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Call it Puppy Love I have a new Valentine this year–he’s soft, furry and loves lots of hug and kisses. Twix is our adopted Bichon Frise and he has stolen my heart! In truth, our whole family has a serious case of puppy love. In fact we can’t imagine life without him. Bonding with Twix […]

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  • Amanda P. - Love the pictures of the two poochies – and of course the pictures of Twix! Love his little snaggle tooth!!!ReplyCancel

    • Erin Roy - Thanks Amanda! We like to think that tooth makes our little Bichon look fierce.ReplyCancel

  • Cliff Glassfield - A bit disappointed about the dog product article. Some good Canadian companies but not happy about promoting all the multi-national and American sites. There are many local, Ontario and strickly Canadian companies for pet products. I thought this was a Rural Ontario site promoting shopping at home. Sorry, bit disappointed more research into Canadian companies wasn’t done.ReplyCancel

    • Erin Roy - Thanks for your feedback Cliff.

      You’re right, there are some excellent domestic suppliers worthy of our attention. We will have to do some further research.

      In the meantime, please support your local pet stores that carry these
      products, they are vital to our communities and rely on the quality
      brand names products for their customers that you see here.

      I would also ask you to please send us the names of your favourite domestic brands so we can do our homework on a follow up story.



Custom Embroidery by Embroiderwee Shawne Bennett, from the charming town of Waterdown, is the artist behind Embroiderwee, a custom handmade embroidery business. Captivated by her charming work, we contacted Shawne about creating a custom made embroidered Ruralist logo for our website masthead. There something so nostalgic and timeless about the art of embroidery and we thought […]

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16 Wedding Favours from Rural Ontario Thanking your guests with a thoughtful wedding favour is a memorable way to end the evening on your special day. What’s even more special is if they purchased from a local rural Ontario artisan or retailer. Shopping local adds a little more love on your special day. To make […]

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  • Breanne - What a wonderful list!

    Thank you so much on behalf of Bre Creative / Pixels & Timber for featuring our wedding favour coasters! We really appreciate your support of all rural Ontario businesses! <3ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - Great ideas. My neighbour, Kawartha Lakes Honey in Bobcaygeon has supplied many people with wedding favours, both honey and pure beeswax candles. Personalized labels on products like this are a great idea.ReplyCancel

    • Erin Roy - That is a great idea Ellen, thanks for sharing. Certainly worth checking out.ReplyCancel

  • Judi - Hi Erin
    Thank you for featuring me in Ruralist and supporting my decorated sugar cookies from!

    I have shared on Facebook.

    Thank you again and have a great day!