With a fun play on the original “festival of all festivals” Woofstock is proof that, these days, it’s all going to the dogs!
Mo and I had never been to Woofstock before, or had even heard of it for that matter until our Vet told us about it in April. We were excited to take Bachaesh some place where he would not only be able to meet other dogs, but get to accompany us on a trip. (We love family adventures!)
This year the festival was held in Woodbine Park in Toronto on May 24 & 25. There were a multitude of vendors to see, including Dog Chiropractors, Free Grooming Services, a Vet Tech to check out your dog’s pearly whites, and so much more. And did I mention it’s FREE admission???!!!
We had anticipated that there would be lots of free samples so we came prepared with a big bag, and boy, were we glad we did! We had that bag filled with free samples in no time! We chatted with various vendors, waited in line to participate in some contests, and made sure to visit every booth.
In addition to vendors, selling everything from treats and toys to bowties and fur vacuums, there was a section of the park designated to adoption and foster care. Visitors had the opportunity to meet some of the dogs that needed homes, and chat with organizers about what it took to become foster parents. On the far sides of the field were quite a few food trucks (where Mo & I picked up some tasty Portobello Burgers!), and Starbucks was handing out free samples of their refreshing Sparkling Drink.
Throughout the two days there were many contests that visitors could participate in with their pooches such as the Mr & Miss Woofstock pageant, a Wiener dog race, Running of the Pugs, a Dumb Tricks contest etc. There was something for everybody!
It was a scorching hot day, and even though I packed two frozen water bottles for Bachaesh, he drank every last drop. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the event organizers had buckets of water every few feet along the path for dogs to stay hydrated. We also took advantage of the hose they had running to soak Bachaesh…He was both relieved and somewhat annoyed.
All in all it was well worth the trip and we will now be going every year!
If you decide to join us next year, here are a few tips:
1. Arrive early so you get a parking spot close by! We arrived around noon and had to park a few blocks away.
2. Pack extra bottles of ice water for your dog! Or, better yet, buy a “Gulpy!” (More on this later!)
3. Wear lawn-friendly shoes!
4. Bring cash! Even though there was a portable PC Financial ATM there, it’s best to be prepared with cash, just in case!
5. Sign up for events prior to the festival to ensure you have a spot!
Can’t wait to see you there!!