Canada's first doggie food truck in Vancouver today

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Iams Doggie Cafe

It’s no secret that Vancouverites love their food trucks. And in the last few years, we’ve seen the trend blow up but a doggie food truck you say? Yes, the first ever food truck for dogs has arrived in Vancouver today. The IAMS SO GOOD! Doggie Cafe has been travelling the country and today, Real Housewives of Vancouver Star, Mary Zilba will be on site with her dog George to welcome the cafe!

Vancouverites and their pups are welcome to come down and find out what’s really in their dog’s bowl and celebrate the love between pets and their owners.

Iams Doggie cafe (2)

When: Tuesday, September 10 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Where: Granville Plaza, 200 Granville St, Vancouver B.C V6C 1S4

What:

  • Doggie games for a chance to walk away with great prizes
  • Digital photo experience for dogs and their owners
  • Product demonstrations
  • Doggie snacks and treats

 We chat with Mary Zilba to learn more about why she partnered with IAMS: 

M. Zilba Photo 1 - May 2013

Why did you partner with Iams to create a doggie food truck?

We all know that Canada is a nation of dog lovers, and food trucks have become a huge summer dining trend in the last few years, so it was only a matter of time before someone decided to create a food truck just for dogs! The idea behind the Iams SO GOOD! Doggie Café is to travel all over the country, spreading the real love between people and their pets, and celebrating the new line of Iams SO GOOD! As lots of your readers will know, I am a huge dog lover so I am very excited to be joining in the celebrations when the Doggie Café makes its stop in Vancouver to encourage all pet lovers to keep their love real and celebrate the special bond with their furry friends.

Tell me about the Doggie Café (what it serves, what it costs)

The Doggie Cafe is totally free and will be serving lots of doggie treats from Iams including their new SO GOOD! line which is made with all  real ingredients and has no added sugar, no dyes and no artificial preservatives. There will also be lots of other activities specially designed for owners and their dogs to enjoy together,  such as a photo kiosk and doggie games for a chance to win prizes, and I will be down at the Doggie Café with my dog George! 

Tell me about your dog.

George is a full blooded Yorkshire Terrier that I purchased from an amazing breeder called Dream Yorkies in Prince George, BC. I named him after the most important man in my life, my father :)  He is not at all what one would typically consider to have a “terrier” like temperament  as he is actually very calm and quiet.  He has the sweetest disposition and is constantly right at my feet.  I decided to get a puppy a couple of years ago since I missed having little ones around the house.  My 3 teenage boys had grown so independent, that one day I just made my mind it was time for me to get a little companion. Why a Yorkie?  My friend and fellow recording artist, Elise Estrada has a Yorkie, called Won Ton that I just fell in love with and that was it. 

How would you describe your relationship with your dog George?

George and I are inseparable.  It doesn’t matter where I go, he is usually in tow and when I’m at home he follows my every move. At times when I have to leave the house and he can’t come with me, he sleeps in my closet until he hears me walk in the front door. He has quite the little personality and loves everyone and he loves the spotlight! During the filming of our show, The Real Housewives of Vancouver, George loved the camera crew and knew very well when the cameras came out, he would do everything on cue and during interviews was always on my lap, although you could never see his head pop up!  George truly lights up my life and has been such a joy, I can’t imagine ever being without him.

Why do you think people in Vancouver are so dog-crazy?

Vancouver is an outdoors loving city and a city where people seem to walk everywhere.  Why walk alone when you can have a beautiful, loving companion at your side? One of the things I love about living downtown, is that so many people have dogs and it’s a great conversation starter and wonderful way to meet your neighbours.

What do you like doing in the city with your dog?

There are so many dog parks in the city that George and I like to frequent, but we also walk to my appointments, whether it be lunches (where he stays on a patio) or walks to the hair and nail salon or driving in the car running errands he is always with me. Vancouver is very dog friendly!  One of the things George likes to do the most is have playdates with his brother Chewy who is my close girlfriend Fiona Forbes (The Rush) dog.  They absolutely go crazy when they see each other and play non stop for hours.

 

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