Hey Dog Lovers! It’s Time For The Park

February 18th, 2014


Some exciting news here from The Pet Network’s friends at Stornoway Productions:
Stornoway Productions has launched an original online series and interactive website called Dog Park Tales, exclusively available at www.dogparktales.ca.
A fun and informative look at dog culture in North America, the site features webisodes that explore everything from doggie cuisine and fashion, to the healing and helpful roles dogs play in human society. Featuring Tevya Heller and his energetic Beagle Buddy, Dog Park Tales celebrates our often obliging “best friends” by looking at developments in dog training, dog events and new discoveries from animal behaviour experts.

The website encourages dog lovers to engage in the conversation by sharing their thoughts, posting photos and voting on a variety of doggie issues. Users can join the community for additional features and updates. From the informative to the silly, Dog Park Tales provides viewers and users with an opportunity to explore the world of canine and human interaction – both in and outside of the dog park.
Dog Park Tales utilizes Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to encourage site visits and user-generated content. The website is available on standard, tablet and mobile devices.

This digital media project is supported by the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian specialty network The Pet Network, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
To watch webisodes, check out the Dog Blog, join the community and more, CLICK HERE.


Woofstock 2012

June 12th, 2012


Photographer Pia Ferrari joined Kalen Hayman and the rest of the PETnews team this past weekend at WOOFSTOCK, Toronto’s world-famous “doggie love-in.” Proudly billed as “the largest outdoor festival for dogs in all of North America,” Woofstock attracts tens of thousands of canine-lovers and their four-footed friends for two days of fun and festivities that include crazy contests, a fashion show, and a Ms. & Mr. Canine Canada Pageant.

Check out Pia’s full photo gallery HERE!

Missed out on Woofstock? Mark your calendar now: Winter Woofstock is coming, November 17 & 18.


Purina Walk For Guide Dogs

May 28th, 2012


Posted by Christina Dun

Some dogs are cut out for more than just playing in parks and running around the house — they have what it takes to be trained to help people with visual or hearing impairment, physical disabilities and other medical conditions. The Purina Walk for Dog Guides is a national event, held in more than 250 communities across Canada, that raises money to help train dog guides. Each walk is organized by local volunteers, with support from Lions Foundation of Canada. This year’s national walk date was Sunday May 27

Last week, I got to cover Woofjocks with the PETnews team. While the Purina walk in Toronto didn’t have dogs jumping over hurdles or running through obstacles, there were plenty of enthusiastic canines — and their owners — on hand to enjoy a great day for a great cause. Purina president Karen Kuwahara was there with her dog Belle to do the official leash cutting, which kicked off the walk down Queen’s Quay.

All photos by Christina Dun. Follow her blog HERE.


PETnews Meets Woofjocks

May 27th, 2012


You’ll believe a dog can fly! The doggie daredevils of Woofjocks are renowned for their spectacular displays of canine athletic prowess. So Kalen and the PETnews team paid a visit to Purina PawsWay last weekend, to catch these fabulous flying furballs in action. Flyball, freestyle disc, agility — the Woofjocks do it all. Check out the videos, just posted on thepetnetwork.tv.

Don’t forget to catch the latest PETnews videos on our YouTube channel, HERE.


New FIDO & WINE Web Exclusives

April 9th, 2012


The Fido & Wine production team are busy putting the finishing touches on two new episodes of The Pet Network’s flagship series. Check out the Web exclusive clips we’ve posted for “The Luck Of The Irish” and “Dogtoberfest” — the latter airing next Tuesday April 17 & Saturday April 21 @ 8 pm ET/PT.

Behind the scenes on FIDO & WINE‘s upcoming “Luck of the Irish” episode, The Pet Network’s Melissa Auger gets schooled in the mysteries of the oyster — and gets her first taste of bivalve — courtesy of master shucker Patrick McMurray.

Join the FIDO & WINE team behind the scenes on their “Dogtoberfest” episode at Toronto’s Steam Whistle Brewing, where editor Wes Champion finds out what hops taste like before they go into making that delicious pint of beer. Prost!


Video Blog: Travel Tips

March 14th, 2012


Looking forward to a spring getaway? Make sure your vacation plans include provisions for your pet while you’re away. In this video blog post, The Pet Network’s Melissa walks you through the best options, from posh doggie hotels and spas to professional dog walkers and nannies.


Fido & Wine Video Blog: Sausages!

February 13th, 2012


Check out the first in a new series of new Fido & Wine video blog posts! Melissa Auger reveals some of the fascinating sausage-oriented trivia the production team learned when they visited Rowe Farms for some doggie-friendly turkey and lamb sausages.


Fido Casting Call!

October 21st, 2011

The Pet Network was on hand at last weekend’s Fido Casting Call event at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto. Check out the video below!

We’re thrilled to be supporting this Fido initiative, which in turn is raising money for a great cause. Here’s what it’s all about:

Enter your dog in the Fido Casting Call™ and your pooch could be chosen to appear in an upcoming Fido ad. Join Fido on Facebook to submit your dog’s Casting Sheet, with a photo, and explain why your four-legged friend should win. Fido will post all of the Casting Sheets on fidocastingcall.ca and the dog that gets the most votes wins. Each person may submit one vote for each dog per day until November 17, 2011.

Fido is donating $1 for every Fido Casting Call vote, up to $200,000, to Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. With your help, Fido could fund training for 10 Dog Guides, each named Fido, in five different program areas.

Think your pup is ready for prime time? Enter online. And don’t forget to vote for your favourite canine — you’ll be helping to train dogs to assist women and men in need across the country.


Fido & Wine Preview

September 15th, 2011

Check out the video preview, below, for Fido & Wine, our new Pet Network original series.

Your Pet Won’t Be The Only One Licking The Plate!

Fido & Wine is the world’s first cooking series dedicated to sharing ideas and recipes for meals that both people and their pets can enjoy. Join host Laura Ducharme as she searches out inspiration for a fine meal that humans and animals alike will savour, and then returns to her kitchen to demonstrate how to prepare these mouth-watering recipes.

Premieres Tuesday Sept. 27 at 8 pm ET/PT. Stay tuned for more info.

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