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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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PAINT JAM! -Rock Painting with Joe

Sat., May 19/18 at Beautiful Joe Park from 10:30 to 12:30

Rocks for Joe Aug 8
Join the Meaford Museum and volunteers from the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society as we paint rocks to brighten up the Park.  No skill required and all ages are welcome. 

Tours of Beautiful Joe Park will be conducted at this fun event.  Learn more about our Joe and his lovely Park.

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy Beautiful Joe Park.  Hopscotch, hoola hoops and other games will be available to add to the fun.

SPRING Beautiful Joe Park CLEANUP

DATE:  May 5 - Saturday    TIME:  10:00 a.m.  

LOCATION:  Meet at the pavilion at Beautiful Joe Park 162 Edwin St., Meaford.  We will also be cleaning the Legion Park across the river and are part of the Meaford Clean Up.

 Tasks include:

  • Brush & Branch Clearing
  • Sweeping of all Monuments
  • Tidying of Gardens
  • Pick Up Litter
  • General Cleanup

Tools will be provided.  Thank you for any help that you and your friends can provide!  

Celebrating 125 years of Beautiful Joe!

ANNUAL "Pooch Pool Party"!

DATE: Saturday, September 1, 2018   Time:  11:00 - 2:00

 It's happening again!  Meaford's BluPool picture 1e Dolphin Pool (at the corner of Richmond & Marshall) 'goes to the dogs' for some splashy fun! 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!

Brought to you in partnership with Muncipality of Meaford's Parks & Recreation department and BJHS.


DETAILS FOR the 2018 EVENT are in the planning stages

.... Check back later .... But save this date!

All proceeds benefit the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society for Beautiful Joe Park improvements.

This is an annual event - just too much fun to miss!  Always on the Saturday of the Labour Day weekend at Meaford's Blue Dolphin Pool on Richmond Street.

Beautiful Joe's Old-Fashioned Family Fun Day

Sunday, July 15, 2018  

Noon to 4:00 p.m. at my Beautiful Joe Park (162 Edwin Street, Meaford)

2018 is the 125th Anniversary of "Beautiful Joe" - the book about me!

Come celebrate with my friends at Beautiful Joe Heritage Society and the Meaford Public Library as they present great fun for all ...  and it's a free event with live music

Activities include:

  • Professional Canine Demonstrations
  • A Reading in the Park - you can even to read to a therapy dog (they love that, you know!)
  • Kids Crafts & Old Fashioned Games
  • A Blessing of the Animals
  • Boxed Lunch (small fee)
  • and more - even doggie ice cream!

 Ask BJHS about a tour!

 (Donations gratefully accepted at this free event)


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.