Things To Do With Your Dog This Month In Toronto

Things To Do With Your Dog This Month In Toronto

Want to have an active social life, attend lots of events, but don’t want to leave your furry best friend at home? Here is a list of events you can attend WITH your beloved pup, and get to spend quality time with them too!

Sunday, Sep 2: Summer Dog Swim

We may have said goodbye to the hot summer months but the heat remains, and our furry pals are dying to splash about in the water! Thankfully, the city is working with swimming pools across the city to open their doors to our furry companions and have the best day ever!! The Blantyre Park Outdoor Pool, Halbert Outdoor Pool, Knob Hill Outdoor Pool, Goulding Outdoor Pool, Ledbury Outdoor Pool, High Park Outdoor Pool, and Rotary Park Outdoor Pool will be welcoming doggos THIS SUNDAY from 4 pm to 5 pm, while Greenwood Outdoor Pool, Monarch Outdoor Pool, and Stanley Outdoor Pool will do so from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

All dogs must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older, and there is a limit of two doggos per adult. Owners are told to bring proof of current vaccinations for their dog and encouraged to bring their dog’s favourite toy and bring another toy to donate to Toronto Animal Services Shelters. We have never heard of anything more heart-warming. Tell your friends! Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/936678793185972/

 

Monday, Sep 3: PROMISE Cherry Beach Summer 2018 Finale

PROMISE on Cherry Beach is hosting its finale to give Summer 2018 one last goodbye on Monday, September 3 from 3 pm to 11 pm. This music and socializing event is for those who enjoy dancing to the DJ spinning house, techno, dub, disco, electro, and beach party grooves on the beach. This event is for owners and pups who aren’t easily overwhelmed by loud music and big crowds, so you have been warned!

That being said, four-legged friends are totally welcome, and participants are encouraged to bring their picnics, hammocks and anything else that will make their beach experience perfect.  Tickets cost whatever you can spare, but a $20 donation is encouraged.

Reserve your ticket online (in case the event reaches capacity), see more info on the food, the DJs playing, and more here: https://cherrybeach.ilovepromise.com/

 

Friday, Sep 7 – Sunday, Sep 9: Taste of the Kingsway 2018

What a perfect opportunity to discover international cuisines, enjoy some live entertainment, and eat some delicious food with your faithful doggo by your side. You may have heard of this event from previous years, as it gets bigger and better every year, with over 100 vendors and exhibitors to participate this year. Stretched across Bloor Street West, from Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Road, this event will also host demonstrations and interactive exhibits for you to enjoy.  

Now for the best part: the Scotiabank Dog Show!! Pups will take front row and center at this event from 1 pm to 3 pm, where all of the proceeds go to the Etobicoke Humane Society. Some of the categories to be competed in include: Best Costume, Best Groomed, Best Looking, Best Trick, Cleanest Teeth, Owner/Pet Look-A-Like, Truest to the Breed, and Waggiest Tail!

For more information: http://thekingsway.ca/event/taste-of-the-kingsway-2018/

 

Saturday, Sep 8:  Zen Dogs Wellness DOGA Class at Veg Fest

Join ZEN DOGS WELLNESS for their special dog yoga session FOR FREE at the Veg Food Fest! This is a great food festival at the Harbourfront Centre where entrance is free and dogs are a-plenty. Starting at 12:30 pm on Saturday, participants need to bring their own yoga mat and a non-retractable leash for their pup.

ZEN DOGS WELLNESS host several great events that we have featured before, and this is a special one that you shouldn’t miss. The Doga classes are all about showing your furry best friend the love, appreciation and attention that they deserve.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zen-dogs-wellness-at-veg-fest-free-class-tickets-49212271228

 

Sunday, Sep 9: Blair’s Run 2018 in Cabbagetown

Don’t let the title intimidate you, this is a 2 km walk through the streets of Cabbagetown, so walk or run at your own pace with your pupper by your side. ALL of the proceeds from this event will be used for children’s programming at Riverdale Farm and the revitalization of Riverdale Farm’s poultry barn. Every dollar donated up to $30,000 will be matched by Burnbrae Farms. So join the lovely folks at Riverdale Farm on this special occasion for a good cause, at the corner of Carlton and Parliament, rain or shine!

Registration is at 8 am for $25 on the day or $20 in advance, while the actual walk/run starts at 9 am. There will be awards and prizes to give away at the finish line, so for a full list of the sponsors, prizes and more info, visit: http://blairsrun.ca/

 

 

Sunday, Sep 9: Doggy Paddle at Cherry Beach

This is the last doggy paddle event they are hosting this year so attendance is sure to be high, get your tickets ASAP! If tickets are sold out, come along anyway to watch what will surely be a fun session.

This is a 2-hour exercise for your pupper to build their core strength, ,balance and get a great workout on the paddleboard and in the water! Beginners and experienced folks and pups are all welcome to enjoy the most out of the rest of the summer. This event is hosted by Surf the Greats instructors certified by Paddle Canada, the International Surfing Association and Yoga Alliance. More info on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/127331584805859/?active_tab=about

 

Sunday, Sep 9: Senior Dog Seminar

This one is a very specific event, but one that we thought was important to include, for those with senior dogs who might be slowing down, or having difficulty getting up and moving about. While it is priced at $259 plus tax, it will be a very informative course about your beloved dog’s health conditions such as arthritis, hind end weakness, canine dementia, orthopaedic and neurological disorders, amongst others. Participants will gain hands-on practice after the lecture in order to approach their dog’s conditions proactively in the future. They will learn about pain assessing, exercises for the home, massage and acupressure techniques, senior proofing the house, assistive devices for pets, and more.

Your senior doggo is lucky to have you as their owner, and knowledge is power! More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2146622655570035/

 

Saturday, Sep 15: Park & Bark Dog Show

This outdoor event at Yonge & Davisville earlier this year was a big hit, so now it’s back from 9 am to 3 pm! Bring your pupper to this big puppy party at 1943 Yonge Street, in the east side parking lot. This is a FREE event that focuses on community and neighbourhood bonding, together to be enjoyed with dogs, families, and dog lovers alike. It is put together to exchange information with participants, exhibitors, shop, hear about great new products, learn about new pet services, make friends and more!

Expect to see free giveaways, contests, exhibitors, speakers on pet topics, experts, food, and friendly faces all around. For more info, visit: www.parkandbarkdogshow.com

 

Sunday, Sep 16: Toronto Artisan Market in Christie Pits Park

Hosted by the same folks that organize the arts market at Trinity Belwoods Park, this event is for arts & crafts lovers who wish to admire works from local artists and artisans with their pup in tow. Taking place at Christie Pits Park from 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday, it is always a fun and lively event that brings in lots of art lovers from all around Toronto and beyond.

If you’re looking for a chill atmosphere and are in the mood to shop for beautiful, unique, local pieces, then this is the event for you! For more info: https://www.torontoartisan.com/

 

Saturday, Sep 22: Park & Bark Show in Leslieville!

Same event as the Saturday before, but in Leslieville this time! Taking place at 1151 Queen Street East from 9 am to 3 pm, join at this location or at Yonge and Davisville the week before, but whatever you do, make sure you don’t miss it. www.parkandbarkdogshow.com

 

 

Pet Insurance Cost Comparison Ontario

Pet Insurance Cost Comparison Ontario

It’s not easy to think about your precious dog getting involved in an accident or having an illness, but that’s why it’s important to own pet insurance in case the unthinkable happens. This is why we prepared a chart and compiled some information for you so you will have an idea of the cost of pet insurance in Ontario and what to expect from the main pet insurance providers.

For a thorough and accurate comparison and analysis for your beloved dog’s insurance, we have gathered quotes and information from several pet insurance companies: CAA Pets, Toronto Humane Society (THS), PC/Petline Insurance, Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA),  Pet Secure, GO PET Plan, and Trupanion. Just a heads up: PC Insurance let us know that while they are no longer selling pet insurance, their packages, coverage and general info still stands for their current customers who have already purchased their pet insurance. When you call their number you will be automatically directed to Petline Insurance, which covers a number of different pet insurance companies, such as Petsecure, OVMA, Desjardins, Personal Pet Insurance, CAA Pets, Hudson’s Bay Pet Insurance, THS, and Nova Scotia SPCA Pet Health.

Most of the pet insurance companies we looked at had the same or similar amount of accident and illness cover as well as general quote information. However, it’s important to note that GO PET PLAN did not have a separate accident cover, but the illness cover went up higher than most other companies, as well as offering an unlimited option. Of all the companies we looked at, CAA Pets and PC insurance did not offer unlimited coverage options for illness or accidents. One company that stood out in terms of illness coverage is GO PET PLAN which offers coverage plans up to $25,000 leading up to the unlimited option.

The Comparison

We compared quotes for different dog breeds and ages based on popular dog breeds in Toronto and a variety of ages for accurate analysis: A 3-year-old Golden Retriever, 6-year-old English Cocker Spaniel, 3-month old Goldendoodle, and 10-year old Shih tzu. Based on the quotes, CAA Pets had the lowest monthly costs, while Pet Secure stood out as the most reliable in terms of having the smallest difference between the quotes. For example, GO PET’s cheapest plan goes from $25.29 for a 3 month old Goldendoodle to a $101.98 for 10-year-old Shih tzu, which is a big difference, and something to consider if your pet is in the adult-senior age bracket. Pet Secure and CAA Pets seem to have the best rates for quotes.

pet insurance comparison ontario

Noteworthy

It’s important to note that, out of all the companies, only CAA Pets, GO PET and Trupanion offer 90% reimbursement options while most companies only offer 80%. As for discounts when purchasing a plan, CAA Pets, THS and PC offer the best discounts while we couldn’t find any discounts available for Pet Secure and Trupanion.

Speaking of Trupanion, they offer Unlimited accident and Unlimited illness cover, for as many times in the year as your beloved dog would need it, which is remarkable. However, we should note that Trupanion insurance does NOT cover taxes, exam fees, as well as wellness and preventative care. (Taxes also not covered for OVMA). If you wish to cover unforeseen events, alternative and rehabilitative therapies, and extra protection for breeding dogs, these are available at an extra cost. Considering the high prices, Trupanion is definitely for those with a bigger budget who want to cover all their bases.

Unfortunately, none of these companies cover for pre-existing conditions of your pet.

Our Findings

Based on all these findings, the ones that stood out were CAA Pets (for those with smaller budget) and PET Secure for the amount of options and getting your money’s worth. It’s also helpful to note that Pet Secure and GO Pet had the most user-friendly websites, complete with testimonials and reviews, with the latter offering a 24 hour live chat with a friendly staff member for help! However, for those who are new to the pet insurance world, and find all this information a little overwhelming, it seems that Petline Insurance is the best option as they represent a variety of these pet insurance companies and can offer you the best plan most suitable for you and your furry pal’s needs. Good Luck!

Who is your pet insurance provider and what is the biggest concern when selecting a pet insurer?

Primal Freeze Dried Nuggets Dog & Cat Food Product Review

Primal Freeze Dried Nuggets Dog & Cat Food Product Review

Those of you who follow my blog or myself and Holly Instagram you will be aware of the following; number 1 she is fussy, and I mean really fussy and secondly we travel a lot so being able to bring food on the road with us is super important. Holly has been on the raw diet for the past 7 months and has recently lost her enthusiasm for her raw food and had a very upset tummy at the same time.

I love the benefits Holly has shown since the switch to raw. Firstly she leaned out and had looked great. Holly was previously fed a combination of a high quality dry food accompanied by human food. Holly was fed in line with guidelines and received more than average exercise, being a dog walker she came to work so exercise wasn’t the problem. With raw her body took all the goodness from the food and the waste was minimum. That’s the second benefit, teeny tiny poops! This is a clear indicator of quality food compared to her previous diet.

While at the beach for our morning swim myself and Holly got talking to a fellow dog owner who was just as crazy about her pooch (crazy dog people are my fav!). We got talking to food that we feed our pups and I was telling her that we feed raw but find it so hard when travelling to keep that up then she shared the light with me. She feeds her pooch freeze dried raw dog food. I had no idea such a product existed, I was aware of dehydrated treats but not freeze dried food.

Before heading off to the pet store to see our available options I was informed the following; freeze dried raw is expensive and secondly the amount that you feed your dog will not seem sufficient.

We headed to the pet store and the freeze dried raw section is TINY in such a huge store. There were three different options in the store. The store employee wasn’t up to date on the freeze dried products but was able to let us know the best seller so we picked up two different brands of freeze dried raw food – Primal Freeze Dried Nuggets Beef & Salmon and Stella & Chewy’s.

Primal Freeze Dried Nuggets Beef & Salmon

Okay first off we bought the Cat version of the food based on the ingredients beef and salmon just sounds delicious to pass on. A minor blip but hey let’s see how we get on with it, can’t be much of a difference in the food, right?!

What is in the food?

The most important question you as a dog pawrent should always be looking at. So many dog food companies use marketing as a ploy to make you think that there is actual food in the dog food. If you have Netflix I highly reccomend you watch Pet Fooled documentary on the pet food industry.

Okay before I go on a rant on how to select a good dog food let’s dive into what’s in Primal Freeze Dried Nuggets. As stated front and center on their packaging is that it contains 91% Beef, Salmon, Organs & Bone and 9% Produce & Supplements, sounds like we are off to a good start.

First thing I notice when I look at the ingredients is that the list is long and the second thing I notice is that it sounds like a grocery shopping list. I KNOW what all the ingredients are and even some of the ingredients are organic. When was the last time you looked at dog food ingredients and seen ORGANIC!!

Ingredients 

Beef Hearts, Beef Livers, Ground Beef Bones, Salmon, Organic Kale, Organic Squash, Organic Carrots, Organic Apples, Organic Broccoli, Cranberries, Blueberries, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Montmorillonite Clay, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Parsley, Salmon Oil, Taurine, Organic Coconut Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Organic Quinoa Sprout Powder, Dried Organic Kelp, Alfalfa, Vitamin E Supplement, Mixed Tocopherols (natural preservative).

You can view all the guarantees that will be in the pet food here. 

How to feed Freeze Dried Raw Food?

The food is packed into nuggets which are approximately 2 x 1 x 1 inches. Based on your dogs weight there is a daily feeding guide for your pet. Holly weighs around 20lbs and her nugget per day guideline is 8. As you can see in the video we like to make mealtime frun so we divide the nugget into an enrichment mould so mealtime lasts longer.

The pack we bought is 14oz and this makes 3lbs of real food. You need to add water to the food which I didn’t. I poured some milk in as an extra treat.

Cost

A 14oz pack of pet food costs around $40 CAD. Based upon Holly’s mealplan this pack of food lasted 5.5 days. which works out around $3.50 per meal which is high compared to other options available within the pet industry. Some dog food meals could be under 30 cents a meal. You get what you pay for when it comes to dog food. Just look at the ingredients above you will not find any comparison is any dry dog food on the market. The ingredients are FOOD, no fillers, no grain, corn, wheat or soy and gluten free. The beef is antibiotic free raised without any hormones.

Holly’s Thoughts!

As I mentioned earlier Holly is a major food snob and will only eat the best of the best! I divided up a couple of nuggets up into a BPA Free Mould and milk to top. Holly dove right in and made sure that there wasn’t a crumb left. Holly enjoyed the food so much that after some of the meals she still looked for more. She would go over to her food cupboard stare at it, do a little dance, come paw me for more. And yes I am a sucker so I would divide up a nugget and pop it in the mould. If you are feeding your dog in an ordinary mould I would highly suggest some slow eating dog bowls, moulds it at least doubles the length of meals.

This food could also double as treats, the smell alone is amazing. This would be perfect for travelling and bringing on the road with us.

In Conclusion

There are so many good things that myself and Holly can say about this food. It’s full of good nutritional ingredients, organic and hormone free. There were no side affects on the poop front which if you are reading this you will want to know. We didn’t try to re hydrate but did add some milk. Amazing food for travelling. The downside is the cost of the food but as I said before it is actual food and the cost is in line with other freeze dried raw food so if you are looking to buy freeze dried raw food be prepared to pay upwards of $40 per week depending on the weight of your pooch. This is a 5+ star pet food, your baby will not be disappointed.

Have you tried Primal Freeze Dried Dog Food or Cat Food? What are your thoughts, we want to know!

A Review of Bentley The Dobie Dehydrated Dog Treats

A Review of Bentley The Dobie Dehydrated Dog Treats

Holly our own Toronto Dog Walking in house taste tester was put to work recently to give an unbiased review of dehydrated treats made by a local Toronto Dog Bentley or known on Instagram as @Bentelythedobie

What are Dehydrated Dog Treats?

Dehydrated dog treats are pieces of raw meat, fruit and vegetables that are cut up into individual sized treat portion and placed into a dehydrator and left for a certain amount of time until all the water has been removed from the pieces. Generally speaking they are a single ingredient treat made from 100% ingredient and nothing else.

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Why Feed Dehydrated Treats

A variety of home made dehydrated dog treats are designed for dogs who have a diet sensitivities, owners who want to feed their dogs only the best treats possible, dogs who are fed a clean non kibble based diet, those who are on a raw/homemade food diet or simply put doggo pawrents who love to spoil their pooches every now and then or on the daily with a high value amazing diet!

 

Benefits of Dehydrated Treats

Single Source Protein

So many dogs struggle with food allergies especially those with a long ingredient list. It can be extremely overwhelming and  hard to figure out what is causing your pups allergic reaction so many owner opt for single ingredient treats. These treats are all single ingredient so you never have to worry about what is in your dogs treats.

No Additives

There are no artificial additives or ingredients that are used to bulk out the dog treat like corn, corn meal and other by products that are placed into dog treats.

Nutrition

Dehydrated dog treats are nutritious and healthy. Your dog will absorb all the nutrients from the treats, similar to those who feed a raw diet and your pup will have minimal waste (a nice way to say poop!).

Locally Source

All of the treats made by Bentley are locally sourced and made from ingredients found here in Ontario. You are helping support a home business and farmers close to home.

Cost

You will find the treats are cheaper than what you will find in retail stores due to the fact the they are produced in a home base business driving down the costs of producing such high quality dog treats.

Bentleys Dehydrated Dog Treats

Holly’s Thoughts

You may not need to be clarify what Holly’s thoughts are on the treats received from Bentley as the video does most of the barking! I have NEVER seen Holly go so crazy for treats and Holly is fed dehydrated treats daily.

As you can see Holly goes through her highlight real of tricks in order to figure out what she needs to do to get her paws on a treat. This type of treatment is normally reserved for her tennis balls.

By way of a background if you haven’t read any of Holly’s reviews before, this girl is as FUSSY as it comes when it comes to dog treats. Only the best will do.

It’s too hard for us to decide which treat was the favourite so we are going to have to name two winners here which is the Beef Liver & Pork Strips.

Pros

  • Holly thought they were beyond delicious
  • She loved the pork and beef treats, these are the ones she is going crazy for in the video and gave her stamp of approval
  • They are not over-dehydrated in order to keep as many nutrients as possible
  • The treats are the perfect size for all dogs
  • They are nutritious, delicious and homemade
  • No Additives or preservatives
  • Cheaper than pet store
  • Supporting a local business
  • Locally Sourced Ingredients
  • Human grade ingredients

Cons

  • Holly didn’t like the Sweet Potato
  • They need to be stored in a fridge
  • There wasn’t enough, Holly inspected to make sure she got everything

Alternatives Available

  • Making Dehydrated treats yourself
  • Purchasing from other brands at the pet store
  • Purchasing less expensive treats with multiple ingredients

What you need to know

All products are single ingredient treats that are great for training, as a meal topper for added nutrition or a yummy snack. All treats will need to be kept refrigerated. They are short shelf life and not 1-2 years that you can expect by big brand treats.

Type of Treats Available

  • Beef Bites
  • Beef Liver
  • Beef Strips
  • Calf Liver
  • Chicken Breast Bites
  • Chicken Breast Strips
  • Pig Ear Piece
  • Pork Bites
  • Pork Liver
  • Pork Strips
  • Sweet Potato Bites
  • Sweet Potato Strips

There is a very simple pricing structure for purchasing dehydrated dog treats from Bentley. The cost is based on the amount of grams purchased so you can choose your dogs favourite treats. Bulk orders come with oxygen extenders to make sure your treats arrive as fresh as possible.

I have seen other Toronto dogs like @TorontoTerrier and @ISpeakDog all give rave reviews for the treats they received from Bentley. I think the gang at I Speak Dog will also agree with me in that there wasn’t enough treats 🙂

My overall opinion, ahem I mean Holly’s is that these treats warrant a 5 Star review. They are very high quality, deliciously tasty, easy to over induldge in, nutritious and very high value treats which would make them ideal for training your dog!

FREE Samples, yes you read that right! You can receive a free sample of treats, try before you buy. To get your free sample all you need to do is when you reach out to Bentley and mention ‘Toronto Dog Walking’ you will receive a sample of 50 grams of treats!

To place an order you will need to email Bentleythedobie@gmail.com or direct message Bentley on his Instagram account. Do not expect a fancy website for ordering, over the top packaging mom and Bentley like to keep things simple while pursuing their hobby. Cash and etransfer are accepted as a form of payment.

If you try some treats from Bentley, we want to hear about so go ahead and sound of in the comments!

 

Toronto Dogs are Celebrating Canada Day in Style!

Toronto Dogs are Celebrating Canada Day in Style!

When you see the Toronto Dogs pulling out all the stops for Canada Day celebrations you just have to share it with others everyone.

Pooches all across the city of Toronto are showing how proud they are to be Canadians and celebrating the joyous occasion is with their fur friends and humans. The city of Toronto is awash of red and white pawsomeness this weekend.

Many of the city dogs maybe celebrating indoors today in Pawfectly cool temperatures but that won’t stop them from shining.

Ms Charmin @ms.charmin the Maltese, fashion loving girl wearing a dress fit for a princess.

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Lucy @lucyofkingwest the mini shih tzu pack a punch of cuteness wearing a bandana and ribbon ensemble

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Horton McSnorton @Hortonmcsnorton being as Canadian as Canadian gets showing his pride with a tribute to the Mounties of this great county.

Rems @remsandshmends is all set with his casual look for wining this weekend at the cottage repping his Canadian hat

Billie @billiebootspwd rocking his pride and letting you know Canada is number 1. Beaming with pride to be living with pawsome Canadian people and dogs alike!

Bacon @baconthedoggers is literally wearing his love for Canada on his chest! Bacon is chilling this Canada Day long weekend surrounded by all things Canadian

Atti & Pixel @teensytwins The fun loving, cutesome twosome originally from the US but are very proudly Canadian. The mini duo are sporting their Canadian tees so proudly eh!

Tootsie @Tootsiethebulldog Celebrating Canada Day the only way a bulldog knows how to! And that is draped in red and white while having a snooze on the deck #Canadianthroughandthrough

Oreo @thatshihtzuoreo is dressed to impress all the fellow Canadian shih tzus is his bow tie/tie combo!

Archer @iggiesofcanada If Archers handle doesn’t give away how proud he is to be a Canadian eh I don’t know what does. This is Archers first Canada day and he is doing it in style

Remember Canada Day can be scary for so many pups, here are some tips to make Canada Day a pawsome one!