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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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Beautiful Joe Park CLEANUP - Rain or Shine!

DATE:  May 13, 2017 Saturday    TIME:  10:00 a.m. till completion

LOCATIONBeautiful Joe Park   162 Edwin St., Meaford

Thank you to all who came out to help.  We were especially happy for the assistance of 3 children.  It is wonderful to see community spirit in ones so young!

 New FB Park Clean up 2017

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The Beautiful Joe "Story"

by Michael Biggins

DATE: July 10, 2016 (Sunday)   Time: 1:00

A free lecture by Michael Biggins, one of the founders of the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society to be held at Meaford Hall as part of the Speakers Series.  Learn more about Beautiful Joe, Margaret Marshall Saunders (author of Beautiful Joe) and the Society.  A question and answer period will follow the lecture, so please come prepared.  Board members will also be available for one-on-one discussions before and after the lecture.

This will be a great launch to the "Reading in the Park" on Thursday, July 14th at 2 p.m.

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!

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. The Meaford Public Library will be partnering with us once again to roll out lots of fun for the kids (and adults too)!  for website Family Fun

Activities include:

  • Police Canine Unit Demonstration
  • A Reading in the Park
  • Tug-of-War - get your team ready to compete!
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Strawberry Social
  • BBQ
  • Kids Crafts
  • Old Fashioned Games - 3 Legged Race, Ball Toss, Hopscotch, Hula Hoops
  • Dog Training Tips & Demo
  • Best-Dressed Pet Contest
  • 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!

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


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.