Friday, July 22, 2011

Ontario Hotter Than Florida

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Today it will be hotter in Ontario than Florida.

Today in Florida the current temperature will be 90F (32C). With humidity it will feel like 111F (44C).

Today in Ontario the temperature will be 95F (35C). With humidity it will feel like 116F (47C). Today's temperatures are the hottest ever on record for Ontario.
Read more here.

Thunderstorm anyone?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Well, I poisoned our dog

I was concerned that Sophie wasn’t eating.

Recently I had put some pumpkin on her food for added fibre (vet suggested). I ran out of pumpkin and she was not in a hurry to eat her food without the pumpkin. I put a handful of raisins in her food and she ate it all. Then I had a gut feeling that the raisins may not be good for her so I checked on the internet. Sure enough, extremely poisonous for dogs and could cause acute renal failure. Why couldn't I have had that gut feeling before I gave her the raisins?!

I was so angry with myself. We have been so careful what we feed her, so the time I don't check before feeding her I give her something really dangerous.

I took her to the vet right away, and he induced vomiting. Yesterday she went back to have bloodwork drawn to make sure her kidneys were ok and she was free of raisin toxins, and it seems she is in good health.

It's well known we should not give chocolate to our dogs, but not many people know that raisins, grapes, and onions are extremely dangerous to dogs. 

Here are some human food items that are poisonous to dogs. Read list here.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Last Launch Of Space Shuttle

Our view of a previous shuttle takeoff from our Florida backyard.

Last shuttle launch. Unbelievable!

It has been part of Florida for so long. My boys would watch takeoff on tv, then run into the backyard to watch it in the sky. Several neighbours were in their backyards watching it too. We even saw a night launch once – super cool. We were all accustomed to the double-boom noise that shook the windows when it arrived back in Florida at the end of its mission.

End of an era.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Canada Day

Coast to coast grin, courtesy Huffington Post.

To our Usian friends, Canada Day is similar to July 4th.

1st July 1867 is the date Canada became a country.