Bracebridge, branded as "The Heart of Muskoka", is located geographically in the centre of Muskoka. The community was incorporated as a village in 1875 and a town in 1889. With the advent of regional government in Bracebridge shopperJanuary 1971, the Town of Bracebridge and the surrounding townships were brought together as one municipality. It encompasses 62,119 hectares and has five wards: Bracebridge, Monck/Muskoka, Macaulat, Draper and Oakley. The naming of Bracebridge has been traced to a postmaster who took the name from the book, "Bracebridge Hall" written by American author Washington Irving.

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13 Quirky Facts about Companion Animals

Think you know everything there is to know about your favorite furry, finned or feathered friend? Chances are there are some interesting facts that even the most ardent animal-lover may be surprised to learn.

  1. Tough tongue: Cats' tongues are covered with little structures called "filiform papillae," which are like tiny hooks pointing toward the throat. These hook-like structures help hold food while a cat is eating. The papillae also help with grooming. Humans can feel these barbs when licked by cats.
  2. Seeing spots: Dalmatians are born all white. Their spots will develop within the first few weeks of life and can be black, brown or liver colored.
  3. Sleepy time: Cats are born loungers and will spend on average 16 hours of the day snoozing. Only sloths spend more time asleep.
  4. Send a message: Fish do not have vocal chords, but they can use low-pitched moans, grunts, hisses, and wails to communicate with one another.
  5. Watch the eyes: Pet birds can communicate feelings through their pupils. If pupils are dilated, the bird is calm. Pinprick-sized pupils mean birds are agitated and may bite.
  6. Meeeoooowww: Cats only meow to communicate with humans, not amongst them- selves.
  7. Seeing colors: Dogs are not color blind as once presumed. They can see colors, just not as vividly as humans.
  8. Kindle, not just for reading: A group of kittens is called a "kindle," while a group of cats is a "clowder."
  9. Almost wild: Dogs are so genetically similar to wolves that they can interbreed.
  10. Noseprints: Cats' and dogs' noses are unique, just like human fingerprints.
  11. Fishy growth rings: Fish do not add new scales as they grow. The scales increase in size and form growth rings that can reveal the age of the fish.
  12. Not domesticated: Birds are not domesticated. They're still rather wild and must be taught acceptable pet behavior.
  13. Barkless: Many dogs do not actively bark. One dog that rarely ever barks is the Basenji, due to a narrow larynx. It can yodel, however!