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article imageRaising the woof at second annual Winter Woofstock in Toronto Special

By Andrew Moran     Nov 21, 2011 in Lifestyle
Toronto - The City of Toronto went to the dogs again for the second annual Winter Woofstock at the Direct Energy Centre. Dogs went the catwalk for a fashion show, their tricks were showcased and they competed in races.
Last year, Digital Journal covered the very first Winter Woofstock – the winter version of the annual summer Woofstock that is held at St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto. Woofstock is North America’s largest event for dogs. It celebrates dogs and allows pet owners to connect with the pet industry and to showcase their beloved animal.
One year later, Winter Woofstock has become quite the spectacle and has gotten bigger and better than the first one. From a dog fashion show to numerous vendors offering the latest in pet products to a VIP Lounge, Winter Woofstock was a dog day afternoon.
Hundreds of dogs gathered at the Direct Energy Centre to partake in sniffing each other’s butts, grabbing the biggest bone they could find and getting pampered as much as they could. They certainly barked up the right tree over the weekend.
“My little baby turns two this weekend, so I thought I would take him for a stroll,” said Deborah, the owner of a Braque Saint-German named Gerald. “I always try to find key events to help my dog socialize and be treated like the prince he is. I plan to stay the entire day and come again [Sunday].”
When asked what was in her bag, she responded with a chuckle: “Not much. It’s just a bag of doggie treats, canned food, a sweater, a new collar and boots for the winter.” Deborah added: “I know, I spoil my dog.”
Indeed, dogs received a new leash on life. They even had the opportunity to take photos with Santa Claus and receive a free gift, something that children will not have the opportunity to do for another week or so.
The summer Woofstock runs from Jun. 9 to Jun. 10, 2012 in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood.
A dog participating in a competition.  He was quite intrigued by the balls.
A dog participating in a competition. He was quite intrigued by the balls.
A dog participating in a competition.  He stands by his owner getting ready to kick tail.
A dog participating in a competition. He stands by his owner getting ready to kick tail.
A mountain of dog beds that would be heaven for any animal.
A mountain of dog beds that would be heaven for any animal.
Owner trying to help her dog during the competition.  It seems rather perplexed by the balls.
Owner trying to help her dog during the competition. It seems rather perplexed by the balls.
A dog getting ready to incite sheer Terrier on its opponents during a competition.
A dog getting ready to incite sheer Terrier on its opponents during a competition.
A dog having a difficult time getting out of the starting gate during a competition.
A dog having a difficult time getting out of the starting gate during a competition.
A dog VIP lounge where the very important pooches hang out after a busy day.
A dog VIP lounge where the very important pooches hang out after a busy day.
A dog sporting some clothes during the Doggie Fashion Show.
A dog sporting some clothes during the Doggie Fashion Show.
A dog sporting some clothes during the Doggie Fashion Show.
A dog sporting some clothes during the Doggie Fashion Show.
A dog sporting some clothes  and a blue mohawk  during the Doggie Fashion Show.
A dog sporting some clothes, and a blue mohawk, during the Doggie Fashion Show.
A dog sporting some clothes during the Doggie Fashion Show.
A dog sporting some clothes during the Doggie Fashion Show.
A dog sporting some clothes during the Doggie Fashion Show.
A dog sporting some clothes during the Doggie Fashion Show.
A dog sporting some clothes during the Doggie Fashion Show  who is also intrigued by my camera.
A dog sporting some clothes during the Doggie Fashion Show, who is also intrigued by my camera.
A dog sporting some clothes during the Doggie Fashion Show.
A dog sporting some clothes during the Doggie Fashion Show.
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