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 bundled up tight, but tonight Victor is shoeless. Not coatless though – he’s sporting his new horse blanket plaid durable winter coat from Shedrow K9 purchased from Greenhawk horse supply and tack shop. Another holiday present for my little terrier-cross.
He has no shoes because the ones I ordered – with front zippers for easy pull-on – from Pet Leso via Amazon are not good. I tried them on Victor, ordering the size suggested, and he easily kicked them off indoors. Therefore, they’re no match for the Great White North winters.
I’m having a hard time finding footwear for my little terrier that both fits over his paddle-like feet and stays on in the snow. We’ve tried wax and another brand of booties already: Check out our previous light show adventures in Simcoe and Brantford, Ontario.
Vic might be shoeless, but we’re not without company. My dog and I are participating in a Meet Up – Meet Up is an online site that helps people gather groups together who share common interests.
According to the company, Meet Up currently lists more than 260,000 groups in 184 countries (including Canada and the U.S.). Apparently, there are half a million Meet Ups happening monthly.
Another fun fact: Meet Up also lists office dog Oreo among its employees.
Yes, there are Meet Up dog groups – or anyone can start one. Victor and I tried a small dog Meet Up once, but he’s too much energy for the precious little ones. Tonight, it’s not about dogs, but people over 40 willing to brave the cold and get outdoors.
Victor is the only dog here and he’s having a great time. All of us are bundled up and he’s not sure which one is me. After one false start, he generally understands the plan and sticks with the group – even off leash. Yup, he’s running freely like mad.
Few others are walking along the Burlington waterfront in this affluent city about 40-minutes west of Toronto, Ontario. Some people are skating on the outdoor rink next to Spencer’s Restaurant, but most venturing down here tonight are inside sipping lattes.
Not Victor. He loves meeting up with a new pack – with or without booties. (Likely, preferably without)
If, like me, you’re searching for the best paw protection option, check out this doggie paw-wear review at You Did What with Your Wiener? – a site about hiking with dachshunds. (What did you think?)
The search continues – one more light show … one more dog boot option. Stay tuned.