When it comes to animal shelters, we often think of cold, concrete floors and caged-in kennels. While that image might help in those tear-jerking Sarah McLaughlin commercials, we’d much rather picture dogs frolicking in lush green fields, chasing balls to their hearts’ content. Enter, Dog Tales: the Ontario dog rescue and horse sanctuary that’s quite possibly the most luxurious home for abandoned animals in the world. No, really. It’s so beautiful that we want to move ourselves in too. Alas, until we wake up one morning with four legs, our best option is to visit and take home a little piece of their property: one of their many loveable, adoptable dogs.
Danielle and Rob are the husband and wife team behind Dog Tales, and they made it their goal to create a safe space for neglected animals to be rehabilitated, but most importantly, to find their forever home. In two short years, they’ve built up 50 acres of green space to include therapy pools, a grooming spa and an interior design that rivals many luxury hotels. Don’t believe us? Check out the video above. It’s OK, we’ll wait.
As if that’s not enough, all of their dogs get the most ridiculously adorable glamour shots. We wish we could adopt them all ourselves, but that just wouldn’t be fair to everyone else. So we though we’d highlight a few of our favourites in hopes that someone might be inspired to let one of these sweet dogs into their home (and heart). Whether you’re a family with young children, or a single person looking for a gentle companion, they really do have a dog for everyone.
Padre, age: nine
Is there anything cuter than that iconic boxer head tilt? Nope. It really never gets old. Padre has been with Dog Tales the longest of the group due to an incurable health condition, but he’s as deserving of a loving home as any dog in the group. Like most boxers, he loves children and just wants a happy family to play and cuddle with.
Aldo, age: two
A chihuahua mix that’s as sweet as he is photogenic. Werk those angles, Aldo! You could give Tyra a run for her money.
Alicia, age: four
We can’t even deal with the high Instagram factor that Alicia would bring to our social media game. We bet she’d rock a bandana like nobody’s business.
Tut, age: three and a half
Are you kidding us with this photo? Those eyes! It’s no wonder this gorgeous creature was named after a king–he rules our hearts.
Krembo, age: seven
With one ear to the ground, and one in the air, Krembo will never miss hearing that one magic word: walk.
Stephanie and Snoopy, age: eleven and a half/eight
These two beauties are inseparable, which is of course why they come as a pair. Sure, it’s twice the food (and twice the poop), but it’s also twice the love. Come on, look at those faces!
For more information, and to see all of their available dogs, head to their adoption page. Better yet, if you’re ever close to King City, Ontario (about an hour north of Toronto) on August 20th or 21st, Dog Tales is hosting a spectacular festival, complete with food vendors, caricature artists, a doggie splash pad and more. It’s the perfect opportunity to see the incredible work they do each and every day, and maybe even meet the newest member of your family.