Black and white dog on post promoting dog

The Niagara Region in Ontario is an expanding Canadian wine region and every week in social media groups someone asks, where are the dog-friendly wineries? Ridge Road Winery is one of those wineries – focused on creating an experience near the vineyards rather than simply being an outlet for wine tasting and sales. And this experience, fortunately, includes the dog.

Pet festivals are great for a lot of things including socializing your dog, picking up new pet products (and samples), getting travel ideas, and likely the most overlooked: getting pet business ideas. I found myself thinking about all of these things and more after attending the Canadian Pet Expo.

dog on bench promoting dog friendly shopping at Toronto Premium Outlets

Is the Toronto Premium Outlets mall dog-friendly? That’s a question I’ve seen frequently on social media and pet travel groups. The answer is yes, with a caveat.

Stratford in the spring, before the renowned Stratford Festival theatre performances begin, has a different vibe. A slower easily strollable, dog-walking kind of vibe. And that’s what I did a lot during a two-day getaway to Stratford, Ontario, Canada with my 1.5-year-old pup who’s not a fan of leash walking. And that’s why we ended up at the leash-free park … and there’s a good one in Stratford.

The season of pet festivals has begun. Start by taking you dog to the Canadian Pet Expo Easter weekend. Then head to dog-friendly breweries during special pet event days.

dog health issues - four cartoon dogs associated with 4 common dog health issues:

Sometimes what seems like minor issues are actually symptoms of a larger problem – sometimes they are minor issues for your dog. Paw irritation for instance can be an infection or irritation due to road salt. Nasal congestion can be seasonal allergies or a blockage that needs removing. Similarly, dry nose is not natural but might be a reaction to weather.

Every year, Pavlo Pottery selects a different charity and creates a series of 500 handcrafted mugs sold as an all-proceeds-fundraiser for the chosen charity. The is the focus is on fundraising for Ukraine.

Several dogs running in a dog park on post for "The Ultimate Guide: Hamilton Ontario with Your Dog

Per capita, Hamilton, Ontario has a surprising number of fenced off-leashed dog parks, conservation trails, pet-friendly hotels, dog cafes (yes, dogs allowed), and, well… several waterfalls – making in a surprisingly dog-friendly city.

Homewood Suites by Hilton has officially climbed aboard the pet-friendly-across-the-brand train and that’s worth noting. As of January 2022, Homewood Suites is pet-friendly across North America. Pet tourism is the trend for the new year.

three dogs in the snow on a poster promoting best dog paw protection

Before each walk, I rub the tube on my dog’s feet, coating my dog’s paw pads with wax. This adds a barrier between her paws and the road salt. In a pinch, you can use petroleum jelly. Neither are toxic if the dog licks them, but both wear off in less than an hour. Long walks need reapplication.