Blogs by Connie Wilson

June 17, 2011 by Connie Wilson

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dog dads out there… enjoy your day!

We've made up a bunch of super-cute Father's Day e-cards using the winning photos from our recent Star Search contest so if there’s a special dog dad in your life and you'd like to let him know you’re thinking of him,

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June 9, 2011 by Connie Wilson

Each year in June, my friend Marlene Cook throws an amazing party. It's not just any party, it's a huge gathering of dogs and their people and is so popular it's become known as North America's Largest Festival For Dogs. Once again it will be held over two days (this year it will be on June 11th and 12th ), in Toronto's St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. This free

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May 31, 2011 by Connie Wilson


Every spring I help my mom get her patio ready for summer which entails either a 5-hour drive to get to Kelowna where she lives, or else a short flight. With time at a premium, I usually opt for the flight so that I have maximum time to indulge myself in a number of my favourite activities. Here are just a few of them:

1.       Visiting with family including some concentrated mother/daughter girl-time (a pleasure that my busy schedule doesn't

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May 13, 2011 by Connie Wilson

A Portrait of Penny

Last week I received an unexpected parcel which, upon opening, contained, much to my delight, a portrait of my wirehaired Dachshund, Penny.  The note accompanying it said that the artist happened upon an “adorable” photo of my new dog and since she was between commissions decided to do her portrait, knowing that I would appreciate it. Boy, did she get that right! In my opinion, there’s no better present, nor better way to memorialize

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May 10, 2011 by Connie Wilson

My experience with photography began at eight years of age when I received my very first camera, a shiny black Kodak "Brownie Bulletin", as a birthday gift. That camera was my constant side-kick on a family camping trip where I used it to catalogue my summer fun with numerous poorly composed, and often times hilarious photographs of my parents and siblings. Sadly, the camera lasted only for that brief summer vacation as I mistakenly left it on the dashboard of the car where the magnified

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March 23, 2011 by Connie Wilson

Last week I travelled to Orlando, Florida to attend Global Pet Expo. It was wonderful to trade the grey skies and cool temperatures of my hometown, Vancouver, for the 27 degree, balmy warmth of Florida (no wonder so many choose to winter in this tropical paradise!). Although the purpose of my trip was business (my colleague Sara, and I were there to scoop the latest and greatest the pet industry has to offer), we still found ourselves with enough time prior to the show to have some fun at

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March 9, 2011 by Connie Wilson

My dog Kaya lived to the ripe old age of 16 years. As many of you may already know, she was the muse and mascot of Modern Dog magazine. Throughout our life together, she provided me with countless examples of (crazy) situations we dog parents face and was an almost limitless supply of anecdotes. Kaya's barking, separation anxiety, and stubborn streak almost got the best of me at times, trying my patience to the utmost. To say she was a difficult dog would be an understatement, but perhaps

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