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The Pleasures of Poodles to a Pessimist

Renowned for his pessimism, German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) didn’t think very highly of his fellow human beings.  Shunning the company of “the common bipeds” that were his peers he had a loyal fondness for, of all things, poodles.  Increasingly antisocial with age, Schopenhauer believed wholeheartedly that “almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people”[1].  His response to this was to turn to his dear pets for solace, compassion and empathy.

Schopenhauer owned a series of poodles throughout the later part of his life, naming them all “Atma”, the Hindu word for the supreme universal soul from which all other souls arise.  His favourite “Atma” seems to have been a brown poodle that he owned towards the end of his life; Schopenhauer adored this dog above any person, even bequeathing a considerable sum of money in his will to ensure that the dog would be properly cared for after the philosopher’s death.

In his On The Basis of Morality, Schopenhauer assures us that “compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character” and celebrated the bond between humans and animals in his writings.  “To anyone who needs lively entertainment for the purposes of banishing the dreariness of solitude,” he tells us, “I recommend a dog, in whose moral and intellectual qualities he will almost always experience delight and satisfaction”[2].

Lonely, gloomy, isolated from his contemporaries, Schopenhauer found much needed cheer and compassion in his dear pet poodles, certain in the fact that “whoever has never kept dogs does not know what it is to love and be loved”[3].


[1] Schopenhauer, Arthur. The World as Will and Representation. Vol. II. Trans. E.F. Payne. London: Oxford University Press, 1988.

[2] Ibid.  Ideas Concerning Intellect Generally and in All RespectsParerga and Paralipomena.  Vol. II.  Trans. E.F. Payne.  London: Oxford University Press, 1982.

[3] Ibid.  Manuscript Remains: Counsels and Maxims. Ed. A. Hübscher. Berlin: 1971.



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905.689.8005. We will open the door and bring you and your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We ask 1 client per pet please. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday- Friday: 8:00am - 6pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm, & Closed on Sundays.

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon are closed until further notice.

5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

7. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

8. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital