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Celebrating the Animal  Human Bond

Beautiful Joe Heritage Society

Past Events

Dog Lovers Days 2015

 BJHS would like to thank all those who attended Dog Lovers Days in Meaford on September 5 & 6/15 here in Meaford at the William Croft Athletic field.

The pooches had a blast at the lure course, doggie play zone and just generally liked all the attention, not to mention the treats! We had some star performers being filmed for #TricksForJoe, so be sure to check back at our Facebook page as we update it with videos ovder the coming weeks.

Lastly, thank you to all for their support of the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society.


Dog Days of Summer

dog days of summerOn Saturday, September 5/15  as part of Dog LoversDays, the Blue Dolphin Pool in Meaford once again 'Went to the Dogs’ for the 3rd Annual “Dog Days of Summer". Lots of action in the pool and great competitions both poolside and in the water.  Thanks to all who attended, and we know you had a 'barking' good time.

Blessing of the Animals

2015 Blessing This gentle service has been celebrated over the years, and conducted by a variety of local clergy in Meaford.
BJHS is very thankful for the support of the local churches and their willingness to oversee this much-loved service.


(Left) At the Christ Church Anglican at 34 Boucher Street E. in Meaford held on St. Francis of Assissi Day 2015 (St. Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment).


Dog Days of Winter

The Knights of Meaford sponsored a fundraising benefit for the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Thank you to everyone who came out!

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SPRING Beautiful Joe Park CLEANUP

DATE:  May 4 - Saturday TIME: 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION:  Meet at the pavilion at Beautiful Joe Park 162 Edwin St., Meaford. We will also be cleaning the Legion Park across the river as our part of the 2nd annual Meaford Clean Up.

Tasks include:

  • Brush & Branch Clearing
  • Sweeping of all Monuments
  • Tidying of Gardens
  • Pick Up Litter
  • General Cleanup

Tools will be provided. Thank you for any help that you and your friends can provide!

Celebrating 125 years of Beautiful Joe!

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Beautiful Joe "Days" 2016

On July 10, 2016 (Sunday), a free lecture on "The Beautiful Joe Story" was provided at Meaford Hall by Michael Biggins, one of the founders of the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society.  This is a photo of Michael at the Welcome monument at Beautiful Joe Park.

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"A Reading in the Park" was held on Thursday, July 14th at Beautiful Joe Park.  Meaford's Pet Valu provided a craft / activity for the children and Ardiel Animal Hospital did a presentation to round out the afternoon. 

Thank you to the Meaford Public Library partnership in presenting "Beautiful Joe Days"

Pop Up Tours in July and August 2019


of Beautiful Joe Park!
from noon to 2 p.m. (162 Edwin Street, Meaford) 

But remember - Tour guides are available on sunny Sundays only!

Enjoy a Tour with one of our Board Members
What to expect

  • Approximately a 20 minute walkabout tour*. 
  • Learn about Canada's most famous dog & the woman who told his story to the world
  • History of Beautiful Joe Park & the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society
  • Special anecdotes & stories

Experience the magic of Joe's backyard!

*The terrain is very level and several benches / picnic tables are available should you need to take a rest.

Interested in a scheduling a Private Park Tour? 

Contact us!   Leave a message 519-538-5895 OR Email us

 (Donations gratefully accepted)

Canada Day was Old-Fashioned Family Fun Day in Meaford

The Ultimutts Stunt Dog Performers were excellent!

It was a perfect day at Beautiful Joe Park on

CanadSkateboarda Day on Monday, July 1st, 2019

3 performances by  the ULTIMUTTS Stunt Dogs and cats!

Children's Activities

Vendors AND  Pet-related experts

Beautiful Joe Park Guided Tours

and even Doggie Ice Cream

A great Canada Day in Meaford 2019!


Canadian Pet Connection

and Re/Max - Meaford Office (Mary Spragge & Christine Moore)

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

Dog Demo

Rubber Duck Race

June 8th - The Duck Race is back thanks to the Meaford Kinsmen - and it's coming to Beautiful Joe Park!

The ducks will be launched on the Bighead River just up from the Park.  As we're expecting a lazy river in June, come watch them gently drift by, but catch some of the fun in the park!  Beautiful Joe Heritage Society will be offering:

  • Free guided tours of Beautiful Joe Park by one of our Board Members
  • Rock Painting at the pavillion
  • Scavenger Hunt

Other activities are expected provided by the Kinsmen


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.