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Sweet bonded siblings looking for home together

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Shadow and Tigger are a bonded pair of siblings who are hoping you will welcome them both into your home.

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Loodles will be your family helper!

2019 12 11 loodlesLoodles is nine years old and has been waiting for six months at the Furry Friends Animal Shelter for her 'furever' family.

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Winter reveals some of Nature's secrets

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By David Hawke -- If Mother Nature were ever to sit in on a card game, you could count me out! For Nature doesn’t like to reveal any secrets, and if they are revealed, it's only because it needn't be kept a secret any longer.

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I enjoyed this column. I have a collection of birds' nests & have had knowledgeable birdwatchers identify them. Some nests were ob... Read More
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UPDATE: ADOPTED Sweet and soft Mya loves to be brushed and cuddled

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Sweet and soft Mya is 9 years old, with a glowing personality.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Energetic puppy needs a family to keep up with her!

2019 12 05 Joey

Joey is a female, approximately 9 months old.

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How conifers cope with Winter's cold

2019 11 30 ScotchPineHawke By David Hawke -- Winter tires on? Check. Storm windows installed? Check. Snow boots, scarf and toque dug out from back of closet? Check.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Are you sweet Erica's purrfect person?

2019 11 29 Erica

Darling Erica is still hoping and waiting to find her forever family at Pet Valu Barrie Yonge St.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Lucy is still looking for someone to snuggle!

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Lucy is a bit shy at first but once she is comfortable with you, she becomes a snuggle bug.

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How deciduous trees survive the winter

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By David Hawke -- Thank goodness for the rains of autumn! Nothing beats a good ground-soaker to help the trees prepare for winter. While most of us mobile creatures often bemoan the cold dampness of pre-winter, the stuck-in-one-place trees are, I’m sure, quite grateful for the additional moisture that’s dropped within their reach.

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UPDATE: ADPOPTED! One-year-old Ethan is the purr-fect fit!

2019 11 21 Ethan

Ethan is the purr-fect fit for any home! He is funny, entertaining, social and just an all around busy boy.

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One-year-old Jose is spirited and quirky

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Jose is a rescue from Georgia with a BIG personality wrapped up in a little body!

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Naturalist Bob Whittam, much missed

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In the photo, Bob Whittam, then Director of the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, helps staff clean up. What's so special about that? Read on...

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The Dance of the Milkweed Seeds

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By David Hawke -- As October drips into November our outdoor excursions can become a tad chilly and damp, and it really does take an extra effort to appreciate the gifts of the season.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! How can you resist April's sweet face or soft, silky fur?

2019 11 08 April

One year old April was a rescue from Georgia, and she is just so happy to be here and meet new people.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Beautiful Millie is a shy three-year-old

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This beauty is Millie.

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Furry Friends’ PetSmart Adoptathon Nov. 8th to 10th

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Furry Friends’ PetSmart Adoptathon aims to get rescued kittens & cats “Home Before the Holidays.”

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Elusive yapping drives me barking mad

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By David Hawke -- The barking started at 7:30pm, loud, sharp and annoying. And it continued, non-stop for a good 30 minutes. Now, I have a saying about dogs, and that is, "The dog is probably a nice enough animal, it's the dog owner that's the problem". Yes, there are some nasty tempered dogs out there, but most of the time it seems the dog is 'misbehaving' as a result of poor training, no training, or some level of neglect from the owner.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Cuties Riley & Noel!

2019 10 31 Riley Noel

These two cuties are a bonded pair that need to find a home together. They’re as sweet as can be and are so excited to meet you!

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Ruffed grouse get ready for winter

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By David Hawke -- It's just after a rain, and I'm walking along an old logging road, my boots absolutely silent as they press against the wet layers of fallen leaves. Tall poplars line each side of the roadway, their butter-yellow leaves spread thickly on the ground before me. Brambles hang over the trail's edge and clutch at my clothing as I pass by. Occasionally a raspberry thorn catches my attention and then, with exaggerated annoyance, I stop, back up, and disengage it from my sleeve or pant leg.

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Hop to it -- adopt gentle Kuro

2019 10 25 Kuro

Kuro Is a two-year-old neutered male bunny who enjoys gentle petting. He prefers not to be held in your lap.

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