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Beautiful Joe Heritage Society

Tricks For Joe

Hi, and welcome to the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society website. I’d like to share a story with you. This is Brownie, and Brownie lived in Meaford, Ontario. She is seen here admiring the statue of her friend, Beautiful Joe. Joe was a real life dog from Meaford whose story of abuse and rescue captured the hearts of millions of people in the 1893 best-selling novel “Beautiful Joe” by Canadian author, Margaret Marshall Saunders. Joe’s story helped change the world's view of dogs from mere animals to beloved companions. The Municipality of Meaford has a whole park dedicated to their hero Beautiful Joe. Brownie often likes to visit and pay her respects to Joe in Beautiful Joe Park to thank him for the wonderful life she and other dogs enjoy today. Brownie used to live in the house of the family that rescued Joe and she’d like to honour him with a trick and raise donations for the goals of:
• Promoting and celebrating the humane treatment of all animals
• Establishing Beautiful Joe as Canada's Most Famous Dog, and
• Meaford becoming known internationally as the Home of Beautiful Joe

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ANNUAL "Pooch Pool Party"!

Always the Saturday of Labour Day Weekend  

2019 DATE:  Sat., August 31, 2019  Time:  11:00 to 1:00

 It's happening again!  Meaford's Blue Dolphin Pool (at the corner of Richmond & Marshall) 'goes to the dogs' for Meaford's splashiest event! 2 dogs 3 balls

Competitions, contests and prizes for you and your pooch pals. 

Tell your friends! By the way - No Dog Required!  Join us for lots of laughs and support Beautiful Joe at this "by donation" event!

Presented in partnership with Muncipality of Meaford's Parks & Recreation department and BJHS.

Bring your water-loving pooch for an early swim, followed by competitions - with PRIZES! 

Schedule of Events:  TBA

Past Events have included: Dog / Owner Look-a-Like, Biggest Splash & Fastest Swim

Safety First:

  • Pooch Life Jackets encouraged
  • Chlorine is reduced prior to this fun event
  • Stair access and submerged bench make for easy pool entry & exit

Sorry, no humans in the pool - This is a Pooch Pool Event!

Canada Day is Old-Fashioned Family Fun Day in Meaford

Bring your family and your patriotic pooch to Beautiful Joe Park - 162 Edwin Street for Canada Day on Monday, July 1st, 2019

  • Canine demonstrations
  • Children's Activities
  • A Reading in the Park by Library staff
  • Beautiful Joe Park Tours
  • Free treats for pets sporting Red & White for Canada’s Birthday
  • Live music  
  • ....and more!  Check back here for details

Learn more about Meaford’s Heritage through their canine hero “Beautiful Joe”, known and loved internationally.  And remember, when you're at the Park, be sure to pat Joe’s head for 100 dog years of good luck!

Brought to you in partnership of the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society and the Meaford Public Library


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.