dog in self bath during fundraiser

Getting a dog grooming appointment is surprisingly difficult. Or so I discovered seven years ago when I suddenly adopted a non-shedding dog that required regular grooming. Professional grooming. Sometimes, that’s easier said than done especially if, like me, you don’t plan six weeks ahead: “No appointment available tomorrow? The next day? Not until next week?” […]

“We love pets here,” Dominick Miller, Marketing Manager of Mackinac State Historic Park says regarding Fort Mackinac. “Once someone brought a guinea pig with them, which was a little odd, but mostly we get dogs here.” There’s two places you must see when visiting Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan: The Historic State Park and Fort […]

If you haven’t seen Well Groomed, then you haven’t seen a documentary about dog groomers. That’s right: a 90-minute film about a year in the life of competitive creative dog groomers. What’s ‘creative dog grooming?’ Just wait…. First, a shout out to Hot Docs 2019 Festival in Toronto, Ontario where I saw the film opening […]

Tonight, I’m sitting in the elegant Chianti Restaurant in Mission Point Resort eating grilled salmon with artichokes and wild rice while, yes, drinking Chianti. And, thanks to PoochPants, I can. Let me explain. I’m spending a few perfect fall days on Mackinac Island in Michigan at the dog-friendly Mission Point Resort with of course my […]

Dalmation firehouse dog at Canadian Pet Expo 2019

No Easter Bonnet for my dog … he’s sporting a sparkly new spring bee collar from Doggy Boutique. I’ve been shopping. Specifically, I’ve been shopping at the Canadian Pet Expo at the International Centre in Toronto near the airport. This annual expo is popular – so popular, Airport Road was backed up for blocks thanks […]

If you haven’t ridden through tree-lined paths and along slopped streets in a horse-drawn carriage, then my dog Victor has one on you. Yes, horse-drawn carriage is the primary method of transportation on Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan where cars can’t go but many, many people do, especially in the summer. Many people and their […]

“You can bring your dog in here,” the cashier says to me, after I’ve hooked him to the railing outside Boxwood Café at the Mission Point Resort. “Ok,” I think, “Mackinac Island, Michigan, is really dog-friendly.” So, Victor gets to come in while I select my box lunch … or in this case, dinner. In […]