Pets
Erik: Pig in the city

Erik: Pig in the city

The social-media savvy swine enjoys hikes, cuddling on the couch and farts.
Despite the hustle and bustle of big-city life, Erik is a pig of simple pleasures.

I hated cats (until I got some)

Despite all the scratches, somehow it’s worth it.
I fucking hate cats.

Puppy showers a great gift to new dog owners

Expert advice, and a few gifted chew toys, can be a big help when bringing home a pet for the first time.
When Colleen Kelly walked into a morning staff meeting in April of 2016—15 minutes late—she wasn't greeted by the typical coffee cups and agenda items.

Frequent flier points

Travel tips for keeping your pet calm and relaxed on stressful flights.
You've triple-checked your baggage allowance, got all your vaccines and filed your entrance visa paperwork.

How to save a dog’s life

The rescue group Save a Life Canada brings in puppers from shelters all over the world, to give them a second-chance in Halifax.
Becki Carpenter loves dogs—like, really loves them. One of the directors of the foster-based rescue organization Save A Life Canada, she typically has several puppers running around her home at any one time.

The legend of Erik the Red

Bidding a fond farewell to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic’s chief rodent control officer.
"An agile, natural athlete and rarified salt, fully possessed of his sea legs from the beginning, Erik would make his way from scantling to fiddley grate to bilge, deck to deck, stem to stern with a diligence unrivalled.

Halifax’s feral cat crisis

Undomesticated feline fiefdoms roam the city’s streets in staggering numbers—and we’re finally doing something about it.
Forget greedy developers and overpaid politicians, the most powerful force running around HRM's streets is its feral cat population.

The age of aquariums

Justin Wheeler knows what makes a fish tank sink or swim.
See that fish tank in your dentist's waiting room?

Share the trough

Sheffield will hold your horses, cows or whatever else is on your hobby farm.
Asking someone to check in on your cat while you're away is one thing.

Wet Nose has an eye for phodography

How this local boutique business captures memories and hearts.
Cassie Latta-Johnson is living the dream: using her sharp-shootin' photography skills to snap gorgeous portraits of Halifax's canine companions.

Local Instagr-animals you need to follow

Drop what you’re doing and go check out these celebrity babies.
Take a break from the abyss that is Twitter and Facebook and click on Instagram instead. No, don’t lurk photos of your ex—it’s time for some puppy therapy.

Learning love and trust with an adopted dog

We adopted our greyhound the same day we met him. It was big adjustment for us, and for him.
I remember these two pet food commercials from a few years ago: One featured a man trying to get his new cat out from under his couch.

So you want to own a hedgehog?

These pointy pets are cute as hell, but not everyone knows about their challenges.
Hedgehogs are some of the most Instagram-worthy animals out there.

Why people get tattoos of their pets

Pet-inspired tattoos are a common way for owners to always have their loved ones with them.
It took Ariel Mactavish two hours to get a decent print of her dog's paw—an image that would later be part of her tattoo.

Drinking wine and making cat furniture

How to build your cat a plaything without breaking the bank.
Supplies Two lidded wine creates from your local liquor purveyor (free, usually) Nails that are normal/smallish ($4) Semi-ugly floor mat for carpet bits ($3 at the dollar store) All-purpose craft-glue ($5)

Your local mewtique hotel

Thanks to these cat meow-liday inns, you and your furry pal can both kick back on vacation.
If you're planning a lengthy trip down south this winter but you aren't sure what to do with your feline friend, don't fret—your kitty can have a get away all of its own.

It’s not just for cats

Organic catnip tea is an herbal remedy for cold and flu season.
There's no mistaking a cat in the throes of catnip ecstasy.

Feline stress at the vet is no joke

Halifax Veterinary Hospital on Quinpool Road becomes certified as “cat-friendly.”
Just like people, cats hate going to the doctor.

Here there be dragons

Everything you need to set up the perfect environment for your bearded dragon.
Not every pet needs a furry tail and puppy-dog eyes to be cute and cuddly.

Bring your dog to work day, every day

Animals in the office can lower stress and increase productivity—if they’re well-behaved.
Once or twice a week, when you visit Patagonia Halifax, you might catch Daisy during one of her shifts.

A day at the dog park

Meeting up with some best friends out enjoying some of HRM’s best open spaces.

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Vol 25, No 32
January 11, 2018

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