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black dog in colourful jacket walking along river text: dementia and loss

The Long Goodbye. The Gift of Time. And Extraordinary Grief. In Memory of My Heart Dog.

As with people, Canine Cognitive Dysfunction is an unpredictable degenerative disease with no cure. The rate of decline is also unknown, but the veterinary neurologist said dogs with dementia can live twelve to eighteen months, depending on behavior.

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Pet Friendly Ottawa: Homesteading with the Dog at Upper Canada Village, Ontario

If you build it, they will come … and since 1961 they’ve come to Upper Canada Village to check out one of Canada’s largest living history museums, complete with horses and dogs. Well, the dogs visitors bring with them. (As travel options resume soon and seasonal sites prepare to open, we’re sharing one of our […]

beautiful black dog with orange bandana beside text: you took your dog where? 10 surprising dog-friendly activities

You Can Take Your Dog Where? 10 Dog-friendly Surprises

More things are dog-friendly than you might think. Or, if you’ve been taking your dog along for a while, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Dog yoga, dog amusement parks, movie nights, dog-friendly trains … are some surprises. Check out 10 dog-friendly activities we’ve found.

black dog in front of ottawa haunted walk office

Dog Friendly Ottawa: Haunted Ghost Tour and Ninety Minute Historic Dog Walk

The Haunted Walk of Ottawa, located along Sparks Street, offers several themed walks nightly from April to November (but October is clearly popular) including The Original Haunted Walk through the downtown core. Outdoors and dog-friendly … if your dog walks nicely on a leash.

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 […]

black dog in grass surrounded by hearts

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 […]