February 1st, 2013


From puppy pret-a-porter to kitty couture, PET FASHION is your guide to what the world’s best-dressed pets are wearing. This one-of-a-kind Canadian series returns to The Pet Network this weekend with brand new episodes. Here’s the official announcement from the producers, our friends at FRONT TV:

PET FASHION, the only show of its kind that brings pet chic into focus, is returning for a fourth season on The Pet Network. New episodes of the half-hour program, hosted by Kristina Ejem (pictured below) will make their broadcast premiere on Saturdays and Sundays, starting February 2, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. ET. (Repeats at 1 am ET.)

PET FASHION, a fun and innovative lifestyle series, offers an in-depth look at the evolving world of the companion-animal kingdom – from educators and innovators creating the latest pet products, to visionary designers who are shaping the current pet fashions and trends of tomorrow, to the pet lovers who share their stories and the contents of their pet’s closets.

The new season will include a salute to all things fandom-licious, an interview with a real-life Dr. Dolittle, a discussion of pet reincarnation, and an introduction to a canine whose resumé reads like an A-list celeb. We’ll also meet a pet-advocate Italian Prince, go gaga over pet fashion, get the inside scoop on the latest pet-centric events, and more.

“This is this only program that shines a positive light on pet fashion designers,” says PET FASHION producer Bianca Kapteyn. “Usually, the editorial slant on these stories is jokey and frivolous. We take pet fashion designers seriously. Some of them are practically rock stars.”

PET FASHION is produced by FRONT TV, an international award winning and broadcast design and branding agency with its own TV production and animation arm that is aimed at producing high-quality, ground breaking entertainment. FRONTS’ headquarters, TV studio, animation and post-production facilities are located in Toronto, ON. For more info: www.front.tv.


FIDO & WINE Is Back!

January 9th, 2013


The wait is over! Fido & Wine is back for a new season! We’ll be premiering new episodes online, right here at www.thepetnetwork.tv, starting this Monday. Here’s the news release with all the details:

TORONTO, January 7, 2013: Fido & Wine, the world’s first cooking show dedicated to sharing ideas and recipes for meals that both people and their pets can enjoy, is returning to The Pet Network for a second season.

New episodes of the half-hour program, hosted by Laura Ducharme, will premiere online at www.thepetnetwork.tv, starting on Monday, January 14. The episodes will make their broadcast television premiere on The Pet Network in the spring of 2013.

Viewers will find full episodes of the show, along with recipes and more, at www.thepetnetwork.tv/fido-wine.

Fido & Wine Producer Jen Mitchell Oddi says this Pet Network original series taps into an area of growing interest among animal lovers.

“More and more Canadians are concerned with finding alternatives to processed pet foods and making sure that their dogs and cats enjoy healthier, more wholesome diets,” says Ms. Mitchell Oddi, who also authors My Dog’s Breakfast, a popular blog devoted to home cooking for canine companions.

“People often assume that preparing homemade meals for a pet is difficult, time-consuming and costly – but it doesn’t have to be,” she says. “Fido & Wine is all about finding inspiration to create simple, enjoyable and affordable meals for the special animals in our lives, using fresh and natural ingredients.”

The highlights of season two will include a “round-up” dinner inspired by a demonstration of duck and sheep herding, and a hearty cold-weather meal for some hard-working sled dogs. Fido & Wine will also take on the issue of pet obesity, with an episode devoted to weight-loss recipes. All this, plus a look at meal ideas for felines, and guest appearances by some of Canada’s leading design and renovation celebrities.

Don Gaudet, Vice President, Programming and Production for Stornoway Communications, which owns and operates The Pet Network, says the return of Fido & Wine reflects the station’s commitment to delivering entertaining and informative stories about the animal companions who share our lives.

“Pets are important members of our families. And as with other family members, we want the very best for them. Fido & Wine speaks to the many Canadians who care passionately about making sure their pets enjoy long, healthy and happy lives.”

The success of Fido & Wine has also sparked a spin-off project from the same production team: an original documentary for The Pet Network, now in development, that will explore the link between nutrition and aggressive behaviour in canines.

Season two of Fido & Wine is produced with the assistance of the Canadian Media Fund.


The Library Cat Gap

November 26th, 2012

Via Library Fangirl’s Tumblr, we have discovered this informative and important graphic — perhaps the most informative and important graphic you will see all day. Assembled for the betterment of all mankind by the good people of Iron Frog Productions, it maps the proportional distribution of library cats around the globe.

Image by Iron Frog Productions

Could this graphic be any better? Well, yes it could: if it were a pie chart — a pie chart made of actual pie. But until the advanced technology necessary to construct infographics from delicious pastries becomes widely and affordably available, this will do. It will do just fine.

And what is this we read? It appears that Canada, our home and native land, lags far, far behind the United States in the per capita distribution of that most essential natural resource: the library cat. Ladies and gentlemen, we are suffering from a library cat gap.

True, Canada can claim more library cats than Iceland. And Australia. And all of stinky-cheese-eating Europe (if you factor in that one of theirs is a statue). But still. The profusion of library cats is the true measure of a society’s moral and cultural health. Or, as Library Fangirl puts it: “I stand by the belief that if libraries themselves are wonderful, libraries + furry mewing balls of cuddly fur can only be EVEN MORE WONDERFUL.”

We must not rest until a fuzzy tabby is snoozing on the bookshelves, shedding fur all over the reading room chairs and mildly irritating the patrons of every public library across this great nation. We must close the library cat gap.

Here’s an interesting article about library cats.

And here’s a Web page devoted to Dewey, the most famous of America’s library cats.

June Free Preview News

June 5th, 2012


Can it really be June already? Whether you’re out walking your pooch in the sunshine, or just lounging with your kitty on the back porch, there’s no better time of year to be a pet owner.

And here’s little added brightener for your day: if you’re a Shaw customer, you can enjoy The Pet Network in free preview until June 30. That’s a whole month of Pit Boss, Pet ER, Fido & Wine, Fatal Attractions, Pet Cinema and more, all free of charge.

Check local listings to find out what channel The Pet Network is on in your community. And go to Shaw.ca or call (403) 716-6000 to subscribe.

Don’t forget to visit thepetnetwork.tv or our Facebook page for programming info and other updates.

Purina Walk For Guide Dogs

May 28th, 2012


Posted by Christina Dun

Some dogs are cut out for more than just playing in parks and running around the house — they have what it takes to be trained to help people with visual or hearing impairment, physical disabilities and other medical conditions. The Purina Walk for Dog Guides is a national event, held in more than 250 communities across Canada, that raises money to help train dog guides. Each walk is organized by local volunteers, with support from Lions Foundation of Canada. This year’s national walk date was Sunday May 27

Last week, I got to cover Woofjocks with the PETnews team. While the Purina walk in Toronto didn’t have dogs jumping over hurdles or running through obstacles, there were plenty of enthusiastic canines — and their owners — on hand to enjoy a great day for a great cause. Purina president Karen Kuwahara was there with her dog Belle to do the official leash cutting, which kicked off the walk down Queen’s Quay.

All photos by Christina Dun. Follow her blog HERE.


PETnews Meets Woofjocks

May 27th, 2012


You’ll believe a dog can fly! The doggie daredevils of Woofjocks are renowned for their spectacular displays of canine athletic prowess. So Kalen and the PETnews team paid a visit to Purina PawsWay last weekend, to catch these fabulous flying furballs in action. Flyball, freestyle disc, agility — the Woofjocks do it all. Check out the videos, just posted on thepetnetwork.tv.

Don’t forget to catch the latest PETnews videos on our YouTube channel, HERE.


May Free Preview!

May 1st, 2012


Are you a Shaw Direct customer? If the answer’s yes, then we’ve got news that will make your month: The Pet Network  is in free preview on Shaw Direct from now until May 31. We’ve lined up a selection of our best pet documentaries,  along with great episodes of Fido & Wine, Fatal Attractions, Pit Boss and all of our other favourite series — so tune in to catch the action!

You’ll find The Pet Network on channel 556/187 (Classic/Advanced). Go to shawdirect.ca or call 1.888.554.7827 to subscribe.

Visit thepetnetwork.tv or our Facebook page for programming updates, and check back here in June for more free preview news!


Complete THE PET NETWORK’S viewer survey …

April 2nd, 2012


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Your ideas can help us make The Pet Network even better. Just CLICK HERE, fill out our online viewer questionnaire, and enter for your chance to win a brand new iPod nano.

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Draw closes Monday April 30. See the contest Terms & Conditions HERE.


Marlies Dog Day!

March 27th, 2012


The Pet Network is pleased to support, once again, Toronto Marlies Dog Day!

The Marlies, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, are inviting hockey fans across the Greater Toronto Area to bring their dogs to the game on Saturday April 7, when the team squares off against division rivals the Grand Rapid Griffins. The puck drops at 3 pm.

Tickets in the Doggy Section at Ricoh Coliseum (100 Princes Boulevard, Toronto) are a mere $15, plus a $5 donation to support the Ontario SPCA.

Want to win free tickets to the game, so you can take your pooch? Just visit our FACEBOOK PAGE  any time between now and Monday April 2 at 5 pm ET to enter the Marlies Dog Day contest. Good luck!

CLICK HERE to visit the Toronto Marlies online. CLICK HERE for more information on the Ontario SPCA.

PETnews: The Purina National

March 23rd, 2012


Check out our first PETnews segment!

England has Crufts. New York has Westminster. And Canada has The Purina National®, a charity event for the Canadian Kennel Club Foundation.

It’s Canada’s most prestigious dog show, with top international judges on hand as hundreds of purebreds from around the world compete for their share of honour and prize money.

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