Bringing Home Puppy

New Park!
November 17, 2012, 4:06 pm
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The construction on the park near our house is finally over! This park has a great new dog park with lots of drainage, a doggie fountain and multiple entrances. With the large paths and benches it really reminds me of the parks in NYC.



Home Park
May 31, 2011, 7:38 pm
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It will come as no surprise that for every urban dog, there is a “home park”. A home park is the place you take your pooch on a daily basis to do their business and socialize.  When we first got Tim our home park was Stanley Park.  It was, and still is, my favourite. We have so many friends there, and still meet them for drinks occasionally.  They also have a wicked Christmas party.  Our second home park was Victoria Memorial Park, a great park, but full of drama thanks to the heritage status of the park and some overly zealous neighbours. While we still head to these parks on weekends and when the weather is good, our new home park is now Metro Hall, in Toronto.

While you wouldn’t expect many dogs at Metro Hall, but with the new Ritz Carlton residences and Bell Lightbox, there are actually quite a number of little dogs running around.

Still doesn’t feel like “home” yet, but I think it’ll be a nice place to visit.

Fort Erie Gets a Dog Park!

I think its really great when I see cities and towns developing dog parks.  It not only encourages people to take their dogs outside for some fun, its also great exercise for the whole family, helps people get t0 know their neighbours and get involved in their communities.  Kudos to the Fort Erie town council for this great development!  The Sugarbowl Off Leash Park is a good size (about 1 acre) with varied terrain.  Not much in the way of trees or benches thus far, but I think this will change come spring.  There is a double-gated entrance with bags available for picking up.

Here are some pictures from our own family outing to the park on Christmas Day.  Notice all the snow!  Toronto has absolutely none, so this was fun to enjoy on the holiday.

Even Dogs Like iPhone!
December 22, 2010, 5:02 pm
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Its true!
Did you have any idea just how many apps there are for dogs and dog people?  Like, hundreds.  Seriously.  And lots of them are free even!

So yeah, you can use Elf ur Face to make your dog into an Elf, but you can also do a whole lot more!  Allow me to explain:

Travelling with your dog?  There’s an app for that!   Nestle Purina Petcare has an app that will help you find pet friendly hotels, campgrounds parks, walkers, groomers etc., anywhere in the US!  Fido Factor will help find pet friendly stores and hotspots in major US cities like San Francisco and Boston.

Need to find a dog park?  Try Eukanuba Off Leash, or Dog Park Finder.  And when you’re at the park, you can use one of 11 Dog Whistle apps to get your little buddy to come back to you!

Fear the worst?  Should something terrible happen to your pooch, there are many apps to help:  PetMD will direct you to the nearest vet, Pet Symptoms will help you pinpoint what might be wrong, and iPet Alert will notify your vet and area businesses if your pup goes missing.

Need training tips?  There are at least 7 apps for that, including a few that will train you to train your dog to perform tricks.  Even Cesar Millan has his own app!

For your dog walker, check out DogiDuty, which will send you reports on if your dog had a #1, #2, had a bite to eat, or played with their friends.

You can even translate your dogs barks into human language (allegedly), using DogTrans!

Don’t have a dog yet?  You can use multiple apps to do research on breeds, breeders, and find dogs in need of homes.  There are even games which quiz you on various dog breeds.  Once you’ve got your new pet, there’s an app to help you name it!

And you don’t even need a dog for the Dog Poo app, which, apparently “sounds like squishing real dog poo in your hand”.  All I know is this: whoever knows what the “real” sound of squishing dog poo in their hands is like, has got bigger problems than deciding which apps to buy.

More Pics from the Weekend

A big thanks to Lilly and Bailey for passing these photos on!

Pups and Protest

This weekend we attended a rally to support our local dog park at South Stanley.  The city is beginning a much needed renovation to the park, which will include a fully enclosed off leash dog area – no doubt a wonderful addition to the park.  There is a bit of debate taking place, however.  There are two factions that represent the park who want different things.  One is to keep a single, unified dog area.  The other proposes a separate enclosed area for smaller dogs.  Personally, I am in favour of a unified space.  As the proposed off leash area will already be much smaller than the current space, I think its important to keep the off leash area as large as possible.  Also – Tim is basically a huge dog trapped in a small dog body.  How could we possibly choose which space to put him in?!

The rally had an excellent turn out – and even included a couple of visits by city council candidates for Trinity-Spadina.  Second Cup supplied hot coffee, and photographers were on hand to document the day, including this cute pic of Tim in an epic battle with Bailey.


There is currently a petition going around to keep a single, unified off leash area at the park.  This petition will be presented to City Hall November 1st.  If you use the park and would like to sign the petition, please contact me through this site, or by registering on South Stanley Dog Park Site and contacting its administrator.

World Cup Fever!
July 6, 2010, 6:29 pm
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Even the dogs in Toronto seem to have World Cup Fever!  Wrigley here is clearly rooting for the Netherlands!