The best thing about Michigan’s Cider Mills is most are dog-friendly. Ok, and the apple cider. That’s usually good to. September and October as the leaves change, one hundred, yes one hundred, Cider Mills in the state open their barn doors to the public to sample cider, buy it by the quart and more.

No question – the pet industry rocks. And it’s time to roll with the red and white but no blue … almost. Like SuperZoo in Vegas, the annual National Pet Industry Trade Show in Toronto is only open to those in the pet biz (and a few media members like dogtrotting.net). Unlike SuperZoo, it’s focused […]

instructor and dog during dog yoga class Veg Food Fest Toronto dogtrotting.net

Down dog is how my terrier Victor spent most of his Zen Dogs Wellness yoga practice … and I was thrilled. Meditative stillness came easy to him – but that might be the point. Zen Dogs Wellness is a unique Doga, according to yogi Alexandria Santaguida. It’s a ‘dog and me healing and yoga class’ […]

Whew. Home hours ago from our fifth Wiggle Waggle Walk September 9, 2018 and my dog Victor is sleeping at my feet already. (Check out last year here). Thanks to all who donated to our dogtrotting.net team. Our final tally was $320 … $425 if you include the likely successful silent auction bids I left […]

Sitting at a picnic table, wine in hand, three gourmet tacos waiting to be eaten – it’s a relaxing Labour Day weekend outing with my dog Victor punctuated only by the sound of gun fire. Ok, not real gun fire but it seems like it – loud, random and constant booms echo across the wavy […]

Will my dog eat an Alligator? Ok, clearly my little black terrier-cross isn’t going ‘gater hunting anytime soon – though he is brave enough. But there’s some exotic stuff going on in the dog treat scene, or so I discovered searching out new trends at SuperZoo last spring. Each company gave dogtrotting.net a complementary bag, […]

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.