June 2015  

Ditch the stale dog treats and ratty bone. In Vancouver, options abound to spoil your four-legged friend with organic treats, soothing reiki and even a bout of heart-pumping sleuthing.

Solve a whodunit with Vancouver Mysteries. Shaggy and Scooby, Tin Tin and Snowy, Turner and Hooch... seems canine companions really are a sleuth's best friend. In honour of the world's favourite doggie detectives, Vancouver Mysteries has hatched a crime-solving competition that takes place throughout the streets of Vancouver. On April 25, teams of up to five people - accompanied by their pooches, of course - will band together to discover clues and solve puzzles while exploring the city. Can't make it to the one-day competition? Vancouver Mysteries' regularly scheduled games are open to canine companions as well. Happy hunting!

Relax like a rock star at the OPUS Hotel. Guests who book the "Pampered Pooch" package are invited to enjoy the property's many amenities (a welcome beverage in the brand-new OPUS Bar, for one) while four-legged friends receive in-room massages or reiki sessions. Afterward, deck out your dog with a designer bandana courtesy of local outfitter Dog & Crow and capture all that sleek fur and post-reiki'd bliss with a stylish portrait taken by pet photographer Tanya King. Package starts at $589 (plus tax). Outside of the package, OPUS provides complimentary dog beds, bowls and treats as well as a "Bow Wow Butler" to assist with general requests.

Four Seasons Vancouver Hotel. Everyone needs a vacation - even pets. Reward your furry friends for their unconditional love and loyalty at the Four Seasons, which offers complimentary dog beds, bowls and homemade bones, as well as in-room dining for dogs. Chef-prepared specialties for canine friends includes the Canine Classic (chicken or salmon, sweet potatoes and rice) and the Hot Diggity Dog (a decadent sausage).

Go on a shopping spree at Woofles and Meowz. Ride the dog-friendly Aquabus to Granville Island and pick up gourmet treats for your pup at this hybrid bakery and boutique, which is located in the caboose outside the Kids Market. After salivating over freshly baked organic goodies, you and your dog can peruse the hardy selection of locally made and sustainable toys, weather protective clothing and other gifts. Bonus: four-legged visitors receive free treats.