It’s a perfect Sunday drive – along country roads with rolling hills, scenic vistas and fresh air.
And, it’s also a chance to return home with a new member of the family.
Dog Tales, located north of Toronto in the picturesque horse farm community of King City, is a “one-of kind sanctuary for dogs, horses and animal-loving families.”
Opening for weekly public visits starting in November, the lavish setting is a “dream come true” for animal lovers Rob Scheinberg and Danielle Eden.
Calling it a “unique day trip,” the husband-wife team will welcome visitors to visit with the dogs – the lucky ones that have been rescued from “dire conditions.”
“To help rescued dogs find new loving and caring families, Dog Tales will be hosting weekly Sunday adoptions,” Scheinberg said.
The public is encouraged to visit the sanctuary whether they plan to adopt a dog or not and families are welcome to bring their pets and enjoy the outdoors space, he added.
It also houses Horse Haven, a shelter with a stable big enough for some 40 old and retired racehorses.
This is a haven offering horses a “happy fulfilling place to spend their final years and with access to outstanding medical and farrier care, good food, room to roam, love and attention.”
COUNTRY CLUB LIFE
The not-for-profit sanctuary on 20 hectares of green fields, rolling hills and wooded areas – and costing “north of a million dollars” – is an eye-opener for sure.
At its official launch last Sunday, visitors soon learned these aren’t your usual dog kennels.
Instead of cages, these living spaces are opulent, furnished with “comfy beds” such as custom-made divans for each dog and refinished antique sofas.
That’s not all: there are chandeliers, original animal art work, silver-plated eating and drinking bowls, and private glass-fronted kennels.
Eden was the decorator and said she wanted to create a space for neglected dogs to heal, rehabilitate and recover from difficult pasts and in a way become accustomed to life at home while they await adoption.
Maggie, the rescued huge Neapolitan mastiff, couldn’t sit still long for photos on a divan as she was so happy to see the some 500 visitors at the opening.
The highlight of the day was visiting with the first arrivals – 12 dogs and four horses – while entertainment was provided by Jewel, the Sam Roberts Band and Nicola Benedetti.
Most of the animals are to be rescued in Canada, primarily Ontario and Quebec, as well as Israel as Dog Tales works with an Israeli rescue group, Let Animals Live.
In fact, the couple said they wanted to create “something grand” in Canada inspired by the four dogs they rescued from shelters in Israel.
With enough space to eventually house up to 90 or so rescued dogs, the sanctuary is funded by their personal contributions along with private donations.
NEED TO KNOW
Dog Tales Rescue & Sanctuary is 45 minutes north of Toronto, off Highway 400, at 1405 19th Sideroad, King City. More information at: dogtales.ca