After the death of his 12-year-old Newfoundland “Cookie” in April 2017, Chris "J-Boy" Williams thought he'd wait a few years until he retired before he stepped back into Newf ownership. Chris was fooling himself. Six weeks later, he was on the road from Peterborough, Ontario to Ft. Wayne, Indiana to pick up Rosie.
"Newfoundlands are the best family breed of dog in the world—I’ve always had one and I can’t imagine my life without one," Chris tells PTBOCanada. "They’re not a dog for everyone with the constant shedding, drooling and daily brushing but in return they’re true gentle giants and amazing with anyone who walks through the front door."
Rosie and J-Boy Williams
They may be gentle giants, but they can also be headstrong and mischievous.
"Newfs require training from a young age, which Rosie has had," Chris tells PTBOCanada. "She’s currently 11 months old, weighing in at about 110 lbs., and she’ll probably fill out to about 135–140 lbs. The problem is Rosie tends to forget what she has learned in puppy school and Rosie does what Rosie wants."
Rosie is on her hind legs a lot
Standing at about 5’ 6” on her hind legs, Rosie has access to anything she can get—"think 'baby proofing' a house but add counter tops, tables and now even higher locations," Chris tells PTBOCanada. "Due to her size, I often forget she’s still a puppy and anything she gets at is entirely my fault for not putting it out of reach."
Rosie surfing the internet
Chris started a list over the past few months of things that Rosie has claimed...
-> 2 brand new crib mattresses (still in the box) -> 2 pairs of prescription eye glasses -> 1 pair of sunglasses -> 5 remotes -> 1 Blundstone boot -> 4 toques -> 2 pairs of gloves -> 1 family portrait -> 3 USB sticks -> 7 boxes of spaghetti -> 2 Apple mice -> 1 Amazon Firestick -> 1 Shop Vac -> 1 pair of his favourite hockey gloves -> 1 hockey stick -> 1 XL dog crate (bent the metal door at 3 months old, hence no crate training) -> countless cups of coffee, rolls of paper towels, magazines, newspapers, mail and so much more!
Rose getting into trouble with innocent Ellie, their 11-month-old poodle, looking on—Ellie gets into no trouble.
Here's some of the damage Rosie has caused...
My VPN token that generates the characters that allow me to login to the office from anywhere. I took this photo in the office for obvious reasons. Damn you Rosie! #monsterpic.twitter.com/gV2Rtf14uZ
Whether you're a pet lover or not, this is one of the best acts of kindness ever.
Peterborough Police received a request to take Millbrook resident John McKelvey's old and sick dog Bear on one last car ride in a police car before needing to be put down. Bear wasn't a police dog, he was just a pet that was dearly loved and wanted a ride in a police vehicle.
And Peterborough Police in an amazing and kind act of generosity did just that: In this beautiful moment for Bear that they posted about on their Facebook page, they gave him one last ride before going to heaven...
The Peterborough Humane Society has partnered again—you may recall our post from last October—with the Provincial Animal Transfer Team and a team of amazing volunteers to find new homes for 18 dogs and cats that have recently travelled down from Big Trout Lake First Nation.
As part of their community animal management program, the Elders and Band Council from Big Trout Lake First Nation invited the Ontario SPCA, Canadian Animal Assistance Team, Beat the Heat Kenora, Petsmart Charities, North Star Air Lts. and the Peterborough Humane Society to their community to provide a spay/neuter clinic to all of their resident pets and to then transfer south some of their community dogs and cats looking for new homes.
Peterborough's Jeff Day pictured in Big Trout Lake First Nation (Photo courtesy Peterborough Humane Society)
The Peterborough Humane Society was pleased to join in on this initiative by opening its doors to the 18 animals needing new homes. Peterborough’s own Jeff Day of Community Futures of Peterborough and his wife, Susie, joined the group up North to assist with the Spay/Neuter clinic.
“The community members of Big Trout Lake were most welcoming," says Jeff Day. "The opportunity to be a part of this collaborative effort was priceless. We would both relive this experience again and are excited for these animals to find their new forever homes.”
Members of animal transfer team and volunteers (Jeff Day is pictured at far right) at Big Trout First Nation (photo courtesy Peteborough Humane Society)
The Peterborough Humane Society says the pets that made their way down here will be ready for adoption as of Wednesday, July 5th, at 10 a.m.
Drop by the Humane Society between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. this week to adopt one. Pictures of the animals will be posted on the Humane Society website on Wednesday.
Forrest had an injured paw, and upon examination from the Emergency Veterinary Hospital, it was discovered that he had been shot—and the bullet still remained lodged in Forrest’s front right leg.
He is being kept comfortable, but Forrest will have to have his leg amputated due to the damage done by the shot. The surgery is fairly complicated and very costly, the Humane Society says, and they are looking for the public's assistance. To support Forrest, visit peterboroughumanesociety.ca or contact Susan Dunkley, PHS's Manager of Development and Outreach, for info.
An investigation has started into the state that Forrest was found in. The Peterborough Humane Society is asking for the public's help: If anyone is aware of this incident or has information, please contact 310-SPCA(7722), Crimestoppers or PHS at 705.745.4722, ext. 204.
The Humane Society tells PTBOCanada they hope if Forrest recovers from the amputation, he will eventually be put up for adoption. Whoever adopts the 3-legged cat will need to show great love and care to Forrest in his forever home.
On #BellLetsTalk day, The Peterborough Humane Society did their part to help reduce the stigma of discussing mental health by doing a Facebook post about a special 4-year-old Pointer/Retriever.
His name is Oreo, and he is gorgeous.
Like an Oreo cookie...
But as the Humane Society says, "Although you can't tell from his picture, he is currently very nervous and timid. He has been unsettled by the recent changes in his life. This adorable guy has not been with us long and is still adjusting to the busy environment."
The Humane Society says he will flourish in a forever home willing to help him build his confidence—he will help his owner's mental health, and that owner will in turn help Oreo with its mental health. The Humane Society are recommending a quieter home with no children.
Oreo is not yet up for adoption—"He will hopefully be up for adoption by the end of the week; he had surgery yesterday and needs a bit of time to recover," the Humane Society's Susan Dunkley tells PTBOCanada—but whoever gets him will get one special dog in need of lots of love.
It was a surreal turn of events for CHEX Newswatch reporter Sarah Deeth on Thursday (January 12th). Deeth was on assignment as Peterborough Fire Rescue was doing ice rescue training on the Otonabee River.
"I got to the scene as firefighters were bundling this little guy up," Deeth tells PTBOCanada. "He was shivering something terrible. And the firefighters were so kind, wrapping this little soul in blankets and speaking softly to keep him calm. It was just really nice to see."
Photo by Sarah Deeth, CHEX Newswatch
In a message on her Facebook page, Deeth had this to say about the rescue...