Introducing Our New Toronto Puppy Titleholder for 2017

Last week during Toronto Leather Pride, the Toronto Puppy 2017 competition was held.  We’d like to welcome and introduce to you, our new Toronto Puppy 2017 – Pup Snuggles!!

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As the new Toronto Puppy Titleholder, the Black Eagle Kennel Klub has made Pup Snuggles an official co-host of Pup Night at the Black Eagle Toronto.  In addition, the BEKK will provide Snuggles with an additional $400.00 travel fund on top of what his official sponsors (Heart Of The Flag Federation) may provide.

Welcome to the pack Snuggles!!!

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Pup Night Schedule Change for September & October

ATTENTION PUPS & HANDLERS!!!

The next two Pup Nights at the Black Eagle Toronto will be held on SATURDAY September 17 and SATURDAY October 15 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

This is to accommodate the RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 2 viewing parties which will happen on Thursday nights for the next several weeks.

We will return to our regular 2nd Thursday 9:00pm to 11:30pm format starting in November.

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Misconceptions

Pup Night has been a monthly event at the Black Eagle Toronto for nearly 8 years.  It has always been open to everyone regardless of experience level, sexuality, or gender.

One of the Black Eagle Kennel Klub’s long-term members has been a trans-woman…Ms. Leather Toronto 2015 Luca.  We’ve had a few other trans pups attend and a few cis (straight, bi, and lesbian) females; but our pup moshes have been predominantly male.

The BEKK has made an effort to be inclusive and we’ve reached out to the trans and female communities, but with little success.  After investigating this situation, I’ve discovered there are some major misconceptions out there about our group and event.  I will attempt to address a few of them now:

MISCONCEPTION #1 – Women are unwelcome at the Black Eagle.

This is the one I’ve heard most often.  It is both unfortunate and utterly false.  Many years ago there WAS an employee of the Eagle who repeatedly told women they were not welcome in the bar…which is largely why he’s no longer employed there.  Not only is the Black Eagle Toronto open to the female & trans communities, they have been encouraged to hold their own events in the bar.   Furthermore, for several years there was even a Ms. Black Eagle title contest and the Ms. Leather Toronto contest was resurrected a few years ago (and is still going strong).

MISCONCEPTION #2 – Female pups will get hurt among all the rough-housing.

Over the years, we have seen how some pups do indeed like to rough-house, but many more simply want to play and socialize.  Because of this reality, years ago we began having separate areas in our mosh…one with wrestling mats and one with thinner rubber mats…and we ALWAYS have play monitors.  Rough play is only permitted on the wrestling mats.  When two pups square off, the monitors make sure they stay in the designated area.  Any pups who get too rough in the socializing area are quickly addressed by the monitors.

MISCONCEPTION #3 – Pup Nights are very (male on male) sexual.

Full nudity is indeed allowed (and purely optional) in our pup mosh; but actual sexual play is not permitted nor is non-consensual contact.  Any male pups who want more sexual interaction must leave the pup mosh and go upstairs to the Dark Room.  Females are not allowed in the Dark Room except during special events exclusively for females.  Again, all play is closely monitored and no non-consensual interactions are permitted.  If any pup or spectator isn’t minding their manners they get only ONE warning from the monitors.  Failure to heed that warning will result in the offending individual being expelled from the event and quite possibly banned from the bar.

The Black Eagle Kennel Klub’s #1 Rule has always been “If you can’t play nice, then you can’t play at all.”  I think the fact our group and event have been consistently growing for almost 8 years is a testament to that philosophy.

I hope members of the trans, female, bi, straight, queer, genderqueer, and other communities who are interested in Puppy Play will stop listening to gossip and rumours and instead drop in to one of our events to see for themselves and to get information from the source…us.

We’d love for you all to join in the fun.

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PACK Weekend Wrap-Up

I’m exhausted, but there’s a big smile on my face, because the first-ever PACK Weekend went off far better than I’d hoped. We sold more weekend VIP Packages than we first expected. We were 7 away from selling out completely!! We had many out-of-town pups attending including pups from Cleveland and Seattle and a carload of pups from Ottawa.

The weekend events all went off without a hitch. The brunch was great. We had 6 pups in the “Best In Show” contest. We brought shoppers and customers into the village. We picked up new sponsors; and we had an opportunity to let new people see how amazing the Toronto community is.

None of this could have happened without a great team. Many thanks to Pup Ego and Jordan Timbehr for helping put the weekend together. Many thanks to our volunteers Ryo Wilpup, Jeremy Feist, Growler, Vlad, John Helps, Xavier Thrace, and Brandon Wallans. Special thanks to Mandom for helping out with the Pup Mosh on Friday.

The Black Eagle Kennel Klub could not exist without The Black Eagle Toronto. They have been our home bar for almost 8 years, and their support has been unwavering and incredible. Many thanks to Carlos, Mike Edward Eagle, Brendon Hyde, Tomo Magami, Frank Mancino, Joe Black, Dominic, and the rest of the staff.

Northbound Leather has also been there right from the beginning and is still our major sponsor. Thank you George Giaouris & Enza Silano for being there for us.

Thank you to Jimmy at O’Grady’s and all his staff for hosting dozens of hungry puppies every month for more than 4 years, for Saturday’s amazing brunch and for sponsoring our contest.

Thanks to Christopher Hudspeth and his staff at Pegasus for opening his doors to the Pup community for the past 3 years and for making special arrangements for us this weekend.

Thanks to Francis and Steve at The Men’s Room for their generous sponsorship of our weekend. We look forward to working together in the future.

Thanks also to Sam and everyone else at Baskin Robbins on Church. Puppies LOVE ice cream, and we plan on some mass feedings there in the coming weeks.

SUPPORT THE BUSINESSES WHO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY!!! We have no business asking them for support if we don’t return the gesture. Without our local businesses we won’t have the resources to keep our community so active & vibrant.

Thanks to EVERYONE who participated this weekend (including our Best In Show judges Marco Pea Van, Shahrazad Alchemical-Domina, and Jeremy Feist and our contest winner Pup Doodles). We created this weekend for you, so we’re glad you took advantage of the opportunity to meet some new friends and to have some fun.

Please send me/us your comments and suggestions about the event. Next year, we’re hoping to make it even better!

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The Men’s Room Adds Prizes for PACK Weekend!!

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We are VERY happy to announce that The Men’s Room has donated additional prizes to the PACK Weekend “Best In Show” Contest.  In addition to the prizes already announced, there is a $100 Men’s Room gift card for “Best In Show” and a $50 gift card each for First & Second Runner Up.

This brings the prize packages up to the following:

Best In Show:  A blue leather “Best In Show” ribbon & $200 gift certificate provided by Northbound Leather + a $100 gift card provided by The Men’s Room + a $50 O’Grady’s gift certificate + a $30 gift card from Baskin Robbins + a Black Eagle Toronto T-shirt

First Runner-up:  A red leather ribbon & $100 Northbound Leather gift certificate + a $50 gift card from The Men’s Room + a $20 gift card from Baskin Robbins  + a Black Eagle Toronto T-shirt

Second Runner-up:  A white leather ribbon & $50 Northbound Leather gift certificate + a $50 gift card from The Men’s Room + a $10 gift card from Baskin Robbins  + a Black Eagle Toronto T-shirt

All 8 contest entrants will each receive a free Black Eagle Toronto T-shirt.

Remember – a chance to enter the “Best In Show” contest and a ballot to help select the winner is included in your PACK Weekend VIP Package, now available for purchase at  http://northbound.com/pack2016.html

MANY thanks to Francis & Steve at The Men’s Room, and to all of our sponsors & supporters!!

PACK Weekend VIP Packages NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!!

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PACK Weekend VIP Packages are now available for purchase online at Northbound Leather’s website by clicking HERE

If you buy your VIP Package online the price is $35.00 + HST (Canadian $).  That gets you admission and “front of the line” privileges for all events, one Saturday brunch, one $5.00 Sunday food coupon, a PACK 2016 dog tag, free garment checks at the Black Eagle Toronto for all events, plus a ballot & entry form for our “Best In Show” contest where pups might win hundreds of dollars in prizes.

Weekend VIP Packages will also be sold during the July 22nd events for $45.00 + HST if they do not sell out online.  There are only a limited number of VIP Packages available, so don’t wait too long!!!

P.A.C.K. Weekend Package Online Sales

Hey Pups & Handlers!

It looks like online sales for PACK Weekend VIP Packages will begin on Monday or Tuesday (June 6 or 7) at Northbound.com for $35.00 + 13% HST (Canadian funds…roughly $27.00 US + 13% tax).  There will only be a limited number of Weekend Packages available, so don’t wait to get yours.

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If any VIP packages remain on Registration Day (22 July 2016) they will be $45.00 + tax (CDN) which is still a great deal considering what you get:

One “PACK 2016” dog tag (your VIP access token which gives you free entrance to all events and “front of the line” privileges & free garment check at the Black Eagle)

One PACK Saturday Brunch voucher (good for one meal + coffee, tea, or regular fountain soft drink)

One $5.00 O’Grady’s discount coupon (valid towards food purchases on Sunday)

One Pegasus on Church gift card (good for 1 hour of free pool until 31/Dec/2016)

One “Best In Show Contest” ballot*

One “Best In Show Contest” entry form*

Total Value (if purchased separately) = more than $65.00!

*PLEASE NOTE:  ONLY Pups who purchase a weekend package may enter the “Best In Show” contest to win some great prizes, and ONLY Weekend VIP Package purchasers will receive a ballot to vote for their favourite pup in the contest.

Check out Northbound Leather’s website on Monday or Tuesday to order your PACK Weekend VIP Package before they’re all gone!!

More P.A.C.K. Weekend Goodies!! (UPDATED)

We’ve just added another sponsor to PACK Weekend!!

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Today Pup Ego & I met with the owners of the Baskin Robbins shop in the Church Wellesley Village.  They’ve offered to sponsor PACK Weekend by donating gift card prizes for the “Best In Show” contest happening at the Black Eagle Toronto on Saturday, 23 July 2016.  You can visit their website here.

The owners of Baskin Robbins on Church Street have generously donated $60 in gift cards:  $30 for the winning pup, $20 for 2nd, and $10 for 3rd.

Today we also met with the owner of Pegasus On Church who has agreed to add gift cards (good for one free hour of pool) for every PACK Weekend package purchaser.

This weekend is really shaping up to be a great time and a huge bargain for the $35.00 advance purchase price.  Online sales will commence in the first week of June.

Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available!!

P.A.C.K. Weekend News – Another New Sponsor!!

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The owner/manager of The Men’s Room (with stores in Toronto & Montreal) has agreed to be one of our sponsors for P.A.C.K. Weekend!!  They will be adding to the prizes for the “Best In Show” contest happening on Saturday July 23rd at the Black Eagle.

Once the details are confirmed, we will post them here.

Weekend Passes will be available online soon!