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May 2011 Blog Posts (10)

Is your sit broken?

"My dog refuses to sit when we are outside on our walks – he knows what I'm asking but he's being stubborn."

 

The truth of the matter is that dogs aren't stubborn; they don't do things out of spite or to drive us crazy. If they are failing to comply with our request, we need to look a little deeper. We need to understand how dogs learn and how we can best set them up to succeed long term. 

There are four stages of…

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Added by Caryn Charlie Liles on May 31, 2011 at 12:46am — No Comments

The Jones Library is my Magazine Stand

Public libraries are such a good idea. I know that sounds simplistic and kind of obvious, but think about it. If libraries (and the infrastructure for them) didn’t already exist, it would be nearly impossible to start up today, don’t you think?

Anyway, on to the point of the post. We have some really good public library branches in Toronto (S. Walter Stewart is my personal fave), and some that are just so-so. I used to think the Jones library (my local branch) wasn’t anything special,…

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Added by Avery on May 24, 2011 at 4:09pm — 18 Comments

Plan B

“We’ve tried to create a space that’s bright and cheery; that’s eternally summer, even in the middle of winter,” says manager and partner, Kate Hardy. And in Toronto, where winter does frequently drag on, it makes good sense.  While not your traditional coffee shop, Plan B, is a fun addition to the neighborhood and worth the short meander up from the bustle of the Queen East cafes.…

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Added by Mark Cutforth on May 20, 2011 at 11:52am — No Comments

Dog Bite Prevention

As part of Dog Bite Prevention Week, I wanted to jot down a few ideas on how we can prevent dog bites in our homes and communities.

Early Socialization

When bringing your puppy home, be sure to start socializing them right away - people, dogs, cats, puppies, children, vehicles, noises, wheelchairs, everything. Don't miss a thing - these…

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Added by Caryn Charlie Liles on May 19, 2011 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Lovin’ Little Peeps

When the weather was so lovely last week, I put Clara in her stroller and took lots of walks around the ‘hood.  On Thursday we strolled to Little Peeps, a kids’ store on Queen (between Broadview and Logan).  Little Peeps carries Skip*Hop products, which I love, so I wanted to see if they had a Skip*Hop playmat.  While in the shop, I struck up a great…

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Added by Avery on May 16, 2011 at 2:12pm — No Comments

GREAT LOCAL CATERER- NIBBLES AND NOSH OWNER STEPHEN CLARKE

I had the great pleasure of being invited to a special weekend brunch which was catered by a wonderful local caterer .

Stephen has been in the food business for several years both here and abroad, and most recently part of the Four Season's chain.  Being the entrepreneur that he is , he decided to go out on his own.  So far so good for this business guy.  Apparently keeping quite busy, including the likes of hosting smaller party venues (50 people) for companies like…

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Added by Andre Gratton on May 15, 2011 at 7:04pm — No Comments

How to walk your dog

We are taught how to teach our dogs to walk beside us in a perfect heel, how to sit, down and stay, but no one ever teaches us how to actually walk our dog. Do we spend the full 30 minutes with our dog in a perfect heel, giving occasional cues to "go potty" or "say hi" to another canine friend? It's no wonder pup-parents are all frustrated because "my dog still won't walk beside me" or the walks are altogether a disaster.

 

Loose-leash walking is a challenge that…

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Added by Caryn Charlie Liles on May 11, 2011 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Mmmmm Chick N Joy

I'm not usually one for trashy food, but sometimes it's just soooooo good.  Last night Ian and I picked up some fried chicken from Chick 'n Joy, and it did not disappoint.  It's just like KFC, but actually home-made.  And much better tasting (although, probably not much better for your health).…

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Added by Avery on May 8, 2011 at 9:33am — 2 Comments

Classic Gourmet Coffee

In an infamous 1950s Folgers commercial a young man sips from his cup and then crying out ‘Oh, this coffee is criminal,’ tosses it over the flower bed as his wife shrieks, ‘Honey, you’ll kill the petunias.’ In order to save her  marriage and the defenseless petunias her grocer, Papa Eddie recommends she switch to mountain grown Folgers. 

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Added by Mark Cutforth on May 3, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Brighten Up with Florabunda

Like most people, I love having fresh flowers around the house.  Makes everything seem brighter and prettier – which is essential on these grey rainy days.

So I like to treat myself to a walk down Queen Street to Florabunda every once and a while – they have great flowers at amazing prices.  Seriously amazing prices.  Like 5 bucks for a small bouquet.  The owner is almost always behind the till, and he is really friendly and helpful.…

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Added by Avery on May 1, 2011 at 1:16pm — No Comments

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Leslieville Local Business Marketing - 10 ways to use TheLeslieviller.com

Posted by Nolin (Admin) on February 3, 2011 at 12:00pm 4 Comments

When I launched this site in early 2009, one of the compelling reasons for doing so was that I was struck by how many of the businesses in Leslieville are locally owned and operated.  Another big observation was (and still is) how proud most…

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