Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an appearance at Muddy Paws winery festival for dogs.
Ok, no he didn’t. But his dog cookie likeness did, June 8 and 9, 2017.
Trudeau’s image in the shape of an all-natural wheat-free treat is the latest from Spoil the Dog Bakery based in St. Jacobs, Ontario. It looks as good as he does. (Don’t worry American friends, likenesses of Trump are on the way. Chomp on that).
Spoil the Dog Bakery was one of about 20 vendors at the two-day annual Muddy Paws event sponsored by Boreal Pet Food. Muddy Paws is a joint venture between Featherstone Estate Winery and Vineland Estates Winery, both in Vineland, Ontario, Canada.
Vineland is the northern edge of Niagara’s extensive wine region extending into Niagara-on-the-Lake to the U.S. border.
A fundraiser for National Service Dogs, Muddy Paws is immensely popular among wine and dog lovers, selling out each year, because where else can you enjoy a glass of wine, live music, wood-oven baked dog bone shaped treats (for people) and round ones (for dogs)?
You can pre-book with photographer Karen Black of Indigo Pet Photography for canine ‘barrel’ shots in the Featherstone wine cellar. We missed it. Next year.
Get your paws actually muddy during the best part of the day: walking the Bruce Trail along a rugged forest path connecting both wineries. It takes about 20 minutes with no dog, and four times as long with a terrier like my Victor who must smell every log, leaf and blade of grass.
Victor did ok. I had to pull him a bit through the forest or we’d still be there today – leashes were mandatory, and he wore his Kurgo harness (affiliate link) to make it easier. The day was hot and crowds compacted at the second winery, Vineland Estates, lined with vendors.
Victor did score a new Star Wars-themed bandana – his second from Spoil the Dog – and a taste of political greatness made from chickpea flower, oats and peanut butter.
The rose, pinot noir and chardonnay he left for me.
Next Muddy Paws: July 2018.