niagara falls festival of lights dogtrotting.net

Finally, we made it to the granddaddy of all holiday light shows: The Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Established in 1983, this festival grows each year to include laser light shows and fireworks at special times during the festival’s run November 19, 2016 to January 31, 2017. Visit anytime dusk to midnight […]

Victor in the snow dogtrotting.net

Tonight we’re pawing around Spencer Smith Park in Burlington, Ontario along Lake Ontario amid the Festival of Lights show. We’ve squeaked in to see it because this annual event runs until January 9, 2017 but started December 2, 2016. It’s freezing cold night. No falling snow but a biting wind blowing from the lake. I’m […]

brantford-lights-victor-in-booties

What’s the best part of an outdoor Christmas light show? You can take your dog, of course. There’s not much my crazy terrier Victor loves more than exploring (read: sniffing) new locations and corners. And if there are bright lights to amuse and distract me, all the better. So holiday light show stop number two […]

simcoe-lights-victor-on-the-train

My dog Victor is attracting attention. More kids are pointing at my little black terrier than the bright shiny Christmas lights filling Wellington Park in downtown Simcoe, Ontario. No wonder. Victor is dressed in his Christmas bowtie and red Kurgo Loft Jacket keeping him cute and cozy – both equally important when it comes to […]

Victor with Santa Christmas photo www.dogtrotting.net

Instead of printing and mailing cards this year, I schlepped my terrier-cross Victor to pet rescue Holiday Pictures fundraisers and got his photo taken with Santa.

Was he thrilled? You be the judge. Take a look:

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 […]

dog-lovers-treats-and-more-christmas-box-640x457

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 […]

dog and santa clause from www.dogtrotting.net

“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 […]

michigan-bloomer-park

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 […]

solvit-car-cuddler-2

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, […]