Pawsitively Pets For Kids fosters bonds between critters and kids with classes and camps designed to teach children to care for a variety of animals. Tortoises, chinchillas, snakes, and other exotic animals have all crawled, slithered, and hopped their way into Pawsitively Pets’ wide-ranging curriculum, along with more traditional domestic beasts, such as hamsters, kittens, and guinea pigs. During summer camps or classes held after school and on the weekends, Pawsitively Pets also uses kids’ enthusiasm for animal interactions to fuel projects and cooperative group activities, helping foster kids’ inner creativity and teamwork skills.
At Pet Intel. Behaviour Centre, Jessica O’Neil continues to apply her expertise earned through a diploma in canine behaviour and technology as well as her seven years as an animal-behaviour consultant. During the Puppy Program and Balance Program, O’Neil and her team turn mettlesome mutts into upstanding canine citizens by instilling in them respect for human beings while teaching them to respond to commands and eye contact. The centre also offers service-animal training, as well as social clubs and doggy daycare that further the progress of appropriate behaviour.
Omega Laser's specialists combine acupuncture techniques with modern technology in an effort to balance the flow of energy between the meridians of the body. During smoking-cessation treatments, low-level lasers target trigger points on the hands, ears, and face, which releases endorphins that can significantly lessen symptoms of withdrawal and physical cravings. Technicians also provide guidance for clients hoping to master the psychological urge to light up.
Frozen lakes, snowy hills, and warm ocean waves are transformed into arenas over which to slip and slide, thanks to the experienced instructors at Kite Club NY. During private and group lessons, they teach students how to strap into skis, snowboards, or surfboards, take the reins of a kite, and harness the wind's power. Kiteboarders learn techniques such as riding one-handed, leaping into the air, and even riding uphill.
As she trained her camera lens on the young couple's toddler, Christine Tripp had to reassure them it didn't matter if he was making a mess on the set. It was easy to take her reassurance to heart, because Christine had also been there moments after his birth, aiming her camera at his first moments in the bright hospital room. She'd been there back when his mother's belly began to swell and she wanted her new curves immortalized. She'd been there to capture his parents' wedding reception, and she'd framed their candid joy months before that, at an outdoor photo shoot marking their new engagement. With an eye sharpened by natural, free-form portrait and wedding shoots, including a cover for Ottawa Wedding Magazine, Christine treats photography as an investment in storytelling—often building lasting relationships with her clients in the process. In her three-room studio, Christine shoots using a blend of studio and natural light, augmenting subjects with set pieces such as vintage chairs and art, or garbing them in costumes. She also brings these accents to her on-location shoots, where she skillfully persuades the sun to coat her subjects in its natural light. When not using local scenery as a backdrop, Christine performs exotic shoots at destination weddings that often yield irreproducible photogenic moments, such as one shoot in Mexico where the bride waded into the surf in her full wedding dress. With the help of her staff, Christine translates these photographs into framed canvases, gallery collections, and photo albums, helping clients showcase their personalities on their mantels to remind them that that's where they live. Christine also taps into her early aspiration of being a teacher as she mentors blooming shutterbugs on using their digital cameras and digital single-lens-reflex (DSLR) cameras, granting them ways to freeze time more skillfully. When not behind the camera for paying clients, Christine often shoots pro bono photography for organizations such as Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Children's Aid Society.