Tips to help you handle a dog fight!

how to handle a dog fight


Dog fight!

Did that just send a shiver down your spine? They’re two of the most dreaded words for a dog owner. Every dog owner fears them and try their best to avoid them, but sometimes they still happen. Maybe you’ve been approached by an off-leash dog in your neighborhood, or you meet an unfriendly pooch at the dog park. Or maybe even your own two dogs who are normally BFF’s have a little lover’s quarrel.

Dog fights happen and we have some tips to help deal with them. (more…)

Meet Amaya: A Calgary Humane Society Foster Story

Meet Amaya

Amaya is a sweet puppy who needs a little extra care before she finds her forever home. We want to share her journey with you, so follow our weekly blog series as this girl heals and grows in our Foster ProgramPlease note: Amaya is not available for adoption at this time. 


Once people find out I work for Calgary Humane Society, the first question I usually get asked is, “So, do you get to snuggle puppies and kittens all day?” No, this is usually not my job, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t get to do this sometimes. Yes, puppies and kittens are adorable, but animals that need some extra love and care is where I really like to focus my attention.

The Foster program was a no brainer for me. My partner took a little bit more convincing, especially after a few of the singleton kittens I brought home, but I think we have really gotten the hang of having an extra little fur ball in the house. We already have two dogs, a three year old boxer and a 15 year old pit bull/boxer cross, and a cat, but “What is one more animal” I said. Later, those words would come to bite me in the butt. (more…)

Cocktails for Critters 2015: Hello again! It’s me, Duke!

hello it's me duke


Hello again! It’s me, Duke!

Remember me? I am your OFFICIAL 2015 Cocktails for Critters Spokesdog and for the last few months I’ve been sharing my story with you. In case you missed it, here is the review:

I was supposed to be a designer dog… but somewhere along the way things went wrong. When I was born my legs didn’t work properly and I couldn’t breathe well. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t play. Every day I struggled just to get enough air.

And that was my life for my first two years, until Calgary Humane Society saved me. I still remember the day everything changed. I was at home when some officers came to the house. They looked at me and all of the other dogs in the house. They promised they would help us. The day I was rescued I met a lot of nice people! I used my irresistible charm to make friends with all the ladies… nobody could resist my kisses!  (more…)

Halloween Hazards! Keeping your pet safe.

Haloween Hazards


It’s hard to believe but Halloween is just around the corner! Soon the streets will be flooded with little ghouls and goblins looking to fill bags full of sweet treats. Halloween is a great opportunity to meet your neighbours, admire some creative costumes and, of course, enjoy the occasional mini chocolate bar!

While Halloween is a fun time for people, it can be a scary time for pets! The strange visitors, ringing doorbell and unusual costumes may cause stress or even frighten a family pet. To make sure Halloween is fun for the whole family, Calgary Humane Society wants to remind you of a few safety tips for your pets! (more…)

Pumpkin for Pooches!




Happy October, Calgary Humane Society Supporters!

With Halloween just around the corner, it seems like a great time to talk about one of the favorite dog delicacies here at the shelter – pumpkin! Yep! You read that right. Pumpkin! In addition to being a festive decoration for your porch, pumpkin can be a great addition to your dog’s diet!  (more…)

10 Questions To Ask Before You Get A Dog!

10 dog questions


Hello CHS Supporters! We hope you are loving dog month here on the blog. October is our month to pay tribute to all things canine! If there is a topic you’d like to see covered about man’s best friend, let us know by connecting on our Facebook community page!

Today we bring you some important food for thought if you are planning to add a new furry friend to your family. Ten important questions to ask before you get a dog!

  1. What will my life look like in the future? Have you just experienced a major life change (moving, relationship beginning or ending, birth of a child, job change etc.) or are you expecting one in the next six months? If so it is probably best to hold off on the furry new addition until things have stabilized. Along the same lines, it is important to consider what your life will look like even further into the future. The puppy you adopt today will be with you for 10-15 years or even more! Planning how you will care for your pet in the future is an important thing to think about before you make the life-long commitment!


All about dog noses!




Hello Calgary Humane Supporters! October is dog month at the shelter, and we hope you’re enjoying all of our fun doggy facts. Today on the blog we have decided to talk about… your pooch’s nose!

Yep, that’s right, it’s all about the schnoz today. We’re bringing you the cute, the cool and the curious about the canine olfactory system. (more…)

Tips for housetraining an adult dog!

Tips for Housetraining


One of the benefits we usually tout about the adoption of an adult or senior dog is the fact they’re housetrained.

“I sure enjoy cleaning up dog pee and poops off my floor,” said No One ever.

During their stay at the shelter though, some housetrained dogs lose their housetraining skills and will do their business in their kennel area. Additionally, scents and odors from other pets in the shelter may cause them to do a little territory marking.

But don’t worry. This is a problem that is easily fixed!  (more…)