The food was great and thanks Dana for the great cooking
and the canoeing lessons!
Thanks a lot
Toby and I had a most excellent time. Despite some rain,
the weekend was everything I hoped it would be. We met some
really nice people, the guides were very friendly and informative
and the food was top-notch. I learned a lot this weekend,
not only about camping, canoeing and hiking,
but about my own dog, Toby. I had no idea he would enjoy
this weekend as much as he did. He's 8 years old and has
never experienced anything like this before. He loved sleeping
outdoors in a tent and, although he's not very playful with
other dogs, he enjoyed all of them. I've never seen him
swim the way he did on Sunday, just for the shear joy of
it, and not just to get to me in the water, and he looked
like he was in seventh heaven resting his chin on the gunwhales
of the canoe, whenever we went out for a paddle. The hike
and lunch was awesome. My muscles are reminding me today
that I haven't had that kind of a workout in far too long,
but THANK YOU, from both of us, for making such an enjoyable
memory possible! If it weren't for your group, I wouldn't
have anyone I could do these things with!
Julie & Toby.
Since my very first
hike, your company and staff have all been excellent. You
have made both myself and Jake feel welcomed, comfortable
and "part of", which we appreciate. Sandy (the
dog) has also had a great time, and it is wonderful being
in the company of others who appreciate what it is like
having a dog. I have also appreciated the ability to let
dogs do their thing without issue. It must be said that
Jessie is a great role model for all dogs.
I was very grateful
for the one on one paddling time and excellent guidance
throughout the canoe trip. As you know this was my first
trip since I was a young kid at camp, and I was not sure
how I would really do. Dana and Kevin are a lot of fun to
be with, knowledgeable and easy going. It was great to have
everything provided for which took the pressure off my camping
(in)experience, and also a great way to learn. I liked having
the choice of whether I wanted to participate in preparations
I look forward to
doing more "stuff" with your adventure company.
Thank you for a wonderful memory.
Both our guides were excellent! In brief, they worked very
hard, very informative, and great to be with. I can't say
enough good things about them. As for Mac, I have never
seen him more excited. I also have never seen him sleep
for nearly 24 hours. We could not have asked for a better
See you in the winter
Thank you for a really
excellent trip, we had a great time. Natalie, Luna, Dave
and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip - Luna is telling all
her friends in the park about the great time she had!
We plan on coming out for some of the hiking trips.
Both Charlie and I
had an excellent time. I was a little apprehensive when
I realized that we had 2 portages, but I just carried my
day pack, paddles & lifejackets going in and both Kevin
and Dana were excellent about it. On the way back I carried
2 day packs, and on the last leg, my day pack and my big
pack! I didn't want to hurt myself going in.. but coming
out, I was ready! Other then a twinge in my neck on the
way home, I was good!
All in all a great trip! Charlie & I went to bed last
night at 8 pm, and didn't get up until 8 this morning! Charlie
has slept all day, and has no interest in going outside!
Again, thanks for a great weekend, and I will definitely
be joining you again. If not for canoeing this year, then
for sure on the fall walks. And I will be joining up for
the winter skiing!
Connie & 1 tuckered out Charlie!
What a great trip!
I am a trainer and
project manager so I am accustomed to giving feedback on
stuff. Call it a habit.
Our Guide Dana was
wonderful. At first I was very concerned that there was
only one guide for our group of very novice group. By the
second day I had every confidence in her abilities. I felt
safe and her presence made the trip wonderful (even the
All in all, I loved it and would love to come back next
year for more. Please keep me informed of the schedule when
you create one for next summer. I like the 6 days but would
prefer August. If a 6 day trip is not possible, than 4 days
is okay. I will bring my husband this time.
Debrenée (and Tango)
a very happy client
Just a quick note
to say how much fun we had paddling with you and Eren. I
think that you and Syd enjoyed standing and going from side
to side in the canoe. It must be fun to keep your humans
on their toes.
Please tell Eren and
Kevin that we really enjoyed the day and will be back next
Thanks for the
pictures and photo album.
Have a great summer!
Hi to everyone at dpa
Just wanted to say
what a great weekend we had on our canoe trip. It was fun
and challenging and relaxing and rewarding... thanks to
Eren and Kevin for your hard work, great meals, and gooooooooooood
Bye for now and
have a wonderful trip en familie tomorrow.
Max (who is SOUND asleep).
1 day Paws &
A special thanks to Dana and Kevin for a great day today.
You were both so great to be with, so easy going and patient!
I look forward to more trips with you both. I hadn't been
out in a canoe since my camp days (quite some time ago)
it's like riding a bike. I loved it then, and I guess I
still do. I was so happy to see how well Sandy did in the
canoe. Even when the heron flew right passed us, she got
curious, but remained controlled - I can't ascertain how
she'd do if it were a squirrel!
I am not sure who fell asleep first on the way home, I think
it was Sandy, but Jake was right there behind her. They
were both out by the next exit after leaving. I had a very
quiet drive home.
I felt very proud of Jake when he carried the canoes during
the portages. He, however, is feeling a bit tender in the
muscles this evening! Not bad for an 11 year old.
As a mom, to have these experiences together with a child,
well, it's the stuff that made this day so special. A memory
we will both have for a long time. I can't wait to see the
We want to book the Algonquin trip the last weekend in August,
for the three of us. I will call on Monday.
Thank you again for making this such a special day for my
Sending big hugs,
Just a quick Hello
to thank you, Kathryn, Eren, and Dana for the fun filled
adventure on Saturday, June 14th. And thanks ever so much
for the personalized photo album! That was an unexpected
surprise and its making all my doggie friends jealous.
Special thanks to Eren for pulling me out of the mud when
my dorky owner wouldn't (she didn't even get a picture of
that) and for giving me a lift to shore after the tip over.
I figured you would clue in fast when I hung around the
side of your canoe(again my owner didn't clue in until 2
days later. Geesh! I would still be there swimming!)
Hopefully, I'll talk her into taking another adventure with
Bye for now,
Licks & Nips Russell
Patch & Buddy would
like to let you know they had a great time with you today,
and will most definitely be back in the fall for another
Please keep us informed re: fall 1-day trips you're planning.
Thanks for a wonderful
Nick, Patch & Buddy
Thank you so much for
a well-planned, well-organised and most enjoyable trip!
I had a great great
time. Everyone's great, the weather's beautiful and the
dogs are fantastic! It's my first time on a hike to the
great Canadian outdoors as well as with dog owners and I
couldn't have asked for a better introduction.
I'm really glad to
have been able to come on the trip. Thanks Kathryn for slipping
me in! Made a great end to a memorable stay here in Toronto.
I hope I could come here again, and if I do, I hope to be
able to join you on more of your trips!
Thanks once again -
for hike, the food, the saliva droolings on my pants, jacket,
bag and shoes and especially the wonderful company.
Just writing to let
you know Dusty had such a good time. He swam for the first
time, which I don't think he would have attempted without
the other dogs around. It was actually quite comical. This
company of yours is such a good idea. Danny and I and especially
Dusty enjoyed this first trail of ours. It exceeded our
expectations. Your website completely drew us to this adventure
and everything advertised was more than what we expected.
This is such a great business of yours and everyone involved
with your company is so approachable and kind. We thank
you for the opportunity to socialize our dog and we can't
wait to join other adventures. We'll definitely be signing
up for more hikes!
Thanks again Dorothy,
Danny and Dusty
You guys impress me SO MUCH with your attention to detail!!!
You have every last glitch worked out! You run your business
with care and thought, and extreme fairness...I can't say
enough good things about Dog Paddling Adventures (and have
spoken of you highly to everyone in the dog park). I feel
that you guys go over and above to ensure that everyone has
a really great experience...speaking for Iggy and I, we've
had two wonderful adventures with your company and are definitely
looking forward to our third! Thanks again for the great adventures,
see you all soon...
Wendy Weiler (and
Hi Kathryn, Eren, Jessie,
Kevin and Donna:
Once again, thank you ALL for a super weekend and for introducing
us to the fun of skijoring!!! You guys have thought of everything
- from the great company and food, to the personalized itinerary
and dog biscuits upon arrival, to the dog related reading
materials/board game/movie. Why, you even went so far as
to make a ton of fresh snow too!!! We were definitely well
looked after and the fur kids had a blast.
Phil, Lora, Callebaut and Skeena
Just wanted to let you know that Thor & I had a fantastic
time, never a dull, hungry, thirsty or "adventureless"
moment. Thor has already been bragging to his buddies...I've
been spreading the word as well!
Thanks again for a terrific weekend!
Jen & Thor
Hi Kathryn and Erin (and Jessie!!!), just wanted to say thanks
so much for a great weekend. Emma and Bella and I really enjoyed
it(despite Emma's little "episodes"!). Sorry I didn't
get to say goodbye....i stopped off at the "site"
but i guess you guys were deeper into the trail than I was
Anyway thanks again
and i look forward to another adventure with you guys maybe
in the spring or summer.
Angela, Emma and Bella
Thanks for the email
and the pictures you sent following our day skijoring. It
was a wonderful surprise and fun to give to Marzocchi's
Thanks again for our
adventure - we really enjoyed it.
Eren & Jessie...
Thanks sooo much for the wonderful experience...Igor slept
like a log the whole night through, and I'm still a little
achy from the many many falls...great to meet you guys as
well. Thanks again for everything, and hope to see you again
soon...bye for now...
Hi Kathryn, Eren &
We just wanted to thank
you for the wonderful trip on Saturday. We all had a great
time even though it was out first time cross-country skiing.
Do let me know when
you get the pictures back as we would love to show them
off to all our friends.
Looking forward to
our next outing with you.
Hi dog paddling gang,
Sequoia, Aniska and
myself had a great day hiking with everyone last weekend
(burrs and all) and just wanted to say thanx again for a
wonderful day and have a great winter (unless I stay in
Ontario then I am sure would hear from us again sooner then
Take care of yourselves
and keep up the great work.
Sequoia, and Aniska
Eren, Kathryn, and Jessie:
all had a great time on Saturday at Mono Cliffs (Seth was
absolutely exhausted, but for some strange reason Emma wasn't)
and we'd like to do it again for sure. We would like to
do Mono Cliffs again on November 10th if you still have
space (and hopefully this time meet Kathyrn and Jessie too!)
Emma, and Seth
me Chloe - just wanted to say thanks again for hosting such
a fun hike yesterday. Although my paws are a little sore,
I had a blast, running, playing, barking (my personal favorite)
and getting dirty!Get
this, my parents tried to walk me last night when we got
home and I said "No way, Jose - I just want to sleep!"
Like I needed to go walking?!??! jeez, humans can be sooo
wacky sometimes - I'm sure you know what I mean.
any case, thanks again and I hope my parents can raise enough
dog treats to have me come another time. Take care...
Thanks so much for
the hike on Saturday... Rosie & I had a great time!
We will definitely be joining you on a 2 or 3 day canoe
trip next summer & can hardly wait! Please keep us posted
on upcoming events!
Jonquil & Rosie
PS Looking forward to seeing the pics from the hike on your
Kathryn, Eren and Jessie,
I just wanted to thank
you for our Oct 12th hike. It was a great way to begin the
holiday. Most importantly, Cheyenne seemed to have a great
Thanks for the pictures,
Janette and Cheyenne
Hi Kathryn, Eren &
Thanks again for a
wonderful time yesterday. We all had such a great time,
especially Oscar, and he was soooo tired! He's still sleeping!
Macy, Wes &
Paws & Paddle
Hi Kathryn, Eren & Jessie,
First of all, many thanks for the lovely photo album(pink
perfection)and the pictures of our paddle day. We really
enjoyed ourselves. Lana slept all the way home and most
of the evening. Swimming is her absolute favourite sport.
We are going up to Georgian Bay on Friday for 2 glorious
weeks of swimming and sun and no urban garbage mess to deal
Please keep in mind that we would love to do another day
paddle. We would not mind driving up to a Muskoka lake to
do so. I think that everyone agreed that it's worth it.
Please keep us in mind if you do organize another day trip
I went to Europe Bound today and found a great life jacket
for Lana. Bright yellow in colour.
I've never gone in there before. I always go to Mountain
regards, Betsy & Family
Hi, it's me, Scout - one of the chocolate Labs who came
out to the Paws and Paddles 1-day trip on Saturday.
I just wanted you to know that I was dog-tired when I returned
to Mississauga! My buddy, Mocha-The-Adventure-Dog was too.
Patti and Marianne tell us we crashed in the car on the
I also wanted you to know we had a howl. No bones about
Now, I also want you to know that while Marianne might have
looked pretty freaked out a few times, when I wasn't fidgeting
and trying to get to Mocha's liver treats, I stared calmly
at her from the bow, telepathically willing her to relax.
It worked, for the most part.
of the females on our canoe enjoyed this new and exciting
I will leave you now, but thank-you all for a lovely day.
Hope to do it again sometime, maybe with my little brother
or sister, who arrives in early August.
All the best to you, and Kathryn and Eren too,
Canoe Trip Testimonials
SUMMER 2002 TESTIMONIALS
Dear Kathryn, Eren
Thank you so much for the wonderful photos (and album!)
-- they just arrived today and were way too much fun to
see! Barb and I talk endlessly about our magical weekend
with you-all in the stunningly beautiful Massassauga park...
we enjoyed so much spending time with you and Rob and Jen
and Justin, and romping with Jessie and Casey and Rosie!
A really congenial
group. I learned so much about canoeing (and planning for
such trips) and wildlife and dogs, and lots of little camping
tips that I'll use again and again. I keep thinking about
those loons and their heavy, solid bones -- you offered
a wealth of knowledge about wilderness things in such an
unassuming way. I truly cherish every minute of that weekend
(and hope everyone, by now, has forgiven Scout for waking
up the camp several times a night!). Scout and Bella, Barb
and I are looking forward to our next adventure with Dog
attaching some of our photos -- I hope they come through
OK. The one of the five handsome pups was displayed as "Customer
Photo of the Week" at the photo shop where I got the
film developed -- with the bonus that
they enlarged it to an 8 x 10 and gave it to me at the end
week. How's that for publicity!
Best wishes to all
Jeannie and Scout
Dear Eren, Kathryn
Thanks for such a fantastic
weekend! We had such a great time! Bella is still tired
from all the fun & swimming! We are looking forward
to other trips with you all!!!
Again thank you so
much for making the trip so great & possible!
Just wanted to say thanks for an awesome weekend. Al is still exhausted from all the activities!!! We're both looking forward to hiking with you in the fall.
Tonga & Al
Thanks again for a great time last weekend. You worked hard
and made us feel welcome and comfortable.
some pictures on the trip and thought you'd like these two.
I'm going to send them separately because of their sizes.
Have a great summer!
Suz & Hamish
Hi Eren, Kathryn, & Jessie!
Oscar and I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for the
wonderful weekend we had. That was hands-down the best camping
trip we have ever been on. The weather was of course kind
to us, but what made this trip most memorable to us were
the people and dogs, especially you three!
the pictures you sent us, and they are great! I also checked
out the picture gallery on your website - boy, do those
pups outshine us humans! What a great pose!
already talking about planning the next trip. We read in
your brochure that you do Killarney - we would love more
info on that, as that is a site at which we are planning
be keeping in touch!
Macy, Wes, & Oscar (please mom, can I play tug with
I just wanted to say thank you for the amazing weekend getaway!!
Kyla and I had a fantastic time! Here are some fun things
that I remember from the trip:
*Nevada's crazy ears that all the dogs just loved to chew
*Kathryn, a golden brown marshmallow is not one that's on
*Eren, where were those towels?
*Janet hears a critter deep in the night! Eren investigates...
*Kevin...a quiet solo by moonlight
*Kyla and Jessie are partners in crime....where'd that chipmunk
*Radar's the distance swimmer...good retriever too!
*Alex...good thing for antihistamines....and T.P.
*Bill does a great canoeing job while Janet tries to keep
Casey in the boat!
*Jessie will always be the superstar!
There are many more great memories! I'm sure that you have
your own that you can to the list.
Take care and we hope the see you sooner than later,
meg and kyla
Hi Eren and Kathryn
We want to thank you for a fabulous trip. It opened up a whole
new world for all of us. You made it seem effortless, but we realize
how much work you were constantly doing and it was much appreciated! Dudley
is absolutely exhausted - he barely raised his head on Sunday, just laid
around, Michael says he is pining for Jessie.
I have asked for the Bits and Bites recipe -- I won't forget!
Finally, on a practical note - we seem to have acquired on
of your stuff sacks. We will get it back to you. Keep it touch, we'll be
interested to hear news of how the business is going.
Eren , and...of course...Jessie!!
Thank you so much for the amazing weekend trip. Kyla and
I absolutely loved every second of it!! You guys are great!!
Not only are you great trip leaders...you both are simply
amazing people! Always positive and fun, organized and relaxed
[or you appear to be;-)]. the list could go on, but then
I'd sound all sappy....... :-)
I'm looking forward to the next trip (July) already!! I'll
send you the $$ in the mail tomorrow. Could you check your
'files' and see if there really is space available for us
during one (or two) of the weekends in August? If you do
have space, put us down (for both, if you have)!! I'll send
the the $$ for them too! Let me know either way so I can
You guys rock!! I think Kyla will be thinking of Jessie
in her dreams tonight!! maybe they'll be playing tug with
a stick..or...chasing chipmunks....or just chillin' out
on the rocks! Here are some things I remember about the
weekend... they make me smile and giggle....
*Our fearless leader...bady duck style ("are you the
*Judy learns to growl
*Pat learns to stern
*swim Leo, swim!!...we're coming to rescue you!!
*Kyla where are you?? (in the water, of course, mom)
*Kath, I love your canoeing style! ;-)
*Sarah and meg giggling in the tent....what was that noise???
*who needs fly spray when we've Radar?
*Jessie canoes Titanic style
*Maddy learns to swim
*is it time to eat yet?
*5:30AM start to the day! (what were sarah and i thinking?)
*40 pumps per 100 milliliters of water
*our "day trip"....about a 5 minute paddle....humm
*Kath, out the blue says..what? does the train run every
*Wow! Is that a ferret on your shoulder??
*Singing "Oh Canada" proud on the lake
.......do you know anymore? add them on and pass them around!
have a fantastic week!!!! I'll see you soon!
meg & kyla :-D
- the updated site is AMAZING!!!!!
I've been clicking onto it ever since our trip the first
weekend of August to see the pictures from your subsequent
trips. Today's Post clued me in to all your changes. It's
amazing how this site keeps getting better and better! And
your wonderful commentaries and beautiful personalities
show through on the site - Just wait 'til you guys are really
famous! And I can say "I knew them when...."
I'll have to get info on your webmaster too when I'm ready
to go online with my TreasureIsland Labs site too.
Wow, you guys are amazing.
Can you just adopt us?
Eren & Jessie,
like to take this opportunity to thank you for a wonderful
trip to Massassauga Provincial Park. It was a great way
to kick off the summer, and we couldnt have thought
of a better way to spend the May Long Weekend.
our 8-year-old Sheppard had never experienced an outing
like this before. She thoroughly enjoyed her adventures
in the canoe, running in the wilderness, and most importantly,
swimming and playing with the other dogs.
creativeness with the meals and our long chats as we watched
the sun go down was a great experience. This was our first
canoe trip, and we appreciate the time you both spent with
us teaching us the skills needed to enjoy canoeing.
you for the lovely memories!
Kirk, Negresha & Babe
Tara, who came along for a great weekend at Rain Lake on
August 12th. I wanted to take this opportunity to Thank
you for a great weekend! I just the pictures developed and
will be sending you a bunch shortly!
say I am feeling pretty famous to be on your website! Thanks
again for a great weekend and we will definitely be in touch
about a white water trip in the near future. Take care,
Kathryn & Eren,
you for much for the wonderful trip to Rain Lake on August
10-12. I had wonderful time and so did Molson. I have taken
him for short canoe trips before but never for so long and
I was worried that he would get tired of being in the canoe,
but as you know that didnt happen! He just fell asleep
at my feet and had a great time.
Friday night was really nice. It was so relaxing just to
sit out under the stars enjoying wine and cheese and good
company. I dont think Ive ever seen so many
shooting stars! Our tent was HUGE. We had tons of room for
sleeping even with a big dog. I dont think Ive
ever had that much space on a camping trip before.
was great. The weather couldnt have been better. The
canoeing was nice and relaxing (and I loved those little
stops so we could snack on the jube-jubes!!).
guys chose a great campsite. There was lots of room to set
up the tents and there wasnt anybody near by. I know
the dogs had a great time. I dont think Molson has
played that hard in a long time and Im glad he could
show the others how to swim! Its so nice to be able
to just let the dogs run around off leash. I was never worried
that Molson might run away.
was fabulous! Ive never eaten so well on a camping
trip! All of the meals were wonderful which was a little
unexpected (but totally appreciated!!) for a trip into Algonquin
park. It was very relaxing to spend the evening sitting
outside and just chatting, although I went to bed a little
early that night-too much fresh air and exercise for me!
morning was nice! We took out one of the canoes to get some
pictures. We chased that loon around for half-an-hour but
I think Tara got a couple of nice shots. We tried to get
some of the blue heron but he was just too flighty for us
least we got to see him pretty close up.
paddle back on Sunday was lovely and I was a little sad
to be going home. Thank you guys again for a wonderful trip.
The food and accommodations were awesome, you two are just
wonderful people to be with. You are so patient when we
dont know what we are doing and you made sure we had
a great time. And of course I cant forget Jessie.
She was great. Its so nice to have other dogs for
Molson to play with and Jessie was a wonderful hostess!
well be able to go back next year, maybe even for
a longer trip.
Laura Scott (and Molson)
a great time on Sunday . Tess passed out in the car.(so
did I ).
Tess & Sandy
we had a FABULOUS time on the weekend - Grimm slept like
the dead! Well - so did Mike and I - we were going to go
for a movie and we all passed out as soon as we got home.
Mike, Kim & Grimm
Just a quick note to let you know that we (Brooke & Bernadette)
had a blast yesterday at the Forks of the Credit river park.
We'll be sure to join one of your other 1 day excursions in
the fall of this year.
Bernie & Brooke
I wanted to email you to thank you for the photo album....I
was very excited to receive it and happy when I saw the wonderful
pictures inside...what a great idea ! And what a cutie Nero
truly is ;).
Sylvia & Nero
Jasper and I wanted to thank you for our hike this past
Sunday. We all had a great time and it was nice getting
out into the fresh air. Jasper was still tired out on Monday.
Cheryl, Dale & Jasper
received our pictures and would like to thank you again
for a great hike. Matty and Mickey slept for the two days
Laura, Matty & Mickey
Like to say a "BIG THANKS" to both of you for coordinating
such a fun filled day. All three of us liked it so much that
we would like to come out again this Sunday.
Hanifa, Patty & Duke
Eren and Jessie,
wanted to say a great big THANK YOU, for a wonderful day
is usually scared to try new things, and I was nervous.
I want her to have some fun, but don't want to scare her
trying. Thanks to Jessie and your kindness and caring, I
think she felt very safe and had a great time.
greatly appreciated your kindness when I had trouble climbing
the hill from hell.
you for the pictures from our hike. What a great way to
remember a fun day.
Eren, and (of course) Jessie:
wanted to thank you again for such a wonderful time on Saturday.
and I had a really great time and I guess I don't need to
tell you that the girls had the best times of their lives
(Tiggy had a long nap when we got home and Grizelda slept
for almost 24 hours straight). It was a great way to spend
my birthday. It was wonderful to meet so many great People
and so many awesome dogs.
nice to see the pictures you posted on your website. I'm
hoping we got a couple of good shots on our camera. I will
send them to you once we have the roll developed.
you for the photo albums. That was such a lovely thing to
Eren & Jessie,
pictures! Also, thanks for the ones you sent to me. Spencer
and I had a great time. Thanks so much,
Kellogg & Spence