Under One Woof

Humber Et Cetera's Pets and Animals Blog

Whatever happened to just walking your dog on a leash?

By Sarah Horwath

Last week I wrote about my “Doggy Hill” adventures with Oliver and how nice it is to be outside going for long walks.

Well now that the weather is nicer, that also means another thing for dog owners – seeing owners out with their dogs travelling in the latest accessories.

Here are a few photos of some of these “transportation styles” that really grind my gears.

Made famous by Paris Hilton several years ago, carrying your dog in a purse is still a trend today mainly seen on the streets of Rodeo Drive.

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Louis Vuitton began to cater to celebrity dogs when he came up with his own line of dog carriers.

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Just recently I discovered that your dog can now actually become your purse.

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A doggy fanny pack. WTF?!

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And now we move onto doggy strollers. If your dog cannot walk for long distances or has some sort of health issue, then maybe I can understand this. Otherwise, this is just silly.

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Aww…there is even one for twin doggies!

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A cat and a dog stroller! A two for one!

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Just when you thought you couldn’t bond any more with your dog, they invented the Baby Bjorn for dogs. Why is this man trying to “own” this pose?

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When I got Oliver I swore I would never dress him in clothes or carry him in a purse. Half of that promise I have stayed true to. He has worn the occasional winter coat for those extremely cold and blistery days, and he does own some boots to protect his feet from salt during winter (he has yet to let me put them on him).

So what’s wrong with just using a plain old dog leash as the only accessory your dog really needs for going on walks?

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I’d be interested to see if someone can make me think otherwise. I leave the comment section open to you. Thanks for stopping by!

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Making furry friends

Oliver and his best friend Karcsi. Photo by Sarah Horwath

By Sarah Horwath

Now that the weather is warming up, for Oliver this means longer walks. One of my favourite places to take Oliver for off-leash walks is at High Park in Toronto. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s a cats life

By Kari Pritchard

Gidget enjoys sitting on the kitchen table as well as looking out the kitchen window. All photos by Kari Pritchard

Aside from my soul mate Smokey, there is another cat in my life. Her name is Gidget, and she’s been living at my house for about seven years now. Read the rest of this entry »

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MacBeth moves in: Keeping a Crow

COURTESY: Henriette VanDyken. Me and MacBeth.

By Ruth VanDyken

You could keep your peaceful neighbourhood – or you could adopt a crow.  You could remain a law-abiding citizen – or you could adopt a crow.

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My top 5 favourite animal flicks

By Sarah Horwath

DISCLAIMER: The following movies, although heartwarming, will require you to have a box of tissues by your side and a companion, animal or human, to watch with.

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My purrfect companion

By Kari Pritchard

Meet Smokey, who can almost always be found in a patch of sunlight if there's one around.

Believe it or not, my cat is my oldest friend. I can still remember our first meeting almost nineteen years ago. My mom and nana took my sister and I to pick out our very own cat from the Toronto Humane Society.

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Dog quirks = life’s simple pleasures

PHOTO BY SARAH HORWATH. Oliver giving me the "stink eye."

By Sarah Horwath

I think all pet owners can agree that their pet has its own unique personality.

Whether it’s certain expressions, habits or quirks, each pet is different and has special qualities that make us love them even more.
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Air Bud

By Sarah Horwath

PHOTO BY SARAH HORWATH. Oliver learning to jump.

I told myself that I was going to train Oliver to never jump on the couch or the bed. I thought that it was the proper thing to do as a new dog owner. Don’t let your dog on the couch and don’t let them sleep in your bed.

Well that all changed the moment Oliver discovered that he had springs on his feet.
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The Great Escape

By Sarah Horwath

PHOTO BY SARAH HORWATH. Ollie and me.

My dog Oliver is four years old and sometimes still acts like a puppy. He makes me laugh and smile everyday and always finds a way to warm my heart with his innocent, big brown eyes.

But don’t let his innocence fool you. This ‘Shorkie’ (Yorkie  x Shih Tzu) always manages to get into mischief.
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