dog-friendly shopping Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

My 12-year-old terrier mixed breed dog loves shopping. Ok, he doesn’t. I love shopping and he loves not being left alone at home. So we were thrilled to discover the Outlet Collection at Niagara – relatively new to the region near Niagara Falls, Ontario area – is pet-friendly. Really pet-friendly, actually. Shortly after the busiest shopping […]

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Happy Mutt Day! Since my Victor is a mix of all things terrier, let’s celebrate this day with a contest. A Canadian contest: Dear Canada: Love winning? Tired of ‘open to U.S. only’ online pet-product contests? Well, check out the contest from our Canadian Friends Talent Hounds: You could win a Dog Lovers Treats and […]

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“Why do you have horses, cats and dogs all over your house?” my adolescent nephew asked me recently. I didn’t understand the question. Here’s my confession: I’m an animal art addict. I didn’t mean to be, that’s just what I’ve become after decades of roaming art and craft shows big and small. It’s true, especially […]

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Do road trips ever go perfectly? No, no travelling does. That’s a secret most travel writers (dog or otherwise) don’t always share. Of course, it doesn’t mean the entire trip is a bust. After driving to Michigan curled up in our new Solvit Dog Car Cuddler (my dog Victor, not me), then attending The Rochester […]

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Every fall I head to the Rochester Writer’s Conference at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. I have for about six years. (Next year is the 10th Anniversary, so I’m expecting a party). This year, I brought my terrier Victor – not to the conference, but on this trip because this state, particularly around Rochester, […]

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Every fall I make a pilgrimage to the Rochester’s Writers Conference in Rochester Hills, Michigan. It’s one excellent day of writing-related seminars on topics from character development in fiction to self-publishing for non-fiction writers. Six sessions plus lunch and a keynote speaker makes the three-hour drive worth it. It has nothing to do with dogs. […]

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The Doggone Red Overcollar™ I received is easy to slip on and off, fits over the existing collar, and has a slit that easily lets the collar’s D-ring slid through so I can clip on a leash. If I use a harness or a winter coat, the Overcollar doesn’t interfere.

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Happy Halloween! This year Victor’s enjoying his own bag of holiday inspired Boo Bars treats from Blue Buffalo we picked up at Ren’s Pet Depot. Then he’s handing out treat packs to doggie friends who arrive at the door with costumed kids. The kids in costume, however, he’s still not understanding. And don’t get me started […]

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Happy National Cat Day! (Oct. 29) Yes, this is dog blog, but my 12-year-old terrier-cross Victor is dealing with a new presence in his life: Sally, a one-year-old black foster kitten rescued from a hoarding situation by the Welland, Ontario Humane Society and handed over to my Vet. The clinic I go to runs a […]

travel dog-friendly Apple Pie Trail

“Can I bring my dog here and have lunch on your patio?” I ask Bob Giffen of Giffen’s Country Market in Glen Huron, a five-generation family operation in along Ontario’s Apple Pie Trail near Georgian Bay in Canada. “Of course,” he says. “And you can walk the trails long the pond and through the orchard […]