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Pet Valu Spring 2014 Companion

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F riday, July 28th, 2006 on our way to a cottage we adopted Lucy. Even though it seems spontaneous, it wasn't. We had been searching and talking about adopting a puppy for a while and it was only a matter of time. Mind you, we did not anticipate that on that drive to Lake Erie we would become a family of 3. This is why we didn't have any- thing. Her former parents gave us some food, a crate and a blanket – the rest was up to us. A list, like on page 18-19 would have been helpful. Our first stop, before hitting the lake, was Pet Valu Port Colborne where we bought Lucy an adjustable collar, leash, feeding bowls, a couple toys and some treats. Three things we learned very quickly about a 7 week old yellow Labrador: • Durable toys are the best. A Puppy Kong and West Paw Hurley provided hours of entertainment for Lucy. And buy a Chuckit!, you won't regret it. • Labs will do anything for a treat (or food in general). Stock up on small, healthy treats you can dish out quickly and not fill your puppy's tummy. Plan to go through a lot of these. • Tired puppies are good puppies. Between toys, treats and exercise you will save your home and furniture from those tiny teeth! Knowing what I know now, I do wish I started doing my food research a little earlier and asking more questions, like what is the difference between Holistic and Super-Premium foods (pages 13-15)? And housebreaking a puppy was new to all three of us. Read all about training your new family member on page 9. To all of you adopting new pets this spring, good luck, have fun, and take lots of pictures! Happy reading, Kellie McCutcheon EDITOR Follow us on www.petvalu.com EDITOR Kellie McCutcheon DESIGN Daniel Cullen, Kelly Natola CONTRIBUTORS Lua Emilia, Alison Priess, Tera Cashen Gavin Carothers, Michelle Edmundson Contact Us Kellie McCutcheon Pet Valu Companion 130 Royal Crest Court, Markham, ON, L3R 0A1 For advertising opportunities, e-mail companion@petvalu.com Product availability will vary by store location. Products may not be exactly as shown. Not responsible for typographical errors. Prices listed are in effect until May 31, 2014 and thereafter are subject to change without notice. Please note that the suggested retail prices referenced in Companion magazine are merely suggestions and may differ in stores. ©2014 PET VALU 3 › COUPON CRAZY Save on some of our hot products 5 › MEET HERO A store cat reunited with his rescuer 6 › PET EXPERT APPROVED Our own Pet Experts dish on their favourites 9 › TRAINING: HOUSEBREAKING Learn how to make housebreaking a breeze 10 › FINDING THE RIGHT FIT Understand what type of pet fits with your family 13 › DR DAVE: HOLISTIC VS. SUPER-PREMIUM Dive into these types of dog food with Dr. Dave 18 › PUPPY & KITTEN WISH LISTS Ever ything you need for your new pet! 20 › BETTA FISH 101 Welcoming a betta into your home 22 › NEW & IMPROVED PETVALU.COM Online never looked so good! 26 › KIDZ ZONE Scavenger Hunt, Contest Results & Spring Names for New Pets In this issue ®™ Trademarks used under license. PET VALU CANADIAN EDITION ➺ In the Next Issue Summer is here! We will focus on hydration, hot new summer products & offer solutions for pets that engulf their food. CORRECTION NOTICE! Our Fall Companion cover was photographed by Marcia Leeder Photography. Our adorable model was Storm, a French Bulldog puppy. Happy reading, Kellie McCutcheon

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