Bronte Creek Provincial Park Campgrounds
Meet Sasha. She’s the reason I need a Solvit waterproof car seat cover. Otherwise, the bucket seat in my Kia Soul would be destroyed.
Sasha is a lab/Belgian Malinois cross rescued from the SPCA four years ago. She’s also my terrier Victor’s best buddy – they met when Sasha was smaller than Victor and spent a lot of time together. She taught him how to have a dog friend, and he taught her how to be a dog.
Unfortunately, they don’t get to spend as much time together as they once did. Fortunately, they get to still see each other occasionally, usually for an outing, which means I pick Sasha up, take her out with us, and bring her home … in my car. After she’s had a lot of fun.
Sasha likes streams, and water and mud.
Sasha is huge … you get the idea. My car needs some protection.
Fortunately, Solvit gave us a car seat cover in exchange for an honest review.
Here it is: Made from a durable moss green fabric that reminds me of LL Bean in feel and quality, this cover fit the bucket front seat of my car well. The black ‘hood’ fits over the headrest and three straps hug the seat’s back. A white plastic tube slides into that crevasse where your keys sometimes do, keeping the cover from sliding forward.
It didn’t move with Sasha sitting on it, wet or dry.
Like other Solvit products, the Waterproof Bucket Seat (affiliate) cover solves a problem – it’s easier to remove and wash than my car’s upholstery – and that’s what Solvit’s innovative designs do. Victor still loves his Solvit Car Cuddler (affiliate) bolster seat we use almost daily. I’ve thrown that in the wash more times than I can count … including last August.
On Wednesday, August 17, 2017, Victor and I picked up Sasha and headed out to Bronte Creek Provincial Park campgrounds in Oakville, Ontario for two reasons:
- All provincial parks were free that day (admission is usually $15) and
- Bronte Creek has a leash free hiking trail through the woods.
Yes, a 2 km leash-free looping hiking trail, located in the camping half of the park – the day use half is one exit west along the QEW highway and there’s an open leash-free field there too. At the Bronte Conservation Area campgrounds, though, dogs can run free in the woods above the Bronte Creek ravine. Watch for the brown and yellow signs.
Bronte Provincial Park’s Maple syrup festival is an annual draw for locals (check out our dog-friendly fun last year) and so is the 1.8-acre outdoor pool (not dog friendly) in the day use park.
But we’re here for the sounds and smells of the forest, and so are other dogs and their people. I expected to meet up with other unrestrainted pooches but I wasn’t prepared for the packs – neither was Victor.
Professional dog walkers bring six to eight dogs at a time to run along the worn path carved through the meadow following the leash-free signs … or take the short cut from the parking lot (which I discovered late) to the group camping picnic tables and get under the shady leafy canopy sooner.
At the picnic tables, however, the siren of sausages called, specifically Natural Value Chicken Sausage Recipe from Loving Pets. According to the company, the dog treats are entirely farmed and made in the U.S. (specifically New Jersey) and free of soy, grain, gluten and wheat.
We’re taking a bag I was given at SuperZoo for a test drive, after the dogs’ get a drink of course. The sausages are actually linked together by a skin-like casing, which proved at first a little tough for Victor to bite through. Once he did though, he liked the filling accented with rosemary extract. (He even dragged the bag across the floor when we got home).
Sasha, however, had a mixed response, enthusiastically eating two or three then spitting out the fourth.
But that was before her spa treatment.
A leash free trail – what a civilized idea. Like smoking, people are going to do it, so give them a designated place and everyone against it can stay clear.
I love the idea almost as much as Sasha loves water – or mud if water is scarce. Five minutes before I planned to leave Bronte Provincial Park, she manages to find the only puddle along the hard packed dry trail (it’s been hot) and lies down. Flat out. It was more than the towel I had in the car could handle.
Fortunately, it wasn’t more than the Solvit Waterproof Bucket Seat Cover could handle and as I drove home, watching Sasha drip dry in the front seat (where she prefers to sit), I planned my laundry for the next day, and our adventures for the next week.
Victor fell asleep in his Solvit bolstered car seat, mud free (almost) and a little too full of sausages.
Want to try a Natural Value Loving Pets product?
I’ll send one lucky winner randomly selected from the comments section below a 14oz bag of Natural Value Duck Stick Recipe 100% farmed and made in the U.S. from duck and turkey.
Post a comment below and/or let us know about your favourite leash-free spot. Deadline: October 15, 2017. (Open to U.S. and Canadian readers).