black dog in front of ottawa haunted walk office

The Haunted Walk of Ottawa, located along Sparks Street, offers several themed walks nightly from April to November (but October is clearly popular) including The Original Haunted Walk through the downtown core. Outdoors and dog-friendly … if your dog walks nicely on a leash.

What to do with your dog indoors? Or outside while keeping your distance? My little pup – now about 16-years-old and dealing with dementia – has slowed down significantly. It feels like he went from turbo to turtle overnight … sadly, the clock is ticking. However, that’s not true for everyone. Many of us have […]

Parks Canada announced last May 2020 the Phase 1 opening of Canadian National Parks and historic sites for day use only, until further notice. This includes parking lots, trails and greenspaces, and some boat launches and fishing, but no camping until possibly late-June. Outdoor areas around historic sites are opening, but heritage buildings remain closed. (These aren’t pet-friendly anyway).

It’s about spending $100 in a local restaurant this week to bolster an industry hit hard by 2020 events. And if that restaurant is dog-friendly, all the better. Check out our challenge results…

dog and woman walking on bridge

Watching the ‘cancellations’ add up on our Dog Events Pages and making Xs through dates in my calendar has me wondering if my dog Victor’s dog festival days are behind him – and me.

In the meantime, some events aren’t taking any risks and moving exclusively online – particularly fundraisers for non-profits often dependent on one big annual event.

Yes, there are KOA Holiday Campground everywhere (especially in the US) and yes, I’ve already explored Sault Ste. Marie with my pup (see here) and stayed at the Hilton Hotel along the waterfront (no complaints there). But the KOA had dog stuff – lots of dog stuff for a campground that isn’t specifically for dog people

Like so many, our travel plans have changed. In a parallel universe, my dog Victor and I are in Ottawa, Canada stretching our paws past thousands and thousands of tulips blooming annually as part of Canada’s Capital City’s Tulip Festival. Instead, we’ll have to enjoy the acres of blooming bulbs online at http://www.tulipfestival.ca catching glimpses […]

Orange Golf at Canadian International Auto Show 2020

True, 2020 should have been the year I bought a new car, but that honour goes to 2019 when my faithful KIA Soul finally packed it in after 320,000 km of dog-friendly car trips across North America Likely, not a lot of people are looking at new cars right now (though financing is great), but […]

custom socks from PrintsField with dogs and cats on them

Need a great pet parent or dog lovers’ gift? Sock it. Even for yourself, or especially for yourself. (Get 20% off – see below). The eve of 2020, I made a weird New Year’s Resolution – no, it wasn’t to stay home for weeks with my dog and two cats but here we are. My […]

black dog in grass surrounded by hearts

The pet industry is huge, growing and almost exclusively focused on solving problems – the root of innovative ideas. Yet, unlike tech, it’s not given it’s innovative due. Sure, there’s plenty of pet tech (check out SuperZoo 2018), but sometimes a simple adjustment to an existing product is all that’s needed. Add a handle, an […]