How did I spend National Mutt Day, July 31, 2018? Strolling through ZimArt Rice Lake Gallery outdoor sculpture park near Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. And I wasn’t even with my dog, Victor, a cocker-spaniel, Parson’s terrier, poodle, schnauzer mix. Now that’s a mutt. But I could have been. Had I had Victor with me on my […]

dog at Pawlooza 2018 pet festival

We survived Pawlooza 2018, with only minor incidents. I debated not taking my dog Victor along with me because this pet festival is crowded and dogs rushing Victor’s face are not greeted kindly, by him or me. But … ultimately, I’m glad I brought him for two reasons: He loved the little dog lease-free zone […]

My dog Victor loves cheese. Most dogs do. It’s one of his favourite ‘people’ foods especially in a house of no meat (expect pet food). However, fat is an issue, and not because he’s over-weight. Victor’s getting older and has already had a pancreatitis scare – too much fat can set it off. So, that’s […]

National Sheep Dog Trials, Kingston, Ontario

With my dog Victor at my side, I got my first exposure to the sport of sheep dog herding at the Kingston, Sheep Dog Trials Festival August 10 to 12, 2018.
As some point, the dog must maneuver its crew through two gates and back eventually herding the sheep, with the help of the handler, into a gated pen.

If you love dogs, you’ll enjoy watching the film Dog Days. If you love dogs and sappy romantic comedies, you’ll really enjoy Dog Days. Dog Days directed by Ken Marino opens today (August 10, 2018) at a major theatre near you and no, you can’t bring your dog (unfortunately), but you’ll want to. You’ll want […]

The 21, 2018 was the third Saturday in July which means annual the Doggie Paddle Beach Fest in Sarnia was on, claiming status as ‘Ontario’s exclusive dog beach festival.’ Within view of cargo ships drifting along Lake Huron, doggies frolicked on the sandy shore of Canatara Park Beach unrestraint by leashes normally required by law.

If you’ve been following dogtrotting.net this year, you’ve likely noticed I’ve been compiling dog treat recipes (maybe for a book; we’ll see). If you didn’t notice, no problem… then here’s your first dogtotting.net dog treat recipe. Enjoy. During my research, I’ve found many recipes that include beef or chicken broth – premade from the grocery […]

Travelling with the dog mid-summer offers a lot of rewards but poses a few challenges: a big one on our trip was getting my crazy cocker-cross Victor to drink water. Not just enough water, but any water. He’d occasionally woof down half a bowl, but only after getting really parched. Trying to convince him to […]

One challenge of road tripping with the dog is stuff – well, stuff is a challenge on every road trip. But with the dog, you must take enough for you, enough for the dog and leave enough room in the car for him to sleep and move around. Fortunately, my dog Victor, a cocker-cross, is […]

4 Paws Kingdom is like the Disneyland for dogs; and every loved high-energy mutt needs to get there at least once in their lives. Or become regulars, as some RV-lifestyle loving people are. Some living nearby even park their rigs all season and make this a weekend escape.