Category Archives: Streets of Toronto

Perception trumps reality

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“Oh! Be careful, she just rolled in a dead animal. I’m taking her home to wash her. She’s one year old and he’s three. She lunges at people from time to time. It’s usually when I don’t expect it. It really catches me off guard. Once when I was walking in the park I came across a mother and her daughter. They didn’t speak english well and were afraid of dogs. She lunged at them. I wanted to reassure them that she really is quite sweet, but there was a language barrier and I was also trying the wrestle her (the dog) under control. I felt badly about it. With him, he’ll be walking along side of her and want to play fight and of course it looks worse than it is and disrupts the walk.

The one thing I don’t get is why so many people think poodles are aggressive.”

Daisy goes to City Hall

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“She’s a Shiatsu. Her name is Daisy and she’s 5 years old. I got her when she was a year an a half old. Once this woman thought it was cruel that she rode in my bike basket, so she snatched her away from me. I had to go to the Humane Society and pay to get her back.

She attacks people and dogs. She keeps me safe. It’s all about how you approach her. Everyone loves her.”

Luna the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

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“My mother got her as a Christmas present for me. The amazing thing was… when my mum brought her to my grandmother’s farm… that’s where we all meet for Christmas…from the moment I held her, it was an amazing connection. She started following me everywhere, since that day. An instant connection.”

“It’s had its ups and downs. It was a different life style. I couldn’t live just for myself. I had another life to take care of. I couldn’t be so selfish with my time. It wasn’t exactly a downside, but a change. I mean if I wanted to go out after work… well instead I had to come home and take her out.”

 

Taste of the Danforth

The Taste of the Danforth is one of Canada’s largest street festivals, welcoming 1.5 million people over the course of a summer weekend in August. The concept of the festival began when a number of local competitors decided to get together and participate in what is now known as a “co-op or coalition advertising”. There are dozens of free activities for visitors of all ages and of course, FOOD, FOOD and more FOOD. It is a fun event and many folks bring their dogs. I met a couple of them, their posts follow…