The Dogs

No Amazon Lodge is complete without a happy troupe of dogs (and a cat!).

They are wonderful "fur therapy".


This is "Jack Warner" in honour of a local politician who ran against the establishment as an independent .... and won! But alas he is also the one involved in the FIFA scandle. Our Jack's crimes are much more modest; making off with  ladies panties; swollowing a weeks supply of amphetamines.

Of course all little puppies grow up sooner or later. In jack's case it's very much later. Here he is at just over a year. Much bigger but still as playful.



Then there is trusty "Shep". She is definitely the "Mum" and stands no nonsense for the other two dogs and now from our totally fearless cat "Spike" name after Spike Milligan the comedian.



And then we have Coco our boat dog seen here in her life jacket out kayaking with Louise.



At the Lodge Coco loves to take her daily bath in one of our "ponds"...

...... hence her rather muddy appearance.

Click here for as video of Coco taking her daily bath



They are all meant to be guard dogs but will quickly become your best friends.

We even had one guest who nearly cried when he had to leave Shep!

Click here for a short video of the "Security Team"



Our kitten Spike was found one morning protesting loudly in the lower branches of a tree in the garden. He had been dumped by some totally thoughless person who could afford a fancy SUV but who couldn't find time to get their cat spayed.


Like all kids he charges around at breakneck speed and then just drops and falls asleep. We think he only has one, or at the most two, of his lives left as he seems to have fallen off everything in the house at least five times already.



.... and then there is "Mike the Moose" who lives on a wall in our living room

He was a gift from our great friend Roy Peake

The story of “Mike the Moose”


Roy Peake: “I shot that moose in 98, at Big Stone Lake in Northern Manitoba, a very remote place only accessible by float plane. We were there for a week and what an adventure it was! According to the vet researcher from University of Winnipeg, who examined the moose head and measured the teeth, he was very old and on decline, I think she mentioned 27 years old. She said I did him a favour as he was now too old to fight the youngsters. He weighed about 1700 lbs. maybe more. Considered a big moose, not a record but close, largest one shot that year and definitely worth a mention in Boon & Crocket. It is a complicated formula used to measure the rack: points, width thickness, etc.”


Environmentalist Note

Moose are an integral part of Ontario’s biodiversity and generate significant economic activity through hunting, viewing and tourism each year. Ontario’s moose population is generally healthy in most areas and continues to support world-class hunting opportunities each year.  Over 16,000 moose a year are hunted under a very tightly controlled licencing regime. For more details go to: