Three separate wine-tastings and tours! #HomesWithWoofs

We’ve had a very generous response from local vineyards to our Homes with Woofs event and we will be offering three separate wine tours and tastings in our live auction!

The first is courtesy of the indefatigable Louis Gaal and Claire Faguy, who I met years ago when they hosted a wine-tasting for me at my first book launch, just after they opened Blue Gypsy Wines. Since then, we’ve become friends, and their winery, located in Oxford Mills,  has continued to  excel at producing gorgeous dessert gypsy

The winery is situated on 62 acres of fertile, pesticide-free farmland, formerly part of an 1800s apple orchard. They are currently planting a wide variety of fruits so that Blue Gypsy Wines will be able to grow most of the fruit it uses–making it a truly local fruit wine product, and not only local and delicious, but pesticide and sulfite free wines! hww cranberry wine

For this year’s event, they have donated a wine-tasting for six PLUS souvenir glasses PLUS two bottles of their wonderful  cranberry wine also available at LCBO (link here)!

three dog wine

The second wine tour and tasting comes from Three Dog Winery, which was our featured wine at our 2014 event and one of my personal favourites. This year, they have donated a tour and wine-tasting for six people.


Stroll the vineyards of ThreeDog Winery, glass in hand. Enjoy a specially prepared meat and cheese platter as you sit on the beautiful patio.

doghouse label wine

Can you think of a better way to spend a day in the County? (Note: we’ve included a bottle of their Doghouse Red label in our “Woof if you like pasta” signature gift basket, which will be up for grabs in our silent auction.)



Our third generous donation comes from Smokie Ridge Vineyard where you can enjoy a tour and wine-tasting for ten this summer or fall!

A short drive from Ottawa, located in Mountain, Ontario,  Smokie Ridge Vineyard is a local family owned and operated winery specializing in northern varietal grapes including  Frontenac, Sabrevois, Louise Swenson, St. Pepin and Marquette. (Must be redeemed by December 31st.)

smokie ridge

Check out the Smokie Ridge website for news of upcoming events, which include horseshoe tournaments and paint nights! Future plans include adding a stable!

Again, thanks to all these generous donors — be sure to come out and bid for one of these fabulous packages!







Posted in Bee Meadow Farm, Donors, Fundraiser, Homes with Woofs | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Fabulous Donation! Two Nights in Tremblant!

Seaway Express, a trucking firm in Cornwall, has donated a wonderful package to Homes with Woofs. Two nights at the Westin Resort and Spa at Mont Tremblant! Linda at Seaway says:

The hotel room is in the Westin Hotel and Spa at the base of mountain in the pedestrian village of Mont Tremblant. The room has 1 king bed and a small kitchenette. As far as availability, the winning bidder would simply send me an email and we will check with the Hotel for availability. Most of the time we have no issues with availability unless they request peak time like Christmas or similar. Underground parking pass is included.

This fabulous get-away is valued at approximately $ 600! Thanks, Linda! Seaway

Posted in Homes with Woofs, live auction | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our 2016 Doghouses are trickling in!

Our 2016 doghouses are trickling in! One is complete and one is a work in progress.

Here’s the first one — this classic beauty was made by students at Algonquin College in the   Building Construction Technicians course. The plywood interior and front and back is a Luan ½” plywood. The sides are made with a Canexel product trimmed in knotty pine. The roof is standard 3 tab asphalt shingle. Many thanks to Tim Rissler for hearing about our fundraiser and making the donation!

HWW doghouse pic

Our second doghouse is still waiting for paint and shingles, but this pine board-and-batten doghouse with a deck is the brainchild of the very talented Ross McLean of Stonefield Acres Market Garden in Vankleek Hill. Can’t wait to see the finished version!

another doghouse

ross doghouse

Posted in Doghouses, Homes with Woofs | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Fabulous donation! #HomesWithWoofs

I met Michelle Wietbrock, the owner of Coverz on Twitter, where I hang out a lot, and when she found out about Homes with Woofs, she immediately offered to donate some children’s bedding for our silent auction. Well, her box of items arrived today and I’m absolutely gob-smacked at her generosity. Seriously!

She sent four sets of beautiful children’s bedding (cuddle  blanket, fitted sheet, and pillow case) that is honestly so gorgeous I wish I had grandchildren. In fact, maybe I’ll bid on these  and stockpile them for client gifts for those clients of mine who do! Each set would cost  around $  200 CAD  by the time you figure out shipping. That’s an amazing donation!

Hww baby

She’s even included an extra large adult cuddle blanket that is 52″ x 80″ and so soft, it makes you want to find someone to snuggle with. All these items will be up for grabs at our silent auction!

HWW adult throw

Michelle is a mom of two and the designer-at-large for Coverz. As she became a parent and began her sewing hobby, she was often underwhelmed at the retail options for children’s room decor. These beautiful products  are the direct result of her decision to make up for that deficit, and aren’t we lucky?

Michelle  graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Political Science, where she found her passion for all things international, including a recognition that for all of us who do well, there are many people in the world with very little. She is a very generous benefactor and has helped to empower women in the Kopila Valley Women’s Centre, by donating to  Blink Now in Nepal. (You can read about that initiative here.)

Thanks, Michelle, for your incredible donation to Homes with Woofs, and do check out Michelle’s beautiful website; and follow her at @MyCoverz  on Twitter. Spread the word!


Posted in Donors, Fundraiser, Homes with Woofs, Silent Auction | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Fabulous Donation! #LindaNesrallah #HomesWithWoofs

Linda Nesrallah is a hobby photographer in Ottawa and has been for a few years now. The inspiration for her photography comes from the energy and vibrancy of everyday life. She says, “I love to search out the uniqueness in our tiny world and capture a point in time that we may never see again.” Her photographs are intriguing,  almost ethereal.

linda nesrallah 2


Linda contacted me on Twitter  before   our first event in 2014 to offer one of her beautiful photographs for our silent auction and it was snapped up right up away.  Isn’t that stunning?

I loved the grey and the orange — it was a friend of mine who bought it for her apartment and she loves it.





And this is the one she’s donated this year; it’s just as beautiful.



You could decorate an entire room around the colours in this gorgeous photograph! It’s printed on canvas with a wrapped edge meaning you don’t have to frame it. Absolutely beautiful (Linda has such a great eye)!

I had the pleasure of finally meeting Linda in person (along with her charming husband John, and their little pooch, Ginger) when I went to pick it up, and she was just as kind and generous in person; I really enjoyed meeting both of them, and Ginger is one of those adorable little creatures who loves to give kisses.

Linda has been kind enough to offer more prints for our future events. How nice is that? You can check out her entire gallery on Facebook (her portfolio is public; look for My Artworks)  or follow her on Twitter as @linda_nes. If you see something you like, buy it! Ginger has had some serious health issues and I’m sure Linda would appreciate it. Thanks, Linda! Hope to see you at the event on June 18th!

Posted in Artist donors, Homes with Woofs | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Canadian, eh? Raffling off a Canada Day gift basket!

What a perfect hostess gift for Canada Day! What could be more Canadian than maple syrup and local honey?

This basket is  jammed full of local products, including honey from Bee Meadow Farm, the animal rescue farm we’re raising funds for with this year’s Homes with Woofs event (deets on the side bar).


It contains two big jars of honey (1 kg each) from Natalie’s hives. A big 1 kg jar of maple syrup in a decorative maple leaf bottle, also from Apple Hill. Beeswax candles made by Pierre Houle, one of Natalie’s fabulous neighbours. But there’s more!


A jar of hot pepper jelly, courtesy of Cornwall’s LoveLoveFood; some of Natalie’s home made Amorous Duck soap, plus a Quebec version with a donkey on the label that looks just like Saul, Bee Meadow’s  adorable resident donkey (see below). I added a festive red and white pinwheel plus a Canadian flag to help you celebrate, plus a really lovely red and white striped  oven mitt and holder, and some gorgeous paper napkins,  all in a terrific wooden box tray.

natalie 6

(Here’s Natalie with Saul and Keaton, a barn cat who loves to hang out with Saul and the pot-bellied pigs and all the baby goats!)

Tickets are $ 5 each, draw will be on June 1st. Celebrate Canada! Help us raise funds for Bee Meadow Farm’s rescue animals! (That’s Natalie with Keaton, who loves to hang out in the barn with the baby goats and the pot-bellied pigs. And that’s Saul!)


Posted in Bee Meadow Farm, Homes with Woofs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Great donation from The Works! #HomeswithWoofs

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro has been a  great supporter of Homes with Woofs, and they’ve come through for us again. Sean Rutherford, their senior business consultant, committed to donating some gift certificates and they were in my mailbox today.

Now this is a company that isn’t just efficient but has a great sense of humour.Sean’s corporate bio, for example, says :

As the oldest Burgerhead in age (not in attitude), Sean a.k.a. “Senior” has been in the restaurant biz for over 30 years.  His nickname is Top Bun, but he was not named after any food product (the urban legend is still circulating).  

The works Sean-R-final

(You have to agree that this looks like a very fun place to work.)

The works burger








We have a gift certificate for two gourmet Worksburgers and two 8 oz shakes at the Richmond Road location,  valued at around $ 40.00 plus taxes. Nice!  (That’s my hood, so expect a bidding war – their food is great!)

You just have to read the Burger Buzz to know how good. Even Mike Holmes thinks they make it right. So get over to The Works and treat yourself to a great burger! (They have an amazing tower of onion rings too.) You can bid on the meal at our silent auction June 18. Details in the sidebar. Thanks, Sean! We really appreciate it!

Posted in Homes with Woofs, Silent Auction | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment