Hume. Voting against were Councillors R. Bloess, S. Desroches, J. Harder, R. Jellett, D. Thompson, D. Deans, R. Chiarelli, C. Leadman, B. Monette, S. Qadri, G. Bédard, E. El Chantiry, P. Feltmate and Mayor O'Brien.
A great deal of work had gone into the Pets on Public Transit proposal. RDOC prepared an 18-page submission that highlighted studies, communications from many of the 24 transit authorities in Canadian cities that have successful pets on public transit policies and a petition of more than 2,000 signatures. Support for the initiative came from such credible organizations as the Ottawa Humane Society and Therapeutic Paws of Canada. However, at the end of the day, the majority of City Council was swayed by divergent opinions that RDOC believes were based on misinformation, hyperbole and fear-mongering.
With this decision, the issue cannot be revisited until a new Council is elected. RDOC believes in the initiative and will make an attempt to educate the next City Council and get a Pets on Public Transit policy implemented in Ottawa.
RDOC wishes to acknowledge and thank Councillors Alex Cullen and Clive Doucet for their belief in the project and their valiant efforts to persuade City Council to see the merit of the project. Following the vote rejecting the Cullen/Doucet motion, Councillor Cullen, a long-time champion of the people, sent RDOC an e-mail commenting that it sometimes takes a longer time to educate some people and encouraging RDOC not to give up. Good advice we think!
Guide to Grooming by Laureen Osborne
We know that Fall's here when the mornings are cooler and nightfall comes earlier. We also know Fall is here when those pesky burrs "pounce" on our dog when he or she walks by.
Almost every breed of dog will collect the odd burr, thorn or "hounds tooth" here and there. As soon as you spot one on your dog, stop and remove it. The longer the burr sits in your dog’s fur, the harder it will be to remove later.
Gently peel back each individual hair from the burr. Be patient (and hope that your dog is too!). Once you have peeled enough hairs, you should be able to "shred" the burr apart with your fingers. When you get home, you can brush out any remaining barbs.
Sometimes your dog will be covered in burrs and depending on how long they’ve been there and the type of coat he has, this method may be impossible. In this case, use a pair of coarse thinning shears and cut the burrs out of the coat. Always put your fingers between the burr and your dog's skin so you don't accidentally cut your dog.
If the situation is really bad and the burrs are imbedded next to the skin and covered in fur, take your dog to a professional groomer and have them remove the burrs.
Pet Health Insurance Plan (PHIP) - Taking the Bite out of Pet Insurance
by Kit Watson & MariLyse Dumas
Is pet insurance right for you? As pet owners, we asked ourselves this question and decided to do our own investigation regarding the plans available and what each provides. Hopefully, the information we gathered will take the bite out of pet insurance policy legalese, and make it easier to decide if pet insurance is right for you and your pet.
Pets play a very important role in our lives. They not only work for and help us, both physically and emotionally, as service and therapy animals, but they share our lives as family members and companions. Their physical well-being is very important to us, and we take great strides to protect them from illness and injury that may occur during their lifetime. Pet insurance companies realize this and are capitalizing on the phenomena.
Selecting a pet insurance company is a difficult task. Does the company have stability and proven success insuring the lifetime health of a customer's pet? Does your insurance company allow you to consult a veterinarian of your choosing or a specialist, e.g. ophthalmologist or oncologist? Does it allow after hours emergency care? You'll also want to be sure your use of an emergency clinic does not reduce the amount of coverage allowed for follow-up care. As a customer, you should expect that your insurance provider has trained and qualified people to assist you when you have a problem or need help with a claim. Pet insurance companies who employ pet lovers who care and understand pets can make all the difference. Your veterinarian is a good person to ask for a pet insurance company recommendation as he has heard it all, both good and bad, from other policy-holders.
Pet insurance is expensive, but cost should not be the only factor pet owners consider when purchasing a policy. Owners also need to be aware of policy terms and conditions such as the coverage provided, coverage exclusions and effective dates for coverage of accidents and illnesses and age restrictions.
Most policies cover accidents and illnesses unless there is a pre-existing medical condition, but some policies will not cover illnesses for certain breeds such as the Chinese Shar-Pei and Shar-Pei crossbreeds because the breed is considered high risk for illnesses. A few companies offer comprehensive coverage including preventative care (e.g. annual check ups, vaccinations, neutering, dental, etc.), but premiums for these policies are steep.
Some plans have lifetime coverage limits for certain illness and others have lifetime coverage limits for both illnesses and accidents, i.e. there are limitations on claims, which may be unrealistic when modern veterinarian medicine can be so sophisticated and extensive, while other plans have renewed claim limitations on an annual basis.
Other plans include co-payments and deductibles. For example, some plans pay 90% and the owner pays 10%, while other plans cover 80% and the owner pays 20%.
Another type of reimbursement is calculated as a percentage of a benefit schedule which limits the amount the insurance company will pay. The actual reimbursement as a percentage of a benefit schedule can be as little as 30% of your vet bill. Deductibles are often based on the age of your pet, so as your pet ages, your deductible increases.If your deductible is not age based, which deductible should you choose? Choosing a higher deductible will lower your monthly premiums, but means your out-of-pocket expenses will be higher. Choosing a lower deductible will increase your monthly premiums, but out-of-pocket expenses will be lower each time your pet requires medical treatment. Discounts for service animals, multiple pets, or pets that are microchipped are also available with some plans.
Insurance and Liability Issues
Insurance is not only about a pet's health but also about protecting the owner from being sued if a pet injures someone, or causes property damage. While third party liability is not always included in pet insurance policies, some plans include property damage if the owner is a tenant in a rental unit and has a tenant’s policy. However, no plans provide coverage for third party personal injury liability. Third party personal injury liability is only provided under a home insurance policy.
Home insurance policies can also vary. Some plans exclude third party personal injury liability if an owner has what some insurance companies consider a "dangerous breed", while others may attach a surcharge to the policy. The breeds most often appearing on an insurance "dangerous breed" list are American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers, Bull Mastiffs, Akitas and German Shepherds.
Surcharges are sometimes waived if the dog is a certified service or assistance animal from a recognized school or organization that trains service animals, or if the dog has achieved a Canadian Canine Good Citizen or Canadian Good Neighbour Certificate.
People with service or assistance animals should know that, for insurance purposes, their animals are considered pets. As service and assistance animals can cost as much as $30,000, it would be too costly for insurance companies to underwrite the cost of replacement.
To provide easy access to the definitions of legal terms you will encounter in insurance policies, a glossary of the main legal terms and website links follows this article.
Travelling with a pet can be a fun experience if you think of your pet as a passenger with special needs. A little pre-planning and consideration goes a long way in making the trip a pleasure for everyone. Before travelling, a check-up with the veterinarian is always a good idea. Make sure that you have proof of the required vaccinations or an antibody titer certificate, if acceptable.
Is your pet on medication or special food? Be sure to bring along enough of each for the duration of your trip. Check ahead to see if pets are welcome in the hotels or motels along your route, see http://www.responsibledogowners.ca/dogfriendly.html for a list of pet-friendly accommodations.
Insurance Tips While Travelling Outside Your Own Country
When travelling outside of Canada, owners should have a copy of their pet's medical records. Many countries also require an International Health Certificate completed by the pet’s veterinarian. A sample of an International Health Certificate can be viewed at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/export/petcom/petcome.shtml . Owners might also want to inquire if pet insurance exists in the country in which theyare travelling. If it does, they may wish to purchase a policy before leaving home. This is not only more convenient, but often less expensive.
For Canadian snowbirds that spend their winters in Florida and want to take their pets with them, insurance coverage is available for a maximum of 182 days. Some Canadian insurance companies offer coverage for the United Kingdom. In some countries, like Mexico, pet insurance is not available, but veterinary fees may be quite reasonable. If travelling in Europe, e.g. France, pet insurance can be purchased in Canada in Euros, but you will most likely require an address where you will be staying.
Pets sometimes get lost and proper identification tags and/or a microchip is strongly recommended.
Whether pet insurance is right for you or not, it is important to review the policies available before making a decision. If you opt to purchase pet insurance, you need to evaluate what you need, how much you can afford and how much protection the policy provides.
Along with this article, we have prepared an in-depth survey which we have broken down into four categories, i.e. General, Coverage, Costs and Claims, so that we can provide pet owners with factual information about pet insurance.
Surveys may be found on line at:
Insured Pet (English): http://www.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?7F5B372F7B3E2D2D
Uninsured Pet (English) http://www.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?DCF8948CD59B8E89
Insured Pet (French) http://www.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?E1C5A9B6E1A0B2B7
Uninsured Pet (French) http://www.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?FDD9B5ADF5B8AEAE
Pet owners are encouraged to complete the survey no later than December 15, 2008, as the plan is to publish the results of the survey in the Spring 2009 issue of the RDOC newsletter. In the interim, a progress report will be included in the RDOC Winter newsletter.
concerning pet insurance that are of a legal nature should be addressed to a
lawyer who is familiar with and understands animal law. RDOC uses the services of Green & Vespry
Law Offices for legal interpretation. For other matters of a non legal nature,
such as coverage and claims, you should speak with a representative of your pet
insurance company or perhaps someone who has pet insurance and has experience
with a similar situation.
GLOSSARY OF TERMINOLOGY
Third Party Liability
A person who is not a party to any action but from whom a defendant claims relief. The party is not a party at the commencement of the original action, but the defendant claims relief from the party and the defendant adds the party to the action.
Requires the insured to bear the proportion of the loss equivalent to the value of the property at risk, in excess of the insurance thereon, bears to the interest of the insured in the property or to the amount of insurance thereon.
To demand as one's own or as one's right; to assert; to urge; to insist. A cause of action. Means by or through which claimant obtains possession or enjoyment of privilege or thing. Demand for money or property as of right, e.g. insurance claim. With respect to claims to a negotiable instrument of which a holder in due course takes free, the term "claim" means any interest or remedy recognized in law or equity that creates in the claimant a right to the interest or its proceeds.
Every insurance policy must provide a mechanism for determining the claims for which the insurer is liable in a temporal sense. The traditional way has been to focus on the occurrence giving rise to the claim. For example, most automobile insurance liability policies provide coverage for accidents caused by the insured's negligence during the policy period. Provided that the negligent act occurred in the policy period, the insurer is required to indemnify the insured for all loss arising from it, regardless of when a claim is made against the insured for that loss. This type of insurance policy is called an "occurrence" policy.
References for legal definitions:
Black's Law Dictionary at http://www.blackslawdictionary.com/
Duhaime's Legal Dictionary at http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary.aspx
Nolo's Legal Glossary at http://www.nolo.com/dictionary/ (American legal glossary)
Vancouver Community College Multilingual Legal Glossary at http://www.legalglossary.ca/dictionary (Canadian legal glossary)
As there is often no consistency to legal terminology, we advise you to check out all of the above legal glossaries before drawing any conclusions.
If the costs involved to keep a pet alive are very high and beyond the person's means, a major subjective decision, it is less expensive to have the pet euthanised.
A benefit schedule lists the reimbursement allowances available to you during your policy's one-year term. Allowances are categorized and itemized by diagnosis, e.g. fractures, and by treatment, e.g. cast.
The reimbursement allowance for each diagnosis is available every time your pet suffers a new, unrelated injury during your policy's one-year term. For example, if your dog breaks his leg and requires a cast, the maximum benefit allowance under the VPI® Superior Plan benefit schedule would be $251. If your dog breaks another leg during your policy's term, an additional $251 would be available, less your $50 per-incident deductible. (Reference: www.petinsurance.com/coverage/benefitschedule.aspx)
Due diligence is the level of judgement, care, prudence, determination and activity that a person would reasonably be expected to do under particular circumstances.In terms of occupational health and safety, due diligence means that employers shall take all reasonable precautions, under the particular circumstances, to prevent injuries or accidents in the workplace. This duty also applies to situations that are not addressed elsewhere in the occupational health and safety legislation. (Reference Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)
Information published in this article and subsequent survey on the RDOC website is provided for information, education purposes, and to be used for guideline use only. RDOC shall not be liable for any damages, claims, liabilities, costs or obligations arising from the use or misuse of the material contained in this website, whether such obligations arise in contract, negligence, equity or statute law. We do not guarantee or warrant the quality, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, appropriateness or suitability of the information provided, as pet insurance companies are free to change policies at any time. The attached survey has been prepared based on policies available in Ontario. There may be differences in coverage, costs, etc. between provinces.
The RDOC website also contains links to other websites (i.e. pet friendly accommodations) that are independently operated. Any links that RDOC provides to other websites are provided as a service to website visitors. RDOC does not recommend or endorse any of the products or services on linked websites, and expressly disclaims any liability associated with such sites and/or their products or services. Links are provided for convenience and information only, and we assume no responsibility for their content or their privacy practices, nor is liability assumed for incompatibility, non-suitability, viral infection, worms, trojan horses, or other destructive/disruptive components on or from such sites. RDOC does not guarantee the quality, accuracy, completeness, timeliness or appropriateness of the information contained within linked websites, nor is it liable for the products and services sold through, by or from these sites or their proprietors.
The following are some informative website links that RDOC members might find interesting:
A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote: "I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?"
An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who wrote: "Sir: I've been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I've never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I've never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly, and I've never had a dog run out on a hotel bill.
Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel, and, if your dog will vouch for you, you're welcome to stay here, too."
Cans for Pets
Donate your empty, rinsed pet food cans, with or without lids, to "Cans" for Pets, a program set up to assist pet owners and their pets with emergency medical care expenses.
"Cans" for Pets is a "new" You Can Make A Difference Community Recycling Program that takes cans out of the blue box and turns them into cash for programs and supports a healthier environment!
Look for the blue recycle containers at Bruce Pit and Conroy Pit. For more information on the You Can Make A Difference Community Recycling Program please call Catherine Gardner at 613.726.3609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rescue and Humane Education in Merida (a journal excerpt) - Part II by MariLyse Dumas
I am keeping in constant contact with AFAD in Merida. They are sending me updates on their activities, articles that are of interest and anything that deals with cruelty to animals or ignorance.
When you are the only rescue organization in a city of one million, you are the one who receives all the emergency calls from people who witness an act of cruelty or the death of an animal. You are the first one at the scene. Such was the case, when AFAD received the information that a bitch and her eight puppies had been buried alive and left to die.
When AFAD responded, they actually found out that a woman was trying to keep the bitch from biting a little boy. Very clearly the reason for the action is not cruelty but rather ignorance. The woman likely did not realise that the bitch was trying to protect her puppies from the little boy. The incident made the headlines in the local newspaper in the hope of sensitizing and educating people about dogs.
Another call for help received by AFAD was from the local police: A horse was dying. As in many cities in downtown Merida, there are horses and carriages so that tourists can see the city. The horses are small, undernourished and wait under the blazing sun while their owners are in the shade sipping a cool drink. This horse was dying and no one knew what to do. So they called AFAD. The horse was lying in the street surrounded by onlookers. He had a heavy chain around his neck which impeded his already laboured breathing. The AFAD volunteers asked the owner to remove the chain. They took care of the situation and the horse died peacefully.Life in the Yucatan is hard. The Yucatan population is poor, very poor. So, people find ways to make money. One of the latest schemes to make money is to have bulls and horses in a "corrida" or bullfight. If ever you have seen a corrida in Spain, you will know that there are "toreadors" and the horses used to tackle the bull are usually covered with a well-padded blanket. The bull, often wounded and furious, will charge the horse. Horses are injured. Some are put down because their wounds are fatal.
In this new version of a "corrida", the horses are not padded. There are no "toreadors". The goal is for the bull to kill the horse. During the "combat" if the horse is torn by the bull's horns, he is taken to the back of the arena where a vet stitches the animal and then the horse is returned to the arena. A "Sinaloense" is a bull that killed 12 horses in one "corrida". He is used for breeding in the hope of siring bulls that will be even better at "doing the job".
These "corridas" started in August 2007 as a new form of entertainment. Vendors make money selling beer and snacks. Bets are placed on the bulls and the number of horses they can kill. This is big business but it is not supported by everyone. It is important to state that there are more communities in Mexico that oppose this "entertainment" than support it.
At the end of this article, I have included some links to articles written and videos created in Mexico. Readers are warned that both contain text or images that are very graphic and not for the faint of heart. I have included them because the readers need to know that there is opposition in Mexico to mistreating animals, torturing them, and/or killing them. There is a will to protect animals and to educate the population.
Back in Canada, there are days when, while reading an e-mail or an article from the local newspaper, the "Diario de Yucatan", I want to pack my bags, buy a plane ticket and go to Merida to work with their rescue organization. Organizations that I have contacted to provide AFAD with information on issues such as the construction of kennels, the development of a medical clinic or the sharing of reading materials to educate the population, especially the children, have not responded to date.
The Internet may have opened a lot of doors, but because of repeated abuse, mistrust has set in. What if the person writing to the organizations that do great work here and in the United States is actually trying to find out where rescued dogs are hidden and wants to harm the animals or the people that work at saving animal lives?
But, to quote a familiar expression, "Where there is a will, there is a way", and I will find a way to lend a hand to AFAD and the incredible women and men that save animals, relieve them of their pain and do everything they can to educate people about animals and their potential role in their lives.
Kudos to the National Capital Commission!
Biodegradable Bag Dispensers
Dog walkers at Bruce Pit and Conroy Pit will notice a few new additions at these two off leash areas. At each garbage receptacle, biodegradable bag dispensers have been installed. As a pilot project, these dispensers will be stocked with biodegradable bags by the National Capital Commission for a one-year term.
Although continuous education is essential, the concept of picking up after pets is almost an intrinsic practice with dog owners. The entire green idea and use of biodegradable bags is somewhat more recent but has significant merit and value.
Owners of Canada has promoted the use of biodegradable bags for several years
and wants to thank Brian Gravelle, Manager, Greenbelt Portfolio and the National
Capital Commission for purchasing, installing and stocking the dispensers in an
effort to promote a better way of pet waste disposal.
Please note that a gentle, steady touch is required when
extracting a bag from the dispensers so that the next bag is
sufficiently pulled out of the dispenser.
RDOC Newsletter Receptacles
Another new addition to both areas is an RDOC newsletter receptacle. These acrylic receptacles were specifically designed and purchased by RDOC. They were installed courtesy of Brian Gravelle and the National Capital Commission.
RDOC extends its thanks and appreciation to Brian Gravelle and the National Capital Commission for their innovation and collaboration in several projects that are promoting responsible dog ownership.
RDOC Introduces Bite Prevention Program
Responsible Dog Owners of Canada is pleased to announce that it is now a licensed presenter for the Be a Tree Doggone Safe Bite Prevention Program, see http://www.doggonesafe.com/.
The program will be offered to children and new Canadians in French and English.
If you would like more information regarding a Be A Tree presentation, or you are interested in becoming a presenter, please contact MariLyse Dumas at email@example.com .
Pit Bull Ban Upheld - Appeal Decision
On October 24, the Ontario Appeals Court handed down its decision regarding what is known as the "Pit Bull Ban". The decision supports the ban and rules that it does not violate any constitutional rights, as argued by lawyers. It overrules Justice Thea Herman's previous ruling and reinstates all of the clauses struck down in her original ruling as unconstitutionally vague.
There is no word yet on whether the decision will be appealed.
Recognizing with Gratitude!
Responsible Dog Owners of Canada wishes to recognize and thank the following race sponsors and donors at this year's Going to the Dogs Fundraiser.
RDOC also wishes to extend its sincere thanks to all of the guests at the Going to the Dogs Fundraiser. A total of $6,676.26 was raised and shared equally by Responsible Dog Owners of Canada, Canines with a Cause and Aussie Rescue Placement Helpline Inc.
Next year's Going to the Dogs Dinner and Race Night is scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2009 and we are already working on making it bigger and better.
Responsible Dog Owners of Canada proudly presents an evening of fine dining and "Idol Threats" by Eddie May Murder Mysteries in the Player's Club at the Rideau Carleton Raceway.
Tickets are $48
per person and they are limited so reserve early. For more information, contact RDOC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Acknowledging Our Volunteers by Julie More
The 3rd Annual Going to the Dogs Fundraiser was held in Ottawa, Ontario on September 26th and I would like to thank all the amazing volunteers for making the event so successful. Thank you Candice, Yvonne, MariLyse, Denise, James, Andrea, Janet, Diane, Kit, Miriam, Lorraine, Kate (Caitlin), Ralph, Paul, Tisha, and Kim. We couldn't have done it without you.
In particular, I want to acknowledge the contribution by the Green family. Terry Green's firm, Green & Vespry Law Offices, not only sponsored a race but also brought 19 friends. Lorraine Green volunteered for stuffing promo bags, assisted in transporting the silent auction items and promo bags to the race track, helped with the silent auction table set up and sold 50/50 tickets for almost two hours during the event.
Terry and Lorraine's daughter, Kate, and her partner Ralph also sold 50/50 tickets. Families like the Greens sure make my job as Volunteer Coordinator much easier and I wanted them to know how special they are.
Like the name "Going to the Dogs" implies, some of our four-legged friends were involved. Tyler, my assistance puppy in training, helped me deliver the event posters to all the vet clinics, pet stores, groomers, training schools, community centres, grocery stores, post offices, libraries, etc in the city. He helped me guard the cars, trucks etc. while volunteers transferred the silent auction merchandise from the vehicles into the Rideau Carleton Raceway. I suspect he also told all his doggie friends to get their humans to buy tickets for the event.
I would also like to thank all our volunteers for answering the evaluation questions so fast and for all the helpful comments and suggestions. Many of the suggestions will be implemented to make next year's fundraiser even more successful and fun for everyone.
Volume 10, Issue 2 ~ Summer 2008 :: also available in PDF format
In This Issue:
MERIDA DOGS (journal excerpt)
by Marilyse Dumas
I am in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I am sitting by the pool, patiently waiting for news about a meeting with the vets. They are to tell me all about a dog rescue program started not so long ago.
Two years ago, at my last visit, I could not believe my eyes. So many dogs - all breeds, all sizes, terribly skinny with barely any hair on their bodies. This time, there are not as many dogs in the streets. That is because the city has tasked a vet to euthanize a fair number of them. But, as the dogs are intact, the numbers are going back up again.
Here, many dogs live, breed and die in the streets. Others are tied to short chains on roof tops or inside the gates of homes and are used as guard dogs. They are never off their chains, irregularly given food and water, spend their days under the blazing sun and their nights howling with other dogs with similar fates. Sometimes you would swear they are weeping.
There are well-treated dogs in Merida such as the three that live at the Bed & Breakfast where I am staying.
There is a change of plan. The vets are not taking care of the rescue anymore. It's a woman (let's call her Maria) who has a shelter and works with a group of volunteers. It's very difficult to get in contact with her because she does what needs to be done to rescue the dogs. Going to the shelter is iffy as well.
Tomorrow I return to Canada and I still haven't been able to meet Maria. In the afternoon, there is finally an opening. That's it. We are going just past the city limits. There it is, the shelter where the dogs are put up for adoption. Will we be able to get in? Lots of talking through almost a peep hole. We are in. My heart is beating hard.
The kennel is well-organized and clean. The dogs are protected from the sun. There is a lot of barking. I go to meet every single one of them. There is a beautiful German Shepherd, a Beagle mix, a Cocker Spaniel and Poodles. If I could, I would bring them all home with me. I know as well that when I get back home, I will do all I can to help and contribute, from afar, to assist them rescue many more dogs. I don't know how yet but I will.
I am told that Maria, who started all this, will come to meet me at the B&B later. Now, I am getting really excited. I am going to go back to Canada with concrete information on their needs.
What a privilege to meet this lady. Maria is determined, passionate and realistic. At first, we need a bit of help communicating but soon we see we can do just fine mixing English and Spanish. We do not need anyone to talk from the heart. It is an international language that breaks all barriers. She blames the situation of the dogs more on ignorance than cruelty.
They have established a non profit organization and have a few sponsors within Merida. They have a bit of support from the veterinarians who offer cheap rate for spaying or neutering.
When someone calls the equivalent of 911 about a dog or other animal, the operators know of the volunteer organization and give their number to the person who is calling for help. Sometimes, the police are not willing to take action because they do not know their legal obligations. This is Merida!
They rescue the dogs wherever the dogs are and ensure they are sufficiently healthy to live. If not, they are euthanized. Often, the dogs will have mange, worms and are very dehydrated. They are covered with parasites. The volunteers work to make the dogs healthy. They also have them neutered or spayed.
When the dogs are found, they are sometimes given back to their owners along with a serious talk about owners' roles and responsibilities. Sometimes, when the dogs are rescued from very bad situations, they are not returned to the owner. The organization files complaints with the authorities against the dog owner so there is an official record of the mistreatment.
The dogs that are healthy are put up for adoption. They charge 450 pesos (approximately $45 Cdn). 350 pesos is spent on altering and medicine and 60 pesos is spent on registering. The rest is reinvested in the shelter for medicine, food and educating the public. They have an application form to ensure the dog will be treated well and they make "surprise" visits to check. If the dog is not treated well, they take it back.
When I asked Maria what we can do for her, contrary to what I was expecting, she asked for advice on how to build better kennels, to educate the children and adults, to train the dogs in basic skills. She wants to know how to improve the shelter, build a quarantine area, plan and organise a small medical clinic on the shelter's site. She is very much aware that this is a long-term project and that it will take at least ten years to start changing the culture, to educate the people.
Our conversation is almost over but I do have one question left: "How many dogs are rescued, on average, per month?" The answer boggles my mind. The numbers for Merida, for one year, are equivalent to the numbers published by the SPCA for the province of Ontario for the same period of time.
ASSISTANCE DOG IN TRAINING
by Tyler More (with help from Julie, his Mom)
My name is Tyler. I am a one year old black Labrador Retriever and I am being trained by my Mom to be her mobility service dog.
When I grow up I will have a harness so I can support her when she loses her balance, sort of like a walking cane. I will also be her picker-upper. When she drops something, I will pick it up for her and put it in her hand.
When she falls, I will raise the alarm to get help - I do have a loud bark. In the house, I will be able to run and get somebody to help or, if we are home alone, I will get the phone and bring it to Mom to get help. Right now my big sister Nellie does that. She was disqualified as a service dog so she can only help Mom at home.
I was born at Crosstickle Kennel http://web.mac.com/crosstickle/Labradors/Home.html
When I reached nine weeks old, I came home. I was not too impressed with the drive to Ottawa from Kingston until Sylvie, a good friend to me and Mom, turned my crate around so I could see her and Mom. I was fine after that and went straight to sleep.
Socialization is really important for any pup but especially for a service dog. Mom is very good with my socializing program. You wouldn't believe the places she takes me to. According to my teacher, Cheryl Smith (Forever Friends Dog Training Centre), it is very important to socialize a pup and expose him to as many different experiences as possible between the ages of 7 weeks and 12 weeks. Until I got my second set of shots Mom carried me into restaurants, stores, etc. She brought my baby blanket with us so I could lie on that so I wouldn't be exposed to any germs on the floor. Let me tell you she was one happy Mommy when I got my second set of shots.
I was a big hit everywhere I went. People just loved me because I was so small and cute. Everybody wanted to pat me. That was okay with Mom because it helped me learn and love people. I also learned to sit since people weren't allowed to pat me until I sat. Then, of course, I got up but Mom's only rule after the initial sit was that I keep all four paws on the ground. We went to restaurants, stores, malls, arenas, etc. I also got to go on elevators, walk beside noisy cars and trucks and even got to go on an overpass over the highway and see the O-Train. Mom made sure we walked on busy streets, beside noisy construction vehicles, emergency vehicles with their sirens shrieking, etc.
I must tell you about my scary encounter with a Tim Horton cup. We were waiting for a friend at a Tim Horton parking lot. It was a windy day and there was a Tim Horton cup on the ground. The wind made the cup roll and, being a little pup at the time, I couldn't figure out what made the cup move. I wasn't really scared but thought I should protect my Mom. So I barked at it to show it how brave I was. The cup ignored it. The nerve of that cup! I growled at it. The cup ignored it. Since I couldn't think of anything else to do I decided to make friends and went into the puppy play bow position. To my surprise, the cup still ignored me. Nobody ever ignored me in the past because I am so cute, but that cup did. I was not impressed. I looked at my Mom to see what I should do next, but she was laughing too hard to be any use to me. She finally picked up the cup and showed it to me. It was just a paper thing. I am much bigger and wiser now.
I started puppy kindergarten class at Forever Friends Dog Training Centre right after I got my second set of shots. I really liked school, especially the play time sessions. There were eight of us cute puppies in the class. We had a marvelous time. We learned to play nicely and understand the meaning of the timing marker word "yes" which was followed by a treat. I liked that game. We started to learn our names, sit, down, release, gotcha, how to greet people politely, and how to take treats gently without biting Mom's fingers off. We also got used to being handled all over, which is important when we are at the vets or at the groomers.
Let me introduce you to my big sister Nellie. She is a 3 year old Australian Shepherd. She was being trained as a seizure response dog, but was disqualified so Mom adopted her. She is another one of my teachers. She taught me that, in this house, you sit in order to get a cookie, ring the bell on the door to be let out and to come when called. I keep her very busy playing with me. Mom said she hasn't seen the old girl this active for ages. What can I say - I am good medicine for doggie arthritis.
Stay tuned for the next installment on my training in the fall issue of the newsletter. As you can see my life as a service pup in training is fun. I love to learn, I love people and I love all the treats I get while learning to do things for my Mom. Auntie Candice even makes beef heart treats for me. Now am I a lucky pup or what???
by Jennifer Steers
Animal communication is something that pet people are hearing more and more of these days. There is something very comforting in knowing that we can connect with our companions; actually we do it all the time, we just don't acknowledge it.
What is animal communication?
In my opinion - and that is all it is - it's a conversation, a meeting of the hearts if you will. It is not a magical, mystical far out thing that only a few very special people have been blessed with. We all have the ability to communicate with our companions.
I would venture to say that most of us can think of occasions where we have known something was wrong for no obvious reason - just a feeling - and we found out later we were correct. That is the connection. If you have a good relationship with your companion you know them. How often do you hear yourself answering out loud for your pet? For example, I know you want me to go out and play, cuddle, eat, etc... Think about it, sometimes it's an obvious sign or body language that tells us. Other times we just know and we respond without thinking out loud to the request they have given us, the one we heard but thought nothing of. Over the next few months, try to make note of when you respond out loud to your pet. Each time you will have just had a communication, they have asked or told you something and you are responding to it.
What stands in the way of connecting?
Expecting it to be something profound and mystical. Often it is a thought, conversation or just a knowing that comes to you.
Expecting the communication to be able to tell you the future, who you should marry, or if you should change jobs. That may be far-reaching. Since you do not know these answers, why should your companion? They may give insight like you work too hard, for the job question, but it is not a psychic reading but really a conversation. The same one that you might have with a very, very dear friend.
Other road blocks
Doubt and listening to our heads and not our hearts. We will always question ourselves and feel that we are not getting it. Try to let that go, to be open to the possibilities, to feel and listen with your heart, and when you do get something trust it - do not analyze it to death.
Running on all cylinders
To communicate, it helps to SLOW DOWN. Quiet your mind, relax your body and feel into your heart. Spend some quality quiet time with your companion where you are not listening to others, music, television, talking, thinking of work and the millions of other things we do. Be present and mindful and open to what comes. Try not to force anything, just be open and receptive, curious and wait to see what comes. Our animal friends are perfect at being present and mindful. Look to them for direction to savour being in the moment and appreciate where you are right now.
Expecting to be accurate all the time
Really it is a conversation, more subtle than our vocal ones we have with our human relationships but still a conversation. Think of how many conversations you have had using words out loud and you still have misunderstood or misinterpreted. Don't be so hard on yourself.
It is difficult for anyone to feel good about information when they are really upset. If you are dealing with serious health or behaviour issues, sometimes it is really hard to quiet our minds, center ourselves, hear what is going on and listen to our heart. This is an area where a communicator may be beneficial to help.
Just because you have communicated a wish for them to change a behaviour, it does not mean that they will. Again, it is a conversation not magic. You may wish your companion did not jump on the couch as much as he wishes you would leave him alone when he is resting on it. Just because you have communicated does not guarantee compliance or your way. It may help in reaching a negotiation or compromise on the issues you both feel strongly about.
If you decide to get an animal communicator to help, here is what you should know:
Lastly, believe in yourself, slow down and see what happens. You have this ability too. There are many great books out there and workshops are available as well.
Enjoy the journey and the process. Have fun!!
We wish to extend our sincere condolences to Sharon McKeil and Peter Finnie in the loss of their beloved Crom, to Janet MacLachlan in the passing of her cherished companion Finnigan, Elaine Dale in the loss of her strong and adoring Chauncey, Ian and Nancy Martin in the passing of Isaac, a retired guide dog, faithful partner and devoted family member and Lila, treasured heart dog of Cat Lane.
We also offer our deepest sympathy to anyone that has lost a loved one.
"Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends,
is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives." John Galsworthy
PETS ON PUBLIC TRANSIT
Last year, Responsible Dog Owners of Canada (RDOC), launched a petition and collected more than 2,000 signatures in support of the "Pets on Public Transit" Pilot Project. It then initiated a comprehensive study regarding the existing policies in Canada and issues such as allergies, disease and phobias, the results of which were documented in a 17-page report.
There are 24 major cities across Canada that currently allow at least small pets in carriers on public transit during off peak hours. Toronto and Calgary both have more liberal access, allowing larger animals on leash. Inquiries to other transit authorities that allow pets on transit confirmed that there are no major problems with pets on public transit.
RDOC's proposal is for a six-month pilot project which would allow small fur-bearing or feathered animals in crates or soft-side carriers during off peak hours.
On July 17, a presentation was made to the Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee and a motion to support the pilot project was adopted. Another presentation will be made to the Transit Committee on August 20th at 09:30 in the Champlain Room at City Hall. Anyone wishing to present to the Transit Committee on this issue should register with Rosemary Nelson, Committee Co-ordinator, Transit Committee by phone at 613.580.2424, Extension 21624 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Speakers are permitted five (5) minutes.
Volume 10, Issue 1 ~ Spring 2008 :: also available in PDF format
In This Issue:
Of Persons With Disabilities
With Service Animals In Canada
By Peter Platt
Choya was trained by Peter and certified by Canines with a Cause.
Choya is due to retire this year.
Photo courtesy of Peter Platt
Anyone with a service animal other than a Guide Dog for the Blind may be surprised to learn how little accessibility protection there is for them in Canadian provincial and federal law. Laws vary from province to province and most provinces don't have service animal laws. A few years back it became apparent that I needed help in everyday life situations when going out into public places.
With the help of Canines with a Cause my beloved Golden Retriever Choya was certified as a service dog and the rest is history. I am now able to live my life relatively fully and have gained independence while out in public.
The goal of this ListServ is to gather information about existing laws in Canada pertaining to accessibility of persons with disabilities and their service animals and to share information on existing andupcoming legislation across Canada. The ListServ address is firstname.lastname@example.org and is open to persons with a service animal, are considering obtaining one, or are involved in the training of service animals.
Currently there is no legislated protection for accessibility of persons with disabilities with service animals. The Ontario Human Rights Commission did provide me with a letter stating that under the Human Rights Code of Ontario "Individuals and organizations are prohibited from discriminating against persons with disabilities by refusing entry or access to a building, premise, or good or service because a person requires the accompaniment of a guide/service dog due to a disability."
A new Ontario regulation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 came into force on January 1, 2008 and will provide Accessibility Standards for Customer Service. This regulation recognizes persons with disabilities using service animals but the implementation date is only 2010/2012. As stated in a letter I received on December 4, 2007 from the Accessibility Directorate "The Accessibility Standards for Customer Service regulation does not stipulate certification requirements for service animals."
On the federal government level, the Canadian Transport Act allows for service animals on airplanes and trains only when it can be proven that the service animal is certified by a "professional service animal institution". The catch here is that there is no record of recognized training schools listed under the Act. The stories of persons with disabilities accompanied by a non-certified service animal being denied transportation access in Canada are deplorable but the fight continues to educate and promote change.
In the early years with Choya, I never realized how
big a deal certification from a recognized training school would become for
Canadians who need a service animal by their side. There are few, if any,
recognized training schools in Canada that will certify owner-trained dogs
(Canines with a Cause no longer certifies owner-trained dogs). I am at the forefront of fighting for
accessibility rights of persons with service animals and, with the
encouragement and assistance of my American counterpart, I started an internet
network for Canadians with service animals.
CAPPDT Conference 2008
Pet owners in the national capital area will have a wonderful opportunity to hear experts speak on dogs and dog training when the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT) presents "A Capital Idea ... Exploring The Relationship With Pets" at the 12th Annual Educational Conference and Market Place, April 18, 19 and 20, 2008.
The CAPPDT Conference is designed for all people who care about pets and has a line-up of dynamic speakers including Bob Bailey, Phil Arkow, Dr. Simon Gadbois, Don Hanson and Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruis.
A number of workshops havealso been scheduled e.g. Dark Field Microscopy with Dr. E. Beltran, DVM,TAGTeach with Joan Orr, Bach Flower Remedies with Don Hanson and Animal Assisted Therapy with Phil Arkow and more.
The conference will be held at the Travelodge Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario. Conference registration fee
includes the keynote presentations, workshops of your choice on a first come
first served basis, continental breakfast, morning snacks, lunches and
afternoon snacks. For further
information regarding keynote speakers, workshops
or registration, please visit the CAPPDT website at www.cappdt.ca or call 613.591.6228.
Ian and Wazey. Photo courtesy of Peter Platt
No, it's not the "AMAZING RACE" but it is pretty remarkable. As members of Team Diabetes, Ian Martin and Wazey, Ian's guide dog, will be doing a 5km run in the Ottawa Marathon, May 24-25, 2008. And, Ian and Wazey are hoping to meet their minimum goal of $250 in pledges.
Funds raised will help support leading-edge research to find a cure for Type-1 Diabetes, a disease Ian has lived with for more than 45 years, and will also help fund programs such as Camp Banting, a summer camp for children.
If you would like to help Ian and Wazey meet and hopefully surpass the goal in their own Amazing Race, you can donate online using a credit card by going to www.teamdiabetes.ca , clicking on Pledge a Participant and typing in Ian Martin. Or, you can send a cheque payable to Team Diabetes Canada and send c/o Ian Martin,1507 Michaelsem Street, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 7C3. Unless requested, income tax receipts are only issued for $15 or more. Please ensure you include your name and address.
Ian and Wazey would appreciate notes of encouragement. Actually, Wazey would prefer a treat but we are sure that Ian will take care of that. In the meantime, we hope that Ian and Wazey reach their goal and have a great run.
Ian and Wazey!
Stoop and Scoop
We have received a number of complaints from regular walkers at both Conroy Pit and Bruce Pit that there is an extraordinary amount of faecal matter on the ground. While some buildup is expected over the winter months due to snow cover, etc., the reports indicate that a growing number of dog walkers are negligent in picking up after their pet. Moreover, the ludicrous practice of hanging bags of waste on tree branches seems to be thriving, a habit that drives responsibledog owners crazy.
Notwithstanding the fact that dog owners are required by law to pick up after their pet and dispose of pet waste in an appropriate manner, dog owners have an obligation to stoop, scoop, and properly discard their pet's waste to protect the dogs from all kinds of diseases and parasites like Coccidia, Giardia, Parvovirus, Distemper, Tapeworms, Hookworms, Roundworms and more.
There is no doubt that the
majority of regular dog walkers take their responsibility to pick up after
their pet seriously. However, there are
some who just don't get it and they are going to create problems for everyone. Each one of us needs to play an active role in self-policing. Speak up when you see
someone neglecting their responsibility. Remember it is our privileges that will be forfeited. and/or our dogs that will get sick, if we cannot keep the off leash areas clean.
Annual Spring Clean Up
The spring clean-up days are scheduled and the Roger"s Community Cruiser will be serving coffee and donuts on both days.
Bruce Pit Clean Up is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and Conroy Pit Clean Up is scheduled for Sunday, May 18, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Gloves and bags will be provided.
Hope to see you there!
Houston is available for adoption
B.A.R.K.'s Woofs & Wags Walkathon
The Bytown Association for Rescued Kanines' (B.A.R.K.) 7th Annual Woofs and Wags Walkathon will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2008 at the Arboretum (Central Experimental Farm).
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:00 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be available before the walk and, following the walk, there will be a free barbeque.
There are big prizes for the first ten people collecting the most money, and dozens of valuable draw prizes including a $1000 gas card, two $500 gas cards, two photo shoots by Suzanne Bird valued at $500 each and two bicycles.
forms are available on the B.A.R.K. website at http://tinyurl.com/yubupn or
by calling 613-738-0119. Anyone who
does not wish
to collect pledges but would like to participate may do so by paying a $20
FOAP 10th Annual Walkathon
On Saturday morning, June 7, 2008, Chris Day, Friends of Abandoned Pets (FOAP) Honorary Chair will MC the charity's tenth annual walk at the Arboretum, Central Experimental Farm.
Walkers are encouraged to participate with their dogs, but people without dogs of their own are welcome to take part to support the organization and enjoy canine companionship.
Registration is at 8 a.m., with the walk, either 2.5 or 5 km, starting at 9 a.m., followed by a barbeque, prizes and activities. As in past years, FOAP is planning for great weather!
More information about FOAP is available on their
website at www.foap.on.ca and more details about the walk, including the pledge form,
will be posted in the coming weeks.
Annual General Meeting
The next annual general meeting for the Responsible Dog Owners of Canada (RDOC) is scheduled for Friday, June 20th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., at the Ottawa Citizen Conference Centre, 1101 Baxter Road. In accordance with the Bylaws, five Director's positions are available for those wishing to stand for election. All members in good standing are eligible to run for these positions. RDOC will be embarking on some very exciting and interesting work over the next year and all members are encouraged to consider standing for election.
Cheryl Smith, Professional
Dog Trainer and Behaviourist, Forever Friends Dog Training and Urika Dog
Behaviour Consultants, will be the guest speaker. Light refreshments will be served.
Hopeful Hearts Rescue
By Roz Phelps
Hopeful Hearts Rescue was created in September 2007 to assist senior and special needs dogs find homes in the Ottawa area. Despite many rescues working hard in the Ottawa area, these dogs are often forgotten as a result of inherent medical costs and the reality that more mature dogs are often passed over in preference of younger dogs. Roz Phelps and Anne Comeau felt it was time to form a rescue that would specifically serve these dogs.
With public education, Hopeful Hearts hopes to undo the stigma that older dogs cannot adjust to new homes and that their time is limited. With special needs dogs, whether the uniqueness is missing a limb, lack of hearing or sight or simply a medical condition, again, lack of understanding is generally the biggest enemy these dogs face.
So far, Hopeful Hearts has had exceptional success! Simba, the oldest dog, found his forever home at 13.5 years old! Three legged Bianca found her family within days of posting as did our blind Miss Molly! To date, Hopeful Hearts has adopted out close to a dozen of these special dogs.
Both Anne and I have been active in the rescue world for many years and our homes are always open to foster dogs. We believe it is important for us to foster dogs in our own homes so we are really part of the fostering team. We have a dedicated team of wonderful and much appreciated foster homes who care for our special angels until they are adopted. We also have an exceptional group of volunteers who are tireless in their efforts, dedication and belief in the work that we do and the difference that we are making. The team also believes adamantly in strong ethics. Every single penny raised goes directly to the support of our rescues. We have no paid staff and do not spend one penny without conferring with another team member. Our books are completely open and receipts are kept for each and every purchase.
A new rescue group recently started that is meeting a special demand for our canine companions. In our special Guest Column, Roz Phelps shares her experiences in how this rescue began
Hopeful Hearts is also very proud of the fact that we help several other rescues with food donations that we receive from a local merchant. We also take in dogs from out-of-town shelters when the dog fits with our mandate, i.e. senior or special needs.
Hopeful Hearts does a thorough screening before placing a dog in a home. We do references and vet checks as well as at least one home visit before the dog moves to his or her new home. We encourage our foster volunteers to come with us to the home visits as we feel that their experience with the dog will help us decide whether this is a good match or not. Our foster volunteers are very important to us and we value their opinions!
Zeus was emaciated, dehydrated, and lethargic when surrendered by his owner.
He now weighs 12.8 pounds and is recovering.
Zeus came to Hopeful Hearts on Valentine's Day as an owner surrender. He was shockingly emaciated, dehydrated and lethargic. This picture does not nearly portray the horror of this dog's condition. We rushed him into the vet who confirmed that this dog has not only suffered tremendous neglect but also abuse.
Zeus is now eating two teaspoons of boiled hamburger and rice with chicken broth every hour. Small amounts of water are also being administered regularly. His stomach is about the size of a dime right now and he will eat himself sick if given the opportunity.
Obviously, this little angel will not be well enough to be adopted for a long time and we will be making certain that he will never be abused again.
you would like to adopt of one of our angels, would like to foster or donate or
you would like more information on our organization, please visit www.hopefulhearts.ca .
By Pat Nadarajah
Does your dog like to retrieve toys, chase balls, and run? Would you like to get involved in a sport with your pooch but don't want to spend a lot of money on expensive equipment or classes? Maybe the answer for you is the sport of Frisbee Dog also known as Disc Dog.
The sport of Disc Dog originated in California in the 70s. It started with a toy called a frisbee, which was mass manufactured and sold as a children's toy. Over the years the sport took hold in various parts of the United States, Europe, Japan and more recently in Canada.
Several organizations have been created to cater to the sport, which offers different types of divisions that you can try with your four-legged best friend. If you are a beginner and you just want to throw the disc for your dog at a distance then maybe the standard Toss and Fetch is your game. Like the name implies the competition consists of you, the handler, standing behind a throwing line, marked out on the ground for you, and you throw the disc ahead of you for your dog to catch. The competition field is divided into yards (10, 20, 30, 40 etc) and depending on where your dog catches the disc then points are accumulated for each successful catch. There are line judges that watch your dog's catch and assign the points in accordance with the number of yards on the catch. This division has appeal for novices, juniors (children) and the more advanced throwers, who have the opportunity to try their hands and paws in the advanced division of Toss and Fetch, where the distance is increased to challenge the thrower and the dog.
Some competitions will also offer the furthest catch division. Fairly self-explanatory, you stand behind the throwing line and throw as far you can. Once your dog successfully catches the throw, it is marked and measured by the judges. The furthest catch wins the competition.
Do you like to teach your dogs tricks? Rollover, sit pretty, twirl? Why not put those party tricks into a freestyle disc routine? Freestyle is a disc routine that can run anywhere from 60 seconds to 2 minutes and it involves you and your dog performing a series of tricks and different throws all choreographed to your choice of music. The idea is to showcase the natural abilities of your dog and the partnership you have developed with your dog all while you are having fun throwing discs to music. Freestyle routines are also judged on a number of elements including your skills as a thrower, originality of the routine, the canine's agility and of course your team partnership.
The sport of Disc Dog is fun and the training should be the same. Taking your dog out for a fun disc run of Toss and Fetch is a great way to exercise your dog and get a little practice in for your throws. As with all sports you should check with your vet first to make sure that your dog is fit to play disc. If you have a puppy don't start with throws. Your puppy should not be leaping or jumping for a disc until its bone plates have closed which usually occurs by the age of 12 months. Puppies should be encouraged to chase discs that are rolled on the ground and rewarded for chasing the disc. You can teach your puppy to retrieve the disc using food rewards, another toy or disc and a clicker.
Older dogs can learn new tricks too! The same method can be used to teach your dog to retrieve a disc or learn a new trick to incorporate in a routine. If you would like to learn more about the sport of Disc Dog, our disc dog club, local and regional competitions or you would like to book our dogs for a demo, feel free to contact the Airborne Disc Dog Club of Ottawa at http://www.flyingdiscdogs.com .
Photos courtesy of Heathphoto.
For more information, see www.heathphoto.ca
We wish to extend our sincere and deepest sympathy to Kit and Cliff Watson in the unexpected loss of their beloved Pioneer and to Lucille and Rob Lasallein the loss of their cherished companion Cookie.
Responsible Dog Owners of Canada (RDOC)
Responsible Dog Owners of Canada is a registered non profit organization that promotes responsible dog ownership through education and support, cultivates respect for the rights and privileges of members of the dog-owning and non dog-owning communities, fosters recognition of the contribution that canines make through companionship, service/assistance and therapy and aspires to assemble a strong network of responsible dog owners to ensure the restoration and preservation of a dog-friendly society.
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