Woofstock Returns to Toronto May 27 and 28

Mary Simpson
by Mary Simpson
Just like a retriever with a tossed ball; it’s back! Woofstock, North America’s largest outdoor dog festival, is returning for its 14th year and is gearing up for its best event ever as it partners with new sponsor, PetSmart Canada!

Kicking off at Toronto’s Woodbine Park, the event runs Saturday, May 27 through Sunday, May 28 with gates opening from 10 am and closing 6 pm on Saturday and 5 pm on Sunday – so loads of time for you and your little guy to meet, greet, nosh and play.

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Truth be known, the event has become a must-do for pet parents, bringing together tens of thousands of pooches and their human partners as they enjoy the entertainment and free samples, visit vendor booths, watch the competitions and even take a whirl on the Lucy Pets Gnarly Crankin’ K-9 Wave Maker (ever want to see your little guy surf?) as they take in what is now North America’s biggest pooch-fest.

This year promises to deliver BIG as the Mr. and Ms. Canine Canada Pageant returns, the Woofstock annual Fashion Show encourages pooches to strut their stuff and the must-do Annual Running of the Pugs and Weiner Dog Races see our fave minis fly past at breakneck speed (or at least pretty quickly). New events being introduced this year are the Chihuahua Chase and the Frenchy Flash races! Can you spell “fun”!!

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There’s more! Popular pet food brand Pedigree will be back with sessions on how to improve Rover’s pearly whites (and breath!), Walmart’s Pure Balance will introduce the “Kibble Pit” – a giant dog bowl full of balls (nope, not kibble) for your pup to play in, there will be Olympic style sporting competitions and demonstrations and of course Rescue Village is open for on-site adoptions, in case you’re thinking of expanding your family.

Whew! Your little guy will sleep well that weekend!

To keep attendees fed and sane, Woofstock will also be hosting a mini food truck festival (fully licensed) and the good folk at PetSmart will be sponsoring a free shuttle service from off-site parking lots and Union Station.

Tickets are just $10 for a weekend pass ($12 at the gates) and kids under 10 and pooches are free! For details, visit www.woofstock.ca.

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