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The simple notion of being able to bring Tessi into a food establishment—usually allowed only, if lucky, on some outdoor patios—inspired me to find PawsWay in the vast, pulsating city of Toronto. The convenience of taking Tessi on the city’s transit system tempted me further.

PawsWay is a destination that reveres our four-legged friends. Along with entrance to the pet-friendly Williams Fresh Café (this location only), our pets are encouraged to tag along as we explore exhibits that teach us canine facts and read about honoured heroes in the Purina Animal Hall of Fame™. Events are held in a glassed-in area. The day Helen, Missy, Tessi and I visited, we met up with lots of white, fluffy dogs. PawsWay was holding a gathering of the Coton du Tulear breed.

While the girls met some of them, I checked out the pet-themed products in the small store. I was interested in the bone-shaped paperclips, but I kept to my budget. Instead, I bought a new name tag for Tessi, since hers was wearing out. By the way, general admission is easy on everyone’s budget; it’s free.

For refreshment, I found two water fountains. One for me and one placed low enough for the dogs. Eventually, I needed more than water though. In the café, Tessi waited with Helen and Missy at a table while I ordered on the other side of the barrier blocking off the order and food prep areas. As we ate, we chatted with a couple, Patty and Doug, who where sitting at the next table, while Oliver, their Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Missy and Tessi sniffed each other all over. We had all made new friends.

Getting There

Finding PawsWay was fairly easy. I parked my car at Yorkdale Mall, near Highway 401—my access to the city. The mall contains one of the assorted parking areas allotted to commuters. Then we hopped on the nearby subway. Leashed dogs are allowed to ride city transit as long as it’s not during rush hour.

At Union Station, we dashed from the subway to the appropriate streetcar. It took us to the Harbourfront, where PawsWay is located. When the driver saw the dogs, he guessed where we were headed and notified me when we reached the building.

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I also write about Toronto in my Ridin' the Rail in Toronto  story.

(c) Cheryl Smyth, 2012



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