Monday, June 30, 2014

Dog Friendly Tour in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

This was our second happy adventure with the Victoria Pedicab company (  Asta loves the wind in her hair as we fly down the hills, and all of us like the personal tour and view.

Dog Friendly Tour of Victoria, BC with Victoria Pedicab Company
We arrived on a cruise ship in the port of Victoria on a lovely Sunday afternoon.  Who wanted to go into a stuffy old bus for a tour?  No way.

I emailed Andrew (the owner) ahead of time, and arranged for a 2 hour tour around the city to show my mom and me the sites.

We had Soren as our tour guide - he picked us up right at the pier on time, and at my request, dropped us off at the Empress Hotel (where we had afternoon tea).  Soren had great stories, and showed us some of the most beautiful and historical parts of town.  We were able to get out when we wanted (I stopped at Rogers - one of the oldest candy stores in Victoria - to buy some chocolates!).  

My mom is spry, but not able to walk that far, so this was a perfect alternative to see the town at a leisurely pace.  We also got some nice sun and fresh air.  I highly recommend Victoria Pedicab for a fun way to see the city with knowledgeable tour guides - with your dog, or not.

Emergency Stop for Pet Food in Victoria, BC

We were travelling on the Star Princess from Alaska on our way back to San Francisco.  After 9 days I was running out of my dog's special food (Stella & Chewy's) - bad planning on my part!

Emergency stop at a lovely pet store:  Paws on Cook, Victoria, BC
I knew we'd be in Victoria and emailed a couple of pet food stores that looked as though they carried high quality food.  Jodi at Paws on Cook emailed me back almost immediately. They didn't have that brand in stock, but gave me information on a couple of high quality brands that had similar ingredients.  Wow.  Ok, Sunday afternoon, we set off for Paws on Cook.

I met the proprietress, Jodi, who was personable, knowledgeable and gave me her honest assessment and experience with several foods.  The store also had a great selection of dog squeaky toys, leashes and carriers.

In sum, Paws on Cook is a very pleasant store with a great selection of high quality dog (and cat) items, and owned by a very knowledgeable and helpful proprietress!

Lesson learned - bring extra dog food, and a little research on the internet can save the day!