Category Dog event

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Travel Kitchener, ON: Dog Lovers Days Indoor Fido Fun

Yes, another dog festival – only this time it’s about some indoor out-of-the-below-zero-temperature fun for excitable housebound pups of all sizes.

February 10 and 11, 2018 saw hundreds of fur families head to this campground’s conference centre to test their dog’s skill on a number of challenges: Agility Lure Course, Speed Lure Course (which my dog Victor trotted despite being a speed demon everywhere else), and an off-leash play area where Victor peed (sorry).

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Merry Dog Christmas 2017: It’s photo time!

Merry Dog Christmas 2017 I’m not one to celebrate the ‘holidays’ with much enthusiasm, but if there’s a dog event involved, I’m there. Here’s our FOUR stops on the 2017 Victor with Santa photo adventure. Did Santa bring Victor his wish list? Well, if all Victor wanted for Christmas was no more photos, he got […]

Get Out with the Dog: K9 Sport Sack, The Canadian Pet Expo & Problem Solving Success

Necessity is the mother of innovation … or something like that. In other words, so many entrepreneurial endeavours are born out of a need to solve a personal problem.

And K9 Sport Sack – the backpack for your dog – is no exception.

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Travel Pennsylvania: Harnessed in & Ready to Wigglebutt at Knoebels

I rarely if ever anchor Victor in the car. That’s right: no crate, harness or seat belt. He’s remarkably good on road trips, preferring the back seat and rarely moving around. Windows don’t tempt him. But rural Elysburg is about a six-hour drive from my home and we’re powering down there

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Travel London, ON: Fanshawe Pioneer Village goes to the dogs (more than usual)

What’s better than a living history museum? A Dog-friendly living history museum. Want one better? Add a dog festival to a dog-friendly living history museum and I’m driving to London. London, Ontario, Canada, that is. Fanshawe Pioneer Village in London, Ontario is one of those charming historic villages of organized historic buildings – some original […]

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End of Summer Dog Adventure Part III: What does my dog say?

“He’s very tired,” Terri Beauchamp, CRA, says to me about my dog Victor. I’m not surprised – he’s on pain killers for a neck injury after playing with a much bigger, and younger, lab friend. But I’m still concerned. “He’s almost too tired to talk,” she says, “but he really wants to be with you. […]

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End of summer dog adventure blow out Part II: Mutt Masquerade, Stouffville, ON

Then I do what I’ve done before looking for a place in a strange city to let my crazy terrier Victor run free after a long drive: I pull up beside someone walking a dog. Actually, the only person I can find walking a dog. I guess everyone is at the dog park.

I found the Stouffville leash-free park at the end of a dead-end street behind the Walmart plaza, just where he said it would be – only today the road to the dog park is lined with cars. Many cars.

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End of summer dog adventure blow out Part I: Dog Tales Festival, King City, ON

Fuchsia, scrolls of white, and gold accent is the colour palette of Dog Tales’ promotional cards, dog kennels and today, the festival. The beautiful grounds of this dog rescue and horse sanctuary are landscaped reminiscent of English Earls – except manicure rose gardens are replaced with fenced dog runs (with ponds) for about eighty happy hounds looking for forever homes.

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Travel London, ON: Pawlooza or Bust! (again)

That’s right. On the third Saturday in August from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm every year, tens of thousands of people, thousands of dogs, and hundreds of cars descend on the Plunkett Estates for the incredibly popular annual Pawlooza dog festival celebrating all things pets with activities all day including dock diving competitions in the lake-sized pond.

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Close to Home: Caledonia K9 Fun Zone and Local Dog Show

What dog travel awaits us this weekend? Turns out, we didn’t need to stray far from home. For a small town, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada was dog event central: K9 hosted a fundraiser August 12, 2017 for Zachary’s Paws for Healing, a unique non-profit that helps people in hospital, particularly those in long-term care, visit with […]