Articles tagged with: Pets

The importance of staying busy

published: March, 23, 2017 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, Photography, Pets, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L.A. correspondent Kengi deals with bereavement and stress by keeping busy - and does some great work in the process.

The importance of staying busy

I’m sitting down to write this post, because on those rare occasions when escaping with my camera for a photography excursion doesn’t seem to work, I then try to relax, calm and center myself by writing. As a backup, I have my candle burning, I really love a nicely scented candle. Damn, if I had some sage this would be perfect. I’m sipping my hot tea and my little Daisy has pulled her blanket off the sofa, placing it right next to my work space. She’s the dog that loves to be close to

Annual Canine Christmas Card

published: December, 24, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Living with HIV

It’s that time of year when editor Bob Leahy faces his biggest challenge – to get his three dogs to pose at least semi-artfully to wish you happy holidays and a simply great new year from all of us here on PositiveLite.com.

Annual Canine Christmas Card

2015. For the nth year in a row we pulled it off. It was a good time full of ups and downs, good behaviour, bad behaviour, rewards and disappointments -and the occasional scoop. No we are not talking about PositiveLite.com’s year in review but my annual attempt to capture our three pooches - Ruby, Dougall and Dudley in something resembling a festive mood.  And “resembling” is right. Those three dogs may be looking straight towards the camera  and with their red scarves and such may l

Not saying no

published: April, 02, 2015 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Pets, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Our Positively Dating has a new male in his life. But it hasn’t stopped him from no longer saying “no” to others.

Not saying no

I have been living my life even more like a hermit since becoming a single dad of the sweetest pitbull pup. I finally had a real excuse not to go out - “Oh I’m sorry I have to go home and walk the dog.” I would stay at home alone with my trusty pup and all was right with the world. Well…all was right except for my love life.  Roughly two months ago, when we had our first glimmer of nice weather and, before we got another load of snow dumped on us, I caught a bit pf spring fever. I ma

A growing family

published: March, 03, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Pets, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Awww! Meet Chuck. Our David Phillips on how a new pet changes everything

A growing family

On the evening of February 11 at the start of a snowstorm, my husband and I welcomed into our home Chuck, a 6 year old boy from central Virginia who had been in the care of a foster family nearby. Before Craig and I married, even before we were engaged, we had talked many times about enlarging our family; and the time had seemed right for a while. We had met with several local organizations about adoption since late November, and we had finally come upon one group as eager to work with us as

Cat rescue

published: March, 20, 2014 Categories // Health, Pets, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

David Philips takes in a feral cat and remembers the days when such animals were bad news for people with HIV with compromised immune systems.

Cat rescue

Thirty year-old flashback: it’s April 1983, just before my 18th birthday, and I get a call from Jerry, a dramatic friend from the Houston Leather scene concerned about his partner’s erratic behavior.  Dan had had flu-like symptoms for a couple of days that escalated overnight to include a severe headache and confusion. As an experienced brain surgery patient I was obviously qualified to suggest a diagnosis. Instead, I growled “Something could be eating his brain! Call for an ambulance

On becoming a Pet Shop Boy….

published: March, 18, 2014 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Pets, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker changes career tracks. Guess what he’s doing now?

On becoming a Pet Shop Boy….

We all have our various “break throughs” or as Oprah puts it, our “Aha moments”, when we realize that there is a great need for change in our attitudes, perspective and in the ways in which we live our lives. Equipped with a new mandate we diligently work towards transforming our lives in a new direction. We relish the opportunity as a fresh start and begin to look forward rather than behind us as we strive to move forward rather than wallow in despair, frustration or even worse…bitt

Memoirs of a caregiver, part three

published: February, 20, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Pets, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

As we grow older the tables can turn. Bob Leahy is documenting his transition from being a recipient of care to one who provides it. In this episode he talks about how his care duties are widening in scope even more.

Memoirs of a caregiver, part three

Editor Bob Leahy, when he isn't caring for his partner and new puppy, has breakfast every morning here at Jeannine's Backtalk Cafe in Warkworth, Ontario (pop 700). I don’t pretend that this story is at all unique. I tell it because I suspect it may be part of a growing trend - HIVers assuming the role of caregivers where previously they thought of themselves as recipients of care. It's a bit of an adjustment.  Last time I wrote, while dealing with my partner requiring radiation therapy af

Lady of the house

published: December, 12, 2013 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Pets, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Regular readers will be familiar with LA guy Kengi’s beloved pooch, Dodger. Now there is a new addition to the Kengi household. Meet Daisy

Lady of the house

Before leaving for Burning Man this past August I was thinking about getting another dog to keep Dodger company when he’s alone, but also for me. I started looking, but with each dog we met Dodger wasn’t too happy with them, it was starting to look like getting another dog was simply out of the question. However once I arrived back home the search continued, but this time I reached out to the person I received Dodger from. He made some solid suggestions and agreed to try to help us find

Barney’s Guide to Training Humans: an owner’s manual for cats

published: October, 15, 2013 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Pets, Lifestyle, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder with an excerpt from his new book about cats’ view of their human owners and how a cat should care for them

Barney’s Guide to Training Humans: an owner’s manual for cats

Introduction We’ve tolerated humans for thousands of years and will likely have to continue this unpleasant practice for another several thousand years; until that day when we evolve opposable thumbs and can annihilate them as a species.  This manual will assist any cat to learn the basics on how to properly care for and train your human. From Siamese to those patchwork things with long hair, any cat with half a brain can completely subjugate a human making napping easier and life more ca

Doggedly delicious

published: March, 01, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Theatre, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews Dachshund UN, the edgy performance installation featuring 36 dachshunds that’s part of the Harbourfront’s World Stage 2013 season, an irresistible show that stretches the boundaries of theatre and art.

Doggedly delicious

First, let's get this straight.Dachshund UN is without doubt the most unusual show I have ever seen. Period. Here’s the picture. You are seated with 350 others at Harbourfront’s EnWave theatre. The curtain rises and you are confronted with a massive replica of the UN Commission on Human Rights assembly hall in Geneva. There are the usual tiers of microphones, with a delegate seated for each of the 36 countries represented.  But there are no humans in sight. Each delegate is in fact a

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