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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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April PAW event 2017 at Meaford's PetValu
Stop in and get your dog cleaned up and BJHS gets the proceeds!   And till the end of April don't miss a chance to win some great raffle items!

April Dog Bath Pet Valu revised

Beautiful Joe Park CLEANUP

DATE:  May 6, 2017     TIME:  10:00 a.m. till completion

LOCATIONBeautiful Joe Park   162 Edwin St., Meaford

 Park Clean up 2017

Beautiful Joe's Old-Fashioned Family Fun Days

Sunday, June 25, 2017   from noon to 4:00 p.m.

My friends at Beautiful Joe Heritage Society are planning some great fun for all at my Beautiful Joe Park.  Circle the date and please check back for details!  The Meaford Public Library will be partnering with us once again to roll out lots of fun for the kids (and adults too)!

Activities include:

  • A Reading in the Park
  • Tug-of-War - get your team ready to compete!
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Strawberry Social
  • Kids Crafts
  • Old-fashioned games - 3 legged race, ball toss, hopscotch
  • Tips & Demo on how to properly walk a dog
  • Dog Training tips
  • Pet Showcase
  • and more! 



Canada Day in Meaford (July 1st)

Bring your patriotic pooch to Market Square 11:00 to 3:00 to visit the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society

  • 50 / 50 Draw
  • Showcase your pet doing a Trick for Joe or a cute Pic for Joe
  • Free treats for pets sporting Red & White for Canada’s Birthday
  • Proper dog walking techniques & Training demos
  • Learn more about Meaford’s Heritage through their canine hero “Beautiful Joe”, known and loved internationally


While in Meaford, be sure to visit Beautiful Joe Park, 162 Edwin Street, view the monuments and don't forget to pat Joe’s head for 100 dog years of good luck!

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. 

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.

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.