Nova Scotia

See Ruby Run | Our Nova Scotia Vacation

Last week I finally got to take a little vacation with my fiancée, Wendy, and our dog, Ruby. Since getting Ruby 5 years ago, we hadn’t all gone away together yet. So we were well overdue for a little trip and some relaxation.

I used Airbnb for the first time and scoured the maritimes for options that were dog friendly, outside of a city, a single home/cottage unit, and ideally next to water. Ruby is dog reactive, so we did everything we could to ensure that this trip would be relaxing and fun for ALL of us by avoiding any potential dogs nearby.

And we succeeded!

We found an adorable cottage that met all of our criteria and we spent a few peaceful days together without the stress from our regular life stuff. It was just lovely.

We also had access to this private beach, and Ruby LOVES doing zoomies in the sand and splashing in the water. She was having an amazing time. I brought my camera with us to the beach several times and Ruby stayed on her 30-foot long line (from Get Dirty Collars and Leashes) for safety. She felt like she had plenty of freedom, and I didn’t have to run nearly as fast as she did in order for her to fully enjoy her beach time.

So I hope you love these photos of my sweet girl having a blast and being a fool on a beach near the Bay of Fundy! (I didn’t bother removing the leash for the final images; these photos reflect real life and our trip, and I’m happy with that)

I just remembered that Airbnb has a referral option! If you’ve been thinking about going away and trying Airbnb for the first time, you can use this link to save money on your booking. Where would you love to visit?

Top 11 Local Instagram Doggies (My Personal Favourites)

Are you on Instagram as much as I am? I use it quite a lot for my business - it's even surpassed Facebook now as my most popular platform for connecting with local pup parents and finding new clients. The Instagram community is so wonderful and supportive and I LOVE seeing all the local pups so happy. There are dog walkers, doggy daycares, personal accounts for pups, and accounts that were originally intended for a human but clearly the dog took over.... haha.


I wanted to make a list of some of my favourite local dog accounts (accounts made specifically for the dog) so that you, too, can enjoy their beautiful, happy photos in your Instagram feed every day! These are my favourite accounts for the quality of their feeds as a whole. Every single dog I meet and see is just gorgeous - no doubt about it. But these accounts are beautiful on top of the already cute dogs!

So in no specific order, here are my favourites...

Hoffman (@doctorh0ffman)

Hoffman is the sweetest, chillest, little dude. He's an amazing little model (for his parents and for me), and he's always having great adventures and being a fantastic representative for his breed!

Capone (@thevelveteenpig)

Capone is such a hunk! He's got the biggest pibble smile I've ever seen and he's just a sweetheart. He's always well-dressed with a new collar, bandana, or hoodie!

Flapjack (@flapjackthecorgi)

Flapjack knows how to work the camera, too. His Instagram is full of puns, silly costumes, and Harry Potter pick-up lines. He loves exploring Nova Scotia even though his legs are only little!

Norbert & Gilbert (@norbsgilbs)

Norbert and Gilbert are very nearly identical and absolutely hysterical. Their serious pug faces crack me up every time. They always have snazzy harnesses, are up for an epic adventure at any moment, and LOVE trying on costumes. They're also therapy dogs with St John Ambulance!

Mason (@masonthemini_)

Mason is a tiny ball of adorable fluff. Who is fantastic at head tilts. He also used to be an even tinier ball of fluff, which you'll get to enjoy when he does throwback photos of his puppy days. You will squeal and maybe cry. It's okay. We've all been there.

Lemon (@lemon_the_frenchie)

Lemon's Instagram feed is full of airy, bright images of her exploring the city. She's usually sporting a gorgeous collar, harness, bandana, or leash from Hound Collection, and she looks like she's living the dream.

Rupert (@rupert_theridgebackpup)

Rupert is such a handsome dude. He shares photos of his fun times at daycare, his big puppy dog eyes when there's food around, and him sleeping with his stuffed toys. Just too darn cute!

Penny (@misspennypocket)

Penny is another pup with a big, beautiful smile! And I just love her colouring. I especially love all the beach photos in her feed - she always seems to be somewhere with a beautiful body of water, whether it's a lake or the ocean. Not only does she have a big smile, but she also has big, expressive eyes, and a big tongue, too! Perfect for #tongueouttuesday!

Frankie (@francescathefrenchie)

Frankie loves swimming, camping, and adventuring in the woods with her family. I also spotted her at Pride this summer! She's a whole bunch of cute in a teeny tiny package and the captions on her photos are always perfect.

Krueger (@kruegertheamstaff)

Krueger also loves exploring our beautiful province - his Instagram feed is full of green scenery from all his adventures. There are also LOTS of hilarious derp faces. Y'know, if you like that kind of thing. haha

Tod & Memphis (@todandmemphis)

This adorable duo is gorgeous. Even though their breeds are nothing alike, their colours somehow match perfectly! And their human does such a wonderful job of capturing their sweet joy together and the sparkle in their eyes. Every photo is just so beautiful!


Okay wait... I've got one more to add! My own pup, Ruby, has an Instagram account! It's run by her other mum, and you can see all Ruby's derp faces and foolishness over there. Go check her out!

Ruby (@rubyroo_the_pittie)


So there you have it: my personal favourite Instagram feeds right now for dogs in the Maritimes. Maybe I'll make some more favourites lists! Dogs in Canada... and then international dogs, too?

Let me know in the comments - which are your favourite Instagram dogs to follow? Who should I start following?