Pets

Pets and vets

published: October, 20, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Pets, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on what happens when animals discover they are at the vet's office

Pets and vets

It’s apparent that pets are important to many people living with HIV.  It’s also apparent that pets do people living with HIV a world of good, which fact we’ve covered extensively in the past, but that’s another story.  So what happens when your pet gets sick, or even needs a routine examination, or shots perhaps, and a visit to the vets office is called for. Does pet panic set in? Sometimes that visit’s a piece of cake. Sometimes it’s not. This post is mostly about when it

Becoming a daddy

published: October, 09, 2014 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Pets, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Our hereto single Positively Dating says, hands down, he‘s landed on the best relationship he has had in years. The lucky individual’s name? Mr. Bingley.

Becoming a daddy

Recently my world shifted from the mid-thirties to the late thirties. I’ve never really cared about it because age is just a number, right? I mean, I’m in the best shape of my life and look better than people much, much younger.  My age never crossed my mind until a random twink who wasn’t even old enough to witness the most important sporting event of my youth  - the Tanya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan kerfuffle! - called me a ”Daddy”.  A Daddy? Really? When I think of a “Daddy”,

My daily journey with HIV – and Lobo

published: September, 09, 2014 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Pets, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton on the benefits of pets – in his case an 18-month old Samoyed called Lobo – in providing support for people living with HIV

My daily journey with HIV – and Lobo

Going through an HIV diagnosis can be tough and living with it daily is no walk in the park, however there are numerous ways to cope and lift ones spirits. As I have mentioned before iin a previous post it is important to surround yourself with a support network of those going through the same thing, whether that be in person or online, as well as a group of affected people who are there to offer unconditional support. This support system is so important to our survival because regardless of

Purim - and a stranger in the night

published: March, 31, 2014 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Gay Men, Pets, Travel, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Brian Finch

Brian Finch writes from Tel Aviv "During Purim, a Jewish holiday akin to Halloween full of costumes and customary heavy drinking, I took my little Chihuahua out to check the landscape."

Purim - and a stranger in the night

 Where I’m living is really akin to being located at Dundas Square in Toronto, but without the square. It’s loud, with incessant car horns (this is the second official language of Israelis.) it's something that makes me want to hunt drivers down and bash them in the head. For example, stopping to make a turn waiting for an opening in traffic is almost a criminal offence.  Purim as you can imagine this place is central station for the drinking and partying cowd. This is kind of like stra

Memoirs of a caregiver – part four

published: March, 31, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Pets, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy is now the caregiver in his household after his negative partner developed prostate cancer. He’s documenting this turning of the tables while his partner is away having treatment, leaving him with a new puppy.

Memoirs of a caregiver – part four

Truth be told, it’s the puppy that is causing me more grief lately. Not that Ruby isn’t a good pup, but she’s only twelve weeks and she hasn’t quite got the hang of being house-trained yet. So whatever I do is interrupted almost hourly by trips to the great outdoors, even in the middle of the night. Typically she wakes up at 4.30 am wanting to go out and 6.30am wanting to be fed. This, needless to say, does not fit my sleep schedule very well. But she’s a darling of dog and has been

Cat rescue

published: March, 20, 2014 Categories // Pets, Health, 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

Meeting Major Tom

published: February, 26, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Features and Interviews, Pets, Lifestyle, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bassett owner Bob Leahy meets the delightful co-stars of the Harbourfront World Stage show “Major Tom" that is opening February 26 in Toronto - the UK’s Victoria Melody and her own loveable basset after whom the show is named.

Meeting Major Tom

I’ve said it before but World Stage, the exciting contemporary theatre season curated by the smart-as-a-whip Tina Rasmussen, a series that descends on Toronto’s Harbourfront right when we need it in the dark depths of winter, serves up some of the best theatre in Toronto. Exciting and unconventional, it is nevertheless always accessible. This is the same series that last year bought us a stage full of dogs – and no humans - in the decidedly wacky but uber-fun Dachshund UN, which I rev

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

Pet sounds

published: December, 12, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Pets, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Are pets good for you? They’ve sometimes come with health warnings for people living with HIV. But how much do those warnings apply in an age of antiretroviral therapy and immune systems that are sometimes doing very well. Bob Leahy reports.

Pet sounds

“My dog is my life. He is my reason for living. While I am tired of depending on everyone else, he depends on me. And every time I come home, every single time, I get a standing ovation".”  Anonymous AIDS patient I was diagnosed in 1993. At that time we had a very large tropical fish tank and either four or five cats. I forget exactly which, but I do remember we bought a lot of cat litter. Neither fish tanks nor being near cat poop were considered healthy adjuncts to HIV infection at the

Dogs at Christmas

published: December, 12, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Pets, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy and his annual ode to the season in which he (sort of) gets his three dogs to join him in wishing PositiveLite.com readers a happy holiday season.

Dogs at Christmas

I do this every year - send out hand-made Christmas cards to all on our list, which for the last dozen years or so have featured our stunningly reluctant dogs, two at first and latterly three. Their names, for those interested are (left to right) Dougall, Dudley and Peggy. Dougall is a chocolate lab (he’s clever), Dudley is a basset hound (he’s eager and fun) and Peggy – well, she’s a basset hound. Bassets, cute though they seem, are not known for their intelligence or willingness to d

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

Gotta love Dodger

published: February, 05, 2013 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Pets, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

A man and his dog. Our man Kengi Kat knew right away this one was a keeper. Says Kengi “Dodger is more than a simple little dog. He’s very much like a child to me.”

Gotta love Dodger

When I first met Dodger he was pretty beaten up. He was  very shy. He had stitches all over and had to wear a cone to keep himself from biting or scratching them. He had on a diaper and his eyes were filled with goop. It was raining when he arrived and Phillip had to sneak out in order to prevent him from panicking. Originally I was only going to foster him until he was adopted, as I wanted a dog a little bigger than him. However right away something about him felt right. Dodger was homeles

Furry Friends Friday – the holiday edition

published: December, 21, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Pets, Lifestyle, Bob Leahy - Publisher

It’s become an annual tradition. Bob Leahy drags out his three semi-endearing pooches, willing or not, to join in wishing everybody all the best of the season

Furry Friends Friday – the holiday edition

Back in the days when PositiveLite.com was young and goofy (well, goofier) we had a regular feature called Furry Friends Friday.  When Brian and I weren’t featuring the foibles of our respective dogs, I’d dredge YouTube for videos of singing cats or goats that fell over or – well you get the picture. But underneath there was serious intent – to acknowledge the important place that animals and pets have in our lives, quite often more so for people living with HIV. Every year around C

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