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Celebrating the Animal  Human Bond

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 .... and remember to get your 50 / 50 Tickets!

Sunday, July 1/18 at Market Square (Nelson / Sykes Street) in Meaford from 11:00 to 4:00

Rocks for Joe Aug 8
Join the volunteers from the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society as we paint rocks to brighten up the Park.  No skill required and all ages are welcome.

Get your 50 / 50 tickets in support of Beautiful Joe Heritage Society.  The draw will take place on July 15 at our Family Fun Day.  

Learn more about our Joe and his lovely Park.  Consider booking a tour.

Lots of festivities, live music, food and more at Meaford's Canada Day Celebrations!

ANNUAL "Pooch Pool Party"!

DATE: Saturday, September 1, 2018   Time:  11:00 - 2:00

 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!  Join us for lots of laughs and support Beautiful Joe at this "by donation" event!

Brought to you in partnership with Muncipality of Meaford's Parks & Recreation department and BJHS.


DETAILS FOR the 2018 EVENT are in the planning stages

.... Check back later .... But save this date!

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.

Family Fun Day flyer for online

2018 is the 125th Anniversary of "Beautiful Joe" - the book about me!

Come celebrate with my friends at Beautiful Joe Heritage Society and the Meaford Public Library as they present great fun for all ...  and it's a free event with live music


12:00 Boxed Picnic Lunch

 1:00  Skit by Meaford Community Theatre

 1:30  Be a Tree

 2:00  A Reading In The Park with a therapy  dog

 3:00 Police Canine Unit Demonstration

 4:00  Blessing of the Animals

 Activities:   Scavenger Hunt, games, live music,

  • and more - even doggie ice cream!

 Ask BJHS about a tour!

 (Donations gratefully accepted at this free event)


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.