Once Upon a Time in Ottawa, Canada

by Gigi Griffis

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Once upon a time, we went to Ottawa


Canada’s capital city. Home to Parliament.

And an estate full of old ruins and gardens.



dogs in a window

And a dancing bear, ripe for bear hugs.

And a giant spider, bent on destroying us all.

spider times

We spent our time with friends, both human and canine.

Sonja and Monte


Including a famous world-traveling pooch who also happens to be the star of his own book series.



Luna was, understandably, a little starstruck.


We hiked through the lush, green surrounding hills of the Canadian Shield.



chad hiking

stefan hiking

We went to the local dog festival for some Frenchie kisses and lab agility competitions.

lab agility

We ate good food and drank maple-flavored aperitifs.

Duck breast

carrot cake and creme brulee




Gigi with a beaver tail


And then, after four days in a city so delightful and unexpected, we bid our farewells.

Luna and Monte were shocked and dismayed.

shocked Monte


Until we promised them they’d meet again soon.

Luna and Monte

Heading to Ottawa? Check out Sonja’s insider tips.

All photos taken with my Sony a6000.

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Montecristo Travels (Sonja) August 4, 2016 - 8:54 am

Oh I love it!! Love it! and I am so glad you all had a great time. Ottawa is far too often overlooked yet has so much to offer. So many things I wanted to show you the canal (Unesco site) for one and the farm within a city! You will have to return! Your pics are totally awesome.

You were great house guests. Welcome back anytime. :)

gigigriffis August 4, 2016 - 12:33 pm

Thanks again for having us! You guys were the best hosts. :)

Suzanne Fluhr August 4, 2016 - 10:23 am

Oozing cuteness! I also had the chance to meet Montecristo and his people IRL in Ottawa. Looks like a great time.

gigigriffis August 4, 2016 - 12:33 pm

They’re the best, aren’t they?

Ali August 4, 2016 - 11:05 am

Monte actually makes Luna look big! They’re so cute! Also, that cake in the “maple” section looks amazing!

gigigriffis August 4, 2016 - 12:33 pm

I know! Very occasionally, Luna looks enormous. It’s happened a couple times with other dogs, too (like Lucia’s little maltese).


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