If you follow me on instagram, you know I love dogs. So when I received an invitation from the team at the Westin Whistler to Woof Weekend, I was immediately excited. I was invited, along with my man Jonathon and most importantly, our pup Madison to attend a weekend getaway in Whistler in support of WAG – Whistler’s Animal Shelter.
The weekend’s agenda was full of canine friendly activities, including Alpine adventure hikes, obedience classes and a gala dinner in support of Whistler’s Animal Shelter, WAG. We drove up to Whistler on Friday afternoon, and checked into the beautiful Westin Whistler. Our one bedroom suite featured a large lounge area, complete with a fire place, a king size heavenly bed and a patio with a stunning view of Whistler village.
At the Westin Whistler, they know our four legged friends are apart of the family, and so they welcome dogs to stay free of charge. There was a ‘Heavenly Pillow’ waiting for Madison in our room, that was just as luxurious as ours!
We settled into our suite, enjoyed a delicious cheese plate courtesy of the hotel, while Madison scoffed down the made in house doggie biscuits. Madison tends to be a fussy eater, but of course he LOVED the chef made gourmet treats.
Later that evening, we stopped by for a meet and greet cocktail hour in the Callaghan Room, and met some delightful new furry friends (and their owners!) In the morning, a delicious continental breakfast was served in the Callaghan room. The dogs devoured bowls of kibble from Firstmate and Kasiks dog food. We chatted with guests and enjoyed a cup of coffee before getting ready for our first big activity of the day, The Alpine Hike, lead by Dog Adventure company, Alpine Dogs.
The lobby of the Westin Whistler filled with the most delightful doggies, all eagerly awaiting a walk in beautiful Whistler. Along with 30 other dogs, we were lead by experts from Alpine Dog Adventures from the village on a beautiful walk down to Lost Lake. It was a perfect sunny Fall day to take in the spectacular views and fresh mountain air.
It was really great to meet the ladies of Alpine Dogs, a fantastic local company offering group adventure hikes. Saundra and Holly are both certified in Canine First Aid. Saundra is also a certified professional dog trainer, with the knowledge and training required to ensure that our group hikes offer an environment that is safe, fun and enriching for all of the dogs.
After our hike, we walked back to a park closer to the village and were greeted by staff of the Westin with our packed lunches. Guest of the weekend pre picked their sandwich choices from the Grill & Vine restauramt. Our lunch also had chips, a cookie, and a delicious quinoa and corn salad, that I shared with Sophie, the Shiba Inu.
I was really excited to take the obedense and nosing classes with Madison. The sessions were run by Joyce of Nopawblems K-9 Camp and Companion Animal Care. Joyce was able to provide us all with practical tips and tricks to communicate and understand our dogs better. Afterwards, Madison was given a ‘No Pawblems’ Bandana. He loves it and has been wearing it almost every day!
After taking a quick nap in our super comfortable ‘Heavenly Bed’, we got ready for the highlight of the weekend, the WAG Gala. WAG is non-profit and registered charity that cares for and re-homes hundred of animals each year. It was founded in 1982 when two friends identified the need for an animal rescue service in the Sea-to-Sky corridor. WAG is the largest animal shelter in BC, and saves hundreds of animals every year.
Along with 120 furry friends, we dined in the ball room of the Westin. Before each course was served to us, waiters with trays of doggie treats circled the tables, giving each very excited dog their ‘yapperizer.’
An incredible silent auctioned had been set up at the back of the ball room featuring hundreds of items donated by local companies. It was incredible to see how many people came together to make this event possible. After dessert, a local vet told us how instrumental WAG is in saving the lives of so many dogs. Hearing the heart felt stories about dogs who have fought all odds and found forever homes was heart warming. There was nothing but love in the room that night.
On Sunday morning, we slept in, enjoyed a coffee and crossaints on our patio before heading back to the city. Madison slept ALL day Sunday. A sign of an excellent weekend.Thank you to the Westin Whistler for hosting us. We had such a wonderful weekend, and can’t wait to return next year.
For more information on WAG, Whistler’s animal shelter, visit whistlerwag.com
Do you and your furry friend want to attend Woof Weekend next year?
Check out their website for more details on the annual weekend event
Photos by Jonathon Sanson