Fall 2016


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pdf icon    The Dog Guardian:  Fall 2016  (PDF version)  



In This Issue

  • Highlights
  • Board News
  • Teddy Bears’ Picnic
  • Book Review
  • “Going to the Dogs” Fundraiser
  • Park Clean-Ups
  • Membership
  • Ottawa Dog Festival
  • Kids Page





image: yellow flower


Board News

Our board met on May 22nd. Items discussed were:
  • The new CCGC™ forms
  • Printing of the English and French versions of “Fido, Friend or Foe?” Activity books by Mark Sims from State Farm
  • Alta Vista Animal Hospital asked to hand out our activity books at their open house (as part of Doors Open Ottawa)
  • Participating at the Teddy Bears’ Picnic with Ottawa Therapy Dogs. Handing out the activity books and talking to the children about how to be safe around dogs
  • The new Kids page has been published on the RDOC website. It will be updated every month or two
  • Park clean-ups schedule
  • “Going to the Dogs” Fundraiser
  • The Garage Sale went well. We raised $204.00
  • Jenn's Cards have donated $92.00. Thanks, Jenn!
  • Membership update – Candice O’Connell is the new Membership Coordinator



Teddy Bears' Picnic

image: teddy bearThe Teddy Bears’ Picnic was a great success. It was held on June 18th in the Governor General's garden. We shared a tent with Ottawa Therapy Dogs.

Candice's email to Michèle Taché (CCLS Pet Therapy Lead Child Life Specialist) and to the volunteers of the two groups summarizes the event well:

"I cannot agree more that the collaboration of Ottawa Therapy Dogs and Responsible Dog Owners of Canada was a huge success. Having the dogs there added a valuable and effective dimension to teaching children and adults about dog and human interaction. One could easily see the interest and attention given to the volunteers and the dogs regarding behaviour when approaching dogs. The hands-on approach and the relevant materials together were far more practical and comprehensible than can be achieved singularly.

All of those who played an important role getting the dogs admittance and bringing the two groups together are to be commended. Special thanks also go to the volunteers of Ottawa Therapy Dogs and Responsible Dog Owners of Canada for their amazing contributions to teach children and adults about safety and dogs. Bravo to all. It was a great experience and I hope that we can continue to work together."

Ottawa Therapy Dogs

Dr. Bracken
(handler Ann Lambert, not pictured)


Mary Lou Trappitt with Clarence (left)
and Claire Laroche with Nellie




Book Review

by Julie More

image: book cover

Copyright @2008 Marshall Editions
A Marshall Edition, The Old Brewery,
6 Blundell St., London N7


Library call number: J636.7W592h
Cost from $8.99 to $12.99 (paperback)
Recommended for children 7 to 10 years old

I was at the library looking for books for my 5 year old granddaughter when I came across this book. It's a very well written 96-page book covering important topics such as:

owning a dog

when you bring your pup home

basic house rules

learning dog language

teaching basic obedience

teaching tricks and playing games with your dog

how to behave around a dog you don't know

simple dog facts

and more …..

The pictures are great. They demonstrate well the different dog emotions like fear, anxiety, playfulness etc. The author uses simple language that is easy to understand. The pages are colourful and the paragraphs are short to keep the child's attention. The author includes short quizzes all through the book. A fun way to make sure your child understands what the book covers.



"Going to the Dogs" Fundraiser

Join us on Sunday, September 25th at 5pm for the Going to the Dogs Dinner and Race Night at Rideau Carleton Raceway. This is the first year we are putting on the event by ourselves. This means we don't have to share the funds, but it's way more work.

image: Going to the Dogs


We are looking for volunteers:

to get donations for our silent auction

to distribute posters


On Sunday, September 18th we will need help:

stuffing goody bags


On Sunday, September 25th, the day of the event,
we will need volunteers:

to transport silent auction items, etc. to the racetrack

to help set up at the racetrack

to help at the registration desk

to help out at the silent auction tables

to clean up at the end of the event

If you can help out, please email our volunteer coordinator at

Volunteers get a reduction
on the ticket price




The event includes dinner, valet parking, coat check, live racing, complimentary race program, $2 wager coupon, $5 coupon for the slots, fabulous door prizes, and a silent auction.

Tickets are $40

To order tickets please contact Candice at 613.258.0697, or email   ticketsgoingtothedogs@gmail.com


image: Going to the Dogs



Park Clean-Ups  

Please join us on our fall clean up days. We do this twice a year, once in the spring and the second time in the fall. Most dog owners are very good at cleaning up after their dogs, but are not so good cleaning up after themselves. You wouldn't believe the number of Tim Horton's cups we collect on the clean-up days. These events also help promote our organization and give us an opportunity to answer people's questions.

During the morning we hand out bags and gloves to dog owners. They are the ones who do all the work picking up the garbage etc. Their reward is a much cleaner park and their dogs get dog cookies.  

image: dog cookie

Here is our fall schedule:

Stittsville Park

Saturday, September 10th from 9am to 10am

Conroy Pit Park

Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 10am

Bruce Pit

Saturday, October 8th from 9am to 10am

Heritage Park, Orleans

Saturday, October 15th from 9am to 10am

image: cleanup day
photo by Ivan Harris


RDOC would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful dog owners who help keep our parks clean   


We would also like to thank Kit Watson, Diane Kearns, Denise King, Mary Jean Duncan, Janet Kettles, Betty Harris and Jennifer Harris for proofreading this newsletter. We really appreciate your help.  A special thank you again to Kit Watson for helping to write the Ottawa Dog Festival article and for proofreading again the final copy of the newsletter.

 Jill and Julie (newsletter co-editors)

clipart:  Thank You!



Ottawa Dog Festival                      

by Kit Watson and Julie More

What a great idea!  Kit and I decided to check it out.

The Ottawa Dog Festival was held on June 11th and 12th on the front lawn of the RA Centre on Riverside Drive. Here is the link to their website:  http://ottawadogfestival.ca /


image: Ottawa Dog Festival





We had lots of fun. They had everything from doggy play zones, to competitions, to a wide variety of vendors and rescue organizations. They even had a "Frenchie" kissing booth with a French Bulldog. Yep, for a $1.00 donation you could steal a kiss from a very cute French bulldog.

Although the weather didn't co-operate (it was cold) we had a lovely time. We hope this will become a yearly event.

image: Frenchie Kiss


image: Pet Expo



Don’t forget to attend the Ottawa Pet Expo on November 12th and 13th at the EY Centre, Uplands Drive, Ottawa.

Here is the link to their website:




by Julie More

image:  gift certificate


Did you know that RDOC has Membership Gift Certificates?  So, if a friend of yours gets a new puppy, give them a gift certificate for a year's membership to RDOC instead of a puppy gift.

The same for people's birthday presents. If you are like me and most of your friends are seniors, their membership gift certificates will only cost $10 each.

You can't get a birthday present for less than that!    


image: Join Us!

Annual Membership Fees:

Seniors and Students $10

Adults and Family $20 (volunteers get 50% discount)

Not-for-Profit Organizations $35

Corporations and Businesses $50

To join or renew your membership, please email  inquiries@responsibledogowners.ca 

or go to our website at www.responsibledogowners.ca/membership.html


clipart: Be Kind to Animals



Kids Page

Don't forget to visit the Kids Page on our website.

Just click on this link:  http://www.responsibledogowners.ca/kidspage/activitypage-fall2016.html    

Check out our new word find puzzle. We also have a new trick to teach your dog. And learn about guinea pigs - they make fun pets.  

Here is some of the feedback we have received about the summer Kids Page:


"WOW!! What an unbelievable link!! It's obvious that a tremendous deal of work and research went into it. CONGRATULATIONS to everyone!!!" (Mike Massie)

"Very cute.....and informative....I think kids will like it.....especially the jumping sheep!" (Betty Ann Murray)

"It is excellent Julie. It has so many good bits that I wonder if there is anything left for the next one!" (Diane Kearns)

"I looked at the kid's page on the website. I think it's great. I wish I had something like that when we got our dog." (Nikki Dickinson)


Thanks for all the feedback. Please keep it coming!     

clipart: dog bar


From our young readers:

We would like to thank two of our young dog owners for telling us why their dog is special, what safety rules their family have to make their pet safe, and how they help look after their dog.

From our 11 year old dog owner:

Q: Why is your dog (Holly) special?

A:  Because I love her. She’s my dog.

Q: What rules do you have in your home to keep Holly safe?

A:  Put her on a leash outside. Don’t leave her outside alone (they have an unfenced yard). Close the doors so she can’t get out. Don’t scratch her sore ears.

Q: What rules do you have in your home to keep you and your brother safe around Holly?

A:  No remote-controlled cars near her. No hugs. No poking. No pulling her ears or tail. Don’t jump on her.

Q: What do you do to help with Holly?

A:  Feed her, play with her, groom her. I sometimes sweep up all the dog hair.


From our 5 year old dog owner:  

“I like Shadow because he is small like me. I help let him out in the backyard. I sometimes forget to let him in, but somebody always reminds me.”

image: picture-always ask owner's permission before petting a dog


Hey kids, let's look at the above picture from Page 8 in the “Fido, Friend or Foe?” Activity book
www.responsibledogowners.ca/studies.html .

The caption under the picture says ‘Always ask the owner’s permission before petting a dog’.

“Why?” you ask. “The three puppies are having so much fun playing.”  

Well puppies, like kids, don't like to be interrupted when they play. They are over excited and may hurt you accidentally. Their owners know their pups and may ask you to wait until they finish playing. They may also get the pups to sit and then you can pet them. Or the dog (although not the puppies in this picture!) may be a service dog and you don't want to distract him.   


Here is the link to the summer Kids Page, in case you missed it:

The summer page featured an easy dog trick ("take a bow"), a word scramble puzzle, a colouring contest, and a short article on rabbits (an alternative small pet for someone who is unable to own a dog).



Responsible Dog Owners of Canada (RDOC)

Responsible Dog Owners of Canada is a registered non profit organization that promotes responsible dog ownership through education and support, cultivates respect for the rights and privileges of members of  the dog-owning and non dog-owning communities, fosters recognition of the contribution that canines make through companionship, service/assistance and therapy and aspires to assemble a strong network of responsible dog owners to ensure the restoration and preservation of a dog-friendly society.

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