white puppy


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Note from 2017 Organizers

Barb Mcdougall and I (Shelley Gardiner) wanted to extend a massive thank you for all your support with Dog Fest Muskoka 2017. It was our first event and we surpassed any goal we had in every way!

We recently made a decision to hand dog Fest over to a pro! Someone who can spend the time doing this annually. We asked Mark who is the owner of “Dog lovers days” to take it over from us. Mark for those of you don’t know, ran the lure course at our event last year and he runs several dog events across Ontario! He also has a Cottage locally so has increased interest in beautiful Muskoka!

Mark is absolutely fantastic in our eyes and will do a fantastic job with the little vision we created. The event will still be in honour of Steve Hern and all charitable donations from the event will be made in his loving memory. That’s all we ever truly wanted and we thank Mark for continuing to honour him!

Barb and I even though we are in no way involved in 2018 will be the biggest supporters and the events number one fans! We look forward to volunteering in 2018 and seeing you all there.

Mark will be in touch with all the vendors in January to talk through his plans. For his contact details, just send me a PM!

Thanks again, Merry Christmas

Shelley and Barb

Stephen Hern passed away on the 27th September 2016.

Steve was loved by so many people and touched so many lives in his 33 years.

Stephen was born in Huntsville Ontario and lived most of his life in Bracebridge.

For anyone who knew Steve, they will know just how much he loved his dog, Winston. They were literally inseparable. His love of Muskoka and animals was second to none.

Steve was the creator of “let’s make Bracebridge great” the local page which attracted over 4000 followers. Steve really had a passion for helping people and that is why we started this event.

This event will be held annually and proceeds from the event will be shared with local charity.

Please join us celebrating Stephen, and help keep his dream alive.

Steve holding two dogs