Wintertime presents challenges for our pets.  Over the years, we've picked up a few tricks that can make life easier that we love to pass along.  And, if you have any, we'd love to hear them.   Cats don't have an issue with outdoor weather in winter.  When petting my bengal Streaky this morning, I couldn't help but think how
There are a lot of little things that we have to deal with day to day in the pet business.  The toughest part of a full line pets store (one that has live animals as well as supplies) is dealing with live animals.    Taking care of one pet can sometimes be a challenge, right?  Some families have multiple pets, and even
Winterizing your pet. Winter is fast approaching, and when we’re out getting our new winter duds, let’s not forget our other family members who go out in our frigid weather as well. Dogs have a built in fur coat, and many do not need additional winter clothing.   Double coated dogs like Huskies, Sheppards, and Newfies have
  Winter is coming.  So, its time to get your dog groomed.  What?  Don’t I want my dogs coat to stay long and keep him warm in the winter?  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  Long coats do not keep a dog warmer in winter. They can actually make the dog colder.  Having five layers of clothes on does not
Many people think that keeping a dog’s coat long through the winter keeps it warm.  Unfortunately, this is not always true, and many poor animals suffer because of it.   And usually it is in springtime that we see the unfortunate results of these decisions. Those long coats that we are cleaning up in spring reveal problems
Our rescue shelters are overflowing with dogs and puppies looking for homes, and even with more spay/neuter programs in place, it does not seem to be slowing down.  With all these dogs looking for homes, I can understand why certain people are against dog breeders.  Most don’t understand that there is a difference between a bred
What is in your pet's food?   There have been a lot of media reports lately about pet foods, and large pet food companies being sued by consumers, and even suing each other over false claims and ingredient mislabeling.    There are a lot of factors that go into deciding which brand of pet food you want to choose for your
What a Canadian thing to do this winter.  Dog sledding.  Two of our new friends at the store are Sam and Marc-Andre of Harness Adventure.  They just moved down from Churchill and brought their 13 mushing dogs to the balmy southern locale of Richer, Manitoba.   Anyone who knows me knows that winter and I don’t get

Westman Reptile

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.