Category dog-friendly travel destination

woman on mountain with dog promoting text: 5 Best dog-friendly parks canada sites in Ontario

The 5 Best Dog-friendly Canadian National Parks and Historic Sites in Ontario

Parks Canada announced last May 2020 the Phase 1 opening of Canadian National Parks and historic sites for day use only, until further notice. This includes parking lots, trails and greenspaces, and some boat launches and fishing, but no camping until possibly late-June. Outdoor areas around historic sites are opening, but heritage buildings remain closed. (These aren’t pet-friendly anyway).

dog and woman walking on bridge with text: virtual dog events

Virtual Dog Walking and Online Pet Events Hello 2020

Watching the ‘cancellations’ add up on our Dog Events Pages and making Xs through dates in my calendar has me wondering if my dog Victor’s dog festival days are behind him – and me.

In the meantime, some events aren’t taking any risks and moving exclusively online – particularly fundraisers for non-profits often dependent on one big annual event.

sitting Irish Setter dog with text: dog friendly KOA Holiday Sault St. Marie, Ontario

Roadtrip Dreaming: Dog-friendly KOA Holidays Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Yes, there are KOA Holiday Campground everywhere (especially in the US) and yes, I’ve already explored Sault Ste. Marie with my pup (see here) and stayed at the Hilton Hotel along the waterfront (no complaints there). But the KOA had dog stuff – lots of dog stuff for a campground that isn’t specifically for dog people

tulips and small pic of black and white dog with text: colourful virtual dog walking during tulip festival in Ottawa, Ontario

Dog Friendly Ottawa: Colourful (Virtual) Dog Walking During Tulip Festival

Like so many, our travel plans have changed. In a parallel universe, my dog Victor and I are in Ottawa, Canada stretching our paws past thousands and thousands of tulips blooming annually as part of Canada’s Capital City’s Tulip Festival. Instead, we’ll have to enjoy the acres of blooming bulbs online at http://www.tulipfestival.ca catching glimpses […]

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5 Surprising Innovations: Solving Pet-Peeves One Pet-Product at a time

The pet industry is huge, growing and almost exclusively focused on solving problems – the root of innovative ideas. Yet, unlike tech, it’s not given it’s innovative due. Sure, there’s plenty of pet tech (check out SuperZoo 2018), but sometimes a simple adjustment to an existing product is all that’s needed. Add a handle, an […]

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Remembering Beatrice – Modern Family’s Stella – Everyone’s Favourite Frenchie

My best celebrity encounter story? The time I meet (twice) my favourite character from Modern Family: Beatrice, who plays Jay Pritchett’s (Ed O’Neill) French Bulldog Stella. Yes Stella! Sadly, Beatrice died mid-March 2020, days after the popular 11-year-old sitcom wrapped up its final episode. Cast members expressed condolences on social media. No surprise, the furry […]

dog on dock by lake with text: glamping with your Pup! Ontario Provincal Parks now permit dogs in roofed accommodations

Dog Friendly Glamping at Ontario’s Provincial Parks. Finally! (or… Eventually)

After years of inquiring (and yes, some complaining), dogs can finally stay in yurts and cabins at Ontario Provincial Parks. No fooling, as of April 1, 2020 select ‘glamping’ accommodations are available to our canine companions – as soon as the parks re-open, of course.

white dog with Hear Doggy dog toy

CONTEST! Win a Hear Doggy silent squeaky toy

Being at home with the pets is a fabulous benefit those who work from home know. Now, more of us know it, including myself who’s been monitoring online classes while my two cats lobby for my attention and my dog and adventurous travel companion Victor – diagnosed with dementia – walks around, and around and […]

grey dog chewing

Chillin’ at Home: Social Isolation Dog Treat Recipe Roundup

Spring 2020 will go down in history as the year of social isolation, and we’ll likely remember our collective reactions differently (or maybe nostalgically, if this all works out). But for now, I’m relishing the time spent at home with my dog, Victor, and two cats, Sally and Daisy. Why not take this time to […]

beautiful black terrier dog with stuffed pink bone dog toy

Best Travel Yet: Isolating at Home = Quality Time with the Dog (and Cats)

What a difference a week makes – we’ve been hearing that a lot. A week ago, I was going to work and scheduling posts about great places I’ve been to recently with my favourite side-kick, a clever little Cocker-cross named Victor. Our travels have slowed significantly since he was diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction – […]