Tis the season … to grab the dog, jump into the car and head out to awe at Christmas light shows in a town near you. Finding dog-friendly Christmas events can be time consuming because you have to search the websites for answers. Don’t worry, we did that for you! All listed here are dog-friendly holiday light displays – fur sure.

Dog face with text 'Yes Victoria. There is a dog Santa Clause. One dog's holiday wish list letter to Santa

Here’s a list of our favourite dog treat and toy companies, and the products that made into Victoria’s Letter-to-Santa. Dear Santa, I’ve been a very good puppy this year….

Here’s a dogtrotting.net round-up of Pet Photo events (hopefully) near you. If not, there’s always dog-friendly hotels nearby – make a weekend of it. We will!

Dog meatloaf on white dish with copy of book Recipe for a Perfect Wife

That’s right, I turned to page 17 of Recipe for a Perfect Wife and stared down a recipe originally from the 1945 edition of Purity Cookbook. I’d need to buy ground meat (ugh) and of course remove the onions. Onions are toxic for dogs. Instead, I substituted shredded carrots. Carrots are good for dogs. Even baby dogs, like mine.

dog on picnic table near stone wall at Murphy's Point Provincial Park, Ontario

Murphy’s Point Provincial Park
There’s no off-leash park or dog exercise areas in Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, but that didn’t stop us from stopping there on the way home.

poster with three pics of dogs in cars advertising road trip with dog advice

What do you need to know for the perfect road trip with the dog? Well, if you’re talking the dog along, you’re 90 percent of the way there.
Many articles offer the basics: take food, water, travel dishes, poop bags, and vaccine records. But here are considerations for travelling with your dog you might not have thought of….

beautiful picture of dog on chair in forest

The event was a fundraiser for Save Our Scruff Dog Rescue. Grand total of the Sunday afternoon efforts was $500 – it will be used to help find homes for dogs on their way to the rescue. For more opportunities to get images of your own pup this year, check out last week’s Halloween article. @saveourscruff

Black and white dog with green ball during Halloween photo session

Halloween means one thing: dressing up for fun – and that includes the dog. Check out the dogtrotting.net guide to taking good Halloween dog pics, where to get pics taken and Halloween photo contests for your dog!

white and black dog in red muskoka chair advertising dog-friendly gananoque, ontario

Gananoque promotes itself as the gateway to the Thousand Islands and as such is a picturesque town and all about the waterfront. That means, many of the attractions are outside so bringing the dog is possible although mostly on a leash – mostly. There’s one small hidden gem.

black and white dog on poster promoting post about staying in a caboose in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada

Image sleeping overnight in a historic train caboose … with your dog! That’s right – head to Smiths Falls, Ontario (about a 60-minute drive from Canada’s capital, Ottawa) and visit the Smiths Falls Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, a reconstructed 1921 train station at its original location, harkening back in the heydays of luxury rail passenger travel.