Arbed Rescue seeks homes for special beagle puppies

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Roussel of Arbed Rescue. The NCVA does not have any additional information about the puppies; please contact Arbed Rescue directly at Photos are of the actual puppies available for adoption.


This summer two beagles were abandoned on the side of the road near Cornwall, Ontario. Arbed Rescue, a registered charity, took the beagles in and a week later the female gave birth to a litter of six puppies.

Three of the puppies remain up for adoption: Corann (named after her mother, Cora), Marlo (known to his foster mother as Jack!) and Amalda – the smallest of the litter.

We are trying hard to find the right homes for these pups where they will be cherished and loved family pets with wonderful families who will walk them and play with them. To date, we have received applications from hunters and from people who want to keep these little guys outdoors – these are not suitable homes. Please help spread the word about these adorable puppies!

The parents of these beagle pups were smaller beagles, with the dad (Barsley) weighing 25 lbs and their mom, Cora, weighing even less. All the pups are tricolour and beautiful; they are very affectionate and love to be pet and held.

Marlo (aka Jack) is the only remaining male. He loves to play outside and like any puppy, is energetic and loves attention from people – he’s a real character! He tries to get ahead of the others to be close to his person.

Corann (called “Nell” by her foster family) will vie for your attention and loves to be picked up until you bring her outside – she loves being outdoors more than anything and investigates everything! Corann has mastered the “guilty face” already and is really adorable!

Amalda (known as “Abby” to her foster family) is very small and snuggly. She loves to be held and carried and to be with people all the time – she behaves like a lap dog and is extremely cuddly!

Anyone wishing to adopt one or more of these puppies or wanting information should contact

The Mysteries of Food

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People who know me know that I am a lazy bastard. So you can understand how the idea that a healthy vegan diet must be “planned” never flew too well with me. When I went vegan, I just decided to eat a variety of foods, light on the grains, and wait to see if I died.

It’s been sixteen years and so far, so good.

Still, I’ve always been kind of fascinated by all the myth and legend surrounding nutrition, and vegan nutrition in particular.

Chocolate is the real third food group.

Questions like:

1) Is processing food really the devil’s work, or can it be a good thing sometimes?
2) Is there any scientific evidence that people with certain blood types need to eat meat? Cause it sounds like crap to me.
3) Do we “absorb” things like calcium, iron and B12 better from animal than from vegetable products?
4) If I take vitamin supplements, is that the same thing as eating vitamin-rich foods? And should I take a multivitamin or high dose single vitamins (like B12)?
5) I heard that milk actually causes osteoporosis because it leaches calcium out of your bones. Is that true? Do other things leach calcium out of your bones?
6) What is the essential fatty acid stuff all about? I thought flax was good, but now I hear flax isn’t good. Also, people are taking spoonfuls of oils (e.g. Udo’s) and saying it is making them smarter. Have they completely lost their minds?
7) I hear that red meat is bad for colon cancer, but is white meat OK?
8 ) What makes me fat, fat or carbs?
9) Some of the things raw foodists say make me think they’ve been eating the crazy flakes. Is raw food really better for you? Is cooked food actually bad for you?
10) In the end, how much do we “really know” about nutrition?

Vesanto Melina, R.D.

If you’re likewise intrigued by the mysteries of food, this Monday’s event is for you. Vesanto Melina, registered dietician and co-author of such classics as Becoming Vegan and Becoming Raw will be giving a talk at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 7pm. The talk, entitled “Veg Nutrition for Superb Health“, will answer many of your questions, and the reception afterwards will give you a chance to ask Vesanto whatever other questions you might have.

THe NCVA will be providing healthy treats for the reception. So far, we’ve lined up “burrito cornbread bites”, carrot cake, gluten free brownies and the ubiquitous veggies and dip. If you’ve got a favourite healthy and delicious finger food recipe that you’d like to bring, contact me at

Hope to see you there!

This Sunday – Vegan Bake Sale Fundraiser for Local Dog Rescue

Since you’ll all have to eat healthily once you’ve heard Vesanto Melina’s talk on Monday, Oct 15th, we think you should spend this weekend indulging in junk food…all for a great cause, of course!

Head over to Global Pet Foods in Hintonburg this Sunday, October 14th to show your support for “Sit With Me”, a new dog rescue in Ottawa. There will be delicious baked (vegan ♥) treats, $10 pawdicures, art prints, collars and lots more!

Check out some of the awesome dogs your contributions will help – these guys are currently up for adoption too!

Also check out “Sit With Me” on facebook and let the organizers know you’ll be coming by clicking “join” on the event page!

Finally, I (Erin) will be contributing baked goods – if you want to do the same, either bring your stuff to the venue on Sunday at 11am, or your can bring them to my house anytime before hand – I’m in Little Italy. Just email me at so we can arrange a dropoff.

See you there!

Veg Nutrition for Superb Health – Free presentation on Oct. 15

Vesanto Melina, R.D.

The NCVA was absolutely delighted a few months ago when, out of the blue, one of North America’s leading vegan dietitians contacted us to offer to speak for the NCVA in Ottawa.

Vesanto Melina, R.D., is the award-winning co-author of best-selling books Becoming Raw, Becoming Vegan, The New Becoming Vegetarian, Raising Vegetarian Children, The Raw Food Revolution Diet, The Food Allergy Survival Guide, and the new Cooking Vegetarian.  She co-authored many of these with the equally magnificent Brenda Davis R.D., who was a speaker at Veg Fest 2009. Ms. Davis had suggested she get in touch with us, since Ms. Melina is visiting Ottawa for a conference.

We are so fortunate to have access to such top-tier expertise, right here at home.  On Oct. 15  Ms. Melina will present a comprehensive overview on how to keep yourself in superb health on a plant-based diet.  Those who attend will be treated to an update on protein power from plant foods, bone building without a drop of dairy, getting reliable sources of vitamin B12, including the good fats in your menus, and keeping your blood sugar level between meals without resorting to vegan junk food.  They will also be treated to some semi-healthy vegan treats, in honour of Ms. Melina.

Ms. Melina has taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and at Seattle’s Bastyr University. She co-authored the joint position paper on vegetarian diets of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada. Her website is

Here are the details:

Veg Nutrition for Superb Health
by Vesanto Melina
Ottawa Public Library, main branch
(Metcalfe Street, downtown Ottawa)
7:00 p.m. – Come early to ensure you get a seat!