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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 5 - 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 and are part of the 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.

2016 Reading resized

"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"

Beautiful Joe Reading in the Park

DATE: July 14, 2016  Time:  2:00

Location:  Beautiful Joe Park  (162 Edwin Street, Meaford)

A fun day in the park offering:

  • reading of exerpts of Beautiful Joe
  • a quick and fun quiz
  • crafts for kids
  • children's activities
  • and even ice cream for you (and your dog too! - Courtesy of Meaford's PetValu)

Children, adults and friendly dogs welcome!   Come join us!

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)

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

Pet Expo Social Media GraphicThank you to everyone who came out to visit.  So many kind people, not to mention all the happy pooches.


See you next year!




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.