Summer is far from over, so here are some events both you AND your furry best friend can enjoy together this weekend:
OSS FEST: Saturday, July 28
Taking place between Dundas St. West and Queen St. West on Ossington, this vibrant festival will be a pedestrian takeover of culture and the 3 F’S: Fashion, food and fitness! Not only are our furry friends encouraged to attend, as detailed in the Facebook event page, but this festival is also completely free to absolutely anyone and everyone. Yes!
A new instalment from last year’s event is the Fitness and Wellness morning from 8 am to 11 am for the early risers who want to take part in some exercise and learn about healthy lifestyles. However, the official festival starts later in the day at noon so you can sleep in if you want to! Expect a variety of local vendors and exhibitors, music and patio fun to enjoy with your furry best friends all day long. There will be a yoga and meditation session on the street, street art and so much more. Your dog will get to socialize, soak up the sunshine, and enjoy the friendly and vibrant atmosphere. Check out @ossingtonfestival on Facebook for more details!
U-Pick at Fresh City Farms: Sunday, July 29
If you’ve ever dreamed of letting your beloved dog run free at a farm and enjoy the fresh air that green pastures have got to offer, then this is the event for you. It is also an opportunity for the humans to pick their own vegetables such as peas, beans, carrots, beets, cucumbers, zucchini and a variety of greens!
It’s easy to get caught up in the busy rhythm of a big and vibrant city like Toronto, and get stressed out during the week. This free event is an incredible escape from the big city hustle while also being easily accessible via transit. Take a TTC bus to Keele & Sheppard to meet with the Fresh City Farms farmers at their greenhouse at Downsview Park, right beside 70 Canuck Avenue. There is also parking available for those travelling via car. For more details, head on over to their Facebook Page.
DOGA- Yoga With Your Dog: Saturday, July 28
DOGA a.k.a yoga with dogs is the new trend that you don’t want to miss out on. This is a unique bonding experience for dogs and dog owners to share between them. It’s also a fantastic chance to interact with other dog lovers and their adorable pups!
Held at the Grand Avenue Park in Etobicoke, instructor Shannon Young takes participants through doing poses, stretching out, and meditating together. You will get a chance to massage your dog, connect with them on a deeper level, and practice calmness. The session is divided into 10-minute portions of warm up, massage and stretching, yoga poses, and meditation. Those who often find themselves arriving early to their meeting will be in luck: The first 5 people to register will receive a free goodie bag full of gifts for humans and pups alike! Tickets at www.zenfitstudio.ca.
Missisauga Latin Festival: Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29
The 10th annual Mississauga Festival is a big event that holds 35,000 attendees at the Mississauga Celebration Square over the weekend. There are many outdoor activities and entertainment for attendees to enjoy whether they are looking to learn how to dance salsa, practice their Spanish, eat some latin food, or enjoy the culture in general. But most importantly, this is a dog-friendly event!
There are plenty of things to check out, including an art gallery, local vendors, a children’s play area, and performers. Some of the fun sessions include a Zumba Fitness session at 1 pm on Saturday, and a Latin Parade at noon on Sunday.
Soul Sunday Street Party: Sunday, July 29
As part of the popular and well-loved Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday, this car-free street party near Trinity Common at 303 Augusta Avenue takes place the last Sunday of every month to let loose, soak up the sunshine, and enjoy what your community has to offer. There will be music, there will be drinks, and there will be dancing on this day like no other.
Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays are not only a great occasion to bring out-of-town friends to enjoy a taste of Toronto, but also a great day for dog lovers and dog owners to see and play with some adorable pups out and about! There are tons of entertainment factors like chalk drawing, costumes, bubbles, water fights and even a meditation flash mob taking place at 2:30 for those interested. Did we mention it’s a free event??
If your pup finds it all a bit too much, the rest of Kensington Market is just steps away to take a break and maybe even venture out to the park for a little nap. All this weekend excitement can get a little intense for our pups sometimes, after all!
Got a dog friendly event that we need to know about? What are you and your pupper up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments!
If you are reading this you are a pawsome dog pawrent! Dog enrichment is an amazing way to keep your dog mentally happy, stimulated and of all else can keep them out of trouble ha!
You maybe looking for enrichment games for one of the following reasons. You looking to make your dogs mealtimes last longer? Your dog is on medical rest and can’t walk so looking for some mental stimulation? Or looking to keep them busy while you have guests over or during holiday firework celebrations?
This lick mat can be made in under a minute.
What you will need
A BPA Free mat or mold. The one here is from IKEA and costs $1.99
Meat or other forms of food/treats
Your dog 🙂
How to make (prep 1 minute)
Divide up your dogs meat into each of the mold. Place the treats into each mold if you desire. You can also place vegetables or other dog treats in the mold and freeze them to make it last longer. Then serve to your dog as is or frozen. Bon Appetit!
Tag us in your post of your enrichment games on Instagram @torontodogwalking or facebook @torontodw
The Bark Show Live at Woofstock; a transcript of our interview with Everyday Bicycles
Suzana: Tell us about your company. Tell us about where we can find you. This is such a cool product.
So we’re Everyday Bicycles. We do trailers and now eventually we’re doing pet trailers. You can find us online at everydaybicycles.ca. Open. That’s one opens as well.
Suzana: So spacious. Wow. Oh my gosh.
Everyday Bicycles: This comes off. There’s a back entrance for bigger dog to go in.
Suzana: Kingsley. That’s for my dog.
Everyday Bicycles: That thing goes down, closes in the back.
Pam: That’s great. Yes.
Everyday Bicycles: Holds this water bottle that comes with it. Little moon roof for the bigger dogs.
Suzana: That’s fantastic. Do you have bigger sizes or is this the only ones you have?
Everyday Bicycles: No. This is the only size we have. It’s for medium dogs. Folds down nice and easy. Tabs come off.
Everyday Bicycles: Nice and flat.
Everyday Bicycles: Turns into a bicycle trailer. This thing comes off, comes off, and now it connects to the rear axle of the bike.
Suzana: Wow. Love it.
Pam: It’s pretty cool.
Everyday Bicycles: And pretty much it.
Pam: And where can we find you?
Everyday Bicycles: Everydaybicycles.ca.
Pam: Everydaybicycles.ca. Okay.
Pam: What’s the weight maximum?
Everyday Bicycles: It’s at 50 to 100 but it’s tested for over 100.
Everyday Bicycles: It’s just that the most important thing is the size of the dog. How big it is. Weight’s not so much of an issue.
Pam: Have you ever had more than one dog in there? Have you had two small dogs?
Everyday Bicycles: Today we had someone come in with five shih tzus. No joke. They put all five shih tzus in one carrier.
Pam: Oh my gosh. That would be my idea of heaven.
Everyday Bicycles: They all fit just fine. They weren’t barking or biting each other. It works out.
Pam: Is it actually a smooth ride when they’re going? It’s not going to be boomp, boomp, boomp, boomp?
Everyday Bicycles: When you go into a bike trailer mode, you take off the front wheel. That just comes right off. It’s got pneumatic tires so it usually spins all right.
Pam: How much can somebody expect to pay for something like this?
Everyday Bicycles: The regular retail is $239.99 and that usually comes with the shipping. For the show, we always have special prices.
Pam: So again, where can people find you online?
Everyday Bicycles: Everydaybicycles.ca. Thank you guys for having us.
Pam: Have a great day.
Everyday Bicycles: Take care, guys.
A barktastic interview with Kristen Corral, the founder of The Little White Dog Co based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kristen is a DOGA instructor who works with dogs in a group setting and also provides one on one private lessons. Kristen joins us today to tell us all about Doga, who can benefit from doga, how rewarding it is to Doga with your dog and more!
The City of Toronto turned green for St. Patricks Day or should I say St Pawtricks Day! Pups all across the great city of Toronto got into the spirit of the Irish and wore green with pride. Being actually an Irish hooman in Toronto with my Irish doggie Holly I was so proud to see all the pups embrace Paddy’s Day and become Irish for the day!
Toronto Dogs are already known to be pawsome pups but wow they took St Pawtricks Day to the next level. Here are some of our favourites from the City!