Thursday, February 09, 2012

GINA and PawsWay in February

Who has more fun at PawsWay #Toronto, the dogs or their owners? I couldn't answer that question because it looks like they both enjoy the experience at the pet paradise on Queens Quay. We dropped by recently to find the place full of lean mean running machines - greyhounds. Their skin is thin so even small bites can be damaging so the dogs wear colourful muzzles as they play together.
GINA (Greyhounds in Need of Adoption) is a southern Ontario organization set up to save retuired racing greyhounds through adoptions to happy homes. Almost all greyhounds in Ontario started out as racing dogs in the United States. We found these dogs at PawsWay Toronto during a greyhound night at the pet hotspot down at Queens Quay.

They can run at 64kph and are the fastest dog, they tend to be quiet and they tire easily, which is surprising, but they are so large and lean that they can only go for so long before they need to rest.

GINA volunteers foster each do for a minimum of three weeks after they pick up the animal in New York State in order to get to know the animal and it's personality. Then they can provide the perfect dog for people looking to adopt the greyhounds. You can fill out an adoption form at their website meetgina(dot)com.

Winter is a tough time for dogs as the cold can really affect many breeds. Doggy clothing is making greater inroads into the dog population (my god are they cute) but it is still great to have an indoor place like PawsWay where the dogs can play and socialize. PawsWay always has some great activities planned, so come out for a run!

See the February 2012 PawsWay schedule after the jump.


Continuing every Mon 6-8pm in the Pet Park and Wed 6-8pm in Cliffords BCF will be here until the spring. For more info please contact:

Sammie Kennedy,
CEO and Creator of Booty Camp Fitness

2. Puppy Kindergarten
Learn everything you need to know about being a new puppy owner, from obedience, grooming to socialization and behaviour.  *ADDITIONAL CLASS* Drop in classes every Saturday at PawsWay class 1 at 11:30 – 12:30 and class 2 4-5 $10 per drop in.
3. Canine Good Neighbour

On hiatus until March, Naomi will be holding the CGN evaluations all day on a drop in basis. Cost $25, for more info please contact Naomi or forward her email

4. T Dot Frenchies Meet Up

Sunday Feb 5th from 11-1pm Eric Cervantes is back with his French Bulldog Meet Up. This is a private event that is open to the public for a small entry fee.

5. Off  Leash Safety Course

Sunday Feb 5th from230-4pm we are offering this mandatory course for anyone that wishes to take part in our Off Leash Programming. Cost $10, guests may sign up or show up on the day. This class will be held in the Pet Park.

6. Valentine’s  Party

PawsWay’s Yearly Valentine’s Party for our guests and their furry four legged family members will take place Feb 11th from 1-330 in the Pet Park. The day will consist of activities, games and prizes for those who participate.

7. Chihuahua Meet Up

Sun Feb 12th 11-1 pm the Chihuahua monthly meet up will take place. Open to the Public for a fee of $6 per family. This is a private event and not a PawsWay initiative.

8. Pug meet Up

Sun Feb 12th from 130-330 The private monthly Pug party takes place in the Pet Park, open to all Pugs with an entry fee at the door.

9. Valentine’s Photo Booth

Sun Feb 12th from 12-4 pm PawsWay is offering guests the opportunity to have their Valentine’s photo taken with their pets. This themed set up will be located at the front of the building near the arts and craft table. Photos will be $10 for the first print $5 for every additional and $5 for an e-mailed copy.

10.  Pet First Aid

Cheryl Orletsky is back on Feb 12 from 10-6 pm with her Pet First Aid course in Clifford’s Condo. For more info or to register for the course visit

11. Ask The Vet

Dr Krista Nelson is back on Feb 15th 530-730 providing free Veterinary advice to PawsWay visitors. This is a free event so encourage visitors throughout the month to come by for free veterinary advice

12. Treats & Tweets, pet-friendly event with social media installations @PawsWay Toronto
On Thurs Feb 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 you and your four-legged friend are invited to this event at PawsWay Toronto, a centre dedicated to the understanding and celebration of pets. We are bringing together socially conscious brands, social media professionals and pet enthusiasts in one place for this social media mash-up. Meet community representatives from companies like Purina to Earth Rated PoopBags, and share ideas for conceptualizing authenticity in communities and discussing the synergies between social media and the community within. Explore in real-time social media installations, pet-positive exhibits, contests for you and your pet and awesome agility demos. The first 100 people to attend get one-of-a-kind gift bags with many exciting items for you and your pet!
13. Family Day Weekend Programming

Feb 18, 19 and 20th PawsWay’s Family day weekend festivities is back with the High Flying, Agility and obedience trick dogs The WoofJocks on Sat and Sun from 12-330 pm with In House Family oriented programming on Family Day Monday.

14. The Coton Ball

On Thurs Feb 23rd from 6-8pm PawsWay’s monthly breed specific returns with the spotlight on the Coton
D ‘Tulear. This free event is open to all Coton D ‘Tulear and their owners.

15. Professional Pet Care 101

Sunday Feb 26th Cheryl Orletsky is back from 10-6pm with her Professional Pet care 101 course in Cliffords Condo. For more info or to register for the course visit

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