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Beautiful Joe Heritage Society

Tricks For Joe

Hi, and welcome to the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society website. I’d like to share a story with you. This is Brownie, and Brownie lived in Meaford, Ontario. She is seen here admiring the statue of her friend, Beautiful Joe. Joe was a real life dog from Meaford whose story of abuse and rescue captured the hearts of millions of people in the 1893 best-selling novel “Beautiful Joe” by Canadian author, Margaret Marshall Saunders. Joe’s story helped change the world's view of dogs from mere animals to beloved companions. The Municipality of Meaford has a whole park dedicated to their hero Beautiful Joe. Brownie often likes to visit and pay her respects to Joe in Beautiful Joe Park to thank him for the wonderful life she and other dogs enjoy today. Brownie used to live in the house of the family that rescued Joe and she’d like to honour him with a trick and raise donations for the goals of:
• Promoting and celebrating the humane treatment of all animals
• Establishing Beautiful Joe as Canada's Most Famous Dog, and
• Meaford becoming known internationally as the Home of Beautiful Joe

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Rock Painting with Joe

It was so much fun at Memorial Park in August that we are planning another session at

Beautiful Joe Park 

Sat., Sept. 30/17   Time:  TBA

Rocks for Joe Aug 8
Here are some of the treasures that were created in August and will be on display in the gardens at Beautiful Joe Park

Dog Days of Summer "Pooch Pool Party" - 6th Annual!

DATE: September 2, 2017

 It's happening again!  Meaford's BluPool picture 1e Dolphin Pool (at the corner of Richmond & Marshall) 'goes to the dogs' for some splashy fun.  Competitions, contests and prizes for you and your pooch pals.  Tell your friends! By the way - No Dog Required!  Just come out for some splashy fun and support Beautiful Joe at this "by donation" event!

2017 will be even bigger and better through partnership with PetValu in Meaford, and of course our thanks to the Muncipality of Meaford's Parks & Recreation department.

NEW in 2017 - TWO Zones of FUN & Special Swim Times!


11:00 - 11:30 - EARLY SWIM for all sizes of dogs.  Must pre-register at Meaford's PetValu and show your wrist band to enter the pool area.

11:30 - 12:15 LARGE DOG Swim / Competitions

12:45 - 1:30 SMALL DOG Swim / Competitions

OUTSIDE THE POOL AREA from 11:00 - 2:00

  • Tricks for Joe & Pics for Joe - Let's film your pooch doing his / her bit to promote Beautiful Joe and his legacy of humane treatment for all animals.  We may share it on Facebook, our website or in our E-Newsletter ("The Bark Out")
  • Contests / Raffles / Prizes
  • Freebies & Samples, Pet Care Info & Tips / Vendors
  • Join us for LUNCH!
  • Splash Pool

All proceeds benefit the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society for Beautiful Joe Park improvements.

This is an annual event - just too much fun to miss!  Always on the Saturday of the Labour Day weekend at Meaford's Blue Dolphin Pool on Richmond Street.


Enjoy reading and participating in my website and if you would like to tell us your animal companion story or volunteer for our Society we’d love to hear from you (you should see my tail wagging just thinking about it), please send us an email or friend us on Facebook,
or if you’re old fashioned like Margaret Marshall Saunders, you can write to us at:
Beautiful Joe Heritage Society
PO Box 3304, Meaford, Ontario, Canada N4L 1A5
Tel: (519) 538-5895 Email:

Beautiful Joe Heritage Society preserves and promotes the historical legacies of both 'Beautiful Joe' and
Margaret Marshall Saunders and celebrates the natural bond between animals and humans.