Rose Webster

As an advocate for both animal and human rights, I am passionate about the betterment of society and our planet. Formerly, I studied nursing, orthotics/prosthetics (artificial limbs), and ophthalmic (eye care) assisting. I also write healthy, gluten-free recipes and love to dabble in the humour niche.

Recent Posts

Penguins Keep Calm and Waddle On
Jan 3, 2015
Some penguins in zoos are going out for daily walks to help keep them fit during the winter months. It's also believed to help reduce their stress levels. According to the IUCN Red List, only the King, Little (aka Blue)...
Polar Bears: Why We Need to Save Their Arctic Home
Dec 27, 2014
Polar bears are difficult to study, monitor and track in the arctic region. Out of 19 sub-populations, the Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) found reliable data for just over half. What we know for certain is that arctic ice is...
In The Wild
How to Keep Your Home Pet-Safe This Holiday Season
Dec 20, 2014
When news that a kitten died after eating Christmas tree needles was brought to my attention, I felt compelled to research lesser-known holiday hazards. I was surprised to learn that lilies (and other holiday plants) are far more toxic to...
Yes, Animals Have Emotions and Feelings (Even Fish)
Dec 13, 2014
If you were told that fish have no feelings or that sheep are stupid, you might be surprised to learn what scientists are proving over and over again. Animals have emotions and feelings just like we do. I might go...
We Are Losing Giraffes at an Alarming Rate
Dec 6, 2014
Giraffe populations are crashing faster than ever. In a decade, their numbers have been cut in half. Initially, I thought their decline must be related to habitat loss or human encroachment. But no, it isn't. One of the most disturbing...
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Rhino Horn: The Most Expensive Placebo
Nov 29, 2014
It's tragic that all five species of rhinos are threatened because of poaching. In 2010, Vietnam lost the last Javan rhino known alive. Poachers shot him in the leg and then viciously hacked off his horn, leaving him to die...
Snowy Owls and Why You Might Be Seeing More of Them
Nov 22, 2014
I've been fortunate to see snowy owls up close at Mountsberg, a conservation area in Halton, but I was surprised to find one atop a utility pole along the outskirts of Toronto. Incredibly, this gorgeous owl has been able to...
In The Wild
How to Avoid a Collision With an Animal
Nov 15, 2014
The month of November is the deadliest for wildlife on our roads. Larger animals, like moose and deer tend to travel more during the fall mating season and are attracted to the salt used on icy roads. As such, I...
Raccoons: How to Coexist With Our Beloved Masked Bandits
Nov 8, 2014
As cute as they are, raccoons belong in the wild. In Toronto, we have learned to live with them by taking preventative measures to keep them from invading our garbage, compostable waste, and property. Keeping food and grease drippings (usually...
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Lonesome George and Good News for Galapagos Tortoises
Nov 1, 2014
The last Pinta Island tortoise, Lonesome George, was known as the rarest creature in the world. Since 1972, he lived in his corral at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. On June 24th, 2012, his long-time caretaker...
Important Halloween Safety Tips from Veterinarians
Oct 25, 2014
This Halloween, our pets deserve some special consideration. For some, particularly dogs, Halloween can be lots of fun. But for many pets, it's a terrifying evening - strange people in costumes, doorbell ringing, and scary noises emanating throughout the neighbourhood.
Want to Be Healthier and Happier? Interact With Animals
Oct 18, 2014
There have been numerous studies that clearly prove the health and safety benefits to humans when they interact with therapy animals. But what about the physical and emotional effects of just being in the presence of animals? And is it...
Cheetahs Face Extinction: Can We Save the Fastest Land Animal?
Oct 11, 2014
To think of cheetahs only existing for another 20 years came as a shock to me. Yet that was the message I heard from Dr. Laurie Marker, founder and director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. She, along with other wildlife...
In The Wild
Need to Evacuate? Don't Leave Your Pets Behind
Oct 4, 2014
Should your family ever need to evacuate, it's best to take your family pet(s) with you at the same time. Going back to rescue a pet later risks your life and further divides your family once again. Be prepared to...
How to Help Wild Birds Survive the Winter
Sep 27, 2014
Last winter's harsh conditions and record-breaking low temperatures caused thousands of waterfowl to starve. For the first time in 20 years, the Great Lakes area and Georgian Bay froze over. Ducks that only eat live fish or need open bodies...
In The Wild
Vet Performs Risky Tumour Removal and Saves George the Goldfish
Sep 20, 2014
I thought it was wonderful that Dr. Tristan Rich performed life-saving tumour removal surgery on a pet goldfish named George. The 45-minute procedure involved three separate buckets of water (the first two contained an anaesthetic). George was kept alive and...
Hurray for the 23rd Annual Dog Olympics
Sep 13, 2014
If you live in or near Raleigh, North Carolina you should bring the whole family and your dog to the 23rd annual NCSU Dog Olympics. If it doesn't rain, it will be held on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 from 10...
Our Porch Light Became a Home for a House Finch Family
Sep 6, 2014
When a House Finch couple decided to settle down and have a family atop my front porch light, I began using my back door to avoid disturbing them. Yet somehow one of their eggs fell to the ground and broke...
In The Wild
Under a Porch and Into Our Lives
Aug 30, 2014
When I was asked to write for Paw, Mane 'n Fin a few months, the first thing I did was submit a photo of our latest rescue cat Kady. I've been meaning to write more about how she came into...
Dr. Google Vs. Your Veterinarian: The Alarming Truth
Aug 23, 2014
When it comes to your pet, relying on Dr. Google for a diagnosis may be downright dangerous. It has resulted in pets suffering longer than need be or being seen too late. Although financial reasons and a lack of understanding...
World's First Surviving Triplet Panda Cubs Doing Well
Aug 16, 2014
It's been called a miracle that triplet panda cubs have survived birth and seem to be doing well. The triplets, whose gender cannot be determined for a few months, were barely the size of a human palm when born. They...
Unlikely Friendships: Cats and Other Species
Aug 9, 2014
Sometimes a cat owner will have the opportunity to adopt another pet - either another cat or an entirely different species of animal. Before you commit to having another four-legged member of your family, it's helpful to consider the early...
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