Love dogs? Don't miss these!


 Torontonians who love dogs have a full agenda of events ahead this year.

Here is our top 10 DON'T MISS list! 

March 25th – Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs, from NSD (various cities)

National Service Dogs holds this event for 18 years now, in various cities throughout Canada. Plastic eggs filled with dog treats are hidden at a local park and the idea is to start your inner hunter and find them! It’s a very amusing family day where everybody wins: the furry ones get treats, you have fun by helping raising money to the service dogs, plus, you might win a getaway for two to Montreal!

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March 25 to 27, 2016 – Spring Canadian Pet Expo (Mississauga )

If you enjoy going to malls, or if you are like me, who loves spending time at pet stores checking what else you can get to continue spoiling your pup, then this is your place. A huge space with all kinds of professionals and brands related to pets, from food to veterinary clinics, apparel to training and rescue organizations. You will also have the chance to watch shows, competitions, games, and, of course, dogs everywhere, as they are very welcome! If you’re lucky you might even get to see Smiley! Yes, the Canadian therapy dog who’s always smiling will be there to share his story and make everybody “awww”, myself included.

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March 26th - Easter with the Ultimutts

The Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show is visiting PawsWay Saturday for an afternoon of family fun. If you laugh when dogs do tricks or human-like stuff you will dig this presentation of more than 50 circus style stunts and games.                                                                                          

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March 27th Purina’s Pawsway Easter Sunday Event

A family event, mainly focused on kids, using Easter as a theme. The famous photobooth will be there to register tails and whiskers!

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May 7th - Pampered Pooches T.O.

Love shopping and keeping up with the latest doggy trends, but not particularly keen on airless crowded malls?  Well, then this is pawfect for you! An outdoor event so you and your bestie can enjoy the lovely spring weather while acquainting with some of the finest market brands, delightful food, pet photography and much more!

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May 7th and 8th – KW Pet Expo, Kitchener

Much like the Canadian Pet Expo, this will be a big event for those who want to know more about pet health and the pet market. There will be contests, shows and talks, along with more than 50 dealers for pet related products or services.

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May 28th and 29th – Woofstock

As they say, “Woofstock is the largest outdoor festival for dogs in North America”, and it really is huge. It first went on 13 years ago, and since then, it only got more attention from pet lovers all over the country, so much that they had to move from its original place in order to accommodate everyone. It is a full two day outdoor event, with the presence of more than 200.000 animal lovers among more than 250 vendors of all sorts of pet related products and services. It also has contests, shows, talks, prizes, and of course, tons of cute furries of all sizes and types, including yours!

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June 25th and 26th– Summer Pet Fest

Torontonian dog lovers are really lucky, since they have a whole weekend of fun and pet related events happening here. This is the largest Canadian outdoor pet festival, occupying over 8 acres of exhibitors at the Downsview Park. It’s a delightful event for the whole family, including the pawesome little ones, who are more than welcome. By attending you also help rescue organizations with their funds, which is, per se, a lovely reason for attending.

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Dog Lovers Days – various dates and places

This one is an event specifically destined for your dog! Your pooch will have a wonderful time playing, running, and being spoiled while helping raising awareness on dog related questions and funds for rescue organizations. If you are near any of the places, you should definitely stop by.

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August 20th – London Pawlooza

London Pawlooza is a 100% volunteer-driven festival that happens every year in London, Ontario. The goal is to have a day of lots of fun for the family (and the pups), meanwhile touching people on abandoned pets and animal welfare, and that is why it always takes place on International Homeless Animal’s Day. There is an off leash Fun Zone, a swimming pond, agility activities and lots more of entertainment. All the fees go to charities and you will have the chance to take a bff home with you, since there are always adoptable canines available. Definitely a must go!

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September 10th and 11th – Fall Canadian Pet Expo and Reptile Breeders Expo

The fall version of the Spring Canadian Pet Expo, it’s part of the same series of events from Canadian Pet Expo, however, this one brings a little cold touch… reptiles! Over 300 exhibitors, various shows, activities, lectures and much more. It is an event for the family, for the animal lover and for the business person.

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Written By: Ana Andrade

Animal Lover | Veterinary Physician (Brazil)

Starting over in Toronto! Rescue Supporter & Volunteer.

@ana.oandrade | @BarkingLove


It all started when I was a kid

Harness Your Creativity- The Series

My name is Tamara. I create textile-based mixed media art. At the heart of my work lies this quirky fact: I love to wrap sticks.

It started when I was a kid. Macramé plant hangers were all the rage. My grandmother got me a “how to” macramé book for my 8th birthday. I dove in, using spools of neon orange shoelace thread thanks to my dad who worked at a shoelace company. The knot used to securely hold the macramé strings together, a gathering knot, fascinated me. I loved that it was self-contained; no glue required. Ingenious. Cool. I was hooked.

Fast forward 10 years and I’m at OCAD, a textile design student. That’s where I got the bona fide, certified “ok” to keep wrapping. I used silks, cottons, and synthetic fibres to wrap chopsticks, shish kabob skewers, branches, basketry reed -- whatever I could get my hands on. I wove sculptural baskets and wrapped the exposed stakes, I wrapped the warp threads on my tapestries, and I created a miniature war whose army, ironically, wielded beautiful bows wrapped with silk. Fast forward again 16 years, and I finally figured out what to do with all the sticks – mount them onto paintings.

And so today my artwork combines texture, colour and wrapped structures to create unconventional fiber-based work. I wrap sticks found in everyday life: branches and twigs, chopsticks, dowels, matches and shish kabob sticks. The process of wrapping each stick and contemplating its placement on my paintings is a thoughtful, disciplined undertaking. Conversely, producing the companion paintings is a wholly spontaneous, intuitive process.  By juxtaposing the two, and using colour as a unifying entity, I hope to evoke a sense of order and spontaneity, growth, whimsy and beauty.

In my real life I am “mom” to two teenage boys and the Director of Development and Finance at a unique charity called Art Starts.

I am pleased to be presenting my work at the Liberty Village Art Crawl on Saturday June 11th and the Entertainment District Art Crawls on Friday July 8th and Friday August 12th.

People often ask me...

"People often ask me why I took the time to photograph each subway station rather than just creating the signs digitally. I wanted to capture to true feel of each station—all the grit and grime, the age and character. Each station is unique, and taking the time to visit every one of them was a transit nerd adventure." Tanya Harrison, Station

See her AWESOME Toronto inspired work at our Christmas Market Nov, 22nd at the Great Hall! Click HERE to follow us on Facebook.