On the drive west on Hwy 1, just before Brandon is a "Star Attraction" sign.  WestmanReptileGardens is tucked out of the way, just a few minute drive off the highway.  Just getting that sign was one of the many struggles faced in Dave Shelvey's dream of having a place to share the animals he is so passionate about with everyone.  
Water Change   More than any other factor, water change is the most important thing in maintaining an aquarium’s water quality, and thereby, the fish’s health.   Many people believe that topping up evaporated water is water change.  This is one of the most dangerous mistakes that is made in keeping fish.  
Enjoying the outdoors with your pet is one of the great health benefits for pet owners.  Something as simple as a walk around the block, or longer walks around the park, visits to a dog park or even biking with you dog are all activities that are good for both of you.   When walking a dog, there are some tips that can help you avoid
Walking in a Winter Wonderland.   Walking our pets is a great way to get regular exercise.  Having your puppy scratching at the door is a lot more motivation to get up off the couch than any personal trainer can provide.  If you can use it as a time to bond with your pet, even better.   Sometimes, looking outside and seeing


Every now and then I use this column to point out the heroes of the companion animal world.  There are so many hard working people out there; rescue organizations, shelters, dog park committees, service dog trainers, spay/neuter initiatives, organizations working with feral populations, the list goes on and on.   Watching my facebook
I just saw a horrible news story about a local woman being charged for abusing 15 dogs in her home in the Daniel McIntyre area, apparently running a puppy mill out of her house.  The dogs had been basically abandoned, many were abused, were injured and all were dehydrated and malnourished.  This was in a house, in the city!  It
Its that time of year again, time to start planning summer vacations, and how to integrate your pets into those plans.   Some pets, mainly dogs, enjoy traveling with their families, and are quite at home in the car, or in a kennel at the hotel while the family is pursuing activities where a pet might not be appropriate or even
One of the biggest questions we get asked is what is the best way to transition a pet between foods.   The accepted procedure is to wean the pet between the foods over a week by mixing the foods, gradually moving from one to the other.  25% new, 75% old for a few days, 50/50 for a few days, 75% new, 25% old for a few days and you're