Cindy’s Pet Talk

Episode 9:

Dog Trainers, Pet Insurance & Microchipping

Cindy & Tim discuss dog trainers, pet insurance, microchipping & highlight Corner Brook Scaredy Cat Rescue, which leads to the discussion of feral cats. 


With the discussion about dog trainers, an interesting read is Cindy’s Blog titled: Discipline vs Training vs Love


Plus, read Cindy’s take on: small cute “feisty” dogs vs big dog and equating dog & child rearing at:

FYI: Why do people think this is a part of showing how well trained your dog is?  It proves nothing & is demeaning to your dog.

Pet insurances

According to The Spruce Pets (which adheres to strict standards of articles), they choose the top 5 healthiest breeds:

#1- Beagle, then: Australian Cattle Dog, Chihuahua, Greyhound, Poodle.

The jury is out in what is the unhealthiest breeds for everyone has their own version. My choice would be, in no special order: Shar Pei, French Bulldogs, English Bulldog, German Shepards, Spaniels. My theory is increase the popularity in a breed, increase its health problems, due to the Dalmatian Syndrome. Read about this phenomenon at


Microchipping your dog is practically a routine procedure for responsible pet owners, but remember, it is not a GPS locator.

The producer of this podcast with Lil & Jessie, the Staffy whose microchip floated away, as Cindy tells her experience with microchipping in this episode.


In each episode there is a hot topic discussed or a rescue group that the Don Cherry’s Pet Rescue Foundation has given a grant to.  In this episode Corner Brook Scaredy Cat Rescue was highlighted.  Click here for more information about this group in located in Newfound:


As with many cat rescues the main topic is the issue with feral cats, which is discussed by Tim & Cindy.  

If only Cindy’s friend in Kingston would read the last fact on the right.  As said many a times: “the road to hell is paved with good intentions!”

Pictured here is the animal that Cindy refers to in this episode that cleaned up a rat infestation by a Kingston waterfront & moved on to other “food sources” is called a Fisher.


AKA a FisherCat, though not related to cats, but is of the mustelid family (weasels). They grow up to 32-43” & can weigh between 3-13 lbs. Despite their name they rarely eat fish and one of the few animals that have no problem attacking & eating porcupines & the occasional cat according to Cindy’s friend in Kingston.


Other interesting facts:

When early Dutch settlers first encountered the fisher, they recognized its close resemblance to its European cousin, the polecat. Fitche was the Dutch word for polecat; over time, fishercat became the norm. Another common story of how “fisher” became “fishercat” is their reputation for sounding like caterwauling cats.

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