Fun Fact Friday!
The average dog has the mental abilities of a two-year-old human. How cool is that?
A dog, like a two-year-old, understands about 165-250 words, depending on the intelligence of the dog (or human) in question.
When it comes to social intelligence, dogs are more advanced than the average toddler because their lives are slightly more complex - closer to that of a teenager. According to Live Science, dogs are mainly interested in social status (who’s the head of the pack) and mating (who’s sleeping with who). Sound familiar?
Learn more here! https://www.livescience.com/5613-dogs-smart-2-year-kids.html
Did you know that there are over 8 million homeless pets in North America?
August 17 is International Homeless Animals Day, where people around the world come together in support of homeless animals. Put on by the International Society for Animal Rights, this day is dedicated to raising awareness for pet overpopulation and spaying/neutering.
In support, we’re dedicating this newsletter to a really cool program called Adopt A Shelter, which allows the shelter of your choice to earn money every time you shop on hundreds of different websites.
We wanted to feature this platform because it’s an easy way to help animals in need with money you’re already spending. Plus, you can handpick the shelters in your community, or a community who really needs some help.
Check out the full website here.
Canada may be known for our winters, but we also have pretty epic summers! With rivers and lakes criss-crossing our nation, beautiful beaches and lush forests, it’s a doggy paradise. Although we have tons of places to explore in Ontario, most of us live in urban spaces where “off leash” isn’t always safe, practical or legal. So we’ve put together a list of the best dog parks in Toronto, where both you and your pet can stretch your legs.
Cherry St & Waterfront (Toronto)
One of the most beautiful beaches in Toronto with a quiet shoreline and dozens of acres of running space. Plus, lots of parking.
Etobicoke Valley Park
Horner Ave & Browns Line (Etobicoke)
A huge off-leash area with a majestic creek for your dog to splash around in. Bonus: free parking.
Humber Bay Shores Park
Lakeshore Blvd W & Marine Parade Dr (Toronto)
A famous spot for dog walkers! It’s a bit secluded from the rest of the park at the tip of the peninsula, with big boulders lining the water. If you have a larger dog, this is the spot to hang.
Parkside Dr & High Park Blvd (Toronto)
One of the largest inner-city parks, with off leash trails and rivers and ponds.
Coxwell Ave & Danforth Ave (Toronto)
A 12 acre community park with off-leash and small dog zones, featuring lovely trees and rolling hills.
Jack Darling Memorial Park
Lorne Park Rd & Lakeshore Rd W (Oakville)
One of the biggest fully fenced parks in all of Ontario! During the week, this huge leafy space is off-leash friendly.
Don Valley Brick Works
Bayview Ave & Pottery Rd (Toronto)
A playdate with a view! This park includes historic buildings, a beautiful panoramic lookout, and a wetland conservation habitat.
Lee Ave & Waterfront (Toronto)
Often called the “Beaches Park,” Kew Gardens stretches across the water front. You’ll find it across from an ice cream and snack stand, so you can both cool off at once.
King Road Dog Park
King Rd & North Service Road (Burlington)
Best fenced-in dog park in the Burlington area! Lots of shade to keep you humans cool, and a small dog zone to keep the little ones safe.
Riverdale Park West
River St & Bayview Ave (Toronto)
Can’t beat the city views you’ll find in this beautiful valley following the Don River. Features an off-leash dog park near the lower playing fields.
Okay, okay - here’s a few extra for good measure:
Thomson Memorial Park
Brimley Rd & Dorcot Ave (Scarborough)
For the East Enders - with both a big dog and little dog zone, with lots of seating so you can snap pics of your pup making friends.
Eglinton Ave E & Leslie St (Toronto)
Beautiful walking trails with an off-leash section.
So there you are! Don’t forget to bring fresh water for you pup, and enjoy summer 2019!
Did you know dogs can tell time?
Is your dog ever waiting at the window when you pull into the driveway? Or what about those times your dog seems to know it’s time for a walk?
According to a report by Animal Planet, dogs actually have a sense of time. Humans identify time relationally, such as things surrounding a certain event like feelings, who was involved and so on - but dogs appear to distinguish time by how much of it has passed since a previous event has occurred.
Like it’s been 8 hours since their human left the house. How cool is that?
Check out the whole article below:
We’re finally putting cold behind us as a summer heatwave is approaching, so we’re here to give you a couple of tips on how to keep your pet safe and healthy through the hot weather months.
So there you have it! By following these guidelines and keeping these points in mind, you can keep your pet safe and happy.
If you’ve ever been on the fence about neutering or spaying your pet, here’s a little known fact for you:
Between one unspayed female dog, her mate and their puppies … they could produce 67,000 puppies in six years.
SIXTY-SEVEN THOUSAND homeless puppies.
Now, book that appointment and spay/neuter your pet.
Read more here:https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/spayneuter-your-pet
This year celebrates Woofstock’s sixteenth year of cuteness overload happening on May 25th and 26th at Woodbine Park in Toronto.
What is Woofstock?
Woofstock is the largest festival for dogs in North America, drawing tens of thousands of dogs and their humans together.
16 years ago, Woofstock launched in the Distillery District in Toronto’s East End, but quickly outgrew the limited location. It transitioned to the St. Lawrence Market neighborhood but outgrew that too. So, Woofstock chose Woodbine Park in The Beaches for their new location in 2013: Toronto’s most dog-friendly area in the city.
“We’re the leader of the pack,” says Teanna, one of Woofstock’s CEO’s on dog festival trends. “We’re recognized in Canada and abroad. The word is out that this is the place for ‘all things canine!’”
What can you expect?
Hundreds of vendors with all things dogs: from pet treats, accessories and products to doggy-training services and volunteer opportunities. From practical to frivolous you’ll find everything in between.
Ever wanted to dress your pooch up? This would be the weekend! You’ll see hundreds of pups and their parents in matching costumes.
Does your pup have what it takes? Woofstock boasts dozens of wacky contests, races, and fashion shows. Also, there’s a ton of cash prizes so you can splurge on your pet.
Bullwrinkles has been a long time supporting of Woofstock. Make sure you stop by our booth to say hello!